Monthly Archives: December 2021

ORCs blow away the competition!

Two members ran the Exmouth 5 miler on Tuesday 7th. This evening race is organised by City Runs and is the third in their winter run series. The route is along the sea front in Exmouth comprising two ‘out and back’ laps. The tail end of storm Barra was still blowing which made for a strong head wind on the two ‘out’ laps but lovely ‘return’ legs being pushed along. The tide was pretty high and the sand was being whipped up by the strong wind giving the runners a sandy side to their faces. Kate Wilson won the FV55 in a time of 42.50 and Claudine Benstead won first female overall in 33.41. Enjoy your winners box of Celebration chocolates Claudine.

Claudine Benstead went on to run the Exeter City Run 5K in a time of 19:54 achieving a phenomenal 99% age graded fitness score.  

As part of a nostalgic trip back to his birthplace in Shropshire Paul Evison ran the 10K at Telford. It is an important event in the running calendar as it hosts the England 10K championships, the England Athletics Age group Masters qualifying event and Inter Area Match. The course makes use of the old Mineral Railway line which carried slag and bricks from Randlay. It runs close by the farm where Paul grew up. The event is run in three waves with the Elite men and fastest runners first followed by the Elite ladies and other fast runners and finally all other abilities. The conditions were perfect and Paul improved his best time by over a minute, finishing in 46.09.


From 5k to 50k

Exeter Parkrun 5k

Kate Wilson ran the Exeter 5km parkrun on Saturday. The course was a short section along the canal followed by four laps of a wet, muddy field, which was very soggy in places. This was Kate’s first parkrun and first ever 5km race. Kate was first in her category in a time of 27:11 – congratulations Kate.

Westward League Exeter feat. Devon Championship

It was a bright and sunny afternoon at the Exeter Arena that drew ORCs to compete in five of the races on the card. Our youngest runners were up first with regular Cross Country attendees Arthur Lane, William Bussell, Stanley Hicks and Laurence Hicks representing the club as a quartet for the third successive time. They enjoyed the course at it’s best and benefited from U11 boys and girls running together to produce strong runs and subsequent quick times. Each boy finished in their season’s best position and will look to build on that in the New Year.
Sophie Luxton broke the ORC ladies duck at this years races to compete in the U17 girls race. It was her first Westward League experience. A determined performance saw Sophie hold her own among seasoned athletes. She has a exciting off road season to come and we hope to see her at many future meetings.

Arthur Hicks was the sole U13 boy in ORC colours. In a small but fiercely competitive field Arthur started strongly to give himself a chance of Devon selection but faded in the second half of the race. A brave run which clearly hurt as Arthur finished in a time that should have placed him higher in the results.

The performances of the day possibly came in the U15 boys race. Elis Aldrich and Stan Woods raced brilliantly in a stacked field. Each boy ran strong controlled races and are becoming a fixture in the local XC scene.

The Senior Men took to the course in the final race. By now the route was more mud than grass and an attritional 8.9km lay before the large field. ORC boasted 8 entrants and were led home by the youngest, Sam Priday in under 32 minutes to finish 28th. Paul Crease bagged himself a category win as first Devon vet 45 home followed by Chris Turner and Andy Vallance. A gap separated the leading ORCs from the second wave led in by Rob Hicks, with Tom Poland a couple places behind. Shortly after came Joe Lane, book ending the day for his family after his eldest son Arthur ran in the U11 race, and then Paul Carter finished to deliver another strong team performance.

Cyprus Marathon

Jo Page ran a great race in the logicom Cyprus marathon on Sunday and came in second lady in a time of 3:24:25. The heavens opened as the runners crossed the start line and didn’t stop until they had finished. Thunder, lightning and biblical rain was not what Jo expected when she signed up for the marathon in Cyprus! Congratulations to Jo on a brilliant result.

Hurtwood 50k

Sunday also saw Ian Ripper run his first Ultra, the Hurtwood 50k. This ultra starts at Dorking and follows the Greensands way into the forested Surrey hills. The runners experienced muddy conditions and elevation in an Area of Outstanding natural beauty. Ian ran an impressive race to come home 1st Vet 60 – congratulations!