Yearly Archives: 2022

Princetown Fell Race, Talan’s Trust 10k & 19k, Lobster Lollop & Parkrun Ellesmere Port

Princetown Fell Race

Sunday saw four ORCs head to Princetown for the first running of a new fell race to the Dartmoor calendar. This was approx 12kms run over open moorland visiting numerous tors in the local area including South Hessary Tor, Cramber Tor, Black Tor, Leeden Tor, King’s Tor and North Hessary Tor before dropping back down to finish at the Dartmoor Brewery. It was wet and muddy underfoot and the promised rain arrived in the final stages of the race giving everyone a damp, chilly and breezy finish. Some excellent performances with Charlie Temperley first ORC home in 1.11.07, followed by Claire Watkins in 1.13.37, Daniel Heggs in 1.13.43 and Hannah Susorney in 1.39.47.

TAL19k and 10k

Two ORCs and a friend ran the Talan’s Trust TAL10 and TAL19 in Bude on Sunday. There’s a 10km and 19km route, which has a bit of everything, grass, mud, woodland trail, foot path, some tarmac, towpath and of course two sections of stunning coast path.  There was a strong wind and a huge shower just before the start but 150 runners set off in sunshine which stayed with us until the last 5 minutes when the heavens opened again and they finished drenched by horizontal hail! A great route, really friendly event with plenty of good marshals to show you the way and fabulous soup and cakes at the finish.  Hannah Ramsay finished in 1.57. Congratulations go to Anne Brett who completed the shorter 10k distance in 1.09.50, this was her first race in 3 years.

Lobster Lollop 10k

The Lobster Lollop is a no pressure trail run in support of the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow! This mornings route was an out & back along the famous Camel Trail, starting & finishing in Padstow! The weather was glorious for sole ORC Jo Page who prefers cold crisp and dry to warm and wet. She watched the sunrise over the estuary just before registration, an amazing event location. Jo was pleased with how her legs responded just two weeks after running the New York City Marathon. She was 7th overall and 2nd female.

Parkrun Ellesmere Port

On Saturday Mags Jarvis did her second parkrun at Ellesmere Port, near to where one of her daughters lives.The conditions were like a cross country course, with the run mainly on grass and woodland paths. There was plenty of wet ground and mud. 

Mags had hardly run since the summer due to her knee injury (in the right knee, which previously was her “good” knee) so was not sure how the run would go. However she was very pleased to do under 9:30 min/mile pace, coming in 9th lady and 1st in her W65-69 age category. 

  

Cornish Marathon, 5Trig Challenge, Drogo 10 & Newquay Westward XC

Cornish Marathon

On Sunday 6th three ORC’s (and two former ORC’s) headed to Pensilva for the first Cornish Marathon since 2019. The route takes runners out along the Draynes Valley, up through Bodmin Moor to the Jamaica Inn and back along the Fowey valley before a climb back up to pensilva. With over 2000ft of elevation gain and variable weather conditions, the course is fairly tough, especially with those climbs towards the end.

Robert Kelly was the first ORC home, coming in 11th place with a time 3:01:33. Next home was Chris Turner 3:08:51 taking 14th place and 3rd Male under 35. Paul Carter recorded a time of 3:27:47 to round off a fine performance for the club.

5Trig Challenge

Saturday saw two ORC’s take on the Climb South Wests 5Trig Challenge. This is a 21 mile, self navigated , off road run, taking in 5 trig points sitting in a loop around East Devon. The run, through beautiful East Devon takes in High Peak, Aylesbeare Common, Woodbury, Black Hill and West Down Beacon trigs, finishing with a spectacular descent into Budleigh.

Molly Marvin and Angus Farelly finished together in 4hrs:44mins. This time gave Molly the distinction of being joint 1st lady to finish. Remarkable in that the two ladies started 12 minutes apart and so had idea of each others time.

