Sidmouth’s first-ever for over-35s a mid-splattered success

shs over 35s run 701. Picture: Chris Woodcock

shs over 35s run 701. Picture: Chris Woodcock - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth’s inaugural cross-country run for over-35s has been hailed as a mud-splattered success that will be repeated next year.

Organiser Bill Valentine said one of the most notable runners was Torrington’s Marilyn Blair, who was in the 55-64 age group, but beat competitors 20 years her junior.

Bristol and West’s Stephen Goss was first over the finish line, again beating younger participants.

Among the 49 entrants were eight from Sidmouth Running Club, who all enjoyed a successful race.

Bill said: “It went really well, despite the awful weather conditions. The competition was made a success by all the athletes that came from as far away as Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and North Devon to take part.

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“Everybody really enjoyed it.”

Bill thanked the South West Veterans’ Athletics Club committee and the volunteers who helped on the day.

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He also expressed his gratitude to Sidmouth Rugby Club and East Devon District Council for use of their land and showers that allowed runners to warm up afterwards – a far cry from the galvanised baths he was used to as a young cross-country runner.

The Herald reported last week that Lee Elston, 38, and his grandfather would be the youngest and eldest entrants in the race.

Ray, 77, finished just 40 seconds behind Lee, who he has been training.

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