Hawker home by a whisker

PUBLISHED: 13:10 08 August 2012

Honiton RC runners Tim Legg, Howard Bibmead and Graham Rooms prepare for the Tipton 10K run on Saturday morning. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 9078-29-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Honiton RC runners Tim Legg, Howard Bibmead and Graham Rooms prepare for the Tipton 10K run on Saturday morning. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 9078-29-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Crewkerne Running Club's Haselbury Trail took place last Wednesday evening and the only Honiton Running Club representative was Ian Stewart.

The race is a two lap course of 10k starting and finishing at North Perrott Cricket Club. The route is varied and interesting without being too difficult. There are a number of obstacles including countless stiles as well as footbridges and a ford. There is one major climb which has to be taken twice, but it is relatively short and sharp. Local Axe Valley runner, Alex Todd, won the race in a time of 40 minutes 11 seconds and Stewart finished in a very creditable seventh place in a time of 43:35. There were 91 runners.

●Kevin Hawker and Wendy Williams of Honiton RC travelled to Shaves Cross last Saturday night to take part in the Shaves Cross Mini Marathon. This is a tough five mile race celebrating its 65th Anniversary. It started with two laps of a rutted field where the local fete was taking place, then up a hill over one mile long. Kevin came home in first place in 29:50; over 90 seconds ahead of the runner who finished in second place, winning a huge trophy to keep for the year. Williams had a great run coming in 61st out of 85 runners, having a storming second half of the race which had a tough uphill finish to the fete.

●Nick Bradley-Carter, Sam Shute and Graham Reeves took part in the Totnes 10k on Sunday morning. The journey down was in near torrential rain at times, and didn’t ease until just before the start, when the clouds parted slightly and the sun came out for most of the race. The course was very wet and muddy; one puddle being nearly waist deep as Reeves found out. Reeves led the Honiton runners home despite feeling unwell during the race finishing in 60th place in 46:57, Bradley-Carter was next home in 181st and happy with his time of 55:47, Shute was next in 363rd place with a time of 67-50.

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