Captain Tom’s 100 Challenge

Captain Tom’s 100 Challenge in aid of Brain Tumour research

Also on the seafront the morning of the Sid Valley Ring half marathon were a colourful fancy dressed group of Sidmouth Running Club members, walking/jogging/running alongside Charlotte Reid for her Captain Tom 100 challenge and collecting money for Brain Tumour Research.

Captain Tom’s Challenge

Sidmouth Running Club certainly has its heart in the centre of the community.

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Sid Valley Ring 1/2M

SRC Mighty Six Take On Sid Valley Ring Half Marathon

On Saturday 1st May the first ever Sid Valley Ring half marathon organised by Climb South West took place. Starting from Glen Road, Adrian ‘Gripper’ Horne and his son Ollie, were pleased to see fellow Sidmouth Running Club members Antony Hall and Niall Francis. Niall was a late entry filling in for his friend who was unable to run which meant that he had the opportunity to run with Adam Slater from his old club.


Also at the start line was a trio of Mighty Greens, Ann Cole, Julia Haddrell and Carol McManus facing their biggest challenge to date.

Julia and Ann

With cheering support from Graham ‘Rocker’ Sheppard at Sidbury spurring them on, Gripper and Ollie hit the 10 mile mark in just under 2 hours and it looked like they could be on for a two and a half hour finish; but the sun and hills had taken it out of Gripper a bit and made it over the line in 90th position, in a very respectable 2:42:40, 39 seconds after Ollie. Gripper said, ’It’s nice to be back running events and this was a great course in glorious conditions-I will definitely be signing up for next years.”

Ant Hall

Antony had his Mighty Green wings on and finished in 17th position out of 174 finishers in 2:00:00 with Niall hot on his heels finishing 19th in 2:01:03.

Finally – the medals

Ann, Julia and Carol crossed the finishing line at the end of the esplanade with huge smiles in 5:40:00, a great achievement running that distance.

The Maer 10k + 1/2M

PB’s For Sidmouth Running Club at The Clinic Maer 10k and Half Marathon

The sun shone on Exmouth seafront as the Mighty Green runners gathered for the start of LME’s The Clinic Maer 10k and half marathon race. A well organised event with an easy route to follow and really friendly marshalls.


Running the scenic if a little challenging 10k course wearing the Mighty Green shirts for the first time, both Yasmin Salter and Niall Hawkins achieved personal bests.


Yasmin, who enjoyed the perfect weather conditions, ran the route in 49:36 mins coming 4th in her age category and 8th female overall. Niall came in 8th overall and 1st in his age category with his PB of 41:18 mins despite feeling like he was going much slower than he actually was as he had figured out his splits wrong in his head and was pleasantly surprised at mile 5 when it dawned on him!

Derek and Clive

Four SRC members ran the multi terrain single lap half marathon course climbing nearly 1000 feet along the spectacular coast path; Derek Blackburn, Clive Gilbert and Graham ‘Rocker’ Shepperd ran the first 8k together before Rocker took off while Duane Morris completed the 13 mile course in 1:40:49, coming in 8th position overall and 5th in his age group. Rocker completed the half in 2:07:20, 44th overall and 7th in age category and not far behind Clive and Derek in 2:09:48, 47th/48th overall, 5th and 4th in their respective age groups.

Rocker, Clive and Derek

As Clive was running along Budleigh seafront he was approaching a couple of runners from the town who had just passed Derek and Rocker, as he pulled alongside them they said Sidmouth must be the friendliest running club in the world. Both Duane and Niall are new members of the running club and we are proud to see them (and all club members) wearing and representing the Mighty Green-hopefully they agree with those runner’s sentiment as you can’t say better than that!





The 5 Trigs

The Climb South West East Devon 8/5 Trigs 2021

After completing some long runs earlier in the year, a group of SRC members decided to take on Climb South West’s 5 Trig Challenge. A 21 mile, self navigated, off road run, taking in 5 trig points sitting in a loop around East Devon.
MG Cath Miller said, “After much conversation about whether we had enough food (yes!) Should we wear coats (no!) Had we enough paracetamol and ibuprofen for our various age related aches and pains, we set off for High Peak the first of the five trig points.”
They ran through beautiful East Devon taking in Aylesbeare Common, Woodbury, Black Hill and West Down Beacon trigs, finishing with a spectacular decent into Budleigh, along the seafront to the end where their much longed for medal was waiting for them!

