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Tavy Relays, Chudleigh Road Race, Haytor Heller and more

Run Report – 16/07/17

Last Thursday evening the annual Tavistock Relay races took place in the town. This is always a popular event with a friendly but competitive atmosphere and this year ORC was represented by two teams. Although the line-up for the vet team was slightly changed this year, Geoff Hill, Andy Vallance, Rob Kelly and Rob Hicks pulled off four great rounds to retain the first placed Male Vet Team award they won last year. They were also an impressive fourth placed mens team overall, one place higher than last year. The second team of Graham Bryant, Ed Dumpleton, Paul Crease and Monica Richards had to run as a senior men’s team despite the inclusion of one lady runner. They too ran well and finished 8th senior male team and 14th overall.

There were three ORCs running at another evening race the next day. Roger Voaden Paul Carter and John Binns took part in the Chudleigh Carnival Road Race which takes place each year during the Chudleigh Carnival week. It follows a challenging and hilly mile course where the runners do a loop in the town before taking on a mile long climb to the Chudleigh ridge. After completing the ridge, the route drops back to the town for a sprint finish along the main street. Roger Voaden was the first ORC home in 35.12 to be 2nd MV50, followed by Paul Carter in 35.54 for 3rd MV50 and Johbn Binns finished in
42.24.

Saturday evening saw the running of the very popular and well-established moorland race, the Haytor Heller. This tough 6 mile off roader is run over rugged open moorland, with steep ascents and descents, and starts below Haytor Rock, following a hilly, single lap course before returning again to Haytor Rock for a fast descent to the finish in the car park. Rob Hicks has done this race several times and was the first ORC home in 46.50 to come 13th overall in a very competitive field of runners. Paul Crease is also a regular competitor here and was next ORC in, finishing in 48.28 and coming 18th overall. Christine Fritsch was the first ORC lady home in 1.12.46, followed by Katy Speak
in 1.21.45 and Carole Cornwall in 1.22.21.

Run Report – 24/07/17

In a quiet week of racing five ORCs took the opportunity to test their speed over a fast, flat 10k course at the Exeter 10k. These races attract runners from far afield trying to clock a good time on the flat paths along the River Exe and Exeter Canal. Ed Dumpleton was the first ORC home to score a personal best time of 43.15. He was followed by Sarah Marvin, recently back from injury, running a good time of 47.21 and Jackie Dawes, not quite achieving the sub 50 mins time she wanted, but coming close in 50.32. Daniella Bryant made up the ORC finishers in 74.41 as Geoff Hill had to pull up with a slight calf injury and not wanting to jeopardise his upcoming marathon.

Many thanks to Jane for the run reports

Run Exe 5k, Lydford Dash, parkruns and Summer Series Race 1: Cosdon Hill

On Tuesday 4th July three ORCs took on the Run Exe 5K achieving some impressive results. Robert Kelly 18.06, Geoffrey hill 18.15 and Graham Bryant 18.28. This was followed by some members competing in a brand new race, the Lydford Dash. Described as a nicely undulating 5 miles X Country this was apparently “a beast of a course” according to one member. 1st Male finisher was our very own Andrew Vernon with Janet White scooping the 65+ age category win.

ORC was represented at local parkruns by John Binns running at Tamar Lakes and Mags Jarvis and Jane Richardson running at Barnstaple. Mags not only won her 60-64 age category but achieved a personal best of 26.27 for that course. Jane also won her 65-69 age category.

The Cosdon Hill race on Sunday 9th was the first of our four fell races of our Summer Series. The 3.2 mile race is a gruelling up and down effort starting and finishing in Belstone village. For the second year running the overall winner was Rob Hicks with Paul Crease taking second. Other titles were also taken by ORC members with Charlie Collyer taking first Female 40, Mike Baker 1st Male 50 and Janet White took 1st Female 60, despite having tired legs from the Lydford Dash the day before.

Many thanks to Anne for the run report

Womens Running Series Exeter 5k, Boconnoc 5mile and more

On 18th June an ORC member got to stand on the podium to receive her 3rd place medal. Monika Richards ran in the Womens Running Series 5K which took place along the river in Exeter. Despite the soaring heat she had a good run and proved she is getting back on form after a break from the running scene.

This weekend saw our marathon man Roger Voaden run his 63rd marathon at Littledown near Bournemouth. His time of 3 hrs 27 minutes was not his best but it does put him one step closer to his 100 marathon goal.

Kerry Morashti ran a 5 mile multi terrain race at Boconnoc Estate in Lostwithiel in a time of 59.50 to support fund raising for St Johns Ambulance, a charity who are often at hand to provide much needed assistance at running events.

The benefits of cross training are recognised by most runners so inclusion of other activities are very much encouraged and included as part of the ORC training schedule. With this in mind six of our members mounted their bike to do the Dartmoor Classic bike ride choosing either Medio route (67 miles) or Grande route (109 miles). These riders were J.P Quertier, Rob Hicks, Molly and Sarah Marvin, David Mugliston and Tim Watson. Everyone complete their chosen distance.

Many thanks to Anne for the run report