Posted: 15.09.21 at 16:12 by Alexa Baker
No lie-ins on a Sunday for Kirsteen Welch and Jamie Locke, who travelled down to Paignton to take part in the Ocean Healthcare Torbay Half Marathon and the brand new 10k race respectively.
Wearing the Mighty Green shirt, Kirsteen had a great run and was first lady over the finish line and 8th overall in 1:18:27. Jamie and his brother Tom had to run one lap of the half marathon route which was described as ‘perfect for those starting and developing their race diary.’
Jamie said: "The route was relatively flat with a few hills mixed in and I was very pleased to have got a new personal best time and Tom got his first sub 50 minutes.” He came 41st out of a field of 285 runners, 9th in his age category in 48:27.
Mighty Green Niall Hawkins headed in the other direction to run in the CapTEN fell run organised by his old club, Bridport Runners. The seriously hilly 10-mile route started in Seatown and weaved a figure of eight around Thorncombe Beacon and The Golden Cap. Niall enjoyed the camaraderie and despite those hills came in 13th position in 1:32:41.
Closer to home, a new route described as 'short with magnificent views - which meant hills' by club runner Emma Grainger was encountered at the Sidbury Fair Fun Run on Sunday. The run was organised by SRC member and Sidbury resident Rocker Sheppard who was delighted to see his granddaughter Daisy run over the line in first position in the U13 category.
Fellow Mighty Greens spotted enjoying the run included Bert Dykema, Paula Farrand, who was 3rd female to finish and her daughter Amelie who was 1st female in 13-17 age group. Emma was pleased to see her Fitbit reading of 93% effort over the 3.3k route.
The next generation of Sidmouth Running Club met at St John's School on Sunday afternoon to put the new Junior leaders and helpers through their paces ready for the upcoming term. Eleven 8-11 year olds gave the volunteers, under the guidance of Junior Coach Kerry Boyle, Assistant Coach Claire Ashby, Run Leader Charlotte Forrer and helpers Sharon Hunt, Leeann Thomson, Niki Meek and Tim Dafforn, a whistle stop tour of the elements covered in the six week programme.
Alexa Baker was very impressed with the variety of equipment the Junior club uses and the fact that it is not all about running but the FUNdamentals of athletics. Chairman Terry Bewes was on hand to thank the children and volunteers for giving up their free time and to enjoy the very unexpected feast laid on, which was much appreciated by all.
The Juniors meet on Wednesday evenings 5.45pm-6.45pm in term time and have an 8-11 year old group and an 11+ group for the ‘ABC’s of Running’. Please contact [email protected] for further information.
Further afield, Mighty Green Mark Andow joined a small field of runners last weekend for a 50-mile Ultra, the Conquest of Avalon. Mark said: “The finish was at Glastonbury and it was great to see the Tor knowing the end was near, which was great as I was walking by this point.” The supportive and friendly event was organised by Albion Running Club which Mark would highly recommend for any other Ultra events.
And even further afield but wearing the Mighty Green shirt, Jim Hudson swapped his running shoes for walking boots to take on The 9 Eagles, a 21 mile linear fell race covering the grit stone edges in the Peak District. Jim, who walked with his wife Liz, said: “It was a good route with lots of friendly people to talk to and options to walk, run or run and climb each edge!”
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