Caught running bug

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010

Honiton Running Club was well represented in this year's London Marathon with nine runners completing the gruelling 26 miles 385 yards.

Honiton Running Club was well represented in this year's London Marathon with nine runners completing the gruelling 26 miles 385 yards. Sarah Evans, (04:42:16), Janet Leach (05:07:29) and Maggie Richards (05:09:53) started running at Whimple's Village Day fun run, moved on to Race For Life and ended up in the marathon via some 10k runs. Last year they entered and took part in the Taunton, Great West and Cardiff half marathons, having not got into London, and re-applied for the big one in 2008. Janet was successful, Sarah and Maggie took the charity route, joined Honiton Running Club and found the Devon hills stood them in good stead! Even for fast, seasoned runners it is a challenge that demands many miles and many months of training. Kevin Hawker had put in the miles and was looking for a fast time. He lined up with the elite men but had to dodge all the celebrities for the first two miles and then had to stop to slacken off his shoe-laces. After that he had a cracking run and came in 216th in the tremendous time of 2:41:39. Kevin had to have a heart operation a few years ago and so ran for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), raising £680. Vernon Gillard caught up with Guy Paddon by the Cutty Sark and they ran together. They were cheered on by Guy's family at Tower Bridge, and kept each other going as far as mile 20 when Guy's legs began to give out. Vernon was still feeling good and pressed on. He found himself passing lots of runners as he increased his pace and was delighted to finish in 3:28:46. Vernon raised £550 towards the Honiton Golf Club's breast cancer appeal. Guy had to settle for survival but still recorded a personal best time of 3:35:47 and collected sponsorship to help Maggie Richards reach her charity target. Husband and wife team of Bruce and Tracey Strawbridge had won Honiton Running Club's two marathon places and had fine runs in their first marathon, Bruce getting under the 4 hour mark by 6 minutes and Tracey 5:12:47. Together they are hoping to raise nearly £2000 for Hospiscare. Injury had kept Stuart Bramley out of the both London and Berlin marathons last year so he was pleased to make the start line. His time of 4:21:59 put him well in the top half of the 35000 finishers so he was very satisfied .

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