Ten Honiton Running Club members managed the initial challenge and took part in The Blister which is 10 miles long whilst four members took part in The Lite which is about 4 ½ miles long. Both go over sandy, stony and muddy paths across Woodbury Common. There was plenty of mud and water to wade through and runners were diverted across a field close to the start and finish to avoid running on the road with the water level at thigh height.
Bruce Strawbridge was first back for Honiton in 41st place in 1 hour 19 minutes. Steve Davey couldn’t quite keep up and came 49th in 1:20 although he did manage to win his age category. Richard Harvey followed 5 minutes later to come 79th and Judy Davey was next back coming 153rd in 1:33. Judy also came first in her age category. Mark Dallyn found the going tough and when Judy sprinted past him within touching distance of the finish, he couldn’t respond. He finished 2 places and just 15 seconds after Judy. Nick Thorpe had a good run to come 189th in 1:37 ahead of John Burgess who ran out of steam after about 3 miles. John came 241st in 1:41. Wayne Spiller doesn’t race very often but he’s not afraid of the tough ones and he was pleased with his 311th place finish in 1:50. Sandra Thorpe is still coming back from injury but had a great run finishing 333rd in 1:52. This was Clare Melbourne’s first time of tackling the Blister and she did find it tough but came 349th in 1:56. There were 397 finishers and the race was won by Stuart Hall in 1:04.
Three of the older Honiton juniors took part in the Lite with Henry Riddle coming a fantastic 6th place in 35:40. Findlay Fuller was hot on his heels finishing 2 places and less than a minute later. Florence Swan had a great race finishing 17th in 40:17 and the only Honiton adult representative was Wendy Le Masurier who came 48th in 50:16. There were 80 finishers and the race was won by Christian Hewitt in 30:14.