On the same day, other Honiton runners went to North Devon to take part in the South Molton Struggle. This is almost 8 miles of mult-terrain running through the stunning countryside of South Molton. Chris Entwistle was first back coming 14th in 53:15. Steve Davey and Bruce Strawbridge had their usual close race with Bruce leading for the first half and Steve leading for the second. Steve eventually came 28th in 57:09 with Bruce 35th 42 seconds later. Howard Bidmead completed the line-up having had a great race to come 39th in 58:30. There were 209 finishers and the race was won by Daniel O’Boyle in 44:03.
Last Saturday, AVR held another event in the form of the Yarcombe Yomp. Runners can choose to run one lap of 5 miles or take part in the full challenge by running 2 laps. Again, Matt Clist won in 1 hour 8 minutes. Chris Entwistle led Honiton home to finish 7th in 1:21 in his first running of the event which was pretty good considering he ran it in shoes suitable for road running. The Yarcombe Yomp definitely requires a grippier trainer than this as it is nearly all off road through fields and tracks which get very slippery. Steve Davey would usually be further behind Chris but he finished just 2 minutes and 3 places later. It was also Tim Wigram’s and Steve Briggs’ first time for the race which saw Tim finish 21st in 1:35 and Steve 23rd also in 1:35. There were 48 runners. Iain Ross and John Burgess completed the one loop 5 mile race which saw Iain winning it in 39:30. John was 6th in 49:17 and there were 14 runners. As usual, runners were treated to delicious homemade soup and cakes in the Village Hall upon their return. Thanks to the ladies who did the cooking as well as the organisers and land owners for allowing runners to trudge through their land.