Blackdown Beast 2016

Saturday morning saw 9 Sidmouth Running Club members attending the pre-run briefing at the Highfield Club, Dunkeswell ready for the start of this very popular run. I say run as it is not a race. Falling between the pre and post-Christmas races this is a 17 mile self-navigation social run over the beautiful Blackdown Hills. We were promised plenty of mud, bog and hills and there were plenty of each.

The run is split into 4 legs, the first about 7 miles takes you through fields, lanes, woods, farm yards and a proper bog to Smeatharpe Village Hall where the W.I. ladies had hot pasties and mulled cider waiting. The next leg of about 3 miles and the easiest takes you to the Sidmouth Arms at Upottery where more liquid refreshment is available. You have the opportunity of finishing here and taking a bus back to the start but for the hardened Sidmouth runners that was never an option.

Leg 3 is only about 3.5miles but very tough. After a road run to Rawridge you then plough your way across two very boggy fields before starting a mile plus climb up to and through the Buddhist Monastery woodland which now has a lake, to the top of the ridge where you are rewarded with a fantastic 180 degree panoramic view before dropping down into Luppit. Arriving at the unique Luppit Inn which is one of the smallest Inns in the country you are greeted by Gladys the Landlady who will tell you “I am 93 you know”, but I am sure she was 93 last year as well, a great character.

The final leg takes you through a series of boggy fields and a few more hills to finish you off. Arriving back at the Club, tired, muddy and wet we all agreed to return next year.

As I said at the start this is a social run but of course there is always the competitive runner amongst us. Normally this would be George but this year it was Jessica Raynor who finished 4th out of the 180 runners in under 3 hours and was the first lady home. She was back home in Sidmouth and had a bath by the time the true social runners finished some 2 hours later.

A superbly organised event by Honiton Running Club and over a £1,000 raised for charity.

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JP's Exe to Axe 2019

 

Four Trigs Challenge 2019.

The 19th running of the Four Trigs Challenge will be held on Sunday 10th February 2019. For details of the challenge and for an entry form please click on the links below.

Sidmouth Running Club East Devon Spring Series 2019.

This is a non-competitive team activity and consists of a series of off-road races in the first half of 2019. A suggested training plan is included to encourage as many club members to take part.
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Mighty Green Ambassadors

As we enter 2019 we're down to 10 Mighty Green Ambassadors. Stick to those New Year's resolutions and enter an event now! The club park run group got off to a good start today and we have the Blackdown Beast coming up shortly. Remember to send in those run reports and check for events in the "what's on" section of the website. Also don't forget that volunteering counts too- any park run volunteers out there?

If you’ve forgotten to record previous events don’t worry it’s not too late- just complete the form. However Hamish would be delighted if you could report your run straight after your race as this helps him with his Sidmouth Herald reports.

What is it all about? The aim is for all club members to represent SRC at least once every month by taking part in a running event or by representing SRC as a volunteer at a race or social event. Each event only counts once (different park runs are counted as different events) and although the aim is for one each month you only need to collect 10 over the 12 month period (2 months allowed for holidays or injury). However only one event per month counts towards the 10.