A huge well done to the ORCs who completed the London Marathon this weekend, you have done yourselves and the club proud!
Visit the gallery for more photos, including some from the finish line!
Many thanks to everyone who got a photo!
Posted by: Chris Turner 22nd April 2016
It’s almost May – and that means there is plenty going on around us to get involved with!
1st May – Run in the Park
This is the 5k run in Simmons Park (with single lap 2.5k option available) on the first Sunday of the month. April saw good weather and the largest turnout yet so we are hoping this can continue. There are runners of all abilities taking part – all are welcome! Registration is from 9:00am at the Pavilion to start at 9:30am. Adults are £1, kids are free!
1st May – Bere Pen 10k
This is 3 miles down… then 3 miles back up from Bere Alston and passes along the River Tamar. There is a wild west theme this year so if you wanted an excuse to dress up here it is! There will be cakes on offer and from past experience these are well sought after the run!
6th May – Awards Evening
This years awards evening is being held at Okehampton Golf Club at 7:30pm. This is a very popular club event and a great way to spend an evening! The cost is £11.95 per head for a cold meat and salad buffet together with dessert. The deadline is gone for food but if you would still like to come please get in touch with Keri Quertier.
15th May – Bideford 10k
This is a fast, mostly flat run along the road to Instow and back to Bideford along the Tarka trail. A perfect race for those looking to do their first 10k and for those aiming for a new PB! This race usually sees a large ORC presence so if you are worried about going alone there’s a good chance there is someone you could go with. At the time of writing there are 20+ ORCs signed up and entries are still open.
15th May – Exeter Marathon
This is a local marathon which consists of 3 laps with the option of doing 1 or 2 laps if you are not looking to go quite as far. The route is described as pancake flat and traffic tree so it could be one for you if you are after PB.
15th May – Imerys Half Marathon and Marathon
15th May is a busy day for racers! This route is mostly off road and quite challenging but very scenic – definitely one to do at least once.
5th June – Run in the Park
The 5k run in Simmons Park (as above on 1st May) makes it’s first appearance in June.
12th June – Ruby Run
This is the half marathon distance between Hatherleigh and Holsworthy which runs the opposite way each year and is one of very few point to point local races. This year is the slightly faster Holsworthy to Hatherleigh and can be completed as a walker, individual runner or as a team. Like the Bideford runs this race also attracts a large ORC presence so it would be great to see you there!
There is plenty more going on in May, June and beyond – remember to give the club calendar a look if you are after inspiration.
ORC Summer Series
Looking ahead the club’s very own summer series isn’t far off and begins with the Cosdon Hill run on 17th July at 2:30pm. This is a part of Belstone Village Fair and has been going for many years which involves getting to the top of Cosdon Hill and back again to the fair. This is a good taster if you would like to try a run that requires some self navigation – you can’t go too far wrong as you can see where you need to get to.
For more on this run and the rest of the summer series this can be found here.
Plymouth Half, Brighton Marathon, Bodmin 5 Tors & Boston Marathon
Posted by: Chris Turner 20th April 2016
Six ORCs took part in the Plymouth Half Marathon on Sunday in glorious sunshine. This is one of the biggest half marathons in the south west with over 5,000 runners taking part and always sees a presence from our club.
Hats off to Mark Hawkins, this race was the whole reason he took up running again after a break of 30 years. His niece, who had never run a half marathon before, wanted to run in memory of Mark’s father who died of cancer so Mark got back into running to accompany her, and together they raised £2,460 for Cancer Research. A huge well done to you both and best of luck to Mark in his marathon endeavour. First ORC home was Matt Bailey and first lady ORC was Beverley Kidson finishing in a great time to give her a diamond award.
Further away Karen Limon and Deborah Cunningham took part and completed the Brighton Marathon, again in beautiful sunshine. This has become one of the most popular marathons in the country in the seven years its been going, with a course that winds through the city streets and finishes along the seafront. Congratulations to both.
Back in the south west, Mags Jarvis returned to compete at the Bodmin 5 Tors Race, a challenging 8 mile fell race over rugged terrain. Last year she won her age group and this year carried on the winning streak to make it a second year in a row!
Lastly, Anne Binns took to the states to take part in one of the six World Marathon Majors, the Boston Marathon. Despite hindered with headaches she successfully completed the distance. This marathon is a goal for many people to run and will no doubt stay in memory for a long time indeed. Well done Anne!
Well done to everyone who ran this weekend. There are plenty more races coming up if you wish to take part – keep an eye out for a summary post soon.
Exmoor Coastal Trail, Tavy13 and Manchester Marathon
Posted by: Chris Turner 13th April 2016
Up in North Devon three ORCs took part in the Exmoor Coastal Trail Series on Saturday. Debbie Bryant and her daughter Daniella ran the 10k while Mervyn Rice took on the challenging half marathon. Luckily the weather was on their side and the stunning scenery made coping with the difficult terrain worth the effort.
On Sunday we were well represented at the Tavy13 Half Marathon with eighteen ORCs taking part. Hills and gale force winds were the order of the day although thankfully the heavy rain held off! Some very good results were still recorded – Andrew Vallance put in a strong run to come third, Roger Voaden also ran an impressive race to come fifth and also claim the 1st MV50 prize. Not far behind was Paul Carter who came twelfth and took 2nd MV50 and together with Andrew Vernon the four took the 1st Male Team prize. Mark Hawkins, running his first half marathon after only taking up running three months ago, ran very well and was pleased to finish in sub 1.55. The ladies put in a great performance too, with Karen Vallance, Jayne Peachey and Abby Metherall running and finishing the race together to be the 2nd Female Team.
In total contrast the fast flat Manchester Marathon course was the venue for two other ORCs on Sunday. Stuart May and Matt Pitson both had excellent runs there with Matt smashing his previous PB and Stuart, having only just shaken off a cold in time to run at all, securing a new PB as well.
Fast Friday 10k, Westward League and Run in the Park
Posted by: Chris Turner 8th April 2016
The final leg of the Westward League cross-country took place in Redruth and the team of Andy Vallance, Matt Pitson, Paul Crease, Stuart May and Tom Gill put in a particularly good performance in this final round boosting their position in the overall placings to 8th out of 61 teams. This is the first year the club has taken part in this event and has managed to field a complete mens team in five of the six races with varying numbers of ladies taking part also. The Mens B team finished 45th and the Mens Vet Team were 16th. Despite having fewer runners, the ladies team finished 35th out of 64 and the Lady Vets were 19th.
Mark Hawkins along and Beverly Kidson took part in the Fast Friday 10k, a two lap, traffic free and pancake flat 10km run on footpaths and cycle tracks around Exwick Playing Fields and the River Exe Flood Relief. On what turned out to be the only nice day of the Easter Bank holiday weekend they found the spring sunshine and lack of breeze rather too warm for comfort, however both ran excellent races with Mark finishing just 10 seconds slower than last week’s Age UK 10k in 46.48 while Beverly finished in a very good time of 49.54 to come 2nd in the FV55 age category.
Moving into April we saw the largest turnout to the Run in the Park with a massive 75 completing the course! Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to everyone who volunteered.
The course records for the 5k remain as 18.18 set by Will Lamerton and 22:51 set by Kate Webber. The course records for the 2.5k remain as 11.46 set by Molly Marvin and 13.09 set by Graham Cruickshank.
The Gallery has recently been updated so be sure to check it out!
Many thanks to Jane and Stuart for the run reports