Our committee

Jeremy Tandy

Jeremy Tandy

Chair

Approaching the end of my 30's I realised that I'd taken far too long a break from any form of energetic activity. I've always loved the outdoors and, surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside, I decided to buy some running shoes and get out there. After a while of plodding around on my own, I saw groups of runners on the streets of Okehampton ... "aha - there must be a club" I thought! So I joined up in the dark & wet months at the end of 2013. Straight into an interval training session in the rain! The club is so friendly; it's great to be able to share the running habit, following others and pushing myself just that little bit more. The number of times I've muttered "Well- I'd never do this training session by myself"! Since then, I've run a few races - including some marathons. Really only racing myself! But most of the time, I just run for the love of it ... outdoors is my preference: on the moor, in the woods, mud, wind, rain - maybe even some sunshine too!

Andy Vallance

Andy Vallance

Club Captain

At the age of 18 sat in the rugby club over a pint after the game three of us decided to run the London marathon. I was the only one to get in and from completing that someone said the words 'that wasn't a bad time' I was then hooked on chasing faster times. Many years later and being bored of training on my own I wanted to start a club in Okehampton. I spent the next few years with Tavistock AC learning how a club worked before setting up ORC in February 2009.

Andrew Vernon

Andrew Vernon

Treasurer

Been a member of running club since Jan 2012. Used to run for Tavistock but due to work moved to Okehampton. The members are very friendly and the competitive nature of the Coe group does push me. Just recently given the Treasurer post and hope to do a good job. Love the moor runs either in races or training during the spring and summer months. We are very lucky as a club having such dramatic running area.

Claire Sprague

Claire Sprague

Secretary

Hugh Robinson

Hugh Robinson

Race Director

I became an ORC in summer ’16 having never been a member of a running club before – despite nearly 20 years of pulling on a pair of trainers. Initially I joined because I wanted to run on the moor but didn’t fancy getting lost. I’ll usually run on the moor rather than in town on our Tuesday night session come the summer months and that's fuelled my enjoyment of fell races. More recently that participation has morphed into my becoming Race Director for the ORC summer series – four races taking in North Dartmoor’s best Tors. I love the idea that we’re hosting the types of events that don’t even exist in most parts of the country, and that we're introducing Dartmoor’s stunning landscape to people who wouldn’t otherwise experience it. I thrive on the competition and inspiration that my club mates provide. Training with the Coe group (as well as following my club mates on Strava) has changed my mindset on what “fast” actually means - and what I’m capable of achieving. As a result I’ve run my fastest ever 5k, half marathon and marathon times during 2017. I’ve also got involved in the Cross-County league races and relish the ORC team ethos and support at those events.

Geoff Hill

Geoff Hill

Head Coach

I've been racing since the age of 10 and its my passion. I've been coached myself by a sprint coach called Phil Long for 24years, this man taught me so much and got me in shape for a gold medal at the masters British Championships. I wanted to pass on what I've learnt and bring it to the club as head coach. I believe that with motivation and dedication you can achieve anything.

Jane Jackson

Jane Jackson

Press Officer

I joined the club on day one. I was a member of Bideford AAC at the time but soon realised this club had more to offer and switched my allegiance. I had already run races up to half marathon distance but had never thought I would be capable of running a marathon. With the club's training sessions and the support of the other members I have now completed several marathons and even Ultra marathons and, despite my increasing age, my times for races from 5k to half marathon have improved. Having been very focussed on road running at Bideford I had never run off road until I joined Okehampton, but now that is my preferred terrain and love running on the moors with my dog. I write the weekly reports for the local paper and our website and I am in charge of ordering the club kit for members.

Robert Richards

Robert Richards

Website Administrator

I allowed middle age to creep up on me and almost take over my life. I remained young at heart but realised in 2016 that I needed to do more to improve my health. After searching for the right challenge I found running as a great way to keep healthy. In 2017 I completed my first off-road trail marathon and beat my personal best time for a half-marathon held since I was in my early 20's. I joined the club and became an ORC in May 2017 and haven't looked back since then.

