Monthly Archives: July 2022

Land and Sand Run & Killerton Parkrun

After last week this was a much quieter week for the ORC’s, with Jo Page heading off to race on Friday night in Greenbow running clubs Land and Sand Run Exmouth 5k.

The race started and finished on the beach at Orcombe Point in Exmouth. The runners headed out along the beach for 2.5k then turned round and headed back. When the race started the tide was going out, and you were allowed to pick your own course – Jo found the harder sand nearest the sea to be the best option.

It was a perfect evening for this tough but stunning course. Jo ran well and it was a nice surprise for her to find out she had crossed the line as 1st lady in a time of 24:13, keeping up her winning streak – well done Jo.

On Saturday junior ORC Ollie took take part in Killerton Parkrun, he was chasing his PB, and with a little encouragement from his mum who was running with him, he smashed it by 40 seconds – keep it up Ollie!


Exeter 10k, Tavistock Town Relays, Haytor Heller & Mud Crew RAT

Exeter 10k

Last Wednesday evening saw four ORC’s take part in the Run Exe 10K at Exeter. This is a flat 2 lap race on footpaths and cycle tracks around the river Exe and Exeter canal. The runners enjoyed a warm breezy evening.  

There was some stiff competition, but Claudine Benstead took top honours once again in the F60 category in a time of 42.49 and Jo Page ran a strong race to finish in 44.40.

Next home was Paul Evison in 49.05 taking 2nd M65 and Victoria Evison made up the quartet crossing the line with a broad smile in 1.04.45.

Tavistock Town Relays

Organised by Tavistock AC, the annual Tavistock Town Relays consist of teams of 4 people running in relay round a 1.1 mile course along the river and back.

It is a notorious lung bursting effort on a twisty undulating path and for some runners, this is one of their favourite events on the race calendar and this year it did not disappoint.

ORC entered an incredible total of 12 teams, 7 junior and 5 senior teams.

The juniors raced first with some great results and although none of our junior teams won their category, they competed fiercely and will learn and progress for the experience. The year 7/8 boys – the ORCJ Panthers did especially well to take the 10th team place, closely followed by the year 5/6 boys – ORCJ Pumas in 13th place.

There were 3 male and 2 female senior teams. The M40 Veterans consisting of Rob Hicks, Andy Vernon, Mike Saywell and Joe Lane scooped 1st place in their class, while three individuals achieved positions in the top 25 overall. These were Chris Turner 14th M, Sarah Marvin 17th F and Claire Grubb 19th F.

There are very few team events like this and the camaraderie and team spirit was exceptionally high. It is open to everyone regardless of how fast or slow they are, and the individual split times give each runner a benchmark time they can aim to improve on.

Heytor Heller

Four ORC’s braved the sun and heat for the 36th Haytor Heller on Saturday. The race starts half-way up Haytor, loops out to Hound Tor and finishes up and over Haytor again.

On her first time running the Haytor Heller, Sophie-May Luxton did very well finishing in 1:06:44 and scooped the 2nd place Ladies Junior prize. Charlie Temperley was the first ORC home in a time of 56:16, followed by Will Seviour at 1:03:49, and Hannah Susorney at 1:19:34.

Mud Crew RAT

On Saturday two ORC’s, Jo Page and Jo-Anne Turner headed to Cornwall to take part in the RAT – Roseland August Trail Race Series – which is a series of challenging coastal runs along the stunning South Cornwall Coastal Path.

The RAT incorporates 4 different routes, the Black Route 32 miles, Red Route 20 miles, White Route 11 miles and The Plague 100K – 64 miles.  All routes follow the same part of the coastline, with runners from different routes joining each other at different points along the way.  Competitors run through stunning coastal scenery, over undulating paths, through fields, villages, and the surrounding countryside – it is not for the faint hearted!

Jo-Anne tackled the longest run, the Plague which goes from Porthpean to St Antony’s head and back, starting out at 12:05 am. As the day wore on it got incredibly hot and with 9,000 ft of elevation it was exceptionally tough going. After a solid run, unfortunately Jo-Anne was timed out at mile 47 at Caerhays as she was 3 minutes late to the point.