Drogo 10

Last Sunday the Drogo 10 was held at Drewsteignton. Starting and finishing in the beautiful grounds of Castle Drogo which is a National Trust property. The iconic Modern Castle, built for the Drewe family was one of the last works of the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. This regular November fixture is run under Fell Runners Association rules and warrants this status with around 1760ft of ascent. The multi terrain course poses a stiff test for the runners the downhills being nearly as demanding on muscles as the long steep uphills. It also requires a good deal of concentration to tackle the technical aspects of the course with uneven track and protruding bedrock, loose stone, steps, muddy trail and sharp bends. It should be said however that running in the beautiful Teign Valley at this time of year, with the trees looking magnificent, is pretty special. Even this though, might be seen as scant reward for a gruelling climb up the notorious Hunters Path nearing the race end, but ultimately the 50metre downhill to the tape saw many coax a strong finish out of tired legs. There were seven ORC’s there to enjoy the morning run in the pleasant conditions. Mike Saywell was first ORC across the line in 1:25:56, followed by Claire Watkins -1:27:50, Geoff Hill-1:30:28, Katherine Hails -1:40:18, Paul Evison – 1:40:58, Christine Fritsch – 1:56:40 who was detained assisting a runner who had a bad fall and right behind her was Elodie Stott -1:56:42.

Newquay Westward League XC

It was Newquays  turn to host Novembers running of the Charles Stanley – Westward League incorporating the Cornwall AA cross Country Championships. The sun shone and there was little or no mud on the course allowing runners to finish with mud free legs. Quite a novelty for XC runners.

There was some impressive individual results from the ORC juniors. Eleanor Taylor 9th (U11 girls), Arthur Lane 23rd (U11boys) and Stanley Wood 11th (U15boys).

On this occasion sadly the senior ladies did not have quite enough to make a full team. Joanne Page was 58th and Karen King 140th. The senior men, without some regulars, did however and first ORC home was Andrew Vallance 70th, Tom Poland was next in 81st followed by Daniel Heggs 147th and Stuart Page in 150th.

The next race (3rd round) is the Devon County Championship at Exeter on Sunday 4th December.

  

Tamar Lakes Couch to 5k Finale, Bideford 10 miler, New York Marathon & Shetland Park Run

Tamar Lakes Couch to 5k Finale

This week saw the finale of the couch to 5K which took place at Tamar Lakes as part of the regular Saturday Parkrun. Okehampton Running Club offer this well known 9 week course to introduce people of all ages and abilities to running. Starting at week one with nothing more than brisk walking and just a minute running, increasing each week in small increments till at week nine running the full 5K. The weather was anything but pleasant for the five who took on the challenge, being wet and windy. However with a good number of club runners there in support all five ran well and completed the one lap circuit. First home was Phil Read 30:39 followed by Kirsty Gates 35:30, Susan Read 40:17, Pam Evison 40:26 and Janet White 42:01. Well done to them all and good luck to those who weren’t able to take part for one reason or another but are continuing their running journey.

Bideford 10 miler

The Bideford 10 miler loops to Yelland and back and Sundays field of very near 500 is not unusual for this popular race. The runners head off over Bidefords historic Long Bridge and take in a short gradient soon after. Then it’s out past Instow to Yelland with a few undulations but once the runners make the turn here, at just over 5miles, they have level running beside the Estuary all the way back. There is good support at many points along the route and as the finishers enter the last 200m there are many spectators to clap them in. For the seven ORC’s taking part the weather was far better than everyone expected pre-race. It stayed dry and the feared head wind in the Estuary was only slight. There was some excellent running from the ladies with three of them getting Podium places and a PB for the fourth. First of our runners to cross the line despite a heavy cold was Claudine Benstead in 1:08:20 (FV60 1st) followed very soon after by Andrew Vernon 1:08:42, Claire Watkins 1:16:31 (FV45 3rd), Paul Evison 1:18:31, Andrew Thorne 1:24:52, Kate Wilson 1:25: 06 (FV55 3rd) and Victoria Evison in a personal best of 1:46:54.

New York Marathon

Anne Binns and Jo Page crossed the pond for the New York TCS NY Marathon which turned out to be the hottest day for the event on record. Hopes of a personal best were abandoned before the race even started. In addition to the heat, travel to the start is not for the faint hearted. They had a subway journey at 4AM to catch a 5.30AM ferry to Statton Island , the start of the A to B route. The marathon passes through 5 boroughs which are Statton Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhatton, finishing in central park. Jo finished in 3:32:08 and Anne in 4:19:18.

