Bornet leads Honiton runners back in Axmouth Chalenge event

PUBLISHED: 09:14 30 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:14 30 January 2014

Honiton Running Club members didn’t have to travel too far to take part in Axe Valley Runners’ Axmouth Challenge, writes Judy Davey.

The race is a nine-and-a-half mile multi-terrain race which forms a figure of eight course around the lanes, fields and paths of Axmouth.

The rain of recent weeks ensured the tracks and fields were suitably wet and muddy. The weather was perfect for running starting off with a bit of frost, but not enough to make the roads icy.

It remained dry throughout the morning for a change. Tom Bornet was the first back for Honiton coming 26th in a time of 1 hour 14 minutes and 15 seconds.

Steve Davey could just see Tom at the finish, but was powerless to do anything about it. Steve was next back to finish right behind him just 20 seconds later. He was followed by Rod Inglis who had a great run to come 35th in 1:18:04.

Next was Howard Bidmead who also had a good run coming 43rd in 1:19:04. This was Vernon Gillard’s first race for a while, but he showed he was still keeping up the training to come 46th in 1:20:33.

Judy Davey was the sole Honiton lady completing the Honiton line-up to finish 55th in 1:23:08. There were 113 finishers and the race was won by AVR’s own Simon Bayliss in the fantastic time of 1:01:14.If runners weren’t brave enough to tackle the full race they could choose to do just one loop and run about 5 miles. Honiton Junior Findlay Fuller won the race in a time of 39:45. John Burgess also took the shorter option as he hasn’t run much distance for weeks. He enjoyed the race feeling no pressure and taking photos along the way. He finished 10th in 59:25. There were 17 finishers. Thanks to the cake and soup makers for welcome sustenance on the runners return back at the village hall. Thanks also to AVR for a great well organised event and of course, to all the marshals.

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