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Castle Hill Corker a big success for South Molton Strugglers

By NDJMark  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

  • Jane Allison was the women's champion at the first Castle Hill Corker. Picture: Mike Southon

  • Kevin Squibb won the first Castle Hill Corker in 41mins 34secs. Picture: Mike Southon

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After the success of the inaugural Castle Hill Corker, South Molton Strugglers are already looking ahead to next year’s event.

All 200 places were filled within six weeks when the new 10k race was announced in December.

On Sunday, runners braved blustery winds and muddy conditions underfoot on a hilly course at the country estate in Filleigh.

Julie Colman, from the host club, said: “The feedback from people about the course and the organisation has just been brilliant.

“It appealed to a lot of local people who wanted to have a look around and get to see parts of the estate they have never seen before.

“The top runners and the ones near the back loved it by all accounts.

“It’s going to be an annual event and ultimately we would like to have a 10k and a half marathon.”

Athletes were greeted by live music from an accordion player as they ran through a tunnel on the multi-terrain course.

The honour of becoming the first Castle Hill Corker champions went to Kevin Squibb and Jane Allison.

Squibb, an unattached runner from the Tiverton area, finished two minutes clear of the field with a winning time of 41mins 34secs.

Kevin Reed, representing the newly established Ilfracombe Running Club, was second and Jan Dolezel, of Haldon Trail Runners, third.

Allison, of Mud Crew Trail Runners in Cornwall, won the women’s race and finished ninth overall in 47-13.

Mary Menon was second in 48-05 and Maggie Hunt, of Fetch Everyone RC, third in 50-41.

Nearly 25 South Molton Strugglers completed the race, with Ian Waldron their top finisher in 10th and Elaine Fields the leading woman, just ahead of Jo Sleep.

The event, hosted with permission from Lady Arran, raised funds for North Devon Hospice.

See a gallery of more than 30 photos from the Castle Hill Corker

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