Several Honiton runners took a mini bus to beautiful Studland in Dorset to take part in the Studland Stampede 12k race last Sunday. This is a tough off-road race that takes runners over heath land and sandy beaches offering stunning views of Old Harry Rocks, Brownsea Island and the Isle of Wight. The race is fairly flat but the last 2 ½ miles is particularly tough with runners having to cope with soft sand in the dunes and then 2 miles of beach back to the finish. The race was won by Andrew Ridley in a time of 45 minutes 55 seconds and the first back for Honiton was Kevin Hawker who came 6th in 48:08. Tom Bornet is a regular at this race and he came 35th in 54:47. Rod Inglis had yet another great race to finish 41st in 55:22 and he was followed by Steve Davey who came 55th in 56:51. Howard Bidmead had organised the club outing and he was delighted with his race to come 82nd in 58:57. Stephen Boyes had overtaken Judy Davey on the sand dunes and he did well to come 91st in 1:00:17 with Judy coming 6 places and 37 seconds later. Nick and Sandra Thorpe couldn’t remember the last time they had raced so they were pleased with their finish positions of 296 and 368 respectively with times of 1:14:08 and 1:19:56. Gerry Evans enjoyed his race coming 407th in 1:25:29 and Wendy Williams took a tumble bruising her leg as well as her ego. She finished 424th in 1:29:39. There were 446 finishers. Upon their return, finishers were given a wonderful goody bag packed full of beauty products, flapjack and jam!
Honiton Running Club had a good number of runners at the Minster Challenge 7 ½ mile multi-terrain race based in Axminster. It was a beautiful morning, perfect for running and after heavy rain the day before it had the added bonus of a bit of mud! The race was won by Matt Clist of Axe Valley Runners in the brilliant time of 45 minutes 54 seconds. He was followed in 2nd place by Honiton’s Ben Stone who finished in 52:03 having battled to hold his position at times. Alasdair Moffett had a great run to finish in 55:12 in 7th place and he was followed just two places later by Tom Bornet who finished in 56:06. Rod Inglis continues his top form to finish 11th in 57:07 followed not as closely as usual by Steve Davey who came 16th in 59:36 having found the race particularly hard. Mark Dallyn had a steady race to come 18th in 1:00:56 whilst Judy Davey finished 22nd in1:02:19 coming 2nd lady overall. Howard Bidmead had beaten Judy the previous week over a shorter distance but he had to be content to have her overtake him and finish one place behind her in 1:02:57. Richard Harris turned his ankle which caused pain slowing him down to finish 29th in 1:05:57. The next three Honiton ladies were very close throughout the race with Esme Moffett finishing 30th in 1:06:04 followed by Pippa Westall and Louise Crisp who came 32nd and 33rd respectively with Pippa finishing one second ahead of Louise in 1:06:29. Kathy Layzell completed the Honiton line-up finishing as usual with a huge smile on her face in a time of 1:19:52 and 60th place. There were 79 finishers.
As well as the main race there was also a 5k. Honiton’s Iain Ross took part in this as he is concentrating on shorter distances for a few weeks. He won the race in 18:30. Honiton junior Katelyn Wells finished 14th overall and 2nd girl in a time of 24:44. She also won her age category. The Honiton trio was completed by Ashleigh Ford-Cosens who had a great race to finish 21st in 28:29. There were 63 finishers.
There was also a 3k fun run on offer and Honiton’s Jasmine Stone came 3rd overall which also made her 3rd girl. Her brother Harrison did really well to finish 12th. There were 51 runners.
