Honiton runner Smith lands ‘King of the Hill’ top honour at Farway

Honiton Running Club members took part in the Over the Hill and Farway 10k organised by Farway Primary School, writes Judy Davey.

The figure of eight loop includes a little climb up Warren Hill which has a total climb of 432 feet. This is completed within the first 3k of the race and the first male and female to the top are awarded a very well deserved prize for King and Queen of the Hill.

The ‘King of the Hill’ was awarded to the race winner a very fast young runner with a great running future ahead of him; Jake Smith in 37 minutes six seconds. ‘The Queen of the Hill’ contest was a closer fought tussle between Honiton’s Suzanne Spiller and Florence Swan. Flo and Suzanne were neck and neck for most of the hill, friendly words of encouragement were exchanged for most of the hill but someone had to win, eventually experience prevailed over youth and Suzanne crested the hill first. Once at the top and on flatter ground Flo passed Suzanne and she slowly pulled away and was first female in a fantastic time of 45:41.

The race was well represented by Honiton Runners, 18 in total young and old (you can choose which category they fall in). Ben Stone was first back for Honiton and although he had a chest infection still managed a time of 43:00 he finished 4th overall. Flo was next home for Honiton finishing in 8th with Suzanne not far behind, finishing 24 seconds later in ninth place. Hadleigh Davies started well and finished in a respectable time of 47:09 despite aggravating his calf injury in the process. Richard Harris whipped up the hill and eventually finished 10th in 47:23. Vernon Gillard was next back in 13th and is starting to find his stride again and finished in 49:35, Bruce Strawbridge followed behind Vernon in 14th with a time of 50:04. Bernice Bastin completed the Honiton group racing this hard run for the first time and finishing in 35th in 64:12. There were 40 runners. Thanks to the marshals and organisers for a fun great event.

The Honiton young guns we also out in force to run the fun run and the junior race. Jasmine Stone was the first female on the junior race and finished in a very speedy time of 17:40, watch out Flo and Suzanne in the future. The junior run was won by Cameron Bryson in 16:57. The fun run was an exciting run along the river and back into the hall and many families from the club took part including Harrison Stone, Ben and Charlie Entwistle, Douglas, Bebe and Freddie Wigram and Max and Ella Spiller.

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