Toby Garrick leads the Mighty Greens home at the Otter Rail & River meeting

 Toby Garrick leads the Mighty Greens home at the Otter Rail & River meeting

Toby Garrick and Catherine Hilton after their superb runs at the Otter Rail & River event. Picture: SRC

Sidmouth Running Club members were out in force on Saturday competing in the Otter Rail and River 10k event, writes Alexa Baker.

The multi-terrain race is organised by Tipton St John Playing Field Association and is gently undulating, following the valley of the River Otter and along the disused railway line in Harpford Woods using short road links, un-surfaced tracks/paths, fields with stiles, kissing gates and this year lots of MUD!

Luckily Sidmouth club runners have been advised by Chairman Terry Bewes not to dilly dally on the outside edges of the mud but to plough straight through and as Bex McDonald said: “It was great Grizzly training!”

There was an air of excitement as the Mighty Greens (MGs) gathered for a group photo before the start; for many it was their first event in club colours and it was the first race in a long time that 45 MG’s lined up at the start.

Mighty Green Toby Garrick had a fantastic run through the challenging conditions and came in first overall out of a field of 216 finishers in 36 minutes and was first in his age category. 

MG’s Antony Hall was ninth home in a time of 42:14 with Tom Knight was not far behind, finishing in 42:57.               

Mighty Green Catherine Hilton had a great run, not only was she first local lady home, but also first in her age category in a time of 52:51.

Seconds behind Catherine was Charlotte Forrer, who has recently successfully competed in her first triathlon, the Weymouth Middle Distance Triathlon, organised by Bustinskin Events.  Charlotte is also an England Athletic Run Together group leader with mums from Sidbury school; two of which ran the Otter Rail and River.

For the club runners further down the field it was very encouraging to hear the cheering as the finishers crossed the line and to see the number of Mighty Greens who had stayed on to do so in true club spirit.

Sidmouth Running Club would like to thank race director Gemma Wiltshire and her team for the very well organised event, the very friendly supportive marshals and the two cow marshals (they had skills!).

There were smiles all round as the runners left with their finisher’s bottle of Otter Brewery bitter despite having very wet, muddy trainers.


Toby Garrick                       36:00

Antony Hall                         42:14

Tom Knight                         42:57

Catherine Hilton               52:51

Charlotte Forrer               53:37

Yasmin Salter                     53:44

Tim Swarbrick                    54:54

Susan Anderson                  55:25

John Sharples                    56:32

Clive Gilbert                       57:22

Mark Norton                      57:47

Naomi Garrick                   59:03

Christine Farnham           59:04

Becky McDonald              60:33

Sue Colman                        61:01

Suzi Rockey                        63:48

Derek Blackburn               63:54

Judith Jeeves                     64:47

Helen Akay                         64:51

Brigid McEleney-Smith  65:05

Sarah Clapham                  65:34

Jane Stein                           66.51

Denise Main                       67:01

Kathy Jordan                      68:17

Katie Harris                         68:46

David Wright                      69:35

John Doherty                     69:57

Sam Ingram                        70.19

Lucy Ingram                        70:20

Jasmine Reeves                  70:36

Colin Flood                          70:51

Sarah Burston                    71:23

Leeann Thompson          72:30

Amelia Frankpitt               72:55

Jo Earlam                             79:22

Emma Grainger                 81:33

Sarah Watkins                   83:35

Carol McManus                   83:36

Beccy Johnson                  83:37

Liz Goodman                      83:37

Alexa Baker                        83:38

Jenny Benattar                 84:58

Alison Long                         85.20

Ann Cole                              86:40

Rachel Austin-Rigby        87:02

Julia Haddrell                     94:28

Terry Bewes                       94:28

Mighty Greens cross the finish line at the Otter Rail & River event. Picture SIDMOUTH RUNNING CLUB

Stephen Birley

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