Sidmouth runners love Lustleigh show

The annual Lustleigh Show was held on, as the organisers predicted, a lovely, dry, sunny day.

The annual Lustleigh Show was held on, as the organisers predicted, a "lovely, dry, sunny" day and 21 SRC members took part in the 10k - is this a record? There were green vests everywhere - brilliant!

This was a tough, multi-terrain event with a steep start, long road downhill then finally into the woods following the undulating paths, tracks and leaping over boulders to the final descent to the finish. Congratulations to Jess Watkins, first lady, (19th overall) who tried to make it a double with Dude getting into the final in the dog show but being pipped at the post.

Congratulations also to Naomi Garrick who was third lady (32nd overall). Justin Ashby (9th), Ben Chesters (12th) and Tim Mitchell (17th) were in usual fine form. Mark Keast struggled along still hung over (24th), Ian Robson had a brilliant run (27th), and not far behind Naomi was Colin Flood (35th) who nipped past Di at the finish line (5th lady, 36th) in revenge for Colyton 2006. That's a long time to hold a grudge Colin, but revenge is sweet while it lasts!

John Perratt had a good run (52nd), followed by Debbie Marriott (53rd) and Don Cawthera (54th) who 'enjoyed the views'. Well done to Bill Valentine who didn't get lost (61st), Andy Sturmey (73rd), who had a good run with John Chesters (76th) with Chris Robinson in hot pursuit (77th). Steve Hunt had a good finish (81st), and Becky Robson (83rd) and Brian Gosling (84th) still looked fresh at the end.


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Mick Allen asked if he'd won another gold medal (87th). Ruth Chesters added 200m to her run by going round the village a couple of times looking for arrows (100th). Thanks to the organisers of the show for a fun day out - childrens/adults piggy-back races, sack and wheelbarrow races, fancy dress, parachutists, chainsaw and fire engine demos. Thanks also to all the friends and family who gave their support to the runners, including Jon Miller's group of boys shouting for the green army!!

Apologies to Steve Murphy who had a great run at the Forest Flyer 5 in 42 minutes (67th).

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The club were also well represented at the Bristol Half Marathon last weekend with Jess Watkins leading the way and, in addition to yet another PB and Club record of 1.29.30, she was a top 500 finisher out of close on 11, 000 runners.

Adrian Organ likes this distance and just got under the 1:35 mark, whilst Mark Keast and new boy Graham Mullin finished within seconds of each other, but 18 places apart, in 1.36.24 and 36 seconds respectively. That's how busy it was across the finishing line.

For lack of anything better to do, Becky Robson and Sarah Watkins drove up to Bideford for a 10 miler over a very attractive course on road up to Instow/Yelland and then back along the Tarka Trail.

They were joined by Bev Tarry, Mick Allen and John Perratt, no doubt attracted by the discounted entry fee available to Senior Citizens.

There was, however, a strong head wind for about four miles on the return, but this did not stop Becky storming home in 1.25.21, probably one of her best ever runs. Sarah finds running off road more to her liking, but her 1.33.02 was more than respectable.

John (1.18.31) and Mick (1.27.21) in contrast, prefer the road whilst Bev (1.42.01) would run on hot coals if there were no other races available.

Finally, congratulations to Nick Smith and Scott Hill who both doubled up to complete a Junior Boy's team on Monday and still managed to retain their Woodland relay title, despite intense competition from both Axe Valley and Honiton Running Clubs.

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