TIVERTON Harrier Caroline Hewitt finished as the second woman and first female veteran at the Bicton Blister on Sunday.
Despite a week of torrential downpours and severe flooding that saw some other races in the local area cancelled, 484 runners took part in the Bicton Blister and Blister Lite races, organised by Exmouth Harriers.
Due to the course being saturated and very boggy throughout, the winning times were several minutes down on previous years.
Clare Miller from London Heathside took the spoils in the 10-mile Blister, finishing in 1hr 18mins 23secs for 36th place overall.
Hewitt came home in 1:21.39 and unattached runner Joanna McKenzie was third in 1:22.17.
Stuart Hall of Devon Fire & Rescue Service won the Blister in 1:04.38, having previously won in 2010. Lee Turner of Torbay AC was second in 1:04.45 and clubmate Simon Longthorpe third in 1:05.15.
In the 4.5-mile Lite race, Christian Hewitt of Tiverton Harriers stormed to victory in 30.14, with unattached runner Sam Leary second in 30.51 and Tavistock AC member Harrison Baker third in 32.00.
Clare Hodgson from Exeter-based South West Road Runners won the women's section in 36.03, with teammate and veteran Karen Cook second in 36.57 and Maggie Hunt third in 37.36.
With most of the Harriers tied up on marshalling duties, there were just a handful of Exmouth representatives running.
In the main race, Marc Cox was 39th in 1:19.07. Nicolas Brown was 143rd in 1:32.46, Susan Hill was 315th in 1:51.17 and Jim Wyatt was 336th overall and second man over-70 in 1:54.11.
In the Lite, Catherine Gentry was 33rd in 45.51, Joanne Hollywood-Tucker was 38th in 47.22, Jan Maker 50th in 50.53 and Lorraine Gilson finished in 59.00 with son Gareth and daughter Sarah.
axe valley runners
Axe Valley Runners won six categories at the Bicton Blister on Sunday.
Their men claimed the team prize, with Alex Todd finishing sixth in 1:07.25, Tim Lenton seventh in 1:07.34, Matt Clist eighth in 1:08.27 and Josh Coates 15th in 1:10.44.
With Eleanor Wood finishing as first lady over-55 in 1:27.27 and Adele Foxwell first over-35 in 1:35.13, the women won their team prize as well. Anna McLoughlin completed the team, finishing 223rd in 1:40.21.
The same three ladies also won the lady veteran's team prize.
Robin Briton won the male over-60 section in 1:24.53, with clubmate Dave Thomas second in that category in 1:25.46.
Other AVR finishers: Andrew Watson 43rd in 1:19.46, Tony Wood 71st in 1:24.34, Geoff Woodward 10th in 1:29.27, Mark Hilder 114th in 1:30.21, Roger Bramley 132nd in 1:32.09, Dave Mutter 245th in 1:42.27, Gavin Warren 301st in 1:49.41, Sue Venn 358th in 1:59.18, Sam Tooze 368th in 2:01.42, Gill Day 376th in 2:05.30, Janet Woodward 377th in 2:05.04 and Diane Newton and Jane Bennett were joint 389th in 2:09.05
One of the day's top AVR performances came from Jess Tubbs in the 4.5-mile Blister Lite, as she finished 53rd in 51.18. Natalie Wakelin was 75th in 58.30.
Away from the Westcountry, Lesley Adams completed the Cannon Hill park run in Birmingham in 117th place in 27.21.
haldon trail runners
Three HTR members competed in the 10-mile Bicton Blister. Martin McEneny led them home in 38th position in 1:19.02, with Anthea Whitaker 103rd overall and second lady over-45 in 1:29.06. Steve O'Donoghue was 150th in 1:33.17.
Nicki Ashworth was 28th in the Killerton Park Run in 27.02.
SW cross-country champs
The South West Athletics Academy have added a couple of extra races to the South West Cross-Country Championships next year. The event takes place at Bicton College on January 6, 2013.
As well as the inter-county event and the club team championships, there is an inter-club mob match for seniors and under-20s, an inter-university and college match and an under -11s development race.
In the club championships, the first four finishers will score for their team, with the top five for the senior men's category.
The mob match will see eight men and six women make up a team's score.
Any university or sixth form college can enter the inter-university and college match
For details, visit www.sw-athletics-academy.co.uk/sw-championships.
Entry costs £3.50 for the under-11s race, £5.50 for EA affiliated under-13s, 15s and 17s (£7.50 for non-affiliated runners) and £7.50 for affiliated under-20s, seniors and masters (£9.50 for non-affiliated athletes).
The closing date for entries is December 11. No entries will be allowed on the day, except for the under-11s race.
haldon santa run
Entries will be taken on the day at a 10k 'magical Christmas run' in Haldon Forest next month.
The race, being organised to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and Rowcroft Hospice, takes place on Sunday, December 9, starting at 10am.
Registration will close at 9.45am and entry costs £10.
However, if runners raise more than £50 they will get free entry into the event.
Anyone interested in taking part should email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.