Monthly Archives: August 2022

Great Links Tor Flyer

Last Wednesday saw a strong team of ORC’s and ORC Juniors head off to take part in the Great Links Tor Flyer, part of the Dartmoor Fell Series of races.

It is a spectacular route of 4.5 miles of fantastic running with some breath-taking views, starting and finishing at Fox and Hounds near Lydford.

The 4 juniors were running first, they had a 2km race to the top of Great Nodden and back – Ellenor Taylor (U11) and Alistair Taylor (U9) were 1st back in their respective races with Arthur Lane (U11) and Jacob Lane (U9) 2nd back in their categories. Brilliant running by the juniors and they were the team winners.

11 seniors took part in the new adult course. This took the track to Gt Nodden Tor, past both cairns then almost back on yourself to descend via the open moor to the check point at Little Links Tor. From here the runners continued to the next checkpoint at Great Links Tor then had a pretty flat or downhill run to the check points at Arms Tor and Brat Tor then a fast descent to the finish.

Luke Stannus was the first ORC home, fourth overall in a great time of 39:13. Joseph Lane was next in 42:14 closely followed by Chris Turner in 43:09. They were followed by Paul Crease 44:38, Mike Saywell 45:29, Charlie Temperley 45:53, Daniel Heggs 48:33 and Will Seviour 53:12.

The 3 ladies had a good run with Katherine Hails coming second in her age category in a time of 55:23, Christine Fritsch third in her age category in 1:01:25 and Hannah Susorney in 1:09:58.

The seniors were also the team winners, well done everyone, a great result. The final race in the series is the Sourton Fell Race on Wednesday 7 September organised by Okehampton Running Club.


Godolphin Hill 10k & Lands End Park Run

Two ORC’s travelled to West Cornwall on Friday 19th to take part in Freedom Racing’s Godolphin Hill 10k. The sun shone and from the start runners head up and out from the grounds of Godolphin House, the route twists and winds its way up Godolphin hill itself before taking  a rapid descent down the other side. A short road section brings runners to the base of Tregonning Hill and 110 metres of climbing to reach the top. The route then heads back down and onto another road section before a final race up and over Godolphin Hill once again. This is followed by a fast technical downhill dash to the finish line. Jo Page was 1st Lady across the finish line and Karen 8th.

Staying in the area overnight the two friends decided to do the Lands End Parkrun which is England’s most westerly. Karen came in 8th and Jo 9th and both were 2nd in their age catagories.


Ivybridge 3 Tops, Mile End Parkrun & The Great Escape

Ivybridge 3 Tops Fell Race

Five ORCS braved the sun and took on the Ivybridge 3 Tops Fell Race on Thursday. A breeze made the far too hot of a run just a too hot of a run. The race involved a 10km tour of the moor above Ivybridge visiting 3 different ‘tops’ with two brutal climbs. Paul Crease came in first M50 and fourth overall at 53:11, followed by Joe Lane (57:35), Daniel Heggs (1:04:53), Will Seviour (1:17:46), and Hannah Susorney (1:34:34).

Two juniors also ran the 1km. This was a beautifully steep race to the top of Western Beacon and back. Art Lane came 1st under 11 and Jake Lane 1st under 9. 

Mile End Parkrun

London parkrun tourism wasn’t made easy this morning for Jo Page, Karen and Paul King with the train strikes and engineering work but they made it to the start line with about 10 minutes to spare. Jo planned to run it hard and fast. She definitely ran hard but was over a minute slower than a few weeks ago which she put down to her recent blood donation. Jo was 7th female in 22.00 minutes and 1st VW35-39, Paul King (24.27) and Karen King (25.37)

The Great Escape

Molly and Sarah Marvin braved the heat and took on The Great Escape on Saturday. The race started at 11:30am which ensured that they were up on the moor in the blazing sunshine for midday and the early afternoon. Despite there being no shade, there was a cooling breeze for most of the run and they took their time and enjoyed the scenery. The race was 15.5 miles from Princetown to Ivybridge across the moor and had spectacular views. It was very well signed with two much needed water stations.


Run Exeter 5k, Forest Flyer, Sticklepath Horseshoe, Ashford Parkrun & Totnes 10k

Last Tuesday the 2nd August saw 6 ORC’s take part in the penultimate race in the Run Exeter 5k series, with more excellent running and podium finishes for the runners. Andrew Vernon was the first ORC home in a time of 19.15, giving him second place in his age category, he was followed by Claudine Benstead in 20.16, first in her category. Then came Joanne Page who was second in her category, Sophie May Luxton first in her category, Paul Evison third in category and Victoria Evison fifth in her category.

