ORC Summer Series Race 1 - Marilyn's Meldon Madness Saturday 18th May 2019 at 2:00pm
£8 Entry on the day
Formerly The Great West Fell Run, the race has been renamed in memory of Marilyn Cooper, who sadly passed away in 2016. Marilyn, a member of Okehampton Running Club since it's first week, was a prolific racer and rarely found to be happier than when representing the club and running on the moor. Marilyn's husband, Paul, has very generously donated a trophy in her memory which will be awarded to the first female ORC home. Marilyn's Meldon Madness is the only race that takes you to the highest point in the south of England. The 415m ascent is tough enough to challenge any off-road runner but it offers a rare opportunity for anyone to try their first fell race. The route is beautiful with stunning views over the county from Yes Tor and High Willhays (the highest point) before a welcome descent to Black Tor, and down Homerton Hill to the finish at Meldon Reservoir where tea, coffee and cake will be available. A memento will be given to all finishers. Prizes to the first, second and third male and female. Prizes for the first M40, M50, M60, F40, F50, F60. The race will be held under the rules of the Fell Runners Association, race classification AS. There are a number of compulsory checkpoints at which all runners MUST give their number to the stewards. Due to the difficulty of marking the course accurately, self navigation is required by all runners. Race Headquarters is at Meldon Dam car park(near Okehampton grid ref SX561917).
The start and finish is a short walk to the other side of the dam.