Sidmouth runners gearing up for the Four Trigs meeting on February 11
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With the Four Trigs event reaching its 18th birthday next month, members of Sidmouth Running Club have been out training to ensure they can celebrate in style with good runs on the day, writes Monica Reed.
Describing itself as a ‘low-key’ off-road running event, the challenge, taking place on Sunday, February 11, is anything but low key as it covers a distance of approximately 28km with hundreds of metres of climb.
Runners have to visit each of the four triangulation pillars around the Sid Valley, choosing their own routes, but ensuring they visit each Trig Point in the prescribed order.
Local knowledge of footpaths and trails is a distinct advantage so the three training runs organised by members of Sidmouth Running Club have been well supported. The first two training runs covered trig one (High Peak) and trig two (Fire Beacon Hill). Last Sunday, 14 plucky runners set out in the rain to run the last two trigs, Buckton Hill and Weston Trig, starting and finishing at the Sailing Club.
“It was 11 miles in the drizzle and mostly mud, mud glorious mud,” said Terry Bewes, who continued: “That is the most mud I have seen on that route and we all enjoyed watching Janice [Ranson] throwing some shapes on the muddy path down from Buckton Trig trying to stay on her feet and mountaineering up the short cut through the woods on Harcombe Hill!”
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A stoical Cathy Keast said: “I finished in a flip flop because my trainers delaminated!”
Cathy was, at one stage, so focused with her head down climbing out of a valley that she nearly collided with a soggy pony sheltering by a hedge.
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She said: “I’m not sure which of us was more surprised.” Fellow runners slithered their way up and down the coastal footpath, getting plastered in mud in the process and all declaring themselves happy to reach the end.
Running Club chairman Terry Bewes summed things up well when he said: “It was a tough training run, but we’re all well prepared now.”
The Four Trigs will be hosted by Sidmouth Running Club and organisers Rob and Marian Hayman hope to attract around 120 entrants.
All profits will go to the charity CRY(Cardiac Risk in the Young).
“Last year, we raised a total of £1,350 for CRY and Sidmouth held its first screening in June,” said Marian, who continued: “The event is a great way to raise funds and awareness of this charity which aims to prevent young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) through awareness, screening and research.”
Find more details and entry forms at www.sidmouthrunningclub.co.uk