Press Releases 2017
Exeter Marathon and Clyst Hydon Huff
Kev Hawker, Adam Hennessay, Tim Wigram and Steve Boyes of Honiton Running Club took on the Exeter Marathon last Sunday. Starting at Exeter City Football Club, it went through the town centre then onto the Quay for 3 loops around the windy riverside to finish at Haven Banks. Kev Hawker was first back for HRC in 3hrs and 30 seconds. After leading at 6 miles he was sent the wrong way and dropped back to 3rd. Not that it affected the result as his legs went into a shuffle after 20 miles to finish 5th. Steve Boyes had a great run coming home in 3hrs 56. Adam Hennessey was in good shape and hoping for a quick time. Unfortunately injury struck with a swollen foot. Adam took his shoe off to walk the last 4 miles. A great effort. Tim Wigram was using the event as a training run for his upcoming Ultra, running a marathon a month. He finished in 4:20. All finishers got a well deserved Beer.
Meanwhile several other HRC runners were out at Clyst Hydon taking part in the Huff. The race had reached its limit within minutes of opening registration on the day and late entrants had to wait patiently to see if they could take the place of a no show. Luckily for Richard Harris, after a nervous wait, this was the case and he had a great run to come 29th in 51 minutes 8 seconds. Steve Davey was next back coming 32nd 23 seconds later. Jo Davey was the first lady home for HRC and 5th lady overall. She came 38th in 52:14 finally beating her mum in a race – it will be the first of many! She had a great battle with Eleanor Wood of Axe Valley Runners crossing the line together and being given the same finishing time. Mark Dallyn came 41st in 53:25 and he was followed by Howard Bidmead who finished 43rd in exactly 54 minutes. Having just moved into a new age category he was very excited to find out he’d won it! Judy Davey was next back also winning her age category. She was 45th in 54:49. Roger Saunders followed not too far behind coming 48th in 55:23 with Pippa Westall hot on his heels coming 50th in 56:09. Clare Melbourne, Jay Sweetman and Mark Newson ran together and finished 81st in 1:04:15 an amazing 7 minutes quicker than last year. Jennie Sleeman finished 87th in 1:05:15 and Kathy Layzell completed the line-up to come 100th in 1:08:51. There were 134 finishers and the winner was Anthony Hatchard who finished in 39:56. There was also a 2k fun run for the youngsters and Callum Hall came 84th, his brother Nathan 87th and Oscar Devine 91st who ran with his mum Asilah. Many thanks to Clyst Hydon Primary School for putting on such a well organised event and especially Jane Murray the main organiser.
The Ottery 10k race organised by Honiton Running Club took place last Sunday on a gorgeous sunny day. Ottery Carnival Committee provided many of the marshals and although many HRC members were involved with organisation, the Club still managed to sport a good representation of runners. Numbers entered overall beat the course record in dramatic style with 301 crossing the finish line. This all road course is around the streets of Ottery St Mary and is billed as fairly flat although in the heat of the day most runners disagreed with this. The race was won by Tom Merson of Exmouth Harriers in the fantastic time of 32 minutes and 2 seconds – over 2 minutes ahead of the 2nd placed runner. The first lady was Suzy Rushforth of South West Road Runners in 41:08. First back for Honiton was young Will Daly who came 12th in 38:22. Another young HRC runner was next back in the form of George Tomkins who came 35th in 41:38. He was just ahead of Sherrie Hair who was 1st lady back for HRC and 2nd lady overall. She finished in 41:49. Other HRC runners were: 47th Mark Newson 43:12, 52nd Rod Inglis 44:06, 56th Sam Pollard 44:33, 62nd Steve Davey 45:15, 66th Richard Harris 45:42, 78th Mark Dallyn 46:34, 79th Jo Davey 46:45,80th Steve Selley 46:57, 93rd Pippa Westall 48:36, 107th Darren Roberts 49:55, 114th Kate Smith 50:47, 119th Andy Ashford 51:05, 146th Jay Sweetman 52:37, 147th Rachel Hennessey 52:38, 176th Lex Turnham 55:12, 177th Asilah Jarrald 55:14, 178th Clare Melbourne 55:20, 181st Linda Pike 56:03, 189th Charlotte McKechnie 57:07, 190th Teresa Pollard 57:10, 193rd Geri Terry 57:36, 207th Owen Bukin 58:52, 209th Phil Hall 58:58, 216th Alan Rowe 59:58, 219th Claire Staniforth 1:00:13, 223rd Carol Turnham 1:00:35, 224th Liz Corney 1:00:39, 232nd Becky Galiford 1:01:42, 238th Lucy Daly 1:01:48, 264th Karen Shaw 1:05:40, 276th Claire Arscott 1:07:16, 283rd Paula Ferris 1:10:08 (running with Paul Bryant), 286th Vanessa Glyn Jones 1:12:09, 289th Elizabeth Kranen 1:14:05.
