The Umborne Ug and Woodland Relays at Escot

Honiton Runners at the Umborne Ug

Honiton Runners at the Umborne Ug - Credit: HRC

Honiton Running Club members were out in force for the Umborne Ug 10k multi-terrain race on Saturday, a very hilly race for the distance but the evening was perfect for runners, for spectators and especially for the barbecue afterwards.  

First back for HRC was Johnny Bennett, who performed superbly to finish 10th overall in 48 minutes 3 seconds. He was followed by Steve Page, 17th in 51:12, and then came HRC’s first lady, Ceri Oak, who finished 22nd in 53:07, winning her category. 

Other HRC runners: 27th Pete Nicholls 53:42, 30th Tim Wigram 54:40, 31st Steve Davey 55:21, 39th Judy Davey 56:47, 47th Rebecca Stevens 58:33, 48th Jo Buxton 58:42, 48th Jo Buxton 58:42, 53rd Rachel Hennessey 1:00:40, 66th Luke Holway 1:05:46, 74th Simon Bates 1:07:24, 77th Richard Kemp 1:10:07, 81st Becky Tydd 1:12:08 and 88th Doug Wigram 1:21:58. 

There were 90 runners and the race was won by Axe Valley Runners’ Chet Gillespie in 38:56. 

There was also a fun run on offer for the juniors, won by HRC Lyra Webb in 11:22. Emily and Gabriella Pepper finished 8th and 9th respectively in 15:10.  

Thanks to all organisers and landowners for a brilliant event, especially Rick and Eleanor Wood.  

On Wednesday, HRC hosted the Woodland Relays based at Escot Park. Teams were made up of three runners, each running 2.4 miles. Other local running clubs were invited to participate and 66 teams took part on a very warm and pleasant evening.  

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There were many different team category prizes on offer but the overall winning team was Axe Valley Runners consisting of Jack Broom, Matt Clist, and Joel Seward. They finished in 41:31. Exmouth Harriers had the first ladies’ team over the line, with Alice Kelly, Paula Hopkins and Hannah Bown finishing in 51:19.  

HRC juniors took several different category prizes but the Under-15 team were the first juniors over the line, finishing in 9th place overall in 48:03. Runners for that team were Alfie Gibbins, Ollie Morris and Oscar Purchase. Everyone agreed it was a fantastically well organised evening, which was down to Tim Wigram with a little help from others in the club. 

Woodland Relay

Woodland Relay - Credit: HRC