Several members of Honiton Running Club travelled to the beautiful seaside village of Lynmouth in North Devon to take part in the Doone 10 mile run organised by the charity Care for Kids with the help of North Devon Road Runners. The race took runners up and down trails and tracks along cliff paths with stunning scenery at every twist and turn. Kevin Hawker was the first back for Honiton coming 3rd overall in a time of 1 hour 12 minutes 38 seconds and taking first prize for his age category. He was followed very closely by Ian Stewart who was 5th overall finishing in 1:14:42 having had a great run. Steve Davey was next back finishing 45th in exactly 1 ½ hours. Bruce Strawbridge is back on form and had a great race to come 51st in 1:31:46. He had vied for position with Steve Selley who finished 4 places later in 1:32:01 having taken a wrong turn into someone’s garden! To be fair most of the Honiton runners and a lot of the field had turned into this garden path but Steve managed to go a little further down the path before realising he had gone wrong! Judy Davey was next back delighted to come 3rd lady overall winning her age category and 64th place overall in a time of 1:34:44. Howard Bidmead was next back having been followed by Judy for the entire race until she passed him. Positions changed a couple of times and in the end Howard finished 4 places and 55 seconds behind Judy. New Honiton member Shane Hudd brought the family and had a thoroughly enjoyable race to finish 84th in 1:41:21. Michelle Selley finished the Honiton line-up having enjoyed the views to come 129th in 2:03:52. The race was won by Mark Jenkin in the amazing time of 1:06 and there were 149 finishers.
Julie Payne took part in the Dornafield Women’s 10k organised by Teignbridge Trotters. She finished 13th overall winning her category in a time of 44:29. The scenic course follows undulating rural lanes and passes through the local hamlets of Ogwell and Denbury.
Honiton Running Club held its very own Cotleigh Canter races last Sunday in perfect weather. The 10k was won with a course record by 16 year old Jake Smith of Axe Valley Runners in the time of 33 minutes 21 seconds. Amy Greenhalgh also of AVR was first lady back in the time of 40 minutes 20 seconds also cracking the ladies’ course record. Quite a few Honiton members were helping organise and marshal the event but the club did put out some fine runners. Ian Stewart was first back for the club in 6th place in 37:43 followed by Hadleigh Davies who came 14th in 41:38. Steve Selley had a great run coming 18th in 44:09 as did Mark Dallyn who came 22nd in 45:58. Tony Peek was next back coming 33rd in 52:24. Pete Lyus finished just 10 seconds after the hour in 44th place and Gerry Evans came 46th in 1:05:57. There were 50 finishers.
The 5k is one lap of the 2 lap 10k course and was won by Michael Lesniak of South West Road Runners setting yet another course record to finish in 17:51. Ellie Sutcliffe was already the holder of the course record set last year and this year she won the ladies’ race in a time of 19:44 coming 2nd overall. Honiton junior member Florence Swan was next back coming 3rd lady overall in 22:21 and 4th place in the event. Thomas Lilley was 2nd male finisher, 6th overall in 24:03. Thomas Kirsch followed 2 places later in 25:21. Hannah Land didn’t enjoy the race but put in a gutsy run to come 14th in 30:29. There were 15 finishers.
The 3k Fun Run had 41 finishers and was won by Samuel Yearling in a time of 11:41. Honiton’s own Katelyn Wells won it for the girls in a time of 13:53. Jasmine Stone won her category coming 8th overall in 14:10. Ashleigh Ford-Cosens also won her category finishing in 15:51 and 16th place. It was great to see Megan Burton back running after injury just beating her brother for 39th place in 22:40. There were 41 finishers.
On 16th August, Ben Stone and Alasdair Moffet travelled down to the Roseland Peninsula in South Cornwall to take part in the Roseland August Trail race series. There were 4 distances of 11 miles, 20 miles, The Black Rat 32 miles, and The Plague 64 mile race. Ben took part in the Plague which started at midnight on the Friday night and ran through the night on challenging coast paths between Porthpean and St Anthony's near Falmouth. The race then turns back and returns to Porthpean. Ben finished in 14 hrs 11 mins and was 8th out of 100 competitors. Alasdair took part in the Black Rat and was dropped off at St Anthony's at 8.30am and ran the 32 miles back to Porthpean. Alasdair enjoyed the race and came in an excellent 22nd place in 6hrs 16 mins. Both agreed that the terrain was very challenging and Ben compared it to running 3 and half Grizzlies but a bit harder!
