Strawbridge in Bampton Open Day race top ten finish

PUBLISHED: 11:33 07 September 2011

On Bank Holiday Monday, five Honiton runners travelled to Bampton to take part in the Quarryman’s Trail 10k multi-terrain race.

This is a low key event which is part of Bampton Open Day and there were only 58 runners taking part.

The race has a very tough start with runners being taken up hill which basically lasts for two miles. The race does become slightly easier from that point but there are still a few short sharp hills to be tackled.

The last quarter of a mile is a treat as runners can race to the finish down the road hill that they partly climbed at the beginning. Bruce and Tracey Strawbridge were tackling the race for the first time and both were delighted with their results. Bruce was tenth overall in a time of 46:38.

Tracey posted a cracking time of 71:53 and was even more delighted when she found out that the race measured more than the promised 10k. Once again her fast sprint finish produced success as she overtook a lady just metres before the line.

The race has become a favourite for Steve and Judy Davey and Steve came 14th in 48:12 managing to knock about a minute off his previous time.

Judy was equally pleased with coming 23rd in 54:04 which is exactly the same time as last year.

This was the second time John Burgess has attempted the run and he was slightly reticent as last time he sustained an injury and was out of action for a while. This year he not only successfully avoided that fate but he managed a category prize as well. He was 25th in 54:27.

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