Honiton Hippo top three slot for AVR's Tim Lenton

PUBLISHED: 19:37 18 April 2018

Honiton Running Club members at the 2018 Hippo and Calf Run meeting.

Honiton Running Club members at the 2018 Hippo and Calf Run meeting.

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The Honiton Hippo is a tough 7.25-mile run over hills, woods, streams and rivers plus lashings of gloopy mud this year, writes Dave Mutter.

Renowned as a true toughy, it certainly did not disappoint. AVR fielded eleven warriors keen to test their stamina.

The winner was David Hampton of South Devon AC in 51:41. Tim Lenton was third overall in 53:12, first M40, followed by in-form Matt Hewer, fifth in 57:46. John Blackledge getting back to form was 14th, 1:02:41, closely followed by Clare Hansford first lady home, making easy progress, ploughing through the muddy fields like a woman possessed in an incredible time of 1:04:55 in 22nd place and first V45. Eleanor Wood was the second lady back 1:08:06, 35th overall and first V55 - this is the girls’ favourite type of run in such muddy difficult conditions.

Next home was Richard Jackson, recovering back to full fitness with another PB of 1:12:08 in 51st spot.

Then came a battle between Roger Bramley, 71st, 1:15:38 and Steve Lewis, 72nd, 1:15:44. Anders Larsson was 81st, 1:18:04; Stephen Morbey, 115th, 1:29:19 and Richard Dodge, 133rd, 1:32:25. There were 209 finishers.

There were 38 runners in the Hippo Calf run and Ben Perry was second in 12:24 and Rosie Kendall 13th in 15:03.

A big thank you, to the Honiton RC organisers and marshals standing in gloop, who were cheerful and encouraging throughout.

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