Monthly Archives: June 2022

Parkrun Practice, Burrator 10k, Black Mountain Trail, Lakeland 5 Passes & Smuggler’s Scutter

Okehampton Parkrun Practice at Tamar Lakes

Runners and marshals headed to Tamar Lakes Parkrun on Saturday. This was a opportunity to experience the volunteering roles in preparation for the long awaited new Okehampton Parkrun. Karen King was on timing and Hannah Susorney on scanning. Junior member Ollie King and his Dad Paul both ran the course along with Jo Page, Issy Edworthy, Anne Binns and her husband John. The weather was perfect and made it a lovely outing for both runners and volunteers. Thank you Tamar Lakes Parkrun for your hospitality.

Burrator 10K

Burrator 10 k is a route around the reservoir. It is a pretty route and although it more or less follows the waterline it is most definitely not flat. There were showers before and during the race but the breeze was light and no hindrance to the competitors. Three club members took part. Marianne Brown in her first ever race came in 5th in her age group only missing a podium finish by barely a minute , 53.32 . Paul and Victoria Evison also ran well to finish in 47.59 and 1.03.03 respectively.

Black Mountain Trail Half Marathon

Club Chair Sarah Marvin and daughter Molly travelled to the Black Mountains for the Trail Events half marathon. Sarah grew up there so it was lovely for her to be running on familiar terrain. They were lucky with the weather and the views were spectacular. It was a 14 mile route with nearly 3000 feet of elevation and they loved every minute.

Lakeland Five Passes Ultra

Christine Fritsch took part in the Lakeland Five Passes Ultra this weekend. This 32 mile route with 10000 feet of ascent went over various mountain tops and 5 passes.

Christine had a mixed day, starting strong but then experiencing problems with her back and legs on the second half slowing her down considerably. Despite the challenges Christine made it to the finish in an unofficial watch time of 10 hours 45minutes.

Smuggler’s Scuttler

Ellodie-Lark Stott did the Smuggler’s Scuttler after seeing a few ORC’s doing it last year. A half marathon from Lands End to Cape Cornwall and back with a delightful food station. 3hrs 20mins she thinks!


Bude Life Boat Run, Burrator Horseshoe, Tsunami Marathon, Plymouth half Marathon, Boscastle Scramble & French Gulch

Bude Life Boat Run

Bude Life Boat run returned this year raising much needed funds for the RNLI. The race is 6.4 miles out and back along the Bude canal. John Binns was first ORC home in 51.21 followed by first female ORC Lu Walsh. Other chip times were Anne Binns 56.16, Margaret Jarvis 1.04, Rebecca Simons, Jo Bradford and Kathryn Volkelt-Igoe 1.08, Jo Teixeira and Olivia Wheeleker 1.20. Margaret Jarvis was particularly pleased with her time as she had not raced since December 2019, due to covid and injury.

Aiden and Kiera Spinney ran well in the Junior version of the race. Aiden finishing in 6.53 minutes and kiera  gave the spectators a spectacular sprint finish in the Yr 6 race in a time of 7.42.

Burrator Horseshoe

The Seven ORC runners who entered the Burrator Horseshoe last Saturday encountered wet and windy Conditions. They started at Meavy , then on to Burrator Reservoir, to the top of Sheepstor, then across to Gutter Tor and then downhill to Ringmoor Down and then through the ford and back to the Village Green. Sam Priday was 1st ORC home in 3rd place next and taking 1st vet 50 was Paul Crease. Tom Poland , Andrew Vallance, and Joe Lane all following close behind. Daniel Heggs and Hannah Susorney both ran well to finish in 53.58 and 69.00 respectively.

There was a big field for the junior race with 28 runners across the age groups and they all ran brilliantly. Aiden Spinney was 1st in the U15’s, Arthur Lane was 2nd in U11’s, and Alistair Taylor was 2nd in U9’s. The girls had similar success with Kiera Spinney 1st in U13’s and Eleanor Taylor was 2nd in the U11’s.

