Honiton Running Club was extremely well represented at Good Friday’s Kilmington Kanter with 14 adults taking part in the main race and 4 juniors tackling the fun run. This multi-terrain race is just under 7 miles and takes in Shute and Umborne as well as Kilmington. It looked like a beautiful spring day but the biting wind made it bitterly cold. Richard Harvey was first back for Honiton in 17th place in a time of 52 minutes 58 seconds. Steve Davey followed coming 20th in 53:51. Richard Harris and Suzanne Spiller battled to the line with Richard coming 25th in 54:57 and Suzanne just 1 place and 2 seconds behind. Suzanne had her victory, however, as she was first lady overall winning a wonderful hamper of fruit for her efforts. Howard Bidmead has been suffering injury following the Grizzly but he had a good race finishing 32nd in 56:20. Mark Dallyn was next back coming 34th in 56:40. Simon Spiller led the next batch of Honiton runners home finishing 36th in 57:40 with Roger Saunders following 9 seconds later having just outsprinted Judy Davey by 7 seconds on the final stretch. Steve Briggs followed in 43rd place with a time of 58:46 before the next trio of Honiton runners finished one after the other led by Lesley Crocker who came 47th in 60:38 followed by Mark Andow in 60:43 and John Burgess finishing just one second later. Lesley was delighted and very surprised to find out she was the winner of her category winning a bag of healthy goodies. Lin Pike completed Honiton’s adult line up finishing 58th in 67:34. There were 67 runners and the race was won by Axe Valley Runner Matthew Clist in 42:30. Runners were treated to a much needed cup of tea and hot cross bun on their return.
The four junior runners did spectacularly well in the fun run with Henry Riddle winning the race in 17:31. Rowan Westall was 2nd in 18:27 and Florence Swan won her category finishing 5th overall in 19:59. Megan Burton was wearing her brand new Honiton racing vest and finished 2nd in her category in 26:04 in 17th place. There were 25 runners.
Thanks to the main organiser Malcolm Macdonald with Kilmington Primary School as well as the sponsors for the great prizes.
Steve Davey, Bruce Strawbridge and Mark Dallyn took part in AVR’s Night Runner last Saturday evening. Runners are guided on the course of this 6 ½ mile off road race by lights placed at strategic points. It is a tough race made tougher by the darkness with runners taken along Branscombe Beach before climbing the infamous Stairway to Heaven. Steve was first back for Honiton coming 21st in about 57 minutes. Bruce followed just a few seconds and 2 places later whilst Mark finished a very respectable 41st. There were 80 runners and the winner was Michael Robinson on Tamar Trotters.
Paul and Jo Lowman are starting a runners’ beginners’ course on Monday, 15th April. Meet at 6.30pm at Honiton Community College. For further information contact Paul on 07764308627 or firstname.lastname@example.org