The East Devon Round Ultramarathon

On Saturday the 4th of May, five SRC members took on a 100km Ultramarathon, the East Devon Round. This is a very tough race taking the runners through many beauty spots and two AONB’s, it has over 8,700 feet of elevation gain. The runners set off from Offwell, head through Honiton and up into the hills towards Beacon, Luppitt and Dunkerswell. Then there are a few miles of woodland paths and then some ridge running up onto East Hill giving great views across the Otter Valley. They then headed down to Sidbury, Colyton and Seaton for a Jurassic Coastline run to Lyme Regis. From Lyme it was an uphill slog to Raymonds Hill and Axminster and then a very hilly zig-zag run back to Offwell.
Jess Watkins and David Wright both completed the half ultra EDR. Jess treated this event as a training season for her next ultra and managed to be the 2nd lady across the line in 5h26m only missing first place by 12 minutes. David, however did not feel in shape to do this epic race, but decided to give it a go. He took it at his own pace by walking the hilly parts and taking full advantage of the refreshments at the check points. He also stumbled upon an ice cream van and re-kindled his love of ice-pops helping him to a cool finishing time of 9h33m. Carine Silver continued on to check point 7. Jim Forrer and Ross Walton egged each other on for the full route taking joint 14th position in 15h37m.

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