Stewart leads Honiton contingent home at Dalwood
PUBLISHED: 14:38 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:38 23 February 2015
Most of the runners at last Sunday’s Dalwood Three Hills’ Challenge were using it as last minute training for next week’s Grizzly, write Judy Davey.
However, that didn’t mean they didn’t try their hardest! As it is one of the most local races for Honiton RC members, it wasn’t surprising that there was a good turnout for the club.
It was a cold frosty dry morning when runners set off from home, but the rain started about half an hour before the race commenced and continued for the rest of the day gradually getting harder. Runners dressed for the chilly wet conditions, but many wished they had chosen another layer!
First home for Honiton was Ian Stewart who finished eighth in a time of 1:16:45.
Although an experienced runner, Karl Hodson has only recently joined the club and had a great race to finish 15th in 1:22:12. Next back was Steve Davey who managed to win his age category coming 23rd in 1:30:24. Bruce Strawbridge had a great race showing he is back on form, tracking Steve around much of the course coming just three places and 28 seconds behind him. Mark Dallyn had a bit of a sore neck and was convinced he wasn’t going to run well so he was pleased to come 33rd in 1:34:55. First lady back for Honiton was Judy Davey coming 43rd in 1:40:37. Louise Crisp followed coming 49th in 1:44:10 and she was followed by Esme and Alasdair Moffett who ran the race together. They came 50th in 1:44:46. The Honiton contingent was completed by Lyn Pike who came 74th in 1:59:29 having thoroughly enjoyed the run. The race was won by Michael Robinson of Mud Crew Trail Runners in the fantastic time of 1:08:55 and there were 91 finishers.
Also on offer was the Mini Challenge and Flo Swan took part in this coming first female and third overall in a time of 26 minutes 23 seconds. This race was won by Jamie Barnett of Teignbridge Trotters in 25:32. There were 13 finishers.
Runners returned to the welcoming warm village hall where homemade refreshments were on offer. Thanks to the Run Committee and everyone else who helped but the marshals deserve a special mention for braving the harsh elements for the morning.
Helen Saunders who was in Honiton RC beginner runner group a year ago completed her first half marathon with Pacific Road Runners in Vancouver in 768 place out of 2084 runners in a time of 1:48:25. The weather was perfect. She’s now hoping for snow to go skiing!