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Oke Croak, Plym Trail Marathon and parkrun

The third in our summer race series, the Oke Croak, took place last Saturday on a beautiful sunny day slotted between two wet and windy ones. The sun always seems to shine for this race giving it a reputation of a very tough but stunningly beautiful run. Starting in Simmons Park, the runners are taken along Ball Hill to Fatherford, continuing on through the woods to access the moors at Chapel Ford. From here the course is no longer marked and the race becomes self-navigating out to a checkpoint at Oke Tor, after which varying routes will be taken either round or over East Mill Tor to then climb to the top of Yes Tor where there is the only other compulsory checkpoint. Once the boulders around the summit of Yes Tor are cleared, the almost entirely downhill course gives the runners he opportunity to finally get some speed up if the legs aren’t too tired. Leaving the moors at Moorgate, the return route is via Klondyke corner to Fatherford and they then retrace the path back to the park along Ball Hill. The conditions were perfect for a great race and the first two runners both finished inside the previous course record, with the winner, Ceri Rees, knocking three minutes off with his brilliant time of 1.15.19. A good battle can always be assured between Rob Hicks and Axe Valley runner Tim Lenton, but while these two were having a tussle coming along the road from Moorgate, Paul Crease flew past both of them and continued to put distance between them, running sub-six minute miles to come home in third place in 1.21.12. The first ORC lady home was Charlie Collyer with a great time of 1.56.30 to be second lady overall with Gill Spinney taking the third lady prize in 1.59.03, a thirty minute improvement on her time last year.

Other ORC times; Rob Hicks; 1.22.41, Andrew Vernon; 1.39.19, Phil Read; 1.49.50, Ed Dumpleton; 1.49.54, Andy Collyer; 1.56.50, Tom Andrew; 1.57.59, Jo Turner; 2.06.17, Karen Vallance; 2.06.17

Before taking up her marshalling duties at the Oke Croak, prolific race runner Jo Page ran a new PB at the Killerton Parkrun which is not normally regarded as a PB course. Jo has taken a step back from racing at the moment while training for her first marathon, but ran here to accompany her father and was very surprised and pleased to set her new record time of 21.01.

Sunday saw two ORCs, Roger Voaden and Geoff Hill, take part in the Plym Trail Marathon. For Roger this was just another marathon to tick off in his quest to complete 100 marathons, this being his 88th while Geoff used it as training for his upcoming Lochness marathon. On a day where the wind and rain were exactly the conditions they didn’t want they both did remarkably well. After running together for the first 20 miles Roger pulled away from Geoff finishing in 3.26.30 for second place, with Geoff coming home in 3.37.25 to be third.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report.

Summer Runnin’

With summer holidays occupying many ORCs, there were just a handful of out racing this weekend. On Saturday evening Mike Westland took part in the inaugural running of the Wessex 10k in Somerton, Somerset, the ancient capital of Wessex. Starting and finishing at Somerton Recreation Ground the course follows a fairly flat, mainly road route and was a well organised but low key race hosted by Immortal Sport. Mike ran well, finishing in 52.03 to be first in the MV60 age group.

Further away, Paul Crease flew the flag for Okehampton when he ran the Weasdale Horseshoe Fell race in the Eden district of Cumbria, where the 10.5 mile course had an elevation of over 2,100ft. In the company of good fell runners, including the current British Fell Running champion, and over a course where local knowledge was an advantage, Paul had an excellent run to finish in fourth place overall and first MV40 in a time of 1.26.50.

On Sunday Ed Dumpleton travelled up to Bath for the Bath Two Tunnels Half Marathon. This quirky course has a mix of scenic countryside, some city centre running through the heart of Bath along footpaths and trails, and as the name implies, two tunnels to negotiate. The tunnels formed part of the Somerset and Dorset railway which closed in 1966 when the tunnels were sealed up. In 2013 they were restored and are now well surfaced and lit, forming a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians. At 1,672m long, the Combe Down Tunnel makes this the foot-race with the longest underground section in Britain. Ed is at present in the middle of training for his first marathon and used this race as part of that training. With some hold-ups caused by other users of the paths it was never going to be a PB run, but Ed was happy with his time of 1.40.27.

