The race was won by local Axe Valley Runner Tim Lenton in a time of 50 minutes 21 seconds and the first lady was Ellie Sutcliffe of Exmouth Harriers in 58:42.
Although many Honiton Running Club members were involved with organisation and marshaling, some did manage to run. First home was Ian Stewart in 58:15 in 10th place. Amazingly the next two in for Honiton were both two of the older juniors with Henry Riddle coming 15th in 1:01:39 and Findlay Fuller 19th in 1:02:05. Suzanne Spiller was the 1st Honiton lady home coming 3rd lady overall in 26th place in 1:04:22.
Other Honiton runners’ results: 21st Jarrod Brown 1:02:05, 34th Richard Harris 1:06:43, 45th Tom Dunn 1:09:05, 46th Vernon Gillard 1:09:21, 47th Simon Spiller 1:09:45, 72nd Helen Davy 1:16:42, 75th Pippa Westall 1:17:04, 77th Sarah Warren 1:17:55, 87th Esme Wilson 1:20:11, 105 Hayden Adamson 1:25:04, 107 Pete Lyus 1:25:11, 110th Jo Jo Davey 1:26:49, 117th Carol Turnham 1:28:55, 130th Wendy Le Masurier 1:34:44, 138th Wendy Williams 1:39:43. There were 171 finishers.
The Hippo Calf, which is mainly aimed at juniors aged 9 and over, took place at the same time. It is approximately 3K and starts with the same route as the beginning of the main race. Much to the disappointment of many juniors, organisers decided the river was too swollen to risk taking the youngsters across this year. This did mean that finishing times were much quicker. The race was won by Sam Pyne in a time of 12:07. First back for Honiton was Jack Elsom in 12:49 in 4th place overall making him 2nd U16 boy. Arthur Heeler-Frood was 5th overall and 2nd U11 boy in a time of 13:22. Harry Whiteley also gained a prize for 3rd U16 boy finishing 7th overall in 13:33. Honiton girls did very well too with Sasha Davy winning her U13 girl category coming 19th overall in 14:27. Honiton girls took all 3 top spots in the U16 group with Florence Swan coming 1st in 13:48, Isabel Helston 2nd in 14:22 and Morgan Davy 3rd in 14:25.There were 54 finishers. The primary school team cup was awarded to Redstart Primary School, Chard for the first time.
There were plenty of other Honiton junior members achieving some very creditable results including: 6th Aidan Harrison 13:31, 10th Olly Talbot 13:54, 11th Max Helston 13:56, 12th Harry Boswell 13:58, 16th Iain Ross 14:19, 21st Thomas Lilley 14:34, 24th Sam Taylor 14:49, 29th Josh Rowe 15:28, 40th Hannah Land 18:28, 41st James Oak 18:47, 44th Verity Fuller 19:03, 45th Ella Harvey 19:06, 46th Megan Burton 19:28 There were 54 finishers.
Thanks to the many people who supported and assisted in any way and especially the landowners for allowing hundreds of muddy feet to cross their land.
Meanwhile, a little further afield, Stephen Boyes took part in the Brighton Marathon. Despite the strong winds and not feeling quite as fit as he would like, he managed to finish in a time of 3 hours 39 minutes.