Whilst many were nursing hangovers on New Year’s Day, 102 runners decided it was kill or cure on Wednesday, 1st January and took part in Chard Road Runners’ Chard Flyer. This is based at the Cricket Club and is a 10k race along roads and paths. Honiton’s Joe Daly and Tony Peek joined what turned out to be an interesting race. The pouring rain never gave up and meant a few parts of the run were underwater. This didn’t dampen the spirits of the marshals who were a great support with their smiles and words of encouragement. The route description is mainly flat but runners found an interesting hilly bit at about 3k that just seemed to go on forever! Tony and Joe ran the race together which they felt was a great help. They came 57th in a time of 56 minutes. Both said they would definitely do it again next year.
On Sunday, 5th January following particularly bad storms for several days prior to this, the start of South West Road Runners’ First Chance was delayed by one hour to avoid the high tide. Predictably the route was very wet under foot with rain and wind prevailing. Due to floods there was a slight route change which made the course only just over 6 miles instead of the planned 10k. Runners found themselves soaking wet with very cold feet which slowed them down. All Honiton runners had bagged a place at the last minute for this race which fills up very quickly. Roland Hall was first back for Honiton in 25th place in 36:07. Joe Daly was next back in 198th place in 48:13 followed closely by Tony Peek who finished 218th in 49:01. The only Honiton lady representative was Kelly Allison who was wearing her Honiton racing shirt for the first time. She finished 348th in 56:27. There were 465 finishers.