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Bideford 10k, Imerys Trail Marathon & Exeter Marathon

A fantastic turnout of the club at the Bideford 10k on Sunday!  Twenty-seven ORCs lined up with nearly 800 other runners for this fast 10k which goes out to Instow on the road and then returns to Bideford via the Tarka Trail. The conditions were near perfect with very little wind for once on the estuary, but it did mean it became quite hot in the closing stages.

First ORC home was Jean-Paul Quertier, closely followed by the first lady ORC, Katie Littlejohns who ran a PB and sett a new club age category record as well!  It was a good day for most with Jane Jackson winning the FV60 category and several other ORCs members setting new PBs. Well done all.

ORC were providng marathon representation in both Devon and Cornwall on Sunday, with Roger Voaden, Paul Carter and Andrew Thorne taking on the newly revived Exeter Marathon and Rob Kelly, Jeremy Tandy, Nick Seccombe and Chris Turner tackling the IMERYS Trial Marathon at St Austell. Despite the hot conditions Roger continued his trend of great performance by coming fifth, with Paul and Andrew also having a good run. The heat tested the runners at IMERYS but they pushed through, led by Rob, his third trip to this race, Jeremy shortly after and with Nick and Chris not far behind.

There are plenty of photos, which will be added to the gallery shortly.

ORC race results can be found here

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Ivybridge 10k

Three ORCs took part in the Ivybridge 10k on Saturday.  This spectacularly scenic race starts at Ivybridge Station at finishes at the Rugby Club. The course is fast, despite one steep hill, with the last 6k all downhill making for a fast second half and attracts runners from a long way looking for a fast time. Roger Voaden had a superb run finishing in 37.41 to set a another new club record for his age group. The quality of the field is reflected in the fact that this gave him 3rd in the MV50 category.  Andrew Vernon also had a great run claiming 2nd MV45 in 39.46. The only lady ORC, Lotte Smith, finished in 1.00.38.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Awards Evening

Thank you to everyone who came to the Awards Evening last night and everyone who helped make it possible.

There were a multitude of awards handed out – for anyone who wasn’t there or maybe had a few too many drinks to remember, the winners for 2015-2016 are listed below.

Firstly some “less serious” awards were handed out to several club members who had made themselves noticed, in one way or another…

Biggest Moaner
Cathy Carey

Most Accident Prone
Jane Jackson

Most Talkative
Karen Vallance (retaining the title)

Best Looper
Mike Baker

Following these came the main awards…

Newcomer of the Year
Lucy Brint

Most Improved of the Year
Jackie Dawes
Mike Westland

Coach of the Year
Mags Jarvis
Jeremy Tandy

Hardest Trainer of the Year
Lucy Marrison
Stuart May

Highest Achiever of the Year
Katie Littlejohns
Roger Voaden

Marilyn Cooper Memorial Cup
Anne Binns
This new trophy was presented by Paul and son Peter, which Paul had very generously donated in Marilyn’s memory. It had been decided by the committee that this would be awarded to the female who had raced the most miles in a year, a very fitting category as Marilyn had been such a prolific racer herself.

Club Member of the Year
Marilyn Cooper
Club chairman Tim Watson presented Paul with a Dartington Crystal vase engraved with “In Loving Memory of Marilyn from Okehampton Running Club” in honour and memory of Marilyn.

A huge well done to everyone and those who achieved times for their club awards certificate. The club award scheme started fresh for the 2016-2017 period in April so the perfect excuse to go out and see what you can do (if you needed one!)

Lastly, there is a new page on the website where you can look back on the previous winners of the awards – you can find that here.

Hartland Heartbreaker, Crediton Crunch, North Dorset Village Marathon & Run in the Park!

Another busy weekend of races saw ORCs competing in various venues on Sunday. Seven took on the brutal terrain and weather at the fourth Hartland Heartbreaker where a cold wind made the rain all the more unpleasant and the ground become very slippery. 4 chose the 9 mile option and 3 the full 18 mile distance. This amazing race starts in the beautiful grounds of Hartland Abbey and takes the runners inland first and through woods that are smothered in bluebells before heading out north on the coast path to run around Hartland lighthouse and back on fields and tracks to the Abby. Here the shorter route finishes while the 18 milers cross a river (with the option of drinking a cocktail just before) and head back to the coast path to head south along cliff tops with paths only inches away from vertical drops to the rocks below. Other notable points were an ascent called the Wall, a beer stop at mile 17 and a section so steep a rope was supplied to pull yourself up. The runners return through the woods with another opportunity to have a cocktail before the finish. Alison Holliday, Heidi Wills, Carole Cornwall and Katy Speak all successfully completed the shorter course, while Karen Skye, Lucy Skye and Jane Jackson took a little longer over the 18 mile course and all did well to beat the challenge!

