Stone finishes second in hill tester

PUBLISHED: 10:30 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

The Hestercombe Humdinger is a challenging, 91/2-mile figure-of-eight race (perfect for spectators), run entirely on quiet country lanes and rural roads.

The Hestercombe Humdinger is a challenging, 91/2-mile figure-of-eight race (perfect for spectators), run entirely on quiet country lanes and rural roads.

It is set in the wonderful Quantock Hills in the heart of Somerset and starts and finishes at the delightful Hestercombe Gardens.

The race was won by Gerry Hogg of South West Vets AC in 57.18. More than 250 runners completed the race, including two Exmouth Harriers. Katie Comer was 165th in 1.27.56 and Trevor Cope came 190th in 1.32.32.

The climbs in the Dalwood Three Hills Challenge are steep and this year's race was extended from around 10 to 101/2 miles.

Dave Stone, the first of the five Exmouth Harriers to finish, had a tremendous race for second place. He gained ground on the leader by charging along all the downhill sections, but unfortunately lost it on some of the other parts of the course.

In the end, he failed to catch the winner, Andrew Chambers of Bristol & West in 1.11.56, by just 38 seconds, finishing runner-up in 1.12.34.

Joe Pascoe, a young runner who is improving steadily, also had an excellent race to finish fourth in 1.15.25.

Katie Comer was 115th in 1.54.30, just ahead of Heather Irvine, 116th in 1.54.31. Trevor Cope came 128th in 2.03.21 out of the field of 146 runners.

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