Ollie rises to the challenge

Ollie Goodchild-Horne Rises To The Challenge

SRC member Ollie Goodchild-Horne put his determination, stamina and calf muscles to the test last weekend when he took part in Norm’s Helium Loops organised by Climb South West.

Ollie starting off

To stay in the race you have to complete the 5.35km loop on the hour, every hour-not so easy when each loop involves 250m of climb! Four loops = a half marathon, 8 = a marathon, 30 loops in 30 hours is 100 miles.

Ollie in action

The Mighty Green started in brilliant sunshine with a brisk wind along the coastal stretch with his dad and fellow MG Adrian ‘Gripper’ Horne running alongside for company and 21 competitors. After lap 2 Adrian went on to support Ollie from the side lines and saw him complete his 13th loop under the cover of darkness at 10pm. Ollie had run for 10:44:00, a total of 43.5 miles and 3,500m of height elevation. Although the event was scheduled for 36 hours the last 2 runners gave up at 9am Sunday morning having completed 24 laps! A very memorable way to spend a Saturday night!

Clive at Weymouth. Photo: Ken Hewitt Photography

On Sunday Clive Gilbert went back to his birthplace to take part in the Weymouth half marathon. The Mighty Green was surprised but pleased to not only run a sub 2 hours, 1:54:07, but get a PB for 15km, 10 miles and 20K. Coming in 325 out of 800 runners it looks like turning 50 years old isn’t holding him back!

Lovely day for a run

Nineteen club runners took advantage of a coach trip to Colyton on Sunday morning to mark the last of the Sunday runs and what a lovely morning it was. Running back to Sidbury along the East Devon Way in shirt sleeves was a novelty in its self; layers were being discarded from the off. Luckily the route was very well sign posted and except for a little mix up at the start (the coach dropped them off at the wrong bridge!) the runners self-navigated effortlessly. Janice Ransom had a memorable moment when a goose bit her on the bottom going through Mincombe Farm and there were hills but the views from the top made it all worthwhile.

Terry enjoying yet another uphill

Chairman Terry Bewes might have slightly underestimated the length of the run by two miles but no one complained as the scenery and weather were spectacular. The runners would like to thank Terry for organising the longer Sunday training runs, great preparation for The Grizzly, Bicton Blister, The Blackdown Beast and The Exe to Axe.

There is still time to sign up to JP’s Exe to Axe Race which takes place on Sunday 3rd April. The club has just announced all profits raised will be donated to the Ukrainian appeal. Please go to www.sidmouthrunningclub.com for more info.