Sun run at Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:57 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 23:57 15 June 2010

Festival runners at the start

Festival runners at the start

Summer arrived at Sidmouth on Sunday for the Sidmouth Festival 10k run.

Summer arrived at Sidmouth on Sunday for the Sidmouth Festival 10k run. It's a unique run that starts above Jacob's Ladder with a climb of nearly 1km up Peak Hill.

Then it's an undulating run with the fast last km back down the hill to finish.

Nine Honiton Runners ventured forth in the heat to take part.

Milan Goc led the Honiton Running Club pack home in 10th place in a time of 43.56 with Tim Legg (44.50) not far behind and a little disappointed not to have beaten him.

Next home, and very pleased with his position of 27th, was Bruce Strawbridge in a time of 48.54. Alan Rowe was HRC's last male home in 1.05.43.

Nick Bradley Carter very sensibly withdrew after pulling a muscle during the uphill section.

First lady home for Honiton was Marion Broom, who was also very pleased with her position of 88th in a time of 58.53.

Next came Laura Pyle, cheered on by her parents, to come in at 1.01.59. Then came Tracey Strawbridge 1.13.12, who, like the other Honiton ladies, felt she struggled with the first half but picked up and ran stronger in the second, overtaking several runners. Next was Olivia Higginson, one of the club's newest members, who impressed fellow runners by finishing in 1.16.09 after clubbing until 4am that morning (oh to be young!)

The runners were cheered on by Steve and Judy Davey, who had rushed home, driving all night, from their holiday in France to give encouragement. (Though Judy did say if she'd known the race started at 11am, she would have run it! Marion was pleased she didn't!)

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