Grizzly 2014 - how the Honiton runners fared

18:59 10 March 2014

Honiton runners at the 2014 Grizzly

Honiton runners at the 2014 Grizzly

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As usual Honiton Running Club was extremely well represented at last weekend’s Grizzly events, writes Judy Davey.

The race was about 19-and-a-haf miles long and just for a change the weather was beautiful!

The sun shone and there was a cool breeze enjoyed by runners. There was still plenty of mud and the bogs were taxing as usual. There were the infamous challenging hills but some of these led to breathtaking views. There were several stretches of beech running which take their toll on already tired muscles. There were plenty of Honiton Grizzly first timers and plenty who had run it many times before. Kevin Hawker was first back for Honiton in an amazing time of two hours 44 minutes coming 27th. Ian Stewart had a cracking run finishing in 2:49 in 41st place.

Ben Stone told his wife he’d be back in three hours and he was – just; he finished in 2:59:59 in 90th place! Fran Bond was first lady back for Honiton and eighth lady overall to finish 124th in 3:04.

The next few Honiton runners tussled for positions throughout ending up just five minutes apart with Steve Davey coming 181st in 3:13, Alasdair Moffett 186th in 3:14, Hadleigh Davies 188th in 3:15, Chris Entwistle 206th in 3:16 and Richard Harvey 215th in 3:18.

Vernon Gillard in a very ungentlemanly fashion overtook Judy Davey on the finish straight coming 279th in 3:24 with Judy one place and five seconds later. Tom Bornet had struggled with the latter part of the race, but finished within a minute of Judy in 289th place.

Steve Boyes followed coming 356th in 3:32. Suzanne Spiller had run the first 15 miles with her husband before leaving him behind to come 593rd in 3:49 beating Mark Dallyn by one minute and Simon, her husband, by four minutes. Anthony Rowe followed in 697th place in 3:56. Helen Davy ran with her sister and finished 806th in 4:04. This was Howard Bidmead’s 17th Grizzly and he said days before the event that it may be his last.

He’s now decided, he’ll try for 20! He came 817th in 4:05. Esme Wilson found the race very tough coming 897th in 4:11 followed one minute later by Steve Briggs who has been fighting an injury. He came 914th. Louise Crisp followed 1010th in 4:21 and Lesley Crocker was back running for Honiton having moved out of the area. She was 1051st in 4:24. Linda Pike followed one minute later in 1082nd place. Carol Turnham came 1290th in 4:47, Katy Campbell 1350th in 4:56 and Jo Taylor 1391st in 5:04. The race was won by Ceri Rees in the incredible time of 2:20 and there were 1541 finishers.

Several Honiton runners took the shorter and arguably slightly easier option of the Cub. This is about nine miles long and has all the challenges of the main run without the bog. Clare Melbourne was first back for Honiton coming 135th in 1:44. Denis Costello was delighted to be taking part after being told by a specialist that an injury would never allow him to run again. Ignoring the advice, he got himself fit and was very proud to take part and absolutely delighted with his 138th place in 1:45. Pete Lyus has taken part in the Grizzly or Cub many times before and was pleased to come 189th in 1:51.

Mark Andow had swapped from the Grizzly that morning and managed to finish just under two hours in 255th place. Val Hales was 303rd in 2:05 and Wendy Williams was 307th in 2:05. Sara Trumper only started running last year and finished 375th in 2:19. The race was won by Arran Tocknell in 1:01 and there were 415 runners.

Some of the club’s younger runners took part in the Saturday events including Jasmine Stone, Charlie and Ben Entwistle and Max and Ella Spiller.

Thank you to AVR for putting on such a well organised great event. Thanks also to the entertainers, land owners, sponsors and marshals who offered much needed encouragement and flap jack and jelly babies at regular intervals.

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