Exmouth Harriers support Operation Smile with energy sapping run

10:48 19 June 2014

Exmouth Harriers at the Beach Hotel which was the start - and finish - point of the charity run.

Exmouth Harriers at the Beach Hotel which was the start - and finish - point of the charity run.

Archant

Exmouth Harriers have organised a summer relay event for the last two years, writes Terry Oldham.

It combines an opportunity to run in the wonderful Devon countryside with a chance for members of the club to have a bit of fun too. This year was a little different though. Instead of a coast to coast run over two days, it became a 100km relay through East Devon, or as it is sometimes known, the Jurassic Coast, in a single day. There was another very important difference too, which was that money was being raised for Operation Smile a charity which provides medical care for children in the Third World.

So, at 5.50 am on a bright sunny morning on June 14, family, friends and Harriers were at the Beach Hotel, Exmouth, ready to say fare thee well to the first three runners. Marc, Trudie and Adrian who set off along Victoria Road heading towards the start of the East Devon Way, which would be followed all the way to Musbury. With them they carried a small teddy bear, nicknamed Smiley, who was going on a long journey and who would be acting as the ‘baton’ for the day.

At 6.50 am, on Higher Marley Road, they handed Smiley over to Nigel, Emma and Lorraine, who then head off towards the common, and via Four Firs and Woodbury Castle, made their way to Hawkerland, where waiting was Terry, who would be carrying the bear onwards via Harpford up to the Beacon and then White Cross.

At White Cross, a large group consisting of Elaine, Brendan, Carl, Adrian, Marc and Pete then set off towards Middle Knapp Farm (near Farway Castle) via Sidbury, Buckton Hill and Hatway Hill. At the top of a gruelling climb out of the valley waited Richard and Scott, who then made a fast traverse of the pathway from there to Farway, Northleigh and on to Chantry Bridge at Colyton.

Dawn, Lisa and Terry picked up the baton and made their way over to Seaton via Musbury and pathways and lanes to bring them high above Seaton golf course, from which they dropped down to the changeover point just past the Hook and Parrot on the sea front.

Hugh Marsden then rose to the challenge of the toughest part of the route, along the coast from Seaton via Beer, Branscombe, Weston Mouth, Salcombe Mouth and finally down to the sea at the Lifeboat station by the mouth of the Sid. Waiting for Smiley was Brendan, Amy, Marc, Adrian and Pete, who would carrying the little bear over Peak Hill and onwards through Ladram Bay to the next and final changeover point at Limekiln Car Park, Budleigh Salterton.

The last leg of the relay took Lorraine, Sarah, Nicky and Lynda, over Westdown and through Sandy Bay to a group of runners and supporters at the new Lifeboat Station in Exmouth, and after stopping for a quick photo and to don the charity tee shirts, the group ran the last mile, in hot and humid conditions, to the finish at the Beach Hotel.

There were a few hiccups and a few tales to tell of them at the post run drinks when celebrating a great day out and quite a few pounds raised for such a good cause.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

16:03
A vocal Exeter Chiefs Head Coach, Rob Baxter during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Newcastle Falcons at the Sandy Park on December 21, 2013 in Exeter, Devon, England. (Photo by Phil Mingo/Pinnacle) - Tel: +44(0)1363 881025 - Mobile:0797 1270 681 - VAT Reg No: 768 6958 48 - 21/12/2013 - SPORT - RUGBY UNION - Aviva Premiership - Sandy Park Stadium, Exeter, Devon, England

Rob Baxter, the head coach at Premiership side Exeter Chiefs, will be the guest of honour at Sidmouth Rugby Club, Heydons Lane on Friday, July 24, for a Question and Answer session in the newly refurbished Blackmore clubhouse.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:43
Seaton karting ace Ryan Edgecombe

Round Five of the DKRC 2015 Championship enjoyed glorious sunny weather on the Saturday only to find Race day a slightly damper affair as a downpour made for wet set ups for the first round of heats, writes Jim Bee.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
World cup rugby comes to Exmouth

The Webb Ellis Cup - rugby’s greatest prize - is coming to Exmouth on Wednesday, July 8, as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Trophy tour.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:57

There were matches in both Pools A and B last week in the Honiton Netball League, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:43
Golf generic picture

The Western Morning News Inter-club Challenge Trophy, one of the annual events run by the DMVGA was held this year at Tavistock golf club in ideal weather conditions, warm and calm, writes Stuart MacKerrell.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:57
Somerset's Brady Kurtz ahead of team mate Josh Grazczonek and two Peterborough riders

There is saying that lightening never strikes the same place twice, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone at the ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels subscribing to that adage after seeing their hopes of winning the Premier League Pairs Championship evaporate after having a rider excluded in the Grand Final for the second successive season, to leave their duo of Brady Kurtz and Josh Grajczonek as runners-up to winners Ipswich on the night, writes Ian Belcher.

Read more
Friday, July 3, 2015
Exe SC sailor Louis Siveyer

Exe Sailing Club hosted the final leg of the Two Rivers Junior Series, writes Bel Bailey.

Read more
Friday, July 3, 2015

The draw for the early rounds of the FA Vase were made at Wembley Stadium on Friday (July 3) and they have offered up the intriguing prospect of an all East Devon meeting in the preliminary round!

Read more
Friday, July 3, 2015
Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club. Ref exsp 4491-23-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Nineteen-year old croquet star Harry Dodge will appear in an international Golf Croquet exhibition match at Budleigh Croquet Club on Monday afternoon (July 6), writes Elaine Marsh.

Read more
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Richard Baggs at the non-strikers end

Exmouth suffered a disappointing defeat to Bovey Tracey and arrived at the halfway mark in the Tolchards Devon league Premier Division campaign sitting sixth, some 32 points behind leaders North Devon.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 16°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder