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!
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.
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.
Club Captain and 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.
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 carried on training and completed my first Ultra Marathon at 32miles fllowed by 50miles then the big 100 miles in Sept 2018. The inspiration that the club has given me helped me through those challenges.
Awards scheme Secretary
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.
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.
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.
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 also started running to improve my emotional and mental well-being after revisiting a childhood trauma. I ran socially for a bit then 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 in 2014. A year later and 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 Safeguarding Officer arose I thought I had better offer my services. I qualified as a social worker in 1994 and have worked mostly with vulnerable adults though my current work in social work education involves working with all client groups. I am a very new committee member.