Hall leads Honiton runners back at the Monty run

PUBLISHED: 19:35 11 December 2013 | UPDATED: 19:35 11 December 2013

Last Sunday saw five Honiton Running Club members travel to Ham Hill Country Park at Stoke Sub Hamden to take part in Crewkerne Running Club’s The Full Monty-cute, writes Judy Davey.

This is a particularly tough ten-and-a-half mile off-road race which boasts no less than 10 challenging hills guaranteed to test any runner. There is a positive to so many hills though as spectacular views were aplenty including Montacute House. It is extremely popular with places selling out in October and this year was no exception.

Roland Hall has raced almost every week recently, but he was running The Monty for the first time and once again he led the Honiton runners back coming seventh overall in 1:20:47.

Steve Davey was next back in 39th place in 1:30:40. Howard Bidmead and Mark Dallyn have been very close in recent races, but this time Bidmead convincingly got the better of Dallyn finishing 53rd in 1:36:47 with the latter a little way behind coming 69th in 1:39:24. Judy Davey was the only Honiton lady out and didn’t enjoy the run too much this year. She came 82nd in 1:41:23.

The race was won by Tiverton Harriers’ Chris Gill in the excellent time of 1:13, almost three minutes ahead of Chris Hamilton who came second.

There were 238 finishers. Thanks to Crewkerne RC once again for a well-organised event with plenty of supportive marshals.

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