Parkrun Returns

SRC Welcome Return Of Park Runs

The green shirts of Sidmouth Running Club were spotted among the hundreds of runners who lined up at 9am on Saturday throughout England to mark the return of Park Runs since March last year. Everyone was mindful of the Covid guidelines and very appreciative of the volunteers who made the return possible.

Gripper at Exmouth

Adrian ‘Gripper’ Horne was close to his PB on the Exmouth course and was pleased to be back running along the seafront. It was the reverse route at Killerton which meant more incline but this did not affect Clive Gilbert and David Skinner’s enjoyment.

Clive at Killerton

Over at Seaton a new start position and a longer stretch of pebbles saw Julia Haddrell complete her 98th Park Run and Sarah Powell said she preferred the new set up.

Sarah and Julia at Seaton

Mighty Green, Jo Earlam headed to the coast on Friday to complete her 79th marathon-and an ultra at that! The route took the runners along the scenic coastal path between Charmouth and Weymouth for 28.8 miles. Run leader Jo said,”Number 79 will be remembered as the slow hot one!”

Jo on marathon 79

Sarah Browne ran her first half marathon at the weekend for Stroke awareness and what a run; 4th female, 9th overall in 2:26:00.

Sarah at her 1st 1/2M

Last Wednesday mum and son, Naomi and Toby Garrick entered the Exeter City Runs 10k. Naomi finished in a very respectable 54 minutes while Toby powered round and completed in the course in 34:29, a new PB knocking 25 seconds off the PB he had at the Tipton Rail and River 10K where he came in first place.

Jo Pavey and the Garricks

Toby said’ “It was at the start of the heat wave so proved tough conditions but it was an amazing experience to run alongside Jo Pavey MBE for the first 4km and then move to the next group up.” Toby is now turning his focus onto marathon training and increasing his mileage.


Hot! Hot! Hot! Haytor Heller

On Saturday 17th July Antony Hall was questioning why he had signed up to run the Haytor Heller on possibly the hottest day of the month so far! Organised by Teignbridge Trotters to celebrate their 35th anniversary the hilly, rugged terrain certainly put the Mighty Green to the test. The 5.30pm start didn’t bring cooler temperatures but Antony completed the 10k course in 00:54:12, 30 seconds behind the first woman home in an impressive 25th place out of a field of 240 entrants.

Antony at Haytor

Antony said, “It was by far the hottest run I have had since the London Marathon in 2018!”

Kirsteen wins again

Hosepipes Cool Kirsteen As She Blazes Ahead!

Kirsteen Welsh has done it again setting a new woman’s course record at the Frome Half Marathon on Sunday!

Despite the temperature hitting 29oc and the hilly first half, Kirsteen was the first lady over the finish line, 6th overall and completed the course in 1:21:13, smashing the existing woman’s course record.

Kirsteen at Frome

The Mighty Green said, ”The residents of Frome were legends, they came out to cheer the runners on and cooled them down by spraying us with hose pipes!”

Lundy Island 1/2M

Dolphins And Puffins (Medals) Make A Hot Half Marathon Worthwhile

Further afield on Sunday Tom Knight, Debbie and Don Cawthera ran the Lundy Island half marathon. Deb said, “It was the hottest, slowest half marathon I have ever done!”. Debbie and Don completed it in 3:25:15.

Don and Debbie

Meanwhile Tom put in a good run in the 30 deg heat, coming in 3rd place in 2:10:52!

Tom at Lundy 1/2M

The Mighty Greens saw dolphins on the way back and received a lovely Puffin medal which made the event very memorable.

Exe Estuary Races

What A Way To Celebrate Being 50!

Also on Saturday 10th July representing Sidmouth Running Club in the Exe Estuary 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon-Summer were Allan Kay, Adrian ‘Gripper’ Horne, Niall Hawkins and Sarah Ginsberg.

The race organised by Winding Paths starts in Budleigh Salterton, continues along the SW coast path to Exmouth (where those running the half marathon turn around), and along the Exe Estuary Trail to Topsham (the return point for the 50k).


Half marathon runners, Niall and Sarah, both agreed that the return along Exmouth seafront was tough but despite mud, rain, sun and hitting a wall (not literally) at mile 8, Niall had an incredible run taking second place in 1:53:53 and Sarah, who had her granddaughter Olive cheering her on, finished in 2:14:54, fourteenth place in a field of 84 runners.


Mighty Green Adrian finally achieved his goal to run 50k in his fiftieth year, and the race postponement due to Covid meant he got to run it with his son, Ollie and MG Allan.

Ollie, Allan, Adrian

Despite the wet start, the trio enjoyed the picturesque route and were encouraged along the way by family and friends. They finished together, rather fittingly, in joint 50th place in 6:57:08.


A special mention must go to former SRC member, Jess Raynor, who was 1st woman home, 6th overall in 4:50:12. Congratulations to you all.

