On the same day well over 2000 runners including 5 Honiton Running Club members took part in the Great West Run half marathon around the streets of Exeter. This is a brand new route which got a resounding thumbs up from participants. Graham Reeves was first back for Honiton and was pleased to come in under 1 ½ hours (1:29:37) and 86th place. Next back was Tom Bornet who much preferred the new route to come 156th in 1:34:30. Esme Wilson and Alasdair Moffett ran together to finish 422nd in 1:40:18. Alan Rowe MBE completed the Honiton line-up running with a team he had put together made up of former Royal Marines and family running with The Baton. He really enjoyed the race although an old calf injury flared up at 6 miles making the last 7 painful. He finished in 2:31:47 in 2003 place.
Last Sunday, 4 HRC runners took part in Minehead Running Club’s Exmoor Stagger. This is a particularly tough 16 mile race crossing Exmoor and climbing to the highest point of Dunkery Beacon involving a total climb of 3627 ft. The weather turned out to be ideal much to the relief of the Honiton group who drove through heavy rain to get to the start. Three of the runners had completed a marathon just 2 weeks previously so found the run tougher than they probably would have done otherwise. Steve Davey was first back in 69th place in 2:42 and his wife Judy followed 4 minutes later in 73rd place. She won a prize for 1st in category and a medal for winning the O50 female UK Trail Middle Distance Championship. Mark Dallyn was next back running the route for the first time to finish 105th in 2:58. Howard Bidmead completed the line-up coming 124th in 3:09. There were 201 finishers.