Honiton Running Club

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 00:41 16 June 2010

The Reindeer Run at Otterton is always great fun and a festive atmosphere was certainly evident on Saturday.

The Reindeer Run at Otterton is always great fun and a festive atmosphere was certainly evident on Saturday. There were plenty of Santas, elves and reindeer taking part, together with dogs that were dressed for the season too.

Although there was plenty of mud, the puddles were few and far between until the 8k mark at which point runners needed to cross the road back at Otterton, which involved being directed under the bridge and into deep water.

What a shock to the system!

The water was freezing cold and waist height for the average sized person and for those vertically challenged the race had turned into a duathlon.

If the runners were surprised, the dogs were startled!

The race was won by Chris Jones in a time of 38:05 and the first lady was Vicky Skelton in a time of 42:10.

Honiton Running Club had a good turn out with Tim Legg having a go at this race for the first time finishing seventh in 41:20, saying he'll return next year.

Ever improving Bruce Strawbridge was next in 21st place and 44:24. He was given a run for his money by Richard Harvey who is coming back after a long break but has been training hard. He finished 3 places and just 15 seconds behind Bruce in 24th place and 44:39. Next home was Guy Paddon who was pleased with his run as he has not raced recently. Guy lost a fight with a bramble in the water and came out looking like his legs had been grated with a cheese grater. Ceri Oak was the first Honiton lady home in 35th place and 46:19 followed by Judy Davey in 57th place and 48:57. Judy had overtaken Roger Saunders fairly early on in the race and Roger then followed her with the same distance between them throughout. He finished 62nd in 49:30. Warren Oak was 81st in 51:49 and Santa aka Brent Dicks was 104th in 54:15. Tracey Strawbridge completed the ladies' team in 192nd place and 1:11:10. There were 222 finishers in this race.

Prizes may have eluded the adults but the Juniors did not disappoint. In the 3k race Sam Urquhart was 3rd overall in 13:35 and Lily Helston was 2nd girl with 5th place overall in a time of 13:52. Her sister Isabel also took home a prize as 3rd U12 girl. She was 18th overall in 16:17. Katie Davey was the other winner of the day taking 3rd U17 girl coming 23rd in a time of 16:30. Katie had a good battle with Jake Harvey and Kieran Anderson as well as Isabel. The four ended up with just 13 seconds between them and 6 places. Jake was 21st in 16:20 and Kieran was 22nd in 16:22. Jack Lovegrove was next home in 31st place and 18:30 with Ella Harvey not too far behind in 48th place and 20:06. All juniors made the top 50 and with 135 finishers, this was some achievement.

Adult competitors were treated to mulled wine and a mince pie in the village hall afterwards and juniors were given some antlers as a souvenir. Thanks to Graham Hill and his team who together with Sidmouth Running Club put on another fantastic event with money raised going to Otterton School.

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