Richard and Allan

In a field of 54 runners, one of the six Mighty Greens who took part in the 5 trigs challenge, Allan Kay said, “It was a great day to be out running as a group from Sidmouth RC in an organised event.” They ran as a group right up to the last trig supporting and motivating each other. Richard King had even gone out and stashed water bottles around the route for them!


Allan, who ran the challenge last year with Adrian, found the anti-clockwise route was much better than last year’s clockwise route, the ups and downs gentler and finishing on a downhill along the SW coast path from Budleigh was special for him and Adrian ‘Gripper’ Horne as they used to play there as youngsters.


The Mighty Greens did the club proud, finishing together, half way in the field of finishers, and in Cath’s words; not bad for a bunch of oldies!

Derek and Niall

Beautiful scenery, happy conversations, local wildlife including a friendly adder were all part of a great day and the beginnings of normality again -all topped off with an icy cider on the beach, thanks Annie!

A well deserved drink


Allan Kay 26th 4.47 hrs

Cath Millar and Richard King joint 28th position 4.50 hrs

Monica Reed 30th 4.51 hrs

Helen Palmer joint 31st position 4.52 hrs

Adrian ‘Gripper’ Horne 34th 4.53 hrs

In other news the Juniors enjoyed their first session back with Tim Daffron on Sunday and Chairman Terry Bewes awarded the ‘Little Miss Chatterbox’ spot prize to Tash Morgan and Clare Pugh who managed to chat all the way around the 3.8 mile run on Woodbury Common last Monday.

Let the races begin

Let The Races Commence – Escot

Not one but two events were ‘running’ last Saturday and Sidmouth Running Club members were in attendance for both.

A smattering of Mighty Greens were amongst the 805 runners who took part in the Tough Runner Exeter Epic 10K race at Escot on Saturday April 17th. MG, Derek Blackburn said, “On a beautifully sunny morning, the undulating course around the Escot estate attracted runners from across the South West. Social distancing was maintained by staggering the start times, so runners ran in waves, starting at 10.00am, with runners crossing the start line in pairs. Once out on the course, there was plenty of room to allow a good distance to be maintained from other athletes. It was a fantastic atmosphere, and most athletes seemed delighted to have the opportunity to be running in an event again.”

For Niall Hawkins, not only was it his first run as a Mighty Green, it was his first trail run and he came in 40th overall, 5th in his age category (40-49) in 44.22 minutes and congratulations go to Kate Marriott who came in first place in the junior female category with a time of 48.23 minutes.

Mighty Greens at Escot


Niall Hawkins – 40th overall, 5th in M40-49 category – 44:22

Kate Marriott – 105, 1st in Junior Female – 48:23

Don Cawthera – 321, 3rd in M60+ category – 56:24

Deb Marriott – 418, 13th in M50-59 category – 59:06

Derek Blackburn – 431, 6th in M60+ category – 59:49

There was a great sense of achievement for Team ‘Sidbury School Run’ who thoroughly enjoyed their 10k debut at Escot. The England Athletic Run Together group was formed by Charlotte Forrer, a run leader at Sidmouth Running Club, to specifically meet the needs of parents of children at Sidbury Primary School.  They meet straight after the morning school run, and a group of parents have been training since September 2020.  Some of these parents had very little running experience and were just looking to increase their fitness.  By mixing up the running with strength and conditioning exercises such as squats and lunges the groups’ fitness increased.  They moved from short road runs to longer trail runs and over lockdown Charlotte organised socially distanced sessions and printed fitness plans for paired runs.

With confidence growing they signed up to run the 10km Exeter Epic Trail Run and dedicated themselves to train for it, even through the long lockdown winter.  On Saturday, six members of the group went with Charlotte to Escot House to complete the 10km run.  Charlotte said,”It was a gorgeous sunny day and the race day atmosphere was very exciting.  We all learnt a lot about how to run a trail race: running through puddles to overtake, making the most of a downhill, finding people to pace yourself against and choosing when to sprint for the finish line.”

Mighty Green congratulations to Johanna Mitchell, Nicole Bates, Nicola Meek and Lucy Ingram who completed the course in just over an hour.


Charlotte Forrer 52:47

Johanna Mitchell 1:01:05

Nicole Bates 1:02:10

Nicola Meek 1:07:31

Katie Harris 1:07:59

Lucy Ingram 1:08:14

Ruth Dale 1:11:39


The Juniors are back

Sidmouth Running Club Juniors Are Back

SRC Junior Coach, Kerry Boyle, is looking forward to ‘running’ the next set of sessions for the Junior section of the club.

