Harris leads Honiton runners home at Forde Abbey 10k meeting

PUBLISHED: 11:13 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:13 12 July 2018

Honiton Running Club members at the Charmouth Challenge

Honiton Running Club members at the Charmouth Challenge

Archant

Running a 10k cross country race on a hot midsummer’s evening in the heart of West Dorset with the promise of strawberries and ice cream at the end was irresistible to six members of Honiton Running Club (HRC), writes Judy Davey.

Forde Abbey 10k takes runners across the stunning country estate through woodlands and meadows with two river crossings and plenty of hills, starting and finishing on the lawns of this former cistercian monastary.

The temperature was 26 degrees at the start of the race on the final Wednesday of June and no-one was expecting a personal best (PB)!

First home for Honiton was Richard Harris, 35th in 50:42 followed two minutes and two seconds later by Mark Newson, who came 45th.

Mark had run a marathon the previous weekend and was suffering from an injury. Pippa Westall came next, finishing 74th in 57:31; Darren Roberts was 113th in 1:03:45 and Asilah Jarrald and her sister Lorna Jarrald crossed the finishing line together in 1:16:24 coming 208th and 209th respectively.

This was a tough hot run with a plague of flies to add to the challenge, but everyone agreed the strawberries at the end were worth it! There were 271 finishers.

Last Saturday, on the hottest day of the year so far, six HRC runners went to Charmouth to take part in the Charmouth Challenge eight mile fell run. There are three very challenging hills including the climb up to Golden Cap which is the highest sea cliff on the South Coast 191 m above sea level. However, runners are rewarded with spectacular views over Lyme Regis and Charmouth. Mark Dallyn has had a bit of a rest from racing, but did amazingly well to come 95th in 1:18:06. Jo Davey attempted the race for the first time and was first HRC lady back coming 106th in 1:19:54.

Howard Bidmead loves this race, and was pleased with his placing of 123rd in 1:22:49.

It was also Paula Ferris’ first Charmouth and she enjoyed, it coming 130th in 1:23:28. Sharon Wells came 182nd in 1:30:37 and Mandy Ward completed the HRC line-up to come 281st in 1:46:28.

There were 344 finishers and the race was won by Chris McMillan in 53:32.

Other Sport Stories

09:46

Having narrowly missed out on a place in the SGB Premiership Play Off Final, the ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels still had a chance of a major trophy, in just their second season in the top tier of British Speedway, writes David Thompson.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:11

Exeter Racecourse resumes action on Tuesday (October 23) with the return of racing to Haldon Hill, writes Lucy Johnson.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:19

Honiton Town served up a superb all-round show on their midweek visit to high-flying Bovey Tracey to contest South West Peninsula League Eastern Division points.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:17

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) men’s 2nd XI were edged out 2-1 when they entertained Taunton Civil Service 1st XI.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:17

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey club Under-14 girls fielded two teams at the first of the season’s Devon Festival meetings.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:16

Having taken four points with a win and a draw in their opening two games, SOHC men’s first team suffered their first defeat since January when beaten 3-0 at Okehampton.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:16

AVR members Kerry Board and Karen Eyre ran the Barnstaple full marathon, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:11

It looks like the ladies enjoyed the last of what has been an exceptional summer, writes Ann Desmoulins.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:11

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) ladies’ third team were 3-2 winners when they travelled to Torquay.

Read more
Thu, 12:25

There were 23 AVRs who turned up at the hilly Minster Challenge in Axminster, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Midweek Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Show Job Lists


Find planning applications