Honiton Hippo win for Jake Smith of Axe Valley Runners

PUBLISHED: 08:43 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:43 13 April 2017

Honiotn Running Club mmebers at the 2017 Grizzly

Honiotn Running Club mmebers at the 2017 Grizzly


Honiton Running Club held its Hippo and Hippo Calf in the hottest weather conditions the race has experienced in its history, writes Judy Davey.

This tough race is based at Honiton Primary School and the main race is just over seven miles in length involving plenty of variety. Runners first run down the road to the entrance of Combe Woods before circling the woods and coming back on the road to Combe Raleigh.

They then face the challenging St Cyres’ Hill running on road and through woods. Next it’s down the road towards Awliscombe before entering the Land Rover Experience only to go straight back up the hill again.

A quick run around the Land Rover Experience follows involving a muddy soaking! Runners are treated to two river crossings to clean them off before a final hill back to school.

The race was won by Jake Smith of Axe Valley Runners in 47 minutes 25 and the first lady home was Emma Sharples of South West Road Runners who finished in 57:16.

Many Honiton RC members were involved in helping or marshalling, but quite a few took part with the first back being Will Daly who was also the youngest runner for HRC.

He came 16th in 59:12. Sherrie Hair was the first lady HRC runner finishing 25th overall in 1:02:43.

Other Honiton finishers were: Hadleigh Davies, 47th, 1:07:40; Stephen Boyes, 54th, 1:09:11; Jo Davey, 55th, 1:09:28; Sam Pollard, 58th, 1:09:59; Nicola Greenland, 83rd, 1:16:16; Shane Hudd, 96th, 1:19:05; Lex Turnham, 110th, 1:25:02; Katherine Tomkins, 117th, 1:26:04; Michela Hudd, 127th, 1:28:08; Carol Turnham, 133rd, 1:30:38; Vanessa Knowles, Michelle Selley and Anna Dalzell all 146th, 1:33:28; Teresa Pollard, 153rd, 1:34:12 and Geri Terry, 166th, 1:36:58. There were 233 finishers.

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