Otter Rail and River Run draws record numbers

PUBLISHED: 14:23 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:23 14 July 2015

Taking part in the rail and river run in Tipton St John. Ref mhsp 0842-29-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Taking part in the rail and river run in Tipton St John. Ref mhsp 0842-29-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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A record number of runners took part in the Otter Rail and River Run last Saturday, writes Judy Davey.

The race starts and finishes in Tipton St John. It is organised by Tipton Playing Field Committee and Sidmouth Running Club and is a 10k route which is almost as flat as it gets in East Devon.

Karl Hodson led Honiton Running Club home to finish 23rd in 41 minutes 55 seconds. He was followed by Steve Davey who finished 41st in 44.26 with Steve Selley hot on his heels; five places and 21 seconds later.

Mark Dallyn struggled with this race finishing 63rd in 47.30. Mark Andow came 86th in 50.24 and Jim Hill was 105th in 53.26. Kathy Layzell and Sandra Thorpe finished together in 152nd place in 1:00:36 and Michelle Selley who has just started running again after injury completed the line up to come 179th in 1.05.09. James Denne won the race in a new course record of 34:33 and there were 215 finishers; an increase of 50 per cent on the previous year!

Meanwhile, damp and warm conditions greeted the 100 runners that took part in Sunday’s Bridport 10k.

This tough off-road event takes in the Jurassic coast path and due to fog on Thorncombe Beacon the Coastguard had advised the route be diverted at this point. This did not detract from what was a stunning run and by the time the runners reached Thorncombe the weather was clear

Two Honiton runners made the trip. Howard Bidmead had another good run in an event he enjoys and finished in 51:07.

Paula Ferris running in a Honiton vest for the first time enjoyed her run and was beaming when she crossed the line in 61:00.

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