Sidmouth Running Club: Marathon madness!

  Posted: 18.10.21 at 08:02 by Alexa Baker

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Mighty Green Antony Hall found himself lining up with 30,000 + runners at the recent Manchester Marathon and finishing in the top 1,000!

Antony said: “I started off really well, keeping a steady pace of seven-minute-miles until mile 18 where the long stretches of road took its toll and my pace dropped off considerably; but I kept going and finished just over 2 minutes outside my PB time in 3:10:06, 975th overall.”

Jo Earlam headed to Cornwall to compete in the Atlantic Coast Challenge-3 marathons over 3 days along the Cornish coastline.

Day one saw Jo run between Trevone Head to Perranporth in 7:25:00, even though Day two included 3,500 feet of elevation between Perranporth and Hayle Jo knocked two minutes off the previous days' run.

Day three was a 28.86 mile stretch of the coastline from Lelant to Lands End with 4,800 feet of elevation. The Mighty Green completed the final section in 9:23:00, coming in 95th place out of 180 entrants and said the spectacular scenery and fabulous weather made it all worthwhile.

It was third time lucky for Cheryl Boulton when she travelled up to Weston Super Mare on Sunday to compete in her first half marathon since the start of Covid as the race had been rescheduled twice.

Jo Earlam between the flags on the stunning Cornish coastine

The Mighty Green was determined to beat her 2019 time of 2:08:24 and knocked almost two minutes off it despite a quick dash to the portaloo at mile eight!

It was the first time Cheryl ran in a new age category, senior women, having turned 50 earlier in the year and was delighted to find out she came 56th out of 137 and overall 576th out of a field of 1058 runners. Husband Bruce treated Cheryl to fish and chips on the pier afterwards with the added bonus of 20% discount for all runners - there’s an incentive to enter a race!

On Wednesday evening Chairman Terry Bewes presented the SRC Junior members who are representing the club at this month’s Rotary swimathon with a SRC swim bag as a thank-you.

The Junior team will be competing along two adult SRC teams, the Elite and the Survivors!

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