Awards, Marathons and Training

Before the Mighty Greens headed out on their club runs on Wednesday, chairman Terry Bewes presented certificates and bottles of bubbly to the brilliant beginners on the final night of their 8 week course. Lucia Hofstetter and Grace Wightman also received chocolates for attending all 8 sessions and Hannah Wightman received the Chairman’s Award for her enthusiasm and never give up attitude when facing any challenge. Terry said, “Congratulations to you all, you worked so hard and deserved your awards. We look forward to seeing you on the club runs now.”

The 2023 Beginners Group who have successfully completed their 8 week course.

Jo Earlam completed marathon 98 and Jane Hemsworth marathon 38 on a beautiful, crisp but chilly day on Saturday. The Mighty Greens ran 8 laps of the old railway line between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. It’s the 3rd time in 12 months that Jo has run this surprisingly hilly route, organised by Running Events Devon.

Jo Earlam and her 98th marathon medal

The Mighty Green was very happy to finish in 5:24:08, a course PB and her best time in two years, or the last 20 marathons. Jane finished in a fantastic 4:49:00.

Jane Hemsworth running along the old railway line

They are both looking forward to the Sweetcombe Scramble on April 2nd, organised by Sidmouth Running Club and Winding Paths’  Exe Estuary Marathon on July 16th, Jo’s 100th!

The weather has been amazing, if unseasonal, for the recent Sunday runs; Richard King led a great Grizzly 12/13 mile training run taking in East Hill, Otterton and Peak Hill, Clive Gilbert led a picturesque 7 mile run from Tipton to West Hill and up onto the Common

Clive Gilbert leading the way

and Alexa Baker led a very scenic 7 mile run through Mincombe Woods.

A very sunny scenic Sunday run

It is not just the adult Mighty Greens upping their preparations for the forthcoming races.  Jack and Amelia Womersley-Westlake took part in the Cranbrook junior parkrun on Sunday with Jack completing the route in 11:25  and Amelia in 14:47 for Amelia; PBs for both and big smiles all the way round too.

In training Amelia and Jack Womersley-Westlake

Sidmouth Running Club will be cheering on their Juniors who are running the Junior Grizfest on Saturday 4th Grizzly and all the club runners taking part in the Grizzly/Cub on Sunday 5th-especially the first timers and Naomi Garrick dressed as a tree fundraising for Tipton Primary Forest School.  Good Luck!

Naomi Garrick in her tree costume