Spring sunshine greeted everyone for the Granite Way races on Sunday, with a great turnout for both the 10 and 20 mile distances.
Andy Vallance lead the 20 mile race from start to finish coming home first for the second year in succession, four minutes ahead of Roger Voaden, who improved on his last year’s third place to come second and set a new age group club record. Anne Binns was the first lady ORC home and also set a new age group club record in the process!
Chris Turner was the first ORC home in the 10 mile race and fifth overall, with Andy Vernon, Stuart May and Mike Baker all finishing closely after. Charlotte Radnor ran a strong race to come third lady and Janet White and Chris Fullford Brown both set new age group club records!
Both races saw some ORCs taking on the furthest distance they had ever run before, in preparation for their first ever marathons. Well done to everyone who ran and thank you for all the support from our brilliant marshals!
Further afield, Christine Fritsch and Sarah Haigh took on the challenging Grizzly in south Devon. It was the first time that they had run this notoriously tough 20 mile multi terrain race famous for its steep climbs, pebble beach and bog to get through. Both had trained well for it and soldiered on despite Sarah injuring her hamstring at mile 14, meaning they had to walk the rest of the way in. The pair were still in good spirits when they finished in 5.08.47.
Even further away Mags Jarvis ran the Trafford 10k with both her daughters. This is a very popular race with international runners taking part on a fast course. Mags ran well finishing 4th in her age category – and 11 seconds ahead of one of her daughters.
We all knew it was going to be a tough day at the Bideford Half Marathon but everyone did Marilyn proud. With a record turnout of 28 ORCs, there was a massive 11 new PBs achieved by club members, including a new senior ladies club record set by Katie Littlejohns for the half marathon distance. Roger Voaden (who seems to get faster with age!) claimed second prize in the MV50 category. The MV team of Roger Voaden, Andrew Vernon, Mike Baker and Jean-Paul Quertier also placed a very respectable 3rd position.
A huge well done from everyone at ORC to Peter, who ran the distance in memory of his mother, cheered on by family and friends. It was a wonderful tribute to Marilyn having a minute’s applause by the 1,300 runners and spectators at the start of the race. This has certainly been a day that will remain with us as a lasting memory.
Meanwhile, in Simmons Park…
The biggest turnout yet – despite many of the club being in Bideford – 45 runners took on the park in the driest conditions so far this year. Thank you to everyone who took part and a special thank you to those who volunteered to marshall.
The next Run in the Park will be Sunday 3rd April – we hope to see you there!
ORC results for the Bideford Half Marathon and full results for the Run in the Park can be found here
Many thanks to Jane for the run report
Run in the Park – Sunday 6th March
Posted by: Chris Turner 3rd March 2016
Run in the Park makes it’s Spring debut on Sunday 6th March in Simmons Park, registration from 9:00 to start at 9:30.
Everyone is welcome! You can tackle one loop for 2.5k or two loops for the 5k.
Kids are free with adults £1.00. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.