On Sunday 18th April the 11 years and above endurance group starts at St Johns School from 10-11am and on Wednesday 21st April at 5.45-6.45pm the 8-11 years and 11 years and above groups re-commence at St Johns School.

Kerry and the Juniors

There are limited spaces available so if you would like to get involved with this friendly group please email for further information.

Plym Trail Marathon

Mighty Greens Conquer Plym Trail Marathon

Sidmouth Running Club members Jane Hemsworth and Jo Earlam thoroughly enjoyed participating in their first marathon event in 15 months.

This was Jo’s 77th marathon and she said how great it was to run a proper marathon again. Jane described the event as very relaxed and low key with a maximum of 30 entrants.

Before the start

The ‘out and back twice’ route took the MG’s along the Plym Trail between Cledbrook and Coypool and whilst they felt the early morning chill (1o) at the start line, the sudden rise in temperature took them by surprise and as they crossed the finish line it was a very warm 15o!

Despite this they completed the 26.1 mile route in 5.06 hours and were rewarded with a very nice well deserved medal.

Jo + Jane with their medals

Rewarding night back

A Rewarding First Night Back For Sidmouth Running Club

This week saw the return of club runs and Chairman Terry Bewes was delighted to welcome so many familiar and new faces on Monday evening.

It was the first opportunity for the new to the area and 2021 beginners to join a club run and they ran exceptionally well.

Terry took the opportunity before the run to present the Mighty Green 3 mile completion certificates to Kathy Jordan and Jo Crockett and the lockdown #3 challenge awards.

Certificates and Prosecco were presented to the Mighty Greens who ran their heart out on Strava around the streets of Sidmouth Valentine challenge: Mark Norton, Yasmin Salter, Dawn Pike, Jenny Kay and Alexa Baker.

The winners of the observational seat location challenge were announced. This was a challenge to identify 65 seats/benches that the club regularly run past. Runner up, Ann Cole correctly located 27 of the benches and won herself a John Lewis voucher while Alexa successfully located 42 of the benches and won herself a voucher for a cream tea for two.

The winner for the off road bridge challenge where you had to name the location of 34 bridges you would have ran past during the off road lockdown challenges was announced. By correctly identifying 20 of the photos a slightly embarrassed Alexa was presented with a further cream tea voucher for two.

Terry then announced the Lockdown #3 Supreme champion- the only member who had completed all 36 lockdown challenges. A magnum of Prosecco and trophy was presented to press officer and run leader Alexa!

Alexa, who hadn’t appreciated that she was quite competitive, thanked John Chesters and Terry Bewes for setting the challenges and her very patient running buddies, Jenny Kay, who at one point had to help Alexa get her leg over a style, Helen Akay, who probably regretted trusting Alexa’s map reading skills on Muttersmoor and Terry Bewes who ran with her on the Lade Foot (not so) low tide challenge! Alexa is looking forward to sharing the cream teas with her lockdown #3 run buddies when restrictions are lifted.

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Dastardly Delight

A Dastardly Delight To Finish the Sidmouth Running Club Lock Down Challenges

The final week of lock down challenges had members self-navigating a run to pass past and present care homes and complete a ‘delight’ in Chairman Terry Bewes words.

Jenny Kay and Alexa Baker thought they would get the harder of the two challenges out of the way first, little did they know they would be running 8 miles up numerous hills on a Monday evening! Not that delightful! Kerry Salter ran the route in 10 min/miles, Tim Swarbrick who had the wind and rain to contend with ran 7.21 miles at 9.08 min/miles, Mark Norton was very lucky to see the Otters and a bat en-route, Bert Dykema ran 16k, David Welsh, Caroline and Jon Ball also completed the challenge. Ross Walton ran 8.4 miles at 8.33 min/miles which he found hard going as the previous day he completed 17 miles of trails!

The care home route was much more sociable and Tash Morgan enjoyed seeing fellow Mighty Greens during her 6 mile run. Carol McManus had an early start, Ann Cole combined the challenge with the pub one, David Welsh had a great run 6 miles at 10.2 min/miles, Jenny and Alexa took the direct route round and ran past the homes in 5 miles while Derek Blackburn ran 10.16k at 5.40 min/km and Bert starting from Sidbury ran the challenge in 20k at 6.14 min/km.