Lotte Smith

Lotte Smith

Membership Secretary

I have been running with the club for several years and I find the club to be full of friendly and encouraging people. You can find support both on club nights and running a race. I would recommend this club to anyone regardless of their running ability.

Deborah Cunnigham

Deborah Cunnigham

Committee member

I have been running, slowly, for about 16 years and have been a member of ORC from the very beginning! I have only recently joined the committee.

Christine Fritsch

Christine Fritsch

Committee member

Having been big into cycling I fancied a bit of a different challenge and started running in Autumn 2013. I joined the club in March 2014 and have been on the committee for about 2 years. I help out with updating the club records on the Web page. My passion is for trail running and my biggest achievement so far was finishing the Glencoe Gathering Mountain Marathon in 2017. I am also known for enjoying a bit of night racing.

Janet White

Janet White

Committee member

At 63, I was a little late to start running. Marilyn persuaded me to go to ORC’s September 2013 beginners’ sessions and lovely neighbours who are also members made sure I attended each week. We had excellent coaching with loads of encouragement and reassurance. I was very self-conscious thinking I was holding up other, younger, peoples’ progress but I joined ORC at the end of the beginners’ course – it was the only way to improve. My first race was a year later - the Tavy 7 in October 2014. I didn’t sleep for days before and was scared witless on the day , but somehow I made it round the course. At the end of the race I realised what the camaraderie of club membership can mean. The hugs, congratulations, group photos etc. meant so much on that day. I gained confidence, ran on club nights with loads more enthusiasm and, of course, improved (a bit). These days I prefer running on the Moor but still do a few road races, including of course, the Tavy 7. ORC is a great club of wonderfully generous, talented, determined people. Running has become a huge part of my life. By being on the Committee, I hope to put something back.

Sarah Bell

Sarah Bell

Committee member

I started in beginners at 55 years old having hated even running for a bus! Five years later, I have completed 4 half marathons and many other shorter races. I am also a coach (for the slowest groups!) This club has changed my life! The friendships and warm support are fantastic. I especially love running on the Moor and appreciate the variety of routes I’m taken on.

Jackie Dawes

Jackie Dawes

Committee member

I started running in April 2013 after losing 2 stone at a slimming club and wanting to do something to keep me fit and to allow me to keep up with my young children. I was 45 and hadn't run since school cross country. I entered my first race, a 10K, in January 2014 and always said I would never be able to run a marathon, I lied. In 2016 I ran my first marathon in London with a charity place and have been so lucky to get the ORC ballot place so I can run it again in 2018. The best thing about ORC though is the people, I've made some great friends and there are so many inspirational people of all ages doing amazing things with their running.

Kerry Morashti

Kerry Morashti

Committee member

I started running when I was approaching 50 after reading an article recommending impact exercise to improve bone density. That coincided with the formation of a local Women's Running Network group and I discovered that running can be sociable and fun. I have since moved to Okehampton and been inspired and encouraged by the achievements and fantastic camaraderie of ORC.

Rob Hicks

Rob Hicks

Committee member

Cross-country was the only time I can remember bunking off lessons at secondary school. I would never have expected that aged 21 and having moved to Bristol for work running would fill both a social and physical need. I joined the Town and Country Harriers, an off-road running club who met and ran from a different real ale pub in the surrounding area each Thursday evening. I was hooked straight away and particularly enjoyed the crisp winter nights running under torchlight before retiring to a decent country pub for a pint and a chat. I’ve always enjoyed running and racing the most when it’s hilly and tough underfoot and moving to Okehampton in 2012 has given me hours of running pleasure. I consider myself a fell runner and train almost exclusively on Dartmoor. My wife’s work pattern means I rarely make club training although I always wear my ORC vest with pride at races. In a typical calendar year I’ll attempt to run as many Fell races on the Moor as possible as well as some orienteering, multi-day events and ultra-marathons. I also get huge enjoyment from running Parkruns with my children.