There are a total of 6 races in the series, with the best 4 results taken, the last race will be on the 6th September, so everything to run for. Claudine is currently leading the table in the F60 category and Andrew is leading in the M50+ category, with Paul in third place for the M65+ category.

Friday evening saw three ORC’s travel to the Haldon Forest to take part in the Forest Flyer organised by the Dawlish Coasters. This race is nearly 5 miles, completely off road on undulating cinder paths in a stunning forest setting.

The first ORC home was Joanne Page in a time of 36:16 and third female overall. Next was Paul King in a time of 42:22 with Karen King not far behind her husband in a time of 44:45.

On Saturday 4 ORC’s took part in the Sticklepath Horseshoe, this is the first time the event has taken place since 2018.

The race is a 9.6-mile self-navigation fell race across the moorland of North Dartmoor, starting and finishing at Sticklepath. The runners are required to pass through 6 Official Checkpoints at Skaigh Warren, Belstone Seat, Belstone Tor, Steeperton Tor, Cosdon Beacon, and Skaigh Warren again. They can take any route between the checkpoints, but there are clear paths to follow all the way round.

The weather was hot but clear, giving fantastic visibility on the moors which made for some breath-taking views from the top of the hills.

Paul Crease was the first ORC back in a time of 1:23 securing him fifth place overall, he was closely followed by Joe Lane in a time of 1:26 and Mike Saywell was in eleventh place in a time of 1:39. Paul Evison had a tough race and did well to finish, but in a slower time than usual.

The ORC’s enjoyed this friendly event, organised in the same spirit as our own fell races and it is highly recommended to anyone that enjoys running on the moor. The finishers were rewarded with home-made flapjack and a cider!

There’s no stopping some ORC’s and Chris Turner decided to run parkrun whilst on holiday. He did the Ashford parkrun, a two-lap course around Victoria Park. He was glad he did, as he finished with a new PB of 17:42! Well done Chris.

On a very hot Sunday morning Andrew Vernon was running again, he was the sole ORC at the Totnes 10k. This undulating multi terrain course starts at the Totnes Pavilion winding its way along the river Dart through fields, tracks, woods and then back to the start.

it’s a very hilly course, especially with the new uphill section that has been added due to damage to part of river trail, and with the hot conditions it was never going to be a quick race.

Andrew did well to finish in a time of 50.09 giving him fourth place in his category. He described it as ‘hot, hilly and hard going’! Well done to him and all the runners.


Postbridge Pootle Fell Race, Parke Park Run & Stoke Gabriel 10k (ish)

On Wednesday 27th July 8 ORC’s met to run the inaugural Postbridge Pootle Fell Race. The course is approximately 10.5km over the moorland north of Postbridge. Seven narrow bridges in the first quarter mile makes for an interesting start. The ground then rises quickly to Braddon Tor and this is followed by a ridge of three tors before the descent to Powder Mills Farm. The final mile is a mostly level forest track which allows for a swift finish.

Okehampton runners performed very well and secured Men’s Team 1st with Chris Turner coming in 4th overall(3rd senior) in a time of 46.09 followed by Paul Crease (1st V50) 46.31. They were followed by Joe Lane (3rd V40 displaying some skilful cattle clearing along the way), Rob Gooding, Ian Ripper and Will Serviour. First ORC lady across the line was Christine Fritsch (1.15.49) followed by Hannah Susorney.

Quite by chance two groups of ORC’s decided to try the Parke Parkrun for the first time on Saturday. They were met with warm humid conditions. It is a lovely wooded Trail course through the Historic Parkland of the Parke Estate, near Bovey Tracey, which is owned by the National Trust. There is a challenging hill near the beginning and elsewhere the course undulates but also has some broad level sections where the runners can push forward.

Paul King led the group home in 26.42 with young Ollie finishing just ahead of mum Karen and Jo Page in an excellent 33.34. Soon after came Victoria Evison in 34.30 and just in arrears by a few seconds was dad Paul.

The next day Paul and Karen King were in action again, along with Lucy Gooding, they travelled south to take part in the Stoke Gabriel 10k ‘ish run. The race, which was raising money for charity started at the football club. It proceeded down to the Mill Pool and around the waters edge to the river Dart. Luckily the water was on it’s way out so the runners didn’t get too wet. From here the runners past through a largely wooded trail then up, up and up again to a field which has been described as ‘the Hay Field from Hell’ presumably this caused the runners a certain amount of inconvenience. Then it was through more woodland to the finish. Karen describes the course as lovely but definitely not a PB one. At the time of going to print the official times are not in. However Paul’s watch time was 1.18, Karen’s 1.19 and Lucy’s 1.36. The runners were rewarded with a Bacon Bap and a pint of Cider for finishing.