Sarah on the SVR

There have been some great distances covered off road too this week, Sarah Burston ran 14 miles around the Sid Valley Ring; Jane Hemsworth and Jo Earlam completed a 10 mile there and back taper run from Tipton to Feniton

Tim taking a tumble

and the Dynamic Duo, Derek and Tim took on an action packed 19.4k OGLE, which saw Tim fall in exactly the same spot as Jo had earlier in the month!

Jo & Leanne

The final lock down off road challenge was part or all of the Tipton 10k course, with a selfie to be taken by the railway bridge in Harpford Woods. Jo Earlam, who designed the course back in 2007, ran the route with Leeann Thomson,


Christine Hellier enjoyed her first run of the year in shorts and t-shirt, Beccy Johnson and Tracy Scannell weren’t the only Mighty Greens enjoying the challenge on a sunny Saturday morning,

Mark & Rob

Mark Norton and Rob Waggett were out bright and early and Rob, who has only recently completed the beginners course, ran 11k, a great achievement.

Alexa & helen

Helen Akay, Jenny Kay and Alexa Baker wore hats in support of Brain Tumour Research Wear A Hat Day and managed to find the mud but didn’t get lost for a change!

Brigid & Ann

Ann Cole and Brigid McSmith ran the route on Sunday confidently without a map. Skills have definitely been developed this last lock down!



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Running Club Masterminds

The Masterminds Behind The Sidmouth Running Club Lockdown Challenges

Sidmouth Running Club members are indebted to two Mighty Greens who have kept them focused during lockdown #3, John Chesters and Terry Bewes.
John Chesters has had the Ottery based members of Sidmouth running around the area searching for control points and testing their orienteering skills. He even added a route on Muttersmoor for the Sidmouth based runners to test their skills this week. John said he was pleased to help set the challenges and that it has been rewarding to see people having a go and even enjoying themselves!

With his wife and fellow Mighty Green Ruth, he tended to walk, rather than run, some of the routes used, but only to check details, or create a Strava trace to follow. Most of his planning has been from home, using his knowledge of the local terrain and path/track network. If he sees a path, he needs to know where it goes!John is looking forward to club runs starting again especially as during lockdown he’s found a few new places to show people!

John Chesters

Chairman Terry Bewes found it a bit of a challenge to set 2 road runs and one off road run each week and then record the results, but when he sees 62 members submitting results it makes it all worthwhile, especially as most will be coming out of lockdown a lot fitter than when they went in.
Terry is really looking forward to getting the club back running together again in a Covid secure environment.


The runners certainly enjoyed one of this week’s road runs, a pub crawl taking in 18 past and present pubs, even though they couldn’t partake in a drink though Els Laureys was ready for a cider when she successfully completed the challenge. Antony Hall used his dad’s local knowledge to find out where the Horse and Groom was and Bert Dykema added The Red Lion in Sidbury to his route.

Beccy & Tracy on the pub crawl

The second road run involved hills though this did not deter Tim Swarbrick who ran 8.28 miles taking in the hill challenge twice! Karen and Christine Farnham surprised themselves when they finished that they had clocked up 7.5 miles, Terry Bewes combined the two road runs and ran 8 miles, Sam Ingram also ran 8 miles by combining 2 previous challenges together while Derek Blackburn combined the daffodil run with the pub crawl and ended up running a half marathon!

Derek & Tim

Jane Hemsworth and Jo Earlam had a good 16 mile training run in preparation for the Plym Trail marathon next month and Dan Prettejohn completed a half marathon by running 41 laps of a housing estate in 1.25.38 hours at 4.04km/min pace!

Christine Hellier ran a measured and effective route finding all 20 controls on the Muttersmoor OGLE, as did Jo Earlam whose map reading skills are improving. Finding 19 controls were Helen Akay, Terry Bewes, Jenny Kay and Alexa Baker (who found themselves in a prickly situation at one point!), the dynamic duo, Tim Swarbrick and Derek Blackburn, found 18 controls using thoughtful route choices, Mark Norton enjoyed the hilly exploration of the area and Brigid McSmith and Ann Cole with Ivey think they ran past 12 controls.

Brigid & Ann

Liz Goodman and Alison Long ran last week’s OGLE and found 9 controls and despite printing off the map before heading up to Fire Beacon, Kerry Salter soon realised she had left it at home so enjoyed a relaxed run around the area instead.

Terry Bewes was pleased to receive the cup this week for having the most participants enter the Grand Western Canal 10k Clic Sargent virtual race at the end of last year. The next challenge is to try to retain it this year-watch this space.

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