Saints Way Challenge, City to Sea Marathon, Bridgewater 10k & Parkrun

Two ORCs have been running big races this week. Firstly, Mike Saywell ran the Purple Gecko Saints Way challenge.  A 28-mile coast-to-coast mixed trail/road run from Padstow to Fowey. Things did not quite go to plan for Mike as he had to walk most of the last 10 miles due to a dodgy knee, so he was really pleased to finish 28th out of 82 runners in a time of 5:41:09.   This was the last run in a series of 4 races (totalling 100 miles) and a finish secured him an excellent 3rd place male in the series.

Lucy Gooding completed the City to Sea marathon yesterday,  a mix of road and coastal trail. This was her first marathon, she finished in 6 hrs 53 mins. Lucy said she loved it! The first 18/19 miles were flat, but the last few miles were very hilly with lots of steep steps which she said were a bit much for her little legs! The route took runners from Exeter, through Starcross, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Shaldon and ended up at Babbacombe. Congratulations on becoming a marathoner Lucy.

Claudine Benstead ran Bridgewater 10k to scoop 3rd place Female in a time of 48.04 and 1st place VF60. The 10K race along with a Half marathon is a fund raiser for Cancer research UK. It started and finished at Morganian’s Rugby Club passing through the beautiful village of Chedzoy.

Park Run runners this week were Jo Page and Karen and Ollie King; they chose Exmouth this week. Jo ran her fastest 10K since 2019 after a big mileage week of marathon training. Jo ran 20.48 and was 3rd female and 1st FV35. Ollie and Karen ran together in a time of 28.41.