Ham & Lyme 50k Ultra & Hope Trail Festival

Ham & Lyme 50k Ultra

Robert Richards was the sole ORC runner at the Ham & Lyme 50k Ultra which follows the stunning Liberty Trail that runs from Ham Hill Country Park in Somerset to Lyme Regis in Dorset. The trail takes in some  fabulous locations along the way, including the enchanting Wayford Woods, the breathtaking panoramas from Lambert’s Castle (if the mist stays away) and a number of pretty villages, before descending to wonderful Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb. The route is based on one taken by six villagers who went to join the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685 with their pitch forks. Robert only had his running shoes and completed the race in 6hrs 36mins a very good effort considering he only recently completed the demanding Tsunami Marathon.

Hope Trail Festival

At the weekend Karen King and Jo Page along with ORC junior Ollie King took part in the Hope Trail Festival. The weekend involved three races which were held over a technical five mile loop around the forest. The event also had a children’s race. It was all set in a glorious country estate near Plymouth. Ollie King set off first in the 5k coming home in a very respectable 13th male out of a large field. Then it was Jo’s turn taking up the 24hr challenge starting at midday. Jo covered a total distance of 50miles, which was a fine achievement considering she was  barely recovered from covid just two weeks ago. Then it was Karen’s turn with the 12hr race starting at 9pm and completing a total of three laps taking it sensibly as still in recovery and rehab.