On Wednesday, Honiton RC produced a good turnout for the inaugural running of the Colyton Rebel Run organised by Colyton Grammar School ably assisted by Axe Valley Runners. It was a dry evening but with the route doing a loop of Morganhayes Woods, there was still plenty of mud. Kevin Hawker was the first Honiton runner back in the 10k version coming 7th place in 38:42. Steve Davey had another great run coming 16th in 42:20 and first in his category. It was a bit of a rush for Gary Phillips to get to the race but he managed 21st place in 43:38. He was followed by Rod Inglis who had a brilliant run coming 23rd in 44:19 following an impressive sprint finish to the line. John Burgess was race referee and started after everyone else. He timed himself at 48:52 and was slotted into 46th position which was a little bit unconvincing as he didn’t actually start at the proper start but a little way down the road. This was Jo Davey’s first off road race and she finished impressively in 64th place in 52:06. This was a great first time effort for the race with efficient, cheerful marshals and Colyton Grammar PTA excelled with the delicious cakes on the runners’ return. All runners enjoyed themselves and promised to come back again next year.
Other Honiton results: 34th Howard Bidmead 46:20, 39th Roger Saunders 47:39, 44th Steve Briggs 48:14, 50th Judy Davey 49:43, 59th Olivia Higginson 51:02, 60th Nick Thorpe 51:11 and 111th Wendy Williams 1:02:54. There were 126 runners.
Honiton Juniors produced another set of spectacular results taking the first 3 positions in the 5K race. This was the same route as the 10k but didn’t include the Morganhayes Woods loop. Henry Riddle was 1st in 22:57, Iain Ross 2nd in 24:07 and Jack Elsom 3rd in 25:34. The only Honiton junior girl was Anna Lamb who did very well to come 18th in 32:31. Two Honiton adults also took part. Liz Corney and Maggie Dylan are not regular racers so it was great to see them tackling the demanding race. Liz was 27th in 40:23 and Maggie was 29th in 40:54. There were 43 runners.
Honiton’s own Blackdown Beauty took place last Saturday with a record number of runners taking part. There was also a record amount of mud varying in quantity and variety of odour! The main choice of routes was either 18 miles or 10 miles with runners able to pick which points they ran enabling them to run a different distance. The base was at Priors Park Farm, Culmhead courtesy of Jim Hill and family. The long route took in 4 pubs as well as a cream tea taking runners to Pitminster and then on to Clayhidon before a visit to Pear Tree Cottage, Stapley for the delicious cream tea, appreciated by all. Thank you to the Parry family for the use of their gorgeous garden and all the ladies for making the scones and serving welcome cups of tea. Once fed and watered, runners went on to Churchinford before running back to base. Runners were invited to dress in red, white and blue in a patriotic style and some participants went all out with some great costumes. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way as well as all the landowners. Special thanks must go to John Burgess who has given up many hours of his time organizing the event in so many ways including creating the booklet, tirelessly investigating possible routes, visiting landowners and publicans as well as coordinating everyone else involved. Also Jim Hill for giving up part of his farm for the day by providing the ideal base for the run including an undercover barbecue area for those inevitable showers