Sidmouth runners heading for participation achievement

Yasmin Salter 10k GWC

Yasmin Salter 10k GWC - Credit: SRC

The enthusiasm for running through a turbulent 2020 could receive one final accolade before the New Year, with Sidmouth Running Club potentially heading for the Grand Western Canal Virtual 10k Most Participants Trophy. 
Over 60 Sidmouth Running Club members signed up to run the GWC 10k in December in a bid to raise money for children’s charity Clic Sargent and to bring home an award that symbolises the amazing passing for running that has been retained, even through the Christmas period. 
Yasmin Salter was first off the starting blocks, registering, running and receiving her medal all before December 5. 
A group led by SRC chairman Terry Bewes ran on club night and successfully completed 10k, whilst taking in the Christmas lights of Woolbrook and Sidford.  A very impressive first run for new club member Paul Reeves. 
Greg and Christie Ward, John Sharples, Allan Kay and Kyle Baker completed the run in under an hour, while not far over the hour were Paula Farrand and Bert Dykema, Zsa Zsa Croft, Catherine Cruise, Carolyn Sinclair, Cheryl Boulton, Tash Morgan, Lottie May and Julia Gardiner. 
Runs weren’t kept to the Sidmouth area, Julia Haddrell and Ann Cole were dropped off at Otterton and enjoyed the coastal views as they ran back to Sidmouth and a group of Mighty Greens donned fancy dress for the run along the Grand Western canal from Sampford Peverell towards Tiverton and back. 
For most of the group of ladies that wore fancy dress and ran around Sidmouth, including Waitrose car park to cheer the queueing shoppers up, it was their first 10k and first medal won. They finished their run to the sound of the Sidmouth Town Band playing in the Market Square. 
A special mention must go to Leeann Thomson and Lisa Colton, who joined the beginner’s course in January this year and both completed the 10k challenge. True Might Greens and a great achievement. 
Chairman Terry Bewes will now have an anxious wait before he finds out if he needs to find room in the trophy cabinet at Sidmouth Running Club.   

Christmas runners on the virtual challenge

Christmas runners on the virtual challenge - Credit: SRC

Allan Kay with GWC medal

Allan Kay with GWC medal - Credit: SRC

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