Sidmouth Running Club members embrace the Parkrun return

 Sidmouth Running Club members embrace  the Parkrun return

SRC members at the Seaton Parkrun

The green shirts of Sidmouth Running Club were spotted among the hundreds of runners who lined up at 9am on Saturday throughout England to mark the return of Park Runs since March last year, writes Alexa Baker.

Everyone was mindful of the Covid guidelines and very appreciative of the volunteers who made the return possible.

Adrian ‘Gripper’ Horne was close to his PB (personal best) on the Exmouth course and was pleased to be back running along the seafront.

It was the reverse route at Killerton which meant more incline, but this did not affect Clive Gilbert and David Skinner’s enjoyment while, over at Seaton a new start position and a longer stretch of pebbles saw Julia Haddrell complete her 98th Parkrun and Sarah Powell said she preferred the new set up.

Mighty Green, Jo Earlam headed to the coast last Friday to complete her 79th marathon-and an ultra at that!  The route took the runners along the scenic coastal path between Charmouth and Weymouth for 28.8 miles. Run leader Jo said: “Number 79 will be remembered as the slow hot one!”

Sarah Browne ran her first half marathon at the weekend for Stroke awareness and what a run she served up, finishing as fourth female and ninth overall in a  time of 2:26:00.

Last Wednesday, mum and son duo, Naomi and Toby Garrick entered the Exeter City Runs 10k.  Naomi finished in a very respectable 54 minutes while Toby powered round and completed in the course in 34:29, a new PB – knocking 25 seconds off the PB he had at the Tipton Rail and River 10K where he crossed the finish line in first place. 

Toby said: “It was at the start of the heat wave so proved tough conditions but it was an amazing experience to run alongside Jo Pavey MBE for the first 4km and then move to the next group up.”  Toby is now turning his focus onto marathon training and increasing his mileage.

SRC members the Garricks with Jo Pavey MBE at the Exeter run.

SRC member Jo Earlam during Marathon number 79

SRC member Gripper at the Exmouth Parkrun
SRC member Sarah Browne.

SRC member Clive Gilbert at the Killerton Parkrun

Stephen Birley

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