Oak crowned Queen of the hill

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 June 2011

Galina Barskaya

The Over the Hill and Farway 10k took place on Sunday and, of course, it was well supported by Honiton runners, even though they knew they had to run up Warren Hill which took runners up 460ft.

There was a cheery crowd of spectators at the top offering a cup of water! Honiton’s own Ceri Oak was crowned Queen of the Hill for being first lady to the top of The Hill. She held on to her lead and managed to come first lady overall in 13th place with a time of 45 minutes 56 seconds.

Ben Stone was first home for Honiton in fifth place and a time of 41:11 followed just over four minutes later by Steve Davey in ninth. Richard Harris was sandwiched between the two in 12th place in 45:52. Julie Payne was carrying The Baton for the charity with the same name and still managed to come second lady overall. She was 15th in a time of 48:30, one place ahead of Tom Dunn, 48:46.

The next four back for Honiton often have a really closely fought race and on Sunday it was Judy Davey’s turn to lead them home coming 21st in 51:07. Warren Oak followed two places later in 51:40, with Nick Bradley-Carter just one place behind him in 52:03. Super Hero Brent Dicks did well to come 30th in 55:18 as he did get somewhat hot under the collar in his costume. He did attract a huge amount of attention though.

Olivia Higginson crossed the line in 59:09 and Julian Davies 44th, 63:54. There were 53 runners.

Delicious cakes awaited the runners on their return with money raised going to Farway School.

Meanwhile, Vernon Gillard went to Paignton to take part in the Torbay Half Marathon. He had an excellent run coming 154th out of 1564 runners in a time of 1:35:32.


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