Tsunami Marathon

Robert Richards and Richie Pike took on the Tsunami Marathon  which starts from Clovelly Harbour and rises steeply to the coast path and finishes on the lawns of Castle Bude – taking in almost 2000m of ascent along the route. The event is part of a series taking place this weekend including 75,37, 26,16 and 7mile distances all starting at different times arriving as a Tsunami of finishers in Bude. Both Robert and Richie completed the challenge with respectable times.

Plymouth Half Marathon

The Plymouth half Marathon also took place at the weekend. This race starts and finishes at the Hoe. It passes over the Laira bridge, loops around Elberton and Saltram before re-crossing the bridge and back into Plymouth. Gary Letheren took on this race having warmed up the day before by doing the Plymouth Central Park Run (21.02) and came home in the excellent time of 1.38.04.

Plymouth also hosted a 10k race and ORC were represented in this by Karen and Paul King. Conditions were good after the recent hot spell. It was Karen’s first road race back after her injury a year ago so took it easy coming home in a time of 54.09 whilst Paul came home in 48.45

Boscastle Scramble

On Saturday Mike Saywell ran the Boscastle Scramble – a 25 mile trail run from Rock to Boscastle along the Coast Path. With over 5000ft of elevation it is a tough run, especially as most of the hills are in the second half. Although a little wet and windy at times the conditions were perfect for running. He was very pleased and surprised  to finish i4th in 5.08.24.

French Gulch (Rocky Mountains!)

And finally we had an ORC in the Rocky Mountains. Will Seviour snuck away from a work conference in Colorado to run the Summit Trail Running Series – French Gulch race near Beckenridge. It was just under 10k and had 200m of elevation gain, but was held at 3000m altitude! He enjoyed the race but his time of 1.12 was not his fastest as he had only just arrived at altitude.


Race Report – 13.6.22

The week started with 5 ORC’s heading to Exeter on Tuesday for the third event in the 5k Summer series – this event is a great traffic free and flat 5km run on footpaths and cycle tracks around Exwick Playing Fields and the River Exe Flood Relief.

The evening was quite warm, and the slight drizzle did nothing worse than cool the runners. So apart from a shower just before the start and a minor head wind in the finishing straight it was a good evening for running.

Clearly the ORC’s liked it, as we had three age group wins, Claudine Benstead in 20.29, Kate Wilson in 25.45 and Jane Richardson in 28.10, well done ladies!

Also running was Paul Evison who came third in his age group in a time of 22.34 and an improving Victoria Evison did a splendid time of 31.00.

It was almost perfect conditions for this year’s Oke Croak!, on Saturday, the second and longest of the Okehampton sponsored summer series of hill races.

The route takes the runners on a tour of the northern moor, and at 10+ miles and 2,000ft it is a challenger to any runner. They leave the park, head to Oke Tor, then across to Yes Tor before dropping back down to Okehampton.

This beautiful route allows the runners to choose their own way across the moor, with the straightest line not necessarily the fastest!

There were 12 ORC’s taking part in the race, with Sam Priday the overall winner in a superb time of 1:21:12. Andy Vallance was the next ORC home in fourth place in a time of 1:23:53.

The first ORC lady home, and winner of her age category was Claire Watkins in 1:46:00 and Ian Ripper was first in his age category in a time of 1:49:31.  All the runners said how much they had enjoyed this lovely race hosted by the club.

Five ORC’s headed to Princetown on Saturday for the Dartmoor Discovery, or DD as it’s affectionately known for the UK’s longest single lap road ultra-marathon.

The Dartmoor Discovery is a stunning 32 mile race starting at Princetown and taking in fabulous scenery, as well as some of the toughest hills on Dartmoor, with the loop covering Dartmeet, Ashburton and Widecombe-in-the-moor to name a few. It’s a fantastically well organised and friendly event which keeps some ORC’s coming back for more year after year.

