Monday 4th February

Exmouth Express

Fifteen club members journeyed to take on the Exmouth Express 5 mile road race. The two lap course snaked around the town centre and along the seafront. Although these runners were well prepared for the freezing temperatures and the biting Exmouth breeze, before long running in the warm low sunshine had them peeling off the excess layers of hats and gloves. Team Torbay ran really well with several runners clocking personal best times.

 Torbay AC won several prizes across the age categories and teams, including Peter Monaghan 1st MV/50, Betsy Bebbington 1st FV/50, Sara Crozier 2nd FV/50. The Senior men’s team finished 3rd (Peter Monaghan, Kevin Fine, Sonny Harvey, Martyn Breslan) The Veteran male took 2nd prize (Peter Monaghan, Martyn Breslan, Steve Weeks, Anthony Raine) The Senior female team 3rd (Betsy Bebbington, Sara Crozier, Tessa Hearfield)

First home for the club in position 8 was Peter Monaghan (27:44), 29 Kevin Fine (30:23), 35 Sonny Harvey (31:35), 40 Martyn Breslan (32:09), 41 Steve Weeks (32:10), 71 Anthony Raine (34:00), 87 Ian Hayward (35:17), first lady home  98 Elizabeth Bebbington (35:56), 106 Julian Jones (36:42), 130 Jonathan Cowling (38:23), 131 Sara Jane Crozier (38:23), 207 Tessa Hearfield (44:20), 271 Gemma Radcliffe (50:27), 303 William Valentine (01:01:41)

Five Torbay A.C. Athletes competed in the South West Vets Cross Country Championships at Sidford, which attracts some of the best over 35 year old runners in the region. The course is a relatively flat 6 km course organised by Torbay A.C’s Bill Valentine, the Torbay team did their club proud with Martyn Breslan and Anthony Raine collecting prizes by finishing 3rd in their Age Categories also Irene Hewings finishing 4th and Steve Weeks 5th in their age categories. Sadly Andy Park had to retire from the race, but provided much needed support and encouragement from the sidelines.

On the day results:

Ladies & Men’s Vets (6000 metres) – 8 Martyn Breslan (24.26) – 13 Steve Weeks (24.47) – 18 Anthony Raine (26.04) – 51 Irene Hewings (33.43).