On the evening of Wednesday, 20th August, four Honiton runners travelled to Exeter to take part in the Exeter 10k. The course is very flat and very fast and all 4 put in great efforts. Steve Selley was first back for Honiton coming 93rd in 43 mins 21 secs. Next back hot on his heels was Katy Campbell 117th in 45 mins 18 secs. Sharon Wells was delighted to knock off 5 minutes from last year’s race coming in 207th in 51 mins18 secs. Donna Stone in her first ever race came in 282nd in 58 mins and 45 secs, well within the hour target she had set herself. A magnificent effort for all 4. The race was won by Tom Merson in 31.12 and 358 people turned out for the event.
Having celebrated his daughter’s wedding in Midhurst, West Sussex on the Saturday Honiton runner Howard Bidmead entered the Harting 10 mile trail run on Sunday 3rd August. Harting is a small village set within the South Downs National Park on the West Sussex / Hampshire border.This is a tough run starting in the village. The first 3 miles are all uphill and comprise country lanes and tracks. At 3 miles the course evens out until 5 miles where there is a sharp right hand turn and then 2 miles uphill to the top of the Downs where the runners are met with amazing views across the Sussex and Hampshire countryside. At 8 miles the route descends back into Harting to the finish. 206 runners completed the event. Howard ran in his words a gentle pace and finished 88th with a credible time of 1 hour 22 mins. The race was run by Julian Manning from Denmead Striders in a time of 57m 46s.
Last Sunday, 56 runners or walkers took part in a social event organised by Honiton Running Club’s Howard Bidmead. Several local clubs were represented with 10 Honiton runners taking part. The base was at West Anstey and was a circular route taking in 10 Exmoor miles. The weather was much better than was originally forecast with Hurricane Bertha behaving herself. Runners were treated to a feast of homemade cakes on their return and money raised was split between Devon Air Ambulance and West Anstey Village Hall. A huge thank you to Howard and his other helpers for a very enjoyable event.
Last Sunday, two Honiton Running Club members took part in the Indian Queens Half Marathon which is mainly road and fairly flat. Julie Payne finished in 102nd place in a time of 1 hour 36 minutes and 55 seconds which saw her win a bottle of wine for coming 1st in her age category. Stephen Boyes came 132nd in 1:40:06 and was pleased with his run which he used as part of his training for the Loch Ness Marathon next month. There were 562 finishers and the race was won by Ben Price of Cheltenham Harriers in the speedy time of 1:14:19.
Last Sunday saw 9 members take part in the Dalwood Fayre 10k multi-terrain race. There is not much that’s flat in this race with undulations throughout. Thankfully, it was a little cooler than it has been recently. The race was won by Axe Valley Runners’ Matt Clist in the fantastic time of 39:24. Honiton’s Kevin Hawker was 2nd in 40:56 and Ian Stewart was not too far behind in 4th place in 43:09. Ben Stone was next back finishing 5th in 44:06. Rod Inglis had another great race coming 11th in 49:18 and he was followed by Steve Davey who found the race unusually hard to come 15th in 51:20. Howard Bidmead was next back in 17th place in 52:09 and he was followed by Mark Dallyn who finished 19th in 53:42 having just overtaken a young lad on holiday in Dalwood running his first ever 10k. Mark had been overtaken by Judy Davey during the race but paced himself well to overtake her and keep in front. Judy finished 21st in 54:19 being first lady back for Honiton and 3rd lady overall winning a bottle of wine for her efforts. Louise Crisp was the only other Honiton lady representative finishing 29th in 57:36. There were 49 runners altogether. Thanks to the Fayre Committee for great organisation and providing an abundance of cheery marshals.
Ian Stewart and Louise Crisp of Honiton Running Club took part in Teignbridge Trotter’s Haytor Heller last Saturday evening. This popular, well established moorland race starts below Haytor Rock and follows a hilly, circular route before returning once again to Haytor Rock with a fast downhill finale to the finish. The 6 mile course is challenging with several steep ascents and descents and is run across rugged, open moorland, apart from two sections through woodland; firstly below Hound Tor and secondly below Haytor which includes a stream crossing. The course is completely off-road. Ian came 11th overall in a time of 47 minutes15 seconds and Louise came 118th in 1:04:30 winning a prize for coming first in her category. The race was won by Jamie Parkinson in 39:44 and there were 264 finishers.
