Mighty Greens out and about

Training Runs, Medals and More for Sidmouth Running Club Members

Jamie Locke headed down to Totnes with his brother to take part in the Totnes 10k recently. Wearing the Mighty Green t-shirt for the first time, Jamie took the muddy off road route including a seemingly never ending hill in his stride and finished in 55:28 minutes, 161st out of a field of 548 runners, with his brother not far behind.

Jamie at Totnes

At Wednesday evening’s club run Emma Grainger was proudly wearing her latest headband which she received along with a medal for completing the Virtual Grand Western Canal 10k. The club is hoping to retain the trophy it won last year and it is not too late to sign up for this fundraising run.

Emma with medal

On Saturday Mighty Greens Mark Norton and Judith Jeeves took part in the Seaton park run. For Mark it was park run number 141, his first one in 18 months and on pebbles; he completed it in 24:53 minutes. Judith really enjoyed being back, her last park run being March 2020 and completed the 5k course in 27:22 minutes.

Judith & Mark at Seaton PR

Jo Earlam and Jane Hemsworth surprised themselves when on a recent 13.1 mile training run. With a time of 2:19.00, which included a spot of window shopping in Exmouth, they discovered they had run faster than their half marathon time 20 years ago!

With Sidmouth Running Club’s largest event, JP’s Exe to Axe, fast approaching (Sunday 10th October) several members have been spotted running the coast path in preparation or in some cases, like Tim Swarbrick who ran back from Seaton, deciding to enter! For further information on this challenging but scenic 21+ mile race please head to the club’s website www.sidmouthrunningclub.co.uk.

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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.


Can YOU Help Successful Sidmouth Running Club Juniors Grow?

The SRC Juniors have been running since 2018 and is going from strength to strength.  They have a strong group of run leaders, led by England Athletics qualified juniors coach Kerry Boyle.  Children from across the local area are coming to the club and as they welcome more children in they are also looking for more willing volunteers. 

8 – 11+ Juniors

Wednesday evening saw the end of term session for the 8+, 11+ and 12+ Junior groups. The 11+ group in particular enjoyed their run with a view and chocolate! Run leader Adrian Horne who helps with the group said, “Well done to assistant coach Claire Ashby who plans the sessions. Her group are really coming on and managed nearly 3 miles on Wednesday!”

!2+ Juniors

Run leader Charlotte Forrer said, “All the age groups have had a brilliant term learning the fundamentals of athletics. From 8 years England Athletics recommends that children develop all their skills in running, jumping and throwing which is why we keep our sessions varied and multi-skilled.  This helps the Sidmouth Juniors to stay healthy as they are growing and developing. We are indebted to our team of assistants, Leeann Thomson, Sharon Hunt, Catherine Hilton, Tim Daffron and Adrian.” 

The feedback from the children has been very positive and encouraging. In the 8+ group, Iz said “I love running club as I get to make new friends and keep fit” and Zac said” I love spending time with my friends and love how kind Charlie is”. While Louis in the 11+ group said,” The best about running is the views” and Izzie T said, ”Running club has been amazing; it’s been great fun doing it”. 

The running club is hosting a training event on the 12th September for run leaders and parents that would like to be more involved.  The leaders will go through the main skills that they teach, play a few of the games and have a bit of a celebration of everything they have achieved so far. The running club is also happy to support its members to get extra qualifications through England Athletics so that they can feel even more prepared.

Reservations are now being taken for their September term. This summer they were full so make sure you get onto the waiting list by emailing sidmouthrunningclub@gmail.com


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!”

Land’s End to John o’Groats

Mighty Green Derek Clocks Up 1407k

Two weeks ahead of the target he set himself, Derek Blackburn completed the Virtual 2021 Lands End to John O’Groats challenge with an 11.32km run along the North Devon coast path.


The Mighty Green started on January 1st and has been logging all his runs and walks to notch up the 1407k required to complete this amazing achievement.

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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.