• IRC AIN'T NO STRUGGLERS

    It's an Ilfracombe Running Club ladies one-two in South Molton for Mary and Becs!

  • BATTERED BY BRIAN

    Achievements galore as the IRC massive give Storm Brian the collective finger!

  • BARMY IRC RUNNERS AT BARNY

    We ALL smash it at the Barnstaple Jewson Marathon and Half Marathon!

  • HILLS, STEPS AND SHOOTING STARS

    Eight of our most gallant runners tackle the Roseland August Trail (RAT) Races!

  • Alastair smashes Ironman Role

    He may only be able to count to nine and a half on his fingers, but that doesn't make Mr Newey any less of a superstar!

  • The Turbine Trail

    It's Devon's toughest race ... with turbines!

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COMBE CRAWLER - OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2017 COMBE CRAWLER

The race with more hills than the Benny Hill extended family annual get-together, the Combe Crawler is back for 2017 and open for registration! The race takes place on Sunday, November 26th, commencing at 11am. All finishers receive a fantastic T-shirt and extra goodies! £12 affiliated/£14 non-affiliated (entry on the day costs extra). To secure your registration, click here. To learn more about this fiendish race, click here.


7.8 MILES OF HILLS AND MUD!

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!


STAGGERING NEWS! STUMBLING TOO!

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.


EDEN VERY WELL EDID!

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!


LOCAL PLUMBER DOES QUITE WELL IN LOCAL RACE

Loveable beardie cowboy plumber Joe 'Dan' Murdoch threw everything including the kitchen sink into his efforts on Sunday at the Hope12. This energy-sapping race involved a potential twelve hours of running from 9am until ... (gets calculator out ... 9 ... + ... 12) ... 21am around an increasingly muddy 5k loop at the wonderful Flete Estate in South Devon. Dan joined David 'Twat' Garcia, Mike 'Coach' Robinson, Gary 'Jif' Kemp and namesake Hannah 'Alex! Stop beating up Harley!' Murdoch for a few testing laps.

And it was the plumber what gone and won it! In a super-human effort, Dan went round more times than Colin Hickles' brain after a night on the beers. Dan managed twenty laps and an incredible seventy-two miles! If only he put so much effort into turning up for his work appointments! Garcia managed a feeble 57.6 miles, while Coach and Jif settled for a leisurely 43.2 miles. Hannah managed three laps before the lure of the prosecco tent became too much.

Dan celebrated the customary way with seventeen pints, a phone call to Dan 'Joe' Mackenzie to come and pick him up and a copious tsunami of vomit into a bush on Crofts Lea Park.


NOT A COMBE MARTIN HALF (OR FULL) !

Some nutters did the full. Some nutters did the half. Some nutters turned up in the rain to support. Find out how our guys and gals did at Barnstaple at the weekend. Some old tw@t even ran his first marathon! Full details here.


ALICE IN LA AND OTHER NEWS!

ABOVE: Five Ilfracombe runners line up for a recent race. From left to right: Mary Menon, Becky Williamson, Alice Bradley, Andrew "so called" Kimberley, Beth Barrington.

Another glorious weekend of IRC running. And cycling. And swimming! Alice Bradley went all the way to LA to run a 10k! The chatterbox competed in the LA Kings 10k in Redondo Beach, California. Alice finished the course in 56:20!

Joe "Dan" Murdoch was our sole competitor at the Cheddar Marathon - a twenty-nine mile 'trail' marathon. No time yet for everyone's second ... er, now third favourite club beardie (since Andrew "so called" Kimberley has cultivated one over the summer) but the Combe Martian finished in third place!

We'll come to Mr Kimberley in a moment, for he was competing in the Bude Pirate Run, but pride of place there must go to Mary "Exmoor Beast" Menon, who beat everyone ... literally, everyone ... to finish first overall. Woo hoo! Kimbo trailed in 50th place on 01:17:56, just beaten by Simon Oliver on 01:17:43. Simon's other half Nicola finished in 01:23:21.

Finally four of our runners competed in the Ilfracombe Triathlon - a 500m swim, a 27km bike ride and a 5k run. No results as yet, but Alistair "Ironman" Newey was the first IRCer to finish, followed by Chris Broome and then Andrew Woodford. Karen Wells competed for the ladies and commanded a high finish - more news when we have it! Congrats to our many, wonderful athletes, and Kimbo.


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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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