The Otter Rail and River Run
Eighteen SIDMOUTH Running Club members turned out to support the 11th year of the Otter Rail and River Run. Race organiser Jo Earlam and the Tipton Playing Field Association pulled out all the stops to put on an extremely enjoyable event.
The race starts in the playing field before crossing the road and then following the path beside the river heading towards Newton Poppleford. It then crosses the river to Harpford and into Harpford woods to the old railway bridge. At this point you climb the steps and follow the old railway track back to Tipton then onto Sargent Mill over the bridge and head off towards Fluxton, along a lane heading back towards Tipton, across a field and bridge to enter the top of the playing field and sprint to the finish. It is an undulating off-road run with plenty of challenges to overcome.
The club members excelled themselves this year with nine prize winners.F45 1st Naomi Garrick, M70 1st David Millen, F55 1st Christine Farnham, F65 2nd Gail Goldsmith, M60 2nd Jon Ball, 3rd Tim Swarbrick, M65 3rd John Sharples, M50 3rd Graham Hill, Senior men 3rd Theo Burgess.
10k results. Graham Hill 9th overall 41:22, Theo Burgess 11th overall 42:11, Naomi Garrick 53:15, Christine Farnham 55:57, Karen Farnham 56:38, Jon Ball 56:43, Tim Swarbrick 56:57, David Millen 58:11, John Sharples 59:03, Dave Wright 1:02:00, Debbie Marriott 1:02:26, Don Cawthera 1:02:27, Gail Goldsmith 1:04:14, Milly Frankpitt 1:05:49, Richard Hedger 1:06:25, Tony Velterop 1:06:43, Jenny Bentley 1:08:25, Sue Cunningham 1:18:34.
There were 184 finishers