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Antony Hall with his impressive Manchester Marathon medal

When Mighty Green Antony Hall lined up at the start line of the recent Manchester Marathon little did he know that in just over 3 hours time he would be celebrating a new marathon PB. In fact delighted Antony completed the 26.2 miles in 3:02:59, nearly 5 minutes quicker than his first marathon six years ago!

SRC vice chair Sarah Watkins headed up the coast to compete in the Jurassic Coast Marathon followed by a half marathon the next day! Sarah said the scenery was stunning as she ran from Portland Bill to Lulworth Cove on day one and the weather was perfect as she ran from Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers-St Albans Head. With both runs having 3,500 feet of elevation it made the steps up to the Frog Stone like trotting up your stairs!

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Off to a flying start!

Sunday was a great day for Sidmouth Running Club where all the hard work behind the scenes paid off as the inaugural Junior Fun Run took place during the main JP's Exe to Axe race.

Starting from the top of Mutters Moor 42 children charged across the field joined a SRC adult runner through the woods and road section to the top of the daffodil field then ran down the zig zag path along the millennium walkway, across the prom, around the playpark to the finish line.

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Jon Ball, Paula and Amelie Farrand clocking up the lengths

Sidmouth Running Club proved yet again that they like a challenge when many registered on Saturday for the Brain Tumour Research fundraiser to walk/jog/run as many lengths of Sidmouth seafront wearing a hat.

The aim was to collectively walk/jog/run 1560 lengths by 4pm and with so many Mighty Greens taking part throughout the day it looked possible.

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Each loop began and ended at the Scout Hut

SRC member Ollie Goodchild-Horne put his determination, stamina and calf muscles to the test last weekend when he took part in Norm's Helium Loops organised by Climb South West.

To stay in the race you have to complete the 5.35km loop on the hour, every hour-not so easy when each loop involves 250m of climb! Four loops = a half marathon, 8 = a marathon, 30 loops in 30 hours is 100 miles.

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The SRC Juniors enjoyed the Grizfest

Heading to Seaton on Saturday afternoon the SRC juniors really enjoyed taking part in the junior Cub and junior Grizzly. Proudly wearing the Mighty Green Hamish Bishop, John Dunsford, Hunter Ingram, Flynn Lancaster, Amalie and Barney Baxter, Ru and Taya Meek ran in the 2k cub for 8-11 year olds with Barney coming 8th. Dominic Hall, Isabel and Louis Galvez competed in the Grizzly and all enjoyed the experience.

All the juniors came away buzzing from the supportive atmosphere.

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Stunning Scenery All The way

While the focus for some of the Sidmouth Running Club members is increasing the mileage preparing for the upcoming Grizzly, three Mighty Greens are working hard behind the scenes organising the Club's renowned JP's Exe to Axe race on Sunday 3rd April.

Named in memory of John Perratt, a founder member and long term treasurer of the club, the 22 mile course starts at Foxes Hole car park on Exmouth seafront and follows the SW coast path to finish at Seaton Sailing club. Chipped timing allows runners to set off between 9am and 10.10am.

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