South Molton Struggler News

Congratulations to all the runners this year.  Another great event, many thanks to all the helpers, sign erecters, marshals, tea makers who make this the event it is. Full Results - 2014  Category Results - 2014 Photos Set 1 - Studio Solutions Set 2 - Dhiren Smiles
Tue 28th October 2014
Richard Connett
No trophies this year for the Strugglers, but very close for the Vet Men, pipped right at the end. It was a strange year as we lost ND Road Runners who decided not to take part, but on a plus note the new Ilfracombe Running Club entered a team, we look forward to seeing more of them next year and hopefully running a round in Ilfracombe. Ladies Senior Ladies – 1st Bideford AC (48), 2nd Torrington AC (38), 3rd South Molton Strugglers (34) Vet Ladies – 1st Torrington AC (46), 2nd South Molton...
Sun 20th July 2014
Richard Connett
‘Brilliant, amazing, challenging, excellent, whens the next one, stunning, fun, organised’ - just a few of the words the competitors used to describe the inaugural Castle Hill Corker that took place on Sunday 23rd February in aid of the North Devon Hospice. When the Strugglers asked Lady Arran if she would give us the opportunity to hold a race at Castle Hill, we didn’t realise what a huge success it would be. But that it was and just six weeks after entries opened, all 200 spaces were taken. ...
Mon 24th February 2014
Julie Colman
So, as the 27th October got nearer race organisers watched nervously as the weather forecasters predicted the worst storm for 30 years! This could make the struggle even more challenging than normal. Thankfully, the forecasters got it right. Well in so far as the storm didn’t arrive until after the struggle had finished.    A record number of entrants this year took to the 7.8 mile course with 209 crossing the finish line covered in mud but feeling great.    The winner this yea...
Sun 27th October 2013
Julie Colman
If you have been unsuccessful in the main London Marathon ballot this year then why not put your name in the hat to get one of the two club places we have available.  Let Eve know that you're interested before the AGM in November when the draw will take place.   To be eligable you must have entered the main ballot this year and been unsuccessful, been a club member for over a year and you didn't receive a club place last year.
Thu 17th October 2013
Richard Connett
The 30th June saw one of the toughest marathons in the country take place around the north Devon Coastline. The South Molton Strugglers embraced this and fielded more runners than any other club and achieved results beyond their expectation. Furthermore, the half marathon which is equally as challenging (but just half the distance) also witnessed a fantastic strugglers field! For those that have never run a marathon before they were facing one of the biggest challenges of their lives. Not only running the 26...
Sun 28th July 2013
Julie Colman
The Welly 10 My first 10k race turned out not to be my finest hour (or 1 hour 14minutes and 4 seconds to be precise). I know the area well and was back on home turf. I knew it would be fairly hilly but thought my Devon training would be more than enough preparation. It would have been I'm sure, but something occured that I had not yet encountered whilst running. Heat. It became clear to me in the first kilometer that this was a whole new ball game. I felt drained, my stomach felt queasy and I really wasn'...
Mon 22nd July 2013
Julie Young
On Sunday July 7th 2013 Paul Cooke and I headed out to Fyne Court, Broomfield just north of Taunton for the Quantock Harriers ‘Quantock Beast’; a 5.7mile multi-terrain race. Although less than 10k I had heard that the Beast was not to be taken lightly and it would turn out I wasn’t wrong.  The organiser informed everyone at the start that this was the first year in a long time that the course was actually dry; however given the predicted temperatures of 27C I think the runners would...
Mon 15th July 2013
Richard Connett
The sun shone on the start of the 2013 Crediton Crunch, a course that had both on and off road sections, in addition to many hills! This did not prevent Paul Cooke coming in 10th position as first struggler home in 41.30, nor did it slow Lucy Goodman who claimed third lady with a time of 46.24, with Naomi Hughes also getting in under the hour at 57.30. Geoff Adams represented the veteran category for the strugglers and got home in an impressive 1.05.34, before the increasingly common sprint finishes of Ross Dennis...
Tue 21st May 2013
Julie Colman
Despite some tough weather conditions, the fast and flat course was the perfect event for Tracey Hulland to return to racing after more than 12 months recovering from injury and saw her secure a fantastic time of 46.59 and 1st in her age category. Mike Clarke was the first struggler home in 37.37 followed by Paul Morgan with less than a minute between the two. Daisy Adams ran alongside Tracey for much of the race and just managed to pip her at the finish in a time of 46.53. It was a family affair for the Adams f...
