Yearly Archives: 2019

’tis the season to be Jolly

The festive races continued through Christmas with the very popular Beat The Fox race on Boxing Day. Now taken over by Fremington Trailblazers, this used to be a low key charity 5k fun run to run off the excesses of Christmas Day but has grown in popularity and this year there were 545 finishers. It is now a proper race with prizes, but still retains its traditional format where runners follow someone dressed as a fox out from Fremington Manor to a point where the route goes off road. The fox stands aside and allows all the runners to pass, before giving chase to overtake as many runners as possible, the hope being that you can beat the fox to the finish.

The route follows tracks, fields and a short section of Tarka Trail before coming back through woods to the finish. Always a bit of a mud-fest, this year it was so muddy and slippery it was comical to watch the flailing arms and antics of people trying to stay upright! Six ORCs plus two juniors all enjoyed the fun and festive atmosphere (and the adults enjoyed the nip of port at halfway), all of them coming home ahead of the fox. As a bonus, Jeremy Tandy, who was third overall and first ORC back, also won the Male 41 and over prize, while a very surprised Jane Jackson won the Female over 55 prize.

ORC times; Jeremy Tandy; 19.37, Dave Bates; 23.09, Angus Farrelly; 26.01, Gill and Aiden Spinney; 31.04, Jane Jackson; 31.09, Phil and Kiera Spinney; 34.12.

Great to see Claudine Benstead, Dave Bates, Graham Bryant and Hayden Bond at Exeter Riverside Christmas parkrun. Fabulous morning for running. Merry Christmas.

Last weekend was all about off road festive races, meaning mud, water and more mud while dressed in some ridiculous outfit. Saturday saw seven ORCs travel to Escot Park in East Devon for the Extremely Jolly Trail Race. This year there were no river crossings  on the course as the exceptional rainfall had made them too deep and dangerous, but there were still 7 miles of extremely muddy woodland paths, fields and a water-slide to be negotiated. Junior ORC Ollie King enjoyed his run in the one mile Little Elves Race. In the senior race Jeremy Tandy was first ORC back in 56.05, but having taken the wrong course along with the other lead runners he missed out on his podium place, and was placed 5th overall. Jo Page was on form again and ran an excellent race despite the conditions to take the 2nd Female prize in 59.08. Other finishers ; Karen King; 1.24.57, Jane Jackson; 1.28.23, Daniella Tansley; 1.30.18, Liam Keen; 1.39.58.

On Sunday the festive costumes were on display again at the ever popular Torrington Christmas Caper. This race is more than a jolly pre-Christmas run and at the sharp end is a competitive and challenging 10 mile race. It’s renowned for its muddy trails, fields, river crossings and hills and runners expect a generous coating of mud by the end. This year however the road sections were the only places that were free of mud and water, with one section of “green lane” turning into a long lake of up to thigh deep water. There was an impressive turnout of ORCs here and some were hoping to see Geoff Hill and Hayden Bond compete as a pantomime horse, however in the end they decided that would be almost impossible to run in but they still wore great outfits.

Andy Vallance being the first home and Ellodie Stott the first ORC lady to finish. Dave Bates was the only ORC to take home a prize, coming 2nd MV60. Other ORC finishers; Jeremy Tandy, Hayden Bond, Geoff Hill, Mike Baker, Angus Farrelly, Paul Carter, Merv Rice, Karen Vallance, Abby Williams, Kate Wilson, Ali Holiday, Jo Bradford, Mags Jarvis, Carole Cornwall, Katy Speak, Jane Jackson

Festive Running for ORC

At the Plym Trail Christmas Trail Races on Saturday Okehampton had runners in both the Half and full Marathons. Starting at Clearbrook near Yelverton the course is an out and back along the cycle trail, doubled for the marathon. Emma Dean was the first ORC home in the Half with a strong run, finishing in 1.50.50, followed by Jessica Guscott in 2.00.14. Robert Richards didn’t have such a good run with a calf niggle slowing him on the return miles and finished in 2.09.58. Roger Voaden was the lone club representative in the Marathon, finishing 4th in 3.18.33.

