Sidmouth RCs Paula Farrand nets new 5k PB

The Sidmouth group at the latest Seaton Parkrun

The Sidmouth group at the latest Seaton Parkrun - Credit: Archant

Once again Seaton Park Run proved a popular destination for members of Sidmouth Running Club on a sunny Saturday morning with two of the runners achieving a personal best time over the 5k distance, writes Terry Bewes.

So popular are the Park Runs proving within the club that Debbie Marriott will be organising a club coach trip once a month to one of the local events.

Paula Farrand secured a new PB of 22:53, Bert Dykema ran it in 26:06, Carol Hounsell in 29:15, nine-year-old Rose Ashby set a PB in 29:17 and first timer, dad Justin, struggled to keep up with her finishing in 29:17 too.

It looks like these short distances are no good for Justin as it takes him a while to get up a head of steam.

Sunday morning saw the last coach trip for the long distance running group which in complete contrast to the previous day was run in mud, rain and fog.


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The group of 14 and four dogs were dropped off in Colyton to run back on the East Devon Way led by John Keast.

There were two options a 12.5-mile run back to Sidbury or a 15.5-mile back to Sidmouth. This was the first time we had run this route and a couple of the hills and mud proved to be quite challenging.

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These runs are left to the individuals on how they wish to run back, fast or slow in a group, in pairs or on your own. This time the two fast runners Kerry Boyle and Charlotte Forrer set of at a gallop and were soon out of sight that was until around mile six when all of a sudden they were running down the road behind us.

Following the sign posts running at speed did not go too well and they got lost not once, but twice, which added another two miles to their route – the tortoise and hare springs to mind!

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