Roll up for Farway run

Honiton RC President Alan Rowe has been helping with the organisation of the Farway Run (Over The Hill And Farway 10K) for the local school.

Honiton RC President Alan Rowe has been helping with the organisation of the Farway Run (Over The Hill And Farway 10K) for the local school.The aim is to raise the profile of the school and, at the same time, raise much needed funds. The course, starting from the village hall, will be a good challenge with one steepish hill of about 800yds after three quarters of a mile followed by about two miles of downhill into Northleigh, a loop around and back into Northleigh, finishing back at the Farway hall. The date for the run is June 21, starting at 10.45am.l James Denne travelled to Brickfields in Plymouth to represent Honiton RC in the Devon County Track and Field Championships. He opted to race 5,000m to gauge his fitness and to help gain selection for the Exeter Harriers team for the opening British Athletics League match in Edinburgh in four week's time. James has been carrying an injury to his right foot so knew it was going to be a struggle. However, he came home in third in 16.20 which, considering all the problems, was not too bad. l Three ladies turned out in stormy weather to tackle the Taunton Deane novice triathlon at Wellington Sports Centre. The weather was atrocious but, fortunately, the novices were sent off first and competed in the one relatively dry hour of the day. Ex HRC member Sally Hutter did really well to get back in under an hour while Vanessa Glyn Jones and Pat Croucher came away pleased with their efforts as it was their first such event. On the bike section the girls all had stoppages for various reasons: Sally's chain came off, Vanessa had to adjust her shoes, and Pat was overdressed for the section and had to rearrange layers. Finish times were: Sally, 1st vet 40, 58:19; Vanessa, 1st vet 60, 1:06:20; Pat, 2nd vet 50, 1:12:31. l Twenty-two Honiton Running Club members donned their trainers for the Ottery St Mary 10k. Despite an early morning downpour and threatening skies the race got under way in the dry and the first runners crossed the line before the driving rain returned making life difficult for those still on the course. Two of Honiton's speed merchants, Kevin Hawker and Tim Legg, were in the battle for the front spot but Paul Duff pulled away in the final miles to finish in 35:13 with Kevin second in 35:26 and Tim third in 35:58 - both excellent times. The ladies race was won by Karen Cook in 41:55 with Honiton's Ceri Oak getting second place in 42:36 with a new PB by over three minutes. Paul Davey, 39.55, Steve Davey, 41.41; Roger Saunders, 42.52; Judy Davey, 44.22 (broke her PB again); John Burgess, 44.40, was under 45 minutes for the first time. Newcomer Sarah Wheeler, 45.06; Greg Axsel, 45.30; Maria Wadey, 45.42, was also very pleased to score a PB. There were also good PBs for Warren Oak, 47.08, and Marion Broom, 48.01; Lubos Obornik, 50.04; Tony Whiteley, 51.36, a new PB by over 2 min 30 sec; Rebecca Corney, 53.31; Blanka Obornik made a 10k debut with 62.16; Dan Brown jogged around with friends to finish in 64.27. There was a great finish between Tracey Strawbridge, 59.51 and and Liz Corney, 59.53, but they were both delighted to have cracked the hour mark. Whimple ladies Sarah Evans, 54.00, Janet Leach, 56.42, and Maggie Richards, 61.59 enjoyed their run and will hopefully be joining training runs with Honiton in the near future.

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