The First Sidmouth Running Club Juniors Group Gets Underway.

The first session for the Juniors got started on Sunday the 9th of June on the playing fields of the Sidmouth College.
Leaders of the Juniors, Kerry Boyle and Claire Ashby, will being showing the FUNdementals of athletics to the group of 23 youngster during the course. With mixed abilities and ages ranging from 8 to 12 years, the group has 11 girls and 12 boys.
During the warm up, the group looked into good running technique, included standing tall, arms driving and lifting the knees. The groups were then split into the 10-12 year olds with Claire and the 8-10 year olds with Kerry.
Kerry took her group to do some physical preparation which included learning how to do squats and balancing. With balancing the younger group played the Dice Game and Mirroring a partner. After the warm up they then moved into the main session which comprised of a running, throwing and jumping unit. With running they were learning how to run over obstacles, with the younger group establishing which leg they preferred to lead and also getting a feel of a good stride pattern between each hurdle whilst still retaining that tall posture. Next they moved on to the pull throw, which is the technique used in throwing the javelin, but we started with an overhead throw of a football, then bean bags and finally onto howlers. The last part (a group favourite), was jumping for distance in the sand pit. Initially they practiced doing a 2 legged standing jump, learning to use the arms to swing up, moving on to the one legged jump deciding on which was their stronger jumping leg and driving the other knee up, and finally jumping in the sand pit to see how far they could jump.
Claire’s group of 10 -12 year olds were a determined bunch and all worked very hard on the skills being focused on. They learned about finding which side of the body is more dominant and which foot is the easiest to balance on. This illustrated how balance and coordination are two of the essential skills for good running. They then practised hurdling, throwing and jumping.
Everyone had a great time and had a go at the activities and gave some great feed back. The children received an activity card, which they will hopefully all complete over the next 5 weeks.

Wednesday Evening X Country 

Sidmouth Running Club is now taking full advantage of the longer evenings by meeting up on Monday and Wednesday evenings in various locations around our area. Last Wednesday with beautiful clear weather the club met at White Cross picnic area, taking full advantage of the views across the Otter Valley, and that was before setting off anywhere. This is a good venue to met up at, as there are many choices of routes. There are pancake flat routes along East Hill Strips or over to Beacon Hill. Then for the more hilly and challenging routes, heading down towards Tipton St John is an option, getting back up the hill tho, that is also an option! Which ever route is taken there are many good views of our rolling Devon countryside.

4 Trigs Training

Sunday Four Trigs Training
A group of thirteen and one dog met at the Rugby Club on Sunday for a social Four Trigs training session. The group did a warm up run down The Byes to Beatlands Road. This is where the hard work started, with the long climb up the Coastal path, but the views are worth the effort. The group found their way to Weston Trig and then Buckton Hill trig point, stopping briefly to catch their breath. All that was left was the short hill down to the Rugby Club along the country lanes. 

4 Trigs Training

Trigs Training underway at Sidmouth Running Club

With the 4 Trigs event reaching its eighteenth birthday next month members of Sidmouth Running Club have been out training to ensure they can celebrate in style with good runs on the day. Describing itself as a ‘low-key’ off-road running event the challenge on 11th February is anything but low key as it covers a distance of approximately 28km with hundreds of metres of climb. Runners have to visit each of the four Triangulation Pillars around the Sid Valley choosing their own routes, but ensuring they visit each Trig Point in the prescribed order. Local knowledge of footpaths and trails is a distinct advantage so the three training runs organised by members of Sidmouth Running Club have been well supported.

The first two training runs covered trig 1 (High Peak) and trig 2 (Fire Beacon Hill). Last Sunday 14 plucky runners set out in the rain to run the last two trigs, Buckton Hill and Weston Trig, starting and finishing at the Sailing Club. ‘It was 11 miles in the drizzle and mostly mud, mud glorious mud’ said Terry Bewes. ‘That is the most mud I have seen on that route and we all enjoyed watching Janice Ranson throwing some shapes on the muddy path down from Buckton Trig trying to stay on her feet and mountaineering up the short cut through the woods on Harcombe Hill’.  ‘I finished in a flip flop because my trainers delaminated’ said stoical Cathy Keast, who at one stage was so focused with her head down climbing out of a valley that she nearly collided with a soggy pony sheltering by a hedge. ‘I’m not sure which of us was more surprised’. Fellow runners slithered their way up and down the coastal footpath getting plastered in mud in the process and all declaring themselves happy to reach the end. ‘It was a tough training run, but we’re all well prepared now’ said Club Chairman Terry Bewes.

The event on 11th February will be hosted by Sidmouth Running Club and organisers Rob and Marion Hayman hope to attract around 120 entrants. All profits will go to the charity CRY(Cardiac Risk in the Young). ‘Last year we raised a total of £1,350 for CRY and Sidmouth held its first screening in June’ said Marion. ‘The event is a great way to raise funds and awareness of this charity which aims to prevent young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) through awareness, screening and research’. Find more details and entry forms at

Autumn Training

Autumn Training on track at Sidmouth Running Club

Sidmouth Running Club Members have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather and spectacular local trails to get some off road training miles in ahead of the winter series of local trail events.

20 club members, led by Head Coach Tim Mitchell, are spending Wednesday evenings on a 10 week programme focussing on technique, pace and stamina for off road running. Putting some of that learning into practice group members were out and about running the footpaths and lanes this weekend.