There was also a 1 mile fun run open to youngsters. The first 3 boys and girls won chocolate, a trophy, a medal and a tee-shirt for their efforts. Huge thanks to all the sponsors, the Cricket Club, the Carnival Club and anyone else who made the day such a success.
Beer Blazer and Crediton Crunch
Last Sunday, in ideal weather conditions, several Honiton Running Club members took on the Beer Blazer. This takes in one of the nastier sections of the infamous Grizzly with competitors running the length of Branscombe Beach before climbing the Stairway to Heaven. The race’s base is at Pecorama and is a 10k all off road run. The winner was Richard Bateson who finished in 42 minutes 52 seconds. First back for HRC was young Will Daly running the course for the first time. He came 6th overall in 46:41. Next was Rod Inglis who had a great run to come 18th in 52:58 and he was followed by Steve Davey who came 25th in 55:14. Howard Bidmead is getting over an injury so did well to come 50th in 1:00:43 ahead of HRC’s first and only lady, Paula Ferris, who finished 58th in 1:02:48. Andy Ashford has really picked the pace up with his racing and he came 73rd in 1:06:39. Joe Daly completed the line-up to come 100th in 1:15:09 and there were 138 finishers.
Sisters Phoebe and Alice Clark took part in the Fun Run with fantastic results. Phoebe was 1st girl and 2nd overall and Alice was 3rd girl and 8th overall.
Meanwhile Roger Saunders chose to run the Crediton Crunch to keep his standings up in the Instep Devon championship. The route was very similar to the Blazer in that it started at the top of a hill and then descended to the river at the bottom to be followed by several steep climbs on the way back, but no beach and it was a bit less than 10K due to last minute route changes. Roger was the only Honiton runner there and finished 62nd in a time of 46:59. The winner was Robert Ellis from Exmouth Harriers in a time of 33:38.
Bolt Head to Head, Offa's Orror and London Marathon
On Saturday, 22nd April, whilst some of the club were preparing for the London Marathon, a few Honiton Running Club runners were taking on a "slightly" less well known run in Salcombe, South Devon. Suzanne and Simon Spiller, Paula Ferris, Sherrie Hair and Sharon Wells tackled the Bolt Head to Head coast run; a 22 Km coast line run taking in such landmarks as Hope’s Cove, Bolberry Down and Overbecks house. The scenery was fantastic and the run was made all the better by the great weather.
Not content with that, Paula Ferris ventured further afield the following day to race Chepstow Harriers’ infamous Trail Run "Offa's Orror" which is not for the faint hearted, taking in sections of the famous Offa's Dyke path, and tracks and trails around it. The route is a little under 20km/12miles with a height gain of approximately 670m (2200 feet). Encountering hills, forest tracks, single track footpaths, steep descents, riverbank paths, less than 1km of tarmac ... and of course, the beauty of the Wye Valley (if you've got time to look at it!). Paula completed the race in 2 hours 05 mins, 129th out of 209 runners.
