Honiton runners impress at Charmouth Challenge

Honiton runners at the Charmouth Challenge

Honiton runners at the Charmouth Challenge - Credit: Archant

The final Sunday in June saw four Honiton Running Club members take part in the Torbay Half Marathon at Paignton, writes Jusy Davey.

This is a two lap route and takes in stunning coastal views across Torbay. Steve Selley had a great race even though it was hillier than he had anticipated. He came 172nd in the fantastic time of one hour 35 minutes.

David Perkins, sporting his Honiton vest for the first time, was next back coming 602nd in 1:51. The ladies of the cfollowed in the form of Katy Campbell who came 783rd in 1:57 and Kathy Layzell who came 1020th in 2:06. The race was won by Jonah Cheshum in the time of 1:09.

Six Honiton runners went to Charmouth last Saturday to take part in the Charmouth Challenge organised by Charmouth Primary School.

The weather was a little too hot for racing although runners did feel the benefit of a cooling breeze on some of the descents.

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The race is the most southerly fell race in the country and includes two steep and long climbs. The first is within the first mile climbing the infamous Stone Barrow Lane and later on in the race runners climb up Golden Cap, the highest point on the South Coast at 191m.

It’s all worthwhile though, as racers are treated to the breathtaking views of the Jurassic Coast!

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The winner was Jamie Parkinson in a superb time of 50:32. Honiton’s first runner home was Steve Davey who came 53rd in 1:10. Howard Bidmead knocked minutes off last year’s time coming 65th in 1:12 and he was followed by Mark Dallyn who also had a great run to come 68th in 1:13.

Judy Davey was pleased to come 80th in 1:16 just ahead of first timer for the race Tim Wigram who finished 87th in 1:17. Nicola Greenland is relatively new to HRC and this was a brave race to tackle. She finished 164th in 1:29. There were 231 finishers.

Sam Dowson and his brother Archie tackled the fun run of 1.8 miles. Sam did amazingly well to come fourth overall just 15 seconds behind Mathew Lissenburg who won the race. Archie is showing incredible form for his age and came 11th in 13:43. There were 151 finishers in this race.

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