IT was a fairly typical Dartmoor morning for the Granite Way races on Sunday with heavy drizzle obscuring the lovely views which then cleared to be replaced by a cold wind.
This event offers two options of a 10 mile (one lap) or 20 mile (two lap) race which takes runners out and back along the Granite Way cycle path with Dartmoor to one side and open countryside the other.
The 20 mile race is an ideal preparation for those Okehampton Running Club members training for spring marathons.
It was hard to tell if it was a race or just a training run for the winner of the 20 miler, Adam Holland, who has won more marathons than anyone else in the UK, but his winning time of 1.56.49 set a new course record.
First ORC home in fourth place was last years winner, Andrew Vallance, in 2.06.09, slightly hampered by a pulled muscle in the second half. Robert Kelly ran another good race to finish in fifth place in 2.08.47, showing his training is on target for a good run at the London Marathon.
Mike Baker, who has the other club place at London, was next in 2.43.35, giving his confidence a boost, having never run a marathon before. Anne Binns was next and the first ORC lady in 2.57.34 to take first FV50, and Viki Heyer in 3.23.32, both of whom are training for London too.
In the 10-miler Simon Yeo from Tamar Trotters proved too strong for ORC Chris Turner, last year’s winner, who had to settle for second, but Chris still improved his time by nearly a minute to finish in 1.03.46 and set a new PB.
Having only run his first race last week at the Bideford Half Marathon, Ed Dumpleton’s aim was to get the feel of pacing his race better to finish stronger and he certainly achieved this finishing in 1.16.08, coming home considerably faster than he went out and winning the MV40 category.
Jo Bradford and Mags Jarvis ran the race together with Jo just edging ahead at the end to finish in 1.32.36 and give herself a new PB, with Mags only a minute behind in 1.33.35, also setting a PB and coming first FV60. Janet White was disappointed with her time of 1.48.38, but was still first FV65.
As well as having runners in both races, ORC provided all the marshalls for this race whose cheery smiles and encouragement kept the runners going throughout a long race.