Cotleigh Canter 10k success for Axe Valley Runners’ Jake Smith

PUBLISHED: 10:59 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:59 09 September 2014

Honiton Running Club held its very own Cotleigh Canter races last Sunday in perfect weather, writes Judy Davey.

The 10k was won with a course record by 16-year-old Jake Smith of Axe Valley Runners in the time of 33 minutes 21 seconds. Amy Greenhalgh also of AVR was first lady back in the time of 40 minutes 20 seconds also cracking the ladies’ course record.

Quite a few Honiton members were helping organise and marshal the event but the club did put out some fine runners. Ian Stewart was first back for the club in sixth place in 37:43 followed by Hadleigh Davies who came 14th in 41:38.

Steve Selley had a great run coming 18th in 44:09 as did Mark Dallyn who came 22nd in 45:58. Tony Peek was next back coming 33rd in 52:24. Pete Lyus finished just 10 seconds after the hour in 44th place and Gerry Evans came 46th in 1:05:57. There were 50 finishers.

The 5k is one lap of the two-lap 10k course and was won by Michael Lesniak of South West Road Runners setting yet another course record to finish in 17:51. Ellie Sutcliffe was already the holder of the course record set last year and this year she won the ladies’ race in a time of 19:44 coming second overall. Honiton junior member Florence Swan was next back coming third lady overall in 22:21 and fourth place in the event. Thomas Lilley was second male finisher, sixth overall in 24:03. Thomas Kirsch followed two places later in 25:21. Hannah Land didn’t enjoy the race, but put in a gutsy run to come 14th in 30:29. There were 15 finishers.

The 3k Fun Run had 41 finishers and was won by Samuel Yearling in a time of 11:41. Honiton’s own Katelyn Wells won it for the girls in a time of 13:53. Jasmine Stone won her category coming eighth overall in 14:10. Ashleigh Ford-Cosens also won her category finishing in 15:51 and 16th place. It was great to see Megan Burton back running after injury just beating her brother for 39th place in 22:40. There were 41 finishers.

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