Monthly Archives: April 2022

Yeovil Easter Bunny 10k, Sid Valley Ring Half Marathon & Parkruns

Yeovil Easter Bunny 10K

Easter Monday was race day for Ged Fitzgibbon who took part in the Yeovil easter bunny 10K. He ran a great time of 53 minutes and came 2/9 in his age category. 

Sid valley Ring Half Marathon

Several ORCs travelled to Sidmouth on Saturday for the Sid Valley Ring half marathon. This largely trail course encompasses woodland, farmland, coast path and over 2000 feet of elevation. Despite some adventures along the way, everyone completed the distance and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Park Run

Two Orcs took to the roads to become Park Run tourists:-

Jo Page opted to travel to Dudley Parkrun to tick of D in her Parkrun Alphabet. She thought it to be a lovely course even though it included laps of the Athletics track. She wasn’t expecting to run along the canal or through a nature reserve. This was Park Run number 60 for her, she came 1st female in 22.18 and was in 17th place overall.

Gary Letheren ran in Plymouth’s Central park and achieved a PB of 21.45.

Well done to everyone who ran this weekend.


Easter Running

On Good Friday six ORC’s headed to Exeter for City Runs Fast Friday 10k. This is a great fast, traffic free, 10km run on footpaths around the River Exe and Exeter Quay, a great event for people chasing PB’s and also for novice runners.

The weather was excellent for running, cloudy and still, but when the sun shone through at times it was pretty warm. The race is two laps on the footpaths on either bank of the Exe. The runners head out from Exwick playing fields then turn back towards the Quay crossing the Millers bridge then recross the river on the Blue bridge and head back to the start to complete lap one.

Great running by the ORC’s saw Christ Turner first home in a time of 36:29 in a position of 23rd overall. Jo Page had a superb run, first ORC lady in 45:03.

Kate Wilson ran 54:02 giving her the award for first in her age category and she was closely followed by Ged Fitzgibbon in a time of 55:03.

Jane Richardson was next home in a time of 59:53 giving her first in her age category also and she was followed by Victoria Evison in 1:04:09. Victoria wasn’t planning on running, but took the place of her father, Paul who is injured.

Jo Page summed up her enjoyment of the event saying, ‘Today had added bonuses of fellow ORC’s on the start line and receiving a creme egg on the finish line with your medal!’

Brilliant running by everyone.

There were also a couple of Parkruns attended by ORC’s over the weekend. After fighting a knee injury Mags Jarvis completed her first running event for nearly a year last Saturday. Following on from this she travelled to Ellesmere Port Parkrun this Saturday, near her daughter’s house, to do her 16th Parkrun.

It was a lovely morning, and the course was ideal for her injured knee, mainly short grass and woodland paths.

Mags finished in a time of 28:35, faster than last week and in a time to earn her a club diamond award. She was also first in her age category – what a comeback, lovely to see you racing again and well done Mags!

Easter Sunday saw Jo Page in action again at the Beyond Jurassic Trail 10k. The Jurassic trail is a spectacular route starting in West Bay and it follows the coastal paths that make up the Jurassic coastline, heading towards Lyme Bay.

It’s a small race and the coastal footpaths were busy. Much of the race had sea views either out towards Weymouth or on the return towards Lyme Bay.

Jo came home in 58:43, third overall and first female. Fantastic running Jo, especially as she was enjoying the views so much she kept stopping to take photos!


City Runs Exeter & Beat the Train

City Runs Exeter 5K

On Tuesday 5th April, Sophie Luxton and Andrew Vernon competed in the first City Runs Exeter 5k race of the summer series. This course starts at Exwick playing fields and is a two lap race alongside the Exe River. Windy conditions made it a tricky race. Andrew finished 2nd in Vet 50 Category in a time of 19.01, Sophie was 1st in her age group achieving a club record of 21.02. The next race in this series will be on 3rd May.

Beat the Train

4 ORCs took part in Beat the Train on Saturday and they thoroughly recommend this lovely event from Jolly Running. The race is a long 10k (6.8 trail miles) in South Devon where you race a steam train in an out and back trail route through the beautiful Dartington Hall Estate. They also took the unique opportunity to ride the steam train to the start line before disembarking and preparing to race it. Jo Page had a fantastic run and was the second lady home, Molly Marvin was the 5th, Sarah Marvin was 1st in her age category and Angus Farrelly had a storming last mile to ensure he got to the station a full five minutes before the train pulled in.  They all had a lovely day out.

