Honiton runners meet the marathon challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:58 02 May 2012

Running Shoes.

Running Shoes.


Eight Honiton Running Club members joined the thousands of other runners to take part in the recent Virgin London Marathon.

Several were running for the club’s charity this year of The Baton whose founder is the club’s president Alan Rowe MBE. The charity raises and maintains awareness of life for service personnel in the armed services and their families. The runners would like to thank all those who sponsored them generously.

Fran Bond was first Honiton runner home in 3:18 having run a race with even 5k splits throughout the 26.2 miles. She finished within the first 3,000 places which is a great result with a similar time to when she last ran it two years ago. All the Honiton runners have been training extremely hard for the event and Julie Payne was definitely no exception. She has seen some personal best times over recent weeks for races over different lengths and she managed another pb at London knocking 10 minutes off last year’s time to break the magic three and a half hour mark in 3:28.

This was Brent Dick’s first marathon and although he was nursing a cold and suffered during the second half, he managed a respectable time of 4:14, just five seconds quicker than Claire Pomeroy. Claire went really well until about 20 miles when a recurring foot problem came back, plus blisters and a bit of dizziness, so lost a lot of time from then but nevertheless was still pleased with her time.

Nicola Campbell finished next in 4:24 and Warren Oak was not too far behind. Warren set himself a realistic pace and managed to stick to it for about 18 miles. He managed to beat last year’s time to finish in 4:33 but despite appreciating his family supporting him, he still felt a little disappointed.

Denis Costello found the congestion challenging and crossing the finish line was his highlight. He completed in 5:15. Vanessa Glyn-Jones finished three minutes later, finding it too long and hard and vowing never again.

All Honiton runners appreciated the cheers and encouragement of their fellow clubmates particularly on Tower Bridge which gave them a massive boost, when they were at a particularly low ebb having run over 20 miles.

●The previous weekend Stephen Boyes and Ian Stewart ran the hilly Brighton Marathon in a cold wind. Ian Stewart, running his first marathon, finished in 3.38 hours whereas Steve has run many more and finished in 3:42. Both men’s and ladies’ course records were broken by Kenya’s Peter Some in 2:12 and Belarus’s Sviatlana Kouhan in 2:29 respectively.

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