Lenton storms to victory in Umborn Ug race

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Honiton runners were in action last Saturday at the Umborne Ug, writes Judy Davey.

This is also a tough 10k multi-terrain race with plenty of hills, but spectacular views. The day started off a little chilly, but this is an evening race and, by the time the race and barbecue began, the summer evening was perfect for spectators and just a little too warm for the runners.

Tim Lenton of Axe Valley Runners came in first with a new course record of 39:29. New Honiton runner Alasdair Moffett was first back for the club in eighth place with a time of 47:45.

Richard Harvey and Steve Davey repeated their battle of the previous week with positions changing several times.

The result was the same, but closer with Harvey 11th in 48:44 and Davey some three seconds behind!

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Davey took the male vet 50 prize of a bottle of wine. Young Finlay Fuller certainly gave the adults a run for their money finishing 16th in 50:05. Hot on his heels was Hadleigh Davies in 50:36 and only two places later was another youngster, Henry Riddle, in 50:49. Stephen Boyes is more used to racking up marathon miles, but he fancied a local run of a shorter length. He finished 28th in 52:48. The next four Honiton runners came in one after the other within a minute of each other having switched positions throughout the race. Judy Davey led the group in 35th place in 54:15. She was delighted with her race coming third lady overall winning a bottle of wine. The others were another youngster, Iain Ross and then a little older Simon Spiller and Howard Bidmead. Mark Dallyn only made the start by the skin of his teeth arriving just as racers were listening to the health and safety warnings. He struggled with the terrain finishing 41st in 56:01. Completing the group was Steve Briggs in 43rd place in 57:07. There was a great turnout with 90 finishers. Thanks to the organisers, but in particular Eleanor Wood and her helpers. A great event, a super atmosphere and wonderful barbecue upon the runners’ return. Money raised went to the upkeep of Umborne Village Hall.

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