Honiton RCs Howard Bidmead in Brecon Beacons action

PUBLISHED: 16:57 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:57 09 May 2018

AVR members at the Bridport 10k

AVR members at the Bridport 10k

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Honiton Running Club member Howard Bidmead travelled to South Wales to take part in the Brecon Beacons trail 10k organised by the Trail Events Company, writes Judy Davey.

These events are popular all over the country and consist of not only a 10k, but also a 33 mile ultra, a marathon and a half marathon.

The 10k ran the lower slopes of the Brecons with fabulous views over the Talybont reservoir and dam and far reaching views up to the higher peaks. Due to an error in the signage for the 10k some of the leading runners were directed onto the wrong route including Howard.

By the time the mistake was realised the race had become just under eight miles.

Howard has described the run as undulating with a few difficult climbs but the scenery was breathtaking.

Despite being sent the wrong way Howard still finished in 20th position out of 197 finishers in a time of 1.05.46s. The race was won by Ben Lewis in 59.37S.

Olivia Higginson was a little further afield and ran the Salzburg 10k. It was part of the marathon weekend. Olivia was eally happy as she got a personal best time finishing in 50.26 over this flat course.

Carl Harrison also travelled to race at the weekend going to the Pennines. He took part in the Cake Race coming 58th in a time of 1:32. The winner was Ben Tetler in 1:10 and there were 205 finishers.

This was a 10-mile race with 1,700 ft of climb and if runners brought a home-made cake with them, they were able to get a refund of the race fee.

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