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Marathons and More!

Run for all York Marathon

Members often travel afar to run their marathon of choice. This week Mike Davies travelled to York for the Run for All York Marathon. The course starts and finishes in the campus of York University taking a meandering and slightly undulating route around local country. This marathon is now in its 13th year and is growing each year to become a splendid event. Mike ran a chip time of 3. 38. 16.

Eden Marathon and Half Marathon

A firm fixture in the running calendar and one of the biggest events in Cornwall the Eden Project Marathon and Half Marathon offers hilly multi-terrain courses around the famous site, following a challenging route through areas of spectacular mining heritage and beautiful countryside landscapes.

Andy Vallance had a lovely day out running the marathon distance. He came 4th place overall in a time of 3.12.

Molly Marvin also enjoyed herself, finishing the half marathon in 2:07. There was also a very strong run from new member, Patrick Steel, with a chip time of 1:41.

Plym Trail Marathon

Daniella Tansley completed her first Marathon – part of the The Plym Trail Autumn Series. The course is a short out and back in Clearwater village followed by a double out and back along the cycle route 27 to Coypool. She is pleased to have finished in a time of 4:55:25, official results pending.

Bath Half Marathon

After several postponements, the 40th running of the Bath Half Marathon took place on Sunday. In what is quite a hilly city this course does it’s best to stay on level ground. This race does however have a sting in the tail and that being a relatively short but very sharp uphill to the finish. As the runners turn the corner leaving Upper Bristol Street at mile 13 they are confronted with a sight that no runner enjoys in the last 400 metres of a race. Paul Evison was sporting the ORC colours and was satisfied with a finish of 1:50:11.

Jurassic Coast 20k

This 20 Km route starts just outside the picturesque village of Corfe Castle, where you then run steadily across marshland gradually making your way towards the coast before heading back to the start point.

Lucy Gooding took on the challenging terrain, completing in a watch time of 2:30.

The Great South Run 10 mile

Starting and finishing on the glorious seafront, the 10 mile route offers a run through history passing iconic landmarks including the Historic Dockyard, HMS Victory and Southsea Castle along with breath-taking sea views and view of the Isle of Wight. Okehampton RC was well represented with four runners travelling to Portsmouth for the race. As the name suggests this race is really great, being one of the biggest 10 mile races in the South.

Jo Page was the first ORC home in a time on 1.10.21, setting a new club record for FV35, followed by partners Jo-Anne and Phil Turner who ran the race together in 1.35.53. Lucy Gooding, not content with her Jurassic trail run the day before, made the finish within minutes of Jo-Anne and Phil in a time of 1.40.14.

East Mill Tor Loop (juniors)

Five ORCJ ran either 2km (U9s & U11s) or 4km (U13s & U15s) on an out and back course towards Belstone Tor. Arthur Lane was 1st home in 10:58 (1st U11B), followed by Ellenor Taylor 11:43 (2nd U11G), closely followed by her brother Alistair Taylor 11:55 (1st U9B). Then came Aiden Spinney 18:21 (1st U15) followed by his sister Kiera Spinney 22:45 (2nd U13G).

It was the final race of the Dartmoor fell running series with Alistair, Arthur and Aiden finishing as series champions in their respective categories with Ellenor and Kiera both coming a close 2nd in theirs!

East Mill Tor (seniors)

10 ORCs took part in the senior East Mill Tor Loop fell race. This was the series finale of the Dartmoor Fell series. The route featured 6 hilly miles starting and finishing in Belstone.

Chris Turner was the first ORC back and came in 5th place. Paul Crease came 7th and 1st MV50. Paul also won the series age category trophy. Claire Watkins finished first woman and first FV40. Other runners were Tom Poland, Jo Lane, Charlie Temperley, Daniel Heggs (2nd MV60), Mervyn Rice (3rd MV60), Christine Fritsch and Ellodie Stott.

Congratulations go to the team as ORC won the team trophy for the whole series second year running.