Okehampton Running Club stages Cosdon Hill Fell Race

Wednesday 20th July 2022 11:00 am
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TOP: ORCs Andy Vernon, Claudine Benstead and Paul Evison. ABOVE LEFT: Mervyn Rice goes for a dip. ABOVE RIGHT: Jo Page at the Otter Rail & River 10k.

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The Cosdon Hill Fell Race is one of the four fell races put on by Okehampton Running Club, and though it has been running many years, it now forms part of the Dartmoor Fell Race Series.

Runners take their own line from Belstone village to the beacon on top of Cosdon Hill then race back to the start.

Though the distance is relatively short at approximately 3.1 miles, the climb is around 300 metres of rough, open terrain which is extremely difficult to run on.

On the day, the sun was scorching, and runners relished a run through the cooling river before the climb to the finish.

Times are: Samual Priday, 30.42; Paul Crease, 33.15; Andrew Vallance, 33.29; Joseph Lane, 34.14; Chris Turner, 34.30; Mike Saywell, 36.40; Rob Gooding, 39.52; Charlie Temperley, 40.18; Daniel Heggs, 42.00; Ian Ripper, 42.25; Mervyn Rice, 52.05.

Aiden Spinney also had a good run in the Under-15 boys, finishing in 42.06.

During the week, three members ran the popular Run Exe 5k in Exeter. All of them on a mission to better their PB times, a difficult task in the evening sun.

Claudine Benstead was first F60 in 20.27. Andrew Vernon was first M50 in 19.34 and Paul Evison came home with second M65 in 22.57.

In all a good scoop for the Okehampton Running Club.

Gary Letheren went all out for a PB in a Plymouth Parkrun, sadly the heat took its toll and it was not to be – missing out by 34 seconds.

Three ORCs travelled to Cranbrook for the parkrun. The course was a flat, double-lapped trail route.

ORC junior Ollie King had a strong run and came second in his age category. He was accompanied by his mum Karen King and Jo Page who he both out sprinted at the finish.

Jo Page went straight from Cranbrook Parkrun to the Otter Rail & River 10k.

She came second Female and 27th out of 204. It was a scenic off-road 10km starting and finishing on the village playing field in Tipton St John.

The mostly flat route (for East Devon) heads downstream alongside the River Otter, through Harpford woods, along the old Sidmouth railway line, back towards Tipton, through fields out to Fluxton and along tracks to the village.

Mementoes for all, including the Otter Brewery beer!

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