Honiton Hippo run triumph for Robert Ellis

PUBLISHED: 17:14 09 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:14 09 April 2014

Honiton Running Club held its Hippo and Calf runs last Sunday with the base at Honiton Primary School, writes Judy Davey.

Runners didn’t complain about the weather which was a little damp and drizzly but warm enough; much better than the forecast! The main Honiton Hippo race is just over seven miles in length involving plenty of variety.

Runners first head 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 towards Awliscombe only to be taken off road and into the Land Rover Experience to go straight back up the hill again. A quick run around the Land Rover Experience followed involving several muddy soakings and down to the first river crossing. This cleaned runners off a bit before the climb through fields and eventually picking up the road back to the school. Just when runners thought they were nearly there, they were sent through a couple of fields before the main river crossing. Luckily a strapping fireman in the form of Warren Oak was there to lend a hand and pull out the 250 runners.

The race was won by Robert Ellis in the very quick time of 52 minutes 20 seconds and the first lady home was Elizabeth Dyson who managed just under the hour to finish in 59:56. Most Honiton RC members were involved in helping or marshalling but some did take part with the first back also being the youngest.

Kyle Hartnell finished 14th in 1:01:33. Another youngster followed in the form of Findlay Fuller in 24th place in 1:04:28. Richard Harris was Honiton’s first ‘grown up’ coming 31st in 1:05:43.

Another under 18 followed with Henry Riddle coming 38th in 1:07:15. Steve Selley came 40th in 1:08:13 after reporting that he had taken a full dunking at one of the river crossings. James Matheson was next back in 44th place in 1:10:20 followed closely by Louise Crisp two places later in 1:10:40. Louise was very surprised to find she had won the trophy for her age category. Tom Dunn, home from university for Easter, was next back coming 58th in 1:12:19. Pippa Westall had a great run finishing 71st in 1:15:43 with Tony Peek not too far behind at 76th in 1:17:43. Esme Wilson finished with her friend coming 83rd in 1:19:01.Rosanna Lyus was encouraged by her dad to run and ended up beating him by 2 places to finish 115th in 1:25:56 with her dad, Pete, 22 seconds behind. Lin Pike followed in 122nd place in 1:27:55 having had a great race with Pete and Carol Turnham who came 128th in exactly 1:29.

The field was dominated by red vests worn by 23 Bere Alston Trekkers all running together. They crossed the line holding hands to huge cheers from the crowd.

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