Heather romps home in Great West Run

Several Honiton runners had a go at the Great West Run half marathon at Exeter, writes Alan Nicholls.

Several Honiton runners had a go at the Great West Run half marathon at Exeter. On a hilly course, Honiton International runner Heather Foundling Hawker found the going to her liking and zipped around the 13 miles in a sharp 1 hour 23 minutes to lead the ladies race home. Heather has set her sights on the Edinburgh Marathon as her next race and hopes to finish in a good time well under three hours. Second Honiton runner home was Richard Harris, fresh after last week's London Marathon run. Richard finished 179th in 1.35.05. Bruce Strawbridge was next in with a solid performance in 252nd in 1.38.17 with John Caswell 423rd in 1.42.22 and newcomer Jennie Read not far behind, 796th in 1.50.07. club president Alan Rowe showed a good turn of speed to finish 1268 and just beating the two hour mark in 1.59.47. Grant Boyd paced his wife Helen to her debut half marathon finish of 2.13.24, while Honiton stalwart Tracey Strawbridge finished in 1871 with 2.16.06.l James Denne represented the Honiton Running Club at a British Milers' Club Regional 800m on the track at Exeter on Tuesday in his first race over the distance. After a chaotic start, with lots of bumping and barging and elbows galore, and a mad dash for the first 200 metres, James led the field through in 63 seconds after 400m and then just tried to hang on. James was overtaken on the back straight but came through strongly in the last 100 metres to finish second in a time of 2.08.09.

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