For Hayden Bond, Torbay was the destination to run the Torbay 5 Bays Challenge, a 10k race organised by Torbay Athletics Club. This is a multi-terrain race that starts and finishes at the lovely Broadsands beach, following an inland route to Brixham from where it heads back along the coast path via Oxen Cove, Fishcombe Beach, Churston Cove and Elberry Cove. With stony tracks, shingle, steep climbs and a total of 423 steps either up or down this is quite a tough 10k. Hayden finished in a very good time of 48.46 in 16th place overall.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report.

The RAT, The Horseshoe and More

The hot weather finally had to break and it did so this weekend, making running somewhat more comfortable in the more usual damp and drizzly conditions of an English summer. This was particularly good news for the ORCs taking part in the Roseland August Trail, a tough endurance race along the coast path of south Cornwall and known as the RAT. There are four distances here, all denoted by different colour routes, setting off at different times and start places, the shortest being the White RAT which is 11 miles, then the Red RAT at 20miles, the Black Rat which is an Ultra Marathon of 32 miles and finally the Plague. This is not only a physically challenging 64miles, but is a huge test of mental strength as the runners set off from the finish at Higher Porthpean at five-past midnight, run 32 miles out to where the Black route starts at St Anthony’s head near Falmouth and then turn and run back again. Even those who take on the tough Black Rat are in awe of those who can do it twice, the Plaguers eventually clocking over 15,000ft of ascent. Rob Hicks isn’t daunted by this challenge though, this being the third time he’s completed it, and he finished in an excellent time of 13hr 03min 37sec, very close to his time last year when he was third, but this year coming sixth. Jo Turner was running the Black Rat for the second time, her previous run being in 2015 when this was her first taste of Ultra running. Since then she has completed several ultra marathons and the experience and strength she has gained from these showed when she produced a brilliant run to finish in 7.50.23, an hour’s improvement on before. The rather ill prepared duo of Heidi Wills and Charlie Galley ran the shortest route, the White Rat. Wearing road shoes and having not trained much recently they found it hard going on paths made slippery by the rain on bare earth, but still enjoyed it, finishing in 2.30.43.

Away from the coast the cooler conditions weren’t unwelcome either, but a strong breeze was not so popular with the runners of the Sticklepath Horseshoe race on Dartmoor. This is a lovely fell race, starting in Sticklepath behind Finch Foundry and taking the runners up to Belstone initially via a wooded track, then Belstone Cleave and Belstone Common, where the moors themselves greet them with a steep ascent of Belstone Tor. This is followed largely by a ridge route run round the Horseshoe, broken by a steep descent into Steeperton Gorge and an even harder climb up the other side onto Steeperton Tor. After crossing a ford there is a long slog up to the top of Cosdon Beacon followed by a fast descent off the other side, to then retrace the track back to Sticklepath. There was a stiff headwind on the outward part of the course but the runners enjoyed the benefit of a tailwind helping to push them up Cosdon on the way back. First home for the club was Mike Baker, a keen moor runner who finished in 1.38.51 while the first Okehampton lady was Charlie Collier whose time of 1.55.14 secured her the second lady prize.

Other ORC times; Mervyn Rice; 1.47.44, John Binns; 1.49.58, Andy Collier; 1.55.13, Gill Spinney; 1.57.01, Christine Fritsch; 1.59.00, Robert Richards; 2.28.36, Deborah Cunningham; 2.30.18, Anne Binns; 2.40.42, Janet White; 2.40.43.

Last Tuesday five ORCs had a good evening at the Exe 5K Summer Series race, where breezy conditions didn’t stop them from bringing home some good PBs. First ORC in was Graham Bryant with a fantastic new PB of 18:20. Next in was George Haskell in 18.31, also a PB, Andy Vernon was next to finish in 18:55, placing him third in his age category. First ORC lady home was Jo Bradford in 22.46 setting a new PB, winning her age category and achieving a gold award time. Next ORC home was Mags Jarvis, whose best time since 2014 of 24.50, saw her placed second in her age category and achieve a Platinum award time. Mags suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and the charity Parkinson’s UK have found that when marketing a fund-raising event it is helpful to use case studies to make people aware of the charity’s exercise programme before asking people to sign up to the event. Parkinson’s UK have asked Mags to provide such a case study about herself and exercise which they can use in this way in the future.

