Monthly Archives: October 2021

A Trio of Races

It was a much quieter week of racing with a trio of races undertaken by Okehampton Running Club members! 

On Saturday, Joe Lane took on the Hutton Roof Crags Fell Race in the Lake District. Taking in the beautiful hills of Hutton Roof Crags and Farleton Knott; this 11.2k route follows established paths and routes in the stunning Lake District. Joe had a great run finishing in a time of 1hr and 2 mins.

Fellow ORC, Angus Farrelly undertook the Sportiva Devon 10k Race at Bicton College. This was a brand new 10k trail run with beautiful views and an undulating course. It was a single lap course starting in the grounds of Bicton College and took in some of Woodbury common’s finest trails. Angus enjoyed a fab run finishing in a time of 55:53. 

On Sunday, Hayden Bond achieved a new pb and set a new club record for 10k of 34:33 after completing a fantastic run at the Newport Wales 10k. The route for the ABP Newport Wales 10k was devised by double Olympic marathon runner Steve Brace. It starts and finishes at Newport’s iconic landmarks and the recently revamped city centre. Huge congratulations to Hayden on a brilliant result.


Junior to Vet, 5k to Marathon!

It was another super weekend weather wise for running and a host of different events were undertaken by members of Okehampton Running Club (ORC).

The weekend started off with the juniors heading off to Tavistock for the Tamar Trails parkrun, this is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event held at Gulworthy.

Meg helped Laurence round on her first parkrun, only to be outsprinted by him at the finish! Great running and PB’s were achieved for everyone.

Arthur 23:25, Stanley 25:32, Laurence 30:42 and Meg 30:47

Clayre Buccaneer Grice took her stepdaughter to the UK Running Events Inflatable 5k at Exeter. You have to pit your wits against ten giant inflatable obstacles that will let you flip, bounce & boing your way around an incredibly fun 5k course!

Pure Trail races held the Deep River Trail races at Fingle Woods which had 10k and half marathon distances.

Joe Lane and Richie Pike completed in the 10k. Joe had a great race, his time of 46:33 gaining him a sneaky third place podium finish after the runner in front of him got lost!

Hannah Susorney and Will Seviour – completed the half marathon, Hannah said it was ‘perfect weather, steep hills, and lots of fun!’

Lucy headed off to Portsmouth for the Great South Run, a lovely 10-mile route around the town. She finished in a time of 1:39, spurred on by a great crowd.

Hayden Bond kept up his winning streak – he ran in the Tavy 5k run from Tavistock College which takes place on the 3rd Saturday of the month. He took first place in 17:18 – well done Hayden.

Just 2 weeks after he ran the London Marathon, Roger Voaden ran the Plym Trail Marathon on Saturday and had a great victory completing it in 3.11.06.

Chris Turner tackled the Plym Trail Half Marathon on Sunday. This is an out and back route, starting with up and down a short hill along the trail before turning and coming back. It’s nearly all downhill on the way out making for a tough return leg!

Chris was very pleased to finish 1st with a PB of 1:23:21 – well done Chris.

John Binns headed to York for the Marathon which was deferred from last year. Usually, John is supporting his wife Anne on her marathons, but finally he got to do his first after many disappointments over the last 2 years. The training plan worked, and he achieved his goal of sub 4 hours coming home in 3:50:41 an amazing time for his 1st effort.

Paul Evison, Mike Westland and Geoff Hill set off on Sunday for the Weston-super-Mare half marathon, also just 2 weeks after Paul ran the London Marathon. In fact, he had forgotten he had even entered it as the rescheduled date clashed with another event, so didn’t enter, or so he thought, until 10 days ago when the reminder came in the form of his race number in the post!

The runners set off from Marine Parade taking in the glorious sites of Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding picturesque Somerset villages, finishing a quarter of a mile out to sea on Weston’s Grand Pier.

First home was Geoff Hill in an excellent time of 1:28:55 followed by Paul Evison and Mike Westland both in good times of 1:48:20 and 1:51:05 respectively.

A great weekend of running by everyone.


Cross Country Returns

A group of ORC juniors and seniors welcomed the return of the Cross-Country League, the first race was held in Plymouth after a year cessation. The club had 6 senior men running which included Sam Priday who ran for the first time as a senior. Sam was the first ORC home and is expected to show much promise as he gains experience in the senior category.

Elis Aldrich ran in the Under 15 boys and did brilliantly to finish in 12th place amongst a large field. This speedy young man is an asset to the ORC team.

We also had boys in the U11 and U13. Despite the challenging terrain that cross country is renown for, everyone ran a fantastic race with smiles on their faces at the end. Good team work boys giving ORC a good start in this cross country league and thank you to coach Rob Hicks for support and work with the junior section.

Something missed from last weeks report was Lucy Gooding’s effort to run the Starcross Shuffle half marathon in a time of 2hrs 20minutes. Not a personal best for her but a good effort after a heavy night socialising the night before. For a lot of us its about getting off the sofa and being active as opposed to racing to win. This was a picturesque route along the Exe Estuary alongside the grounds of Powderham Castle.


Virgin Money London Marathon & Snowdon Skyrace

This weeks racing has been dominated by the phenomenal experience that is Virgin Money London Marathon. Normally a spring marathon, it has been put back to October for 2021 and 2022 due to the pandemic. According to the Race Director it will return to a spring marathon for 2023. Some runners have waited a long time to run this marathon as places were deferred from 2020. Eleven Okehampton RC members headed to London to pound the streets this weekend. Of the eleven seven had qualified for a place based on ‘Good for Age’ times obtained running other marathons. The event was also host to the Wanda World Age Group Championships so those runners all received an additional Age Group Championship medal as well.

Results were as follows:- Karen Vallence 4.00.11, Jo Bradford 4.19.34, Roger Voaden 3.04.26, Andrew vallance 3.04.26, Paul Evison 4.09.44, Paul Carter 3.13.40, Rob Kelly 2.52.46, Neil Agnew 3.46.57, Gary Letheren 4.05.59, Jules Lewis-Thompson 5.57, Graham Bryant (former member with club ballot place) 3.54.59.  If this has inspired you, the 2022 Marathon ballot is open and closes at 2100 on 8th Oct, get your application in.

Coe group runners (L to R) Andrew Vallance, Rob Kelly, Roger Voaden and Paul Carter recuperating after the Marathon

In addition to the mass participation event in London, 40,000 runners pounded the streets around their homes in a Virtual London Marathon. Runners had to download a marathon App which logged their time and distance whilst delivering some much needed virtual crowd support and encouragement. Deemed to be psychologically harder due to the loneliness of a virtual event, four members took on the 26.2 mile task with some amazing results. Louise Lyle 3.46.24, Jessie Guscott 4.55.07, Jane Richardson, 5.54.03 and Clayre Grice 7.28.36

Jane Richardson after her 26.2 mile virtual London Marathon

In a different league from VM London Marathon Gill and Phil Spinny headed to Wales for the Snowdon Skyrace. Gill was running the 40K/25mile race while Phil was part of the mountain safety team. This race included 3150M/10,350ft of accent taking in the Snowdon summit twice. It included scrambles of Y Griin, north ridge Of Tryfan, and Grib Goch. Gill completed the race in excellent time of 4.44.02.