Barnstaple & Killerton

Top placings for Sidmouth Runners at Devon Events

Sidmouth Runners were out testing themselves over a number of distances in two events last weekend.

In Barnstaple a flat fast course for the annual marathon gave Theo Burgess a chance to push himself and see what he could do. With good weather conditions and a redesigned course to ensure more supporter presence Theo achieved a personal best completing in 3:15:30, 17th overall and 5 minutes faster than his previous PB.

Closer to home a contingent from SRC set out to test the new trail runs at Killerton House near Exeter. Whilst the historic grounds at Killerton are already an established location for running events the was the first time the new 10km and half marathon multi terrain courses had been used and the runners found it challenging.

‘The Killerton 10K certainly lived up to its name, it was a hard run’ said runner Jenny Bentley, ‘The course started with an uphill gradual climb which continued into a steep climb to the top of the hill, and then the course became interesting as it winded through the woods. The best part was hearing Kerry and Anthony call my name as I ran the final straight up to the finish line.’ Also running the 10k were new member Sam Ingram and Kerry Boyle, who despite finding the race ‘hot and hilly’ delivered a fantastic 1st in age group result in just under the hour.

Four seasoned campaigners from SRC tackled the half marathon distance. Club chairman, Terry Bewes, commented, ’Runners enter these events for different reasons. Sarah Watkins wanted to test her continuing recovery, whilst I wanted to see if I was capable of that distance in preparation for the upcoming long autumn club runs and events’. Terry ruefully pondered, ‘Sarah was puffing and panting her way around the first half of the course with me for company, but then found her mojo and left me behind in the second, as usual’. Antony Hall and Rob Edwards both had excellent runs, achieving top three in age group positions.

The club were particularly proud of 8 year old Seth Lancaster who ran his first race in SRC colours, the 1K, taking it steady and beating his Dad (Phil Lancaster) in a sprint finish. Congratulations Seth!

Results Killerton:
1K Seth Lancaster 10th in 6:44
10K Kerry Boyle 1st in age group in 59:47:08 and 41st overall.
Sam Ingram 1:05:12.
Jennifer Bentley 1:20:41
Half Marathon.
Antony Hall 2nd in age group in 1:46:55
Rob Edwards 3rd in age group in 2:23:16
Sarah Watkins 4th in age group 2:41:46
Terry Bewes 2:52:33.
There were 445 finishers in the 10K and 195 in the half marathon. A great result for the Club