Monthly Archives: November 2022

Princetown Fell Race, Talan’s Trust 10k & 19k, Lobster Lollop & Parkrun Ellesmere Port

Princetown Fell Race

Sunday saw four ORCs head to Princetown for the first running of a new fell race to the Dartmoor calendar. This was approx 12kms run over open moorland visiting numerous tors in the local area including South Hessary Tor, Cramber Tor, Black Tor, Leeden Tor, King’s Tor and North Hessary Tor before dropping back down to finish at the Dartmoor Brewery. It was wet and muddy underfoot and the promised rain arrived in the final stages of the race giving everyone a damp, chilly and breezy finish. Some excellent performances with Charlie Temperley first ORC home in 1.11.07, followed by Claire Watkins in 1.13.37, Daniel Heggs in 1.13.43 and Hannah Susorney in 1.39.47.

TAL19k and 10k

Two ORCs and a friend ran the Talan’s Trust TAL10 and TAL19 in Bude on Sunday. There’s a 10km and 19km route, which has a bit of everything, grass, mud, woodland trail, foot path, some tarmac, towpath and of course two sections of stunning coast path.  There was a strong wind and a huge shower just before the start but 150 runners set off in sunshine which stayed with us until the last 5 minutes when the heavens opened again and they finished drenched by horizontal hail! A great route, really friendly event with plenty of good marshals to show you the way and fabulous soup and cakes at the finish.  Hannah Ramsay finished in 1.57. Congratulations go to Anne Brett who completed the shorter 10k distance in 1.09.50, this was her first race in 3 years.

Lobster Lollop 10k

The Lobster Lollop is a no pressure trail run in support of the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow! This mornings route was an out & back along the famous Camel Trail, starting & finishing in Padstow! The weather was glorious for sole ORC Jo Page who prefers cold crisp and dry to warm and wet. She watched the sunrise over the estuary just before registration, an amazing event location. Jo was pleased with how her legs responded just two weeks after running the New York City Marathon. She was 7th overall and 2nd female.

Parkrun Ellesmere Port

On Saturday Mags Jarvis did her second parkrun at Ellesmere Port, near to where one of her daughters lives.The conditions were like a cross country course, with the run mainly on grass and woodland paths. There was plenty of wet ground and mud. 

Mags had hardly run since the summer due to her knee injury (in the right knee, which previously was her “good” knee) so was not sure how the run would go. However she was very pleased to do under 9:30 min/mile pace, coming in 9th lady and 1st in her W65-69 age category. 


Cornish Marathon, 5Trig Challenge, Drogo 10 & Newquay Westward XC

Cornish Marathon

On Sunday 6th three ORC’s (and two former ORC’s) headed to Pensilva for the first Cornish Marathon since 2019. The route takes runners out along the Draynes Valley, up through Bodmin Moor to the Jamaica Inn and back along the Fowey valley before a climb back up to pensilva. With over 2000ft of elevation gain and variable weather conditions, the course is fairly tough, especially with those climbs towards the end.

Robert Kelly was the first ORC home, coming in 11th place with a time 3:01:33. Next home was Chris Turner 3:08:51 taking 14th place and 3rd Male under 35. Paul Carter recorded a time of 3:27:47 to round off a fine performance for the club.

5Trig Challenge

Saturday saw two ORC’s take on the Climb South Wests 5Trig Challenge. This is a 21 mile, self navigated , off road run, taking in 5 trig points sitting in a loop around East Devon. The run, through beautiful East Devon takes in High Peak, Aylesbeare Common, Woodbury, Black Hill and West Down Beacon trigs, finishing with a spectacular descent into Budleigh.

Molly Marvin and Angus Farelly finished together in 4hrs:44mins. This time gave Molly the distinction of being joint 1st lady to finish. Remarkable in that the two ladies started 12 minutes apart and so had idea of each others time.