They were both happy to finish and collect their massive medal and Abbot World Major star. The 5th for Anne and the 3rd for Jo.

Shetland 5k

And just to demonstrate the far reach of ORC running. Marianne Brown who was in Shetland for work/family completed the UK’s most northerly Parkrun a couple of times in October. With both races being wet and windy she was glad just to make it over the  line in one piece (28:33 and 27:53)

  

Halloween Five, Tavy 7, Grand Canal Canter & Mags’ 40k Duathlon Challenge

After a very quiet week for the ORC runners last week, this Sunday saw runners heading off for Exeter, Tavistock, Tiverton and Great Torrington.

Halloween Five

Claudine Benstead ran in a new five mile run organised by City Community Trust, the Halloween Five event, perfect to blow off the cobwebs as we head into the winter period. The race starts at the Piazza Terracina by the Exeter Canal Basin, taking the runners round the scenic route of the Exe Valley River Park.

In very windy conditions Claudine had a very impressive run to finish in a time of 32:56, second lady home.

Tavy 7

Nine ORC’s headed to Tavistock to take part in the Tavy 7, a popular, and very well supported local 7 mile road race organised by Tavistock Athletic Club. The race starts at Plaster Down on the western edge of Dartmoor and goes past Pew Tor and the hamlet of Sampford Spiney, winding its way through quiet lanes and open moorland road back to the start/finish line.

There is always a good field of runners as this race also hosts the long established Ross Shield.

This year the runners were not met with entirely good conditions. A heavy shower just before the start sent the assembled runners scuttling for what cover they could find, fortunately thereafter the rain held off. More of a problem was the blustery wind which blew into the faces of the runners for the last mile, which was strong enough to take the pace out of most of the runners.

The ORC’s raced well, first home was Andrew Vernon in a time of 47:41, giving him second place in his age category. Jo Page was next in a time of 48:56, first in her category with a PB and club record, well done to both of them.

They were followed by Mike Saywell in 49:38 and Claire Watkins in 54:22. Paul Evison was next, recovering from a recent bout of Covid and did well to finish in 57:09, third place in his age category. He was followed by Paul King in 01:01:13 and Ged Fitzgibbon in 01:01:28 giving him second place in his age category.

Also, both recovering from illness, Karen King finished in 01:14:06, and Vicky Evison in a time of 01:17:08.

Grand Canal Canter

Joanne Teixeira and Olivia Wheeleker headed to Tiverton for the Grand Canal Canter Half Marathon. The route starts at the Tiverton Canal Basin and heads along the canal path for 6.6 miles to Sampford Peverell, then the runners turn round and head back to Tiverton.

There is less than 90ft of ascent in the half marathon, making it a flat course along the hard packed gravel canal path. Finishing in a time of 2:57 the ladies were rightly very proud of themselves!

Mags’ 40k Duathlon Challenge

Mags Jarvis, an ORC for over 10 years, ran and cycled in a 40k Duathlon Challenge (run 3k, cycle 35k, run 2k) along the Tarka Trail to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.

Mags has had Parkinson’s for the same length of time as she’s been a member of the club and if she wasn’t suffering with knee injuries would still be running races regularly.

She took on the challenge with support from other ORC’s and friends, Christine Jeffery, Chris Fulford-Brown, Janet White, Claire Sprague, Jane Jackson and Kerry Tyler.

They had a brilliant time, not deterred by continuous rain on their first run and then 9 miles of the bike ride getting them soaked and filthy!

  

Marathons and More!

Run for all York Marathon

Members often travel afar to run their marathon of choice. This week Mike Davies travelled to York for the Run for All York Marathon. The course starts and finishes in the campus of York University taking a meandering and slightly undulating route around local country. This marathon is now in its 13th year and is growing each year to become a splendid event. Mike ran a chip time of 3. 38. 16.