Much better weather greeted the six ORCs who took part in the Crediton Crunch, another tough off road race, over a 10k distance. The course has been changed this year and at one point the runners came over the brow of a hill to find a motocross course set out below them and here they had to weave around the packed mud track and up and down all the undulations within it. Charlotte Radnor was the first ORC home followed by Ben Stevens, Hannah Ramsay, Deborah Cunningham, Debs Crome and Ruth Bushell. Excellent efforts all round, especially Deborah with the Brighton Marathon still in her legs.

Further away in Dorset, three ORCs took part in the North Dorset Village Marathon. Starting in Sturminster Newton, this charming small marathon has an undulating though not hilly course, taking the runners through the lovely Dorset countryside and going through many pretty villages on the way. Despite its small size it is a very well organised and well supported race with people out through all the villages to cheer you on. Robert Kelly had a good run and finished as first ORC home and Chris Turner ran a PB. Unfortunately Andrew Vallance had a good race until he pulled a calf muscle half way and had to retire.

Club helpers and runners were also out in force at the monthly Run in the Park with several who had run the London Marathon taking the opportunity to loosen up their legs with a 5k run. This was another record turnout and with the weather improving it looks set to reach 100 runners in June. Well done all!

ORC race results can be found here

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

London Marathon Report

With the spring marathon season in full swing eleven ORCs took to the streets of London to run the premier marathon in the world. For some who had qualified with Good for Age places several times before, this was now a very familiar route, but for most of the club’s runners this was not only their first London marathon, but their first attempt at running 26.2 miles. Only two members got a place through the ballot, the rest either taking one of the two club entries or a charity place. The weather on the day turned out to be better than forecast with the early rain clearing to give welcome spring sunshine. This however did not affect the temperature which remained more akin to winter but at least without the promised snow. All the runners not only completed but put in great performances making all the hours spent training worthwhile. The first-timers all trained together becoming a close-knit group, giving each other support and encouragement, and they all took the opportunity to raise some money for charity.

For Roger Voaden, back on form and at 50 years old running his fiftieth marathon, everything went exactly to plan and he ran the perfect race, coming home in a hugely impressive 2.55.53. Paul Carter, also on a Good for Age place, ran a great race too, improving on his last London time by 13 minutes to finish in 3.08.50. Dave Mugliston also had a good run and was pleased to finish his best London marathon in 3.44.21, although knowing he could have been faster but for a calf problem from mile eleven. Emma Sizmur, (supporting Bliss the premature baby charity) was the first lady ORC to finish and had a great race, getting faster as the race went on. She finished with a terrific PB of 3.47.07 having raised a phenomenal £7,000 for the charity. Lucy Marrison, running her second marathon, also ran a massive PB, knocking over 32 minutes off her previous best with a time of 4.20.39. The first-timers all did incredibly well, enjoying the special atmosphere of the London Marathon and all putting up very creditable performances. Spread out across the various starts, two of them, Jackie Dawes and Claire Stanbury, managed to meet up within the last mile and crossed the line together, an amazing coincidence amongst the 38,000 runners. Jackie (supporting The Family Holiday Association) surpassed her expectations and had a great marathon debut to finish in 4.19.27, while Claire (supporting Exeter Leukaemia Fund) also finished in under her target 4hr 30min with a good time of 4.27.23. Training partners Lucy Brint and Emma Kelleher weren’t far apart either with Lucy (supporting The Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of her father) coming in at 4.50.16 after enjoying every minute of her run. Emma (also supporting The Family Holiday Association) finished in 5.04.28, having started right at the very back of the red start which meant she had to do a great deal of over-taking. Claire Sprague (supporting Cancer Research) and Angela Hatten (supporting Clic Sargent) finished in 5.04.03 and 6.20.34, both overjoyed to have completed something neither of them ever thought they would. The total raised by the runners is currently over £15,000 with more money still coming in and the club is very proud of all of their achievements.

ORC race results can be found here

Many thanks to Jane for the run report