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Beginners Group Starts 3rd October

Each year we run a beginners group, the aim of which is to provide non-runners with the opportunity to try it out and get running up to 5k.

This year the group will start on 3rd October and it will run every week for 8 weeks. It will be on each Tuesday, meeting from 6:15pm at the Rugby club in Okehampton to start at 6:30pm for up to an hour. The cost for the 8 weeks is £10.

All you need to do is turn up ready to give it a go!

Bristol Half Marathon and Dingle Marathon

The Bristol Half Marathon was the destination for 5 ORCs last Sunday. With the appalling weather of Saturday clearing away, the runners were lucky to have good conditions for the race which is in its third year as part of the Great run series. It attracts up to 10,000 runners wanting to enjoy the fast, flat course and the great atmosphere this race has with music all along the route. Ed Dumpleton was the first ORC home, running a excellent race to knock an incredible five minutes off his current PB, to finish in 1.35.43. It is almost exactly a year ago that Ed first took up running since leaving school, when he joined the beginners group at the club, and with hard work and dedication he has risen through the groups to now run with the fastest runners. Next home was Jason Ewing who also had a great race and achieved a new PB by finishing in 1.40.25, followed by Jayne Peachey who had done little training specifically for this race, but still came home in a very good 1.47.33. Ged Fitzgibbon was next in 2.03.04 and Rachael Haydon completed in 2.16.57, thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.

Two weeks previously Andrew Thorne took part in the Dingle Marathon in Ireland. Known as Ireland’s most scenic marathon, the course designed for runners to enjoy the breath taking scenery and rugged coastline of Slea Head and the Dingle Peninsular. Set in this sort of location it was not the easiest of course with some challenging sections and a tough uphill climb at mile 22, but despite this and the heavy rain in the second half Andrew still managed to complete in under his target time of 4hours, finishing in 3.55.36.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Sourton Tors and Bude Pirate Run

The 4th and last of our Summer Series races took place last Wednesday evening. The Sourton Tor race is a traditional up and down fell race, starting and finishing at the Bearslake Inn, Lake. It always has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, with the opportunity for runners gather afterwards in the pub and chew over the race together. With the distance of the race being a mere 2.6 miles it is surprising how far some competitors travel to take part, with club runners from Bournemouth, Truro, and Axe Valley this year. Last year’s winner, Toby Chapman returned to defend his title, which he did with ease while setting a new course record of 19.06. Rob Kelly was the first ORC home, taking a break from his more usual road racing, to finish in 21.59. Next home, in 28.29, was Phil Read, who only joined the club as a beginner less than 12 months ago, but he has really embraced moorland running and has completed three of the four summer series races. Jane Jackson was next, enjoying an outing on the moors after four months off due to injury and finishing in 32.43, just 5 seconds ahead of Jo-Anne Turner, Karen Vallance and Jayne Peachey who ran together.

With gale force winds and rain forecast for Sunday it didn’t look to be the best day for a coastal race, but the Bude Pirate run went ahead and the runners found the conditions not quite as bad as expected. The rain held off and although very blustery, the conditions underfoot weren’t too bad either. Starting near Crooklets Beach in Bude, this 8 mille race heads north on the coast path before turning inland where it follows woodland tracks before retuning to the coast at Duckpool and heading back to Bude. With stunning coastal scenery, it is however a tough race even on a good day, with the first three miles being almost entirely uphill. The steepest ascent though is on the return part of the course where walking is as quick as attempting to run. Two ORCs took part this year with John Binns enjoying a good run to finish in 1.14.30. Despite the conditions, Mags Jarvis also put in a great run to finish over 5 minutes faster than last year in a time of 1.29.56.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Dartmoor Highground Marathon, Treggy 7and More

The first weekend of autumn saw some more challenging off road races for ORC. There were three options of distances for those taking part in the Dartmoor Highground Races, organised by Freedom Racing on Saturday. All starting from the Pavillion in Simmons Park, there was a 10 mile Yes Tor race, the Dartmoor Marathon and the Dartmoor 50 Ultra. These were all fully waymarked and supported races, but with the feel of a fell race, where runners crossed open moorland, scaled the highest points in the south of England, and also went over many lesser known Tors. Two ORCs took on the marathon distance with Mike Baker having trained specifically for it through the summer and Chris Turner just entering on impulse on the day, having had a great run over the 34mile Crossing Ultra the week before. With Yes Tor being visited twice in the course and a total ascent of 5,000ft this was a very tough marathon, with difficult terrain to be negotiated. Sadly Mike didn’t have a good run and had to retire at mile 17, but Chris had a great race, and, despite the miles in his legs from the previous weekend, finished in an excellent time of 4.48.17 to be 5th overall and 4th male.

On the same day three ORCs took part in another fell race on the moors, the Beer and Bacon Fell Run. This was described by last year’s inaugural race finishers as proper fell running, not on paths, but across open terrain, crossing streams, bogs and boulder fields with a total ascent of over 1,100ft. Starting at the Fox and Hounds the runners follow a five mile circular route, taking in Brat Tor, Doe Tor, Hare Tor, Chat Tor and Great Links Tor before returning to the finish at the Fox and Hounds. The first ORC home was Mervyn Rice, now in the late stages of his training for the Glencoe marathon, who had a good run to finish in 55.54. Next home was Gill Spinney coming home in 1.06.00 with Debs Crome finishing in 1.11.28.

In contrast to the good conditions for the runners on Saturday, the Treggy 7 was held in appalling weather the following day. Hosted by Launceston Road Runners this is a popular but hilly seven mile road race which follows a circular route from Launceston Town square and finishes in the grounds of Launceston Castle. Heavy rain before and during the race made for wet feet even before the runners set off, but in places the roads were so flooded competitors had to wade through quite deep water. Jane Richardson and Janet White were not deterred by the weather and ran well, coming home in 1.15.50 and 1.16.12 respectively.

Jackie Dawes was dedicated enough to take her running gear with her when she and her family went on holiday to Malaysia and Singapore. Jackie is raising money for Alzheimers Research UK, and is constantly updating her mileage to her fundraising page, aiming to raise £400. She ran the West Coast Parkrun in Singapore, taking ORC colours to a new part of the world. In 30 degrees heat, despite the race starting at 7.30am, she finished in 27.32. Jackie was also named Runner of the Week for the Running Down Dementia Campaign.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report