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Off-road running in the snow! It doesn’t happen very often in the Sid Valley. But the light dusting of snow which fell on parts of the week two off-road challenge route meant a new experience for some Sidmouth Running Club members, writes Alexa Baker. Possibly the most dangerous part was getting out of the house after the rain which had followed the snow froze and the pavements and roads were decidedly dicey! Mighty Green’s Brigid McSmith and Ann Cole, Tracy Scannell and Beccy Johnson, Christine and Karen Farnham took up the Chairman’s challenge and ran up through Buckton plantation. MG…

When Sidmouth Running Club member Allan Kay heard about the first UK-wide Blue Light Challenge and saw The Fire Fighters Charity was a beneficiary, he quickly signed up.  The cause is one close to Allan’s heart, writes Alexa Baker. He was set to run the London marathon last year on behalf of the supportive charity and had been busy raising the money required by holding coffee mornings, quiz nights and beetle drives. When the first lockdown disrupted the event, he joined in the 26.2 challenge – running around the town’s football field alongside improvised landmarks from the capital. The Blue Light Challenge…

Exeter City Football Club has submitted plans for state-of-the-art new facilities at its Cliff Hill Training Ground to East Devon District Council (EDDC). The scheme would see ‘dated and run-down buildings’ redeveloped at the site off Sidmouth Road, near Cyst St Mary. A ‘dilapidated’ pavilion’ dating back to 1974 will be demolished and replaced by a modern building boasting a larger gym and physiotherapy rooms, dining areas, classrooms and offices. They will serve both the club’s academy and professional team. The plans state: “Across the country, football clubs are developing new grounds and training facilities of superb quality and are…

Sporting clubs and groups across Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton have joined forces to boost a charity helping feed families in need this Christmas.  Withycombe Rugby Football Club has led a bid to net donations to the Exmouth Community Larder. It has resulted in a huge haul of food and non-perishable items being collected at Raleigh Park. We have had an absolutely incredible response to the idea, which….grew so quickly to draw support from clubs across the local sporting divide Withycombe RFC’s Adam Curtis said: “We have had an absolutely incredible response to the idea, which was formulated by our very own…

Honiton Town Football Club manager Liam Raybauld has endured something of a frustrating time since joining the Mountbatten Park men. The former Cullompton Rangers ‘gaffer’ took charge of the Hippos for the first time back on October 21 when he watched his new charges lose 6-3 at Bovey Tracey. In the seven-and-a-half weeks that have followed since that first outing, Raybauld has seen his team play twice. Town have actually played three games since the outing at Bovey, but the Hippos boss missed the 17-2 mauling of Stoke Gabriel. He did, however, oversee the narrow 1-0 loss at Torpoint Athletic…

There was an excellent turnout of 132 at Southern Road to see Exmouth Town FC’s friendly match against Tiverton Town – a contest that the visitors won 6-2. The scoreline does reflect the difference between the teams, for the Southern League Premier South high-fliers were by far the better side, particularly in a one-sided first half that saw them score five unanswered goals. It took Tivvy just two minutes to make their presence felt as Jared Lewington opened the scoring. Ten minutes later Dan Hayfield netted and it was 3-0 on 25 minutes thanks to a goal from Alex Fletcher.…

Brixington Blues Under-16s proved too strong for a battling Budleigh Salterton when the sides met to contest an Exeter and District Youth League match. The Exmouth-based Blues were quickly into their stride and game was only in its opening exchanges when the Budleigh glovesman was first called into action to make a smart save to deny Jack Drew-Cull. Blues again went close when, after a move involving Jake Haggerty, Adam Watts and Luke Paramore that resulted in a Makan Coulibaly shot drifting just wide of the mark. Despite the early Blues press, it was Budleigh who struck first, netting from…

Budleigh Salterton Football Club Under-18s made Devon League Cup progress with a comprehensive 13-0 success when they travelled to Copplestone Cobras, writes SpursTom. The young Robins were quickly into their stride and they took a tenth-minute lead thanks to a clinical finish from Sam Diprose. It was 2-0 on 23 minutes with Jamie Crossman powering home a header from a Ryan Daffin corner. Two minutes later, Finn Doyle-Stott netted a fine individual goal. The lead was extended on the half our as Doyle-Stott crossed for Daffin to net. There was still time in the first-half for Daffin to net a…

Ottery St Mary Football Club Under-15s celebrated a new kit sponsor and a return to action following lockdown with a 4-1 home win over Culm Sampford, writes Stephen Upsher. Before the game, Gary Yelland, of Artisan Roofing, generously presented Addy Carpenter’s side with a smart new playing kit. Carpenter gave starts up front to Freddie Clarke and Ollie Milton, but it was Culm Sampford who made the first impact on the game – rattling Ottery’s crossbar with an early strike on goal. The visitors’ glovesman was soon called into action making saves from Jake Johnson, Jack Carpenter and Seb Copp.…

Ryan Smales is the man tasked with running the new third team at Feniton Football Club. The ambitious Acland Park outfit will not be able to field their new side in the Joma Devon and Exeter League until the start of the 2021/22 season. But Fenny has made the move now so the new man has plenty of time to settle into the role and build a team. Smales played for Stoke Hill and launched his coaching career with the Exeter-based club’s Under-14s side – soon securing his coaching qualifications through the county FA. He came to the attention of the…

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