Hot runs for SRC members

 Hot runs for SRC members

SRC duo Debbie and Don Cawthera at the Lundy Island half marathon.

Sidmouth Running Club (SRC) members have been busy in what have been some sizzling temepratuires during the month of July, writes Alexa Baker.

Hot! Hot! Hot! Haytor Heller

Last Saturday (July 17), Antony Hall was probably questioning just why he had signed up to run the Haytor Heller on possibly the hottest day of the month so far!

Organised by Teignbridge Trotters to celebrate their 35th anniversary, the hilly, rugged terrain certainly put the Mighty Green to the test.

The 5.30pm start didn’t bring cooler temperatures, but Antony completed the 10k course in a time of 00:54:12, 30 seconds behind the first woman home in an impressive 25th place out of a field of 240 entrants.

Antony said: “It was by far the hottest run I have had since the London Marathon in 2018!”

Mighty Green Derek clocks up 1,407k!

Two weeks ahead of the target he set himself, Derek Blackburn completed the Virtual 2021 Lands End to John O’Groats challenge with an 11.32km run along the North Devon coast path.

The Mighty Green started on January 1, and has been logging all his runs and walks to notch up the 1407k required to complete this amazing achievement.

‘Hosepipes cool Kirsteen as she blazes ahead!

Kirsteen Welsh has done it again, setting a new woman’s course record at the Frome Half Marathon on Sunday!

Despite the temperature hitting 29oc and the hilly first half, Kirsteen was the first lady over the finish line, coming home sixth overall, completing the course in 1:21:13, smashing the existing woman’s course record.

The Mighty Green said: ”The residents of Frome were legends, they came out to cheer the runners on and cooled them down by spraying us with hose pipes!”

Dolphins and puffins (medals) make a hot half marathon so worthwhile

Further afield on Sunday (July 18), Debbie and Don Cawthera ran the Lundy Island half marathon.

Deb said: “It was the hottest, slowest, half marathon I have ever done!”

The Mighty Greens saw dolphins on the way back and received a lovely puffin medal which made the event very memorable.

Kirsteen Welch during the Frome Half Marathon
SRCs Derek Blackburn completed the Virtual 2021 Lands End to John O’Groats challenge with an 11.32km run along the North Devon
coast path.
SRCs Antony Hall at the Haytor Heller.

Stephen Birley

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