Beauty of Blackdown run

The Blackdown Beauty, organised by Honiton Running Club, run over 18 miles of footpaths, was enjoyed by 46 enthusiasts from across Devon and Somerset.

The Blackdown Beauty, organised by Honiton Running Club, run over 18 miles of footpaths, was enjoyed by 46 enthusiasts from across Devon and Somerset.

There was no entry fee but the runners paid �1.50 for a superb illustrated booklet, with maps of the course and sketches that Wainwright would have been proud of, produced by John Burgess. Then there was �2.50 for a cream tea at Stapley with the �90 profits going to the Macmillan Nurses charity. There was also the matter of five pubs on route and a fish and chip supper at the end which helped to keep the energy levels up.

The race had been marked sparingly to aid navigation by course designer and organiser Alan Nicholls and, on the whole, the runners managed to find their way around without too many mishaps. An excellent event which will hopefully grow in popularity and one to mark down for next year.

Pictured Maria Wadey, the Blackdown devil.


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