Give running a go at Sidmouth

Sidmouth RC had 10 members taking part in the Honiton 12K last weekend.

Sidmouth RC had 10 members taking part in the Honiton 12K last weekend. Malcolm Bayer looked very focused on the start line alongside Milan Goc, who has now moved from Sidmouth to Honiton. The weather was hot and this made it harder for the runners but Malcolm was the first Sidmouth runner home, in ninth place with a very impressive time of 46:10, one place and a few seconds ahead of Milan.Jessica Watkins, in 22nd place was the second lady home, with a quick time of 51:05, a long way before Colin Flood, the next Sidmouth runner and first male over 60 in 57.41. Colin is famous for complaining a few years back that he thought the race was a long 10k. Having realised this time it was 2k longer, he undoubtedly paced himself a bit better. After him came Neil Rutter 74th 1:00:52, Shaun Tipton 76th 1:01:23, Philip Welsford 83rd 1.03.76 and Mick Allen 86th 1.04.24. Mick very nearly went the wrong way but with plenty of shouting from the supporters he eventually found the finish line. Hard on his heels was Becky Robson, 88th, nursing a hangover, with a time of 1:04:34 with Rachel Burrow right on her heels in 1:04:47 for 91st place.John Podmore after the race said that he thought he would beat Becky having been in front of her for so long but he out-paced himself and she ran past again in the latter stages, leaving John 93rd in 1.05.10. Alan Hemsworth felt the heat and struggled to the finish but with the encouragement of his friends and some magic juice from St John Ambulance he looked fine again and pleased with his 126th spot in 1.16.01. Well done Alan, from all of us.Not to be outdone the Juniors were also well represented in the Fun Run but, unfortunately, no results or times were produced for this event.l Back at the club, this coming Wednesday sees our 'Taster' session for anyone interested in finding out why so many people enjoy running around Sidmouth on a cold Wednesday evening. No experience required and it is open to anyone, whatever their level of fitness, who would like to try it out with a very gentle first session. For further details please phone head coach Malcolm Bayer on 07751 522 980.

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