Hall leads Sidmouth runners home at Ottery 10k

Sidmouth running club at the Ottery 10K run. Ref shsp 20-16TI 0980. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth running club at the Ottery 10K run. Ref shsp 20-16TI 0980. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The past weekend proved to b e a varied one for members of Sidmouth Running Club, writes Terry Bewes.

On the Saturday Nigel Maeer, who is in training for his first Ultra Marathon, ran 14 miles over part of the Four Trigs course. The heat on Saturday took its toll on him after he completed three of the four Trigs in three hours, a time he took to complete all four earlier in the year.

On Sunday, three members competed in the Devon County track and field championships at Exeter Arena.

Taking part in the 3,000 metres all three had outstanding results. Jason Drew was the first male under 20 and the first overall.

Naomi Garrick was the second lady and the first veteran under 45. This was the first time she had run this distance since leaving college, a race she won at the time.


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Her son Toby despite carrying an injury from the Ten Tors had a personal best and came forth overall in the Under-17s.

Ten members were amongst the 215 who finished the Ottery 10K which we are told by the organisers is a fairly flat run on the roads and lanes around Ottery St. Mary, although Gail Goldsmith who has just moved into the area disputes the ‘fairly flat’.

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She will soon get used to the Devon interpretation of flat. After all the recent off-road races this was one for the road runners in the Club. James Salter who had not run this distance for years showed us the benefit of youth with a storming run, finishing in a time quicker than the 45 minutes he told me he had set his mind on before the start.

The race excellently organised by Honiton Running Club starts and finishes at the Ottery Cricket Club and they had laid on plenty of refreshment at the finish to enjoy recovering in the sunshine.

Antony Hall was the first club runner home in 21st place in a time of 0:39:33, James Salter 0:44:38,

Gordon Bryant 0:46:50, Rob Edwards 0:47:27, Simon Hollyer 0:51:18, Graham Sheppard 0:52:19,

Terry Bewes 0:55:47, John Doherty 0:56:53, Emma Compton 0:57:13, Gail Goldsmith 1:02:09.

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