City Runs Exeter put on a virtual running challenge during the recent Lockdown 2, with the aim of keeping the running community motivated. The challenge was for athletes to run any of the distances below between 5th November and 2nd December:
1Mile – 2Mile – 5km – 5Mile – 10km – 10Mile – 13.1Mile – 26.2Mile
The runners submitted their times and the organisers then produced a set of results ranked on the age graded score for the distance run in each “race”. In all there were 118 entries, including a total of 6 by three members of Okehampton RC.
The Prize Winners were both from Okehampton RC.
1st Female: Claudine Benstead – with 3 runs all gaining 90%+ age graded, which is outstanding. She ran 5k in 20:13, 5 miles in 33:44 and 10 miles in 1:10:10.
1st Male: Geoff Hill – with an excellent 89% age grading for his 2 mile run in 9:52. Many congratulations to both Claudine and Geoff.
Mags Jarvis entered 2 runs, a half marathon which she ran in 1:59:22 (77% age grading) and a 5k in 25:35. She came out near the top of the leaderboard in 13th place with her 5k run for which she gained 80% age grading. Mags has Parkinson’s Disease, which is an incurable neurological condition. One of the main symptoms is slowness of movement. She finds that the motivation she gains from the support of her fellow club members and events such as these are vital to keep her positive and actually slows down the progression of her symptoms.
Jane Jackson and Robert Richards took part in the inaugural Run to the Sea Ultra Marathon takes place on Saturday.
The 50km multi terrain route is from Ringwood to Hengistbury Head; absolutely stunning and extremely flat! The first 30km uses the Castleman Trail, a disused railway path, through lush forestry and tranquil woodlands, to reach Holes Bay and Poole Harbour. Followed by the amazing views over Brownsea Island and Sandbanks before you join the legendary coastal promenade for the final 15km, through Bournemouth, to the most beautiful finish of them all, at Hengistbury Head.
Jane said that although it was a bit too much tarmac on the route for her taste, she surprised herself by enjoying the experience. As she is still recovering from injury she went with a plan to run sections with brief walking interludes, seeing her finish second lady in her age group in 6h26m. Robert said that despite it being flat, and without his usual preferences for mud, wind and rain he still enjoyed doing it, and completed in 5h48m.
Jeremy Tandy was racing this weekend, 44 miles from Lizard Point to Lands End along the South West Coast Path in the Endurance Life Classic Quarter ultra marathon in 8h16m58s of non-stop movement, 44.6 miles of which 2K were vertical, Jeremy finished in 8th place overall out of 186 finishers, 2nd in category MV45.
Hayden Bond won the Dartmoor trail half marathon in a time of 1.50.06 on Saturday. The course had views of Dartmoor while running through deeply rutted fields, woodland, and open moorland, with a lot of bogs and river crossings. The half marathon was a 2 lap course. With it not being a mass start no positions where known until the results came out. But huge congrats to Hayden for the surprise win!
On Saturday 5th September Chris Turner completed the Dartmoor 50 which didn’t officially go ahead this year but Chris completed the route or thereabouts in an impressive 11h47m.
Jo Bradford and Jackie Dawes set out at 3pm on Sunday to complete the Virtual Granite Way 20 mile run as there were medals to be claimed after the race was cancelled in March. Staying true to the race, they ran out and back for 5 miles twice. They were also accompanied by fellow ORC Mags Jarvis who cycled the full 20 miles with them.