Half marathon was a humdinger

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SUNDAY saw the running of the Humdinger Half, a brutal road half-marathon out of the western edge of Taunton, rising towards Broomfield then descending sharply to Kingston St Mary for the last few miles.

Despite the cold, both the men’s and women’s course records were beaten, by Ollie Burrows and Mary Menon,, with current Minehead Seafront Races leader Ben Tull third in 1.23.00.

Matthew Bowden was the first runner back for Minehead, improving on his 2016 time by over three minutes to cross the line in 1.29.57 for 15th place.

Next was Nic Pettit, second MV60 in 1.52.03, closely followed by Charlie Pascall, 113th in 1.54.59.

Charlie’s wife Emma was second FV55 in 1.57.20 and Jackie Evans warmed up for the London Marathon with a time of 1.57.48.

Running alongside the Humdinger was the Hurtle, a 41/2 mile route with some steep hills thrown in for good measure.

Mary Butcher ran brilliantly to finish second lady in 35.08, 16th overall, Tony Hampson was 43rd in 42.38 and Sam Lennon showed a great turn of pace to finish in 48.58.

Veteran John Lethaby, at the age of 81, was 94th in 51.58.

Winter member Danny Doyle was second overall, close behind the winner. Also on Sunday was the Wellington Aquathlon, with Anne Harrison and Hazel Hole taking on the long course - a 1,000 metre swim followed by a ten kilometre run.

Anne won her age category in 1.10.36 and Hazel was 45th in 1.15.24, being the quickest in her age group on the run.

Derek White completed the Exeter City 13.1 half marathon on Saturday in 1.58.58, narrowly beating the two hour cut off and finishing third MV70.

Nic Pettit took on the Two Bays Tough Ten on Sunday February 5, completing a very hard race in 1.26.19, close to his time of last year, finishing 249th out of 638 and second MV65. Mike Flatley was 393rd in 1.35.42.

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