Last Wednesday saw a strong team of ORC’s and ORC Juniors head off to take part in the Great Links Tor Flyer, part of the Dartmoor Fell Series of races.
It is a spectacular route of 4.5 miles of fantastic running with some breath-taking views, starting and finishing at Fox and Hounds near Lydford.
The 4 juniors were running first, they had a 2km race to the top of Great Nodden and back – Ellenor Taylor (U11) and Alistair Taylor (U9) were 1st back in their respective races with Arthur Lane (U11) and Jacob Lane (U9) 2nd back in their categories. Brilliant running by the juniors and they were the team winners.
11 seniors took part in the new adult course. This took the track to Gt Nodden Tor, past both cairns then almost back on yourself to descend via the open moor to the check point at Little Links Tor. From here the runners continued to the next checkpoint at Great Links Tor then had a pretty flat or downhill run to the check points at Arms Tor and Brat Tor then a fast descent to the finish.
Luke Stannus was the first ORC home, fourth overall in a great time of 39:13. Joseph Lane was next in 42:14 closely followed by Chris Turner in 43:09. They were followed by Paul Crease 44:38, Mike Saywell 45:29, Charlie Temperley 45:53, Daniel Heggs 48:33 and Will Seviour 53:12.
The 3 ladies had a good run with Katherine Hails coming second in her age category in a time of 55:23, Christine Fritsch third in her age category in 1:01:25 and Hannah Susorney in 1:09:58.
The seniors were also the team winners, well done everyone, a great result. The final race in the series is the Sourton Fell Race on Wednesday 7 September organised by Okehampton Running Club.