The Umborne Ug 2012
Over the last few years, many of you have been involved in this annual event, starting and finishing at Umborne Hall.
The date this year was Saturday 9th June at 6.00pm.
The Umborne Ug is a 10k race which attracts runners from far and wide to enjoy the undulating delights of our East Devon countryside. The main 10k run (over 16’s only) starts at the hall at 6.00pm. This is followed at about 6.10pm by a 2.5k Fun Run which is mostly on road (and it is flat!) near the hall. This is for over 8’s only please. Under 8’s need to be accompanied by an adult.
The whole event is well supported by Axe Valley Runners who also help mark out the route.
If you are not too keen on running – there was an organised walk which set off from the hall at 5.00pm.
Just like the runners, this was an opportunity to venture over private land which 6 different landowners have kindly agreed to. The route took you up through Home Bush woods with some superb views. The Selleys were the first walkers home.
Dogs were permitted but kept on leads until the woods at Home Bush. There was a water station at the half way point for the runners. Walkers could take their own preferred beverages with them! The route was well signed and marshalled.
To make this event function smoothly and to enable us to acquire the necessary permit, we had to position about 14 marshals out on the course – not for too long, as most runners and walkers were back at the hall by 7.15 at the very latest.
Yet again we were very lucky with the weather and over 200 people turned out to enjoy this event at Umborne Hall on Saturday 9th. There were 93 runners in the 10k run ( up from 77 last year).
The race was won by Tim Lenton in 41.27
with the first lady being Emma Hitchins in 47.23.
The Fun run had 35 entries up from 20 last year with Ian Ross winning the boys’ run in 11.13 and Hannah Bramley the girls’ winner in 13.40.
Earlier, 25 walkers and numerous dogs had set out on the walk from the hall. Donations from competitors totalled £575. We had plenty to eat and drink – the BBQ made a profit of £266, the cakes £190 and the bar, thanks to the donation of a 70 pint barrel of Brannoc from Axe Valley Runners, made £211. The total profit (after expenses were taken out) for the event was an amazing £1070 – a record by far. Our thanks to all the landowners for allowing us to cross their land, to the 14 marshals and 2 water station helpers, to those who set out and dismantled the course, to the timers, to the cake makers and sellers, our BBQ chefs, the bar tenders, the PA providers, Axe Valley Runners for all their help especially lending us all the signs etc. and doing the results online ( see www.axevalleyrunners.org.uk), Gilly for making the jug prizes and presenting them and anyone else who helped make this whole community event so successful – tiring indeed but rewarding! This was a message from one of the runners: “please pass on our thanks to AVR and Umborne for making us so welcome on Saturday. You’re such a lovely friendly bunch and the race was fantastic – very well organised, beautiful scenery, ridiculously hilly – and great fun”
Well done one and all – Rick & Eleanor.