Otter Rail and River

­Field of (Mighty) Green

Sidmouth Running Club members were out in force on Saturday competing in the Otter Rail and River 10k event. The multi terrain race is organised by Tipton St John Playing Field Association and is gently undulating, following the valley of the River Otter and along the disused railway line in Harpford Woods using short road links, un-surfaced tracks/paths, fields with stiles, kissing gates and this year lots of MUD!

Luckily Sidmouth club runners have been advised by Chairman Terry Bewes not to dilly dally on the outside edges of the mud but to plough straight through and as Bex McDonald said, “It was great Grizzly training!”

There was an air of excitement as the Mighty Greens gathered for a group photo before the start; for many it was their first event in club colours and it was the first race in a long time that 45 MG’s lined up at the start.

Toby & Catherine

Mighty Green Toby Garrick had a fantastic run through the challenging conditions and came in 1st overall out of a field of 216 finishers in 36 minutes and was first in his age category. MG’s Antony Hall came in 9th place in 42:14 with Tom Knight not far behind in 42:57. Mighty Green Catherine Hilton had a great run, not only was she first local lady home but also first in her age category in 52:51.


Seconds behind Catherine was Charlotte Forrer who has recently successfully competed in her first triathlon, the Weymouth Middle Distance Triathlon organised by Bustinskin Events. Charlotte is also an England Athletic Run Together group leader with mums from Sidbury school; two of which ran the Otter Rail and River.

Group finish at Tipton

For the club runners further down the field it was very encouraging to hear the cheering as the finishers crossed the line and to see the number of Mighty Greens who had stayed on to do so in true club spirit.

Sidmouth Running Club would like to thank race director Gemma Wiltshire and her team for the very well organised event, the very friendly supportive marshals and the two cow marshals (they had skills!). There were smiles all round as the runners left with their finisher’s bottle of Otter Brewery bitter despite having very wet, muddy trainers.


Toby Garrick 36:00

Antony Hall 42:14

Tom Knight 42:57

Catherine Hilton 52:51

Charlotte Forrer 53:37

Yasmin Salter 53:44

Tim Swarbrick 54:54

Susan Anderson 55:25

John Sharples 56:32

Clive Gilbert 57:22

Mark Norton 57:47

Naomi Garrick 59:03

Christine Farnham 59:04

Becky McDonald 60:33

Sue Colman 61:01

Suzi Rockey 63:48

Derek Blackburn 63:54

Judith Jeeves 64:47

Helen Akay 64:51

Brigid McEleney-Smith 65:05

Sarah Clapham 65:34

Jane Stein 66.51

Denise Main 67:01

Kathy Jordan 68:17

Katie Harris 68:46

David Wright 69:35

John Doherty 69:57

Sam Ingram 70.19

Lucy Ingram 70:20

Jasmine Reeves 70:36

Colin Flood 70:51

Sarah Burston 71:23

Leeann Thompson 72:30

Amelia Frankpitt 72:55

Jo Earlam 79:22

Emma Grainger 81:33

Sarah Watkins 83:35

Carol McManus 83:36

Beccy Johnson 83:37

Liz Goodman 83:37

Alexa Baker 83:38

Jenny Benattar 84:58

Alison Long 85.20

Ann Cole 86:40

Rachel Austin-Rigby 87:02

Julia Haddrell 94:28

Terry Bewes 94:28

Record breaking weekend

A Record Breaking Running Weekend For Sidmouth Running Club

On Saturday two SRC members headed up to Petworth in Hampshire to compete in The Salomon Serpent Trail organised by Freedom Racing.

Hannah at Serpentine 1/2M

Hannah Maslen ran the half marathon and after a mental tricky start the Mighty Green pulled herself through to get herself a half marathon PB of 2:28:48.

Kirsteen at Serpentine 50k

Following on from her success in the Exeter half marathon last week, Kirsteen Welch competed in the 50k Ultra race as part of the Golden Trail Series. This Mighty Green was the first woman over the line, 9th overall and smashed the woman’s course record and the previous men’s course record! It was the first time in this race that a lady has finished in under 4 hours, which Kirsteen did in 3:56:44 knocking nearly 40 minutes off the old record!

Closer to home on Sunday a small posse of Mighty Greens took part in LME’s Balmy Bicton 10k.

Suzi at Balmy Bicton

For Suzi Rockey it was a last minute decision having entered the race the night before and she was very happy to see the finish line completing the course in 57:20.

David art Balmy Bicton

David Welsh completed the course in 1:05:35 coming 3rd in his age category and Jamie Locke was very happy with his result especially considering there were a few challenging hills.

Jamie at Balmy Bicton

He came 23rd out of a field of 79 runners, 5th male in age category with a time of 50:42.

Niall at Balmy Bicton

Mighty Green, Niall Hawkins, had a fantastic run, crossing the finish line in 42:00, giving him a well-deserved 3rd place overall and 2nd in age category.

Kirsteen wins in the Mighty Green

Sidmouth Running Club are delighted that Kirsteen Welsh is back flying the Mighty Green flag and what a return!

