Cantering to success

PUBLISHED: 20:08 17 October 2012

Honiton Running Club held its own Cotleigh Canters last Sunday. Runners were blessed with good weather. Following a frosty start to the day, the sun soon showed it still had some warmth about it and this made ideal running conditions for competitors, writes Judy Davey.

The races were based at Cotleigh Village Hall and runners could choose between a 3k fun run or the road 5k and 10k races all running the quiet country lanes of Cotleigh.

The 5k race was won by Jon Bird in 13.43. If there was a prize for the furthest travelled runner he would have won that too as he came all the way from Cheltenham!

HRC’s junior members dominated the first few places in this race starting with Henry Riddle who finished second overall in 20.10 with Iain Ross hot on his heels finishing in 3rd place in 20.28. HRC juniors also had the first and second ladies home; Ruth Squires who finished 8th overall in 21.38 and Anna Lamb 17th in 25.53. HRC’s president Alan Rowe MBE ran with Wayne Spiller with The Baton finishing in 22nd place in 27.51. There were 32 finishers overall.

Other HRC 5k finishers: 5th Jack Elsom 20.41, 6th Reuben Heeler-Frood 21.18, 7th Arthur Heeler-Frood 21.25, 9th Sam Taylor 22.14, 10th Rowan Westall 22.51, 11th Harry Whiteley 22.55, 13th Thomas Lilley 25.02, 19th Morgan Davy 26.40, 21st Jake Harvey 27.24

●The 10k race was two loops of the 5k race and this was won by Robert Orton in the great time of 35 minutes one second. HRC’s own Ian Stewart had a great run to come second in 38:12. Graham Reeves was next back finishing seventh in 41:17. Hadleigh Davies made his debut race for the club in style to come eighth in 42:33. The first lady overall was HRC’s Ceri Oak who is well on the way to full fitness after battling an injury for almost a year. She came 16th overall in 46:33.

Other HRC 10k runners: 22nd Nick Bradley-Carter 48:02, 25th Lesley Crocker 48:29, 35th Linda Pike 55:26, 37th Sam Shute 57:20, 40th Kathy Layzell 59:38 and 41st Carol Turnham 61:12. There were 43 finishers.

●The first runner across the finishing line in the 3k fun run was Edmond Grierson of Sidmouth Running Club in 13.43. Most of the older HRC juniors had taken part in the 5k but the younger members were well represented with Sasha Davy coming 2nd overall and 1st U13G and James Oak tackling this distance for the first time to come 15th in 17.43. There were an amazing 48 finishers in this race.

Thanks to the people of Cotleigh for supporting the run and providing the car park. Money raised will go to local causes.

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