Ten Honiton RC members took part in South West Road Runners’ Castle Drogo 10 mile off road run on Sunday. This race boasts two particularly tough hills with the first as runners come to Fingle Bridge for the first time after about 3 miles. This is followed by a nice downhill section but then a long gradual leg sapping climb before a long stretch beside the River Teign. Just after runners reach Fingle Bridge for the second time, they are directed up Hunters’ Path which is a half mile climb that no-one will forget. The race was won in 1 hour 1 minute by last year’s winner, Ceri Rees. Bruce Strawbridge was first back for Honiton coming 62nd in 1:17 with Steve Davey not as close as usual in 76th place in 1:19. Howard Bidmead was next back in 141st place in 1:26. He was followed by new member Mark Dallyn who had a good run to finish 201st in 1:30. Judy Davey was the first of the Honiton ladies home in 219th place in 1:33. Lesley Crocker soon followed in 272nd place in 1:38. Nick Bradley-Carter was just four places ahead of Steve Briggs finishing 328th in 1:42 whilst Steve finished just a few seconds later in 1:43. Clare Melbourne has been putting in some hill training and it showed with her 420th position finish in 1:55. Tracey Strawbridge completed the Honiton line up finishing in 470th place in 2:06. There were 486 finishers.
On the same day, Graham Reeves and Sam Shute took part in the Old Deer Park 10k in Richmond. The course is very flat starting in the Old Deer Park, then out onto the roads of Richmond with the runners then following the river Thames before heading back into the park for the finish. Graham was first back in 37th place knocking 32 seconds off his pb in a time of 39:53. Sam also managed a pb finishing in 496th in a time of 56:38.
Honiton runners were certainly well spread out over the weekend as Stephen Boyes took part in the Luton Marathon. This is a three lap course through Luton and the immediate surrounding countryside on roads and pathways. Stephen was a bit disappointed as he only managed 3 hours 42 due to cramp in his leg at 23 miles which slowed him up. The race was won by Neil Aitken in 2:42.