Hodson leads Honiton 11 home at Castle Drogo 10 race

PUBLISHED: 16:09 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:58 20 November 2015

Honiton runners at the Castle Drogo 10 event

Honiton runners at the Castle Drogo 10 event

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Last Sunday it was the Castle Drogo 10 race and 11 Honiton runners travelled to Drewsteignton to take part in this 9.6 off-road run organised by South West Road Runners, writes Judy Davey.

It is always a tough run with three very challenging hills including the infamous muscle sapping Hunters’ Path facing runners at mile eight. Running through Fingle Bridge and for several miles along the River Teign, it is in a truly stunning location offering breathtaking views of the Teign Valley once runners have reached the top of the hill. The race was won by Ceri Rees who just missed the hour mark to finish in one-hour-and-one-minute.

First back for Honiton was Karl Hodson who came 35th overall in 1:14:46. He had a great run despite falling on the slippery mud. Sometime later, Steve Davey finished coming 143rd in 1:28:23 with Roger Saunders hot on his heels having had a fantastic run to come 152nd in 1:28:57.

Howard Bidmead and Roger had tracked each other throughout the race before Roger came out on top. Howard came 174th in 1:31:08. Despite being in pain with her wrist Fran McMahon led the ladies home to come 203rd in 1:33:37.

Judy Davey was gaining on Fran in the final stages and finished just one place and four seconds behind. Brent Dicks had been overtaken by Judy on Hunters’ Path and was next back finishing 209th in 1:34:34. Paula Ferris thoroughly enjoyed the race and cheered on by her family came 272nd in 1:41:48.

Nicola Greenland was next back coming 367th in 1:52:21. Juliet Hall and Clare Melbourne ran together for most of the race having great fun enjoying the mud. Juliet finished 405th in 2:00:19 with Clare placed three positions and 15 seconds later.

There were 477 finishers. Half the entry fee went towards the upkeep of Castle Drogo which is undergoing extensive restoration at the moment.

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