A Cracking End To June For Sidmouth Running Club

Whilst some Mighty Greens were at JMS Training’s strength and conditioning class run leader Yasmin Salter represented SRC at the Exeter River Run on Friday evening.  Yasmin really enjoyed the flat course and stunning scenery-not that she had time to take it all in as she finished in 51:14!

Yasmin after a very fast 10k

The club was represented by 17 SRC park runners in 8 different locations including London, Winchester, Devizes, Frogmary Green Farm, Victoria Dock, Seaton, Exmouth and Cranbrook.  It was David Skinner’s 278th park run the most recorded by a Mighty Green.

Clive at Victoria Dock

Five Mighty Greens ran the Exe Estuary half marathon which took place on Sunday.  Organised by Winding Paths and based at Budleigh Salterton the multi terrain race started with a 5 mile loop around the River Otter before heading on the coast path towards Exmouth and returning to Budleigh.  Despite the hilly course (1700 ft elevation), hot conditions and a wrong turn where two speedy ladies overtook her, MG Louise Dalton finished in 11th position out of a field of 103 in 2:06:48.

Results:  Louise Dalton 2:06:48; Becky Knapman 2:30:43; Sarah Watkins 3:10:03; Carol Hounsell 3:10:03; Clare Luke 3:10:04

Clare, Carol, Sarah, Louise and Becky

It was misson accomplished for Mighty Greens Chris McCormick, Neville and Kay Hylton when they ran the most northern marathon after weeks of training and preparation.  Starting in Tromsø, the Arctic capital of Norway at 69 degrees north about 350 km north of the arctic circle Kay and Christine started the half marathon at 9pm finishing in 2:43 and 2:47 respectively.

Chris, Nev and Kay

Neville started the marathon at 8:30pm finishing in 4:02. Neville said there wasn’t any ice or polar bears but the race lived up to its name, with blinding sunlight and blue sky throughout the night. It was bizarre waiting to run a marathon so late; winter club runs will seem odd in the dark!

The only polar bear Nev encountered

SRC’s Lynda Hawkins ran her first ultra marathon with her daughter Kaylee last weekend and they chose a challenging one; GB Ultra Wales.  In the words of Lynda, a 52 mile extreme, brutal, insane, beautiful mountain and trail race up Cadair Idris Penygader (893m) and the Queen of the Rhinogs’ Rhinog Fach (712m) with good organisation, lots of food and supportive marshals.

MG Lynda with daughter Kaylee