On Sunday morning,on a sweltering day, several Honiton members took part in Mrs E’s Big Wheeze based at Mrs Ethleston’s Primary School, Uplyme. There are 10k and 5k multi-terrain races as well as a Small Wheeze Fun Run of approximately 2km. The 10k route is exhilarating following river banks, going through beautiful woods and climbing hills giving glimpses of the sea. Ben Stone was first back for Honiton in the 10k coming 6th in 41:50 and hot on his heels was Chris Entwistle who finished in 42:07. Hadleigh Davies had a great race finishing 12th in 43:57 and Ross Penwill continues his great form to come 19th in 45:23. Suzanne Spiller knocked a minute of last year’s time despite the heat and finished 2nd lady, 21st overall in 46:19. Rod Inglis flew around the course once again to finish 24th in 46:37 with young Findlay Fuller chasing him down to finish 17 seconds later. Richard Harvey was happy with his race finishing 27th in 47:46 and Steve Davey found the race quite tough but finished well to come 29th in 48:07. Steve Selley enjoyed the race coming 33rd in 50:20 closely followed by Mark Dallyn who ran well to finish in 51:08. Judy Davey could see him for most of the race but he must have got away a bit towards the end as she finished 40th in 52:16. Bruce Strawbridge has been dogged by injury recently and hasn’t raced much this year. He battled the race demons to come 53rd in 56:21 with Kathy Layzell completing the line-up to come 73rd in 1:04:15. There were 87 finishers. The 5k was won by Honiton’s very own Iain Ross who finished in 21:59 and the 1st girl was Flo Swan, also from Honiton. She finished in 25:13. Sharon Wells also decided on the 5k option finishing 16th in 29:46. There were 23 finishers. Honiton’s girls did very well in the Small Wheeze with Katelyn Wells, Jasmine Stone and Ashley Ford-Cosens coming 2nd 3rd and 4th girls respectively. There were 63 runners altogether.
A good few Honiton Running Club members graced the Otter Rail and River Run 10k based at Tipton last Saturday. James Reeves of South West Road Runners won the race in the excellent time of 36 minutes 57 seconds. Running for Honiton, his brother Graham was not too far behind coming 5th in 40:03. Tim Legg came 10th in 42:54 winning his age category as did Julie Payne who came 36th in 47:44. Esme Moffett had a great run to come 55th in 50:09 and Mark Andow was next back finishing 63rd in 51:18. Sam Shute completed the Honiton line-up to come 127th in 1:06:43. There were 141 finishers.
Honiton Running Club’s own Blackdown Beauty took place last Saturday around the Blackdown Hills’ countryside. It started off as another hot one but it cooled down during the afternoon to ideal running conditions. The rain came down but it did stay off until most of the runners had finished and were able to shelter in a barn whilst still enjoying the barbecue. The main choice of routes was either 18 miles or 10 miles with runners able to pick which points they ran enabling them to run a distance of their choice. The base was at Priors Park Farm, Culmhead courtesy of Jim Hill and family. The long route took in 4 pubs as well as a cream tea taking runners to Pitminster and then on to Clayhidon before a visit to Pear Tree Cottage, Stapley for the delicious cream tea, appreciated by all. Thank you to the Parry family for the use of their gorgeous garden and all the ladies of Smeatharpe WI for making the scones and serving welcome cups of tea. Once fed and watered, runners went on to Churchinford before running back to base. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way as well as all the landowners but especially Jim Hill for giving up part of his farm for the day by providing the ideal base for the run including a barn for the post race barbecue. Keep an eye on the website www.honitonrc.com for the winter version - The Blackdown Beast due to be held in January.
Howard Bidmead was in charge of the backup car for the Beauty so didn’t run the route which meant he could run the Bridport Jurassic Coast 10K on Sunday. It's starts and finishes at the Bridport Leisure Centre and is nearer 12K than 10. It winds its way out to the coast path where the runners climb Thorncombe Hill, the second highest point on the Coast path. Runners are greeted there with spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast before the descent back to Bridport via West Bay. Howard was extremely pleased with his run finishing in 58m 21s and taking a prize for 3rd O50 vet male. There were close to 100 runners and Howard finished well up the field.
- About Us
- Social Stuff
- Associated Groups