Honiton runners go nationwide

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 15 June 2010

THE TALATON Trotter and Killerton Kanter saw a good turnout of Honiton Running Club members and two very enjoyable races for those who love to run the country tracks, fields, hills and mud in great weather.

THE TALATON Trotter and Killerton Kanter saw a good turnout of Honiton Running Club members and two very enjoyable races for those who love to run the country tracks, fields, hills and mud in great weather. Honiton had 26 runners between the two events including five husband-and-wife combinations, and were the biggest team at Talaton. Several runners completed both events. The Talaton Trotter, although low key, has become one of Axe Valley's new East Devon series and so more AVRs turned up and scooped most of the prizes. Fortunately it wasn't too hot and the runners had an occasional shower to cool them down. The Trotter measured 7.18 miles on John Burgess's Garmin and had slightly more climb than the Killerton Kanter which was pretty well 10k. Tim Legg came third in the Trotter and Stephen Boyes showed his excellent marathon form in being second HRC member home. Gary Endicott continues to lead the remaining field but only just squeezed in ahead of Guy Paddon. Ceri Oak was second lady, and Bruce Strawbridge, Judy Davey, then John Burgess was the finishing order in both races. John, to his surprise, came first in his age group at Killerton and received a healthy bag of fruit to munch, together with a nice plant courtesy of the National Trust. Judy, Claire Pomeroy and Nikki Gigg were also placed in their categories.Talaton Trotter result: 3, Tim Legg 47.01; 11, Stephen Boyes 52.22; 19, Gary Endicott 54.30; 20, Guy Paddon 54.34; 23 Ceri Oak 55.26; 29, Bruce Strawbridge 56.23; 37, Judy Davey 57.50; 40, John Burgess 58.06; 46, Malcolm Hall 58.59; 51, Greg Axsel 60.08; 55, Warren Oak 61.20; 60, Nick Thorpe 62.54; 66, Brent Dicks 65.21; 79, Sandra Thorpe 67.03; 87, Pete Lyus 69.02; 94, Linda Pike 73.35.Killerton Kanter result: 16, Tim Legg 44.41; 43, Steve Davey 48.28; 45, Bruce Strawbridge 49.17; 47, Judy Davey 50.03; 53, John Burgess 51.27; 58, Simon Hall 52.43; 62, Claire Pomeroy 53.36; 77, Nicola Gigg 55.53; 91, Nikki Campbell 58.02; 98, Anne Ephraums 61.19; 135, Alison Moxam 71.28; 136, Kim Werner 71.28; 137, Mickie Dicks 71.30; 138, Tracey Strawbridge 71.30.The past couple of weeks have seen Honiton runners in action in a variety of events around the country. The Edinburgh Marathon was the summit of the spring training regimes of both Jennie Sleeman and Steve Boyes. Jennie was training for her debut marathon and had done many long hours around the East Devon roads in all weathers. After an overnight stay in Glasgow she joined the others on the 6.45am runners' bus to join the other 14,000 who set off with sand blowing into their faces and then bright sunshine. Passing long stretches of beach, lively pipers and bands, and winding their way round the grounds of a country mansion, the miles rolled by. At 18m the runners turned their backs to the wind and headed for Musselburgh Racecourse where a huge crowd cheered them in. Jennie was delighted to complete her maiden marathon in 4 hours 19 minutes 36 seconds, and to raise money for Neil's Wheels, a charity which provides sports wheelchairs for children with physical disabilities. Steve, on the other hand, is an accomplished marathon runner with several good finishes under his belt. After a good start he passed 10k in 44.13 and the halfway point in 1.36.34 and was really going for it. Slowing a little on the second half Steve finished in 3.21.57 which was a superb time and has now thrown down the gauntlet to many of the young pretenders in the club to get their training shoes on and try to beat his time.Monday night saw another running of the inter club woodland relays between Honiton, Axe Valley Runners, Sidmouth and the Met Office. Honiton had an excellent turnout with several junior teams joining the seniors for the first time. Honiton men's A team were fifth home in 56.10 with the ladies not far behind in seventh with 58.41 and the juniors 10th in 61.29. Running times were: Men's A: Richard Harvey 13.39; Vernon Gillard 14.30; Tim Legg 13.03; Roger Saunders 14.58. Women's A: Ceri Oak 14.32; Judy Davey 15.33; Leisa Lavender 14.36, Fran Bond 14.00. Men's B: Simon Hall 15.21; Bruce Strawbridge 15.07; Steve Davey 14.45; Gary Endicott 14.29. Junior A: Sam Urquart 15.13; Lily Heston 15.21; Jake Harvey 15.30; Reuben Heeler-Frood 15.25. Men's C: John Burgess 14.44; Nick Thorpe 15.51; Rod Warren 16.27; Alan Nicholls 16.33. Junior C: Steven Trenchard 13.22; Michael Rea 15.32; Katie Davey 18.32; Sophie Keyward 17.07. Sweepers: Ben Barton 15.23; Tom Dunn 15.03; Vanessa Glyn-Jones 18.37; Simon Hall 16.25. Ladies' B: Sarah Warren 16.58; Nikki Gigg 16.45; Marion Broome 18.18; Claire Pomeroy 16.28; Dregs: Sue Jones 17.52; Pete Lyus 18.06; Tony Whiteley 17.38; Tichard Harvey 15.15. Junior B: Becky Matthews 17.40; Rosanna Lyus 17.37; Ashleigh Logan 26.13; Robyn Moyse 20.41.Last Sunday morning 17 Honiton runners converged on Crewkerne to join the 145 others for the annual nine mile road race around a very hilly course with several stretches of flooded roads thrown in for good measure. Although never threatening the front runners, there were several good battles between the Honiton squad.Gary Endicott led them home in 45th with 66.38. There were several notable runs with supervet John Burgess probably the best of the bunch, showing a clean pair of heels to most of the others in 66th, while Jon Bartholomew showed promise in 76th place. Times: 45, Gary Endicott 66.38; 62, Steve Davey 69.36; 65, Julian Gigg 69.54; 66, John Burgess 70.03; 67, Bruce Strawbridge 70.08; 76, Jon Bartholomew 71.52; 80, Judy Davey 72.13; 83, John Caswell 72.34; 87, Sarah Warren 73.57; 91, Nick Thorpe 74.18; 113, Marion Broome 79.39; 117, Alan Nicholls 80.44; 121, Sandra Thorpe 81.42; 137, Gerry Evans 86.27; 147, Vanessa Glyn-Jones 88.40; 150, Tony Whiteley 90.07; 157, Tracey Strawbridge 97.49.

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