1st Lady at the Stur Half

Kirsten Welch Takes 1st Lady At The Stur.

Kirsteen Welch took part in The Stur Half on Sunday the 4th of August. The race was organised by The Dorset Doddlers and sponsored by Honeybuns the gluten free bakery. It started at 10:30 from Station Rd in Sturminster Newon and followed a hilly route along the roads of the town and the surrounding area. With six water stations Kirsteen had some great practice on how not to drink water while still running. Good job that she is a star runner who took 1st lady in 1h24m56s.

Greenbow Straight 8

Straight Eight

This year due to a large event at Powderham Castle, Greenbow Running Club decided to hold a one-off time trial instead of the usual Straight Eight race. The normal route was used starting from Starcross and finishing at Exeter Quay using the footpaths along the Exe Estuary, Exeter Canal and the River Exe.

Antony Hall came in 2nd place, beating his previous years time by two minutes in a time of 50m50s and Kat Hall also knocked two minutes from her previous time, crossing the line in 1h16s in 14th place.


Snowdon Trail Marathon

Kirsteen Takes Aim Very High In Snowdonia
Kirsteen Welch was aiming very high in the Always Aim Higher, Snowdon Marathon Trail race on Sunday the 14th of July. With clear skies the conditions were dry underfoot, the higher altitude air slightly cooler which helped make it possible for Kirsteen’s outstanding performance in the Welsh mountains.
She has been training extremely hard this year, winning some very gruelling races along the way. So, it would not come as a surprise to hear that she pushed herself deep into the ‘pain cave’ during this event. Considering the altitude difference between Devon and Snowdonia she ran well and averaged a 9:11minute/mile, climbing a staggering 5,132ft of elevation gain. Also worth noting that many segments of this race she has now claimed as the fastest Lady recorded (Strava time).
 She was the 1st Lady across the line coming 22nd over all in just 4h07m52s (chip time). There was an extra incentive to this event for the first two men and the first two ladies across the finish line. It comes in the form of a Team GB Shirt with a place in the World Mountain Running Championships in Argentina later this year. This is a well deserved achievement and the whole of SRC wish Kirsteen the very best of luck.

Exeter 10k

Exeter 10k

Three Mighty Greens took part in the Exeter 10k on the 17/07/2019 all finishing within the hour. A warm evening run on the footpaths between and along the cooling River Exe and the Exeter Canal. First SRC runner over the line was Toby Garrick taking 8th place over all in 35m13s. Then Naomi Garrick 166th in 52m24s and the 3rd SRC runner crossing the line was Cheryl Boulton in 59m46s.

Jurassic 10k

Jurassic Coast 10k

First MG over the finish line was Mark Soutar 28th, 43m48s. Tim Swarbrick 153rd, 57m11s. Christine Farnham 163rd, 58m05s ran with her sister Karen Farnham 164th, 58m06s. Kathy Keast 172nd, 59m05s. Kat Hall 226th, 1h05m55s. Lesley Hook 257th, 1h08m53s. Jennifer Bentley 262nd, 1h09m17s. Susan Rockey out on her first 10k in over a year came 263rd in 1h09m18s.

Otter Rail and River run

Otter Rail and River 10k 2019.

The Otter River and Rail 10k race was organised by Tipton St John Playing Field Association in conjunction with Sidmouth Running Club and was sponsored by Otter Brewery, Harrison-Lavers and Potbury’s and Michelmores Solicitors.

This year the Sidmouth Running Club as a whole supported the Charlie Gwillim fund raiser and ran as Charlie’s Angels. Charlie at 27 years of age was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour and she is being looked after by her fiancé Rob, who is her full time carer. The SRC was working closely with her business Devon Embroidery, prior to her illness on some new ideas for club kit and she had spent a lot of time on its development.

Fifteen minutes before the start, a very lively warm-up session taken by Honiton Running Club’s Paula Ferris was enjoyed by the competitors. With many traditional warm up techniques put into a dance-like routine and all to music. This added to the jovial atmosphere of the day.

With warm, but cloudy weather and bone-dry conditions underfoot, this scenic off-road multi terrain10km race got underway at 11:00hrs sharp. Forty one SRC members took off from the village playing field of Tipton St John. The competitors ran around the edge of the cricket field, through the carpark and on down-stream along the River Otter to the village of Harpford. A well earned water stop with energy giving Jelly Babies awaited them on arrival. They then enter into Harpford Woods proceeding along a footpath until the old railway line. Here, the route takes a turn to the left and up a flight of steep steps back to Tipton along the old rail route. At Tipton village centre they turn right into a narrow footpath and through fields with a shot spell on the road to Fluxton. At Fluxton they head up hill and back to Tipton along the road. When back at the village it was a short run along the river and into the village playing field to be cheered enthusiastically over the finish line by Terry Bewes.

