Honiton’s Bidmead in top 40 of Lustleigh 10k

PUBLISHED: 18:53 04 September 2013 | UPDATED: 18:53 04 September 2013

The Lustleigh 10k takes place on Dartmoor during the Lustleigh Show which this year was attended by BBC Radio Devon, writes Judy Davey.

A hot bank holiday Monday saw the 131 runners leave the showground at midday for the tough 10k multi terrain trek around Lustleigh Cleave and Dartmoor. Howard Bidmead was the sole Honiton runner. He was having a great run until 9k when he slipped on a boulder and badly sprained his ankle. However, he still finished 39th overall in a time of 49 minutes and 52 secodns.The winner was Tony Hatchard from Exeter Harriers in 38.21.

On the same day, three Honiton runners took part in the Quarryman’s Trail based at Bampton and forming part of Bampton Village Fayre. This is a fairly tough 10k multi-terrain run which starts with a hill which goes on for the best part of two miles. This does mean that there is a fantastic road descent to the finish. Steve Davey was first in for Honiton in a time of 48:35 winning a ‘coffin dodger’ category prize! Steve’s wife, Judy was next back finishing in 53:31 and coming 2nd lady overall. John Burgess was the other Honiton runner finishing about 2 ½ minutes behind Judy and disappointingly for him, slower than last year. Usually the course has plenty of mud but this year the course was dry which should have led to faster times. This is a very low key and friendly event with just 33 runners taking part.

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