Wild Running’s Dark Dart Dash on Saturday evening made Christmas feel that bit closer with its festive dress code. This trail race loops around the grounds of Dartington Hall, providing 1K, 2K, 5K, and 10K routes with mud in plentiful supply. ORC was represented in the 2K, 5K and 10K races with junior members Aiden and Kiera Spinney in the 2k race, where Kiera came 3rd in her age category in 11.29 with her brother 4th in his category in 10.44. In the 5k Phil Turner finished in 43.55, while Karen Vallance took 2nd in her age category, finishing with her daughter Jasmine and Ali Holiday in 48.02. Jeremy Tandy was the first ORC home in the 10k, coming 2nd overall and 1st in category in 46.33, while Jo Turner was third in her category in 1.05.24. Phil Spinney, dressed as a Ghostbuster, finished in 1.15.20, scooping one of the best fancy dress prizes along with Jeremy who was dressed as an elf.

The festive running season continued on Sunday 8th December at Cardinham Woods with Purple Gecko’s Cardinham Christmas Canter. This provided Jeremy Tandy with another opportunity to run as an elf, this time coming 3rd in the 10k race in 40.44 over well maintained forestry tracks.

Jo Page took to the beach for her race on Sunday, running the Weston Christmas Cracker at Weston-Super-Mare. Dressed as a Christmas tree, Jo battled with the headwind on the exposed beach, finishing first senior lady in 47.38.

A Euro Trip for ORC members.

The third race in the Westward League series was held in Exeter on Sunday, hosting the Devon X-Country Championships. On a cold but sunny day ORC had a good turnout who produced some great performances. The men were really on form with the first three finishers of Robert Kelly, Andy Vallance and Paul Crease taking the 1st Vet team prize. Individually, Robert was 3rd MV35, Andy 3rd MV40 and Paul 2nd MV45. The senior team of Richard Davies, Geoff Hill and Jeremy Tandy also took third place.The ladies team weren’t at full strength due to injuries, but ran well with Claudine Benstead winning the FV60 category but the vet team were just out of the prizes, finishing 4th. There were some new runners in the junior events with Maddie Burrows and Neve Webber having their first outing for the club.

The previous Wednesday was the Exeter and District versus East Devon School’s X-country Championships In Exeter. Qualification at this event would take the runners to the Devon selection later. With Sam Priday and Harrison King representing yrs 10/11 and Matthew Richards yrs 8/9 they all ran well, Sam finishing 2nd, Matthew 4th to both qualify and Harrison 27th.

 

Kate Wilson and Jackie Dawes travelled to Florence for the marathon on 24 November. 11,000 runners crammed into one of the city’s narrow streets for a mass 8.30am start. The route followed the river Arno through a large city park and into quieter residential districts before leading back into the winding streets. The race’s tagline is “We Run In Art” and the route takes in some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the beautiful Ponte Vecchio bridge which the runners cross shortly before halfway. The cracked and cobbled pavements make for some tricky running and are very unforgiving. The race ends at the magnificent Duomo (cathedral). There was a can of beer in the goody bags and lots of post-race cake. Jackie was very pleased to do another sub-four, coming in at 3hrs 55 mins. Kate was battling dodgy guts (necessitating many loo stops) and was quite disappointed with 4 hrs 22 mins, even though it was a PB. Despite tired legs, they both managed some dancing to cheesy Europop and disco classics at the post-marathon party.

 

Another ORC on tour this week as Robert Richards who ran a 10k in Spain. The race was the Akiles 10k in Casa De Campo, a scenic run through the rolling Central Park in the shadow of the Royal Palace, the former hunting grounds of the royal court in the capital Madrid. Robert finished in a time of 55:04 in weather more akin to Britain of cold and pouring rain.

A succesfull ending to the clubs Couch 2 5k course.

Sunday saw the final day of Okehampton’s Couch to 5k course, ending with a 5k Time Trial for the runners to prove they could indeed run 5k now. Unfortunately some were not able to take part, but those who did were rewarded with a certificate saying they had completed the course. Congratulations to Rob Cunnington, Gemma Haines-Lawson, Becky Hawkins, Jodie Monnox, Evie Woods and Sarah Angel. Following this some of the present members from various groups took the opportunity to set a 5k time for their awards.

On Saturday Jeremy Tandy travelled to Ham Hill, Somerset, for Flying Fox Running’s “Run from the Romans” 10-mile night trail race. Route-following by head torch was made more challenging due to fog, making it difficult to spot the reflective course markings at times, so much so that Jeremy took a wrong path during the second lap. Fortunately he got back on course, overtaking those who had slipped by him to finish in third place in 1.17.58.

