Sport and fun rolled into one
PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:29 15 June 2010
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SUMMER-LIKE conditions heralded the sixth running of the popular Honiton 12k road race in which 160 runners and 65 fun runners toed the start line on Honiton High Street.
SUMMER-LIKE conditions heralded the sixth running of the popular Honiton 12k road race in which 160 runners and 65 fun runners toed the start line on Honiton High Street. After a fast start down the High Street and on to Exeter Road and Heathpark the field was soon strung out with the leaders sprinting away at the front. Adam Carlson of Torbay AAC was setting a punishing pace and had started to pull away by the 5k point. Honiton's James Denne tried to keep Adam within catching distance but realised quite quickly that the pace was too hot and decided to gauge his effort for a respectable finish. After a circuit via the Iron Bridge and Gittisham, Adam raced onto the finishing field with a clear and decisive lead of 91 seconds over the chasing pack to finish in a time of 41.02. James was pleased to hold his second place to finish in 42.33. Other finishers in the men's race were 3, Paul Duff 42.52; 4, Chris Ray 43.05; 5, Kerry Roberts of Tiverton 43.19; 6, John Shipland of North Devon RR 44.10.The women's race was a similar story with three ladies breaking clear of the pack to race around the course. Rachael Currie pushed the pace all the way and stretched a lead out to 47 seconds at the tape in a time of 50.18. She was shadowed all the way around by Jessica Watkins of Sidmouth Running Club who finished well in 51.05 with Axe Valley Runner Hannah Bridger another 52 seconds back in 51.57. Other lady finishers were 4, Serane Burd of Women's Running Network 53.45; 5, Emma Kiernan of AVR 56.32; 6, Julie Hedges SWRR 57.58; 7, Nicki Ashworth WRN 58.57. Honiton runners were thin on the ground as most were manning the event by marshalling, providing water and overseeing the finish and start areas. Honiton finishers were: 21, Vernon Gillard 50.57; 26, Steve Boyes 51.27; 35, Gary Enticott 53.30; 37, Julian Gigg 53.43; 98, David Gage 66.33; 105, Brent Dicks 68.34; 120, Kim Werner 72.22; 122, Linda Pike 72.35; 130, John Collar 80.44.The fun run started just after the main race cleared the start with runners of all ages and with many in fancy dress sprinting down the High Street and turning down Dowell Street for the mile event. The lead runner, Nick Smith of Sidmouth, cross the line in under six minutes and the first young lady, Annabel Arnald, home in third place overall. Winners of the fancy dress competition were Charlotte Dicks and Matt Spry. l The event this year was again well supported by local businesses Honiton Sports, Thornhayes Nurseries, MG Webber, Hale Lane Nurseries, Everys Solicitors and Tescos. Thanks also go to the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Honiton who were at the finish to present medals and prizes. Applause also for the many helpers who manned the event to make it a great success for both the running club and the town of Honiton.