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PUBLISHED: 16:08 22 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:08 22 June 2010

Honiton Running Club's contingent at the start of the Three Peaks Challenge.

Honiton Running Club's contingent at the start of the Three Peaks Challenge.

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Runners take on Three Peaks final

Members and friends of Honiton Running Club undertook the National 3 Peaks Challenge – scaling the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours.

After many months of training the walkers were delighted to complete the Challenge. Dividing into four groups, they set off from the Ben Nevis Inn at 5.45pm on Friday, June 11. Snow covered the summit and the wind chill temperature was minus 9C. Then a 5½ hour drive to Scafell Pike in the Lake District, arriving at Borrowdale at 3am and reaching the peak at sunrise, With not a moment to lose, it was straight back in the minibuses for the final drive, 4 1/2 hours to Snowdonia.

They arrived in North Wales to find Snowdon in glorious sunshine with only an occasional cloud to cover the summit. Snowdon was as usual incredibly busy, the lovely weather no doubt helping. Final finishing time were:- Knobs and Knockers 20hrs 44 mins, Thorpedos (part1) 21hs 17mins, Blister Sisters 21hrs 29 mins, Thorpedos (part2) 22hs 20mins, Pole Dancers (part1) 23hrs 37min, Pole Dancers (part2) 25hours 15mins (inc coffee). A big thank you to their drivers, Ryan Thorpe, Greg Axsel, Peter Bonetta and Jamie Roberts. Conditions were perfect for the second ‘Over the Hill and Farway’ 10K run. Entries were in excess of 70 with spectators lining the route. The first man home was Dave Stone from Exmouth Harriers in 37.45 minutes. Speaking after the race Stone remarked on what a challenging course it was, with a tough hill early in the race, but he is already looking forward to next years race. The first woman home was ex-Farway resident Fran Bond of Honiton Running Club in a time of 45.30, who was also crowned ‘Queen of the Hill’ after being the first woman to cross the line at the top of the steep hill. The ‘King of the Hill’ was Alex Todd of Axe Valley Runners, who unfortunately, due to injury, was unable to complete the course. The times achieved by all the other runners were very respectable indeed, with each being awarded a well-deserved medal and enjoying a fantastic refreshments organised by the PTFA from Farway Church of England Primary School. The atmosphere at the finish line was tremendous, with practically every runner and spectator waiting for the final runner, Harry Moore, 78, who achieved his total of 1,070 individual runs at the Farway race. Rebecca Robson of Sidmouth Running Club summed it up - as she crossed the finishing line ‘that was lovely’. Not the first words you would expect to hear after a gruelling 10k!

l On Sunday Axe Valley Runners were drawn to the ‘Over The Hill and Farway’ 10K, a somewhat undulating running experience with one huge 460 foot vertical ascent laughingly called a hill.

Apart from the results mentioned previously, Luke Reed had a great run finishing 2nd in 40:17. Andy Sayers was 24th in 52:52 and Harry Moore recorded 1:26:34.

lFifty runners took part in an unofficial midsummer run, the original having been stopped by ‘Health and Safety’ involving pub stops and a cream tea with left over money being donated to a children’s leukaemia charity.

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