Eden Marathon and Half Marathon

A firm fixture in the running calendar and one of the biggest events in Cornwall the Eden Project Marathon and Half Marathon offers hilly multi-terrain courses around the famous site, following a challenging route through areas of spectacular mining heritage and beautiful countryside landscapes.

Andy Vallance had a lovely day out running the marathon distance. He came 4th place overall in a time of 3.12.

Molly Marvin also enjoyed herself, finishing the half marathon in 2:07. There was also a very strong run from new member, Patrick Steel, with a chip time of 1:41.

Plym Trail Marathon

Daniella Tansley completed her first Marathon – part of the The Plym Trail Autumn Series. The course is a short out and back in Clearwater village followed by a double out and back along the cycle route 27 to Coypool. She is pleased to have finished in a time of 4:55:25, official results pending.

Bath Half Marathon

After several postponements, the 40th running of the Bath Half Marathon took place on Sunday. In what is quite a hilly city this course does it’s best to stay on level ground. This race does however have a sting in the tail and that being a relatively short but very sharp uphill to the finish. As the runners turn the corner leaving Upper Bristol Street at mile 13 they are confronted with a sight that no runner enjoys in the last 400 metres of a race. Paul Evison was sporting the ORC colours and was satisfied with a finish of 1:50:11.

Jurassic Coast 20k

This 20 Km route starts just outside the picturesque village of Corfe Castle, where you then run steadily across marshland gradually making your way towards the coast before heading back to the start point.

Lucy Gooding took on the challenging terrain, completing in a watch time of 2:30.

The Great South Run 10 mile

Starting and finishing on the glorious seafront, the 10 mile route offers a run through history passing iconic landmarks including the Historic Dockyard, HMS Victory and Southsea Castle along with breath-taking sea views and view of the Isle of Wight. Okehampton RC was well represented with four runners travelling to Portsmouth for the race. As the name suggests this race is really great, being one of the biggest 10 mile races in the South.

Jo Page was the first ORC home in a time on 1.10.21, setting a new club record for FV35, followed by partners Jo-Anne and Phil Turner who ran the race together in 1.35.53. Lucy Gooding, not content with her Jurassic trail run the day before, made the finish within minutes of Jo-Anne and Phil in a time of 1.40.14.

East Mill Tor Loop (juniors)

Five ORCJ ran either 2km (U9s & U11s) or 4km (U13s & U15s) on an out and back course towards Belstone Tor. Arthur Lane was 1st home in 10:58 (1st U11B), followed by Ellenor Taylor 11:43 (2nd U11G), closely followed by her brother Alistair Taylor 11:55 (1st U9B). Then came Aiden Spinney 18:21 (1st U15) followed by his sister Kiera Spinney 22:45 (2nd U13G).

It was the final race of the Dartmoor fell running series with Alistair, Arthur and Aiden finishing as series champions in their respective categories with Ellenor and Kiera both coming a close 2nd in theirs!

East Mill Tor (seniors)

10 ORCs took part in the senior East Mill Tor Loop fell race. This was the series finale of the Dartmoor Fell series. The route featured 6 hilly miles starting and finishing in Belstone.

Chris Turner was the first ORC back and came in 5th place. Paul Crease came 7th and 1st MV50. Paul also won the series age category trophy. Claire Watkins finished first woman and first FV40. Other runners were Tom Poland, Jo Lane, Charlie Temperley, Daniel Heggs (2nd MV60), Mervyn Rice (3rd MV60), Christine Fritsch and Ellodie Stott.

Congratulations go to the team as ORC won the team trophy for the whole series second year running.

  

Westward XC, Manchester Half Marathon & Mission: Unbreakable

Westward Cross Country League

This weekend saw the start of the 2022/23 Charles Stanley Westward Cross Country League, with seven senior ORC’s heading off to Newnham Park in Plymouth, a new venue for this year.

The cross country league is a series of 6 races which take runners to different venues around the southwest, all of them are off road and no doubt bring back memories of school days running around fields!

The weather was very mild and dry for this first 5.3mile race, a welcome change as it’s very unusual for these events to be in the dry.

