Sidbury run was fun

Sidbury Fair s 10th annual Fun Run and Walk was greeting by sunshine and allowed the record number of 307 entries the special treat of seeing the grounds of Sidbury Manor in all their glory.

Sidbury Fair's 10th annual Fun Run and Walk was greeting by sunshine and allowed the record number of 307 entries the special treat of seeing the grounds of Sidbury Manor in all their glory. The ground conditions earlier in the week were very wet and there was a risk of the course having to be held nearly all on hard surfaces. However, thanks to the agreement of Sir John Cave and his home farm manager, the run took on a new route this year and was able to go ahead. Sidmouth Running Club, as usual, was represented by numerous members both juniors and adult, walkers and runners. The Sidmouth stars of the day were, however, juniors. Georgia Hanson was first girl in the under 13 age group on the short course in 8.04. She was awarded her commemorative plate by Sir John Cave. Ashe De Sousa came third with 8.21.Tom Norris was first under-13 boy in 7.23 followed by Charlie Norris (7.58) and Matt Tipton (8.04) Jake Hawkins finished in 8.29. Zak Francis was second boy in the under -17 long course group, a very proficient run. Other junior entries on the short course were Frankie King Keast (9.38), Cathryn Surtees (11.18), Danni King Keast (11.41), Tessa Mitchell (12.07), Aimee Keast (12.18) and Alex Mitchell (13.07).Colin Flood led home the adult open club runners in 23.23. He was soon followed by John Perratt, Shaun Tipton and Bill Valentine. Some of the others who ran were Damon Fitzgerald, taking time out from being the club's computer results wizard, Brian Gosling, Sarah Watkins, Karen Greenslade and Sue Dowen to name a few.A little further away Adrian Organ, Rachel Burrow and Jess Watkins took part in the Bristol Half Marathon. This is the most popular race in the South West, with over 16,000 entries and is second only to the Great North Run in the national half marathon calendar. Adrian, who much prefers running in long distance road races, finished 541st in a PB time of 1 hour 31 mins whilst Rachel ran an excellent race in 1 hour 53 mins. It was great also to see Jess back in competitive action at a distance in which she is the ladies' club record holder. She had hoped to break 90 minutes but an injury picked up in the Torbay 10k two weeks ago put paid to that and she had to settle for 1.35.01Next week's club night is Wednesday, September 24 from the Sailing Club 7pm sharp. This will be the first 'winter' night where the dark will beat us to the end, so don't forget your reflective vests! If you want to find out more about Sidmouth Running Club log on to the Web site or contact our chief coach Malcolm Bayer on (01404) 812186.Sidbury Fun Run results- adult open lady 1, Jane Beech 22.04; 2, Lucy Perry. Men: 1, Guy Surtees (21.11), 2, Ian Perry; 3, Colin Flood. Adult local lady: 1, Jane Beech, 2, Sue Dowden; 3, Lucy Miller. Men; 1, Steve Horder (23.06); 2, Dan Prettejohn; 3, Steven Hallett. 13-17 open girls: 1, Imogen Dinham-Price (23.39); 2, Hannah Carden. Boys: 1, Daniel Clapp (19.28); 2, Zak Francis; 3, Mike Surtees. Local girl: Imogen D-P; 2, Chelsea Cross; 3, Zoe Drew. Boys: 1, Scott Drew; 2, Sam Umfreville. 7-12 open girls: 1, Georgia Hanson (8.04); 2, Lydia Clapp; 3, Ashe De Sousa. Boys: 1, Tom Norris (7.23); 2, Charlie Norris; 3, Matt Tipton. Local girl: 1, Emily Woodruff (8.32); 2, Alice Jenkins; 3, Jenny Jenkins; 4, Alice Derryman. Boys: 1, Mark Pearse (8.04); 2, Barney Stone; 3, Alex Stone; 4, Tom Woodruff.

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