Honiton’s Davies runs well at Axmouth Challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:39 20 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:39 20 January 2015

Axe Valley Runners’ Axmouth Challenge was well represented by Honiton Running Club members last Sunday, writes Judy Davey.

This multi-terrain race is nine-and-a-half miles of muddy fields and tracks as well as a fair amount of road and several hills. The race was won by AVR’s James Green in 58 minutes and nine seconds and first back for Honiton was Hadleigh Davies who came 14th in 1:12:20.

Young Findlay Fuller was next back coming 19th in 1:14:39. Steve Davey had a great race coming 21st in 1:15:15 ahead of his rival Rod Inglis who finished three places later in 1:15:56. Mark Dallyn was the first back of a group of Honiton runners. Mark was 32nd in 1:17:45 directly followed by Bruce Strawbridge albeit one minute and seven seconds later.

Tom Bornet followed, two places and five seconds later and the sole Honiton lady, Judy Davey, finished one place and 10 seconds behind him. A Honiton gap followed, but Howard Bidmead finished next in 41st place and 1:21:18. David Hawker and Richard Terry were making their debut race for the club and ran together to finish 49th in 1:24:52. It was some achievement that they were brave enough to tackle it having been told countless times how tough the race was before the start! Jim Hill brought the Honiton contingency home to finish 76th in 1:34:55. There were 96 runners.

Iain Ross took part in the five-mile mini challenge coming fifth in 40:02. The race was won by AVR Jake Smith and there were 21 runners.

Runners were treated to delicious warming soup upon their return to Axmouth Village Hall. Thanks to AVR for putting on the event, to all the supportive marshals, the soup and cake makers and the landowners for allowing the race to take place on their land.

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