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Plym Trail, Exeter Riverside & Couch to 5k

Plym Trail Summer Challenge Half Marathon

On Saturday 3 ORC’s headed to South Devon to take part in Running Events Devon’s Plym Trail Summer Challenge Half Marathon.

The event starts at Clearbrook Village, the route using Cycle Route 27 which is a tarmac track (with trail classification), which was formerly a railway line. Runners head to Coypool and turn there for the return stretch.

The weather stayed good for the race and it was a spectacular win for Robert Kelly, who came over the line in 1.22.26, nearly 35 minutes ahead of the second place runner.

Rob went there to see where he was with regards to his Loch Ness marathon training. He had hoped to go a little quicker, but after turning at the top of the first hill he was already leading by a minute, so it was pretty clear to him it was going to be a long, lonely slog!

The next ORC home was John Binns in 2.01.25 followed by his wife Anne in 2.02.20. Both John and Anne were running on deferred places from the spring event following Anne’s hospitalisation with an asthma attack. Both found it a tough race, it was downhill out and so a steady climb back. Anne was second female and John was fourth male.

On Sunday, with nothing planned, and fancying running somewhere new, Jo Page headed down to take part in the second day of the Plym Trail Summer Challenge, running in the 10k which is a new distance for the event.

It was a lovely run along part of the route that the runners did on Saturday and Jo even saw a stag in the woods as she ran! True to form she was first place overall in a time of 46:58.

Exeter Riverside Parkrun

Not content with smashing her own record last week, she did it again! On Saturday Claudine Benstead took part in the Exeter Riverside parkrun and this weeks’ time of 20.22 was 7 seconds faster than last week. This meant a new age grading record of 99.51%. Fantastic running from this super speedy athlete!

Couch to 5k

If you’re new to running or want to get back to it, Okehampton Running Club are holding their next Couch to 5k training sessions commencing on Tuesday 5 September. See the website for more information.