Sidmouth running trio tackle Lustleigh 10k

Sidmouth runners at the Lustleigh 10k

Sidmouth runners at the Lustleigh 10k - Credit: Archant

Whilst most of us were enjoying the sunny bank holiday Monday lazing on the beach eating ice-cream or crashed out by the swimming pool, three members of Sidmouth Running Club headed off to Lustleigh, writes Terry Bewes.

The Lustleigh Fayre is a good old fashioned fete with a jazz band, dog racing, loads of stalls and of course a beer tent. It is held in the heart of Dartmoor and is well supported by visitors from far and wide. The 10k is a beautiful, but extremely hilly run over Dartmoor. There are literally no flat parts!

For Chris Robinson this was the 12th successive year that he has run this event and by his own admission, each year he gets slower, but enjoys it more. In all the years he has been it has only rained once and this year was the most glorious day of all.

Jayne Drew and David Wright were both first timers with David finding the first four miles hard going, but he enjoyed running back down into Lustleigh.

Jayne led the club runners home in 53 minutes taking third place in her age group followed by David in 65 minutes and Chris in 69.

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Becky Robson was going to run it on her birthday, but got stuck in an accident on Four Elms Hill which left it too late for her to get there.

Wednesday club nights are still well attended and we welcomed a new couple who have just moved to the town and Michael Lee from Potbury’s.

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The first of the Sunday long run series got off to a good start and again we welcomed two new runners Polly Walton and Charley Forrer. What should have been a six-miler somehow turned into an eight, but all runners coped with it admirably.

With the nights now closing in, the last of the off-road runs for this year will be a sunset run on Muttersmoor and, next Monday (September 12), from Otterton, after which all runs will start from the Sailing Club.

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