Cheesy smiles all round for Sidmouth Runners

Sidmouth Running Club member Laura Phillips and her daughter Mollie at the end of the Muddiford Chee

Sidmouth Running Club member Laura Phillips and her daughter Mollie at the end of the Muddiford Cheese Run, - Credit: Archant

A sunny second Sunday of October saw the staging of the Muddiford Cheese Run, a scenic 5-mile run from Burlescombe Village along the Grand Western Canal to Muddiford’s Court Country House near Cullompton, writes Monica Read.

Sidmouth Running Club member Laura Phillips and her daughter Mollie at the end of the Muddiford Chee

Sidmouth Running Club member Laura Phillips and her daughter Mollie at the end of the Muddiford Cheese Run, - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Running Club (SRC) was once again out in force participating in an event that was raising funds for the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance and was supported by Wyke Farms and other local business.

Sidmouth, busy socialising before the start, found themselves as a group at the back of the pack and initially found it difficult to make headway along the narrow canal tow path.

The group spread out as they dodged past other runners and sped up as they all enjoyed the absence of hills.

One of the Sidmouth runners, Caroline Ball, said: “It is the first ever Muddiford Cheese Race and was really well supported by walkers and runners. We all enjoyed it, as it was unusually flat for us.”


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Nine runners in all completed the run for Sidmouth, led in by Jane Hemsworth and Jo Earlam in 43 minutes, followed by David Millen, Christine Farnham, Karen Farnham, Caroline Ball and Sue Cunningham. The club’s youngest wearer of the Mighty Green turned in a magnificent performance.

Mollie Phillips aged just five, supported by mum Laura, completed her first-ever event covering the course in an amazing time of one hour and 30 minutes.

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Runners were rewarded with live music and cheese toasties in the sunshine, and were very pleased with the well-organised run and family entertainments.

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