Jane Richardson and Janet White enjoyed trails, hills and some deep gloopy mud when they ran the 10mile Bicton Blister on Sunday. Starting and finishing at Bicton College, after a short road section the route follows trails across the sandy, stony and sometimes muddy paths of Woodbury Common, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Both ladies enjoyed their runs with Jane finishing in 2.03.41 and Janet in 2.09.45.

Mountains, Sun, Sea & Castles.

Two ORCs were to be found racing 400 miles north in Cumbria on Saturday. Merv Rice and Jane Jackson were both in the Lake District for the four day Kendal Mountain Festival where a 10k trail race was held as part of the festivities. The race started in the town centre where it took some time for the 700 runners to pass through the start gantry. As you would expect in that part of the country the route immediately took the runners uphill for over three miles, initially on tarmac but then off road as they climbed to the top of Scout Scar. The stunning views of the mountains, some with snow on the peaks, and the coast back towards Morecambe Bay made the effort worthwhile however. After some undulating ground there was one more steep uphill before the runners made their way downhill across the golf course and then back into the town via several flights of cobbled or stone steps. Merv has done this race before but finished slightly slower than last year in 1.02.04. It was Janes first time here finishing in 1.13.38.

 

Jo Page went all the way to Cyprus for a marathon, running the Larnaca Marathon in 3:38:25, finishing 4th female and 57th overall on a hot day of Well I survived the Marathon in 27 degrees.

20 ORC’s braved the The Drogo 10 a 10 mile multi-terrain race that starts and finishes at Castle Drogo, taking in views of the Teign Valley.

Paul Crease was the first ORC home in 1.11.35, Katherine Murray was the first of the ORC women over the line in 1.39.22. Other ORC runners and times were Andy Vallance 1.11.38, Jeremy Tandy 1.16.38, Graham Bryant 1.17.57, Hayden Bond 1.19.48, Stuart Page 1.28.23, Alec Robinson 1.31.01, Jason Ewing 1.32.47, Mike Baker 1.33.15, Elliot Hails 1.33.15, Sarah Marvin 1.41.40, Karen Vallance 1.41.40, Angus Farrelly 1.43.23, Phil Read 1.43.30, Elodie Stott 1.50.29, Lucinda Walsh 1.51.55, Jessie Guscott 1.55.14, Carole Cornwall 2.02.47 and Janet White 2.13.42

ORC teams assemble for XC.

The Newquay edition of the Westward League Cross Country series took place on Sunday 10th November, combined with the Cornish County Championships. Set in the grounds of Newquay Sports Centre, the course heads out around the sports fields, packing in as much elevation change possible on the site. From juniors to seniors, ladies to men, their routes followed different loops and lap counts around the sports pitches to make up the distance for each category. The heavy rains from previous days had given way to clear skies on Sunday. Sunshine warmed competitor’s backs, and the grass of the sports pitches shone green. But the ground was still saturated and green grass soon gave way to brown mud making the going underfoot very soft and very slippery in the corners. From the start to the finish, each XC race was relentless, trying to catch the person in front, trying not to be caught – especially in sprints to the finish because times don’t count, only your finishing position. No medals for this race – take homes were smiles, tired legs and all the mud caked onto shoes, legs, clothes and even faces!

Well done to all who took part especially the newcomers, juniors Arthur and Stanley Hicks and seniors Richard Davies and Joe Lane.

Juniors;  U11 Girls; Kiera Spinney, U 11 Boys; Arthur Hicks, Aiden Spinney, Stanley Hicks, U13 Boys; Quincy Richards, U15 Boys; Mathew Richards, TJ Priday, U17 Boys; Sam Priday.

Ladies; Jo Page, Jo Bradford, Karen Gear, Gill Spinney, Mags Jarvis, Karen King, Mel Priday.

Men;  Andy Vallance, Paul Crease, Richard Davies, Rob Hicks, Chris Turner, Jeremy Tandy, Joe Lane, Stuart Page, Ian Page.

 

Junior runners Sam Priday, Mathew Richards, Quincy Richards and Harrison King ran for their school at the East Devon X-Country Schools event. Sam and Mathew both came first in their age groups, making it likely that they will be picked to represent East Devon in the County Schools Championship, while Quincy came 24th and Harrison 18th.

Rain with 100% chance of a run!

