Victory . . .

. . . over the elements, the coach, the lack of fitness?

As many of you know, I often head for the coast at Exmouth straight from work on a summer evening. Quite frequently, while I sit and fill my tummy with fish and chips, a group of people are down there on the sand exercising like crazy.

Over on the east end of the beach is Orcombe Point, the cliffs there are red sandstone and they mark the beginning of the Jurassic coast. If the tide is out you can walk around the rocks to a separate beach or at the top of the cliffs walk the South West Coast Path to Sandy Bay,  Budleigh Salterton, Ladram, Sidmouth and beyond.

It’s from around these cliffs that my victors appear. I expect that sometimes they run along the sand, but just as often they paddle, wade or swim around to Exmouth.


Note the guy in black, he’s the coach and as the Commando camp is nearby, I wonder if he is a Royal Marine.


And they’re out and running along the beach.
Come along at the back, you can do it!


Just when they think they’re in the clear, he has them back in the sea.
This lazy Gypsy’s only exercise is walking, so I’m totally in awe of this group. They are all ages, shapes and sizes, but they have a common goal, VICTORY . . . over the elements, the coach and the lack of fitness!

Victory is the theme for this weeks photo challenge over at the Daily Post.

21 thoughts on “Victory . . .

  1. Blimey the fish and chip supper gets my vote rather than all this running about!
    You live in a part of England that I have never explored Lyme Regis and Beer are both favourite places of mine being a keen fossil hunter and Dartmouth is at least a twice yearly trip and my father lives in Cornwall…I need to do a detour sometimes soon to discover the delights of Exmouth and its environs…

    1. And Charmouth for fossils Anne? Exeter, east Devon and west Dorset are my passions. Exmouth is small, simple and has an old fashioned magic. If ever you get the chance try August for Sidmouth Folk Festival, but I could go on and on, in fact I have so I’ll shut up now!

  2. I’m intrigued by the Backpack the coach is carrying. Do you think it has an emergency first aid kit in it? Looks like great exercise, Gilly. Maybe you should try it some time. 🙂 Mmmm………Fish’n’chips sounds like a good idea for dinner tonight. 🙂

  3. A boot camp maybe? I must admit the thought of running after being in the sea makes me uncomfortable thinking about all that chafing and rubbing… yuck! No I’ll join you in the fish and chips and take photographs 🙂

  4. I’ll have the fish and chips (and a pint) right after my lovely walk. I do walk, at exercise pace (unless stopping for photos), and I lift weights. But there’s a time and place for everything. 🙂


  5. I liked the photos and the comment about the one struggling to keep up.
    Some people need the encouragement of a trainer and the motivation of a group.
    They need to pick a experienced trainer and not join a group too much fitter than they are.
    Walking is better than over doing it and that goes for fish an chips too._/\_

    1. Hi David, if you haven’t been to Kingsteignton for a few years you will see some changes, many new homes have been built in the area. It’s still a nice place to be though. I hope the move goes smoothly for you!

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