Last weekend Kirsteen raced in the Run Exe 5k, her first 5k race since running an Exmouth parkrun back in October 2018 and achieved a big PB of 16.59 minutes! Kirsteen said, “There is definitely more in me to go quicker with targeted speed work and more racing to increase my pain threshold to keep pushing the pace even when it starts to hurt.”


This Sunday saw Kirsteen and new Mighty Green Jamie Locke race in the Exeter Half Marathon organised by City Community Trust.


Jamie enjoyed the traffic free, flat route along the footpath and cycle track of the River Exe and Exeter canal, dodging the rain drops and was very pleased with his result, coming in 132 out of 275 runners in 1:50:37. Kirsteen, despite the weather conditions and twisty route, was the first woman to cross the finish line in 77:24 wearing the Mighty Green colours. A fantastic result reflecting the dedication of her training, well done Kirsteen.


Travelling further afield, David Skinner had an early start on Saturday to get to Sibleyback lake in Cornwall for the Gecko gathering 5k which started at 8am. David said’ “I haven’t been there before but it was a very nice lake to run (in my case still very slowly) around with a decent cafe. I only do it for the bling!”

A sizzling 1/2M

A Sizzling Half Marathon PB For Gripper

Sidmouth Running Club run leader, Adrian ‘Gripper’ Horne ventured off to Dorset on Sunday to take part in the Weymouth Half Marathon organised by Just Racing.

Running in the heat

It was third time lucky for the race, having been previously postponed twice from September 2020, but with a staggered start and guidelines in place Gripper was able to enjoy the run.

Cooling down

The popular seaside half provides runners with some outstanding scenery on a pretty flat 1 lap13.1 mile course, which Gripper appreciated. The Mighty Green said despite the intense heat it shows how running on the Sidmouth hills pays dividends as he managed to take 6 minutes off his half marathon PB and finished in 02:02:30 hours!

What an achievement in those scorching conditions: no wonder he headed straight for a paddle in the sea!

Phew what a scorcher

105 miles in 24 hours – Ross’s weekend

First Hand Insight Of The Warrior Chimps Conquer24 Ultra Running Race by Ross Walton

The Warrior Chimps Conquer24 ultra-running race held at Powderham Castle on 5th & 6th June is an event where competitors complete as many laps as possible of a roughly 5-mile course within 24 hours. The race can be run solo or as a member of a relay team of up to 8 people, starting at midday on Saturday and finishing at midday on Sunday.

I’ve run 50km and 100km ultra-marathons before but nothing which involves running constantly for so long or through the night without sleep. I had a target of 100 miles in mind during my 15 weeks of training, which started in February. My race went pretty much to plan apart from being a bit too optimistic about how much food I would be able to stomach. I managed to clock up 60 miles (12 laps) by midnight using a 3 laps running/1 lap walking strategy which took the pressure off for the second half and allowed me to ease off considerably during the night and through Sunday morning. I hit a ‘wall’ at about 30 miles though, partly due to trying to eat too much early on and partly due to the daunting prospect of not being even a third of the way towards my target distance. Thankfully, the nausea passed after a couple of slower laps and allowed me to get a bit more food down, albeit significantly less than the 9000+ calories I burnt overall.

Ross with his medal

The course was fairly undulating with about 130m of ascent per lap. I found the 2-mile section through the woods in the first half of the lap the toughest as it contained most of the short, steep climbs and seemed much hotter, humid and void of oxygen than out in the breeze of the Powderham deer park. I’ve never run non-stop through the night before, but a misspent youth and a couple of cans of Red Bull and iced coffee very much helped in that respect. Temperatures didn’t drop much overnight so, apart from a couple of laps during the graveyard shift, I was running in just a t-shirt for most of the race. Luckily, the rain held off, save for a very slight bit of drizzle, otherwise the course conditions would’ve quickly deteriorated due to the constant army of feet gradually churning it up. The sky starting to lighten at about 3:30am, and the sun finally making a reappearance at about 5am on Sunday morning seemed to inject a new level of optimism into most of the runners still out on the course, myself included.

I had absolutely no idea that I was in the running for a podium place until I checked my phone during a quick food stop between laps and saw a string of text messages from family and friends watching the live tracker. It wasn’t until the last few laps, when a couple of guys ahead of me started to struggle, that the prospect of finishing 3rd overall looked doable. I managed to complete 21 laps (plus an extra mile with my eldest son Reuben) to reach a total of 104.8 miles, equivalent to 4 marathons, in a time of 23hrs 36mins 34secs, also beating my previous personal bests for 50km by about 8 minutes and 100km by over 3 hours. I finished second in the solo men’s category to a professional ultra-runner who clocked up an astounding 24 laps.

My feet are a mess with blood blisters under three of my toe-nails, a swollen left ankle and a comedic inability to negotiate stairs – a small price to pay for an achievement I’m very much proud of but doubt I will endure again any time soon, if ever. It was great to regularly see my younger brother Guy, fellow SRC runners Naomi Garrick, Jo Earlam and Jane Hemsworth out on the course and also to have my heavily-pregnant wife, Polly, our two boys, Pixel our cocker spaniel and a number of close friends supporting me throughout the weekend.