Run Exe 5Mile
Wednesday night saw Claudine Benstead and Jo Page take on the Run Exe 5Mile. The course runs along Exmouth Seafront and is a pancake flat route. This very quick pair of ladies finished within 8 seconds of each other both winning their age categories. Claudine had a superb run having only recently returned to competitive running after a long bout of illness. Jo touched down in 33.41 which is a new FVet 35 club record and Claudine was only just behind in 33.49 taking 1st FVet 60.
Race the Light
On Saturday one ORC headed to Mothecombe for the 6th running of Race the Light. With the weather dry and completely still;- the trails the driest and the tides the lowest the organisers had seen, the runners didn’t get quite as wet and muddy as anticipated. Starting late afternoon with the tide coming in, it’s a race against both the light and the tide. From the slipway at the bottom of the hill, the runners head out across the hard packed uneven sand of the Erme Estuary and through the river to hit the undulating muddy trails that meander through the privately owned Fleet Estate. There was also one sneaky rope climb up a steep bank! After the return river crossing a steep final climb takes the runners up to the finish.
Claire Watkins completed the 8.5 miles in a watchtime of 1:12:27 (official results pending).
With a well marked course and lots of friendly encouraging Marshalls, it’s a highly recommended race if you enjoy trail running.