Sarah Marvin, who has been setting some great times recently, had two good weekend runs at different parkruns. Two weeks ago she set a new FV45 club record for 5k by running 21.59 at Fulham Palace parkrun. This weekend, whilst visiting her parents in Wales, she knocked a chunk off that time and set a great new record of 21.11.

Thank you Jane for the run report.

Glencoe Gathering, Plym Trail Marathon and Lanhydrock 10

After last weekend’s busy schedule of races, there were just two marathons that were the focus for ORC this weekend. Three ORCs, Mervyn Rice, Christine Fritsch and Gavin Punchard took on the challenging Glencoe Marathon in Scotland. Merv did have a previous off-road marathon under his belt, although that had been a learning curve for him, but for Christine this was her first marathon of any sort. This is an epic trail run that ascends a total of 1,608 metres through the heart of Glencoe and into the foothills of Ben Nevis. The route takes the runners through the pass of Glencoe before climbing 500 metres up the fearsome Devil’s Staircase, before dropping back to sea level at Kinlochleven.  There is then more climbing until the descent into Glen Nevis and the base of the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. A spectacular race in good conditions, but on Sunday there was rain all day, turning the paths into rivers and making the going slippery and more boggy even than normal. Gavin, who had provided much assistance to Merv in preparation for this race, completed in a good time of 5:18:29. Merv ran a very good race completing in 5:24:01 and second in the age group, while Christine went wrong at the end of the race, adding another mile to the already long distance and finished in 6:14:50. All were pleased to complete such a challenging race.

Much nearer home Roger Voaden took part in the Plym Trail Marathon. This race is organised by firstandlastrunning who, following the success of their events in the spring over this course, have put on another weekend of half and full marathons. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the runners do a double out-and- back on the popular Cycle Route 27. Despite the rain Roger had a great run finishing in 3.24.00 to take second place.

The previous weekend, four ORCs took part in the Lanhydrock 10. Organised by the National Trust this is a lovely, undulating 10 mile multi-terrain run around the spectacular Lanhydrock estate that takes the runners along woodland paths and parkland. Jackie Dawes and Juliet Paterson ran together, finishing together in 1.36.23 and Carole Cornwall also had a good run coming home in 1.52.06. Unfortunately Katy Speak had to retire form the race with an injury.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Run Report… Many races!

A big weekend of races saw ORC members taking part in events as far apart as Scotland and Paris, but also in many more local races too. The type of races encompassed just about everything from road races to fell races, multi-terrain runs and an extremely challenging ultra marathon.

Nearest to home was the Barnstaple Marathon and Half Marathon. This race is now in its fourth year, and following feedback from previous years, the marathon course has been changed so that the runners complete the somewhat lonely Chivenor section of the race in the first half meaning they can benefit from the support of the spectators in the later stages. The course is a fast, flat route around the Taw estuary with lovely coastal scenery, but this also means it can be a bit exposed to the elements. Conditions though were good this year where Roger Voaden was the only ORC to run the full marathon, finishing in a slightly below par 3.30.20. In the half marathon fortunes were mixed, with Graham Bryant first ORC home, finishing in a great time of 1.34.59, while Tracey Mills was first lady ORC, running an impressive PB to finish in 1.57.06. Jo Bradford had trained well for this as it was her first half marathon, but had been ill in the run up to it and finished in 2.08.02, a good time but outside her sub-2hour target. Viki Heyer and Rachel Holland were also slightly disappointed with their runs, finishing in 2.04.00, and 2.15.49 respectively.

Geoff Hill was one to travel a long way for a race, venturing up to Lochness for his second go at the stunningly beautiful Lochness marathon. Geoff ran this race last year but had been injured and had been disappointed with his run. Unfortunately he had suffered injury again and his training had been far from ideal, so he was pleased to knock 10mins off last year’s time, finishing in a very good 3.31.59.

Two ORCs, Caroline Wilson and Nicola Leach, made an even longer journey, but the rewards were high for their trip to Disneyland Paris. They took part in the Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend, where they started on Friday with a 5k race, followed by a 10k on Saturday and finishing with a half marathon on Sunday. Here they ran through the Disney Parks and the surrounding countryside with Disney characters to cheer them on. For each of the races they received impressive bespoke medals, with an extra medal for completing the whole series of runs. Caroline also received another award, the Castle to Chateaux medal given to runners who have run a half marathon in Disneyland Paris and America in the same years.