Paul Crease lead the men home in 39th position in a time of 33:24 followed by Andrew Vallance in 71st place, Robert Kelly 75th, Tom Poland 89th, Joe Lane 106th, Daniel Heggs 136th and Stuart Page 148th.

Stan Wood ran in the U15 race and was the 11th home in his group. He ran a strong race and was pleased with his time after nearly 6 months off from competition due to injury.

The next race in the series is on Sunday 13th November at Newquay.

Manchester Half Marathon

On Sunday Kate Wilson joined 11,000 other runners to take part in the Manchester half marathon. This is a fast, flat course and it was ideal conditions being cool and dry.

The runners were cheered round by, amongst others, a rock choir, a drumming group, an ear-splitting sound system (under a motorway bridge for extra loud effect!) a Brownie pack and an 80’s crooner. All great motivation for them!

Kate had a good race and was pleased with her time of 1:57:33.

Mission: Unbreakable

Also on Sunday, Katy Graves took part in Mission:Unbreakable, a 10k commando course filled with tough challenges and obstacles at North Molton in aid of North Devon Hospice. The event takes place on a specially designed course through fields, rivers and forests. The terrain is rugged with plenty of hills and mud to make it even tougher. 

Katy and her team completed the 10k challenge tackling the obstacles along the way – scaling heights, taking a leap of faith, tackling mud, fire, water and ice bath, a sheep dip, monkey bars and a slip n slide. A challenge not for the feint hearted, but it looks like they all enjoyed it!

  

Chester Marathon, Galway Half Marathon, Exe Estuary Trail Half Marathon & London Marathon

Once again Okehampton’s running club members were spread far and wide to race this weekend.

Paul Carter was in Chester with an old friend of the club, Roger Voaden, to run the Marathon. This race sees runner’s leave the race course and pass through the city centre, then leaving through the Roman Walls heading for the Dee Bridge and Wales. Having left the city behind the route passes the Duke of Westminster’s Estate, through Pulford before crossing the border into Wales and the villages of Lavister and Rossett. Keeping to the rural lanes runners enter the historic village of Holt. Then crossing the ancient Roman bridge at Farndon to return to England and the home stretch running through Churnton, Aldford and Huntingdon. The course is largely flat with some short hills or gradual climbs which are predominantly in the second half of the course. Paul had a great run coming home in 3hrs 13:08. As a side note, this race would have seen club member Stephen Sincock don an England vest had it not been for a most unfortunate accident earlier in the year which put him out of action for 4months!

Simon O’Neill was in Ireland to run the Galway Half Marathon with his 21 year old son. The event, which covers other distances, is held at Nimmo’s Pier, Claddagh and took place on Saturday in beautiful weather. Simon, although 10 minutes slower than the last time he ran this race in 2018, did very well to finish in 1:42 having had covid a few weeks ago and not yet fully recovered.

Lucy Gooding was in Exmouth to take on the Exe Estuary Trail Half Marathon. This gently undulating route heads along the Exmouth Prom and joins the Estuary Trail, here it winds it’s way alongside  the Exe Estuary through the picturesque village of Lympstone and into Exton. Runners then turn around at a Marshall and head back the way they came to finish at Exmouth. Lucy ran well crossing the line 3hrs14:33

The London Marathon took place again this year in the Autumn before returning to its more usual season in the spring of 2023.There are many reasons that this event holds such an attraction for runners of all ages and from all over the world. The setting with all the historic buildings and iconic landmarks, the atmosphere and the support of the crowds. For  very many it is an opportunity to raise money for a chosen charity and with 40,000 runners in total the sums raised are considerable to say the least.

Two ORC ladies took part this year. Jo Page, who was unable to take advantage of a championship place awarded earlier, started in the second wave and despite this made her way through the traffic to gain an excellent time of 3hrs 27:19. This is good enough for a Boston qualifying time and a London ‘Good For Age’ as she looks to build on her two World Major Stars.

Mel Priday ,who was running for a charity, found the many words of encouragement from her supporters and the crowds that line the streets, along with much training, enough to get her round the 26.2 mile course. Considering she was uncertain whether she would be able to complete the distance was naturally pleased to finish in the very creditable time of 5hrs 8:51.

