Raynor leads Sidmouth runners home at Bideford

Sidmouth runner Becky Robson (third from left in green top) competing in the Bideford Half Marathon.

Sidmouth runner Becky Robson (third from left in green top) competing in the Bideford Half Marathon. - Credit: Archant

Six Sidmouth Runners headed up to Bideford on Sunday Morning, for the North Devon Half Marathon, writes Becky Robson.

As the excitement of the Mothers Day race approached the crowds gathered at the at the start line where in excess of 1,200 runners were all set top tackle the scenic route.

The race starts in the town and takes in magnificent country views as the runners wind slightly up hill along side the river Torridge towards Great Torrington. After seven miles of road running the runners get some light relief as they hit the Tarka trail which was once the old railway line, a completely flat trail through attractive woodland that gives you the added boast of a very long tunnel half way along.

The runners were welcomed back into Bideford with sunshine and the music of bagpipes and drums as well, of course, by the rousing cheers of family and friends.

Jessica Raynor was first home of the Sidmouth runners present, finishing eighth lady overall in an exceptional time of 1:30.

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Becky Robson was next across the line in 1:55 and she was followed by Simon Raynor 1:58. Lynda Hawkins and daughter Kaylee came home together in a time of 2:01 and Mick Allen, the veteran of the Sidmouth group, enjoyed the whole atmosphere appreciating the fact he can still run a half marathon and get round in one piece!

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