Monthly Archives: March 2022

Cardiff & Sheffield Half Marathons

There wasn’t much racing this weekend, with several marathons coming up, but 2 ORC’s headed off to different parts of the country to take part in half marathons.

John Binns headed north to Sheffield and Hayden Bond to Cardiff.

The Sheffield Half Marathon is a major event in the UK’s running calendar, with nearly 4,000 runners of all abilities taking part. The start and finish in the city centre which allows for a huge crowd of enthusiastic supporters to cheer participants out and back.

The event boasts a stunningly scenic route with majestic views of the Peak District on the climb to Ringinglow at 5miles in with an elevation of 360m, after which there is a fast descent back to the city centre, much to the runner’s relief.

John completed the course in a time of 1:47:11.

The Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon has grown into one of the largest and most exciting road races in the United Kingdom, from 1,500 runners when it was founded in 2003 to over 11,500 today. Club runners take part alongside world-class athletes in a trio of fiercely contested men’s, women’s and wheelchair elite races.

Starting and finishing in the city centre its flat, fast course passes all of the city’s most breath-taking scenery and iconic landmarks including Cardiff Castle, the Principality Stadium, Civic Centre and stunning Cardiff Bay.

Hayden had a great race finishing in 1:21:47.

Well done to both of them!


ORC’s compete in 6 races from 3 to 33 miles!

A busy weekend on the race calendar for Okehampton Running Club with runners challenging distances ranging from 3 to 33miles.

Exmouth Park Run

Rob Kelly took on Exmouth Park Run to smash the club Vet40 record in a time of 16.50. Windy weather on the day perhaps assisting him as well as hindering him.

Tavy 13

Andy Vernon ran the Tavy 13 which as the name suggest is a 13 mile run from and back to Tavistock. The route is uphill for the first 8 miles giving runners a delightful 5 miles down to the finish. Andy finished in a time of 1.30.38 being the first Vet50.

Granite Way 10 & 20

A big event each year is the Granite Way 10 and 20 mile race. An out and back along the Granite Way from the Youth Hostel. This year the 10 miler was held on the Saturday and 20 miler was on the Sunday. The 20 mile distance is a popular race for those preparing for marathons however with London Marathon taking place in October this year I am not aware of any ORCs taking
part this year.

In the 10 miler Geoffrey Hill (pictured) came 4th place in 1.02.23 achieving a PB followed by Hayden Bond not far behind in 1.03 First ORC lady home was Claudine Benstead in an incredible time of 1.12.48. She was third lady overall and was 1st in her age category.

For some runners this distance is relatively new to them have not long since completed the Couch to 5K programme so well done Vicky Evison who ran 1.47.16 and Vicky Bond ran 1.37.41. Paul Evison, recovering from illness ran 1.19 to take 1st Vet60. Claire Watkins 1.21 and Harriet Munday 1.18 also had a good race despite the very windy and cold weather. The event is organised by Exeter City Community Trust and is supported by ORC marshals. As the number of ORC participants demonstrates this is a very popular and local event.

Run for Rosie

Chagford charity event Run For Rosie is 10.5 miles of mixed terrain raising money for the Roy Castle Lung Foundation. Two members, Karen Vallance and Alison Holliday were up for the challenge and had fun in the process.

Whistland Pound 6 Hour Challenge

Not so much fun was had by Garry Letheren who had entered the Whistland Pound 6hr Race Challenge which had been postponed due to Storm Eunice putting the race 2 weeks before he is entered in a marathon. Principle of the challenge was to run as many laps as possible in 6 hrs with time allowed to complete the last lap if started before the 6 hr deadline. Garry ran for 6hrs and 19 minutes and completed 32.88 Miles to come 12th place overall and 9th male.

Limossol Marathon

Out in Cyprus Jo Page competed in Limossol Marathon achieving 3:30:04. It was a cold windy morning but the sun shone the whole way round. 6 degrees but felt like 2 in the wind. Limassol Marathon is a  relatively flat course which follows the Mediterranean coastline. From the centre of the city, along the beachfront, to the ruins of the ancient Royal city of Amathus, and back to the city. 42.195 kilometres. 26.2188 miles.


Polruan Shuffle, XC Inter-County Championship & Logicom 10k

Purple Gecko Events Polruan Shuffle

Several ORCs ran the Polruan Shuffle on Saturday. Charlie Temperley, Adam Stonehill, Mike Saywell, Kathryn Volkelt-Igoe, Janet White and Jessica Corcoran. The race itself follows Cornwall’s scenic southern Coast Path from Looe to Polruan. As expected, it was very hilly in places with around 2,500 feet of elevation over the 12.5 mile distance making it a demanding challenge! Charlie Temperley was the first ORC home in an excellent 9th place in 2:16:18. He was closely followed by Adam Stonehill (11th, 2:16:36), Mike Saywell (13th, 2:16:52). Kathryn Volkeit-Igoe, Janet White and Jessica Corcoran came in together in 3:56. Kathryn was 1st in the FV60 and Janet was 1st in the FV70. Great running from the ORC’s again – well done  to everyone

Inter-County Cross Country Championship

Also on Saturday, Sam Priday travelled to Loughborough for the UK Inter-County Cross Country Championships. Sam enjoyed a great run and came in 6th in Devon and 81st in a field of 176, in an impressive time of 32:12. 