Hamish Spence led one group, consisting of Bert Dykema, Cath Miller, Paula Farrand, Polly Walton, Kerry Boyle and guest Sam. This group planned 7-8 miles but setting off from the Sailing Club their route by the golf course to Mutters Moor, Ladram Bay and back to Port Royal turned it into a 9.5 mile run.

Meanwhile it took a bit of teamwork to navigate another group consisting of Terry Bewes, Sue Colman, Kate Johnston, Debbie Marriott, Monica Read, Cathy Keast and Don Cawthera. The planned route up the Otter from Newton Poppleford to Ottery and then up along East Hill to White Cross and down through Harpford Woods was spectacular, but longer than planned. Terry Bewes said ‘It was a fantastic route encompassing fields, lanes, river bed, woods and views to die for but closer to 12.5 miles than the planned 9-10!’

‘We are preparing well and hoping Sidmouth Running Club will be out in force at the upcoming local events – the Bicton Blister on 27 November and the Otterton Reinder Run on 2 December.’

Both events have different distances on offer and a warm welcome for runners of all abilities.


Club Night

What a great turnout last night for the first of the winter runs from the Club with over 50 turning out. We welcomed 2 new members Sam and Darryl, two ladies who did not understand Devonshire and I did not understsnd them! Good to see John Hounsell and a few others back with us. Tim’s Technical Sessions got off to a great start and a big thank you to the run leaders who made what could have been a bit of a mess a great success by taking the runs at the last minute. Thank you all. Photos Tim Mitchell‘s group and the 4 and 5 mile group who caught up for a chat.

4 Trigs Training

Sidmouth Running Club

Sunday saw the last of the Four Trigs training sessions before the big day on February 5th. Fifteen Sidmouth Running Club members and two dogs set off from the car park at Knowle to run the Beacon Hill Trig down and through Harpford woods, up Back Lane across Muttersmoor to the cliff and onward to the Trig at the top of High Peak, retracing their steps to the top of Peak Hill then back through the woods, across the golf course and back to the start.

Nine and a half miles in total with over 1500 feet of elevation gain. All three of the training runs have been in ideal conditions with no rain, conditions we hope for on the day.

On Saturday the Mighty Green will be at the Blackdown Beast starting from Dunkerswell.

Sunday 29th January is the coach to Colyton and run or walk back the East Devon Way, a 12 or 15 mile option. Spaces are still available, contact Terry.

Sunday Run: Exmouth

SIDMOUTH Running Club

With the last of pre-Christmas 10K races now over, our thoughts and training now focus on the post-Christmas and New Year races and runs. Most of these are long distance runs from 16 miles to marathons along with the odd half marathons and 10Ks thrown in for good measure.

We start on the 29th December with the Bridgwater to Taunton canal run of 16 miles before starting the New Year with the Blackdown Beast 16 miles, then the Four Trigs 16.5 miles, the Grizzly 20 miles, JP’s Exe to Axe 22 miles, the Taunton and London marathons, the Delicious Dart 16 miles and the Salcombe Coastal marathon taking us to the end of April.

The training programme for these events started last Sunday when 14 members boarded the coach and headed to Exmouth Rugby Club where 13 ran the coastal path back to Sidmouth, 14miles. It was cold and foggy when we left Sidmouth and even worse when we got to Exmouth.

Starting to run around the estuary, harbour and promenade the fog was so thick you could not see the sea. But by the time we got to the other end at Straight Point the fog had cleared, the sun had come out and coats, hats, gloves and one layer of t-shirts came off. The remainder of the run back was like a spring day, it was hard to believe this was December.

Our other member Rob Edwards who is recovering from a knee problem decided that the hills may be too much so he decided to run the other way up the river to Exeter and in the interest of safety he carried his railcard and bus pass. The weather was not so kind to him being cool and foggy all the way but the rewarding cappuccino at Exeter Quay soon warmed him up.

The New Year will also see the start of the 8 week beginner’s course, January 4th where our leaders will endeavour to have you running 2 miles by week 8. As we are a running club not athletic club, we run for fun and enjoyment. Age is not a barrier, our current members range from 9 year old to seniors in their seventies.

We would also like to extend an invitation to the various independent runners we meet during our runs to come and experience a couple of free runs with us and see the difference running with a club can make.

For the 10K runners we will be holding an eight week training programme aimed at Beginners, those doing their first 10K, Improvers, who have done one or two and want to improve their times and Experienced ones. Busy but exciting times lie ahead for the club.

See web site for details.

Sunday Run + Views

On Sunday we ran a new route which was surely the most scenic and panoramic we have done. The weather was perfect, sunny, warm and clear. You could see through SIDMOUTH gap to Haldon and beyond to Dartmoor and High Peak and beyond to Budleigh and Torbay.


If the woods have bluebells in them it will be stunning and one to check out in the New Year. And only 9.5 miles.

Wednesday: Sunset

The sun setting on the 6 mile group last night. A fitting image as last night was the last off-road training run of the year on a Wednesday evening. So it is back to the Sailing Club and the roads over winter. The last off-road Monday run of the year is next Monday over at Otterton.

A lovely evening and it was on the hill over at Ladrum Bay when the 6 milers were finally caught by the 6 plus group.