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Hameldown Hammer and Exeter City 10k

There was some good running from ORC in two very contrasting races on Sunday At the Hameldown Hammer, set in the heart of Dartmoor and starting in Widecombe in the Moor, six ORCs took on a tough, challenging trail race on what turned out to be a very windy day. F our of them ran the full Hammer, a half marathon race with over 600m of ascent, while the other two tried out the new, slightly shorter route, the Hameldown 7EVEN, “The Long 10k” which still has in excess of 300m of ascent and still includes a double ascent of the Hameldown ridge. Christine Fritsch was the first ORC home in the Hammer in 2.46.45, with Ang Martin not far behind in 2.47.18, while Jo-Anne Turner and Alison Holiday ran together finishing in 3.06.48. Katy Speak ran the 7EVEN finishing in 1.38.27 to come third in her age category, with Carole Cornwall just a minute behind in 1.39.33.

For four ORCs it was all about speed over a fast and flat course at the Exeter City 10k. The route for this was a 2 lap run, starting with a lap around Duckes Meadow sports field, then heading out towards the quay through the Riverside Valley Park before returning to the sports field for another lap. First to finish was Rob Kelly, with yet another great run in 37.04 coming 5th overall, followed by Chris Turner in eight place in 39.23. The first lady ORC was Lora Medland who, having only just set a new half marathon PB at this venue two weeks ago, repeated her success over 10k, finishing in 52.11. Charlotte Williams rounded off the club’s entries in 1.08.29. Advertised as a fast and potential PB course, this race turned out to be exactly that for Rob, Chris and Lora, all pleased to score new personal bests.

Run in the Park is this Sunday 5th March so if you’re not at Bideford please do come along to run or help out! As always it starts at The Hub in Simmons Park and you can do 1 lap of 2.5k or 2 laps for the 5k. Adults £1 and children are free! Come along from 9:00 to start at 9:30am.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report.

Exeter Half Marathon, Wild Night Run & Stover XC!

In another busy weekend of races ORC members were rewarded for the performances they put in at several venues.

The Exeter Half Marathon is a pancake flat three lap course on the footpaths along the River Exe and Exeter Canal and is held on both Saturday and Sunday. This is due to the width of the paths and the route being an out and back three times, limiting the number of runners that can safely take part and ORC was well represented on both days with seven runners taking part on Saturday and ten on Sunday.

With hot competition on Saturday, Matt Pitson put in a terrific run to come third overall in an excellent time of 1.16.42. setting a new PB and club record in the process. Not far behind was Andy Vallance with another great run, coming sixth in 1.18.15, followed by Robert Kelly who continues to improve with every race and finished in 1.21.44. Next home were Chris Turner in 1.26.49, Ray Lawrence in 1.31.13, John Binns in 1.46.05. and the only lady ORC was Anne Binns who finished in 1.50.50.

Sunday saw a mix of fortunes for the ORCs with the first home being Andy Vernon, coming 13th overall with a good run in 1.28.00, followed by Mike Baker in 1.42.05. Nicola Smith and Lora Medland, had been training hard together specifically for this race with the aim of running a sub-two hour half for the first time. They had been having coaching from Roger Voaden who was confident they would succeed this time. Sadly things didn’t work out for Nicola who has been fighting a heavy cold all week, but Lora showed that the training had been right on track by coming home first lady ORC with an impressive PB of 1.56.41. Next in was Jane Jackson in 2.00.01, having been struggling with injury all winter. Bravely, Nicola kept going despite feeling so bad and was next home in 2.01.43, so close to her target time and accompanied by Roger all the way. Lotte Smith had a better run and was pleased to run a PB in 2.06.57. Alison Holiday ran with Karen Valence to finish together in 2.17.39 and Kerry Morashti 2.20.34.

