Club hopes to complete its first century very soon

PUBLISHED: 16:14 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

Honiton Running Club: Despite a windy and wet Sunday morning, Honiton runners were out in force at Dawlish to run the annual Obelisk 10 mile multi-terrain race.

Honiton Running Club: Despite a windy and wet Sunday morning, Honiton runners were out in force at Dawlish to run the annual Obelisk 10 mile multi-terrain race.

The route had changed a little from previous years so the runners didn't actually run past the Portland stone monument, which was built by Thomas Balle in 1742 in order to provide a navigation aid for sailors in the Exe estuary.

The race is a serious challenge with some difficult hills to negotiate along the way but the runners were rewarded with some excellent views.

Vernon Gillard found the terrain to his liking after last week's South West Cross Country championships at Bicton. Vernon started steadily and kept a good pace throughout the race to finish 34th out of 314 finishers, a great result for the Honiton Master runner.

Richard Harvey kept with Vernon for the first half but couldn't quite match him on the uphills so had to watch him pull away steadily on the second half, finishing 58th in 1.26.22. Richard became aware of another Honiton runner steadily catching him in the last few miles in the shape of Fran Bond, who had won the Axmouth Challenge the week before.

But the finish came before Fran could overhaul Richard but she was very happy to be so close, finishing one place and five seconds behind him.

Bruce Strawbridge won one of the club places for the London Marathon in December and since then must have been putting in the training as he is making great strides through the ranks of Honiton runners. Bruce finished well in 72nd place in 1.28.39 well in front of Steve Davey, who finished 76th in 1.29.15, after last week's close duel between the two at Axmouth.

Judy Davey was next home with a solid finish in 89th in 1.31.39, not far in front of Ceri Oak in 111th in 1.33.25, who completed a jubilant winning ladies team for Honiton.

John Burgess finished 157th in 1.40.09 while Jon Bartholomew sustained a hip injury during the race but managed to struggle home in 197th in 1.45.36.

Tony Whiteley also had a testing race but finished 283rd in 2.03.52 while club stalwart Tracey Strawbridge battled around against the hills and elements to complete in 297th with a time of 2.12.06.

The new Honiton Running Club junior section started last week and was an instant hit with fifteen young athletes attending.

Any interested juniors should contact John Burgess on (01404) 42341 for details of the Tuesday evening sessions. There are hopes that the junior section will grow in similar fashion to the very successful senior club, which will hopefully pass a memorable milestone by signing up its hundredth member in the next couple of weeks.

By Alan Nicholls

Honiton Running Club

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