Sidmouth runners thin on the ground at the 2014 Templar Ten

Runners have all sorts of reasons for liking particular races, but the Templer Ten is popular with many for the simple reason that it is flat, writes Colin Flood.

It is as level as any 10-mile route in Devon can be!

The scenery is good too, if you have the energy to look around, taking in the River Teign, Stover Country Park and the canal.

In spite of this, and in near perfect conditions, Sidmouth runners were thin on the ground last Sunday for the annual event.

John Doherty (finishing in a time of one-hour-and-twenty-seven-minutes) found the going sticky after overnight rain, but still finished in a time similar to previous races, while Colin Flood (1:20) took a full two minutes off his time twelve months before. Taking such time off his effort in 2013 was quite an achievement, a rare event these days!

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Hopefully, the event next year won’t clash with other, nearer races, and Sidmouth will once more be better represented at this well organised, attractive race.

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