Honiton Running Club was well represented at the Dalwood Fayre 10k multi-terrain race on 14th August. Weather conditions were near perfect and there wasn’t too much mud to be found. The race was won by Tim Lenton of local Axe Valley Runners in 40 minutes 1 second. First in for Honiton was Chris Entwistle who came 4th overall in 43:55. This was his first time running the race and also running for the first time was Honiton’s next finisher, Alisdair Moffett in 5th place in 45:07. Steve Davey followed in 8th place in 47:48 and Tom Bornet is running very well to finish just after in 48:20 and one place later saw Richard Harvey in 50:24. Suzanne Spiller finished just 2 seconds later as 1st lady winning a bottle of wine. Howard Bidmead had a great run to finish 14th in 51:34. Judy Davey and Mark Andow ran pretty much the whole race within metres of each other and there was a great battle for the finish line. Time keepers couldn’t separate the two giving them 18th place in 52:41. Esme Wilson had a great race finishing 2 places later in 54:43 followed directly by Ross Penwill just 7 seconds later and Steve Briggs 16 seconds after him. Mark Dallyn couldn’t get his head or legs round this race at all finishing 26th in 56:03 just ahead of John Burgess in 56:27 and Tim Wigram in 56:52. Linda Pike loves this run and finished strongly in 37th place in 1:04:50 followed by fellow lover of the race, Pete Lyus in 42nd place in 1:06:15. Kathy Layzell enjoys this sort of challenge and came 46th in 1:08:30 closely followed by Carol Turnham in 48th place in 1:11:33. Entries were low this year with just 50 finishers enjoying the delicious curry and chips upon their return.
Six Honiton Runners went a little further afield to Snowdonia in Wales on Saturday, 17th August to take part in the 30th Annual Race the Train from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn Station and back again. This is a very popular event with four races on offer competing against the steam train and all Honiton runners chose the longest being 14 miles of undulating off road running. Runners are set off at the same time as the train and run beside the railway line sighting and hearing the train several times. Unfortunately, none of the Honiton runners actually managed to beat the train although Steve Davey was tantalisingly close. The train recorded a time of 1:48:07 and Steve’s time was 1:48:49. Bruce Strawbridge was next back finishing in 1:55:35. Judy Davey and Howard Bidmead had run the race within spitting distance of each other for most of it and their positions changed several times. Judy eventually got the better of Howard although she was slightly disappointed to have missed out on recording a time of under 2 hours by just 16 seconds. Howard’s time was 2:01:32. Clare Melbourne made it a family affair with her brother and sister in law also taking part. She was the only one to have completed 2 races that day as in the morning she had run with her niece to complete the Toddlers’ Trot. She finished in 2:29:07 with her brother managing to beat the train by an amazing 9 minutes. Tracey Strawbridge completed the Honiton line-up coming just outside the 3 hour mark in 3:02:21. The weather conditions were awful with driving rain and a strong wind blowing against the runners but the race had a bigger than usual field with 935 runners taking part.