Snow and ice are no problem for the Mighty Greens on their Sunday Run.
Sunday Training Sessions
There were three training groups on Sunday. Terry Bewes took the the two social 6 and 9 milers while Tim Mitchell led the 9 mile express group, Justin and Richard, so if you blinked, they were gone!
The 9 milers met at Newton Poppleford and ran upstream to Tipton St John where they met up with Julia Hadrell and Jo Earlam (who were the 6 mile group). All the groups carried on up along the river to Ottery St Mary, through the town and across Sidmouth Rd. Then they all crossed fields and went along the lanes all the way to Fire Beacon Lane. At this point the 6 milers headed back down to Tipton St John and the 9 mile group carried on until reaching the donkey field, they headed down through the field into Harpford woods back to Newton Pop. Joining in were two guest runners from North Devon, Vicky and Nick, standing on the right side in the photo. Vicky, having recently run a staggering 120 miles in under 24 hours spent the whole 9 miles deep in conversation with Debbie Marriott while Don Cawthera looked after the dog.
Sunday Morning On The Common
Last Sunday’s training route took an enthusiastic group of 16 Sidmouth runners and two very keen dogs on a trek over Woodbury common. This particular session was in preparation for the Bicton Blister race, which takes place on Sunday the 25th of November. They met about a mile away from Bicton College and headed out onto the common, keeping as close to the Blister route as memory served. For the first mile Terry Bewes led the group on to the beautiful pebble-bed common in the warm Autumn sunshine. The group made their way over to Warren Car Park where there will be a water stop on the day. Then edged around the common, through some woodland and back to where they had started. A very useful morning out, checking and acclimatising to eight of the miles that the race takes on the day. With precision timing they even got back in time to observe a minutes silence, in respect to those that fell for our country.
Sunday Sessions out in the Country
With many medium and long distance events coming up over the next few months, the Autumn training program is in full swing now. So, it is of no surprise that the dampness of Sunday morning didn’t put off one K9 and 19 members of Sidmouth Running Club from the mornings session.
They met in Newton Poppleford and were led by Helen Palmer from the tennis courts carpark, up into the Harpford woods to the Bowd where they joined and followed the old railway track to Tipton St John. Then along the River Otter, across some fields to Fluxton and into the country lanes to Venn Ottery and Sotherton. There was a lot of good off road running including Aylesbeare Common. This was an eight mile loop with something for everyone, enjoyed by all and more importantly, done and dusted before the weather set in.
Sunday Runners. Julia ran 6 miles the rest 8.5 miles. Richard Summerhayes missed the photo then we missed him somewhere along the route.
Grizzly training for the tough
Every year at about this time Sidmouth Running Club members can be found getting up to all sorts of eccentric activities as they prepare for the annual challenge of ‘The Grizzly’ on Sunday 18th March. This year was no different.
The Grizzly is an epic 20 mile off road event that takes in beaches, bogs, cliffs, rivers and valleys in East Devon that has become legend in the running world. It takes a lot of grit and a lot of preparation and 17 members of Sidmouth Running Club had just that in mind when they planned a club outing for training on 4 March. They hadn’t factored in the snow that fell in abundance in the few days before the trip.
Undaunted they set off in the coach, with one group being dropped at Seaton for a 12 mile jaunt back to Sidmouth along the coast path while another group went on to Colyton and followed the East Devon Way for 14 miles back to home.
Els Laureys and Polly Walton were in the coastal group and agreed that they’d experienced four seasons in one run. ‘We ran through hail, rain, sunshine, icy rivers and muddy fields and then at Weston Trig ploughed through knee-deep snow, but we had an absolutely great time’ said Elys. ‘We danced the conga, threw some snow balls, joked around and enjoyed the scenery’. ‘We did the 12 miles’ said Polly ‘it was very leisurely for us, but a lot of fun & we had a lot of snack breaks’.
New club member John Sharples enjoyed the experience. ‘It was like being a kid again. Playing in the snow, jumping in the big puddles, sliding in the mud, flapjack, chocolate, Stanley the dog. Oh yes, and some running’.
Meanwhile Cath Miller was on the East Devon Way route under Don Cawthera’s navigational guidance. Cath said ‘it was beautiful to look at but I was not prepared for the melting icy water! I think we ran with frozen wet feet pretty much all the way’. Debbie Marriott agreed. ‘They were tough routes, but fun. The sort of fun that you enjoy after the event’.
All agreed it was a good preparation for the Grizzly and the Grizzly cub run, as it’s good to get to know the hills and it seems the weather will be quite similar on Sunday.
Two great Sunday Runs
Great club outing. Coach to Seaton then 12 miles back along the Coastal Path. The coach then carried on to Colyton for 14 miles back along the East Devon Way. A day to remember.
Seaton Park Run / Colyton Run
Once again Seaton Park Run proved a popular destination for members of Sidmouth Running Club on a sunny Saturday morning with two of the runners achieving a personal best time over the 5K distance. So popular are the Park Runs proving within the club that Debbie Marriott will be organising a club coach trip once a month to one of the local events.
Paula Farrand a PB of 22:53, Bert Dykema 26:06, Carol Hounsell 29:15, 9 year old Rose Ashby set a PB in 29:17 and first timer dad Justin struggled to keep up with her finishing in 29:17 too. It looks like these short distances are no good for Justin as it takes him a while to get up a head of steam.
Sunday morning saw the last coach trip for the long distance running group which in complete contrast to the previous day was run in mud, rain and fog. The group of 14 and 4 dogs were dropped off in Colyton to run back on the East Devon Way led by John Keast.
There were two options a 12.5 mile run back to Sidbury or a 15.5 mile back to Sidmouth. This was the first time we had run this route and a couple of the hills and mud proved to be quite challenging. These runs are left to the individuals on how they wish to run back, fast or slow in a group, in pairs or on your own.
This time the two fast runners Kerry Boyle and Charlotte Forrer set of at a gallop and were soon out of sight that was until around mile 6 when all of a sudden they were running down the road behind us. Following the sign posts running at speed did not go too well and they got lost not once but twice which added another 2 miles to their route… The tortoise and hare springs to mind.