Honiton Running Club teams impress at Woodland Relays

PUBLISHED: 16:38 25 June 2018

Honiton Running Club members at the Woodland Relays which were hosted by Sidmouth Running Club.

Honiton Running Club members at the Woodland Relays which were hosted by Sidmouth Running Club.


Honiton Running Club (HRC) joined Sidmouth RC, Axe Valley Runners, Exmouth, Met Office and runners from West Hill to take part in this year’s Woodland Relays hosted by Sidmouth Running Club, writes Judy Davey.

It was a fantastic scenic route starting on Observatory Hill above Sidmouth and going out through the woods towards the coast. With adults and juniors there were about 65 teams taking part and HRC made up 20 of them.

HRC took home more than their fair share of prizes too, with the senior ladies winning their category made up of Ceri Oak, Jo Davey and Sherrie Hair.

The vet ladies’ team also won, consisting of Judy Davey, Pippa Westall and Fran Bond. Exmouth won both the senior male and vet male team prizes. HRC also took the mixed prize with the team made up of Sherrie Hair, Adam Hennessey and Kevin Hawker.

Special congratulations to Sherrie Hair, who not only ran two legs for different teams, ensuring both teams took a prize, but she was also the fastest female of the night. Kevin also ran two legs and fell over cutting his hand badly on his first leg. Not to be beaten, whilst his second runner was on the course he was patched up and managed to complete leg three which was part of the mixed winning team.

After the event it was a quick trip to hospital to be stitched up. HRC juniors were also out in force and took prizes for coming second and third U16 male teams.

The U11s did a shorter course and HRC girls came first and was made up of Bea Knight, Izzy Pollard and Ella Spiller.

The U11 mixed team category was also won by HRC made up of Josie Willey, Alfie Harding and Emily Pepper and the HRC U11 boys came second.

It’s fantastic to see juniors as young as eight taking part in such events alongside those of much more mature years!

Thanks to Sidmouth RC and especially Terry Bewes for putting on such a great event on a beautiful summer’s evening.

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