No pain, no gain at Blackmore Vale

PUBLISHED: 19:21 15 February 2012

Galina Barskaya

Three Honiton runners set off to Sherborne for the Blackmore Vale Half Marathon with an honorary member in tow, Simon Earl, writes Jo Davey.

They all awoke expecting ice but it turned out to be a clear and sunny morning. The race starts off down hill and lulls the runners in to a false sense of security - the next 12 miles are hilly with an uphill last mile to the finish.

First to finish was Graham Reeves with a personal best time for the distance in 102nd place in 1.35.33. Nick Bradley-Carter was happy to get under the 1 hour 50 mark in a great time of 1.49.18 in 268th place. Simon is in training for the Grizzly and this was his first ever half marathon, which he finished in a stunning time of 1.51.23 and was 295th. Next to finish for the team was Olivia Higginson who two years ago said never again will she run this race as all she remembered were all the hills and not the flattish few miles in the middle. She was extremely happy to gain a pb in 1.53.47. She was 322nd out of 517 runners. The winner was Stephen Way from Bournemouth AC in 1.10.33. Everyone enjoyed a sandwich and cake before heading back to Devon.

Graham Reeves took part in the Exeter Half which is a three lap, traffic-free course beside the River Exe and the Exeter Canal. He was delighted with his pb coming 47th in 1:33:04.

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