Tthe 27th annual race from Hemyock to the Wellington Monument and back saw a record number of 217 entries. Despite a chill in the air and light rain prior to the start, clear skies and only light wind made for good race conditions.
The overall race winner was Phil Burden representing Taunton AC in a time of 34m 13s over the ‘hilly’ 6.27 mile scenic course, with Ben Pointing (Taunton AC) and Arran Tocknell from Torbay AAC completing the distance in 34m 55s and 35m 37s respectively.
Lucy McAlister (V35) from Bristol & West was first Lady home overall in 38m 01s, followed by Joanna Carritt (V35) representing Running Forever in 41m 08s and Kim Hill from Taunton AC in 42m 12s. First male veteran (V40) was Torbay AAC’s Peter Monaghan, only a few seconds behind the third placed man overall. The only new course record for the day went to Andy Bussell as the fastest Hemyock man in 38m 15s, improving his own previous record by three minutes.
Taunton Athletic Club retained the ‘John Cooksley’ Team shield, hard pushed for the award by Torbay AAC in second, and Hydro Harriers in third.
The course started as usual from the Catherine Wheel public house in the village square, the route then climbed to and circled the Wellington Monument, returning along the same road to finish at the school in Hemyock. Age Category Winner were: Senior Men – Phil Burden (34.13); Junior Men (U18) – Sam White (40.34); Male V40 – Peter Monaghan (35.54); Male V50 – Tim Vialls (38.17); Male V60 – Robin Britton (46.03); Male V70 – Brian Gough (48.33); Senior Women – Lucy McAlister (38:01); Junior Lady (U18) – Rebecca Carver (43.41); Female V35 – Joanna Carritt (41.08); Female V45 – Niki Morgan (44.2); Female V55 – Karen Cook (45.42); Female V65 – Patricia Seabrook (98.13).