First in for Honiton was Ian Stewart who came a very creditable 5th overall in 42:49. Richard Harvey was next back having been followed for most of the race by Bruce Strawrbridge. Richard was 11th in 48:33 with Bruce one place later in 49:11. Tom Dunn, presently on a break home from his studies, has obviously been training as he wasn’t far behind coming in 17th place in 50:18. John Burgess was delighted with his race as he finished within seconds of last year’s time in 25th place in 55:07. John had overtaken Mark Andow in the latter stages and Mark eventually finished two places behind in 56:19. Nick Thorpe managed to come in front of Honiton’s first lady, Lesley Crocker. Nick came 28th in 57:14 with Lesley two places and 23 seconds later. Dan Brett is quicker on flatter courses but he did well to come 35th in 1:01:25. Louise Saunders has been turning up to training nights regularly recently and this has paid off as she was pleased to finish 38th in 1:04:05. Honiton took quite a few of the remaining places with Linda Pike, Pete Lyus and Sandra Thorpe coming 44th, 45th and 46th within less than 90 seconds of each other. Linda 1:08:01, Pete 1:08:25 and Sandra 1:09:24. The three remaining Honiton runners closely followed with Carol Turnham coming 48th in 1:11:05, Wendy Williams 49th in 1:11:16 and Jayne Barlow 51st in 1:13:35.
As usual, there was a great atmosphere at the finish with enthusiastic support for the runners crossing the line. Plenty of tasty curry and chips were on offer as well as the usual liquid refreshments of the Tucker’s Arms.