Otter Run 2017

Entries are now open for the 2017 Otter Rail and River Run, which is on Saturday 8th July.

Click here Otter Run 2017 Entries to go straight to our online registration page.


It’s the usual off-road 10km course and 1.5 mile fun run. This year’s event will be combined with the playing field’s 50th anniversary summer fair, so hopefully a golden year!

There’s an early bird reduced price entry, until April 30th, of £10, discounted to £8 for members of EA and ARC-affiliated clubs. From May 1st entries will be £12 and £10. If space permits we will take entries on the day at £14 and £12.

We’re delighted to welcome back Otter Brewery, Michelmores Solicitors, estate agents Harrison-Lavers & Potbury’s as event sponsors, along with Beers by Post who will be running a licensed bar, so the beer will be on tap, with an Otter Brewery half-pint glass as one part of the race memento. If you fancy some beer in the meantime, or sending to others use this discount code TIPTON10 on the Beers by Post website.

This popular multi-terrain race, organised in conjunction with Sidmouth Running Club and held under ARC rules, has attracted record entries for the  last two years.

Camping is available on the field on Friday and Saturday night – prior booking is essential for the restricted number of pitches so an early reservation is advised. Camping rates are £5 per pitch (add £2.50 per extra person) per night.

The 10km will set off at 11am as usual, following the same course as in recent years. The fun run will be slightly altered this year because of the fair taking place. It will set off at 12.30pm, and follow an amended fully off-road course.

There is parking and toilets at the nearby village hall, further parking locations to be advised. There will be ample provision of portaloos on site. Race HQ and late entries will be in the pavilion. Race numbers will be issued on the day unless an SAE is sent in advance.

There will be individual, team and veteran prizes.

Enter the 10km online at… Otter Run 2017 Entries

Or download entry form here… Otter run form 2017

Fun run £3, entries by post in advance, or enter on the day.

The playing field is also hosting Devon’s first women only marathon on May 28th, celebrating a 50 year milestone in women’s endurance running – more at

Thanks for the interest in our friendly, community events.

To book camping or for more information organiser Jo Earlam, email or ring 01404 813313.


Report of the 2016 event and results from previous years listed below:

A great turnout for the 10th Otter Rail and River Run – thank you to everyone who came along to run, marshal or support generally.

It was a brilliant year – as organisers, we are all delighted with the response and how the day went.

A brief race summary follows, and there is a full downloadable PDF report here….



otter run 2016

Pictures from Chris Woodcock, on, including this of the three front runners early on.

Third in line Sam Hopton of South West Road Runners made gains to cross the finish line first in 36:29; with Haldon Trail Runner Matthew Menary second in 37:06; and Tim Pratt of Teignbridge Trotters 3rd in 38:07.

First lady across the line was Elizabeth Dyson of Haldon Trail Runners in 39:50; second Nicky Savill of South West Road Runners in 43:23; and third Chloe Fox also of SWRR in 46:06.

The men’s team prize was won by Teignbridge Trotters, ladies by South West Road Runners.

Final results, prizes and first three age placings from the day are attached (veteran prizes are awarded for first place, 2nd and 3rd for information):

Otter Run Results 2016

Otter Run 2016 prizes and age placings

Thanks to all our sponsors – Michelmore Solicitors, Harrison-Lavers & Potburys and of course Otter Brewery.

swrr 2016

Jo Earlam – race organiser


Otter Run results 2015

Otter Run prizes 2015

For more 2015 race photos go to


Results from the 2015 Otter Rail and River Run were unprecedented. There was a 50 per cent increase in entries on 2014, with more than 100 people registering on the day and 215 finishers.

Winner James Denne, from Honiton, set a new course record of 34:33, coming in just ahead of the 2014 winner James Reeve, of South West Road Runners, in 35:45, who despite taking a minute off his time, couldn’t reel James in. Simon Minting of Exmouth Harriers, winner in 2013, also improved on his time, but still had to settle for third place in 35:52.

otter run 2015 start
Picture by Oli Hancock. Caption by Barbara Pugh.

