Honiton RC trio compete in the Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon

PUBLISHED: 17:08 30 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:08 30 September 2014

Honiton runners travelled to Scotland to take part in the Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon, writes Judy Davey.

Julie Payne finished in the excellent time of three hours and 26 minutes and Stephen Boyes finished in 3:51. Clare Melbourne completed Honiton’s contingency in the very pleasing time of 4:50.

Tony Peek wanted to try something a little different so it was an early start to travel to Bath for the Bath Two Tunnels 10km route which heads straight along the path of the Somerset and Dorset Railway through the suburbs of Bath.

From the start line which is on top of a bridge runners then climb 180 ft over the first mile to the entrance of the first tunnel which is just over 400m long.

The route has a slight climb up and through the tunnel before emerging out into beautiful woodland on the other side. Here the route continues to climb slightly before reaching the longer Combe Down Tunnel which is just over a mile in length.

This tunnel loses 14m of height from this end to the far end, and yes, gains 14m on the return journey! There is good flat running and Midford Castle towers above. Once out from the tunnel runners see the platform for Midford Station.

The route then heads back with an uphill finish. Tony completed the course in 51:21 been forced to stop meaning he had to overtake about a dozen runners he had previously passed. It was a well organized event, with great weather which made the tunnels a cool welcome.

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