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Most of us sane people think that 5k is 'a bit of a trek', but we have some lunatics at the club for whom running/walking/stumbling over 100 miles is 'a stroll in the park'. Three such loonies took part in the Coast-to-Coast challenge over the weekend - an ultra endurance event that starts on the Devon North Coast and ends on the Devon South Coast, with just 117 miles in-between, which is like running four marathons, or 38 Park Runs, back-to-back.

The three severe psychopaths/masochists were Wendy Dale (31h58m), Dan Loder (34h52m) and Gavin 'Training? I don't need no stinking training!' Burnside (35h16m). Nutters!

Elsewhere Mary Menon was the first lady (and second overall) at the Race the Tide Long Marathon in 04:09:19. At the same venue Nick and Kajal Bailey, just back from their recent four-day trip to Lee Bay, took part in the Short Marathon, which Nick won! Hurrah! And the Woodland Trail 8.5M run, in which Kajal was the fourth lady home.

Mentions too for Hannah Mudrock who swam 1k, cycled 51k and ran 11k in the Snowdonia Slateman Tri Classic in which she finished in 03:42:58, plus Alice Bradley ran the Ocean City HM in Plymouth in 02:01:01. Phew!


If you see IRC vest-wearers at a local event, chances are you'll see some of them heading home clutching winners trophies to their chests. This was again the case at the Bideford 10k where three of our ... ahem ... veteran runners took home shiny things following the famously flat local 10k.

Jude Millage seemed to be the only person shocked that she'd trotted off with the V60 ladies prize in a chip time of 53:55. Mick McCann came second in the MV60 cat (43:23) and Dave Irvine third in the same cat (45:11)

Our other competitors: Leo Holroyd (41:13), Pete Westmacott (41:38), Claire 'Still Don't Cheer For Me' Williamson (44:17), Dougie Bolton (46:00), Darren Vincent (47:27), Roy Pickard (47:55), Ben Gunn (47:57), Elliot Jones (52:43), Hayley Whetter (53:14), Ben 'The Bullet' Beacham (53:21), Simon 'CAKE!' Whetter (53:39), Chelsey Geller-Booth (53:51), Peter Addison (54:21), Debbie 'Glamorous Gran' Green (54:31), Mel Hickles (1:00:49), Camilla Holroyd (01:28:14) and Karley Wells (01:29:29).

Elsewhere Helen Wright set the fastest lap (53:55) at the 2019 Ox Frolic, completing eight laps (84km or 52.2 miles) overall. Alice Bradley also managed four laps (42km or 26.1 miles) in 06:09:58. Stonking stuff!


Dislike him or loathe him, you cannot (sadly) deny that David "I love Sadio Mane, me" Garcia has a bit of running talent. And so he (sadly) proved by finishing second (just like Barcelona in their UCL semi) in the very sensibly-named Yellow Welly Cobble Wobble around the Clovelly estate on Sunday.

Although not a race, Mr Garcia (named in honour of his favourite ex-player Luis Garcia from his favourite side, Liverpool) somehow won a medal and a prize, finishing in a time of 01:34:49.

Other IRCers: Kevin Reed (01:39:56), Dan Loder (01:46:42), Ross Fuller (01:56:31), Andrew 'Wooffy' Wooff (01:57:29), Tim Baker (02:09:30), Sally Tapp (02:34:38), Alice Bradley (02:30:28) and Pete Llamosa (03:04:38).

Elsewhere Leo Holroyd and Peter Addison took their annual trek to Milton Keynes to compete in the MK Rocket 5k and MK HM. Times: Leo: 5k 19:13, HM 01:31:57. Peter: 5k 25:46, HM 02:10:12.

We had five competitors and two winners at the annual helter-skelter of a run called the Torrington Round the Tree Race on May 3rd. Claire 'Don't Cheer Me' Williamson (21:55) finished 7th in the ladies race and 2nd senior female, while Gavin Burnside (20:10) finished 22nd in the mens race and 3rd V50 male. Also in the running were Arron Llewellyn (18:20), Leo Holroyd (20:10), and Peter Addison (27:35).

Congratulations to those IRC runners who competed in this year's VLM on April 29th. Exposing themselves to the chilly capital air were Mary Menon (02:54:06), Kevin Reed (03:04:01), Andrew 'Wooffy' Wooff (03:30:21), Zoe Bullamore (04:02:28), Gary 'Jif' Kemp (04:21:59), Karley Wells (04:40:18) and Colin Hickles (05:40:00). Top work guys and gals!


Such has been the influx of cuddly new members into the IRC family of late, it is hardly surprising we saw so many first-timers braving the threat of Storm Freya to compete in the 2019 version of the Bideford Half Marathon. Many were covering this distance for the very first time in their racing lives too!

The battle to be king of the ladies was won by Becky Williamson whose chip time of 01:32:03 beasted Hannah Murdoch's time by one second, even though Hannah was first over the finish line. Noted ultra runner and speedwork torture chief Beth Barrington scaled down the distance for once, netting the IRC ladies bronze in 01:32:15. More ladies' (chip) times: Claire Williamson (01:45:39), Zoe Bullamore (01:48:13), Lynsey Rowley (01:52:32), Karen Walls (01:54:17), Hayley Whetter (01:56:23), Alice Bradley (01:55:52), Debbie Green (01:59:42), Karley 'not Kylie' Wells (02:00:52), Jude Millage (02:01:58 - 3rd in cat), Chelsey Geller-Booth (02:03:06) and Mel 'I'VE RUN A HM! I'VE RUN A HM!' Hickles (02:26:44). A hearty congratulations to Debbie, Jude, Chelsey and Mel who'd all never taken on the HM challenge before, and anyone else I've missed. Mel says she now can't wait to run 'The Plague' in August - what a star!

The fellahs were out in force too. Joe Mackenzie finished in 25th place overall out of a field of 1,200+ runners in 01:21:00, followed by Tom Capron (01:24:22) who's improved of late more than Manchester United have under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Speaking of youthful-looking men in their late 40s Kevin Reed sprinted home in 01:24:48. Other manly finishers: Aaron Llewellyn (01:29:24 - 3rd in cat), Leo Holroyd (01:31:55), Ryan Collins (01:35:27), Andrew 'Wooffy' Wooff (01:35:50), Neil Garrett (01:38:58), Gavin Burnside (01:43:18), Chris Bulled (01:46:29), Roy Pickard (01:48:28), Ben Gunn (01:50:46), Darren Vincent (01:52:05), Danny Lee (02:04:16), Ben Beacham (02:13:10) and Elliot Jones (02:26:07).

Another special and amazing day for IRC and another team prize for the magnificient ladies, who secured the team prize, just as they did at the Castle Hll Corker! Whoop whoop!


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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