Browsing: Sidmouth sport

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…

A Sidmouth runner who raised more than £1,000 for armed forces veterans said he felt ‘humbled’ by the generosity of those who sponsored his efforts. Sidmouth Running Club member Adrian Horne took part in the month-long Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) Tommy 10k challenge – raising funds for armed forces veterans, helping them back to work. He aimed to end his run on Armistice Day (November 11). A spokesperson for Sidmouth Running Club said: “Adrian, feeling very humbled by people’s generosity in such difficult times, would like to thank everyone from the bottom of his heart who shared his Facebook…

Witches, cats and skeletons descended on The Byes to boost a good cause when Sidmouth Running Club organised a Halloween-themed fundraiser.  Group members in frightfully good garb braved the stormy elements to net cash for the Sid Valley Food Bank. Here, Alexa Baker reports on the latest from the club. Sidmouth Running Club were inspirational during the first Covid-19 lockdown. The club encouraged individuals back to running where weekly routes were set and times and photos were recorded. And as guidelines changed, running in pairs then small groups was introduced until the club could meet again in groups of 12 under…

The national lockdown will mean a major headache for football league fixture compilers as well as our local clubs in East Devon. With no football being played below elite level between now and December 5 – at the earliest. It means that all six of the district’s clubs playing in either the Toolstation Western League , South West Peninsula League and the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League are facing severe fixture congestion over the second half of their respective campaigns. If we include Saturday, December 5 and take that as the first Saturday of the ‘re-start’ following lockdown two, then…

Sidmouth Netball Club has been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund – and hopes to score enough cash for mobile floodlights.  The news comes as a huge boost to the club, which has only recently returned to action after a long lay-off. When a community comes together we’re able to achieve great things, so we hope the good folk of Sidmouth and the surrounding communities will help us…However, the forthcoming national lockdown will likely mean no netball being played for another month. Speaking about the award, Sidmouth Netball Club secretary Louise Neilson said: “At a time when funds…

The 2020/21 rugby season for East Devon clubs is over. This is sad news for the likes of the Cockles (Exmouth RFC), Sidmouth RFC, Honiton RFC and Withycombe RFC. It follows the announcement that the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the Adult Competitive Leagues (Level 3 and below for Men, Level 2 and below for Women) for the 2020/21 season. In a statement released on the final Friday of October, the RFC announced: “We believe that, even if a return to full contact rugby becomes possible, playing a meaningful competitive league season resulting…

On what was an extremely wet and windy Halloween weekend, all but three of the Sidmouth Town Junior Vikings’ fixtures were postponed. The youngest of the teams who did manage to see some action were the Under-10s, who journeyed along the A35 to Axminster where two very good young sides awaited them. Vikings’ Under-10s coach Anthony Griffiths was extremely pleased with the having drawn one and lost one in matches described by the coach as being ‘as wet as an otter’s pocket’. The Under-12s played their home game with local rivals Ottery St Mary, but despite some good football and…

There were mixed fortunes for East Devon football clubs in the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League matches played on the final Saturday of October. In the South and West Division, Ottery St Mary continue to power away at the top of the table and they made it ten wins in 11 unbeaten matches since the first whistle of this league season. The Otters won 2-1 at Roselands. The victory means Ottery sit six points clear at the top of the table with second-placed Okehampton – who won 4-0 at Plymstock United. In the North and East Division, Budleigh Salterton shared…

Sidmouth Golf Club ladies’ captain Penny Lyne and ladies’ secretary Gerri Whitrow selected their teams for the annual captain versus secretary match. A total of 32 ladies took to the course in blustery conditions with some heavy showers. Some of the players were fortunate to avoid the rain altogether, whilst some were not so lucky! The trophy played for was first presented to the ladies’ section by past captain Jill Powell in 1981. The overall result of the 2020 meeting was a win for the captain’s team by a score of 10.5 to 5.5. After play the winners of the…

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