Helen Anthony, of Teignbridge Trotters, set a new ladies course record of 40:35, with last year’s winner Alexandra Cutts, of South West Road Runners, in second place, in 42:07 despite improving on her time by two minutes. Third lady was Nicky Savill, of South West Road Runners, in 43:25, a time that would have secured her first place last year.

South West Road Runners won the men’s team prize, with last year’s winners Teignbridge Trotters in second place. The Teignbridge Trotter ladies did the honours for the club this year, with the ladies team from South West Road Runners in second.

The first local man was Alex Paget in 42:25, and first local lady Natalie Smith in 50:23.

In the veteran awards very good times were recorded by John Horton, from Newquay and Par AC, of 47:25 for M70, and Eleanor Wood, of Axe Valley Runners, of 44:33 for F55, a PB in a category she’s won since 2012.

11:00 on 11/7/15 - and they're off, a record 215 of them!
11:00 on 11/7/15 – and they’re off, a record 215 of them!

The high number of club runners led to times overall being very fast – nearly 80 people, more than a third of entrants, ran a sub 50:00, another 70 crossed the line within the space of 10 minutes to finish within the hour. It was a good day for pacing all round, with the last finisher completing in 1:23:16.

The spread of entries ranged far and wide, a first-time camping offer attracting people from Oxford, Berkshire, Hampshire and Cornwall and people travelling from Bournemouth and across the south west to enter on the day. The furthest travelled entrant was 18-year-old Ernie Miszewski, from Indiana, USA.

There was also a great turnout from local clubs – Teignbridge Trotters numbering 22, and South West Road Runners 19, with good showings from Sidmouth and Honiton Running Clubs, also Axe Valley Runners, Exmouth Harriers, Haldon Trail Runners, and Women on the Run. Devon club runners also came from Okehampton RC, Plymouth Coasters, North Devon Road Runners, Dawlish Coasters, Torbay AC, Newton Abbot AC, Bideford AAC, and Tiverton Harriers.

Other clubs represented were Bexley AC, Crewkerne, Thomas Cook RRC, Bournemouth AC, Gloucester AC, Newquay and Par AC, Kidderminster and Stourport AC, UKNet Runner, Droitwich AC, Springfield Striders, N1 Triathlon Club, Mud Stactle, and City of Salisbury.

The event first staged in 2007, is run by Tipton St John Playing Field Association, in conjunction with Sidmouth Running Club.

Race organiser Jo Earlam said: “We were overwhelmed by the level of entries, which broke all our records. The team taking entries and all our helpers rose to the challenge and did a brilliant job. We improvised with numbers to ensure everyone who came on the day got a run. Unfortunately we did run out of mementoes of beer or chocolate and medals.

“The choice of a pint of Otter bitter was particularly popular, and despite having 12 dozen crates, we were soon drunk dry.

“We apologise to those who were disappointed not to receive anything, and will ensure they all get a medal and memento sent on to them.

“I wish to thank everyone for coming and making the day such a great success. Also thanks to our excellent team of marshals and helpers. It is a real community effort. We are delighted to have raised a significant amount of money for our volunteer run village playing field.”

The event also includes the 1.5 mile Jackie Box Fun Run, encouraging the next generation to get their running shoes on.

Last year’s winner 14-year-old Toby Garrick, of Sidmouth Running Club, retained his first place, closely followed by Samuel Yearling, age 13, from Plymouth, and 3rd placed Christian Teague, age 11, from Newton Poppleford. First girl was Holly Eyre, age 13, of Axe Valley Runners, 2nd 10-year-old Ellie Bishop, from Tipton, and third 12-year-old Sophie Andow, also from Tipton. Ellie won the first local girl award, and 11-year-old Michael Lilley, was first local boy.

Age awards went to: Boys under 10 – 1st Sam Eyre, 2nd Thomas Grove; boys under 13 – 1st Toby Bishop, 2nd Albert Smith; boys under 15 – 1st Lewis Anthony, 2nd Luke Davidson; girls under 10 – 1st Harriet Nash, 2nd Nancy Smith, girls under 13 – 1st Florence Nash, 2nd Daisy Grove.

Veteran age prizes were awarded in the 10km as listed in the separate prize PDF attachment.

