Entwistle leads the Honiton runners home at the Yarcombe Yomp

PUBLISHED: 21:04 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 21:04 06 November 2013

The final Sunday of October saw four Honiton Running Club members take part in the Colyton Fiver, writes Judy Davey.

This is a five-mile race around Colyton in aid of BBC Children in Need organised by Axe Valley Runners.

Matt Clist of AVR won the race in 27 minutes 55. Mark Dallyn was the first Honiton runner back in 20th place in 36:17. He was soon followed by Steve Briggs who finished two places later in 37:55.

John Burgess was next back in 29th place in 39:45 and the only female representative for the club in the form of Vanessa Glyn-Jones was 68th in 53:59. There were 70 finishers.

On the same day, other Honiton runners went to North Devon to take part in the South Molton Struggle. This is almost eight miles of mult-terrain running through the stunning countryside of South Molton. Chris Entwistle was first back coming 14th in 53:15. Steve Davey and Bruce Strawbridge had their usual close race with Bruce leading for the first half and Steve leading for the second. Steve eventually came 28th in 57:09 with Bruce 35th 42 seconds later. Howard Bidmead completed the line-up having had a great race to come 39th in 58:30. There were 209 finishers and the race was won by Daniel O’Boyle in 44:03.

Last Saturday, AVR held another event in the form of the Yarcombe Yomp. Runners can choose to run one lap of five miles or take part in the full challenge by running two laps. Again, Matt Clist won in a time of 1:08.

Chris Entwistle led the Honiton runners home to finish seventh in 1:21 in his first running of the event which was pretty good considering he ran the race in shoes suitable for road running!

The Yarcombe Yomp definitely requires a grippier trainer than this as it is nearly all off road through fields and tracks which get very slippery.

Steve Davey would usually be further behind Chris but he finished just two minutes and three places later. It was also Tim Wigram’s and Steve Briggs’ first time for the race which saw Wigram finish 21st in 1:35 and Briggs 23rd also in 1:35. There were 48 runners. Iain Ross and John Burgess completed the one loop 5 mile race which saw Ross winning it in 39:30. Burgess was sixth in 49:17 and there were 14 runners.

As usual, runners were treated to delicious homemade soup and cakes in the Village Hall upon their return. Thanks to the ladies who did the cooking as well as the organisers and land owners for allowing runners to trudge through their land.


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