Howard Bidmead leads Honiton runners home at the Killerton 10k meeting

PUBLISHED: 09:33 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 24 September 2018

Honiton Running Club members at the Killerton 10k. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Honiton Running Club members at the Killerton 10k. Picture CONTRIBUTED


Eight Honiton runners made the short journey to Killerton last Sunday to take part in the Killerton 10k.

Honiton Running Club members at the Killerton 10k. Picture CONTRIBUTEDHoniton Running Club members at the Killerton 10k. Picture CONTRIBUTED

This is a tough off-road event within the grounds of the Killerton Estate and the runners will tell you there may be only one hill, but the organisers certainly found as many different ways to run up it as possible.

That said, running conditions were ideal and all the Honiton runners performed well.

Howard Bidmead was first back in 41st position in 56.54.

He was followed by Jay Sweetman in 47th – and who is running really well at the moment – in a time of 57.36.

The Honiton ladies soon followed with Karen Lister in 142nd place in 1.06.00. Other HRC ladies’ finishing places with times were: Mandy Ward, 164th, 1.08.40; Vanessa Knowles, 175th, 1.09.27; Claire Melbourne 189th, in 1.11.37; Debbie Vinnicombe, 205th, 1.13.03 and Pip Vanham, 208th, 1.13.39.

There were 327 finishers and the race was won by Michael Bateman in a time of 46.22.

● The second Sunday of September saw Honiton Running Club’s (HRC) Darren Roberts take part in the Chard Chaser 10k which goes along country roads and rough tracks through Cuttiford’s Door and Chardleigh Green.

The race was won by Daniel Cahill in 36 minutes 40 seconds and Darren came 30th in 51:01 and was delighted to win his age category. A total of 147 runners took part.

On the same day, Olivia Higginson thought it would be a great idea to celebrate her birthday by tackling the Bude Pirate Run. This is 8.5 miles of woods, coast and trails with 1000ft of climb but wonderful views.

The race was won by Tom Carthey in 55:05 and Olivia came 95th in 1:21:10. There were 227 finishers.

Last Saturday, Michelle Selley and Kathy Layzell ran the Cream Tea Caper, which is a six-hour run of 3.3-mile loops around Exeter Double Locks.

Both ladies set their own goals and blew these away with Kathy setting 18 miles as her goal and actually completing a full marathon of 26 miles.

Michelle completed an Ultra of 35 miles, winning best lady and coming third overall.

It was a great inaugural run with a super atmosphere, to be repeated next year from a different location.

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