HRC only had 2 representatives running the London Marathon this year and first back was seasoned LM runner, Judy Davey. She finished in 3 hours 36 minutes and a very respectable 7434th place out of the 40,000 finishers. She was happy with her time having completed it both quicker and slower previously. Clare Melbourne was running London for the first time and really enjoyed it! She found the crowds were amazing and it was totally different to other marathons. Clare said it felt surreal that she was actually running this iconic event - it didn't really sink in until she watched the highlights on TV when she got home! She managed to run the whole way as she knew if she stopped to walk that would have been it, and the boost of seeing friends and relatives supporting along the way spurred her on to get to the finish! Clare raised an incredible amount of over £1100 for the club’s charity of the year Macmillan Cancer Support. Clare finished 20,944th in 4:27. She is so grateful for everyone's support for the fundraising and the running and super-chuffed with the amazing medal!
Kilmington Kanter & Fast Friday 10k
Kilmington Kanter saw record numbers take part on Good Friday and this was made up of a good turnout of Honiton runners. This multi-terrain course is just short of 7 miles and takes in a variety of tracks, woodland and 2 challenging hills. The race was won by 17 year old Ollie Caute in 44 minutes 8 seconds and the lady winner was Flo Swan who is also a 17 year old Axe Valley Runner. She came 20th in 50:53. Adam Hennessey was first back for HRC coming 12th in 48:56 and he was followed by Nick Silkstone coming 15th in 49:27. New HRC runner Mark Newson showed what he was made of to come 29th in 53:29. Richard Harvey followed coming 32nd in 54:26. Steve Davey and Alasdair Moffatt had a good battle throughout with Steve managing to come just one second ahead of Alasdair in 34th place and 54:55. The next 5 runners were very close throughout the race swapping positions many times with Paula Ferris leading them and the other HRC ladies home to come 49th in 57:13. Mark Dallyn has been out of the racing scene for a while but did well to come 52nd in 58:01. Judy and Jo Davey followed directly behind with Judy 8 seconds later and Jo just 1 second after her. Judy took home a very nice hamper for winning her age category. Richard Terry has shown huge improvement recently and knocked over 10 minutes off his time from last year. He came 57th in 58:54. Tim Wigram came 69th in1:00:53, Nicola Greenland 74th in 1:02:34, Howard Bidmead 75th in 1:02:50, Joe Daly 120th in 1:14:04 and Claire Rouse 122nd in 1:14:32. There were 136 finishers.
Honiton had great success in the Fun Run with Phoebe Clark coming 1st female and 2nd overall in 21:04. Her sister Alice also won her category coming 8th overall in 23:15 and 3rd overall female. There were 42 finishers.
Three HRC runners opted for the flat river Exe tow path rather than the hills of Kilmington on Good Friday in a bid to boost their 10K times. The Fast Friday 10K is part of the Instep Devon race series and was sold out quickly. The 2 lap course along the River Exe was flat except for the bridges. Roger Saunders entered at the last minute as a member was suffering an ailment and gifted her place to him. He came in 64th and first in the V60 category in 46:53 so this keeps him in the running for the overall lead in this category for the Instep Devon race series. Katy Campbell was not far behind in 72nd place in 48:22 and Rachel Hennessey was 92nd in 50:56. Ben Stone running for Tiverton came in with a very swift time of 40:32. The race was won by Phil Wylie of Cheltenham Harriers in 31:30.
