Hellish but breathtaking
PUBLISHED: 16:50 25 July 2012
The Haytor Heller is a favourite of some Honiton runners, writes Judy Davey.
It consists of six miles of breathtaking off-road running in the heart of Dartmoor. It has a tough start half way up Haytor Rock. The course is then predictably hilly taking in Hound Tor and stony ground makes the terrain tough going but spectacular views make up for this. Bruce Strawbridge led the Honiton runners home coming 44th in 52:33. Howard Bidmead came 63rd in 56:04 and the lady representatives Clare Melbourne and Tracey Strawbridge came 217th and 222nd respectively. Melbourne finished less than a minute ahead of Tracey in 1:15:42 with Strawbridge finishing in 1:16:16. There were 257 finishers and Arran Tockwell won the race in 42:04.
Three intrepid Honiton Runners turned out for the Otter Rail and River 10k run. This is a flattish course but with plenty of mud which started and finished in Tipton St. John.
The first runner home for Honiton was Tim Legg in a time of 45.09 minutes and 18th place. He found it tough going in the early stages due to slipping on the mud and was overtaken by Howard Bidmead. However Legg soon gained his confidence on some harder ground and using it to his advantage he was soon in front of Bidmead again. Bidmead finished in 31st position in 47.10. Graham Rooms wore his new HRC vest for the first time and came in 44th in 50.19. There were 117 finishers.
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