Yearly Archives: 2015

ORC in the park and in the fields!

Thank you to everyone who took part in December’s Run in the Park which took place on Sunday 6th December. There were 23 runners who took to Simmons Park to complete the 2.5k and 5k route. We hope to see you all again on Sunday 10th January at 9:30am.

That wasn’t all for Sunday, in the afternoon we had nine ORCs donning their club vests at the Westward Cross Country League in Exeter. Well done to all those taking part and congratulations to Will Lamerton for a 3rd place finish in the U17s and Debbie Marsden for a 6th place finish in the Devon Championships!

The next stage is at Westward Ho! on Sunday 10th January – let’s try for another record ORC turnout!

Results for the Run in the Park can be found here

Results for the Westward Cross Country League can be found here

ORC solidarity towards the elimination of violence against women and girls

70 Okehampton Running Club runners went out for their usual club run, wearing a white ribbon, taking part in an international campaign to end violence against women and girls.

25th November is International day for the elimination of violence against women and girls, also known as white ribbon day. The white ribbon campaign is an international and UK campaign supported by many sports clubs and celebrities. It is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Mostly men but also women wear a white ribbon to show that they will not condone violence against women and girls or stand by when they know it is happening.  45% of UK women have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales.

The club felt that by wearing white ribbons on their run on the eve of the 25th November, they are showing their solidarity with this great cause and that violence and abuse has got to end.

For more info on white ribbon campaign please look at

Drogo 10, Cornish Marathon and Plymouth 10K

The rain and wind did not stop members of Okehampton Running Club going racing and a good turnout of members took part in the nearby Drogo 10, and further afield at the Cornish Marathon and the Plymouth 10K.

At Drewsteignton in the Drogo 10 Jeremy Tandy was the first from the Club over the line with Mary Moore the first ORC lady to finish.  Merv Rice put in a good run to win the MV60 category.

Charlie Galley put in a great run at the Cornish Marathon to lead the ORC runners home on this tough course and there were good times from Rob Kelly and Chris Turner.  Sarah Marshall was pleased to get a PB at the Plymouth 10K.  The previous week there were seven runners representing ORC at the Frank Elford Westward Cross Country League.

ORC results can be found here

Bideford 10 Miler and Mission Unbreakable

Perfect conditions for Bideford AAC’s 10 miler on a fast and flat course beside the river Torridge resulted in some great times from the large turnout of Okehampton Running Club members. Chris Turner was first home for the Club just ahead of Andy Vernon. Katie Littlejohns was the first ORC lady to finish. Beverley Kidson won the FV55 category, the team of Katie Littlejohns, Charlotte Radnor, Anne Binns and Beverley Kidson were the third ladies team whilst Mike Westland, back from a long lay off, was delighted to get a PB knocking four minutes off last year’s time.

Meanwhile on the other side of the estuary at Chivenor, Sarah Haigh was tackling a 10K commando style assault course challenge involving mud, water, fire and ice at the Mission Unbreakable event held in aid of North Devon Hospice.

ORC results can be found here

ORC runners out in Bournemouth, Cardiff, Glencoe and Berlin!


Mags Jarvis of Okehampton Running Club ran the Bournemouth Half Marathon with her daughter, Lizzie, who hatched the plan to run the race to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK. This charity is close to Lizzie’s heart as Mags has Parkinson’s Disease. To date they have raised over £I400. Their race went well in bright conditions with the route being mainly beside the seafront finishing near Boscombe pier.  Mags and Lizzie ran faster than they expected completing in 2:08:02.  This was a first half marathon for Lizzie and Mags’ 5th but the last one she did was in 1984!

If anyone would like to sponsor them you can do so via Lizzie’s Virgin Money Giving page:

Three more from ORC ran the Full Marathon on the same day.  Stuart May was also running for charity, the Exeter Leukaemia Fund, in memory of his partner’s mother.  In hot conditions Stuart ran his best marathon to date in a PB time of 3.29.48.  Katie Littlejohns and Anne Binns ran well despite struggling with the heat Katie posting a time of 4.07.29 and Anne 4.11.15.

Donations can be given at

Meanwhile Charlotte Radnor was in Wales for the Cardiff Half Marathon which she finished in 1.48.36  and Club Chairman, Tim Watson, was in Scotland completing the final piece of his “triathlon” – the Glencoe Marathon.   Tim had completed a 190 mile cycle ride the weekend before in Wales and the 10k River Dart swim earlier in the month.  He is raising money for Prostate Cancer, donations can be given at Okehampton Medical Centre.

The previous weekend Marilyn Cooper ran the Berlin Marathon, one of the six World Majors.  With a less than ideal preparation leading up to the race she was happy to complete in 4.57.40.

The monthly Run in the Park organised together with OCRA again attracted a good field including many young children and families as well as more experienced runners.  The next Run in the Park takes place on 1st November starting at 9.30am at the Pavillion.


9th of September 2015 – Sourton fell race

As the sun set over the Lake Viaduct at Sourton 25 runners set off up Sourton Tor in the last of the four summer fell races organised by Okehampton Running Club. From the start line in the Bearslake Inn car park the runners hit the ‘out and back’ off road track up Sourton Tors, ascending 900ft.

At just over 2.5 miles, the battle was on for first place which saw James Best retain his 2014 Sourton Tors title coming in at 20:09 with Will Lamerton (Okehampton RC) hot on his heels to take second place at 20:13. A similar battle ensued for 3rd and 4th place with Duncan Taylor coming in at 20:57 and James Jackson at 21:01.

Robin Carter was the first lady back at 25:35 with Rebecca Pickering (29:24) and Frances Beckett (30:02) coming 2nd and 3rd. A special well done goes to Freya Acdred who choose this grueling Dartmoor scramble as her first EVER race!

Up from an attendance of 15 last year, with 18 of the runners travelling from other clubs and places outside of Okehampton (even a visiting runner from Hull!) the last of the summer fell runs organised by Okehampton Running Club was a great success!

Main image courtesy of James Bird – Tavistock Times Gazette

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