Steve Davey was first back for Honiton finishing in 7th place in 1:24 winning a prize for first male over 50. Howard Bidmead had a great run finishing 19th in 1:31 and Graham Rooms managed to knock about 5 minutes off last year’s time to finish 25th in 1:34. John Burgess managed to stay on his feet for the second year running finishing 33rd in 1:43. Gerry Evans usually enters the 5 mile race but gets sucked in to running the two laps but this year he decided to go straight for the 10 miles to finish in 40th place in 1:54. It was Kathy Layzell’s first time of running this race but she enjoyed it, especially the views, completing Honiton’s line up in 48th place in 2:16.
Honiton junior member, Henry Riddle, won the 5 mile race in 42:26 and Val Hales walked the short distance to the start from her home in Yarcombe to take part finishing 13th in 1:10 winning the first local resident’s prize.
Many thanks to Robin Carter, AVR and all involved in organisation as well as the friendly marshals and landowners but special thanks to the ladies responsible for the delicious soup and cakes awaiting runners upon their return.
A small band of runners from Honiton RC crossed the border into Somerset on Sunday to run the Ilminster 10k. The race is all on road, but heavy overnight rain interspersed with a little snow meant that part of the course resembled a river. The route can best be described as undulating with a mile long hill just before the half-way point. But what goes up must come down, and so does this race with a long downhill section. A couple more undulations and it's back to Ilminster for the finish.
The nature of the course doesn't normally give many personal best times, however nobody told Graham Reeves who recorded his best ever 10k time of 40.25. It can't be long before Graham gets under the magic 40 minute mark. Next home was Nick Thorpe, a very unusual placing for him, in 49.10, his best 10k for some time. Sarah Warren was close behind in 51:00, after leading Nick at the half-way point. Claire Melbourne and Sandra Thorpe came next and were separated by just 2 seconds in 56.09 and 56.11 respectively. Claire is regaining her pre Edinburgh Marathon pace and Sandra was delighted after recently returning to running after a year's absence due to injury. Special mention must go to Val Hales who not content with running the Yarcombe Yomp on Saturday, turned up and raced again. She finished in 67.41.