In a window of lovely weather on Sunday morning, 30 ORCs enjoyed near perfect conditions at the Bideford 10 miler, despite the course being flooded almost knee deep in one section. There were some great results too, although several were running with little training due to injuries, but determined to get their third in the series of stacking medals. Hayden Bond was the first home with a superb run in 1.00.19 and a new PB which would have been closer to the magic sub-hour time but for the slowing effect of the flooded 100 metres of track near Instow. Steve Sincock was second home, winning the MV55 category by a clear margin of 4mins in 1.03.43 to beat his own club record, followed by Andrew Vernon who was 2nd MV50 in 1.05.46. First ORC lady was Jo Page in 1.08.59 for 3rd Senior Lady and 5th overall lady, also a new PB and club record. Dave Bates was in the prizes again, coming 2nd MV65 for a new club record in 1.11.10 and Jane Richardson won the FV70 category in 1.40.30, setting a club FV70 for the first time, despite not feeling she’d had a very good race.
Other ORC times; Graham Bryant; 1.05.56, Paul Carter; 1.06.48, Neil Agnew; 1.14.45, Kathleen Sincock; 1.16.40 (club record), Paul Evison; 1.18.38, Mike Westland; 1.19.49 (club record), Louise Lyle; 1.20.16, Jo Bradford; 1.21.14 (PB), Tom Andrew; 1.21.16, Robert Richards; 1.22.26, Angus Farrelly; 1.22.46, Jackie Dawes; 1.22.56, Karen King; 1.29.53, Mags Jarvis; 1.30.35, Vicky Bond; 1.35.01, Chris Fullford-Brown; 1.40.05, Tracey Mills; 1.40.08, Rachel Holland; 1.40.08 (PB), Lotte Smith; 1.40.13, Jane Jackson; 1.43.07, Catherine Walker; 1.43.08, (PB), Michelle Luddington; 1.43.17 (PB), Kathryn Volkelt-Igoe; 1.48.46, Katie Sherjan; 1.55.46.

The heavy rain had caused flooding that forced a change of course at the Cornish Marathon where the notoriously hilly route had been changed to an out and back, though still with plenty of elevation. Two ORCs ran here with Robert Kelly finishing in 7th place in an impressive 3hr 6min, despite his pace slowing in the last six miles and Roger Voaden coming home in 3hr 29min.

Cam Whitelaw took on an unusual 10k, running the Cornwall Air Ambulance Runway Runaround 10k at Newquay Airport with his dad. Here’s his report;
It was an early start for Newquay where the race was due to start at 8.00, however it was delayed for some reason and left us waiting in the cold and rain for 15 minutes. Finally we were off and we made our way to the runway turning into a slight headwind before doing the first U-turn to come back on ourselves. The light rain and tail wind was refreshing on the flat tarmac course going out and we got to run under the tails of a few parked up Thomas Cook planes which was an experience. At the second U-turn unfortunately we had the joy of the headwind and a slightly heavier rain. I felt good all the way around pushing myself at a good pace with my dad in unison. I managed to gather a bit more speed at the end and finished with a new PB of 56:24.

ORCs Jo Page and Jeremy Tandy headed in the direction of Torquay on All Hallows’ Eve for some spooky fun at Jolly Running’s Dark Halloween trail run. Featuring a trio of fun run, 5K and 10K, the routes twist and turn through the wooded grounds of Cockington Hall, seemingly finding the steepest slopes, the most slippery tree routes and plenty of mud. With the sun long since set the race winds along the trails and through the woods in pitch darkness. Head torches were mandatory, fancy dress optional. Zombies and ghouls and skeletons and witches mixed with runners in club vests and hi-viz lending the race a haunted carnival feel. 5K and 10K competitors set off together from the start, following the same route for about 3-miles in where the 5K headed to the finish and the 10K set out for another loop. The eerie sound of church bells echoed through the woods, with mist lighting up the beams of runners’ head torches. Reflective route markings and marshals guided the way to make sure that no souls were lost during the race. In the 5K Jo conquered her demons from last year when she got lost, finishing in a time of 27 minutes 54 seconds – fourth overall and first place female, securing another trophy for her collection! Jeremy, dressed in a skeleton suit, completed the 10K in 8th position with a time of 57 minutes 38 seconds. The best bit? Glow in the dark medals!

