On Saturday ORC Kathryn Volkert-Igoe had an early start as she headed to Padstow with her trusty companion, Bree the sprockerpoo, to take part in the Lobster Lollop Canicross 10k.
The Lobster Lollop is a no pressure trail run in support of the National Lobster Hatchery with routes out and back along the famous Camel Trail, a super flat course starting and finishing in Padstow.
Luckily the rain had stopped when they arrived, and it was a balmy 13 degrees for the race, which Kathryn and Bree were doing for the first time. They both thoroughly enjoyed the race, finishing in a time of 1:05:42 before heading off for a well earned breakfast!
On Saturday evening Ian Ripper took part in the Burrator Noir at the Discovery Centre at Burrator Reservoir. The race is part of part of the Wild Night Run and Wild Run Series organised by Wild Running.
The Burrator Noir (as the name suggests is run in the dark) combines open moorland, forest paths, gravel trail and gnarly, rocky foot paths close to some of Dartmoor’s most intriguing Bronze Age relics. It chases along forested paths from the Discovery centre, through open moorland towards Princetown, then follows the old disused railway line near the quarries and home via the track behind Ingra Tor, in an anticlockwise direction.
There were 10km and 12 mile distances. Ian took part in the 12mile run and was fortunate as the rain held off for the 80 or so runners taking part.
Ian said it was a lovely level start along the reservoir which led to a seemingly endless climb on a rough, rocky track before finally levelling out onto some boggy ground near Princeton.
The final couple of miles was along what is probably a pretty leat trail if you had sense to run it in daylight! Ian was the only ORC running and was placed 1st MV60 in 1:58:29 (30th overall).
Although not taking part in the race, ORC Rob Richards was instrumental in helping with the race preparation. He went round marking the route during daylight on Friday and ran the route again following the competitors round on Saturday night removing the markers. Ian said that the mist swallowed the views but Robs’ glow-stick trail markers were beacons of assurance along the trail making for a great fun race!