Honiton runners travel far and wide to tackle marathons

PUBLISHED: 07:13 04 June 2018

The four Honiton Running Club members who took part in the 2018 Women Can Marathon

The four Honiton Running Club members who took part in the 2018 Women Can Marathon


It was a day of Marathons on the final Sunday of May for Honiton Running Club (HRC) members with four taking part in the second running of the Women Can Marathon based at Tipton, writes Judy Davey.

The race was inspired by Kathrine Switzer who took part in the 1967 Boston Marathon when it was a men-only race proving that women are capable of running the 26.2 mile distance.

Competitors could choose either to run the full marathon or as part of a relay team. Judy Davey and Clare Melbourne took on the full distance with Judy coming seventh in a time of four hours and 12 minutes, winning her age category.

Clare came 48th in a time of 5:35. There were 119 finishers and the winner was Catherine Cole in 3:50.

Linda Pike and Mandy Ward joined together to run half a marathon each. Linda ran first handing over to Mandy. They were the ninth pair back in 4:43 out of 31 teams.

On the same day, some HRC runners went to Dorchester to take part in the Dorchester Marathon and Casterbridge Half. Rachel Hennessey and Kathy Layzell took part in the full marathon with Rachel coming 409th in 5:13 and Kathy finishing 554th in 6:12. Kathy was raising money for MIND. There were 608 finishers.

Five other HRC runners took on the half marathon. Mark Newson was first back for Honiton in the Half coming 58th in 1:42 followed by his wife Janice who came 286th in 2:05. Vanessa Knowles came 572nd in 2:27 with Debbie Vinnicome not too far behind in 2:30. There were 1019 finishers.

Emilie Tones took the prize for travelling the furthest for her marathon as she went to Edinburgh.

She completed in 3:46 and was delighted with her time. She found the support from the crowd, her family and marshals amazing.

She is running several races for The Mix with the next being 100k Race to the Stones; visit http://virginmoneygiving.com/EmTonesChallenge101 for more information.

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