Honiton Running club - For hilly read tough

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:40 15 June 2010

Honiton runners

Honiton runners

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The Forde Abbey race is a popular fixture on the Honiton Running Club calendar.

The Forde Abbey race is a popular fixture on the Honiton Running Club calendar and 20 turned out for this year's. Starting and finishing on the lawn in front of the house and tackling the local hills and woods, the course has stunning views, if you have time to take them in. There are too many stiles and gates to clamber over for some but the two deep crossings of the River Axe in the final mile add an extra spice. After the race some rounded off a good day by enjoying a picnic in the late evening sunshine. Honiton results: 32, Steve Davey, 44:57; 50, Gary Enticott, 47:02; 51, Richard Harris, 47:05; 52, Bruce Strawbridge, 47:22; 54, Ceri Oak, 47:32; 66, Roger Saunders, 48:34; 76, Maria Wadey, 49:22; 83, John Burgess, 49:52; 84, Judy Davey, 50:16; 100, Brent Dicks, 52:26; 105, Simon Hall, 53:18; 109, Marion Broom, 54:02.118, Nicola Gigg, 54:27; 130, Nick Thorpe, 56:08; 138, Sarah Warren, 57:05;142, Claire Pomeroy, 57:27; 161, Rod Warren, 1:00:57; 164, Jennie Sleeman, 1:01:34; 188, Sandra Thorpe, 1:05:29; 203, Tracey Strawbridge, 1:08:33. There were 233 finishers.lCricket St Thomas provided a scenic backdrop to the Run in The Wild race on Sunday. This is a new 10k off-road race devised by Chard Road Runners. The course took the runners up hill and down dale, along woodland trails and up grassy rural rides. It was a tough challenge but it received an enthusiastic thumbs-up from the Honiton runners. These were led home by Brian Charters, who started from the back of the field just to give himself an extra challenge. Steve Davey and Bruce Strawbridge both had good runs, with Bruce pleased to keep Steve in sight for most of the way. The next round of the Judy Davey/John Burgess contest went to John, who found himself having a very good run. He also won a bottle of wine for coming second in his category. Judy, on the other hand, won a bottle of champagne as the best female runner in three local races this week. It is good to see Marion Broom, Nick Thorpe and Tony Whiteley returning to nearer their old form after long lay-offs due to injury. It was also good to see Laura Pyle donning club colours after completing her university course. The race was won by Martin Cox of Salford Harriers in the excellent time of 36:41. First lady was Jenny Moore of Wells City Harriers in 43:55. Honiton results: 19, Brian Charters, 44:28; 41, Steve Davey, 48:16; 56, Bruce Strawbridge, 49:26;72, John Burgess, 52:07; 78, Judy Davey, 53:27; 108, Marion Broom, 57:02; 111, Nick Thorpe, 57:37; 126, Sarah Warren, 59:23; 131, Laura Pyle, 59:52.155, Tony Whiteley, 1:02:19; 159, Jennie Sleeman, 1:03:11; 176, Rod Warren, 1:05:41; 197, Vanessa Glyn Jones, 1:09:18; 207, Tracey Strawbridge, 1:10:33.There were 253 finishers.l The hottest day of the year awaited runners in the Crewkerne nine mile race and, despite a 10am start, the temperature was already beginning to soar when it got under way. A drive around Crewkerne, out to Hinton, Dinnington and surrounding area, from the comfort of the car seat makes the course look easy. However, once on foot, the reality of the terrain becomes clearer. The clue is in the description as the terrain is hilly rather than undulating - this is a challenging course at the best of times. Vernon Gillard led the Honiton contingent home, a little over two minutes ahead of Steve Davey. Steve belied his aversion to heat to maintain his pace in the latter stages, opening what was quite a close gap at around six miles from Bruce Strawbridge and Judy Davey, to around a minute and two minutes respectively. But Judy, with a time of 1:09:31, took first place in her age category, well deserved for all the hard work and improvement that she has made.One of the highlights from a performance point of view was from Sarah Warren who just got ahead of Marion Broom, who seems to have fully recovered from injury. And to put their performances into perspective, Marion improved more than four minutes on last year. Tracey Strawbridge was five minutes quicker than last year.The impromptu drinks station organised by Simon Hall at around six miles was taken up by most of the remaining finishers.Results: 40, Vernon Gillard, 1:05:11; 50, Steve Davey, 1:07:32; 55, Bruce Strawbridge, 1:08:22; 62, Judy Davey, 1:09:31; 75, John Burgess 1:11:20; 80, John Caswell, 1:12:26; 92, Sarah Warren, 1:14:47; 94, Marion Broom 1:14:58; 121, Jenny Sleeman, 1:23:13; 124, Denis Costello, 1:24:19; 141, Jackie Costello, 1:30:55; 148, Tracey Strawbridge, 1:32:33; 149, Gerry Evans, 1:32:37;155, Vanessa Glyn Jones, 1:34:00.l England international Heather Foundling Hawker finished fifth lady and 136th overall at the Edinburgh Marathon in a time of 3.01.02.l Steve Boyes came home 28th in the Needles Marathon in 4.10.06.

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