The Club colours were out in abundance at the First Chance 10k. A fast, flat course and perfect weather – not too cold, no wind and – DRY. PBs and age/gender awards were the order of the day. Matt Pitson almost broke the club record for the distance and Marilyn Cooper won the FV60 category for the second year on the trot – it seems to be a lucky race for her as she has managed to win her age group every time she has taken part. There were PBs for Stuart May, Mike Baker, Mike Westland, Abby Metherell, Jackie Dawes and Tracey Mills.
Special congratulations go to Jane Richardson, who, at just 65 years of age(!) was running in her first 10k race, and left well over a hundred younger runners trailing in her wake – well done Jane! Interestingly all four of the ORCs lady members aged over 61 were racing – when do they say life begins?
Well done too to Ruth Bushell, Lucy Brint and Jo Bradford who were all racing for the first time. Ruth beat her target time by two minutes, Lucy is obviously on course in her training for London and Jo enjoyed it so much that she entered the Bideford 10k in May as soon as she got home!
All the rain has at least made for perfect conditions for ORC’s mud lovers of which there a few! New Year’s day saw Rob Hicks, Will Lamerton, Paul Crease, Roger Voaden, Paul Carter, Merv Rice, Stuart May, Anne and John Binns blowing away the cobwebs at the Brown Willy Run where there was as much mud as any mud lover could wish for.
Paul, Merv, Stuart and Anne turned out again the next weekend to help make up a record turnout of fourteen members at the Frank Elford Westward Cross Country League’s fourth race of the series at Westward Ho! where there was plenty more mud and lots of deep (very cold!) water. Rob and Claire Kelly, despite the conditions, came along with their two beautiful babies. Rob took charge of the pushchair to watch Claire run in the ladies race, after which Claire calmly took over the parental duties so that Rob could race with the men – pure Class!
The fifth race will be at Stover on Sunday 14th February, lets try and get another record turnout! Remember this is free entry as the club has already paid – just make sure to wear your club vest or t-shirt. If you are interested in taking part please let Andy Vallance know.