Nearer home, four lady ORCs represented the club at the Bovey Beauty, a tough 10mile fell race across some of the most rugged and remote areas of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve. The reputation of the Bovey Beauty as a challenging route in spectacular scenery attract athletes from all corners of Devon and this year there was a record entry. First home for the club was Jo Anne Turner, running a good time of 2.00.30, not far ahead of Gill Spinney in 2.02.15. Christine Fritsch was running this as her last taper run before taking on the Glencoe Mountain Marathon next weekend, so took this at a steady pace, running with Jane Jackson and finishing together in 2.19.27, with Jane winning the FV60 category.

There was another tough and hilly off roader not many miles away at Killerton where again there were four ladies from the club running. Here there was a choice of a half marathon or a 10k organised by Relish Running. Always preferring off road races, Sarah Marvin chose this as her first half marathon, and, despite it being very muddy and hilly, she ran extremely well to finish in 2.09.26 to be fifth lady home and win her age category. In the 10k, Abi Colton was the first ORC home in a good time given the testing course of 1.03.39. She was followed by Catherine Walker who only joined the club a month ago and had never done a race of this sort before. She did well to finish in 1.23.11 while Debbie Miller, who had started the race with a slight problem in her calf and was forced to walk most of the last mile, was pleased to have completed at all coming home in 1.28.58.

Tough races don’t come much harder however than the Ultra marathon, the Cotswold Century, that Rob Hicks took on this weekend. This extremely challenging race, with over 12,500ft of ascent follows the Cotswold Way from north to south, starting in Chipping Camden and finishing at Bath Abbey, 102 miles later. With a midday start on Saturday Rob had to run a greater portion of the race in the dark than in the light. Thankfully the conditions were good with the ground firm and dry and Rob ran a brilliant race, moving gradually up the field to finish in fifth place in a very impressive but mind-boggling time of 22hrs 28mins, well inside the thirty hour completion limit.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Beginners Group Starts 3rd October

Each year we run a beginners group, the aim of which is to provide non-runners with the opportunity to try it out and get running up to 5k.

This year the group will start on 3rd October and it will run every week for 8 weeks. It will be on each Tuesday, meeting from 6:15pm at the Rugby club in Okehampton to start at 6:30pm for up to an hour. The cost for the 8 weeks is £10.

All you need to do is turn up ready to give it a go!

Bristol Half Marathon and Dingle Marathon

The Bristol Half Marathon was the destination for 5 ORCs last Sunday. With the appalling weather of Saturday clearing away, the runners were lucky to have good conditions for the race which is in its third year as part of the Great run series. It attracts up to 10,000 runners wanting to enjoy the fast, flat course and the great atmosphere this race has with music all along the route. Ed Dumpleton was the first ORC home, running a excellent race to knock an incredible five minutes off his current PB, to finish in 1.35.43. It is almost exactly a year ago that Ed first took up running since leaving school, when he joined the beginners group at the club, and with hard work and dedication he has risen through the groups to now run with the fastest runners. Next home was Jason Ewing who also had a great race and achieved a new PB by finishing in 1.40.25, followed by Jayne Peachey who had done little training specifically for this race, but still came home in a very good 1.47.33. Ged Fitzgibbon was next in 2.03.04 and Rachael Haydon completed in 2.16.57, thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.

Two weeks previously Andrew Thorne took part in the Dingle Marathon in Ireland. Known as Ireland’s most scenic marathon, the course designed for runners to enjoy the breath taking scenery and rugged coastline of Slea Head and the Dingle Peninsular. Set in this sort of location it was not the easiest of course with some challenging sections and a tough uphill climb at mile 22, but despite this and the heavy rain in the second half Andrew still managed to complete in under his target time of 4hours, finishing in 3.55.36.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Sourton Tors and Bude Pirate Run

The 4th and last of our Summer Series races took place last Wednesday evening. The Sourton Tor race is a traditional up and down fell race, starting and finishing at the Bearslake Inn, Lake. It always has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, with the opportunity for runners gather afterwards in the pub and chew over the race together. With the distance of the race being a mere 2.6 miles it is surprising how far some competitors travel to take part, with club runners from Bournemouth, Truro, and Axe Valley this year. Last year’s winner, Toby Chapman returned to defend his title, which he did with ease while setting a new course record of 19.06. Rob Kelly was the first ORC home, taking a break from his more usual road racing, to finish in 21.59. Next home, in 28.29, was Phil Read, who only joined the club as a beginner less than 12 months ago, but he has really embraced moorland running and has completed three of the four summer series races. Jane Jackson was next, enjoying an outing on the moors after four months off due to injury and finishing in 32.43, just 5 seconds ahead of Jo-Anne Turner, Karen Vallance and Jayne Peachey who ran together.