Wed 15th May 2013
Julie Colman
A great turn out of six strugglers set off from the “Start of Hell” on Sunday 12th May for the Black Death run hosted at Coombe Sydenham Country park. The start line did not lie, what a hell of hill it was from the start, and there were quite a few more to follow in the 10 mile race . The first Struggler home was Nick Whalley 1:36:51, followed by Jon Hibberd 1:58:37 (Jon’s results were slightly inaccurate, something to do with seeing the first water station only once….), Tringa Gould 2:00:48 a PB, follo...
Tue 14th May 2013
Julie Colman
Well lets get one thing straight, it was actually more like 18 and 8.5 mile races.  A fabulous turn out of Strugglers for the inaugural Hartland Hartbreaker races hosted at Hartland Abbey.  Paul Cooke was 3rd overall in the 17 mile race in a brilliant time of 2:34:19 and picked up a lovely trophy for his efforts.  Claire Campbell won the first lady over 50 prize with a strong performance of 3:26:34.  Kate Kilburn was the first Struggler home in the 8 mile race just pipping Emma Hill with a ti...
Tue 7th May 2013
Richard Connett
Three strugglers headed to London Town this year to take part in what is viewed as the greatest marathon in the world. Phil Pennington had experienced the london crowds before but for Chris Murrin and Lucy Goodman - our two club captains, it was their first time at this prestigious event. Weather conditions proved perfect for the runners and once the task of crossing the start line was complete (it can take up to 20 minutes) it was plain sailing for all three. Lucy Goodman continued in her exceptional form a...
Wed 24th April 2013
Julie Colman
It was a strong showing and a good turn out from the Strugglers at the Easter Monday 7.1 mile Bampton to Tiverton race.  There was more success for Lucy Goodman who got another excellent third place.  Caroline Shapland was a well deserved if surprise winner of the o/35 lady trophy and Andrew Jones took the men's o/65 prize.  Paul Cooke was the first Struggler to finish but was pushed hard all the way by Mike Clark.  Jack Friendship who has just graduated from our first beginners running c...
Mon 1st April 2013
Richard Connett
18th May 2013 - Coaching Inn.As so many of us are taking part in the North Devon Half/Full Marathon this year we're holding another quiz on behalf of the North Devon Hospice.  So get yourself a team now and book your table with Julie.  £5 per person, max 6 people per team.Help us promote the event by downloading the poster and spreading the word - Download Poster
Mon 25th February 2013
Richard Connett
On a cool damp morning 129 runners embarked on 7.8 miles of multi terrain running for the 4th South Molton Struggle.  The conditions proved to be pretty decent for running despite being very muddy and slippery in places, who doesn't like a bit of mud though.  The course record was smashed by the winner Tom Adams who had travelled all the way from Ilkley, running in a time of 42 minutes 47 seconds.  The first lady was Caroline Hewitt from Tiverton Harriers completing the course in 53 minut...
Mon 29th October 2012
Richard Connett
The Haytor Heller, one of the strugglers favourite events took place on Saturday 21stJuly and with it a fantastic turnout of club members. Seventeen strugglers made the journey to Dartmoor to take part in an extremely scenic but equally challenging 10k. The route takes in both Haytor and Hound Tor between which your find some steep descents and even steeper ascents! Jack Batchelor was 1st struggler home in 4th place, followed 3 minutes later by Nigel Woodgates. Simon, on his first outing on the course enjoyed ev...
Sun 22nd July 2012
Julie Colman
The new club hoodies took their first outing on Sunday 23rd October with all club members taking part in the Minehead Stagger and Stumble. Another fantastic day provided ideal running conditions for all the strugglers taking part in these challenging races.   The stagger saw 6 members venture over this tough terrain, taking in dunkery beacon at the highest point. Dave Cutler continued his fine form and finished in 9th place in a time of 2.12.02. In form Derek Page, was the second struggler home in a...
Tue 25th October 2011
Julie Colman
The Struggle* returned for 2011 on the 2nd October - RESULTS OUT NOW!!! The Struggle is our annual open entry 7.8 mile, mixed-terrain run, starting and finishing at South Molton Rugby Club. A big thanks to all those who ran this year. Despite temperatures in the mid-twenties both mens and ladies course records were broken in fine style. Please click the links below for the results: ALL ENTRIES RESULTS CATEGORY RESULTS RACE PHOTOS NOW IN THE GALLERY - Big thanks to Dhiren Sm...
Sun 2nd October 2011
Richard Connett
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