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Bicton Blister & Downton Half Marathon

Three ORCs took the trip down to Budleigh Salterton to take part in the Bicton Blister on Sunday. This popular multi-terrain 10 miler starts and finishes at Bicton College and is mostly on the sandy, stony and sometimes muddy paths of Woodbury Common and adjoining woodland. It was the first time any of them had done this race and all three enjoyed the it despite the cold day and chilly wind. Christine Frisch was the first home in 1.45.28, with Katy Speak next in 1.46.51 and Mags Jarvis in 1.49.39.

Hugh Robinson travelled even further to run in the Downton Half Marathon on the edge of the New Forest. This all road race takes in the the hills on the east of the Avon valley, with stunning views on a late autumn day. Hugh ran a great race and was pleased with his time of 1.26.41 to come 11th overall, despite it being hillier than he expected.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report.

Cornish Marathon & Kendal Mountain Festival

Following a night of gale force winds and torrential rain, the skies cleared and the wind dropped to give perfect weather for the last autumn marathon of the season, the Cornish Marathon. This is Cornwall’s only all road marathon, which starts in Pensilva and takes the runners a scenic circular route to Jamaica Inn at Bolventor and back. Four ORCs took part this year with Roger putting in his usual good performance to come in ahead of his club mates in 3.21.30. Not far behind was Paul Carter in 3.25.00 and Andrew Thorne in 4.12. Unfortunately Rob Kelly had to pull out at mile 6 feeling unwell.

Merv took the long trip up to Cumbria for the Kendal Mountain Festival. This four day event is a celebration of all aspects of outdoor pursuits including running, cycling, climbing, and outdoor swimming. Included in the festival is the Adidas 10k trail race which starts in the town, taking the runners out to Scout Scar, then north along the escarpment before heading back into Kendal for the finish. The recent snow had not affected the going here, but made for stunning views of the snow-covered peaks of the higher fells. Merv completed the race in 57.13 and was pleased to come 2nd MV60 in such good fell running company.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report.

Westward League XC – Newquay

The second round of the Westward League Cross Country series took place on Sunday. The race was held in Newquay, where last year runners had very wet and slippery going to deal with, but this year, despite the recent rain, the ground was still exceptionally dry with runners finishing without a trace of mud on them. For the first time since taking part in the league, ORC was represented by both senior men and senior women teams! The ladies race, over 5k, went first with the very talented Molly Marvin being the first ORC home to come in 63rd in an excellent 21.50 just two seconds ahead of her mum Sarah, who she out- sprinted in the finishing straight. This is Molly’s first venture in senior races and she did very well to cope with nerves and a cold. Jane Jackson was the third lady runner in the team and finished in 27.15.

There were six ORC men with the five best places to count for the team in the 8k men’s race. Pete Devenport put in a superb run to come home first for ORC in a very good time of 29.21, boosting the points for the men’s team with a great 17th place. Second was Andy Vallance finishing 49th in 31.45, overtaking Matt Pitson near the end, who came 50th in 31.48. Paul Crease was next in 32.14 (59th) with Stuart May in 35.01 (103rd) and George Haskell finishing his first Cross Country in a good 36.34 (116th).

The next round is in Exeter on 4th December. That’s two days before the Xmas meal so a good reason to run! Another is that this event is FREE for ORC members to take part – just let Andy Vallance know you would like to go and then turn up on the day with either your ORC vest or t-shirt. If you haven’t got any club gear, please get in touch with Jane Jackson and see what’s currently in stock!

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Dart to Dart, Bideford 10, Drogo 10 & More!

It was a busy weekend of racing for ORC this week which started with a night time race on Friday evening. Always looking for new challenges, Christine Fritsch took part in the Dart to Dart, the first of the Wild Night Run series of races. These are run on a mix of trails, paths and some road with runners using head torches to see by, although the route is marked with arrows and flashing lights. With a choice of a 5.5 mile, or an 8.5 mile course Christine chose the longer one, which turned out to be 9.5 miles after a course change. This was Christine’s first experience of night races and on a cold but clear night she thoroughly enjoyed the peacefulness and solitude of it, finishing in 1.54.07.