Drogo 10

Last Sunday the Drogo 10 was held at Drewsteignton. Starting and finishing in the beautiful grounds of Castle Drogo which is a National Trust property. The iconic Modern Castle, built for the Drewe family was one of the last works of the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. This regular November fixture is run under Fell Runners Association rules and warrants this status with around 1760ft of ascent. The multi terrain course poses a stiff test for the runners the downhills being nearly as demanding on muscles as the long steep uphills. It also requires a good deal of concentration to tackle the technical aspects of the course with uneven track and protruding bedrock, loose stone, steps, muddy trail and sharp bends. It should be said however that running in the beautiful Teign Valley at this time of year, with the trees looking magnificent, is pretty special. Even this though, might be seen as scant reward for a gruelling climb up the notorious Hunters Path nearing the race end, but ultimately the 50metre downhill to the tape saw many coax a strong finish out of tired legs. There were seven ORC’s there to enjoy the morning run in the pleasant conditions. Mike Saywell was first ORC across the line in 1:25:56, followed by Claire Watkins -1:27:50, Geoff Hill-1:30:28, Katherine Hails -1:40:18, Paul Evison – 1:40:58, Christine Fritsch – 1:56:40 who was detained assisting a runner who had a bad fall and right behind her was Elodie Stott -1:56:42.

Newquay Westward League XC

It was Newquays  turn to host Novembers running of the Charles Stanley – Westward League incorporating the Cornwall AA cross Country Championships. The sun shone and there was little or no mud on the course allowing runners to finish with mud free legs. Quite a novelty for XC runners.

There was some impressive individual results from the ORC juniors. Eleanor Taylor 9th (U11 girls), Arthur Lane 23rd (U11boys) and Stanley Wood 11th (U15boys).

On this occasion sadly the senior ladies did not have quite enough to make a full team. Joanne Page was 58th and Karen King 140th. The senior men, without some regulars, did however and first ORC home was Andrew Vallance 70th, Tom Poland was next in 81st followed by Daniel Heggs 147th and Stuart Page in 150th.

The next race (3rd round) is the Devon County Championship at Exeter on Sunday 4th December.


Tamar Lakes Couch to 5k Finale, Bideford 10 miler, New York Marathon & Shetland Park Run

Tamar Lakes Couch to 5k Finale

This week saw the finale of the couch to 5K which took place at Tamar Lakes as part of the regular Saturday Parkrun. Okehampton Running Club offer this well known 9 week course to introduce people of all ages and abilities to running. Starting at week one with nothing more than brisk walking and just a minute running, increasing each week in small increments till at week nine running the full 5K. The weather was anything but pleasant for the five who took on the challenge, being wet and windy. However with a good number of club runners there in support all five ran well and completed the one lap circuit. First home was Phil Read 30:39 followed by Kirsty Gates 35:30, Susan Read 40:17, Pam Evison 40:26 and Janet White 42:01. Well done to them all and good luck to those who weren’t able to take part for one reason or another but are continuing their running journey.

Bideford 10 miler

The Bideford 10 miler loops to Yelland and back and Sundays field of very near 500 is not unusual for this popular race. The runners head off over Bidefords historic Long Bridge and take in a short gradient soon after. Then it’s out past Instow to Yelland with a few undulations but once the runners make the turn here, at just over 5miles, they have level running beside the Estuary all the way back. There is good support at many points along the route and as the finishers enter the last 200m there are many spectators to clap them in. For the seven ORC’s taking part the weather was far better than everyone expected pre-race. It stayed dry and the feared head wind in the Estuary was only slight. There was some excellent running from the ladies with three of them getting Podium places and a PB for the fourth. First of our runners to cross the line despite a heavy cold was Claudine Benstead in 1:08:20 (FV60 1st) followed very soon after by Andrew Vernon 1:08:42, Claire Watkins 1:16:31 (FV45 3rd), Paul Evison 1:18:31, Andrew Thorne 1:24:52, Kate Wilson 1:25: 06 (FV55 3rd) and Victoria Evison in a personal best of 1:46:54.

New York Marathon

Anne Binns and Jo Page crossed the pond for the New York TCS NY Marathon which turned out to be the hottest day for the event on record. Hopes of a personal best were abandoned before the race even started. In addition to the heat, travel to the start is not for the faint hearted. They had a subway journey at 4AM to catch a 5.30AM ferry to Statton Island , the start of the A to B route. The marathon passes through 5 boroughs which are Statton Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhatton, finishing in central park. Jo finished in 3:32:08 and Anne in 4:19:18.

They were both happy to finish and collect their massive medal and Abbot World Major star. The 5th for Anne and the 3rd for Jo.

Shetland 5k

And just to demonstrate the far reach of ORC running. Marianne Brown who was in Shetland for work/family completed the UK’s most northerly Parkrun a couple of times in October. With both races being wet and windy she was glad just to make it over the  line in one piece (28:33 and 27:53)