Results: Toby Garrick 35m19s coming 3rd overall and 1st SRC runner to cross the line. David King 52nd and 1st M65 in 49m14s. Katherine Hilton came 58th in 49m14s and taking the prize for 1st local Woman and 1st F45. Stuart Coles 66th in 51m12s. Naomi Garrick 70th, 51m36s. Sarah Ginsberg 71st, 51m37s. Tim Swarbrick came in 85th position in 53m43s beating Hamish Spence, who almost finished his race face down in the first field of wheat! Hamish managed to stay on track and crossed the line 87th in 54m04s. Allen Kay 98th, 54m54s. Christine and Karen Farnham left it to the last few yards to decide as to which one would take 100th place, even then it was a photo finish and Christine got it by a whisker in 55m24s. Karen Farnham had to be content with the knowledge that she was the 1st of the 100’s (101st) in 55m26s. Graham Sheppard 109th, 65m26s. Sarah Clapham 115th, 57m12s. Richard King 122nd, 58m13. Michael Ginsberg123rd, 58m14s. David Millen told me that he would be taking it easy during the race, that would wouldn’t be breaking any records. This lasted all of about 100 yards, when David’s more competitive stride took ahold and carried him into126th place in 58m31s. Shaun Tipton 131st, 59m18 making him the last Mighty Green to beat the 1 hour point. Colin Flood 136th, 1h01m22s. Becky McDonald 141st, 1h01m44s. Paula Farrand 156th, 1h03m00. Jane Hemsworth 143rd, 1h01m50s. Jennifer Bentley heard as she rounded the last corner before the sprint to the finish line, a fellow SRC member calling out, “Come on Bert, you can catch Jenny”! Jenny crossed the line in160th place in 1h03m14s, just ahead of a puffed-out Bert Dykema who really tried to catch JB but took 163rd place in 1h03m18s. Carolyn Sinclair 171st, 1h04m06s. Bridget McEleney-Smith 176th, 1h04m40s. Kat Hall 179th, 1h05m21s. Dave Wright 182nd, 1h05m43s. Lesley Hook 184th, 1h06m11s. Jason Chipps, 209th, 1h10m34s. Bruce Odlin 214th, 1h11m23s. Emma Grainger 219th, 1h12m35s. Julia Hadrrell 228th, 1h13m58s. Sue Cunningham 229th, 1h14m06s giving her the 1st in the F70 category. Jon Ball 238th and Caroline Ball 239th, both crossed the line in1h17m34s. Not far behind Jon and Carolyn were Tania Puddicombe 239th and Sarah Burston 240th, both managed a last minute burst of energy and sprinted over the line, TP in 1h17m45s and SB in 1h17m46s. Ann Cole 252nd ran with Doreth Lawrence 253rd both arriving back together in 1h23m28s with Tristan Chipps 256th in 1h27m56s.

The Jackie Box Fun Run.

   Taking part or helping out in the Tipton Jackie Box Fun Run on Saturday were 8 juniors all of which were proudly wearing the Mighty Green writes Kerry Boyle.

Three had participated in the recent FUNdementals in athletics course who were Elsie Wiltshire, Seth Lancaster and Dominic Hall, the 5 others all have parents or siblings who are Sidmouth running club members. The more experienced of the group started off steadily, knowing that it was a mile and not to sprint off too fast across the playing fields at Tipton. The next part along the river was harder to negotiate through the cow field and rabbit holes, but despite a few trips and ankle twists they picked themselves up and all completed the run back along the old train track to the Tipton playing fields. All of the children received a medal and a large sugary snake for their fantastic efforts! Elsie Wiltshire a local from Tipton received a haul of medals winning first girl in her age group (under 10’s) and first local girl. Fraser Felton-Smith also wearing the mighty green was first Tipton boy and also finished first in his age group (under 12’s). Oscar Burston was 2nd in the under 10’s followed by Seth Lancaster who was 5th in the same age group. Also completing the race for Sidmouth was Georgia Felton-Smith, Jake Burston and William Hall. Congratulations to all, you did yourselves and Sidmouth running club proud!