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I ran cross country and track competitively and pretty fast through my teenage years and then, in true teenage fashion, tired of it and barely ran a step until I was 40. At that point, I rediscovered my love for running and joined ORC. I loved running the Westward League cross country events and Parkrun 5ks, and eventually increased my mileage and enjoyed a 10k and then half marathon events. Sometimes I run hard to compete, but more often I run for the pleasure of completing. Being part of the club and running with friends makes running so much more enjoyable and I urge anyone who wants to improve their physical and/or mental health to give it a go.
I started running quite late in life and run for fitness rather than competitively. I have been an enthusiastic Parkrunner since 2014 and love running with people of a similar ability. I also enjoyed entering events over longer distances, even up to a half marathon. After a long absence through injury, I decided to join the club’s couch to 5K programme to bring myself back to fitness and became a fully fledged member in 2020. I very much enjoy the social aspect of our Tuesday and Thursday runs which are fun rather than achievements.
Although I was keen on sport at school, mainly playing hockey for Okehampton School first XI and Columbines, along with moor walking and Ten Tors, I wasn’t a big fan of cross country. After leaving school I mainly went to the gym to keep fit and enjoyed group exercise classes. When I moved back to Okehampton in 2015 I was keen to do something to keep fit and meet new people, so thought I’d give running a go and joined ORC. I must say I haven’t looked back! I have gradually improved and run a few 10k races, although this isn’t my main focus, I just enjoy getting out with like minded people and exploring new routes. What I like about ORC is the constant support and encouragement from colleagues and coaches to do your best. The club is incredibly friendly and welcomes athletes of all abilities, so like me, why not just give it go – it will be worth it!
I did athletics as a child but don’t remember enjoying the running much. I was more into long jump and Triple Jump until I lost interest at 16. I took up running just over 5 years ago when I moved to Devon and fell in love with it. I think I discovered trail running over Dartmoor. It wasn’t long after moving to Devon that I joined ORC. Since then I have run and raced more and more, around the south west, country and even the odd race abroad. I enjoy running any distance and any terrain, but if I had to pick then I would say that the Marathon is my favourite distance. I have run all around the South West and UK as well as the odd race abroad. I love taking part in races, not just to race but to be around like-minded people and see new places. Three years ago I did my Leadership in running fitness qualification and have been taking groups on club nights ever since. I am also the club membership secretary.
Running is a very important part of my life . I run for enjoyment, the social aspect, mediation stress release and for competition. When it comes to competition I compete at 5k races to half marathons, although in my younger years I completed 4 marathons. As a competitive runner I always compete against myself continually trying to chase personal bests, but during training and after completion there is nothing more enjoyable than either running with fellow runners or running with my dogs.
ORC is a big part of my life! I coach the junior section which currently has 35 children (including my own 3) training over 3 sessions a week. We run as an athletics club, developing the children’s running, throwing, and jumping. Those children who want to can take part in open athletics meetings, local junior fell races, and the Westwood League cross country. I also enjoy taking my 3 boys to park runs on Saturday mornings. For the adults, most Wednesdays I take out an evening moor run. We run from a pub or carpark somewhere on the northern moor for 90 mins or so. It is a mixed group of people who love running on the moor. I am always proud to wear my orc vest when racing and I like to take part in fell races and ultra marathons.
I took up running late in life (age 45) because I wanted to be fit at 50. I was unfit and needed to lose weight. I joined ORC in Sept 2012. The club gave me the confidence to believe in myself and taught me that anyone can run a marathon. I was lucky to get a club place in London Marathon 2014. A year later I achieved a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon which will always be special to me. I always intended to give something back to the club and when the need for a Welfare Officer arose I thought I had better offer my services. I am joint trained RNMH and qualified social worker with over 27 years experience of statutory social work. As Welfare Officer I am committed to driving the safeguarding agenda. I strive to ensure the club is inclusive and fully accessible to all.
I ran with some success at school but aside from when I entered (but failed to get a place) in the London Marathon, I didn’t run again until my late 30s. This was when I discovered that to keep eating all the foods I enjoyed required me to start doing some exercise! I’m happiest running a trail or on the moor and enjoy challenging myself to run ever longer distances. My background is in IT so when the club needed somebody to take on the website I was happy to volunteer.