Julie beats the Payne barrier

PUBLISHED: 12:05 24 August 2011

Galina Barskaya

Honiton Running Club’s Julie Payne took part in Ironbridge Runner’s Exeter 10k last Wednesday evening and was delighted to achieve a personal best time for the distance.

It is a pancake flat two lap course on the footpaths and cycle tracks around the River Exe and Exeter Canal. Julie came 71st out of 215 runners in a time of 43:38. The race was won by Tom Merson in the incredible time of 31:03.

Fresh from a holiday in Turkey, Stephen Boyes ran Salisbury 54321 Trail Marathon last week so called because it includes five rivers, four hills, three large country estates, two castles, and one cathedral. The race is hilly, taking runners on a scenic route through the historical region of Wessex. It is run on quiet park roads, bridleways and public paths, through areas of outstanding natural beauty. Money is raised for The Salisbury Fire Fighters’ Charity. Steve found it quite hot but still managed 3:58:50 seconds. The Turkey heat probably helped acclimatise him.

Dalwood 10k report and results on www.midweekherald.co.uk.

Last Wednesday evening saw the 3rd running of the Dalwood Fayre 10k multi-terrain race and 14 Honiton Running Club members took part.

Kevin Hawker led the team back coming 2nd overall in a time of 41 minutes 18 seconds. He was followed by Ian Stewart who has been training for a forthcoming mountain marathon. Ian was 7th in a time of 44:34. Bruce Strawbridge was next back, pleased to have beaten his time from last year coming 11th in 46:41. Richard Harris has been putting in some good training for the Berlin Marathon in late September and finished well in 16th place in 47:04. Brent Dicks, Pippa Westall and Nick Bradley-Carter had a great battle with each other with Pippa and Nick overtaking Brent at one stage but then seeing him speed past them on the last downhill stretch. Brent finished 35th in 56:09, Pippa 37th in 56:29 and Nick 38th in 56:59. There followed a considerable gap with no Honiton runners until Tracey Strawbridge did her amazing downhill sprint finish once again to finish in 68th place in 1:11:02. Completing the Honiton line up was Wendy Williams who hadn’t run for several weeks and was tired after an extremely busy day the day before involving a very early morning. Nevertheless, she was pleased with her 73rd place in 1:16. There were 78 finishers. One of the non finishers was Warren Oak who was on call and was carrying his bleeper with him. He only managed about 200 metres before he had to take a diversion and respond to an emergency call out. What lengths some people will go to avoid a hilly race! Thanks to the Dalwood Run Committee for great organisation and for providing cheerful marshals – it’s always great to have local support. Thanks also to the landowners who allowed runners to trample their fields.

Other Honiton runners: 18th Karl Hodson 47:56, 21st Ceri Oak 48:24, 29th Judy Davey 53:09 and 32nd John Burgess 55:10.

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