Kate Wilson was the lone ORC runner in the previous Sunday’s Plym Trail Autumn Half Marathon. This event was held on 2 days and she certainly picked the right day to do it – Sunday was cool, sunny and dry. The half marathon began with a short run from Clearbrook village hall to the top of the hill at the edge of the village and then follows a 12.3 mile out-and-back course along cycle route 27. The attractive route follows an old railway line, crossing several bridges and passes through a dimly lit tunnel. It’s almost completely flat, although there is a slight descent in the first half mile – making a fun end to a half marathon! Kate was really pleased with her time – a new PB of 1.54.25. to be 3rd lady home.

What a difference a day makes!

Five Okehampton runners braved appalling conditions on when they took on races in the Trail Events Exmoor Challenge on Saturday. Even getting there needed some determination with flood waters and trees down across roads. Conditions were no better out on the course where storm force winds and rain made keeping upright on the muddy, slippery and often flooded paths difficult and made forward motion impossible on some of the more exposed areas. Carole Cornwall, Katy Speak, Jessica Corcoran and Claire Sprague had entered the half marathon hoping for a run with some lovely views of the moors and coast, but the reality on the day was limited views and an extremely tough and steeply hilly course. Kay and Carole ran together and completed in 3.37.13. Claire Sprague found the going really tough as she wasn’t feeling well and eventually retired at the second checkpoint.nt. Jessica had stayed with Claire until she retired but then continued on to finish on her own. Jane Jackson, in a change from her usual long distance runs, ran the 12k course, still with a big elevation for the distance. She was pleased to finish in one piece after being blown off her feet on a rocky section of exposed headland coming home in 1.46.28.

What a difference a day made when runners at the Tavy 7 on Sunday enjoyed near perfect conditions of sunshine and a gentle breeze. There was a great show of ORCs at this event as usual where there was a record entry of 700 runners to enjoy the undulating course round the Dartmoor lanes. First home for the club was Hayden Bond in 43.41 and first ORC lady was Emma Dean who finished in 57.03. It was the more senior ORCs who shone here though with Steve Sincock winning the MV55 age category in 44.36 to set a new club age category record by over 6mins, while Dave Bates was victorious in the MV65 with a great time of 49.10, knocking over 8mins off the current club age category record. Andy Vernon came 2nd in the MV50 category and a personal course PB in 45.47 and Paul Evison, still improving at 66, knocked three and a half minutes of last year’s time to take 3rd in the MV65 group in 54.45.
Other ORC times; Richard Davies; 44.38, Mike Baker; 52.25, Merv Rice; 56.16, Jackie Dawes; 58.32, Ged Fitzgibbon; 59.46, Ellodie Stott; 1.06.19, Lotte Smith; 1.09.15, Christine Fritsch; 1.10.37, Janet White; 1.17.57.

Jo Page and Jeremy Tandy took Okehampton Running Club on tour this weekend. A quick stop on Saturday for a picturesque Parkrun in Divonne-les-Bains, France. Followed by the main event of the weekend on Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland: the Lausanne Marathon. Not just a marathon – but also a 1/2 marathon, 10K, 10K walk and 10K nordic walk. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva this festival of running had stunning scenery, a really friendly atmosphere and superb organisation. Oh – and the weather was glorious too! Jeremy had originally signed up for the marathon, but following injury swapped to join Jo on the 10K. Jo was first ORC home in a time of 40min 49sec (a massive personal best by 43 seconds!) and 31st female to cross the line. Jeremy followed home in a time of 43min 17sec in 544th overall.

2019 Chicago Marathon

Last weekend two Okehampton Running Club members, Jo Page and Anne Binns, enjoyed great success at the Chicago Marathon, doing themselves and the club proud. Both had run qualifying times for this marathon which is one of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors and for Anne it was her third of the six having already completed London and Boston. Flying out several days before they enjoyed a few days holiday and warmed up for the marathon by running the Chicago 5k the day before along with Anne’s husband John. Unfortunately, despite her training going exactly to plan, Anne developed a slight knee pain during a park run just before flying out and was concerned that the pain was still present during this 5k, but was determined to run and get her coveted star to count towards the six races even if it meant a slow time. A cold but clear sunny day greeted the runners and both ladies rose to the occasion and produced superb runs. Jo Page had only run her first marathon just over a year ago but improved on that with a good run in Manchester in the spring, but here she knocked over two minutes off that time to run a new PB of 3.14.09, which not only set new club record and a qualifying time for the New York Marathon, but makes her the first club lady to secure a Championship entry time for the London Marathon. Anne limped round the first three miles, but found the pain in her knee gradually eased and returned to the sort of pace she had trained for, coming home in 3.52.48, setting a new PB, a new club age group record and giving her a guaranteed entry to New York, another World Marathon Major.
The two ORCs also met up with Marilyn Cooper’s son Peter, who has set himself the goal of completing the World Majors in memory of his mother who had hoped to achieve this herself before her unexpected death three years ago and he completed in 4.33.07.

