Honiton ultra runners battle terrain and heat

Ham to Lyme Ultra

Ham to Lyme Ultra - Credit: HRC

Seven Honiton Running Club members took part in the Ham to Lyme 50km multi-terrain run.  The run starts at Ham Hill Country Park in Somerset and concludes at Lyme Regis in Dorset.   

HRC members finished in two waves and first back was Rebecca Stevens in 5 hours 43 mins, 54th overall and 6th lady; closely followed by Jennie Sleeman in 5:49, 59th, followed by Johnny Bennett and Paula Ferris, who were slightly delayed by heroically rescuing a dog that had become separated from its owner. They still managed to finish in a very impressive 5:53, 62nd place.   

Vanessa Knowles, Anna Dalzell and Debbie Vinnicombe finished together in 7:53, in 196th position in a field of 222 finishers. A special mention to Johnny, who’s previously longest run was 22 miles and he ran this race after fracturing his vertebrae just 11 weeks ago; and Debbie, who completed her first ultra-marathon after previously training for two others that were then cancelled due to Covid restrictions.   

Alasdair Moffett and Tim Wigram travelled up to North Wales to take on the UK’s first Alpine scale Ultra Marathon – the Ultra Trail Snowdonia 100km and 50km events.   

Alasdair ran the 100km course climbing 10 peaks and a staggering 6,600m in an amazing 22hrs 33 mins, coming in 57th out of just over 200 starters. Tim ran the 50km course, climbing five peaks and an awesome 3,100m in 10hrs 8 mins coming in 317th out of 722 starters.   

On Saturday, several HRC members took the short trip to Tipton St John to take part in the Otter Rail and River Run, which is a multi-terrain 10k race.  

In searing heat, Howard Bidmead had a great run leading HRC home coming 29th in 48:31 and he was followed five seconds later by the first lady back for HRC, Esme Moffett, who won her age category. She came 4th lady.  

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Steve Davey was next back coming 43rd in 51:02 and he was followed by his daughter, Jo Buxton, who won her age category coming 45th in 51:27. Special mention to Emma Davey, who finished 71st just three months after having a baby. 

Alpine Scale Ultra (Snowdonia)

Alpine Scale Ultra (Snowdonia) - Credit: HRC