Musbury proves cracking challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:01 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:14 16 June 2010

The Woodland Relays are contested between local clubs and the Met Office held the latest round at Woodbury Common.

The Woodland Relays are contested between local clubs and the Met Office held the latest round at Woodbury Common.

Honiton led the field from the off and won with a handsome margin. Brian Charters was first off for Honiton and was soon to the fore, finishing in 10.58, the second fastest time of the evening and one of only two under 11 minutes. Paul Davey took over for the second leg and ran a solid 11.52 with Tim Legg next in 11.28 and Richard Harris finished victorious in 12.10.

A junior ladies' team of Katie Davey, 16.13, Rosie Lyus, 20.19, Harrie Maris, 17.51 and Robyn Moyse, 17.49, ran an enthusiastic race to finish in 1.12.12.

Honiton's B team of Tom Dunn, 12.33, Bruce Strawbridge, 12.21, Greg Axsel, 13.12 and Gary Enticott 13.40 finished in 51.46.

Only two ladies appeared for the event so Judy Davey, 14.00, and Fran Bond, 12.34, teamed up with Pete Lyus, 16.14, and Alan Nicholls, 15.13, to finish in 58.01.

l The final 5k event at Yeovilton saw good times recorded by the Honiton runners.

Tim Legg stormed around the course to sixth place with a season's best time of 17.03. Richard Harris finished in 20.02.

Thomas Dunn, 20.35, but was pushed all the way to the line by Ceri Oak who ran a season's best of 20.36 to equal her personal best for the course. Brent Dicks has improved in every race and he hung onto Ceri and Thomas to record a sub-21 minute 20.41 to end an excellent series which began in April with 24.11. Alan Nicholls is getting a bit faster at 21.49 with a 90 second improvement on his last run as he gave Judy Davey a fright at 4k when he overtook her briefly. Judy fought back to finish in 21.44. Simon Hall ran 22.25 while Nick Thorpe was a little tired after his weekend jaunt around the Bristol Half Marathon, but still managed a solid 22.29. Claire Pomeroy is a consistent 23 performer, this time with 23.50 while Rod Warren ran 24.16.

l On Sunday, Ash Primary School, together with Yeovil Town Running Club, offered a choice of four races of varying lengths. Firstly, there was an 'Excellent 8' which consisted of eight multi-terrain miles.

Runners could also have opted for the 'Fearsome 5', the 3k race or the fun run. Three Honiton runners chose the longest route which was unusually clear of mud this year but runners had to contend with hot temperatures. Bruce Strawbridge posted an excellent time of 59:12 and 20th place. Judy Davey, 1:06;07 and 53rd place, Tracey found the going tough but managed 1:31:02.

l The Musbury Castle Challenge celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sunday with glorious weather. To mark the occasion the race was extended to 10 miles and an extra 500ft of climb was thrown in for good measure.

By the time the exhausted runners had staggered over the finish line they had tackled six climbs with a total ascent of over 2,100ft.

Richard Harvey of Honiton Running Club was pleased to be back racing after recovering from an operation a few weeks ago. He and Judy Davey were wrongly directed at about seven miles and when they got back on the route found themselves at the front of the race, having missed out a mile of the course! They re-joined further down the field and Judy was third lady home and also won a category prize.

Vanessa Glynn-Jones won the ladies' over 60 prize. The race was won by Adam Stobbs of Exeter Harriers in an excellent time of 1:17:02 and first lady was Eleanor Wood of Axe Valley Runners who finished 12th in 1:34:43

Richard Harvey, 13th, 01:35:29: Judy Davey 28th 01:44:30: John Burgess 38th 01:50:15:

Maria Wadey 45th 01:52:58: Simon Hall 48th 01:55:14: Pete Lyus 70th 02:18:41:

Vanessa Glyn Jones, 75th 02:32:31.

Honiton Juniors competed in the Musbury mini challenge of 2.5 miles.

Sam Urquhart was third overall, first U15 boy, pursued by Lily Helston, second girl first U13 girl and Reuben Heeler-Froud, second U13 boy. Charlie Stephenson, Colyton FC, was third U15 boy. Jake Harvey was fifth in his category Joe Urquhart was 2nd U11 boy. Sophie Keywood was fourth in her age group and just held off Ashley Trudgeon by one second. Katie Davey was next in. Hester Heeler-Froud was 3rd U13 girl - her first category prize. Jess Donovan, winner of the club's "Tough Runner" award took part in her first race and can be very pleased with another gritty performance.

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