Ultras, Challenges, Milestones and Chips For Sidmouth Running Club

SRC’s Adrian Harris travelled to the Lake District to take part in the Lakeland 50 ultra marathon with a target of completing it in 15 hours.  Adrian ran through rain, hail and battled high winds over the summits although the sun did come out at times highlighting the stunning scenery of the Lake District. The Mighty Green was very pleased to finish in 12.5 hours especially as he was well ahead of his much younger friend Simon!

Adrian Harris after 12.5 hours of running!

Mighty Green Mark Andow took part in the Hope Trail 36 hour endurance event.  Mark ran the 5 mile loops throughout the day and night, taking very short power naps and trying out different ways of refuelling in preparation for a longer event later in the year!

SRC junior Amelia Womersley-Westlake kick started her summer holidays by taking part in the 5k Pretty Muddy event at Westpoint. Not only did Amelia tackle the obstacles head on enjoying the mud and rain finishing in 49 minutes, she also raised £75 for Cancer Research.  Amelia then took part in the Haldon parkrun finishing in 41.49! Despite the rain, tough terrain and hills 7 year old Amelia said this is her favourite parkrun route!

Amelia enjoying the muddy, wet obstacles

MG Claudia Barry also has fundraising on her mind with a fun day and raffle organised for Saturday 12th August at The Guide Hut, Lawn Vista from 1-4pm.  Claudia, who first joined the club at 17, is in training for the 100k Thames Path Ultra Challenge next month to raise awareness and money for the National Brain Appeal.

Claudia Barry in training for her fundraising ultra

Cranbrook was the chosen venue for Mighty Green Derek Blackburn’s 100th parkrun as it is a favourite of his and he often volunteers there too.  In fact he wore the 30 minute pacers bib and did a great job encouraging everyone and keeping them on track.  It might have been the mention of cake that Anne, Dereks’ wife made to celebrate, that encouraged a posse of club members to join Derek on his milestone run but everyone had a great time including Kate and Hugh Jenkins running their first parkrun and Beccy Johnson and Alexa Baker who got PB’s.

Derek celebrating his 100th parkrun

As there was a 5th Monday in July the club run became a social one.  Starting from The Bowd chairman Terry Bewes led the group on an enjoyable 4 mile loop taking in the Bulverton campsite along very overgrown narrow paths finishing back at the pub where drinks and chips were enjoyed.

Enjoying the chips inside the pub

Another reason to join this friendly, supportive, running club?!

Cooling off outside before the chips arrived