Logicom 10k – Pathos, Cyprus

Jo Page ran the Logicom 10k in Pathos and the weather was not what Jo expected when entering a 10k in Cyprus. Cold and wet with strong wind making it feel like 2 degrees  rather than the forecast of 8 degrees. The rain stopped briefly for the runners at the start but returned with the strong headwind for the last 3 miles of the course. The course was a lovely out and back along Pathos seafront starting and finishing at Pathos’s iconic castle in the harbour.Jo crossed the line in a time of 45:46. 9th female and 1st female 30-39. Well done Jo on an excellent run.


Bideford Half Marathon & Duchy 20

An impressive contingent of 11 ORC’s, 9 men and 2 women competed in the Bideford half marathon on Sunday.

This course is half on road and half on the Tarka Trail, so moderately flat, taking in the magnificent countryside alongside the River Torridge between Bideford and Great Torrington.

It was a bit cold out of the sun, but generally good running weather apart from the stiff cold wind blowing up the river which was particularly noticeable as the runners finished.

There were some good times recorded, with Geoff Hill the first ORC home in 1:22:27 closely followed by Haydon Bond in 1:23:42. They were followed by Andrew Vernon, Tom Pollard and Mike Davies.

Ian Ripper did particularly well, he beat his last time here 3 years ago by 23 seconds, coming home in 1:42:34.

Mike Westland came in next and narrowly missed a PB by 57 seconds. He set this record 5 years ago on this course, but considering he has missed training through injury did well. His time of 1:47:04 does however give him a coveted Diamond award – this is based on the percentage of your run compared to the world record at that distance for your age and sex.

Paul Evison was pleased with his time of 1:54:16 as his training has also been disrupted due to illness and he was followed by Chris Fulford-Brown in 2:07:35.

The two ladies put on a great show, with Kate Wilson completing in an excellent time of 1:56:55 and Jane Richardson coming second in the FV70 category in 2:21:02.

Also on Sunday we saw four ORC’s heading to Cornwall for the Duchy 20 at Redruth, this is a good opportunity for a spring marathon training race.

Conditions were cool and breezy along the course which consists of a large loop followed by a small loop. Headwinds in places and a few climbs on this undulating course make for a good test of winter training progress.

Robert Kelly was the first ORC home in a time of 2:05:11, giving him the brilliant result of second place overall and first male V40.

Chris Turner was next in with a time of 2:09:55, fourth overall and first male U35. Shortly behind him was Andrew Vallance in 2:12:00, sixth overall and third male V40.

Finally, Paul Carter came in thirteenth place in 2:22:17 and first male V55. This was a great result for the men and meant they also came home with the second-place male team prize. Brilliant running by everyone.


ORC’s put the hammer down!

ORC Members have been out in force this weekend as there were a few events on the race calendar.

Westward league Cross Country, Plymouth

Congratulations go to the ORC’S representing the club in Plymouth on Sunday. Paul Crease came 2nd Male Vet45 across the series and the Vet team of men picked up 2nd in the series as well. Well done to the ORC’s across the categories for getting out about in Cornwall and Devon and doing our club proud.

Hameldown Hammer Half Marathon

There is no doubt this is a tough, challenging race designed to be a serious test of endurance. With a total ascent of 600M it is 98% trail over grassy, rocky, and sometimes muddy tracks. There is a double ascent of the Hambledown Ridge and affords spectacular views of Dartmoor and the Tors.  

Out of 150 runners’ members placings below:-

Tom Poland 15th overall, 1:52
Joe Lane 17th overall, 4th V40, 1:53
Charlie Temperley, 32nd, 2:06
Will Seviour, 66th, 2:23
Jo-Anne Turner, 92nd, 2:32
Karen Vallance, 93rd, 2:32
Hannah Susorney, 133rd, 2:56

Troodos Geopark Trail Race in Cyprus

Jo Page ran the 12k Miners Trail which was a mixture of muddy trail tracks and snow, all with breathtaking mountains views. It was hilly course with over 1100ft of elevation.

She crossed the line as 1st female, official times not yet published.

Clevedon Salthouse Fields Park Run

Sometimes the joy of running is far from winning or running fast as Karen King demonstrated this weekend. The King family were away for a few days and decided to run local parkrun Clevedon Salthouse Fields. It was Karen’s first run after a nasty injury 8 months ago. Sticking to her rehab plan of walk running every 2 minutes son Ollie decided to make sure his mum stuck to her plan and ran with her whilst her husband Paul ran on his own.

Paul came in at 24:57, Ollie pipped mum to the post at 34:10 and Karen 34.14. Karen was very pleased with her first run back and to make it round injury free. Onwards and upwards Karen.

Exeter 10K

The last race to report is the Exeter 10K with two ORC runners taking part.  The race started at the Quays running two loops down and back along the canal.  There was a strong head wind going out but at least that meant the return legs were easier.  John Binns finished with a provisional time of 47.55.