  

Lakeland Four Passes, Jewson Barnstaple Half Marathon, Newton Abbot Ladies’ 10K, Killerton Parkrun & Exmouth 10K

Lakeland Four Passes

One sole ORC, Christine Jeffrey travelled to the Lake District to take part in the Lakeland Four Passes, which is an 19(ish) mile route with 5300ft of ascent taking in four of the Lake Districts most scenic valleys and their adjoining passes.
The Lakes blessed the runners with perfect running conditions and breathtaking views on this tough run. Christine finished in 5 hours and 19 minutes (watch time, official results are still pending).

Jewson Barnstaple Half Marathon

Barnstaple Half and Full Marathon made a comeback this week, organised by North Devon Road runners. Two members Chris Turner and Rob Kelly took on the Half marathon course. The route goes from Rock Park through Barnstaple and onto the Tarka trail towards Fremington. It is a flat and fast course which returns to Rock Park for the finish. Chris ran 1.21.07 and Rob 1.27.08.

Newton Abbot Ladies’ 10K

It was the 25th year of this superb scenic race where the route follows undulating rural lanes throughout, with little traffic and passes through the local hamlets of Ogwell and Denbury. 2 ORC ladies enjoyed the undulating course in glorious sunshine along with over 200 others.
Joanne Page came 7th and 3rd FV35 in 43.41
Karen King came 46th and 4th FV40 in 52.21

Killerton Parkrun

3 ORCs enjoyed the scenic parkrun around the grounds of Killerton. Karen King won her age category in a time of 24:35 which was only 6 seconds off her PB. Jo Page also won her age category in a slow for her time of 24:36. Paul King came in not far behind.

Exmouth 10K

Claudine Benstead is a regular racer in the Exmouth Events. This week she beat many other younger runners as she usually does and ran a 40.58 time to win First Lady overall.

  

Warhorse 10k & Honiton Hippo

There were two races this weekend supported by ORC’s, both of which held a minute’s silence at the start as a mark of respect to her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

On Sunday there were 14 ORC’s taking part in the popular local race, the Warhorse 10k. A unique touch to this race is that it is started by shotgun, this is very loud to those unaware!

The race starts and finishes in the picturesque village of Iddesleigh and takes the runners through country lanes and the beautiful estate of the privately owned Ash House. The majority of the route is ascent, with a particularly gruelling 1 mile climb around the 4 mile mark.

On a beautiful day for running, Ian Ripper was the first ORC home in a time of 48:18 followed by Claire Watkins in 48:32 who took first place in her age category. This rewarded her with a beautiful plaque and a signed copy of Michael Morpurgo’s book, War Horse.

Paul Evison continuing his good form was the next ORC back in a superb time of 49:56, followed by Anne Binns, who is training for the New York marathon, in 50.07 and husband John in 50:18. They were followed by another husband and wife team, Karen King in 54:10 and Paul in 55:27.

Rachel Luxton was next home in 55:31, Richard Jones 58:41, Chris Fulford-Brown in 1:05:31 and Victoria Evison in 1:06:46 who smashed a whopping 8 minutes off her time from her last run on this course!

The newest member of the club, Louis Rowlands did well to come home in 1:09:33 followed by Lucy Gooding in 1:11:06 and Olivia Wheeleker and Jo Teixeira together in 1:20:54 – well done to everyone.

Also running on Sunday were Angus Farrelly and Sarah and Molly Marvin, the only ORC’s to travel to Honiton for the 2022 Honiton Hippo.

Billed as a ‘Tough multi-terrain race with roughly 7 miles of mud, sweat and tears’ it lived up to its promise! The ‘highlight’ is the Land Rover Experience where runners have no choice but to pass through several different water features. Water is also on the agenda with the 2 river crossings, which is waist height for most runners!

Sarah said there was plenty of water and lots of mud, hills (hills and more hills), but the many lovely smiling marshals made for a great atmosphere and all in all, a thoroughly enjoyable and recommended day out.

All 3 of them came in together in a time of 1:23:29.

