Summer Solstice Fell Race
There was some great running by all and some incredible results.
Okehampton Running Club took the team win.
Good turnout from the Juniors too (at Solstice Race). Our younger Juniors ran 2km, the older two ran 4km with some route choice thrown in. Great racing by all. They are pushing each other and individually getting stronger, better at making decisions on the course and still clearly enjoying the opportunity.
British Junior Fell Championships
Aiden and Kiera Spinney represented Devon today in the Junior English Fell Running Championships. As you would expect, it was an extremely competitive field and so though they weren’t up in the placings, they ran well and gave a good account of themselves.
High flyer Luke Stannus achieved 7th place in his category and is one to watch as he is going from strength to strength.
While Aiden and Kiera Spinney were earning their Devon stripes 6 other Juniors were a little closer to home. A hot day and a hilly course made for a testing run at the Burrator Horseshoe, which is part of the Meavy Oak Fair. A record 35 youngsters toed the line. A splash through the ford and a village green finish in front of the mass of visitors added to the enjoyment.
In the senior race a very successful day was had by all the ORC runners. Out of field of 113 runners results were as follows:
Tom Poland, Joseph Lane, Charlie Temperley and Stanley Wood won the men’s team prize.
North Devon AONB Marathon
Described as the toughest but most beautiful this brutal trail marathon starts in the stunning village of Woolacombe and takes runners over the North Devon Coast with over 3800ft+ elevation. The race is a fund raiser for the North Devon Hospice. Congratulations go to Joanne Page who completed the race in 4:17:24 to take the prize for 1st female.
Marquette 5k, Michigan USA
Across the pond Will Seviour and Hannah Susorney took on a 5-ish k trail race in Marquette, Michigan, USA. The race was very low key and the entry got them bratwurst, burgers and cake at the finish line. The biting flies and mosquitos kept them moving quickly.
Mervyn Rice and daughter Jenny ran the Short Buttermere Horseshoe (14miles). This race is run in memory of Darren Holloway who was a Pennine fell runner. Despite its name it is one of the toughest Lakeland races. They completed the course in approximately 4 hrs 25 minutes.
Missing the deadline for the report last week, Stephen Sincock travelled to Somerset last Sunday to run the Martock 10K, a one lap route on quiet country roads. Despite an early 9am start, it was already very warm and humid, with the sun breaking out at times to increase the temperature further. He achieved a great time of 39:33, 1st MV60 and new MV60 club record.