Joe Pavey does Sidmouth Running Club proud

Sidmouth Running Club chairman Terry Bewes receives a signed shirt from Jo Pavey and club vice-chair

Sidmouth Running Club chairman Terry Bewes receives a signed shirt from Jo Pavey and club vice-chairperson Becky Robson presents Jo with a bottle of champagne. - Credit: Archant

As the saying goes, ‘ things tend to happen in threes’, writes Terry Bewes.

It was only a few weeks ago that Sidmouth Running Club members entered the Delicious Drake’s Trail dressed as the British Olympic Equestrian team.

This was then followed by an email from Olympic event rider Mary King MBE congratulating us on winning the ‘Spirit of the Trail’ award.

Then, to continue the Olympic theme, the club has been honoured to welcome Jo Pavey MBE to come and run with us and enjoy a social afterwards.

The visit was arranged by the club’s social secretary Naomi Garrick who met Jo when she visited the school where she teaches.

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At the recent Rio Olympics, Jo, aged 42 and a mother of two young children, became the first British track athlete to compete in five consecutive Olympic Games.

The evening was arranged so that all the members had a chance to run with her and judging by the number of members who were there no one wanted to miss out!

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This was the largest number I have seen at a club running event with nearly all wearing the Mighty Green and they were not disappointed.

Before we started, Terry Bewes (chair) presented Jo her with her own Mighty Green shirt so she did not look out of place running with us.

She ran the first mile with the two mile group the next two miles with the four mile group, the next two with the six mile group and the last mile with the six plus group.

It was a great experience to run with her and she took time to talk with various runners in each group which was greatly appreciated.

Back at the club she spent a couple of hours talking to members and their families, signing autographs, posing for photos and generally enjoying herself.

To all who had the pleasure of meeting her all agreed she was a genuine lovely lady who showed an interest in them and their stories.

At the end of the evening she presented the club with a signed GB team

shirt from the Rio games and the club thanked her with a bottle of champagne.

Jo has agreed to become an ambassador for the club and we all look forward to her next visit.

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