Honiton Hippo success for David Hampton

PUBLISHED: 09:36 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 19 April 2018

Emily Tones on her way to finishing as the first HRC lady back in the Honiton Hippo run. Emily was 54th overall in a time of 1:12:19.

Emily Tones on her way to finishing as the first HRC lady back in the Honiton Hippo run. Emily was 54th overall in a time of 1:12:19.

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Honiton Running Club (HRC) held its Hippo and Calf runs last Sunday with the base for the run being Honiton Primary School, writes Judy Davey.

Richard Harris, who was 24th at the 2018 Honiton Hippo meeting in a time of 1:05:52Richard Harris, who was 24th at the 2018 Honiton Hippo meeting in a time of 1:05:52

The weather and conditions under foot were probably the worst the Hippo has seen with rain all morning following a very wet few weeks prior to the event.

This made it extremely muddy and times were slow compared to other years. The main Hippo race is just over seven miles in length, involving plenty of variety.

Runners first run down the road to the entrance of Combe Woods before circling the woods and coming back on the road to Combe Raleigh.

They then face the challenging St Cyres’ Hill, running on road and through woods.

Next, it’s down towards Awliscombe to be taken off-road and into the Land Rover Experience only to go straight back up the hill again.

A quick run around the Land Rover Experience follows, involving several muddy soakings and a dunking into cold water.

Runners soon came across two river crossings which were deeper than usual. Luckily help was on hand to pull runners out.

The race was won by David Hampton in 51 minutes 41 seconds, Sam Hopton of SWRR was second in 52:16 and Tim Lenton of AVR was third in 53:12.

First lady home was Clare Hansford of AVR, who finished in 1:04:55. Second lady was Eleanor Wood, also of AVR, in 1:08:06 and third was Naomi Shaw in 1:10.

Many Honiton RC members were involved in helping or marshalling, but quite a few took part and the first back was Greg Morris who came sixth in 57:53.

Emily Tones was the first HRC lady back, coming 54th in 1:12:19. Ceri Oak and Pippa Westall both won their age category with Ceri coming 58th in 1:12:44 and Pippa was 64th in 1:14:17.

Other Honiton runners put in great performances and many for the first time. These included: Chris Entwistle, 13th, 1:01:41; Richard Harris, 24th, 1:05:52; Rod Inglis, 33rd, 1:08:00; Sam Pollard, 37th, 1:08:53; Stephen Boyes, 50th, 1:12:07; Hadleigh Davies, 70th, 1:15:06; Steve Selley, 74th, 1:16:43; Shane Hudd, 84th, 1:19:03; Linda Grady, 89th, 1:20:44; Josh Foundling-Hawker, 90th, 1:20:31; Lex Turnham, 109th, 1:28:03; Mandy Ward, 140th, 1:36:29; Carol Turnham, 150th, 1:39:01 and Pete Lyus, 176th, 1:48:56. There were 209 finishers.

In other HRC news, Olivia Higginson took part in the Combe St Nicholas 10k which was rearranged due to the snow.

It was a very hilly course, making Honiton seem flat. Olivia completed it in 53:20.

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