Dastardly delight for Sidmouth Running Club

Jo Earlam and Leeann Thomson enjoying a spring run

Jo Earlam and Leeann Thomson enjoying a spring run - Credit: SRC

The final week of lockdown challenges had members self-navigating a run to pass past and present care homes to complete a ‘delight’ in Chairman Terry Bewes’s words. 
Jenny Kay and Alexa Baker thought they would get the harder of the two challenges out of the way but still ran eight miles up numerous hills on a Monday evening! 
Kerry Salter ran the route in 10 min/miles, Tim Swarbrick ran 7.21 miles at 9.08 min/miles in wind and rain, Mark Norton was lucky to see the Otters and a bat en-route, Bert Dykema ran 16k, David Welsh, Caroline and Jon Ball also completed the challenge.  Ross Walton ran 8.4 miles at 8.33 min/miles and the previous day, he completed 17 miles of trails. 
Tash Morgan enjoyed seeing fellow Mighty Greens during her six-mile run, Carol McManus had an early start, Ann Cole combined the challenge with the pub one, David Welsh had a great run of six miles at 10.2 min/miles, Jenny and Alexa ran past the care homes in five miles, while Derek Blackburn ran 10.16k at 5.40 min/km and Bert, starting from Sidbury, ran the challenge in 20k at 6.14 min/km. 
There have been great distances covered off-road too this week, Sarah Burston ran 14 miles around the Sid Valley Ring; Jane Hemsworth and Jo Earlam completed a 10 mile there and back taper run from Tipton to Feniton and the Dynamic Duo, Derek and Tim took on an action packed 19.4k OGLE. 
The final lock down off road challenge was part or all of the Tipton 10k course, with a selfie to be taken by the railway bridge in Harpford Woods. Jo Earlam, who designed the course back in 2007, ran the route with Leeann Thomson, Christine Hellier enjoyed her first run of the year in shorts and t-shirt. 
Beccy Johnson, Tracy Scannell, Mark Norton and Rob Waggett were out bright and early and Rob, who has only recently completed the beginners course, ran 11k, a great achievement.   
Helen Akay, Jenny Kay and Alexa Baker wore hats in support of Brain Tumour Research Wear A Hat Day. Ann Cole and Brigid McSmith ran the route on Sunday confidently without a map.  Skills have definitely been developed during lockdown.

Mark Norton and Rob Waggett smiling through the park

Mark Norton and Rob Waggett smiling through the park - Credit: SRC

Tim Swarbrick hits the deck

Tim Swarbrick hits the deck - Credit: SRC

Sarah Burston out on the nature trail

Sarah Burston out on the nature trail - Credit: SRC

Christine Hellier bridging the gap

Christine Hellier bridging the gap - Credit: SRC

Tunnel running with Brigid McSmith and Ann Cole

Tunnel running with Brigid McSmith and Ann Cole - Credit: SRC

Alexa Baker and Helen Akay under the bridge

Alexa Baker and Helen Akay under the bridge - Credit: SRC

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