Sidmouth Running Club committee members conquer virtual challenges

Mighty Greens wading through the water

Mighty Greens wading through the water - Credit: SRC

Sidmouth Running Club’s vice chair, Sarah Watkins, has completed the South West virtual coastal path challenge in just 16 weeks. 
In a magnificent achievement, Sarah managed to combine the health benefits of such an epic undertaking with the opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest sights our region has to offer. 
Mighty Green Sarah said: “Even though I had a year to complete the 630-mile challenge, lockdown allowed me to run/walk more and explore different routes around East Devon in the beautiful countryside.”  
Sarah’s longest walk was 33.5 miles and the most challenging was Seaton to Lyme Regis and back, though most walks/runs averaged 8-10 miles. Sarah even incorporated the Grand Weston Canal virtual 10k run into the challenge and is the first MG to receive her 2021 medal. 
SRC Web administrator, Rob Edwards, took on his Raced Coaching virtual challenge on New Year’s Day, following the success of running the iconic Lands End to John O’Groats (LEJOG), a distance of 874 miles in six months, which passed without incident last year. 
Rob thought with a year to complete, he would sign up to run there and back, a total distance of 1,748 miles. He worked out that he would need to run 33 to 34 miles a week or an average of 6.7 miles a day, five times a week, but found not being very quick, he needed to run six times a week. Unfortunately, in February 2021, a strong gusty wind and a slippery surface around Jacobs Ladder saw Rob trip over and bang his knee, which resulted in three weeks of no running and 100 miles lost.   
In true Mighty Green spirit, Rob is back and currently about six miles south of Perth (virtually) on the A9, having done 637 miles and almost back on schedule with only 237 miles to go before the end of June, and then he turns round and comes back again. 
Rob likes to run from home over to Otterton Mill and back, a distance of approximately 10 miles, although we are not sure if this is because of the scenic route or the promise of a cappuccino and flapjack by the River Otter?  
Rob’s wife Sue has questioned his ulterior motivation about LEJOG. The other morning, after coming back through the door from an Otterton Mill run, Sue asked Rob: “How was the run?” for him to reply, “Good, there were only two people ahead of me in the coffee queue!” The lengths some people will go to for a cup of coffee! 
SRC committee member Jo Earlam was joined by a group of club members to run two sections of her ‘Exeter Cosy routes’ on a very wet Sunday as part of Dementia Action Week.  
Jo has mapped Exeter in a series of routes that add up to a 26.2 mile circle of the city to encourage those living with dementia to get out and about. Jo created the routes with Exeter Dementia Action Alliance as a tribute to her adventurous dad, who loved mapping routes and walking with Jo and lived with diagnosed dementia for four years.   
Jo, with her husband John, who lives with dementia, was also featured on this week’s Songs Of Praise, sharing her inspiration behind the route and how she’s personally affected by dementia to presenter YolanDa Brown.                                                                                                                     
Jo would like to thank all the Mighty Greens who came on the run and weren't deterred by the flooded fields, as it was a great support for the project and Dementia Action Week.      
The rain certainly made it a memorable run, as Sarah Watkins said: “It was great fun to join Jo today, especially when 12 of us were knee deep wading through a waterlogged field.” 
Congratulations to all the Mighty Greens for their inspirational approach to conquering challenges. 

Running in the rain

Running in the rain - Credit: SRC

Sarah Watkins with her t-shirt and medal

Sarah Watkins with her t-shirt and medal - Credit: SRC

Mighty Greens tentatively cross the bridge

Mighty Greens tentatively cross the bridge - Credit: SRC

Jo Earlam with YolanDa from Songs of Praise

Jo Earlam with YolanDa from Songs of Praise - Credit: SRC

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