April 19 2019 Latest news:

Sport relief mile in the Byes at Sidmouth. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 0980-13-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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There was an option to do one, three or six laps, each lap being a mile, but it was the ‘extra mile’ that drew the most. Sidmouth coach Aaron Smith soon had everyone joining in a warm-up session before the start, surely the biggest warm-up session we’ve ever seen.

And then off they went, in fancy dress, with push-chairs, baby carriers and even on stilts. The space hopper may have been bending the rules a bit, but nobody cared. After all, it’s probably more difficult to bounce a mile than run it.

Nancy Good ran with daughter Louise, granddaughter Lucy and great granddaughter Izzy (5). Theo Lewis (three months) claimed to be the youngest, but he hitched a lift with mum Clare.

There was a three-year-old who completed three laps, that’s three miles, and there were many who had never even run for a bus.

But it was Sam Marriott who romped home first in the three-lap event, do we have a budding Olympian here?

The sun shone from a clear blue sky and the Byes were in full Spring bloom, which took minds off the distance. “Was that really a mile, it didn’t seem like it?”

They may not have swum the Thames, or rowed across the Channel, but everyone went home happy with a smile on their face, a bottle of water and a medal to prove they’d done it – and maybe a few thinking about Sidmouth Running Club’s Beginners’ Course starting on May 2.

A big thank you to all the club members who helped out. For the Beginners’ Course information, please phone 01395 578436.

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