L to R Sarah Marvin, Angus Farrelly, Molly Marvin, Jo Page


24 ORCs run in 10 races over 1 weekend!

It was a VERY busy racing weekend for Okehampton Running Club!

Exeter Riverside Parkrun 5k

This course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths and grass. The course starts and finishes on Exeter Quay, near the marina on the South bank of the river Exe. Okehampton Running club’s Geoff Hill had a great run on Saturday and came in 2nd place.

Frogmary Green Farm Parkrun : South Petherton, Somerset

Jo Page and Karen King tried out this new Parkrun on their trip. The sun came out for them while they ran round the trail course which was around a working farm. They were pleased to see so many people taking part as it was only the fifth parkrun there. Jo had a fantastic run in a time of 22:23 and finished 1st Female, place 26th/273; Karen, 29th female. Great running and congratulations.

City Runs – Power Run at Powderham Castle

Kate Wilson and Jane Richardson ran the Powderham Power Run organised by City Runs. The perfect conditions and a stunning trail route through the Powderham Estate resulted in great times for both runners.  Kate completed the 2-lap 10 mile run in 99:56 mins and Jane completed the single lap 5 mile run in 55:05 mins, and was 2nd In F70+. Congratulations to both Kate and Jane.

The Trilateral 40 – Purple Gecko Events

Mike Davies ran this event, which starts and finishes at St. Fimbarras Church in Fowey; taking in some iconic Cornish Landmarks and the Saints Way. Mike ran in a fab time of 4:45:49. Congratulations to Mike on a great run.

Exe to Axe event – Sidmouth Running Club

The race starts at the Foxes Hole Car Park on the Exmouth Sea Front and finishes at the Esplanade at Seaton.  Well done to Paul Crease, who came 3rd on the very challenging 22 coastal miles with nearly 4,000 feet of ascent! Paul finished in 3:10:45; congratulations to Paul on a great run.

Devon Trials for the Inter Counties Fell Running Championship

Okehampton Running Club was the most represented club in this inaugural race starting from Peter Tavy.  We had an U13 team and a Mens Team.  Excellent courses and great racing from all the ORCs. In the Boys Team they came : 1st – Arthur Hicks, 2nd – Ezekiel, 3rd – Stanley and 4th – Laurence. Men’s Team – Sam Priday was first ORC back (4th) – 44:56.1, then Joe Lane – 49:10.4, Rob Hicks – 49:32.8 and Tom Poland 49:41.6

Taunton Marathon

This race took place on Sunday and starts and finishes at the Somerset College of Arts and Technology. Runners follow a two lap course through the streets of Taunton.The weather conditions were good for ORCs Robert Kelly, who ran a fantastic race to place 3rd overall and 1st V40 in a new pb of 2:47:59, Chris Turner in a new pb of 2:56:58 and first time under 3 hours, Andrew Vallance closely behind in 2:58:08 and Mike Saywell   completing his first marathon in a great time of 4:05:20. Congratulations to them all on fab results.

Tough Runner OCR – Wiltshire

Karen King and Jo Page travelled north to Malmesbury, Wiltshire to take part in the Tough Runner OCR race. This 4 mile trail race had over 40 obstacles on route, before you had to run up a travelator to finish the race. Lots of mud, freezing water and rivers added to the fun.

Therme Manchester Marathon

The Manchester Marathon is a major event; the 4th largest in Europe and also took place on Sunday. Several ORCs ran this course. Roger Voaden; 2:57:08, Steve Sincock; 3:03:03, Paul Carter; 3:06:27 and Garry Letheren ran his first Manchester marathon and finished in a time of 3:46:42, a new pb for Garry. Well done to everyone on great runs.

Gary sporting his finishers medal

First Chance 10k – South West Road Runners

This is a flat course and the route is around the picturesque Exeter Riverside Valley Park. Lucy Gooding ran this on Sunday and enjoyed a lovely run in a pb time of 58:48.