Sidmouth Running Club was well represented at the Exe Estuary 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon-Summer with Allan Kay, Adrian ‘Gripper’ Horne, Niall Hawkins and Sarah Ginsberg all in action, writes Alexa Baker.
The race organised by Winding Paths starts in Budleigh Salterton, continues along the SW coast path to Exmouth (where those running the half marathon turn around), and along the Exe Estuary Trail to Topsham (the return point for the 50k).
Half marathon runners, Niall and Sarah, both agreed that the return along Exmouth seafront was tough but despite mud, rain, sun and hitting a wall (not literally) at mile eight, Niall had an incredible run taking second place in 1:53:53 and Sarah, who had her granddaughter Olive cheering her on, finished in 2:14:54, fourteenth place in a field of 84 runners.
Mighty Green Adrian finally achieved his goal to run 50k in his fiftieth year, and the race postponement due to Covid meant he got to run it with his son, Ollie and MG Allan.
Despite the wet start, the trio enjoyed the picturesque route and were encouraged along the way by family and friends. They finished together, rather fittingly, in joint 50th place in 6:57:08.
A special mention must go to former SRC member, Jess Raynor, who was first woman home, sixth overall in 4:50:12.
Congratulations, to you all.
Sarah Ginsberg after her run in the Half Marathon.