Our resident night running enthusiast, Christine Fritsch, took part in another of Wild Night Run’s races on Saturday night. This was a tough 10 miler with the first five miles all uphill, before going onto the open moorland of south Dartmoor. On a bitterly cold night much of the ground was frozen, but not unfortunately the deep, muddy puddles which tested how well the runner’s shoes were laced. Christine did well to finish in 1.52.54, which gave her fifth place in the series category placings.

Sunday also saw the penultimate race in the Westward League series, with this leg being held in the lovely grounds of Stover School. The course was much drier than last year making for some good times. Several of ORCs had run hard races at the Exeter Half Marathon the day before but still managed to put in great performances the next day. First man home for ORC yet again was Pete Devenport to come 12th with Matt Pitson, showing he still had speed in his legs after his 3rd place at Exeter yesterday coming next in 29.53 (25th). Paul Crease was next in 30.15 (30th), followed closely by Andy Vallance who had also had a hard run at Exeter in 30.28 (33rd), Hugh Robinson in 30.33 (35th), Rob Kelly in 31.13 (40th) and Stuart May in 34.21 (76th). The ladies team was down to three people this time with young Molly Marvin again leading them home in 19.18 (35th) followed by her mum, Sarah in 19.20 (36th) and Anne Binns, another post-Exeter runner, coming home in 21.52 (65th).

Many thanks to Jane for the run report.

Chichester 10k, Gloucester Marathon & Fullford’s Five

As this year’s races get into full swing ORC had members racing at various points in the country. Furthest to travel were husband and wife Phil and Jo Turner who took part in the Chichester 10k. The course starts at Goodwood Motor Circuit and ends with a lap of the circuit. While Jo is an experienced runner currently training for her second ultra marathon, Phil is new to the sport of running, having only joined the club’s beginners group last autumn. With Christmas, followed by a heavy cold restricting Phil’s running recently, he hadn’t had the best preparation, but he was determined to finish his first race which he did in 1hr 04mins accompanied by Jo all the way round.

The great marathon running duo of Roger Voaden and Paul Carter travelled up the M5 to run the Gloucester marathon. This resurrected road race comprises a figure of eight loop and despite being in a hilly county the course is flat with just a few inclines in the main loop. As ever, both runners ran good times, and despite being sent the wrong way near the start, adding an extra 400metres, Roger finished in 3.03.17 to be placed 7th overall and Paul in in 3.08.10. to come 10th.

Nearer home, three ORCs opted for a shorter race, the Fullford’s Five, which is a two lap race around the streets of Exmouth. race has grown in popularity as it not only provides serious runners with a chance to dust off their race shoes and compete over a fast, flat course, but also gives first time runners a race over a distance they feel in manageable. Pete Devenport finished in 13th place overall in a great time of 28.21. Jackie Dawes completed in 40.09 to set a new club age group record for five miles. Sarah Budd-Bell also enjoyed her run, finishing in 55.45.

February’s Run in the Park also took place last Sunday and saw a healthy turnout of runners of all ages take on the 2.5k and 5k course in chilly conditions. Thank you to all the volunteers! The next Run in the Park will be Sunday 5th March starting at 9:30am – we hope to see you there!

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Wild Night Running – Moonlight Flit

It was another night running experience for two ORCs on Saturday night. In the third race of the Wild Night Running series Christine Fristch took on the “Half Marathon” which was officially slightly over the distance, while Kerry Morashti took the shorter 10k option. Both, however, ended up running further than anticipated due to a marshalling error which resulted in the half marathoners covering an extra two miles, including a mile long climb, making the total elevation 2,408ft instead of the official 1,863ft. Whilst not relishing this at the time it did provide Christine with excellent training for her upcoming Grizzly, as did the hills, mud and knee deep water in places. Kerry also covered an extra mile but did well to win her age category and stoically waited in the cold and rain to cheer Christine home. Christine finished in 2.54.42, coming third in her age group and leaving her in fourth place in the race series, while Kerry came home in 1.44.15 in the 10k.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report