The mighty green Junior running club started back this Sunday with 14, 8-14 year olds taking part, 7 were boys and 7 were girls. This time, there were children from Tipton, Ottery St Mary as well as Sidmouth. writes Kerry Boyle.
With the weather not so predictable this time of year, we all started in the Sidmouth College Gymnasium with a warm up, dynamic stretching and some running games looking at form, particularly their running arms.
We have been very lucky to recruit some more volunteers from the club to help take the groups so Claire Ashby (Assistant Couch) and Tim Dafforn (Leader in running fitness), took the older group out (12-14 year olds) who did a steady run followed by some endurance training. There were 8 youngsters who stayed in the gym with Kerry Boyle (Athletics Coach) and Jenny Jepperson (Leader in running fitness) they looked at learning how to jump as far as they could measuring their distance with a standing jump and seeing how many times the could do the speed bounce in 20 secs, they went on to learning how to do the pull throw which is the technique required to throw a javelin by using bean bags and howlers. Finishing off the session with a relay, warm down and stretches. Everyone had a great time.
The course runs for 5 weeks finishing on the 20th of October, but will return after half term on the 10th November. With more volunteers we have been able to increase the number of the groups so there are spaces still available for this course, please either visit the running club website: Sidmouth Running Club – Eat, Sleep, Run, Repeat or email the coaches on juniors@
East Devon Schools Championships
This week it was the turn of the juniors from SIDMOUTH Running Club to shine. Kate Marriott, Jo Ashby, Molly and Toby Garrick all donned their off road shoes and headed for the first round of the East Devon Schools Championships at Bicton College. This is always a fiercely contested event amongst the local schools and this year was no exception. The first 20 from each age group qualify to go to the East Devon verses Exeter event in Okehampton. Conditions were ideal, dry underfoot, sunny and warm.
Jo Ashby year 8 competing against year 8 and 9 did well in the school group but just missed out qualifying, coming in 22nd. With all the training he is putting in at the Club and the fact he will be a year older all looks positive for next year.
Molly Garrick another year 8 also had a good run in the school group but also missed out on qualifying coming 27th.
Two of our most experienced and competitive runners did however qualify in style, Katie Marriott running in year 10-11 came in 2nd in the girls race and Toby Garrick year 10-11 came in 3rd in the boys, both now go forward to represent East Devon.
Five junior members of Sidmouth Running Club made it through to the final held at Stover School, Newton Abbot last Saturday and all came away with exceptional results of which they should be proud, competing against schools from all over Devon. There were around 400 competitors over the various races. It was an achievement in itself that they all made it to the final having to go through the qualifying races at School, East Devon, then Exeter and East Devon.
It was a tough course which claimed several victims due to the muddy, slippery conditions
Toby Garrick year 10 competing against year 11 came 6th.
Katie Marriot year 8 came 13th beating many who had beaten her in the qualifying heats.
Ollie Beech year 6 competing against year 7 came 9th
Jo Ashby year 7 came 21st
Molly Garrick year 7 came 24th
Toby and Ollie will now represent Devon at the South West Schools competition in Cheltenham in February.
Sidmouth Running Club congratulates them all.