Honiton runner Stone second at Minster Challenge

PUBLISHED: 08:12 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:12 07 October 2014

Honiton Running Club had a good number of runners at the Minster Challenge seven-and-a-half-mile multi-terrain race based in Axminster, writes Judy Davey.

It was a beautiful morning, perfect for running and, after heavy rain the day before, it had the added bonus of a bit of mud!

The race was won by Matt Clist of Axe Valley Runners in the brilliant time of 45 minutes 54 seconds.

Second home was Honiton’s Ben Stone in 52:03 having battled to hold his position at times. Alasdair Moffett had a great run to finish seventh in 55:12 and he was followed just two places later by Tom Bornet who finished in 56:06.

Rod Inglis continues his top form to finish 11th in 57:07 followed not as closely as usual by Steve Davey who came 16th in 59:36 having found the race particularly hard.

Mark Dallyn had a steady race to come 18th in 1:00:56 whilst Judy Davey finished 22nd in1:02:19 coming second lady overall.

Howard Bidmead had beaten Judy the previous week over a shorter distance, but he had to be content to have her overtake him and finish one place behind her in 1:02:57.

Richard Harris turned his ankle which caused pain slowing him down to finish 29th in 1:05:57. The next three Honiton ladies were very close throughout the race with Esme Moffett finishing 30th in 1:06:04 followed by Pippa Westall and Louise Crisp who came 32nd and 33rd respectively with Pippa finishing one second ahead of Louise in 1:06:29.

Kathy Layzell completed the Honiton line-up finishing as usual with a huge smile on her face in a time of 1:19:52 and 60th place. There were 79 finishers.

As well as the main race there was also a 5k event. Honiton’s Iain Ross took part in this as he is concentrating on shorter distances for a few weeks. He won the race in 18:30. Honiton junior Katelyn Wells finished 14th overall and second girl in a time of 24:44. She also won her age category. The Honiton trio was completed by Ashleigh Ford-Cosens who had a great race to finish 21st in 28:29. There were 63 finishers.

There was also a 3k fun run on offer and Honiton’s Jasmine Stone came third overall which also made her third girl. Her brother Harrison did really well to finish 12th. There were 51 runners.

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