Honiton runners do well at Bicton Blister


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Honiton Running Club had a good turnout for the Bicton Blister and Bicton Lite races organised by Exmouth Harriers last Sunday, writes Judy Davey.

The races begin and end at Bicton College.The Blister is a 10-mile multi-terrain run taking in some roads, lots of woodland, plenty of Woodbury Common and a few hills thrown in for good measure.

The course was surprisingly dry after the floods less than a week earlier so some impressive times were posted. Jake Smith won the race well ahead of anyone else finishing in 58 minutes 37 seconds.

Rod Inglis was the first back for Honiton storming home to finish 89th in 1:17:53. Richard Harris also had a great run finishing 118th in 1:21:39 followed not too far behind coming 127th in 1:22:42 was Steve Davey.

Judy Davey led the ladies back winning a prize for third in her category in the process. She was 167th in 1:26:50. Pippa Westall followed coming 193rd in 1:29:33. Lynn Pike was tackling this course for the first time and enjoyed the run coming 269th in 1:36:47.

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It was also Katherine Tomkins’ first time and she found it much easier than her last race at Castle Drogo. She came 325th in 1:42:06. Karen Lister, Vanessa Knowles and Anna Dalzell ran the race with Tina Wheeler who has never raced before. They finished together in 2:16:58. There were 448 finishers.

The Lite is the Blister’s little brother covering four-and-a-half miles of the Blister route. The race was won by David Hampton in 28:35 but HRC’s 14-year-old George Tomkins was not far behind coming fifth in 31:41 and winning a prize for his efforts.

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Howard Bidmead has been battling injury and is only running short distances at the moment so chose the Lite on Sunday.

He was pleased to finish 22nd in 42:53. Dawn Peek completed HRC’s line-up to come 73rd in 51:41. There were 106 finishers.

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