Two races this weekend

A gloriously sunny autumn day greeted Okehampton Running Club runners taking part in the two local races on Sunday, however both were coastal courses and susceptible to the blustery wind. There were three ORCs representing the club at the Bradly’s 10k held on a flat, two lap, out and back course along the Exmouth sea front. The men’s race set off first with Hayden Bond being the first ORC back in an impressive time of 36.06 to come third overall, while Paul Evison finished in a great time of 49.04. Claudine Benstead was the only female ORC there and, despite the blustery conditions, ran an excellent race to finish in 42.49 to be 2nd Female and first FV60. Unfortunately the course was 300m over distance so times could not be used for PB’s and club records.


In Cornwall three more ORCs took to the coast to run Purple Geko’s Man Up & Down race. Starting at Portreath and following the coast path to Perranporth, this 12 mile race had typical coast path terrain and nearly 2,000ft of elevation making for a tough route, but Eirin Mc Daid took it on at an incredible speed, finishing in 1.31.04 to come first overall. Jo Page was very happy to run her first race since her recent injury, while Keeley Philips, still fresh to trail running, enjoyed the stunning coastal scenery.