First ORC back was Paul Crease who had a superb run, equalling his 6th place from last year in a great time of 4:11, a PB for him and picking up 1st male V50. Robert Kelly had a strong start but struggled with his legs in the later part of the race, but toughed it out to come home in 14th place in 4:24. He was closely followed by Chris Turner with a PB time of 4:28 in 15th place.

Next in was Paul Carter who was running his 12th DD in a time of 4:39 and 2nd male V55.

The ORC’s were thrilled to bring home the 1st male team trophy for the second year running. Brilliant running and well done to all of you!

Friday evening saw Jo Page start her weekend running adventures with the Polzeath 10k. Starting on the beach they ran through the sea to get to the next cove, where they climbed off the beach and onto the coast path. From there they ran inland, returning on the coast path via the Rumps headland which makes you feel like you’re right out in the Atlantic and has some fun scrambly sections.

The finish was also on the beach, but thankfully the tide had gone out by then! Jo was very pleased to finish 4th female in a time of 52:49.

On Saturday Jo ran the Eden Parkrun. It was a family affair; Jo was running with her dad and Karen and Paul King running with Ollie. Ollie smashed his PB by 4 minutes on a very hilly and twisty route. They then all enjoyed the free entry into the park and an ice cream!

On Sunday Jo and Karen followed this with the Purple Gecko Cardinham Woods Summer Series 10k. This is a forest trail run starting off with a steady 3km incline, but it’s not exactly all downhill from there, but it did get a lot easier for them…

Jo worked hard in the last 2 miles to go from third place to finish as first female in a time of 47:24. Karen had a good run, enjoying her first race back from injury finishing in 3rd place in her age category.

A week of superb running from all the ORC’s, well done to them all.


Chagford Two Hills & Fort William Park Run & Blair Castle Trail Weekender

Chagford Two Hills

With the Platinum Jubilee celebrations happening there weren’t that many races this weekend. However, 6 ORC’s headed to Chagford for the popular Chagford Two Hills Race.

Now in its 45th year, the race was founded in 1977 as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. The race includes 1076 feet of ascent, up the hills of Meldon and Nattadon, with the notorious ‘bog’ in between.  Although only 3.5miles/5.5km in distance the race is tough, testing even the most experienced runner!

With an excellent run the first ORC home was Andrew Vallance in a time of 29:45, he was fifth overall and third in his age category.

Stanley Wood had a tough race due to an injured knee, but he still performed very well and hobbled home to finish in fourteenth place, second in his age category in a super time of 33:32.

Ian Ripper finished in 35:35, beating last years’ time by 22 seconds and winning his age category.

Next home were Joe and Art Lane. They flew round the 3.5 miles of steep hills and waist high bog together, for Art to finish the first U10 in 37:42, timing his run to perfection, pulling away from his Dad and taking the lead with 200m to go!

Kate Wilson was the only female ORC and she finished in a time of 46:48 – well done to all the runners in this challenging race and thank you to Chagford Runners for hosting the event.

Fort William Park Run & Blair Castle Trail Weekender

True to form Jo Page was again running this weekend during her stay in Scotland, with 2 runs on Saturday. Her first race of the day was the Fort William Parkrun, a great place for a Parkrun, a nice trail route through the woods in the Nevis range.

Jo was in a small group that may have missed a turn and got a little lost at the end, but a lap of the carpark soon got them to the finish line. Jo said it was a lesson learnt, follow the arrows and not the person in-front! Her time of 22:54 gave her first female and seventh place overall out of 60 participants.

The midges get a mention, from the moment she crossed the finish line they are crawling all over her…. Not fun.

Jo followed this with the Dianas Grove 7km. This race was part of the festival ‘Blair Castle Trail Weekender 2022’ which hosted 4 difference distances. Jo chose the shortest one, not being conditioned to running up Scottish Munros.

The iconic Blair Castle on the Atholl Estate, is nestled at the base of the Cairgorm national park. The 7km rolling route went out of the grounds and then back through beautiful forests before returning to the Estate.

It was a touch race as it was very warm, but Jo finished as second lady and fourth overall in an unofficial time of 36.09.