Success of charter run into Honiton

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 23:54 15 June 2010

The annual Charter Day runs from six villages around Honiton into the town, were completed by over 30 Honiton Running Club members on Saturday.

The annual Charter Day runs from six villages around Honiton into the town, were completed by over 30 Honiton Running Club members on Saturday. The six groups set off at 9.30am for a social run over the routes of between six and eight miles devised by organiser Ian Jeeves. The sun smiled and the runners converged on Honiton centre at around 11am to the welcome of cold drinks and cake as a reward for their efforts.

l After running the eight mile route from Shute to Honiton on Saturday, John Burgess had an exhausting time on Sunday in the Exmoor Seaview 17 race from Countesbury to Minehead. The 17 is supposed to be the number of miles but everyone knows it is actually 20. Except that this year the old route to the finish could not be followed so they tacked on YET ANOTHER MILE! Despite that, John's time of 3:50hrs was a slightly faster pace than last year. Heather Foundling Hawker decided she needed to do a longish run ahead of her 100K Commonwealth race around Lake Thirlmere in August. She set off at an easy pace and only picked up the speed once she had done the ferocious climb up Bossington Hill (at 14 miles).

She finished in 3:02hrs!

l Last Friday evening, James Denne travelled down to Chudleigh to compete in the Chudleigh Carnival 6 Mile Road Race.

The race involved a series of long climbs and downhill sections. With a few fast, local runners in the field, James decided to start off slowly and work his way through the field. It was an uphill start with James settled in sixth after the first mile. He gradually reeled back the lead runners and used his hill strength to settle into fifth place with a mile and a half to go.

With two steep downhill sections to the finish, James was pleased that his technique allowed him to storm past the two runners and started to chase after the second placed athlete.

However, the change of pace soon took its toll and James couldn't quite catch the other two runners, finishing in third place in a time of 31.15mins.

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