At the Races

Hot weather spurs on Sidmouth’s runners

The last two hot sunny weekends have seen Sidmouth’s runners out competing in force in a range of distances.

Sarah, Jess and Jo at the North Dorset Marathon


On 6 May in 25 degrees some great results were achieved by SRC women at the North Dorset Village Marathon.  Jessica Raynor was first lady in 3:28, a brilliant time on a hot and hilly course. Her mother Sarah, who was only on her second marathon ran a similar pace to seasoned marathon runner, Jo Earlam, coming in at 4:21 and 4:51 respectively. Jo’s experience showed through as she maintained a steady pace throughout. ‘I did 11 minute miles overall an a perfect split time, unlike my first marathon, London 2005, when I did the first half in 2:15 and dropped back to 2:45 in the second half, just squeezing home in under 5 hours. Despite a lack of training for Sunday, I was pleased to better that experience 13 years later’.



Ottery 10k

The following weekend the popular Ottery 10k took place with 13 runners turning out in SRC’s might green shirts with plenty of club spirit in evidence as faster runners cheered their slower team mates to the finish. Sam Ingram was SRC’s first runner home closely followed by Kyle Baker entering his first run for the club. Terry Bewes, club chairman, was particularly pleased to congratulate Claire Partridge and Emma Grainger from the 2018 beginners group for their outstanding runs.




Jodie at Bristol

Julia at Bristol

Meanwhile sweltering at another 10k in Bristol were Jodie Hawkins (a 2018 Improver) who came in under the hour and Julia Haddrell also from the 2018 beginners group.




Suzi at Exmouth

Suzy Rockey, continuing her return to form was pleased with an improved time at the Land and Sand 5k at Exmouth, despite wishing there was less sand involved.



Ottery 10k results: Sam Ingram 47:44. Kyle Baker 48:07, Tim Clay 49:28, Steve Saunders 50:02, Tim Swarbrick 51:59, Jane Hemsworth 52:14, Sarah Clapham 52:28, Jo Earlam 55:14, Simon Hollyer 56:40, John Doherty 57:22, Cheryl Boulton 1:01:34, Clare Partridge 1:12:19 Emma Grainger 1:13:56.
Bristol 10k results: Jodie Hawkins 59:40, Julia Haddrell 1:09.
Land and Sand 5k results: Suzy Rockey 28.00.