Honiton ladies love the Drogo mudbath

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:34 16 June 2010

Even perfect weather could not tempt the men of Honiton Running Club to join an all-female team to take part in the Castle Drogo 10 mile off road race on Sunday.

Even perfect weather could not tempt the men of Honiton Running Club to join an all-female team to take part in the Castle Drogo 10 mile off road race on Sunday.

It could have been its hilly reputation that the men found just too daunting! Despite this, the four ladies tackled this tough race, which boasted plenty of puddles and mud as well as breathtaking views. Judy Davey was the first home for Honiton and not only managed to stay on her feet this year, but managed to take home a cup for winning her category. She came 169th in 1:28:24.

Vanessa Glyn-Jones has raced a lot recently and was very pleased with her time of 2:01:30 and 461st place after successfully challenging another lady in her category. Less than two minutes behind Vanessa was relatively new member Olivia Higginson who finished strongly.

She seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event and will, hopefully, become a regular racer. She came 471st in 2:03:33. Pat Croucher does not race often and found that not training to the distance meant she struggled after seven miles. Nevertheless, she was proud to complete the race and said that she thoroughly enjoyed it in a bizarre sort of way. She was 503rd in 2:15:56.

The race was won by Mark Hopkinson of Taunton AC in a time of 1:02:13 and there were 517 finishers. Thanks must go to the National Trust for allowing over 500 runners to wallow in the mud.


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