Our committee

Chair – Sarah Marvin

I ran cross country and track competitively and pretty fast through my teenage years and then, in true teenage fashion, tired of it and barely ran a step until I was 40. At that point, I rediscovered my love for running and joined ORC. I loved running the Westward League cross country events and Parkrun 5ks, and eventually increased my mileage and enjoyed a 10k and then half marathon events. Sometimes I run hard to compete, but more often I run for the pleasure of completing. Being part of the club and running with friends makes running so much more enjoyable and I urge anyone who wants to improve their physical and/or mental health to give it a go.

Treasurer – Wendy Walters

For the Joy of Running: Running has become a true joy for me. I started running in 2016 and have enjoyed it ever since! It has enabled me to get fit and make so many friends along the way who inspire and encourage me. Following the ‘Couch to 5k’, I gradually increased my distance and ran my first Half Marathon in 2018 and am now delighted and excited to be looking forward to running Ultra distances. I became an ORC in 2020 and have thoroughly enjoyed the Lockdown Challenges and running with the club. Running has improved my health, well-being and friendship – I would recommend it to anyone!

Secretary – Jacqueline Shields

Although I was keen on sport at school, mainly playing hockey for Okehampton School first XI and Columbines, along with moor walking and Ten Tors, I wasn’t a big fan of cross country. After leaving school I mainly went to the gym to keep fit and enjoyed group exercise classes. When I moved back to Okehampton in 2015 I was keen to do something to keep fit and meet new people, so thought I’d give running a go and joined ORC. I must say I haven’t looked back! I have gradually improved and run a few 10k races, although this isn’t my main focus, I just enjoy getting out with like minded people and exploring new routes. What I like about ORC is the constant support and encouragement from colleagues and coaches to do your best. The club is incredibly friendly and welcomes athletes of all abilities, so like me, why not just give it go – it will be worth it!

Race Director – Hannah Susorney

I got into running in my mid-20s when I was away from home doing lots of travel for work. I discovered I could run anywhere as long as I packed my shoes and it provided a sense of normalcy when changing time zones. After I moved to the UK, I  quickly discovered the country’s extensive footpath network and my love of trail running was born. I joined the ORC almost immediately after moving to the area and was keen to let someone else navigate on the moor with the Wednesday moor runs.. I am not a fast runner and I found that the ORC runs cater to everyone’s speed. I help organize the club’s fell races and hope to help others discover moor running.

Head Coach – Claudine Benstead

Membership Secretary – Jo Page

Youth Coach – Rob Hicks

ORC is a big part of my life! I coach the junior section which currently has 35 children (including my own 3) training over 3 sessions a week. We run as an athletics club, developing the children’s running, throwing, and jumping. Those children who want to can take part in open athletics meetings, local junior fell races, and the Westwood League cross country. I also enjoy taking my 3 boys to park runs on Saturday mornings. For the adults, most Wednesdays I take out an evening moor run. We run from a pub or carpark somewhere on the northern moor for 90 mins or so. It is a mixed group of people who love running on the moor. I am always proud to wear my orc vest when racing and I like to take part in fell races and ultra marathons.

Welfare Officer – Anne Binns

I took up running late in life (age 45) because I wanted to be fit at 50. I was unfit and needed to lose weight. I joined ORC in Sept 2012. The club gave me the confidence to believe in myself and taught me that anyone can run a marathon. I was lucky to get a club place in London Marathon 2014. A year later I achieved a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon which will always be special to me. I always intended to give something back to the club and when the need for a Welfare Officer arose I thought I had better offer my services. I am joint trained RNMH and qualified social worker with over 27 years experience of statutory social work. As Welfare Officer I am committed to driving the safeguarding agenda. I strive to ensure the club is inclusive and fully accessible to all.

Webmaster – Mike Saywell

I ran with some success at school but aside from when I entered (but failed to get a place) in the London Marathon, I didn’t run again until my late 30s. This was when I discovered that to keep eating all the foods I enjoyed required me to start doing some exercise! I’m happiest running a trail or on the moor and enjoy challenging myself to run ever longer distances. My background is in IT so when the club needed somebody to take on the website I was happy to volunteer.