Honiton runners excel on three fronts

PUBLISHED: 10:44 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:44 27 October 2015


Honiton runners took part in races at three different venues, with runners competing in the Exmoor Stagger, the Great West Run and the Eden marathon meeting, writes Judy Davey.

Alasdair and Esme Moffett went to Minehead to take part in the Exmoor Stagger.

This 15.1-mile race provides a challenging off-road course using the steep and varied terrain with total ascent of 3627 ft.

The route runs from Minehead to the highest point on Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon, and then back to Minehead. Alasdair finished 52nd in two hours 31 minutes and Esme came 108th in 3:08. The race was won by James Baker of Chichester Runners in 1:50.

Seven Honiton runners took part in the 31st Great West Run.

Running conditions were very favourable dry with a slight breeze and set fair for the duration. Over 3,000 runners took part with the streets packed full of support - friends and family cheering on everyone who had put in the time, effort, dedication and long hours of training to get around the course.

The race started at 9 am and behind the starting gun was four- time Olympian Jo Pavey a fantastic inspiring start for all runners.

The course combined the energy of a city centre road race with pretty country lanes and stunning views across Exeter.

Undulating hills were present along the route and a climb at mile eight caught a few runners having to dig deep into the legs for reserves through gritted teeth, perseverance prevailed as cheers from the crowd spurred them on.

First home of the Honiton runners was David Hawker in a fantastic time of 1:48 which was 12 minutes faster than his run in 2014!

Paula Ferris managed a personal best on the course with 1:49 running for the Children’s Hospice. Tim Wigram also clocked the same time. They were closely followed across the line by Tony Peek with a time of 2:00 and Sharon Wells with a beaming smile with a time of 2:01 finishing 17th out of 65 in her category.

Katie Sherjan finished her first half marathon in a very impressive time of 2:28 and very proud of her achievements.

Alan Rowe 2:22 and Liam Dushynsky 2:32 completed the finishing Honiton line up.

The men’s race was won in an astonishing time of 1:10:07 by Shaun Antell of Bideford AAC and the first lady home was Annabel Granger of Bristol and West 1:21:16.

Runners ran proud and determined for local charities close to their hearts including Children’s Hospice South West, Devon Air Ambulance, CLIC Sargent, and Hospice Care to name just a few.

Last, but definitely not least, three Honiton runners travelled to Cornwall to take part in the Eden Half and full marathon.

Kevin Hawker and Steve Boyes took part in the full marathon.

A challenging multi terrain course with over 2000 feet climbing which also includes a climb or walk to the top of a tor.

Kevin Hawker came a well deserved second place overall and first veteran runner in a time of 2:59 just a minute after the winner.

An achilles injury hampered Kevin but on reflection he was happy and now will take a good rest after running over 1100 miles training for the event.

Steve Boyes found the event tough and came home in 4:03 and second in his age group. Both Kevin and Steve were aching for a few days. Michelle Selly had a fantastic time running the half and finished in 2:24.

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