Honiton Hippo & Exe to Axe
Last Sunday, Honiton Running Club held its Hippo and Hippo Calf in the hottest weather conditions the race has experienced in its history. This tough race is based at Honiton Primary School and the main race is just over 7 miles in length involving plenty of variety. Runners first run down the road to the entrance of Combe Woods before circling the woods and coming back on the road to Combe Raleigh. They then face the challenging St Cyres’ Hill running on road and through woods. Next it’s down the road towards Awliscombe before entering the Land Rover Experience only to go straight back up the hill again. A quick run around the Land Rover Experience follows involving a muddy soaking! Runners are treated to two river crossings to clean them off before a final hill back to school. The race was won by Jake Smith of Axe Valley Runners in 47 minutes 25 and the first lady home was Emma Sharples of South West Road Runners who finished in 57:16. Many Honiton RC members were involved in helping or marshalling but quite a few took part with the first back being Will Daly who was also the youngest runner for HRC. He came 16th in 59:12. Sherrie Hair was the first lady HRC runner finishing 25th overall in 1:02:43. Other Honiton finishers were:47th Hadleigh Davies 1:07:40, 54th Stephen Boyes 1:09:11, 55th Jo Davey 1:09:28, 58th Sam Pollard 1:09:59, 83rd Nicola Greenland 1:16:16, 96th Shane Hudd 1:19:05, 110th Lex Turnham 1:25:02, 117th Katherine Tomkins 1:26:04, 127th Michela Hudd 1:28:08, 133rd Carol Turnham 1:30:38, 146th Vanessa Knowles, Michelle Selley and Anna Dalzell all 1:33:28, 153rd Teresa Pollard 1:34:12 and 166th Geri Terry 1:36:58. There were 233 finishers.
The Calf is open to youngsters of 9 years and over and is approximately 1 ¾ miles in length. It follows the same route as the Hippo until coming out of Combe Woods when the Calf runners are sent back to base. As the weather has been dry recently the youngsters were able to come back through the river like the adults. HRC’s George Tomkins won it in 11:05 and Axe Valley Runners’ Caitlin Smith was first girl back in 3rd place overall in 11:45. HRC’s Jemima Daly was 3rd girl home. There were 52 finishers. The first primary school team home was once again Upottery.
Thanks to everyone who enabled the event to be the success it was especially the landowners who very generously allowed their ground to be churned by hundreds of pairs of feet.
On Sunday, 2nd April some brave Honiton Running Club members took on the 21 mile Sidmouth Running Club’s Exe to Axe race which takes runners from Exmouth sea front through Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Branscombe and finishes in Seaton. This year the route was extended to take in the entire length of Seaton sea front. As you would expect of a coastal run there were many steep climbs and descents and the course was very muddy at times but, of course, there were also spectacular views. Alasdair Moffett led HRC home to come 19th in 3 hours 26 minutes and he was followed by Steve Davey who came 47th in 3:49. Paula Ferris was the first of the HRC ladies back coming 129th in 4:38. Richard Terry came next 132nd in 4:43 and Tim Wigram followed soon after coming 137th in 4:45. For Clare Melbourne it was the last long training run before London Marathon and she came 169th in 5:07. Sharon Wells completed the line-up coming 176th in 5:12. The race was won by Michael Robinson in 2:53 and there were 222 finishers.
Yeovil Half Marathon, Taunton Half Marathon and Wokingham 10k
On Sunday, 26th March several of the lady Honiton Running Club members took part in the Yeovil Half Marathon. The race took place on a sunny day, with a large field of nearly 1300 finishers. The route took runners round the town of Yeovil and into the grounds of Montacute House, before a downhill finish through the shopping centre. There were crowds of people cheering and playing music along much of the course. Jennie Sleeman was first back for Honiton coming 477th in 1 hour 53 minutes. Other Honiton runners were: 744th Anna Dalzell 2:02, 761st Vanessa Knowles 2:03, 817th Clare Melbourne 2:06, 818th Karen Lister 2:06, 921st Kathy Layzell 2:12 and 960th Debbie Vinnicombe 2:14. The race was won by Chris Southern in 1:13.
On Sunday, 2nd April Andy Ashford took part in the Taunton Half Marathon and did very well to come 315th in the great time of 1:48. There were 971 finishers and the race was won by Jim Cole in 1:11.