PB’s all round for ORC.

In another busy weekend of racing Okehampton runners were to be found dotted all over the country taking part in different races. It was 9.00pm on Friday night that Robert Richards started his race, the North Coast 100k, following the coast path from Barnstaple to Minehead. The route starts with an exciting night time start in Barnstaple. The town lights soon get left behind as he enjoyed the only flat section of this route along the Taw estuary before climbing the first hill above Saunton Sands and on to Woolacombe Sands. From here on, the hills increased in size and frequency as he passed Bull Point light house, Lee Bay an on to a short section through Ilfracombe. A another couple of hills before he reached the stunning Water Mouth Cove and the half way point in Combe Martin.
The route took him past Hollow Brook – one of the highest waterfalls in Britain which drops 200 metres to the sea. He also passed through the twin villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, then just after Porlock Bay, the path flattens behind marshland, these wetlands have helped ‘preserve’ an ancient forest.
A few more ups & downs of exposed path, woodlands, sharing his journey with sheep, ponies, and cows then popping out in Minehead, a mere 108km from where he started!
With over 10,000ft of elevation this was always going to be a tough challenge, but Robert stuck to his task with great mental strength, despite the fatigue, completing in 23hr 25min.

Jo Bradford chose Chester for her Autumn marathon where heavy rainfall had led to a change of start point and route, the racecourse being too waterlogged to use. Jo had only run her first marathon in the spring and this was a much tougher course, with a strong headwind and rain in the second half making it even harder. Jo is a determined runner and having had her club age category record snatched away last week, she put in a sprint finish over wet cobbles to take it back by 17secs, setting a new PB of 3.48.04.

At the Cardiff Half Marathon there were thee ORCs taking part. Despite not feeling well, Hayden Bond was the first home for the club finishing in a great time of 1.24.40, but disappointed that he hadn’t been able to achieve his target time. Liam Keen, running his first race for some time finished in 2.20.54 and Rachael Hayden completed in 2.14.38.

Under pretty much perfect conditions of sunshine and a gentle breeze, two ORCs were among 3,000 runners who set off in the Plymouth 10k, where the route takes the runners from the City Centre, and heads out towards Plympton, before looping back to the City Centre and the finish on Royal Parade outside the Guildhall. Dave Bates was pleased to shave enough off his PB to come in under 44mins for the first time, finishing in a great time of 43.43. Katie Sherjan improves with each race and was very happy to knock a huge 3 minute chunk off her 10k PB to finish in 1hr 08min.

It was the first fixture of the Westward League X-Country Series on Sunday, held at the Plymouth venue where for once the conditions were pretty good underfoot and the weather was kind. There were a good number of ladies representing the club with several newcomers to the series and there were new faces in the junior teams too with Ollie King, Aiden and Kiera Spinney and Quincy Mathews all taking part for the first time.  All the juniors put in superb efforts with the new runners enjoying the experience and looking forward to the next one. Mathew Richards who ran in last year’s series has got stronger over the year and ran a really impressive race to finish in 7th place in the U15’s. Jo Page headed the ladies team home with Claudine Benstead not far behind. League rookie Emma Dean had a great run despite having last week’s marathon in her legs with the other newcomer, Katherine Murray, following her home. Karen Gear, Mags Jarvis, Gill Spinney and Christine Fritsch also ran well. There were only two men running for the club here with Stuart Page coming home ahead of Ian Page.

Okehampton’s Mike Westland took a step into the unknown when he took on his first marathon at the age of 62. Running the Bournemouth marathon in what turned out to be very warm but windy conditions he ran well, enjoying the support of the crowds, but finding it tough from mile17 where the headwind made it hard to keep to his pace. However he recorded a great time of 4.07.47 to set a new club age group record and come 6th in his age category.