SRC members set for club run re-start

 SRC members set for club run re-start

Following the Government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown restrictions, the guidance from England Athletics, updated on March 8, combined with a meeting held last week by the Sidmouth Running Club (SRC) committee, club runs will be commencing in a Covid secure environment from Monday March 29 while the off-road season will begin on Monday, April 5, writes Alexa Baker.

The club appreciates it is very much a ‘live programme’ that is liable to change if the Government issues new restrictions and the EA further guidance after updates from DCMS and Sports England, but is looking forward to seeing its members again.

The date of October 3, is now firmly set in Toby Garrick’s calendar as he was the only member to meet the club’s criteria for the London Marathon place and so Toby will be representing the Club; we look forward to cheering him on and the other Mighty Greens who have a place in this prestigious event.

When MG Antony Hall ran the latest lockdown road run challenge, you do not want to read that he found it hard as you know there is no hope for the less experienced runner!

In all fairness he did run from Sidford and back and completed three reps of pyramids of Convent Road with a recovery run down Bickwell Valley at the end of each set! 

David Welsh and Derek Blackburn also completed three reps, with Derek having the added incentive of Chairman Terry Bewes and fellow MG Helen Palmer cheering him on!

Christine and Karen Farnham were surprised to see they had clocked up eight miles, running the three reps in the rain while Kerry Salter ran three reps, aided (sensibly) by driving to the start.

Carol McManus, Jane Hemsworth, Bert Dykema, Adrian Horne, Mark Norton, Jenny Kay, Alexa Baker, Caroline and Jon Ball took the two-rep option!

The second road run challenge set by Terry involved a nice five’ish-mile loop around the valley, for some-Ross Walton added mileage and ran at 7.14min/mile pace and Tim Swarbrick ran both of the road runs together, 8.43 miles at 8.53min/miles!

Carol McManus is now enjoying her 6am runs in total daylight and early evening runners are managing to run the challenges mostly in daylight-the days are drawing out and what a difference it makes!

As always the weather plays a big part and weekend runners including Liz Goodman and Alison Long found they had four seasons of weather in their run including hail. 

Mark Norton enjoyed the break from the hills and Tash Morgan finished the loop on a precise six miles.  Also completing the challenge was Derek Blackburn, Bert Dyekema, David Welsh, Els Laureys, Beccy Johnson, Tracy Scannell, Jenny Kay, Alexa Baker, Caroline and Jon Ball, Christine and Karen Farnham.

Other Mighty Greens spotted running this week include Sam Ingram, Kate Jenkins, Rob Waggett, Kate Kirk, Adrian ‘Gripper’ Horne, who ran the Sid Valley Ring anti clockwise, Leeann Thomson, who ran three challenges in one, David Millen, who ran his first run in three months and Brigid McSmith and Ann Cole with Ivey the dog who completed the Weston Trig off road route..

The Ottery St Mary-based members of SRC saw Tom Knight complete OGLE 4 (Ottery Group Lockdown Exercise) and Emma Grainger tackled OGLE 3 and 11, where she encountered mud, rain, bogs, sun, gales, hills, thorns and hail!

The off-road challenge set this week was an OGLE on and around Fire Beacon, set by John Chesters which gave the Sidmouth based runners a chance to try out their orienteering skills.  Christine Hellier set the bar high, running past all 20 control points in a very efficient route.  Also visiting all 20 controls were the ‘Dynamic Duo’, Tim and Derek, although they failed to find the elusive blue bird.  The big, blue bird comes out to congratulate those that run all the control points in numerical order as Ross Walton found out.  His numerical run of 15 miles with 2851 feet of elevation at 10.53 min/miles was celebrated with a rare sighting of the bird! 

Although, the bird must have felt sorry for Jenny and Alexa (who are known to have difficulty following the easiest of instructions, never mind following an OS map with numbers on it) as it appeared in front of them just as the path they were on petered out.  What followed was a lot of laughter as they scrambled up through brambles and trees trying to find somewhere they recognised! 

Amazingly they visited 10 control points.  Sunday saw Mark Norton, Terry Bewes, Kyle Baker, Karen and Christine Farnham take on the challenge. Terry’s plan to follow Christine’s route didn’t quite pan out but they had great fun with a few steep climbs. 

Terry took time to sit on a bench (control four) with the big blue bird and Kyle found it perched on the trig point (control three).

New MG Mark enjoyed meeting up with Terry and Kyle part way round and ran (socially distanced) with them for a while before discovering the blue bird nesting in the under growth. Christine and Karen, who did not encounter the bird, but earned extra kudos for running from home and back enjoyed the run except for the part where they were ankle deep in mud.  We await John Chester’s scoring.

Stephen Birley

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