Monthly Archives: September 2020

Two races this weekend

A gloriously sunny autumn day greeted Okehampton Running Club runners taking part in the two local races on Sunday, however both were coastal courses and susceptible to the blustery wind. There were three ORCs representing the club at the Bradly’s 10k held on a flat, two lap, out and back course along the Exmouth sea front. The men’s race set off first with Hayden Bond being the first ORC back in an impressive time of 36.06 to come third overall, while Paul Evison finished in a great time of 49.04. Claudine Benstead was the only female ORC there and, despite the blustery conditions, ran an excellent race to finish in 42.49 to be 2nd Female and first FV60. Unfortunately the course was 300m over distance so times could not be used for PB’s and club records.


In Cornwall three more ORCs took to the coast to run Purple Geko’s Man Up & Down race. Starting at Portreath and following the coast path to Perranporth, this 12 mile race had typical coast path terrain and nearly 2,000ft of elevation making for a tough route, but Eirin Mc Daid took it on at an incredible speed, finishing in 1.31.04 to come first overall. Jo Page was very happy to run her first race since her recent injury, while Keeley Philips, still fresh to trail running, enjoyed the stunning coastal scenery.


Good start to the racing calendar

Jeremy Tandy was racing this weekend, 44 miles from Lizard Point to Lands End along the South West Coast Path in the Endurance Life Classic Quarter ultra marathon in 8h16m58s of non-stop movement, 44.6 miles of which 2K were vertical, Jeremy finished in 8th place overall out of 186 finishers, 2nd in category MV45.
Hayden Bond won the Dartmoor trail half marathon in a time of 1.50.06 on Saturday. The course had views of Dartmoor while running through deeply rutted fields, woodland, and open moorland, with a lot of bogs and river crossings. The half marathon was a 2 lap course. With it not being a mass start no positions where known until the results came out. But huge congrats to Hayden for the surprise win!
On Saturday 5th September Chris Turner completed the Dartmoor 50 which didn’t officially go ahead this year but Chris completed the route or thereabouts in an impressive 11h47m.
Jo Bradford and Jackie Dawes set out at 3pm on Sunday to complete the Virtual Granite Way 20 mile run as there were medals to be claimed after the race was cancelled in March. Staying true to the race, they ran out and back for 5 miles twice. They were also accompanied by fellow ORC Mags Jarvis who cycled the full 20 miles with them.

Racing is back!

With racing back on the agenda, although with fewer numbers and staggered starts, some ORCs grabbed the opportunity to put their club colours on again and get out and race. Hayden Bond and Claudine Benstead had their first race since lockdown when they took part in City Run’s Turn and Burn 5k starting from Exeter Quay on Wednesday evening. To ensure social distancing was maintained, there was a staggered start with runners sent off in twos with a minute between each pair. Claudine headed off first with a great run finishing in exactly 20.00mins to win her age group. Hayden had an excellent run too finishing in 17.13 to set a new PB.

Saturday saw three ORCs racing down in Cornwall. Karen King started the day with the Tribe Pentewen Trail 10k, an out and back run along the wooded Pentewen Valley trail. Karen had a good run to finish the slightly under distance route in 50.46.


She then joined two other ORCs, Keeley Philips and Eirin Mc Daid running the Gecko Gathering Trail races at Scorrier House near Redruth. Here there was a choice of a 5k or 10k route over a fairly hilly course where the 10k ran two laps of the 5k route. This was the first opportunity for new members Keeley and Eirin to run in ORC colours and both did the club proud. Eirin finished in first place in the 10k with an impressive time of 37.41, while Keeley was first FV40 in the 5k in 28.43. Karen finished not far behind Keeley in a time of 28.50.