It was a great disappointment that she couldn’t continue with the race, but a brilliant achievement nether the less and she assures us she had a great time!

Jo opted for the White Route which is the shortest distance of just 11 miles. This race started in Gorran Haven and finished in Porthpean. The weather and the views were fantastic, a2nd Jo had a great race, crossing the line in a time of 1:50 giving her 7th place overall and 1st female.

Well done to all the runners for some brilliant achievements.


Cosdon Hill, Run Exe, Parkruns & Otter Rail & River

Dartmoor fell Race Series Cosdon Hill Fell Race

This race is one of the four fell races put on by Okehampton Running Club and though it has been running many years it now forms part of the Dartmoor Fell race Series. Runners take their own line from Belstone village to the beacon on top of Cosdon Hill then race back to the start. Though the distance is relatively short at approximately 3.1 miles the climb is around 300 metres of rough open terrain which is extremely difficult to run on. On the day, the sun was scorching, and runners relished a run through the cooling river before the climb to the finish. Photo of Mervyn Rice captures the agony or the challenge.

Times were:
Samual Priday 30.42
Paul Crease 33.15
Andrew vallance 33.29
Joseph Lane 34.14
Chris Turner 34.30
Mike Saywell 36.40
Rob Gooding 39.52
Charlie Temperley 40.18
Daniel Heggs 42.00
Ian Ripper 42.25
Mervyn Rice 52.05
Aiden Spinney also had a good run in the Under 15 boys. 42.06

Full results available here

Run Exe Summer series 5K

During the week three members ran this popular 5K in Exeter. All of them on a mission to better their PB times, a difficult task in the evening sun. Claudine Benstead was 1st F60 in 20.27. Andrew Vernon was 1st M50 in 19.34 and Paul Evison came home with 2nd M65 in 22.57. In all a good scoop for the Okehampton Running Club.

Plymouth Central Park Parkrun

Gary Letheren went all out for a PB in a Plymouth Parkrun, sadly the heat took its toll and it was not to be missing out by 34 seconds.

Cranbrook Country Park Parkrun

3 ORCs travelled to Cranbrook for the parkrun. The course was a flat , double lapped trail route.  ORC junior Ollie King had a strong run and came 2nd in his age category. He was accompanied by his mum Karen King and Jo Page who he both out sprinted at the finish.

Otter Rail & River 10k

Jo Page went straight from Cranbrook Parkrun to a 10k trail race. She came 2nd Female and 27th out of 204.  It was a scenic off-road 10km starting and finishing on the village playing field in Tipton St John.

The mostly flat route (for East Devon) heads downstream alongside the River Otter, through Harpford woods, along the old Sidmouth railway line, back towards Tipton, through fields out to Fluxton and along tracks to the village.

Mementoes for all, including the Otter Brewery beer!


Ham & Lyme 50k Ultra & Hope Trail Festival

Ham & Lyme 50k Ultra

Robert Richards was the sole ORC runner at the Ham & Lyme 50k Ultra which follows the stunning Liberty Trail that runs from Ham Hill Country Park in Somerset to Lyme Regis in Dorset. The trail takes in some  fabulous locations along the way, including the enchanting Wayford Woods, the breathtaking panoramas from Lambert’s Castle (if the mist stays away) and a number of pretty villages, before descending to wonderful Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb. The route is based on one taken by six villagers who went to join the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685 with their pitch forks. Robert only had his running shoes and completed the race in 6hrs 36mins a very good effort considering he only recently completed the demanding Tsunami Marathon.

Hope Trail Festival

At the weekend Karen King and Jo Page along with ORC junior Ollie King took part in the Hope Trail Festival. The weekend involved three races which were held over a technical five mile loop around the forest. The event also had a children’s race. It was all set in a glorious country estate near Plymouth. Ollie King set off first in the 5k coming home in a very respectable 13th male out of a large field. Then it was Jo’s turn taking up the 24hr challenge starting at midday. Jo covered a total distance of 50miles, which was a fine achievement considering she was  barely recovered from covid just two weeks ago. Then it was Karen’s turn with the 12hr race starting at 9pm and completing a total of three laps taking it sensibly as still in recovery and rehab.