70 compete in Beat the Bus challenge
- Credit: Archant
The organiser behind Sidmouth’s Beat the Bus has hailed this year’s race a success, despite initial fears about the number of entrants and a last minute route change to avoid a herd of cattle.
The charity event on June 25 pitted runners against the number 157 bus from Otterton to Sidmouth Triangle – then back again – along a 10km mixed terrain route.
The race looked in doubt during May after only a handful of athletes signed up to take part.
But a late surge in the number of entrants meant that nearly 70 runners took on the challenge, which helped raise £600 for Sidmouth Living With Cancer.
Sixteen-year-old Jason Drew of Sidmouth Running Club was the first over the finish line, recording a time of 36 minutes and one second.
You may also want to watch:
Organiser Bill Valentine said the event had been a great success, despite a ‘stressful few hours’ before the start when he was forced to improvise a last minute route change.
He said: “We had a bit of trouble with one of the landowners because some of his cows had got out of the field the day before and caused some damage.
- 1 'Battered and shattered' traders start to reopen their shops
- 2 Former Ottery science technician celebrates her seventieth year
- 3 Folk festival boosted by £97K grant from Culture Recovery Fund
- 4 Different species of deer are part of our wildlife inheritance
- 5 Confidence grows for return of traditional high street
- 6 Sidmouth Youth Centre on a mission to help feed families
- 7 Hayman's Butchers 'had been my life' - Stewart Hayman
- 8 Around the sitting room in 80 days with the amazing Diana, 98
- 9 Stepping out for charity in honour of Sir Captain Tom's legacy
- 10 It's our time to share our fortune and 'do our bit' as we start to re-open
“He didn’t want us to use the field, so we had to quickly consult the ordinance survey map to come up with a new route, and get out to re-mark it.
“It made it a 10km race instead of nine in the end, but people said they enjoyed the new route more so it all came together quite nicely!”