With gale force winds and rain forecast for Sunday it didn’t look to be the best day for a coastal race, but the Bude Pirate run went ahead and the runners found the conditions not quite as bad as expected. The rain held off and although very blustery, the conditions underfoot weren’t too bad either. Starting near Crooklets Beach in Bude, this 8 mille race heads north on the coast path before turning inland where it follows woodland tracks before retuning to the coast at Duckpool and heading back to Bude. With stunning coastal scenery, it is however a tough race even on a good day, with the first three miles being almost entirely uphill. The steepest ascent though is on the return part of the course where walking is as quick as attempting to run. Two ORCs took part this year with John Binns enjoying a good run to finish in 1.14.30. Despite the conditions, Mags Jarvis also put in a great run to finish over 5 minutes faster than last year in a time of 1.29.56.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Dartmoor Highground Marathon, Treggy 7and More

The first weekend of autumn saw some more challenging off road races for ORC. There were three options of distances for those taking part in the Dartmoor Highground Races, organised by Freedom Racing on Saturday. All starting from the Pavillion in Simmons Park, there was a 10 mile Yes Tor race, the Dartmoor Marathon and the Dartmoor 50 Ultra. These were all fully waymarked and supported races, but with the feel of a fell race, where runners crossed open moorland, scaled the highest points in the south of England, and also went over many lesser known Tors. Two ORCs took on the marathon distance with Mike Baker having trained specifically for it through the summer and Chris Turner just entering on impulse on the day, having had a great run over the 34mile Crossing Ultra the week before. With Yes Tor being visited twice in the course and a total ascent of 5,000ft this was a very tough marathon, with difficult terrain to be negotiated. Sadly Mike didn’t have a good run and had to retire at mile 17, but Chris had a great race, and, despite the miles in his legs from the previous weekend, finished in an excellent time of 4.48.17 to be 5th overall and 4th male.

On the same day three ORCs took part in another fell race on the moors, the Beer and Bacon Fell Run. This was described by last year’s inaugural race finishers as proper fell running, not on paths, but across open terrain, crossing streams, bogs and boulder fields with a total ascent of over 1,100ft. Starting at the Fox and Hounds the runners follow a five mile circular route, taking in Brat Tor, Doe Tor, Hare Tor, Chat Tor and Great Links Tor before returning to the finish at the Fox and Hounds. The first ORC home was Mervyn Rice, now in the late stages of his training for the Glencoe marathon, who had a good run to finish in 55.54. Next home was Gill Spinney coming home in 1.06.00 with Debs Crome finishing in 1.11.28.

In contrast to the good conditions for the runners on Saturday, the Treggy 7 was held in appalling weather the following day. Hosted by Launceston Road Runners this is a popular but hilly seven mile road race which follows a circular route from Launceston Town square and finishes in the grounds of Launceston Castle. Heavy rain before and during the race made for wet feet even before the runners set off, but in places the roads were so flooded competitors had to wade through quite deep water. Jane Richardson and Janet White were not deterred by the weather and ran well, coming home in 1.15.50 and 1.16.12 respectively.

Jackie Dawes was dedicated enough to take her running gear with her when she and her family went on holiday to Malaysia and Singapore. Jackie is raising money for Alzheimers Research UK, and is constantly updating her mileage to her fundraising page, aiming to raise £400. She ran the West Coast Parkrun in Singapore, taking ORC colours to a new part of the world. In 30 degrees heat, despite the race starting at 7.30am, she finished in 27.32. Jackie was also named Runner of the Week for the Running Down Dementia Campaign.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report

