Reeves leads the Honiton ten home in Bideford half marathon

PUBLISHED: 16:50 05 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:50 05 March 2013

Honiton runners at the Bideford half marathon

Honiton runners at the Bideford half marathon


The Bideford Half Marathon is a popular West Country event and this year it 877 runners took part, writes Judy Davey.

It is good training for any runner doing the London Marathon, and it is also relatively flat, taking in the Tarka Trail, so a great course to run a personal best time.

Ten runners from Honiton Running Club set out in sub-zero temperatures on Sunday and they mostly had a very good day.

First in for the club was Graham Reeves, the club’s 2012 male runner of the year who sliced over two minutes off his PB finishing 29th in 1:25:13. Stephen Boyes set out with the ambition to run a 1:30 time and after shooting past Roger Saunders got close with 1:33:39.

He is more used to running marathons so had plenty of energy for the distance. Saunders is trying to stay below 1:40 and just managed it in 1:39:35, but he is cutting it a bit fine as old age beckons!

New member Sarah Wheeler was doing her first half-marathon in preparation for her maiden London Marathon and was delighted to finish not far behind Saunders in 1:41:01. Next home was John Burgess who was disappointed to go over the 1:50 mark, but perhaps age is finally creeping up on him too!

Jennie Sleeman can also be pleased with her run and her time of 1:54:27 after a relatively quiet running year in 2012. Sandra Thorpe was cheered along by her husband and recorded her best half-marathon time for seven years with 2:01:55, surely a sub-two hours must come soon. Juliet Hall did a beginners running course back in April and has since gone running mad.

She has entered the London marathon and is putting in many miles of training every week. She was also delighted with her time of 2:07.52. Wendy Le Masurier was voted most improved club runner last year and has now done her first half-marathon in an excellent 2:09:37. It was good to have Jill Wood, over from New Zealand running with the club again and she finished a few yards behind Wendy in 2:10:18 which is only one minute slower than when she last ran in 2010. The race was won by Jim Cole of Tavistock AC in 1:08:56 and first lady was Helen Dyke of Poole Runners in 1:22:04. Thanks to the organisers for the usual hot drinks and cakes after the race.

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