Princetown Fell Race
Sunday saw four ORCs head to Princetown for the first running of a new fell race to the Dartmoor calendar. This was approx 12kms run over open moorland visiting numerous tors in the local area including South Hessary Tor, Cramber Tor, Black Tor, Leeden Tor, King’s Tor and North Hessary Tor before dropping back down to finish at the Dartmoor Brewery. It was wet and muddy underfoot and the promised rain arrived in the final stages of the race giving everyone a damp, chilly and breezy finish. Some excellent performances with Charlie Temperley first ORC home in 1.11.07, followed by Claire Watkins in 1.13.37, Daniel Heggs in 1.13.43 and Hannah Susorney in 1.39.47.
TAL19k and 10k
Two ORCs and a friend ran the Talan’s Trust TAL10 and TAL19 in Bude on Sunday. There’s a 10km and 19km route, which has a bit of everything, grass, mud, woodland trail, foot path, some tarmac, towpath and of course two sections of stunning coast path. There was a strong wind and a huge shower just before the start but 150 runners set off in sunshine which stayed with us until the last 5 minutes when the heavens opened again and they finished drenched by horizontal hail! A great route, really friendly event with plenty of good marshals to show you the way and fabulous soup and cakes at the finish. Hannah Ramsay finished in 1.57. Congratulations go to Anne Brett who completed the shorter 10k distance in 1.09.50, this was her first race in 3 years.
Lobster Lollop 10k
The Lobster Lollop is a no pressure trail run in support of the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow! This mornings route was an out & back along the famous Camel Trail, starting & finishing in Padstow! The weather was glorious for sole ORC Jo Page who prefers cold crisp and dry to warm and wet. She watched the sunrise over the estuary just before registration, an amazing event location. Jo was pleased with how her legs responded just two weeks after running the New York City Marathon. She was 7th overall and 2nd female.
Parkrun Ellesmere Port
On Saturday Mags Jarvis did her second parkrun at Ellesmere Port, near to where one of her daughters lives.The conditions were like a cross country course, with the run mainly on grass and woodland paths. There was plenty of wet ground and mud.
Mags had hardly run since the summer due to her knee injury (in the right knee, which previously was her “good” knee) so was not sure how the run would go. However she was very pleased to do under 9:30 min/mile pace, coming in 9th lady and 1st in her W65-69 age category.