Howard Bidmead was in Wokingham at the weekend testing out the new route of the Wokingham 10k which was two laps of the beautiful Dinton Pastures Country Park. Howard says this was a glorious location, running two laps around the lake on tracks and footpaths. He was pleased with his run and finished 29th in 47m 40s and was 3rd male V50. There were 195 finishers and the race was won by Simon Millet of Windsor Slough Elton & Hounslow AC in a time of 33m 51s.
Arlington Court Canter
Howard Bidmead travelled to North Devon to take part in the Arlington Court Canter. A tough off road 10k with steep hills and rocky descents as well as muddy tracks. Runners are however rewarded with glorious views of the North Devon countryside.
Howard was happy with his time finishing in 54m 21s.
Grizzly, Cub, Junior & Fun Run
Honiton Running Club had a great turn out for this year’s Grizzly and Cub runs. The runs are organised by local Axe Valley Runners and The Grizzly celebrated its 30th birthday this year. For the first time in the history of the event it was won by AVR’s own member Jake Smith in the amazing time of 2 hours 20 minutes. First back for HRC was Kevin Hawker who showed the rest of the club how it’s done to come 66th in 2:53. Ben Stone only secured his Grizzly number a couple of days before the race so Grizzly specific training was sparse! He had an excellent result coming 106th in exactly 3 hours despite cutting his hand and needing to visit A and E to have it stitched up after the race. Another casualty was Chris Entwistle who fell and badly bruised his shoulder at mile 14 but also carried on and finished in the amazing time of 3:03 in 127th place. Adam Hennessey had a much better race than last year coming just 2 places and 20 seconds behind Chris. HRC’s first lady back was Fran Bond who dusted off her racing shoes to come 228th in 3:18. Other HRC runners’ places and times were: 271 Steve Davey 3:22, 304 Ian Stewart 3:25, 335 Judy Davey 3:28, 360 Suzanne Spiller 3:31, 379 Simon Spiller 3:32, 382 Sherrie Hair 3:32, 454 Vernon Gillard 3:37, 470 Richard Harris 3:38, 493 Hadleigh Davies 3:40, 500 Tom Bornet 3:41, 556 Paula Ferris 3:45, 562 Richard Terry 3:46, 565 Tim Wigram 3:47, 626 Rachel Gair 3:51, 676 Heather Foundling-Hawker 3:56, 757 Andy Ashford 4:02, 824 Nicola Greenland 4:08, 995 Helen Davy 4:18, 1019 Rachel Hennessey 4:22, 1084 Asilah Jarrald 4:26. Dressed as bees Anna Dalzell, Vanessa Knowles, Michelle Selley finished together in 5:15 with Debbie Vinnicombe also dressed as a bee completing the HRC line-up coming in 5:35.
The 9 mile Cub Run is a tough race in itself but attracted several HRC runners. Young Will Daly did very well coming 10th in 1:13. Other HRC results: 65th Helen Oliff 1:33, 85 Katy Campbell 1:37, 114 Jennie Sleeman 1:40, 131 Kelvin Peard 1:42, 200 Claire Rouse 1:49, 202 Denis Costello 1:49, 263 Geri Terry 1:57, 273 Joe Daly 1:59, 287 Jo Taylor 2:00, 307 Pete Lyus 2:02, 345 Karen Lister 2:07, 353 Clare Melbourne 2:09, 354 Juliet Hall 2:09.
Before all this took place, the youngsters had their turn on Saturday and an incredible record was set with 314 runners finishing the fun run. Amongst them was Max Spiller who came 88th and his sister Ella who came 110th. Charlie Entwistle came 273rd with his 3 year old brother, Harry, coming 285th. The race was won by Sam Eyre of Colyton. The Junior Grizzly attracted 47 entrants with HRC junior, Alfie Gibbins, coming a fantastic 11th in 18 minutes 16 seconds and Ben Entwistle coming 46th in 28:45. The winner was Tom Rehal from Blackwater Junior Tri Club who finished in 14:17.
