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Buckland Brewer 10k, Run Exe 5k, Exeter 10k, Ivybridge 10k, Coast to Coast Copper Trail, Hierro Trail & Bideford 10k

Buckland Brewer 10k

It’s been a busy week for ORC. Last Monday, on the Bank Holiday, John and Anne Binns ran the Buckland Brewer 10k. This was a new race starting, passing through and finally finishing in the village of Buckland Brewer.

Anne hadn’t anticipated quite how hilly it was going to be, but it was local to them and a fund raiser for North Devon Hospice so they wanted to run it.

With accent of approximately 266 meters the course was well marshalled and had a field of 130 runners. John ran the course in an unofficial time of 51.06 and Anne 56.16.

Run Exe 5k

On Tuesday 8 ORC’s took part in the Run Exe 5k Summer series. This is a monthly event with this being the second in the series of six which run from April to September, with the best results from four of the 6 races taken.

It’s a great traffic free flat run along footpaths and cycle tracks around Exwick playing fields and the River Exe food relief. It was a warm, still evening (but not too warm!) perfect for running.

All the runners did well, especially our young runners Stanley Wood and Sophie Luxton. Stan was the first ORC home in a time of 18:50, second in his age category and Sophie ran 21:12 which gave her first in her age category.

Andrew Vernon finished in 20:18 giving him fourth place in his age category, Claudine Benstead 20:45, second in her age category, Paul Evison 22:45, third in his category, Kate Wilson 25:34 first in her category, Jane Richardson 27:47 first in her age category and Victoria Evison achieved a PB at 30:26.

Brilliant running from everyone.

Exeter 10k

Following this Claudine Benstead also entered the Exeter 10k on Friday, which is 2 laps of the 5k course. Claudine had a great run, even though she took a wrong turn, she came home first in her age category in 44:24.

Ivybridge 10k

Andrew Vernon was the single ORC entrant in the Ivybridge 10k on Saturday. This undulating course with a steep climb at 3k starts at Ivybridge Station and finishes at Ivybridge Rugby Club.

It was a large field with around 550 running. Andrew finished in 42 mins exactly which gave him second place in his age category.

It was very humid and he surprised himself as he did find the race very enjoyable considering his current level of race fitness.

Purple Gecko Coast to Coast Copper Trail

Also, on Saturday 3 ORC’s crossed the border into Cornwall to take part in the Purple Gecko Coast to Coast Copper Trail event. The 11.5 mile trail run goes from Portreath on the north coast of Cornwall all the way across to Devoran Quay on the south coast. It follows two historic transport routes across Cornwall first opened in 1812, helping the mines transport copper to the ports.

The day started chilly in the mist at Portreath, but after a few miles the sun came out and this made the last 5 miles quite tough on the runners as it was very warm to say the least!

Daniella Tansley finished in 1:59:18, just ahead of Mike Saywell in 1:59:21 who was using the event as a recovery run after his ultra-race last weekend.

Kathryn Volkelt-Igoe finished in 2:18:28, this wasn’t enough for her however, as she followed it with a 5-mile dog walk!

Hierro Trail

Keeping up her Park Run successes Jo Page did another Park Run on Saturday morning, but not content with just one run she followed it with a trail run in the afternoon!

The first run of the day was Ormskirk Parkrun to tick off O in the Parkrun alphabet challenge and her 62nd Parkrun. The weather was perfect and according to all the regulars not normally like this. It’s known for being a windy course, but it was sunny and not a breath of wind, a nice course along gravel tracks and tarmac. Jo was first female and eighteenth overall out of a field of 207 in a time of 21:54.

Her second run of the day was the Hierro Trail race in Lancashire. This lovely trail race was free thanks to be sponsored by and New Balance, with all finishers receiving a goody bag.

The 4 1/4 mile course took the runners through some of the secret snickets in and around Hurst Green, before finishing outside the picturesque Stonyhurst College.

Jo ran hard from the start and took the lead after the first mile. She knew the second and third place ladies were not far behind, so there was no time to take in the scenery or take any mid race photos! She was the first female to cross the line in a time of 32:58 – well done Jo.

Bideford 10k

Sunday saw a plethora of 13 ORC’s heading to the popular Bideford 10k. This race starts and finishes very close to the Bideford Amateur Athletic Club clubhouse and takes in magnificent views of the Taw and Torridge estuary. The course heads out on the road to Instow and returns on the Tarka Trail, it’s moderately flat with only two small inclines.

It was a hot day with 655 runners taking part in the race. Great running from the ORC’s saw Paul Evison the first ORC home in a time of 47:43 giving him third place in his age category. Ged Fitzgibbon also got third place in his age category with time of 52:51, as did Jane Richardson with her time of 59:09.

The other results were:
Lucinda Walsh 52:14
Kate Wilson 52:44
Andrew Pullinger 54:39
Tom Andrew and Jo Bradford 54:45
Chris Fulford-Brown 58:06
Vicky Bond 58:59
Gill Bryant 1:02:10
Michelle Luddington 1:04:35
Victoria Evison 1:05:07

Great running over a very busy, hot weekend – well done to all.