Katie Littlejohns took to the fells and ran in the Dartmoor Beer and Bacon Fell Race. She continued her excellent form and finished as first lady overall! The race took in Brat Tor, Hare Tor and Great Links Tor as well as some cooling river crossings. Well done Katie!
In North Devon Jeremy Tandy and Matt Bailey took part in an event which has quickly established itself as one of the most challenging and visually stunning races in the UK. Matt opted for the half marathon and completed the course finishing in a great time placing 15th overall. Jeremy, no stranger to demanding runs, having completed the Dartmoor Challenge and IMERYS marathons earlier in the year, opted for the full marathon. After 26.2 miles including over 3000ft of ascent he finished in a very respectable 32nd overall and 6th in his age group.
At Torbay six ORCs took part in the half marathon which contained just one small hill between Paignton and Torquay – nothing those who run in Okehampton can’t handle! Graham Bryant, Anne Binns, Lora Medland, Caroline Wilson, Claire Kelly and Andy Humberstone all completed the race and came away with a fetching tshirt and medal. Well done all!
ORC was well represented the Ruby Run again this year, with 20 members tackling the undulating course with an uphill start and finish. Congratulations to Andrew Vallance who, after achieving several podium finishes on this course over the last 13 years was finally on the top podium!
After continual rain all day in Bude, thankfully the clouds cleared and the Bude Lifeboat Run took place on a beautiful, sunny evening. There was a smaller contingent of ORCs taking part than in some previous years (quite possibly due to the weather and large turn out at the Ruby Run the previous Sunday!), but they all enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and lovely scenery that makes this race one that runners return to year after year. The multi terrain course takes the runners out of Bude along the canal towpath and marshes on tarmac paths before crossing the canal and running up through the fields of Whalesborough Farm. At the top of the climb, and at the furthest point from home, they have a wonderful view over Widemouth Bay, before heading downhill back to the farm and along the towpath to the finish on the rugby field. Debbie Marsden was the first ORC home, to be fourth lady and winner of the FV35-39 age group. Jo-Anne Fletcher put in a great run giving her third place in her age category FV40-44, while Charlotte Radnor and Mervyn Rice had a race for the line with Charlotte just pipping Mervyn by one second! Anne Binns, with the Ruby Run still in her legs, also finished strongly. Jane Jackson also had tired legs after running the Yeovil marathon on the Sunday, but completed, winning the FV60-64 group in the process. Carole Cornwall ran well with Janet White not that far behind taking third place in the FV65 plus category.
The following Saturday the Burrator Horseshoe was held as part of the Meavy Oak Fair with three ORCs taking part in this scenic, challenging moorland run. Starting and finishing on Meavy village Green, the runners take in the summits of Sheepstor and Guttor Tor before returning via Ringmoor Down and Meavy River Ford. Rob Hicks finished in an impressive time to come third overall. Paul Crease wasn’t hanging about either and was not too far behind in fifth position.
Many thanks to Jane and Anne for the run reports
Dartmoor Discovery, Grasmere Gallop and Run Exe 5k
Posted by: Chris Turner 9th June 2016
Two ORCs took on some of the toughest hills Dartmoor has to offer in the 32 mile Dartmoor Discovery. Rob Kelly, no stranger to this gruelling race came back for a third time and improved on his course PB. Nick Seccombe was running his first Discovery and his first Ultra and had a great run coming in only a minute after Rob.
Mags Jarvis had travelled a little further to take part in the Grasmere Gallop Trail race in the Lake District with her daughter Sarah. Having run the 10k option on two previous occasions, she decided to tackle the 17k one this time. They both did extremely well, with Mags winning the FV60 age category while Sarah won the First Lady prize and came second overall.
Closer to home was the June round of the Run Exe Summer 5k Series. Andy Vallance, Geoff Hill, Chris Turner and Stuart May were all pleased to set new 5k PBs while Roger Voaden set a new club age category record!
The Run in the Park saw a drop in numbers but it was a fine morning nonetheless! As some of you may know, the route is actually around 100 metres more too long and this month saw the a trial of the route ‘corrected’ to 5k. The aim is to have this accurate for the one year anniversary next month when the next run will take place during Sports Week on Sunday 10th July. Please note this is the second Sunday in July!