Sidmouth runners finish March in style
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Sidmouth Running Club welcomes runners of all abilities and experience and the last week in March saw a whole range of runners in action, writes Monica Read.
During the weeknight runs, the club celebrated another cohort of beginners completing their new year programme by running three miles nonstop.
With a few runners to go, more than 20 beginners of all ages have now achieved this important milestone in their running development.
They will now join club runs on Monday and Wednesday evenings with the opportunity as the evenings draw out to join the off-road groups running footpaths and lanes in East Devon.
The smiling beginners described themselves ‘proud and motivated’ as they were congratulated by other club members.
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One of last year’s beginners, David Skinner, completed the Easter Bunny 10k organised by Yeovil Town RRC.
Around 450 runners followed a waterlogged route around the villages of West Camel, and David, who is now a seasoned Park Runner, was pleased with his time over this longer distance of 1:08:27 and 338th position, and an enormous bunny medal.
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Following some cracking marathon training runs from the boys the previous weekend, the girls were not to be outdone and pulled out all the stops for the Easter weekend.
Kerry Boyle and Clare Ashby stormed around their final long training run on a course that started at Countess Wear and followed the River Exe up to Exwick, then downstream to Starcross, and finally back up to Countess Wear.
They completed their 20-mile route at an average 8.22 minutes per mile, with a negative split and three minutes faster than their last long run.
With all the hard work done now, Kerry and Clare are looking forward to easing back the training and saving their legs.
Clare Ashby said: “We have got three weeks to go until the London Marathon and we are more than ready to taper!”