Burning off those Christmas calories

Four members of Honiton Running Club took part in the Wellington Monument Race. This was the 25th Anniversary race, taking place at the third attempt as the race had been cancelled in 2009 and 2010 due to the weather writes Jo Davey.

However, this time it was a beautiful bright winter day and good conditions for running. First home was Richard Harris in 45:28 in 31st place.

Next to finish was Pippa Westall in a time of 51:56 in 67th place. For the first half of the race Pippa was having a battle with Nick Bradley-Carter and had to overtake him three times. Nick finished 71st in a time of 52:37. Last, but not least, was Olivia Higginson who finished 83rd in a time of 55:04. There were 113 runners. The race was won by James Denne, a former member of the club, in a time of 34:50.

?On the same day, Stephen Boyes took part in his 90th marathon, the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon.

There was a strong wind for the last two miles but Steve still managed to finish strongly. He came 161st finishing in 3 hours 40 mins. There were 619 finishers.

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?On Boxing Day Nick Bradley-Carter and Olivia Higginson also ran in the Stoke Stampede. This was their last race of the year and an excellent way of burning off Christmas dinner.

The race is 10K and follows a figure of eight course around the village of Stoke St Gregory. Nick was very pleased to finish in a time of 47:23 but once again he was overshadowed by Olivia who crossed the line in a time of 51:11, setting a new personal best for her by some three minutes.

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The race was won by Jack Bancroft in a time of 33:32 and there were 320 runners.

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