The Bideford 10 Miler was the focus for most of the club’s members on Sunday with a huge turnout of 30 runners. Regarded as a fast, flat race with great personal best potential, the course takes runners out by road to Yelland and returns along the Tarka Trail. Being a coastal course, the possibility of a PB can be influenced by the weather on the day, but this year the gusty wind was from a favourable direction, behind the runners on the homeward stretch. First ORC home was Robert Kelly, continuing his excellent season of races with a great run and a PB in 1.00.45, to come 14th overall and followed by yet another terrific run from Roger Voaden in 1.01.11 to take second MV50. Third home was Andy Vallance in 1.01.37. ORCs ladies were headed by Katie Littlejohns with another PB in 1.13.09, winning the senior ladies category and bettering her own club record at the distance by 5 minutes. Second lady ORC home was Charlotte Radnor in 1.23.03 and third was Jo-Anne Turner with another PB in 1.17.56. The ladies were definitely on form with Katie, Charlotte and Claire Stanbury (1.24.38. PB) taking the first Senior Ladies Team prize and Jackie Dawes setting a new club age group record. Seventeen ORCs clocked new PB’s and several were running this distance for the first time, including Jane Richardson, setting herself a new challenge at the age of 67!

Other ORC times; Chris Turner; 1.04.28. PB, Stuart May; 1.09.17 PB, Jean-Paul Quertier; 1.11.33, Jason Ewing; 1.14.29. PB, John Binns; 1.19.34, Mike Westland 1.20.18, Jackie Dawes; 1.22.30. PB, Chris Fullford-Brown; 1.24.23, Graham Bryant; 1.26.42, Lucy Brint; 1.30.38. PB, Anne Binns; 1.30.42, Nicola Smith; 1.31.32. PB, Caroline Wilson; 1.33.36. PB, Joanne Burrow; 1.38.05.PB, Rachael Haydon; 1.38.05. PB, Emma Kellerher; 1.42.04, Janet White; 1.46.29, Ruth Bushell; 1.49.12. PB, Jane Richardson 1.50.36. PB, Jessica Corcoran; 1.50.56, Angela Hatten; 1.50.56. PB, Claire Sprague; 1.53.37. Sarah Bell; 1.55.34. PB.

Another popular local race, the Drogo 10, unfortunately clashed with the Bideford 10 this year. Normally held later in the month, the Drogo 10 offers about 9.5miles of hilly trails through the grounds of Castle Drogo and Fingle Woods. The good autumn weather has left the normally muddy paths in an unusually dry condition, but with the trees still showing spectacular colours, the runners had plenty to distract them from the pain of the infamous Hunter’s Path hill. Five ORCs took part this year with Pete Devenport giving an outstanding performance to finish fifth overall in 1.03.40, followed by Geoff Hill also running well in 1.11.07. Next was Jeremy Tandy who clocked 1.15.11 and Matt Bailey 1.15.43, with Alan Luffingham completing in 1.54.26.

Just two ORCs chose a different ten mile race to try. Carole Cornwall and Katy Speak ran the Templar Ten, a multi terrain course through the grounds of Stover School and the beautiful Stover Country Park, finishing together in 1hr 46mins.

Further afield, Mags took part in the Age UK Leeds Abby Dash. With many
international runners and an entry of over 9,000 this is one of the most well known and fastest 10k road races in the country. In very cold and windy conditions, Mags did extremely well to finish in 55.43, gaining a diamond award.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Dartmoor Vale Marathon, Dartington Duathlon & Rocksolid

Having barely had time to draw breath after his superb run at the Leicester marathon last week, Roger, along with Paul Carter, took on the Dartmoor Vale Marathon on Sunday. This is a two lap race, starting and finishing at the Newton Abbot Racecourse and takes the runners out to Chudleigh and then back along country lanes beside Ugbrooke Park. The course is relatively flat but has a hill at mile 11 which is then repeated at mile 22. Both were on terrific form again, with Roger coming home in 3.13.18 to finish second male and Paul not far behind in 3.15.04 for third male.

Having completed a novice triathlon earlier this year, Mags tackled her first duathlon Sunday which was held in the grounds of Dartington Hall near Totnes. Competing at the sprint distance, the race begins with a 5k road run, followed by a 20k bike leg and finishes with a 2.5k cross-country run. With her sole aim being to complete, Mags did very well, finishing in 1.49.11, to come second in the “Vintage” (60+) category.

Chris Turner travelled a long way to find a really muddy challenge on Saturday at the Rocksolid Race in Milton Keynes. Staged in Silverstone Woods, this mud run and obstacle course is where the Rocksolid races started and here are some of the most inventive and difficult obstacles to be tackled, most of which involve getting wet and muddy. With choices of 5k, 10k and 15k, Chris opted for the longest route, thankfully finishing unscathed in 2hours 30mins.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report.