Honiton runners' Haselbury antics

PUBLISHED: 12:40 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 23:57 15 June 2010

John Burgess making a splash

John Burgess making a splash

Mud, glorious mud! That was the theme at the Haselbury Trail 10k race.

Mud, glorious mud! That was the theme at the Haselbury Trail 10k race last Wednesday evening. A two-lap course in the fields starting and finishing at North Perrott Cricket Club with fallen trees, much water and a big hill at the end of the lap proved no obstacle to the 11 Honiton runners who ploughed their way around the course.

Kevin Hawker, who has won the race twice in previous years, led the Honiton runners and was again pushing the leaders from the gun.

His time of 41.16 was good enough for third place and he was well pleased with the result.

Roger Saunders led the rest of the Honiton team home in 50th place with a good time of 52.25, a couple of minutes ahead of supervet John Burgess who was 65th with a clocking of 54.34 taking the second place in the over 60 category. Brent Dicks was hard on John's heels but never got too close, and finished only four seconds down. Simon Hall had a good run after some warm weather training at Lake Garda with a 76th place in 55.57.

Nick Thorpe started steadily, but started to mop up the opposition after the first lap and came home 85th in 57.11 while Greg Axsel had to overcome his good day at the Sidmouth show before clicking into gear for 86th in 57.27.

Claire Pomeroy had also been warm weather training and had a steady run in the mud but just missed the hour mark with 60.37 in 102nd while Rod Warren christened his new shoes and finished 106th in 62.07.

Alan Nicholls completed his second race of the year and went off at a fast pace but paid for it after a lap and slowed considerably towards the end but enjoyed the run in 62.56 in 108th, while Sandra Thorpe flew the banner high for the distaff side of the club with a smile at the finish with 67.20 in 126th.

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