The relay covers exactly the same route as the marathon with 5 runners in the team each taking a leg varying in length from 3 to 9 miles.Honiton Hurtlers made up of Olivia Higginson (Captain), Bruce Strawbridge, Kevin Hawker, Howard Bidmead and Hadleigh Davies came an amazing 9th place overall. They were disappointed to miss out on a prize by just 7 seconds but they all felt they ran well and tried their hardest. The Hot Steppers consisting of Nick Thorpe, Carol Turnham, John Burgess, Juliet Hall and Clare Melbourne (Captain) finished 155th in 3:55. Honiton’s Jersey Girls were next back in 214th place in 4:09. Runners were Sue Jones, Sandra Thorpe, Claire Pomeroy, Vanessa Glyn-Jones and Jo Jo Davey (Captain). Five Run a Marathon completed Honiton’s teams coming 247th in 4:21 and was made up of Ian Jeeves, Tracey Strawbridge (Captain), Wendy Le Masurier, Maggie Dillon and Liz Corney. There were 270 teams altogether.
It was a beautiful late summer’s day and it was a pleasure to take part in such a well organised event on such a beautiful island. Most Honiton visitors are already planning a return visit. Thanks to Wendy for organising a fantastic trip.
Meanwhile, back in Devon, on the same day, other runners were representing the club at the Minster Challenge based at Axminster Community College. First back for Honiton was Chris Entwistle coming an excellent 2nd position in 52:49 although this was helped by the front runner Matt Clist going slightly off track and ending up coming 5th. Alasdair Moffett was next in coming 10th in 57:15 closely followed by Tom Bornet in 57:24. Jarrod Brown was putting in a rare appearance for the club and did himself proud coming 13th in 57:43. Suzanne Spiller was 1st lady back for Honiton and 2nd lady overall in a time of 59:28 and 16th place. Mark Andow was next back in 30th place in 1:03:34 followed by Simon Spiller 24 seconds later to complete Honiton’s team. There were 69 runners. Two of the older juniors, Henry Riddle and Iain Ross, took part in the Fun Run coming in together across the line in 7th place in a time of 22:18. There were 66 finishers. Thanks to all involved in organisation and marshalling of another great event.