Monday, July 7, 2014
Five Honiton runners went to Charmouth last Saturday to take part in the Charmouth Challenge organised by Charmouth Primary School, writes Judy Davey.
The weather was ideal for spectating, but too hot to make for good running conditions!
The race is the most southerly fell race in the country and includes two steep and long climbs. The first is within the first mile climbing the infamous Stone Barrow Lane and later on in the race runners climb up Golden Cap, the highest point on the South Coast at 191m.
It’s all worthwhile though as racers are treated to the breathtaking views of the Jurassic Coast.
The winner was Michael Robinson of Tamar Trotters in the amazing time of 52:09. Honiton’s Steve Davey and Alasdair Moffett thoroughly enjoyed racing each other spending much of the race vying to be in front of the other.
The finish line saw Steve as the victor of this battle; he came 45th in 1:09:32 with Alasdair one place and 21 seconds behind. Howard Bidmead had a much better race than last year coming 77th in 1:16:33 whilst Judy Davey put all her efforts into climbing the first hill and suffered as a result.
She fought the urge to stop several times, but did walk a lot more than she usually would. She finished 117th in 1:21:21 and couldn’t wait to sit down at the finish. There were 234 finishers. Iain Ross is too young to take part in the full Challenge so had to settle for the fun run of 1.8 miles.
He showed them how it was done though and stormed home to win the race in 10:48 which is a huge achievement with 140 runners behind him!