Denne wins Ottery 10k
PUBLISHED: 13:29 19 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:29 19 May 2015
The Ottery 10k race was back this year for the first time in three years, writes Judy Davey.
This year Honiton Running Club took over organisation enlisting the help of former organisers.
Ottery Carnival Committee provided many of the marshals on the day and there was plenty of help from other sources such as young Sports Leaders from King’s School. The course is all on road around the streets of Ottery St Mary and fairly flat so good for those with an eye on a personal best time.
The race was won by James Denne who led the field from the start to finish in 32 minutes 26 seconds nearly two minutes ahead of the second man home, Kevin Squibb of Tiverton Harriers.
James races a lot which makes it extra special that he achieved a personal best for the distance.
Another Tiverton Harrier was first lady back in the form of Serane Stone who finished 15th overall in 38:08. Cathy Newman of Exmouth Harriers was second lady home finishing one second under 40 minutes.
Many Honiton runners were helping with the event, but the club still managed to put up a good show. Young Kyle Hartnell was first back coming 18th in 38:33. Jack Cooper had a great run coming 30th in 41:41 followed just two seconds later by another youngster, Will Daly.
Hadleigh Davies followed coming 34th in 42:04 and next back was the first Honiton lady, Suzanne Spiller who won her category to finish 38th in 42:39. Adam Hennessey was running for Honiton for the first time and came 44th in 42:58. Stephen Boyes came 48th in 44:23 and Richard Harris 52nd in 44:33.
New Honiton runner, Sherrie Hair, did really well finishing 58th in 45:12. Tom Bornet followed coming 62nd in 45:45, Mark Dallyn 65th in 45:57 and Paul Williams 72nd in 46:27. Jo Davey hasn’t raced for a couple of years, but tackled this local race to come 82nd in 48:11. Mark Andow had used Jo as a pace maker for the entire race and finished just one second behind her.
Next came Pippa Westall 98th in 49:18 and Brent Dicks 105th in 50:07. Jay Sweetman was racing for Honiton for the first time and his rapid improvement recently meant a 107th finish in 50:18.
Tony Peek followed in 129th place in53:03, John Burgess 141st in 54:45, Phil Hall 156th in 55:55 and Liam Dushynsky 157th in 56:03. Jonathan Willis has been taking part in Tony Peek’s training programme of 5k to 10k and finished 166th in 56:52. HRC President Alan Rowe MBE finished 173rd in a time of 57:46 and Matt Phillips another 5k to 10ker finished 176th in 58:09.
Jo Jo Davey finished just five seconds ahead of Sam Shute in 189th place in 59:44, both pleased to have finished under the hour.
Bernice Bastin came 195th in 1:00:44 and Dawn Peek 201st in 1:01:56. It was Wendy Le Masurier’s first race since having baby Harry in October so she was delighted to finish 203rd in 1:02:23.
Sara Trumper was 229th in 1:17:30 and completing the Honiton line-up was Gillian Summers and Emily Westlake who kept each other company throughout the race to finish 232nd in 1:36:17.
Huge thanks to all the sponsors, the Cricket Club, the Carnival Club and anyone else who made the day such a success.
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