Oke Croak, The Crossing, The Great Escape and More

In a complete turn-around from what normally happens at a Bank Holiday, the dismal grey clouds vanished and hot and sunny weather prevailed. This wasn’t however ideal conditions for the tough off road races that many ORCs were taking part in over the weekend. The third race in our summer series, the Oke Croak, was held on Saturday. Traditionally held on the Bank Holiday weekend, this race has seen the full range of conditions, from heavy rain to thick mist but this year the heat caught everyone by surprise. Starting in Simmons park the runners follow good paths out to the moors at Chapel Ford, then the well named Goat Track takes them on to pick up a path that continues on to Oke Tor, where they have to run through a natural stone arch. After a descent down to the military ring road the going gets tougher, as they then run across open moorland, contouring East Mill Tor before climbing to the top of Yes Tor. From there it is all downhill to Moorgate and back to Simmons park via Klondyke corner and Ball Hill. There was a good turnout of ORCs who took on this challenging 10 mile race. First home for the club was the off road specialist Rob Hicks, who ran a strong race in the heat, but was beaten into second place by Dartmoor Runner’s Robert Waddy, who was not the only runner to mistake West Mill Tor for Yes Tor. Realising his error, he retraced his steps, climbed Yes Tor and overtook Rob Hicks on the run in from Moorgate to come first in 1.25.48, with Rob Hicks a good second in 1.27.02. Club member Jo Bradford’s husband Paul was third male in 1.38.30. The next ORC home was Mervyn Rice in 1.58.56, while his daughter Jenny, on a visit to her parents, took the first Lady prize in 1.51.42. New member Gill Spinney was the second lady in 2.21.15.

Other ORC times were; Jean Paul Quertier and Jason Ewing; 2.03.36, Phil Read; 2.10.15, Phil Spinney; 2.21.13, Debs Crome; (3rd lady) 2.31.18, Hannah Ramsey; 2.31.19.

There was an even tougher challenge on the same day for the ORCs who took part in PureTrail’s 34 mile ultra marathon, The Crossing, and the shorter half marathon, The Great Escape. These races are run on paths and well marked trails, with The Crossing starting in Belstone and literally crossing the moor from north to south, while the Great Escape starts in Princetown and encompasses the later stages of The Crossing, both finishing in South Brent. While there is an overall downhill profile to both races, within the course there are many climbs, river crossings and the paths were technical in places with care being needed on uneven stoney tracks. The last section was in woodland which provided some welcome shade. Five ORCs ran The Crossing, with Chris Turner, Charlie Galley and Lucy Marrison all taking on a trail ultra marathon for the first time. Charlie had completed the Three Peaks Challenge the only the weekend before, and he and Chris ran together, finishing in a very good time of 6.43.26.
Lucy ran with Jo Turner who had previously completed a 32 mile ultra, and despite the warm conditions, they enjoyed the experience and the beautiful scenery they were running through, completing in 8.46.20. Experienced ultra runner Ang Martin has only returned relatively recently from an injury she acquired at the Exmoor CTS Ultra in April but ran an impressive race to finish in 7.24.37.

The Great Escape saw eight members taking on the half marathon which started two hours later meaning the whole run was in very warm conditions. Dartmoor specialist Katie Littlejohns was the first ORC home in this race running well to finish in 2.00.36. Mags Jarvis was the second ORC home running a terrific race to finish in 2.37.01 and coming 2nd FV60. Mags has Parkinson’s Disease and she decided to use this run to fundraise for the Parkinson’s UK charity, to raise the profile of the disease and help with research into the treatment of it. Mags’ daughter joined her for this and came down from her home in Liverpool to run the race too, finishing an impressive 4th overall and 2nd lady in 1.43.26.
Mags continues to inspire us with her determination to keep doing what she loves best, and her ability to keep training hard and achieve excellent results despite the onset of this debilitating illness is just outstanding. To date Mags has raised a great total of £2,350 with some more donations still coming in.

Other ORC times; Chris Fullford Brown; 2.40.32, Alison Holliday; 2.49.26, Danielle Fullford Brown; 2.52.19, Carole Cornwall; 3.00.58, Katy Speak; 3.02.19, Claire Sprague; 3.29.40.

The following day, ORC Ed Dumpleton took part in the Battle of Sedgemoor 10k, a well established fast and fairly flat race that takes the runners through the scenic rural countryside of the Somerse levels. Ed ran well and finished in 40.36 to set a new PB by 40 secs.

The previous weekend, lone ORC Andrew Vernon travelled down to Torquay to run the Torba Regatta 10k. Despite a strong headwind and a fall during the race, Andy finished in 40.34 to com second in his age category MV45.

Many thanks to Jane for the run report