Monday 12th August

At Friday’s Forest Flyer 11 Torbay AAC runners were not deterred by the fierce weekend winds and rain. There was a nervous wait for the Forestry Commission to give the go ahead for the 5 mile off road event on the trails of Haldon Forest. Brave runners were rewarded with a beautiful run through the forest finishing with the infamous 1 mile quad busting ascent to the finish line. There were 174 finishers in the race.

First home for the club in position 65 was Sara Crozier (41:23), 69 Cassandra Harrison (41:56), 80 Brian Lewis (43:16), 81 Hayley Ratcliffe (43:20), 93 Ray Brown (45:44), 106 Lisa Belsten (47:08), 109 Irene Hewings (47:30), 112 Tessa Hearfield (47:54), 117 Mark Luscombe (48:28), 123 Anita Ley (49:13), 139 Felicity Davis (52:42), 149 Gemma Radcliffe (55:05)

Many thanks to Dawlish Coasters and all the hearty marshals for allowing the marvellous event to go ahead.

This weekend Torbay AAC runners competed in The RAT – Roseland August Trail Race Series. A series of challenging coastal runs along the stunning South Cornwall Coastal Path.

It incorporates four different routes, The Black Route 32 miles, The Red Route 20 miles, The White Route 11 miles and The Plague (green) 100K – 64 miles ! All these routes follow the same part of coastline, with runners from different routes joining each other at different points along the way. The route takes competitors though stunning coastal scenery, over undulating paths, through fields, villages and surrounding countryside – it is not for the faint hearted!

In the White Rat Steve weeks came 12th out of 170 finishers in (1.49. 03) 14 Martin Breslan (1.52.00), 35 Paul Frissen (2.12.45), 54 Andy Philippou (2.24.11), 64 Nick Dance (2.26.46), 68 Karen Frissen (2.31.21)

In the Red Rat, 20 mile race, Mark Bruce stormed home in 42nd place in a time of (4.13.36) out of 196 finishers. Anita Merritt was the star of the team finishing the Black Rat Ultra despite an injury in a time of (8.41.07) 153rd out of 215 finishers.