Dallyn delights for Honiton Running Club in North Devon

PUBLISHED: 10:26 02 July 2018

Honiton runners at the North Devon marathon and the half marathon.

Honiton runners at the North Devon marathon and the half marathon.

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The final Sunday of June saw the staging of the North Devon AONB Marathon and Half Marathon, writes Judy Davey.

With temperatures soaring there was not even a coastal breeze on the start line at Woolacombe to cool the 563 runners.

The route was stunning and views were amazing as the marathon runners departed at 10am with a 15 minute head start before the half marathon race got underway.

Water stops and food stations were every two miles and this certainly helped tremendously as the day hotted up.

The race took in the coastline, the beach and steep climbs making it challenging from lots of different aspects.

First home for Honiton was Mark Dallyn in a time of 2.08.16. Paula Ferris 2.14.31 Sharon Wells 2.37.26 and Claire Rouse 2.48.35. The half marathon was won in a time of 1.27.15 with a field of 403 finishers. Howard Bidmead our very own Chairman took on his role as ‘back marker’ for the Half Marathon, motivating and encouraging along the route, getting every runner back safely.

As the marathon runners passed through the half way point to take on the rest of the course they were cheered and spirits lifted by all the spectators willing them on as the second half of the course was known to be very testing.

Honiton’s Mark Newson completed the Marathon in a fantastic time of 5.06.59 finishing 63 out of 160 runners. A fantastically organised event raising money for Hospicecare.

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