The race has always been the second Saturday of July, so a provisional date for what will be the 10th special year is Saturday 9th July 2016.

Thanks as always to all our sponsors: Michelmores Solicitors, Otter Brewery and Harrison-Lavers & Potbury’s.

Michelmores Solicitors logo    HLP logo Sept 2014

Thanks to these local businesses and all the volunteer helpers who make this event possible.

otter 10km 2014 beer pic 1



Otter run 2014 results

Otter run 2014 prizes

Otter run 2013 results

Otter run 2012 results

The route changed slightly in the first few years, but has remained the same since 2012 so results are comparable.


2014 first bend group3It was full steam ahead on Saturday 12th July for the 2014 Otter Rail and River Run at Tipton St John.

The race HQ, at the playing field, is a stone’s throw from the old railway station and part of the course follows a section of the former line through Harpford Woods.

More than 150 runners entered the 10km – the biggest turnout from Sidmouth Running Club, a record 30 members. With many people choosing to register on the day, including most of 70 fun runners, the admin team had a busy morning.

Runners came from across the south west as far as Cornwall and South Devon, and beyond, including Bristol, London and even Norway.

Run organiser Jo Earlam was delighted with the support and to see so many runners return to the event, now in its 8th year. The run is staged by Tipton St John Playing Field Association in conjunction with Sidmouth Running Club.

Most of the 50 plus marshals and helpers are local people, making the race a real community event and raising vital funds for the charity run playing field. It also enjoys good business support from sponsors Michelmore Solicitors, Ironbridge Runner and Otter Brewery, with pints of Otter beer as mementoes well received and downed by the 10km finishers.

There were mixed fortunes for three members of the hosts Sidmouth Running Club – Milan Goc was first home for the club, seventh overall, in a good time of 41:54; Jessica Raynor was second lady in 44:33, but fellow SRC runner Paul Brown took a nasty tumble just after the 7km mark, and was taken by ambulance to A&E at the RD&E. Race organisers were very pleased to learn that he had been allowed home later that day and was making a good recovery.

The hot weather matched the hot sense of competition in the 10km. First to cross the finish line was South West Road Runner James Reeves in 36:57, just ahead of Teignbridge Trotter Daryl Milford in 37:06, with Alex Watkins of Haldon Trail Runners in third place in 37:57.

First lady was also a South West Road Runner, Alexandra Cutts, in 44:06, 15th overall; second Jessica Raynor of Sidmouth Running Club in 44:33, 18th place overall; and third Exmouth Harrier Hannah Bown, in 45:27, 24th overall.

Sidmouth won the ladies team prize – Jessica Raynor, Ellie Stone and Lucy Owen, taking the honours for the club. The men’s team prize went to Teignbridge Trotters, and their runners Daryl Milford, Roger Hayes and Mark Hutchins.

The first local man home was Alex Paget in 43:16, and first local lady Catherine Hilton in 48:59.

Veteran prizes went to Daryl Milford, vet male 40; Tim Legg, of Honiton RC, vet male 50, in 42:54; Pete Kirby, Teignbridge Trotters, vet male 60, in 50:48; Ted Bloomfield, vet male 70, 53:32; Alexandra Cutts, vet female 35; Julie Payne, of Honiton RC, vet female 45, 47:44; Eleanor Wood, of Axe Valley Runners, vet female 55, in 45:51; and Sue Cunningham, of Sidmouth RC, vet female 65, in 1:12:17.

fun run 2014There was a new element of competition in the fun run – this year renamed the Jackie Box Fun Run, in memory of the local mum who sadly died a few days before last year’s event. Her family sponsored new prizes, shields and medals which were warmly received by the many children taking part.

First home was Toby Garrick, with Sam Pyne in second place. The first girl was Jemima Gambier, and second Niah Bown. The first local boy was Toby Bishop, first local girl Sophie Andow. In the under 10 boys Oliver Beech was first, Josiah Drew second. Under 10 girls first Darcie Morton. In under 13 boys first Sam Yearling, second Christian Teague. Under 13 girls first Anya Gosal, and second Kate Marriott. In under 15 boys, first Matt Sheridan, and girls, first Bethany Sampson.

Jo Earlam, race organiser

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