Blown sideways

PUBLISHED: 15:21 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 15 June 2010

Honiton Running Club: The wind on Golden Cap was gusting strongly enough to blow grown men sideways and the rain was almost horizontal, but nine members of Honiton Running Club rose to the challenge of the eight mile Charmouth to Golden Cap run.

Honiton Running Club: The wind on Golden Cap was gusting strongly enough to blow grown men sideways and the rain was almost horizontal, but nine members of Honiton Running Club rose to the challenge of the eight mile Charmouth to Golden Cap run.

Steve Davey and Guy Paddon had a ding-dong battle at the front of the pack early in the race but Steve pulled away on the second climb up Stonebarrow and the fast tricky descent down the coast path to the finish. Judy Davey relishes a good hill and this event gave her 3 big climbs, including Golden Cap with a total ascent of 1800 ft. She finished 1st in her category.

Bruce Strawbridge had a more steady approach to the hills and the wind was so strong on top of one that he found himself propelled into a startled coastguard. Despite the rain lashing down hard at times John Burgess had an exhilarating run and knocked over three minutes off his previous time. Richard Harris, having got hooked on running by doing the London Marathon, is now training for New York in the autumn, so his legs and stamina had a good workout and he finished strongly. New runner Marion Broom is getting faster all the time and was the next Honiton runner home. Her main concern was not the hills but the state of her soaking hair! Veteran Pete Lyus and Tracey Strawbridge also enjoyed the run.

Honiton results: Steve Davey 62nd 01:07:44, Guy Paddon 69th 01:08:39, Bruce Strawbridge 77th 01:09:42, Judy Davey 90th 01:10:42, Richard Harris 97th 01:11:43, John Burgess 120th 01:14:07, Marion Broom 153rd 01:19:40, Pete Lyus 197th 01:25:03, Tracey Strawbridge 226th 01:38:08

l The Fun Run was a challenge in itself for the 222 youngsters who charged off round the 2.5 mile course, which also included an ascent of Stonebarrow Hill.

Katie Davey only started running this year and came in 71st overall but fifth out of 20 in her category of U13 girls. l The July running of the Yeovil 5K saw another blast of foul weather, but a reduced Honiton contingent were amply rewarded for their trip. The Davey family in particular had a great evening. Steve broke the 20 minute barrier for the first time and wife Judy got a new PB by getting under 22 minutes at her fourth attempt this year. Daughter Jo sprang the greatest surprise knocking an impressive 1min 28 sec off her previous best time.

Honiton results: Steve Davey 40 00:19:59, Gary Enticott 51 00:20:59, John Burgess 59 00:21:17, Jo Davey 63 00:21:51, Judy Davey 64 00:21:53, Stephen Carnall 77 00:23:31, Vanessa Glyn-Jones 89 00:26:42.

By John Burgess

Honiton Running Club

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