  

Treggy 7, Run Exe 5k, Sourton Tor Fell Race, Dartmoor In a Day, Great North Run & Bude Pirate Run

Some events were  cancelled or postponed while we are mourning the loss of our most wonderful sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth 2nd, others took place and some were run before the sad event.

Sunday 4th September saw four ORC’s take part in the Treggy 7 Road Race. This undulating course is part of the Cornish Grand Prix Series. This meant a very competitive race with teams from Hayle, Newquay, Falmouth, Truro and St.Austell among others. It was a very warm day with excellent running conditions. First home for ORC was Andrew Vallance in a PB of 45.13, very closely followed by Richard Davies in 45.15. Andrew Vernon followed in 49.44 claiming 3rd V50. The sole lady representative was Claire Watkins who is to be congratulated on setting a new club Vet F45 record of 54.26.

The following Tuesday evening saw five ORC members take part in the 6th and final round of the Run Exe 5k Summer Series. As regular readers of this column will know this event is a two lap course beside the flood relief channel and along the footpaths which surround Exwick  playing fields. First home was Andrew Vernon 19.16 2nd V50, Claudine Benstead was next in 20.11 1st V60 then Sophie Luxton finishing her season with a fine 21.34 1st FU17. Paul Evison followed in 22.48 3rd V65 and Victoria Evison who gained a PB of 30.10 to round off a successful evening.

The overall series rankings,  in which Okehampton are well placed again this year, have been announced. In order to figure in the final rankings runners have to complete four of the six races. A yellow jersey is awarded for category winners, red jersey for 2nd and green jersey for 3rd. ORC took four category prizes. Claudine Benstead and Sophie Luxton won their age group, Andrew Vernon was 2nd and Paul Evison 3rd in their respective age groups.

Okehampton Running club has it’s very own Summer Series comprising four fell races. The final one of the season is the Sourton Tor Fell Race. The race is a short and sharp traditional fell race and this year it was tackled by four junior  and twelve senior ORC’s under threatening skies. In the event the rain held off and the senior male course record was broken by just under a minute, Tom Perry returning to Bearslake where the race had started just 17minutes and 52 seconds earlier. The home club runners had a great showing with Arthur Lane (11.01) taking the U11 boys spot, Paul Crease (20.59) being the first V50 male to finish and Claire Watkins coming in as third lady (25.44).

The juniors performed really well with Eleanor Taylor (12.03), Alistair Taylor (12.32) and Kieran Spinney (20.46). In the senior race, Chris Turner (20.15) was first ORC to return followed by Paul Crease, Joe Lane (21.57), Tom Polland (22.29), Aiden Spinney (24.35), Daniel Heggs (25.24), Claire Watkins, Will Serviour (26.54), Katherine Hails (28.46), Christine Fritsch (30.43) and Lucy Gooding (41.40).

On behalf of the club the Race Director would like to thank the Volunteers and especially the Bearslake Inn for hosting and Andrew Horn for the use of his field for parking.

There was some excellent running on Saturday from Daniella Tansley and Ian Ripper who took on the ‘Dartmoor in a day’ challenge. This is a self navigation event across the moor with two checkpoints/aid stations on the way. The weather was warm and there was little breeze.

Ian took on the full 50km from Okehampton to Ivybridge and finished in a provisional time of 6:56 (17th overall and 15th male) just inside his target time of 7 hours. Daniella did the 30km option from Postbridge to Ivybridge her longest run to date. Finishing in 4:18 (10th overall and 6th lady).

Having nearly 60,000 runners the Great North Run is the worlds biggest half marathon. This year the weather was kind and the sun came out for the second half of the race. Jo Page, who was the sole ORC racing, reports that she enjoyed the race from start to finish due to the crowds and atmosphere. She finished 2248th  in 1hr 37.07 her fastest time in 18months.

Another  fixture held on Sunday was the Bude Pirate Run organised by the Bude Rats. The race is billed as 8ish miles and covers trails, fields, woods and the North Cornwall Coast Path. It is a beautiful course with lots of steep climbs and the added bonus of a pasty for all finishers. Claire Watkins represented the club and gained 2nd Vet45 crossing the line in 1hr14.