Honiton Hippo success for James Denne

PUBLISHED: 18:34 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:34 22 April 2015


Honiton Running Club held its Hippo and Calf runs last Sunday with the base at Honiton Primary School.

The main Honiton Hippo race is just over seven miles in length involving plenty of variety as it goes through Combe Woods, Combe Raleigh and Awliscombe before returning to the school.

The race was won by James Denne in a course record of 46 minutes and 51 seconds and the first lady home was Gemma Collier who finished in 58.11.

Many Honiton RC members were involved in helping or marshalling but quite a few took part with the first back being Alasdair Moffett who was 11th in 57.39.

The next runner in for Honiton had an incredible race. Florence Swan came in second lady overall picking up a trophy and a bottle of wine.As she is only 15, this was collected by her mum who was under instructions to swap it for a box of chocolates! Florence was 14th overall in 59.22.

Next was Hadleigh Davies, whose run was a late decision and was a warm-up for the London Marathon next week. Hadleigh came 17th in 1.00.24.

Another youngster having a fantastic race was Will Daly who came 19th in 1.00.44. Steve Selley was next back coming 21st in 1.01.06. He was followed directly behind by Suzanne Spiller in 1.01.24 finishing 3rd lady overall.

Richard Harris had a fall but still managed 28th in 1.03.16. Tanita Retter finished 41st in 1.07.02.

Esme Moffett crossed the finish line covered in mud from head to foot, achieving 49th place in 1.09.36.

There were 264 finishers.

The Calf is open to youngsters of nine years and over and is approximately 1 ¾ miles in length.

It follows the same route as the Hippo until coming out of Combe Woods when the Calf runners are sent back to base.

The race was won by Toby Garrick in 11.23 and Meg Somers was 1st female coming 4th overall in 12.56.

Honiton’s Thomas Lilley took first male U16 coming fifth in 13.16 and the U13 prize went to Sam Dowson, also a Honiton runner, who finished sixth in 13.18.

Honiton had other trophy winners with Katelyn Wells coming second female, 10th overall in 13.46 and Ashley Ford-Cosens who came first U16 female finishing 35th overall in 16.54.

Other Honiton runners included Hannah Land, Olivia Daly and Eleanor Ducker with many others running for their primary school team including several for Upottery making up the team of the primary school cup winners for the second year running.

There were 64 finishers.

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