Bideford Half Marathon
Last Sunday, on a day when the weather forecast threatened heavy rain and strong winds, several Honiton Running Club members took part in the Bideford Half Marathon. Luckily it wasn’t as bad as predicted with respite in the form of sunshine at times. The course takes in magnificent countryside alongside the River Torridge between Bideford and Great Torrington. The course is half on roads and half on the Tarka Trail. Runners even get to run through a tunnel. The race is moderately flat with one small hill and is known as a ‘swift half’. Jim Cole won the race in the time of 1 hour 11 minutes. Vernon Gillard hasn’t race recently but did well to finish 229th in 1:40. Gavin Rice was wearing his HRC vest for the first time coming 260th in 1:42. First back for the ladies was Claire Rouse who came 756th in 2:05. Kathy Layzell had a better run than her previous race now her sciatic pain is improving. She came 861st in 2:12. Rachel Mandrupson was next back coming 956th in 2:19. Jo Lowman’s racing shoes took a rare outing and she came 1006th in 2:26. She was followed by Wendy Le Masurier in 2:32 in 1056th place. Tina Ludlow came 1108th in 2:49. Tracey Hailey and Sara Trumper finished the HRC line-up coming within one place of each other in 1116th and 1117th place. Tracey took 3:01 and Sara 3:06.
Dalwood 3 Hills' Challenge
Several Honiton Running Club members took the short journey to Dalwood to take part in the Dalwood 3 Hills’ Challenge which is a tough 10 mile multi-terrain race boasting 4 hills rather than the suggested 3. This year, although the weather was pretty perfect for running, the ground was very wet with plenty of mud to be found. Alasdair Moffett was first back for Honiton coming 11th in 1 hour 19 minutes and 52 seconds celebrating with a spectacular somersault in the river at the finish. Hot on his heels was Adam Hennessey who finished just 4 seconds later. Chris Entwistle came back next finishing 15th in 1:21:14. New member Nicholas Silkstone was racing for HRC for the first time and did himself and the club proud coming 25th in 1:27:10. Rod Inglis continues his fine form to come 31st in 1:28:16 managing to gain the best age graded result of HRC. Steve Davey was next back coming 38th in 1:32:39. This is the first race for a while that Simon Spiller took on for the club and he did brilliantly to come 44th in 1:34:07. Tim Wigram had overtaken Judy Davey with about 2 miles to go and finished 52nd in 1:37:52 with Judy finishing 3 places later in 1:38:47 and being the only female representative for the club. There were 97 finishers and the race was won by Axe Valley Runners’ Jake Smith. Thanks to Dalwood Run Committee for another great race.
Some offspring of club members took part in the Fun Run and first back for Honiton was Max Spiller who finished 21st in 12 minutes 26 seconds. His sister Ella was only 3 places later in13:40. She just beat Ben Entwistle who was one place and 19 seconds later. Ben’s brother Charlie finished 35th in 19:28. The race was won by Sam Eyre of Axe Valley Runners and there were 39 finishers.
Greenbow Half Marathon
Asilah Jarrald, Sharon Wells and Claire Rouse did the Greenbow circle half'ish marathon on Sunday. It is a new event for 2017 where teams self navigate themselves aound the Exeter Green Circle, following only the signposts around the city and a rough route map. They came 6th out of 19 teams despite not having Tony Peek who was originally planning to be part of the team so well done ladies!
Exeter Track Series
On Monday, 23rd January, Phoebe and Alice Clark from Honiton Running Club Juniors took part in the recent Exeter Harriers track series. Phoebe ran the longer 3K distance even though this race was an older category than the U15 that Phoebe should have been in. Despite this she won her heat by some margin and ran it in 11 minutes 9 seconds.She would have finished half way through the faster heat so something to aim for next time. Alice ran the 1500m as she was in the U13 category, even though she is only 10 years old. She was determined to come last but she won the race and ran it in 5.50. For both girls this was their first experience of a track and they both enjoyed the experience (and the burgers after!). They looked very smart in all black base layers and their Honiton RC vests. Well done to them both.
