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Some knicker-wetting performances at the Bideford Half Marathon yesterday. Sandy Anderson (pictured above) ran his first race in the IRC blue and set a PB of two hours and eight minutes dead on. There were also PBs for Leo Holroyd (01:28:23), Neil Garrett (01:39:24) and Dave Irvine (01:40:40), the latter's joy turning to despair when he discovered that the souvenir T-shirt was a 'girly pink' (apparently forgetting it was also Mother's Day ;)).

Also completing the course were Gavin Burnside (01:25:48) and Peter Addison (02:00:57). Linda Balment made a racing comeback but sadly had to pull out halfway due to a painful knee.


We have a winner! Someone representing IRC and not called 'Mary Menon' has won a race! Congratulations to 'Man' Joe Mackenzie who triumped at the Hameldown Seven on Sunday - a tough, hilly, multi-terrain race close to Widecombe-in-The-Moor in Dartmoor. Joe raced home in a time of 54:07 - beating someone called Ben Howard by fourteen seconds.

Some even more fearless runners took on the full 'Hameldown Hammer' - a half marathon(ish) with horrible ascents and trainer-gnawing terrain. First lady home of course was Mary in a time of 01:40:25, finishing sixth overall. Dan Murdoch finished as the eighth male in 01:43:01, followed by David Garcia (01:45:07). Our other brave souls were Gavin Burnside (02:00:25), Ryan Collins (02:09:51), Hannah Murdoch (02:11:32), Emma Overney (02:23:09), Mike 'Doobs' Robinson (02:28:18) and Pete Llamosa (02:44:18).


Times from Castle Hill (Category prize winners in bold): Mary Menon 00:43:50 (F 1st, V35F 1st, 1st team); David Garcia 00:45:49 (V45M 1st, 1st team); Kevin Reed 00:47:27 (1st team); Leo Holroyd 00:47:54 (1st team); Gavin Burnside (V50M 1st); Tom Capron 00:49:57; Becky Williamson 00:51:10 (F 2nd, V35F 2nd); Pete Westmacott 00:53:27; Andy Mansfield 00:54:25; Lee Oliver 00:54:54; Andrew Wooff 00:54:56; Neil Garrett 00:55:32; Gary Kemp 00:55:56; Ben Gunn 00:58:29; Chloe Atcheson 00:59:30; Mike Robinson 00:59:44; Andy Woodland 01:00:18; Nicola Oliver 01:00:59 (V55F 1st); Debbie Freeman 01:01:00 (V45F 2nd); Emlyn Pearce 01:01:38; Hayley Whetter 01:01:42; Nina Naneva 01:04:49; Simon Whetter 01:05:44; Darren Vincent 01:06:52; Peter Addison 01:10:06; Mark James 01:12:07; Ben Beacham 01:13:45; Abi Orr 01:15:10; Colin Hickles 01:16:01; Nicola Payne 01:16:53.


Times from Torrington (Category prize winners in bold): Joe Mackenzie 01:05:59; Mary Menon (VF - 1st) 01:07:25; Dan Murdoch 01:10:36; Gavin Burnside (VM50 - 2nd) 01:12:26; Leo Holroyd 01:17:30; Pete Westmacott 01:21:09; Dan Loder 01:21:50; Becky Williamson 01:21:50; Andrew Wooff 01:21:50; Andrew Mansfield 01:22:30; Alastair Newey 01:23:19; Gary 'Jif' Kemp 01:24:40; Hannah Murdoch 01:28:07; Ryan Collins 01:28:07; Liz Clifford (SF - 1st) 01:28:09; Mike 'Doobs' Robinson 01:30:43; Simon Oliver 01:33:54; Emlyn Pearce 01:34:11; Dave Irvine 01:35:03; Nicola Oliver (VF55 - 3rd) 01:37:03; Nina Naneva (SF - 3rd); Michelle Smit 01:45:38; Paul Holman 01:50:20; Wayne Green 01:50:20; Pete Llamosa 01:50:20; Peter Addison 01:54:22; Abi Orr 01:58:54; Mel Hickles 02:04:26; Colin Hickles 02:04:52.


Blooming 'eck. Our webmaster's only gone and gotten all poetic, ain't he? Mark his efforts out of ten here. Plus Pete Llamosa ran the Exmoor Half Marathon in 03:18:33. Well done Pete!


ABOVE: David Monge Garcia runs the Stagger surrounded by all his many, many friends.

Some staggered, one stumbled. Read how the merry band of IRC runners got on during a blustery day on Exmoor here.


Yet more running success for the shy and retiring Mary 'SPEAK UP! said no one ever' Menon at the weekend! Everyone's favourite horse whisperer took part in the Dartmoor 3-in-ONE - three grueling trail races in one day! Mary was first female home (by several weeks) and second overall, completing the three races (9.6 miles, 7.4 miles and 5 miles) in three hours and seven minutes. Mary has now had to borrow Tottenham Hotspur's trophy cabinet - thankfully there was loads of space, but a great deal of dust.

Mary's coach Mick 'Coach' Robinson ran a much more sensible race - the Eden Marathon with Dan 'Top' Loder. Dan finished in 04:35:56, with Doobs just a little behind him by two seconds. And speaking of men being very close to each other, alleged lover of such things Matthew 'I'm not racing' Hayne completed the scorching hot Palma de Mallorca half marathon in 01:47:46. Well done all!


About Our Club

Founded in 2013, Ilfracombe Running Club is a group of nutters and heavy drinkers who love running up hills (like they have any choice). We're a supportive bunch who love our slowest plodders as much as we love our super-fit athletes. We encourage anyone to slap on a pair of running shoes, get plodding, get fit and most of all, have fun! We run beginners' groups and the famous 'Ilfracombe Blue' can be seen in races local, national and even international. Come and join us for a one-off run - we (almost) guarantee you'll be bitten by the running bug. Read More ...

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