The weekend got off to a great start for Torbay AAC with the Run Exe Relays. Teams of four runners each took on a 4km leg along the River Exe. The ladies 45-54 team managed to retain their first place age category title for a second year. Team results as follows:
mv40 4th in category 24th overall
1 Steve weeks 14.34 2 Anthony Raine 14.59 3 David Maxwell 16.17
4 Martyn Breslan 14.07 total finishing time was 59.57
Mixed team 50th overall 8th in category
1 Fleur Ricklin 18.37 2 Cassandra Harrison 17.52 3 Mark Smith 17.41
4 Adam Taylor 15.31 Finishing time was 1.09.41
FV45 69 over all 1st age category
1 Debbie Webber 19.19 2 Karen Baddeley 17.17 3 Anita Merritt 19.35
4 Hayley Radcliffe 18.13 Finishing time 1.14.24
Fv35 84th 8th in category
1 Gemma Radcliffe 21.40 2 Alma Ruiz 19.51 3 Michelle Sandhu 21.26
4 Jan Barrett 20.32 Finishing time 1.23.29
Four Torbay athletes took on the Race the Tide races based in the glorious private setting of the Flete Estate, Mothecombe. PureTrail hosted 3 races, a Woodland Trail 8.5 mile race, a 15.5 Long half-Marathon and a Long marathon distance race of 28.5 miles.
The marathon involved 2 estuary crossings, one at Burgh Island and the final one racing The Tide at 19.9 miles. over the Erme Estuary before finishing with a seaview at picturesque Mothecombe. The Torbay athletes reported beautiful scenery, a hill or two and soggy feet.
Long half results (15.8 miles) Mark Luscombe 3:42.30 Gemma Radcliffe 3:44.58
Long 10k results (8.5miles) Tas Felstead 1:30.30 Ian McMillan 1:45.0
Nick Robinson took part in Exeter Marathon. It wasn’t quite a PB as the wheels started to fall off around 15 miles. Despite sporadic training Nick managed to run a very respectable 3.35.39. 48th out of 241
At the Britains Ocean City Half Marathon in Plymouth Torbay AAC was represented by three club members Steven Weeks was first home for the club in position 199 and a time of 1:34:14, followed by 675 Amelia Hall 1:50:37 and 884 Nick Dance 1:52:39
In Germany Debbie Drake took part in the Race for a Europe a 7k celebrating the unity of Europe. Starting at Breisach in Germany the course took runners over the Rhein along the canal of Alsace in France then back over the river to Germany. A great atmosphere with food and a rock band at the finish. Debbie completed completed it in 31.27 and commented “I love the white dove on the shirt where the runner’s heart is”.