Sidmouth Runing Club duo complete Exmoor Trail Running Challenge

Sidmouth Running Club members Louise and Steve Saunders at the Sibelco Dartmoor Vale Half Marathon

Sidmouth Running Club members Louise and Steve Saunders at the Sibelco Dartmoor Vale Half Marathon - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Running Club duo Nigel Maeer and Gary Anning took themselves off to Lynton in North Devon to compete in the Exmoor Trail Running Challenge, a most arduous race, writes Terry Bewes.

There is a 50k Ultra Marathon, a full and a half marathon and a 10k,all run on the day. Nigel and Garry went for the half marathon.

The route includes the sharpest coastal hill climb, (Savage Hill) in the Country followed by the longest stretch of wooded coast line in the Country. Set in the hidden Doone Valley, not far from the beautiful towns and villages of Lynton, Lynmouth, Portlock and Minehead is this challenging yet beautiful course.

This fantastic route, coupled with the stunning start/finish venue of Cloud Farm makes for one of the most exciting event in the Trail Running Series with amazing views of North Devon and Exmoor.

The half marathon race is classed as a level three – a hard run with 1357 metres of ascent.


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Both had exceptional times, Nigel coming 18th in 2:35:11 and Gary in 2:39:39.

Gary did an Allister Brownlee coming towards the end when he stopped to help a fellow competitor who was in trouble and kept him going to the finish.

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There were 32 finishers in the Ultra, 10 in the Marathon, 95 in the Half, and 76 in the 10k. A very hard, but very popular event enjoyed by many. Congratulations boys.

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