Monthly Archives: August 2021

A trio of races


This course is a 5km flat route of 2 laps at Exwick. ORC runners, Jane Richardson and Claudine Benstead ran it on Tuesday evening. Jane Richardson, in a time of 29:42; after running 14 miles in the morning and Claudine Benstead in a time of 19:58. Well done to both ORC ladies.


The Tavy 5km is a flat, fast course around Tavistock College grounds and takes place monthly on the third Saturday. ORC runner Hayden Bond had a great run and was 1st in a time of 17:10. Fantastic result and a fab way to start his Saturday!


Scorrier House, Redruth: Also on Saturday, was the Purple Gecko event consisting of 2.5k, 5k and 10k. The course was a hilly trail route around the private grounds of Scorrier House. It takes in some horse cross country jumps, making it fun; but with very rutted terrain underfoot on the entire course. ORC runner Jo Page left entering until the last minute but travelled down to run the 2.5k race (without a number) to test out her hip and thankfully it felt fine. So, Jo then put on her 5km race number and ran the course in a fab time of 22:12 which was 6th overall and 1st Female. Huge congratulations to Jo on a great result.


The Great Escape

Last Saturday saw two of Okehampton Running Club’s (ORC) ladies, Karen Vallance and Katie Littlejohns take on pureTRAIL UK’s ‘The Great Escape’.

This race is part of the Dartmoor Big Day Out series. The aim of these races is to get runners off the road and onto trails, to explore and have fun running in nature.

The Great Escape starts at Princetown in the heart of the Moor, with the route taking in the last 15.5 miles of ‘The Crossing’ (the 36.5 mile race from Belstone to Ivybridge), traversing the remote moorland wilderness along the Abbot’s Way.

The aim is to ‘escape’ from the moor within the time allowed of 4.5 hours, giving the competitors a real taste of Dartmoor trail running.

Both ORC’s finished well within the allowed time, with Katie the first lady home in an amazing 2hrs 9mins and Karen not far behind in a time of 2hrs 32mins. They summarised it as ‘an enjoyable but technical race over the moor’, well done ladies.

For people who are new to running, or want to improve, the next Couch to 5k starts on Tuesday 21 September. You can find details and register your interest on the club’s Facebook post.



An unusual series of races put on by Mudcrew was held this weekend, known as Roseland August Trail or The RAT. They are a challenging series of runs along the stunning South Cornwall coastal path. It incorporates four different routes, the Black route 32 miles, the Red route 20 miles, the White route 11 and the Plague (green) 64 miles.

Two ORC members took on their particular personal challenges, Ali Holliday in the Black Rat and Jo-Anne turner in the Plague. Sadly Jo-Anne had to pull out due to an injury, no longer able to do battle with the routes steep elevations and descents. Ali finished the Black in a time of 9:06:42, an incredible effort.

Ali and Lucy ready to set off in the Black Rat

In addition to the four races above Mudcrew also present The BOYD, Bring Out Your Dead which takes place on a 5 mile lap of the RAT route. This is an extreme event with 350 metres of elevation and 350+ steps. The aim is to see how many laps you can cover in 24 hours. Our amazing trail running enthusiast and ultra runner Rob Hicks was the only member brave enough to take on this challenge. Runners had to be self supported and could spend 10 minutes each lap ‘in sanctuary’ at the event centre in Porthpean to refill bottles, eat and change kit before getting back on the course. Rob said he felt good the whole run, coped with the 350 steps each way and kept a fairly even pace. He managed 18 laps (139 Kms or 86 Miles ) with 7000 Metres of accent to bring him home in 1st place. The second place runner ran 17 laps and the third ran 16.

Rob Hicks 1st Place BYOD


A wonderful week of racing

During the last week ORC members were taking part in 6 different events – from the hills of dartmoor to the streets of London!

Neolithic Fell Race

On Wednesday, 5 ORCs, Joe Lane, Tom Poland, Ian Ripper, Kate Wilson and Christine Fritsch took on the hilly 5 mile route of the Neolithic Fell Race, which starts at Merrivale. A steep ascent to Great Mis Tor, a few more hills and then a fast descent to the finish. Stan Wood also took on the 3k race and came 3rd; well done to everyone.

Yar Tor Fell Race

Then, on Friday, Joe Lane, Tom Poland and Christine Fritsch were joined by Charlie Temperley to compete at the Yar Tor Fell Race. This race starts the brilliant weekend of races as part of the Something Wild Running Festival. It takes in a hilly 4 miles from Huccaby and incorporates Sharp and Yar Tor. Joe Lane was 1st MV40 and 8th overall and Christine was 1st FV40. Fab results from all the ORCs.

Something Wild Running Festival

At the weekend there were the other multiple distance races as part of the Something Wild Running Festival starting at Huccaby Farm. On the Saturday, there was the Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra Marathon. Chris Turner ran the Half Marathon. Robert Richards and Wendy Walters enjoyed the beautiful, scenic Ultra Marathon 55k route whilst sweeping for that race.

Arlington Court 10k Canter

Saturday saw Mike Westland and David Bates run the Arlington Court 10k Canter. A tough, technical and scenic off road race. David was 2nd in their age category out of a field of 16. Well done to you both on a fab run.

London Landmarks

On Sunday, Ellodie-Lark Stott ran the London Landmarks Half Marathon in a fab 2 hrs. This race offers a fabulous route through Central London. Congratulations on a great run.

Totnes 10k

Karen Vallance and Jasmine Gilkes enjoyed a beautiful run along the Dart running the Totnes 10k together on Sunday.