Racing is back!

With racing back on the agenda, although with fewer numbers and staggered starts, some ORCs grabbed the opportunity to put their club colours on again and get out and race. Hayden Bond and Claudine Benstead had their first race since lockdown when they took part in City Run’s Turn and Burn 5k starting from Exeter Quay on Wednesday evening. To ensure social distancing was maintained, there was a staggered start with runners sent off in twos with a minute between each pair. Claudine headed off first with a great run finishing in exactly 20.00mins to win her age group. Hayden had an excellent run too finishing in 17.13 to set a new PB.

Saturday saw three ORCs racing down in Cornwall. Karen King started the day with the Tribe Pentewen Trail 10k, an out and back run along the wooded Pentewen Valley trail. Karen had a good run to finish the slightly under distance route in 50.46.


She then joined two other ORCs, Keeley Philips and Eirin Mc Daid running the Gecko Gathering Trail races at Scorrier House near Redruth. Here there was a choice of a 5k or 10k route over a fairly hilly course where the 10k ran two laps of the 5k route. This was the first opportunity for new members Keeley and Eirin to run in ORC colours and both did the club proud. Eirin finished in first place in the 10k with an impressive time of 37.41, while Keeley was first FV40 in the 5k in 28.43. Karen finished not far behind Keeley in a time of 28.50.