Honiton runners at Studland Stampede led home by Bornet
PUBLISHED: 21:45 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 21:45 12 October 2015
Several Honiton runners took a mini bus to Studland Beach in Dorset to take part in the Studland Stampede which is a seven-and-a-half mile off road run, writes Judy Davey.
It is run mainly on National Trust land and is a fairly flat course although runners are tested with muscle sapping sand dunes in the second half of the race.
Once off the dunes the last two miles is all along Studland beach, but it was quite a relief as the sand was wet and much easier to run on than the dunes. Runners did have to dodge the waves though. It was predictably windy on the beach but it was an unseasonably warm breeze which made for perfect conditions for racing.
The race was won by Andrew Ridley in a time of 46 minutes 56 seconds and the first back for Honiton was Tom Bornet who finished 50th in 58:10. Steve Davey was next back coming 63rd in 59:16 having taken a tumble crossing a stream. Howard Bidmead had a good run despite nursing a calf injury coming 75th in 1:00:13. Not too far behind was Roger Saunders who was running the race for the first time. He finished 87th in 1:01:33. Roger had overtaken Judy Davey running down a hill and managing to stay ahead leaving Judy to come 100th just 34 seconds later.
Lynn Pike continued her run of speedy finishes to come 201st in 1:09:40. Nicola Greenland enjoyed the run coming 234th in 1:12:12. Nick Thorpe was another who took a fall and finished in the first aid tent. He came 246th in 1:13:05 with Jennie Sleeman hot on his heels coming just 2 places and 11 seconds later.
Sandra Thorpe was happy with her run coming 313th in 1:19:06. Carol Turnham was a last minute entry and she came 352nd in 1:23:11. Wendy Williams followed soon after coming 362nd in 1:24:15 providing delicious apple cake to her team mates upon their return. Kathy Layzell completed the Honiton line-up finishing in fine form to come 378th in 1:25:42.
Runners were treated to a great goody bag and a free ice-cream which they enjoyed in the beautiful autumn sunshine. There were 419 finishers.