Cotleigh Canter success

PUBLISHED: 17:03 27 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:03 27 September 2015

Honiton runners at the Cotleigh Canter

Honiton runners at the Cotleigh Canter


Honiton Running Club held its Cotleigh Canter races and there were plenty of records broken, writes Judy Davey.

It was a perfect day for running which brought out the crowds. Together with the weather and Teignbridge Trotters making it their club trip and bringing a double decker bus through the narrow country lanes of Cotleigh, this made for a record number of entries in all 3 races. First race off was the 3k Fun Run with 57 runners finishing. This really was a race for everyone with the youngest competitor aged just three and unbelievably the oldest had 90 years on this child at 93!

The winning male was Sam Yearling in 11 minutes 42 seconds with Cameron Bryson coming second in 12:05. The first female was Phoebe Clark who finished fourth overall in 12:22. She was followed by Faith Rosenwald of Clyst Hydon Primary School who came 12th overall in 13:58. Jamie Porter was the first runner back for Honiton RC coming sixth in 13:20. Harrison Stone came 21st in 15:45. Lara Oak represented the girls of Honiton coming 34th in 18:15. On his birthday, Alfie Pike came 36th in 18:31. The primary school to win the Alan Rowe Cup was Upottery School.

The 5k was next off the mark with Honiton’s own 15 year old Kyle Hartnell smashing the course record to finish in 17:30. Ross Wayne of Purbeck Runners smashed his own personal best time to come second male in 19:14. Ellie Dominey came first lady in 19:02 and second place overall, just one second off the course record set by Ellie herself in 2013. Second female was Victoria Hall of Hatch Warren Runners who was eighth overall in 21:44. Other Honiton 5k runners were: 6, Sam Dowson 21:08, 7, Thomas Lilley 21:25, 10, Katelyn Wells 23:24, 11, George Tomkins 23:44, 12, Morgan Davy 24:03, 15, Hattie Taviner 26:55 and 20, Zayna Small 32:00. There were 23 finishers.

There were plenty of records broken in the 10k race and lots of personal best times too. Jake Smith of Axe Valley Runners, having set the course record last year came first overall in 33:48 and he was followed by Peter Monaghan of Torbay AC in 35:13 with a new record for his age category. The winning lady, Helen Anthony of Teignbridge Trotters, also broke the course record finishing in 38:53 in ninth place overall. The second lady home was Honiton’s Suzanne Spiller who finished 27th in 43:19. Other Honiton runners were: 19th Hadleigh Davies 41:58, 20th Steve Selley 42:09 (winning his category), 21st Chris Entwistle 42:22, 33rd Mark Dallyn 44:46, 38th Ceri Oak 46:01, 40th Jo Davey 46:34, 42nd David Hawker 46:39, 53rd Jim Hill 49:54, 63rd Linda Pike 52:31, 68th Claire Rouse 54:59, 71st Phil Hall 56:09 and 74th Bernice Bastin 57:10 who was determined to finish under the hour which she did by nearly three minutes. There were 89 finishers.

Many thanks to the locals of Cotleigh for putting up with the disruption especially Dennis Retter who allowed us to use a field as a car park.

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