Honiton’s Sleeman clocks new pb at Taunton Half Marathon

PUBLISHED: 14:28 09 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:30 09 April 2013

Runners on their way out of Exmouth with the Geoneedle in the background on Sunday's Exe to Axe run. Photo submitted by Chris Woodcock. Ref exsp run2

Runners on their way out of Exmouth with the Geoneedle in the background on Sunday's Exe to Axe run. Photo submitted by Chris Woodcock. Ref exsp run2


On Easter Monday, in the perishing cold, four Honiton Running Club members took part in The Easter Bunny 10k based around Yeovilton, writes Judy Davey.

It is a fast course with the last 5k being a loop of Yeovilton airbase and almost pancake flat. Steve Briggs finished in 47 minutes, John Burgess 49 and Clare Melbourne 54.

Jo Jo Davey’s ambition was to finish under the hour which she did in fine style, smashing her personal best time for the distance to finish in 57 minutes.

Last Sunday, Graham Reeves took part in the Paris Marathon after following a rigid training regime. The weather was in his favour with sun and cool temperatures and just a slight breeze. The Marathon went really well for him and helped by the cheering crowds, he surpassed his expectations finishing in 3 hours 8 minutes. He smashed his previous personal best time and hopes to have secured a place in next year’s London Marathon gaining a ‘Good for Age’ place. Back in England it was very cold and windy on the seafront at Exmouth for the start of Sidmouth Running Club’s Exe to Axe race.

Three Honiton runners took part in this 21 mile race which follows the coastal path from Exmouth to Seaton going through Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Branscombe and Beer. The weather did feel warmer for the runners as they climbed the many cliffs. Steve Davey was first back for Honiton finishing 32nd in 3 hours 41 with Bruce Strawbridge following shortly after in 39th place in 3:44. Mark Dallyn completed the race for the first time and understandably found it very tough but was pleased to finish in 93rd place in 4:08. There were 184 finishers, almost double that of last year and the winner was local Axe Valley Runner Tim Lenton in 2:46.

On the same day several Honiton runners took advantage of the fairly flat Taunton Half Marathon. Jennie Sleeman led the group home completing a pb run to finish in one hour 50 minutes. She was followed just 34 seconds later by Nick Thorpe with John Burgess not far behind in 1:51. Lin Pike is running extremely well at the moment and also managed a pb just missing out on a sub-two hour finish by 12 seconds. Other Honiton runners with their finishing times were: Sandra Thorpe 2:01, Jo Jo Davey 2:06, Wendy Le Masurier 2:14, Kathy Layzell 2:16 and Wendy Williams 2:55.

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