Yarcombe Yomp sucess for Matt Clist

PUBLISHED: 21:04 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 21:04 06 November 2013

The Yarcombe Yomp is a 10-mile off road race with superb vistas of the West Country combined with specimen mud and gruel to splurge through, writes Dave Mutter.

Matt Clist made light of the strong winds and rain, winning in 1:08:08 with Tim Lenton second, only 39 seconds behind, but winning the over 40 title.

Alex Todd was third in 1:14:01. Eleanor Wood was the winning lady, 16th overall in 1:28:26. Mark Nevell and Paul Johns had a fine old battle with the former winning a sprint to the line to finish 19th, 1:31:40 and Johns a single second behind.

Steve Reynolds was 25th, 1:37:25 and Margaret Pearce 29th, 1:40:03 winning the over 40 ladies competition.

Anna McLoughlin finished 31st, 1:40:39; Alan Morbey 38th, 1:44:41 and Chris Hill 41st, 1:49:57.

Two 15-year-olds battled it out in the five-mile version of the Yomp.

Honiton RCs Ian Ross was the victor in 39:30, with AVRs Bobby Simpson second in 40:00.

Slightly older, Rick Wood, was eighth in 52:32 and Steve Lewis ninth in 53:15.

Many thanks to the AVRs who helped with the race organised by Robin Carter and the local farmers for allowing the gang to run over their private land.

Once again all runners enjoyed the fantastic selection of post-race soup and cakes made by the village hall members, despite the wafts of crusty cow droppings coming from some runners as they ran through 15 feet of slurry just before the finish!

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