Last Saturday, 180 runners set off on a very cold, crisp day to take part in Honiton Running Club’s Blackdown Beast. There would have been plenty of mud and other farming substances but this year the ground was frozen posing different ankle turning problems. The 16.3 miles was always going to be tough with plenty of hills to sap the legs. The Beast is always a sell out but this year saw a record number of runners take part with plenty from HRC itself.
The event is a social run with several stops on route taking in the scenery of the beautiful Blackdown Hills. The event began and ended at the Highfield Sport and Social Club, Dunkeswell. The first stop, after 7 ½ miles, was Smeatharpe Village Hall where participants were treated to delicious hot sweet mulled cider and equally delicious warming pasties. Thanks to the ladies of the WI for making and serving this very welcome sustenance. The next stop was the Sidmouth Arms, Upottery where some runners took the opportunity of taking a mini bus back to Dunkeswell having completed 10 miles. For others, it was on to the Luppitt Inn; one of the smallest pubs in the country! Organisers made sure the family knew runners were coming as opening times are flexible! The shortish last leg then takes runners across private land back to Dunkeswell.
As always all participants thoroughly enjoyed the day with many looking forward to the summer version; the Blackdown Beauty. The date has been set for 15th July and places are likely to go fast for this event too so look out for further information on www.honitonrc.com and to register your interest very soon. Thanks to everyone who made the event possible including the landowners. Money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
First Chance & Axmouth Challenge
Although some Club Members headed for Axmouth for the hills on Sunday 8th Jan some Honiton Running Club members opted for a pancake flat 10K from the Quay along the river in Exeter known as the First Chance which is a 2 loop circuit mostly on tarmac and gives fast times. The winner was Phil Wylie from Cheltenham in 31:02. Roger Saunders led the HRC runners home coming first in his category in a time of 43:37 his fastest for 10 years. Katy Campbell who is getting in the miles for her forthcoming Marathon was next in 47:21. Jay Sweetman followed in 49:56. Anne Carter was close behind in 50:28. Asilah Jarrald and Clare Melbourne were close with Asilah just getting in front at 51:27 and Clare in 51:36 and both smashed their PBs Well Done! Phil Hall finished in 57:44 which he was pleased with as he had not run for some time.
Honiton’s Kevin Hawker won the Axe Valley Runners’ Axmouth Challenge 10 miler in a time of 1 hour and 14 seconds. Adam Hennessey had a great race to come 8th in 1:06:13. David Hawker also ran well to come 12th in 1:10:09 and Rod Inglis managed a category prize coming 19th in 1:15:41. Steve Davey was pleased to come 24th in 1:17:55 after suffering from a virus over Christmas. Hadleigh Davies was next back coming 28th in 1:20:54 with Judy Davey not too far behind coming 31st in 1:21:22. She was the only Honiton lady so had the dubious accolade of coming 1st and last lady for the club as well as last back overall for Honiton! There were 58 finishers. Howard Bidmead has suffered from injury recently and is only running short distances. He decided to give the 5 mile version a go despite the hills. He came 4th overall in 48:56 and was 1st in his category. The winner was Simon Davis in 35:45 and there were 17 finishers. The distance actually measured more like 5 ½ miles and with the ’10 mile’ version only measuring 9.1, Howard may as well have run the extra 3 ½ miles! There was also a 3 mile run and a 1 mile run mainly for the children. Several Honiton youngsters took part in the 1 miler with Max Spiller first for Honiton coming 8th in 12:18. His sister, Ella, came 12th in 13:47 and brothers Ben, Charlie and 3 year old Harry Entwistle completed the HRC line up to come 13th in 15:22, 15th in 15:43 and 22nd in 19:23 respectively.