Sidmouth runners enjoy the Beer Blazer

Beer Blazer run at Pecorama. Sidmouth Running Club gather before the race. Ref shsp 19-16AW 6803. Pi

Beer Blazer run at Pecorama. Sidmouth Running Club gather before the race. Ref shsp 19-16AW 6803. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Once again it was Katie Marriott who brought home the silverware for Sidmouth Running Club, this time from the Beer Blazer, writes Terry Bewes.

This race starts and finishes at Pecorama in Beer. It is a multi-terrain race in the true sense of the word over either a five or 10k traffic free course run over some of the famous ‘Grizzly territory’ and private land covering fields, tracks, the challenging pebble beach between Branscombe and Beer Head, the Undercliffs, The stairway to heaven, cliff tops and open common, all with breathtaking views of the Jurassic Coast.

Katie, who is 12-years-old, ran the 5k which has a minimum age of 12 so she was competing against many older runners. She came in fourth overall and the second girl, in a time of 0:23:47. Also in the 5k was David Wright and his daughter Katie.

This was the first time that she had entered a race and taking her dad by surprise in a sprint finish on the final straight finished in a time of 0:45:58 two seconds ahead of him; one to watch out for in the future.

Club runners were short on the ground for the 10k as many were away or just remembered how tough the second part of this race is. For a change first home, but only just was Terry Bewes who is normally seen bring up the rear at these events in a time of 1:13:40 which was a full minute quicker than the last time he ran it.

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Next came Debbie Marriott in 1:13:58, she had a storming second half as the last time Terry spotted her she was a field and a half behind him at Branscombe. Monica Read running without her dog Blaise 1:16:12 and Don Cawthera 1:16:46.

This Sunday, club runners will be taking on the Ottery 10k which for a change is a road race.

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