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Cosdon Hill, Run Exe, Parkruns & Otter Rail & River

Dartmoor fell Race Series Cosdon Hill Fell Race

This race is one of the four fell races put on by Okehampton Running Club and though it has been running many years it now forms part of the Dartmoor Fell race Series. Runners take their own line from Belstone village to the beacon on top of Cosdon Hill then race back to the start. Though the distance is relatively short at approximately 3.1 miles the climb is around 300 metres of rough open terrain which is extremely difficult to run on. On the day, the sun was scorching, and runners relished a run through the cooling river before the climb to the finish. Photo of Mervyn Rice captures the agony or the challenge.

Times were:
Samual Priday 30.42
Paul Crease 33.15
Andrew vallance 33.29
Joseph Lane 34.14
Chris Turner 34.30
Mike Saywell 36.40
Rob Gooding 39.52
Charlie Temperley 40.18
Daniel Heggs 42.00
Ian Ripper 42.25
Mervyn Rice 52.05
Aiden Spinney also had a good run in the Under 15 boys. 42.06

Full results available here

Run Exe Summer series 5K

During the week three members ran this popular 5K in Exeter. All of them on a mission to better their PB times, a difficult task in the evening sun. Claudine Benstead was 1st F60 in 20.27. Andrew Vernon was 1st M50 in 19.34 and Paul Evison came home with 2nd M65 in 22.57. In all a good scoop for the Okehampton Running Club.

Plymouth Central Park Parkrun

Gary Letheren went all out for a PB in a Plymouth Parkrun, sadly the heat took its toll and it was not to be missing out by 34 seconds.

Cranbrook Country Park Parkrun

3 ORCs travelled to Cranbrook for the parkrun. The course was a flat , double lapped trail route.  ORC junior Ollie King had a strong run and came 2nd in his age category. He was accompanied by his mum Karen King and Jo Page who he both out sprinted at the finish.

Otter Rail & River 10k

Jo Page went straight from Cranbrook Parkrun to a 10k trail race. She came 2nd Female and 27th out of 204.  It was a scenic off-road 10km starting and finishing on the village playing field in Tipton St John.

The mostly flat route (for East Devon) heads downstream alongside the River Otter, through Harpford woods, along the old Sidmouth railway line, back towards Tipton, through fields out to Fluxton and along tracks to the village.

Mementoes for all, including the Otter Brewery beer!