Honiton runners led home at Castle Drogo 10 by Nick Silkstone

PUBLISHED: 10:26 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 21 November 2018

Honiton runners at the Castle Drogo 10 meeting. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Honiton runners at the Castle Drogo 10 meeting. Picture CONTRIBUTED


Last Sunday, Honiton Running Club (HRC) members travelled to Castle Drogo to take part in the Drogo 10 which is an exciting and challenging 10 mile multi-terrain run with the base at Castle Drogo, writes Judy Davey.

This year the race had been extended to be a full 10 miles rather than 9.6 of previous years.

There are two major hills including the infamous Hunters’ Path which is tough enough but especially when you have already run eight miles.

The race boasts plenty of climb, but this does mean there are spectacular views of the Teign Valley and a lovely flattish section along the River Teign.

First back for HRC was first time Drogo runner Nick Silkstone in the fantastic time of 1:13, gaining him 23rd place. Rod Inglis finished 78th in 1:23, winning his age category.

Mark Dallyn was next back and did incredibly well especially considering he had twisted his ankle within the first two miles!

He came 145th in 1:30. He was followed just 17 seconds and three places later by first HRC lady, Judy Davey, who also won her category.

Hadleigh Davies and Judy had a battle over the last half mile, but Hadleigh very gallantly let Judy cross the finish line just one place and one second before him giving him 149th place in 1:31. Next came Jo Davey who loves this race and was very pleased to pick up a tee shirt as a memento at the finish.

She came 158th in 1:32, just over a minute ahead of her dad, Steve Davey, who came 169th in 1:33.

Paula Ferris was next coming 178th in1:34. Roger Saunders had also fallen within the first two miles and came 190th in 1:36. Olivia Higginson came 217th in 1:38 and was followed by Howard Bidmead who found it tough coming 234th in 1:40.

Esme Moffett came 297th in 1:47 and Luke Holway came 304th in 1:48. Rachel Hennessey came 322nd in 1:49 and Pip Vanham completed the HRC line-up, coming 427th in 2:11.

There were 489 finishers and the race was won by Simon Minting in a time of 1:04.

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