Westcountry Flat 50 Mile Ultra

On Saturday Amie and Tim Sibley plus Rob Collier took on the Albion Running organised Westcountry Flat 50 mile ultra which was actually 52 miles and had 1,800 feet of climb!

Starting in Taunton the route follows the canal to Bridgwater and then the River Parrett to the coast. Then heading west along the coastline with a slight inland diversion around Hinckley Point before returning to the coast. Another inland diversion through East /West Quantoxhead returning to the coast at Watchet and finishing in Minehead.

This was the first attempt at 50 miles for all 3 runners, some 20 miles further than they’d run before. Rob had a couple of navigational issues and ended up running 53 miles but still managed to finish 6th in 8 hours 37 minutes. Tim and Amie Sibley really enjoyed the variety of scenic views that Somerset has to offer and were pleased to complete the event together in 13 hours and 56 minutes.

 

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GRIZZLY 2022:  DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES

The 2022 Grizzly will take place on Sunday 6 March 2022.  There will be a full (c20mile) and Cub (c9mile) race as usual.  
 
Entries will open around September time this year with the number of entries into each race to be confirmed.  
 
Please keep an eye on the Facebook page:   Facebook.com/grizzly2022 or the website for updates and details of when entries will open.
 
A reminder that, sadly, there will be no Grizzly this year (2021). 

1st Place for Patrick!

Patrick Devine-Wright took 1st place in the 2021 East Devon Round ultra-marathon trail race, finishing the distance of about 100km with approximately 3000m of climb in 11 hours and 46 minutes. A friendly yet challenging event, the route included local highlights such as Danes Hill above Dalwood, the Undercliff between Lyme Regis and Seaton, and Blackbury camp and was run in weather that varied from sunny heat to chilly hail showers. Plaudits to race organiser Alisdair Moffett for mitigating the race’s carbon emissions by having one tree planted for each competitor.

Sarah Whelan won the May edition of the AVR 4K handicap race beating her PB by 1 min 5 sec taking 26m 35s. David Cooke was 2nd, 20m 9s; Alan Morbey 3rd, 19m 56s, Andrew Hartnell 4th, 19m21s and Paula Cooke 5th, 26m 5s. Pam Goddard now leads the standings with 72 points, very closely followed by Eleanor Wood and Shirley Salter both on 71, Sarah Wheelan is 4th, 64 points and Richard Matthews 5th, 63 points. The first 9 competitors beat their PB for their own 4K route.

Sid Valley Half and a 100m bike ride

On Sunday Richard Jackson completed the Sid Valley Ring half marathon finishing 25th out of 177 in 2hours 14 min. The course followed the newly created Sid Valley Ring walking route, a joint venture between Sidmouth Town Council and the Sid Vale Association. There were plenty of hills on a fantastically scenic but unusually dry route starting and finishing at Sidmouth via Sidbury and Salcombe Regis. There was a social distanced start to the race with groups of six released at one minute intervals. Then amazingly, Richard completed a 115 mile coast to coast bike ride the following day.  An average cross training weekend!

Club runs return

With effect from 12 April, official club runs returned in accordance with the England Athletics and Sport England’s “return to play” guidance.

All runs must be pre-booked with club leaders.  Runs are advertised each Friday on the calendar.