Sidmouth Running Club juniors impress at the 2019 Reindeer Run

Sidmouth Running Club members at the 2019 Otterton Reindeer Run. Picture SRC

Sidmouth Running Club members at the 2019 Otterton Reindeer Run. Picture SRC - Credit: Archant

Fifteen Mighty Green antlered juniors took part in the Otterton 3km Reindeer Fun Run on Saturday and all had a great time, writes Kerry Boyle.

On a lovely clear day, the SRC juniors lined up excitedly with the adults behind Otterton church.

The race started straight up a hill, which prevented the youngsters going off too fast.

There were several running club coaches and parents running with them to help them keep to a steady pace and to ensure they didn't take the turn off for the 10k run by mistake!

The route took them along tracks around the back of Otterton, with a well-earned water and jelly baby stop at the halfway point.


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Runners then followed the River Otter path back into the village of Otterton finishing down a footpath at the back of the village hall. First in for Sidmouth juniors was Robin Dafforn, finishing third overall, and also in the first 10 home was Aidan Corfield, who finished seventh while Frazer Felton-Smith was 14th across the finish line.

Maisie Crouch was the first of the SRC females, finishing 17th overall. Seth Lancaster, who finished 18th, said: "It was a hard race, but really great fun."

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Arden Chipping was next, finishing 24th and James Jamani finished 27th.

Eight-year-old William Hall, dressed as a reindeer, had a fabulous run, finishing in 28th place with his brother Dominic 'The Grinch' not far behind in 30th place.

All 15 finished the race and wore their antlers with beaming faces. Congratulations to each one of them, who did Sidmouth Running Club proud!

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