Axe Valley Runners - What cracking weather it was for the tenth running of the Drogo Ten, a 10 mile off road course with two major hills that showed off Dartmoor’s near winter raiment in spectacular fashion.

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The valleys were covered in magical crisp white frost, while the uplands were strewn with sunshine. Superb! Anyway 486 hardy souls enjoyed the run, with Wild Runners’ Ceri Rees powering to victory in 1:01:30. There were some brilliant AVR performances, not least with Phil Bayliss winning the over 60 category, 47th overall in 1:14:48. Then there was Matt Clist fifth, 1:06:13 and Tim Lenton 8th, 1:08:15. There followed a series of good results with Robin Britton 97th, 1:21:51; Amy Greenhalgh 119th, 1:24:37 and Eleanor Wood 135th, 1:25:45. Mark Hilder caught up with Geoff Woodward, but Woodward pulled away to finish 169th, 1:28:21 and Hilder 174th, 1:28:41. Ian Clements was 190th, 1:29:47 and Roger Bramley 223rd, 1:33:22. Richard Hale started slowly, then overhauled four AVR’s near the end to be 230th, 1:33:59. Those he overtook were Sam Wickens 254th, 1:36:29; John Larcombe 257th, 1:36:44; Anna McLoughlin 259th, 1:36:56 and Alison Bowskill 261st, 1:37:13. Both Anna and Alison had particularly good times. Dave Mutter was trundling along by the riverbank not expecting to see any AVR, but spied Steve Reynolds who had pulled a muscle resulting in Mutter finishing 320th, 1:42:08 and Reynolds 448th, 1:59:31.

Everyone had a great morning, ending it by visiting Castle Drogo’s super refectory for some delicious grub and beverages. Well done to South West Road Runners for organising another great run and many thanks to Paul Johns for chauffeuring the gang safely there and back.

Alex Todd decided to try Honiton RC’s Children In Need Duathlon based at Payhembury. This was a 2,5 mile run, 10 mile cycle around muddy lanes and another 2.5 mile run. He really enjoyed his first duathlon and was delighted to win it in 1 hour 56 mins, but did say he found it very strange running after the cycle.

Honiton Running Club - For the BBC Children-in-Need weekend Honiton Running Club organised a duathlon to raise money for this worthy cause, writes Judy Davey.

It was based at Payhembury Village Hall and the event comprised a 2.3-mile run followed by a 10-mile bike ride and finally the 2.3-mile run again. There were nine individuals who completed all three legs, but several families joined in with children competing in one or two of the legs making a total of 23 participants.

The weather was perfect for November with clear blue skies. The winner, by a long way, was Alex Todd from Axe Valley Runners in a time of 1hr 59secs followed by last year’s winner, Richard Harvey, in a time of 1:12:53, four minutes slower than last year.

Helen Davy successfully defended her title as first lady in a time of 1hr 17mins 51secs coming third. Other Honiton participants were Nick and Sandra Thorpe who came fourth and eighth and Tony Whiteley who came fifth. Sue Jones also rode the bike leg which included an out and return from Honiton and Maggie Dillon did the first two legs but couldn’t face the final run. The event raised just over £150 for Children in Need.

●Ten Honiton RC members took part in South West Road Runners’ Castle Drogo 10-mile off road run on Sunday, which boasts two particularly tough hills with the first as runners come to Fingle Bridge for the first time after about three miles.

This is followed by a nice downhill section but then a long, gradual, leg-sapping climb before a long stretch beside the River Teign. Just after runners reach Fingle Bridge for the second time, they are directed up Hunters’ Path which is a half mile climb that no-one will forget. The race was won in 1.01 hours by last year’s winner, Ceri Rees. Bruce Strawbridge was first back for Honiton coming 62nd in 1:17 with Steve Davey not as close as usual in 76th place in 1:19.

Howard Bidmead was next back in 141st place in 1:26. He was followed by new member Mark Dallyn who had a good run to finish 201st in 1:30. Judy Davey was the first of the Honiton ladies home in 219th place in 1:33. Lesley Crocker soon followed in 272nd place in 1:38. Nick Bradley-Carter was just four places ahead of Steve Briggs finishing 328th in 1:42 whilst Briggs finished just a few seconds later in 1:43. Clare Melbourne has been putting in some hill training and it showed with her 420th position finish in 1:55. Tracey Strawbridge completed the Honiton line up finishing in 470th place in 2:06. There were 486 finishers.

●On the same day, Graham Reeves and Sam Shute took part in the Old Deer Park 10k in Richmond.

The course is very flat. Graham was first back in 37th place knocking 32 seconds off his pb in a time of 39:53. Sam also managed a pb finishing in 496th in a time of 56:38.

Honiton runners were certainly well spread out over the weekend as Stephen Boyes took part in the Luton Marathon. This is a three lap course through Luton and the immediate surrounding countryside on roads and pathways. Stephen was a bit disappointed as he only managed 3 hours 42 due to cramp in his leg at 23 miles which slowed him up. The race was won by Neil Aitken in 2:42.

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