Results to Monday 12th February

The Exeter Half Marathon

Chris Billing finished an excellent 4th in (1:25:52) in modified Exeter Half Marathon, a new 3 lap course along the footpaths and cycle tracks around the River Exe and Exeter Canal, which provided a fantastic opportunity to see how your Spring Marathon training programme is going.


Sidmouth 4 Trigs Challenge
Torbay’s Darren Maynard ran the Sidmouth 4 Trigs Challenge, where runners had to visit each trig point at Western Cliff, Buckton Hill, Beacon Hill and High Peak, plus 5 checkpoints in between. This grueling race has a massive total 3,200 feet of climbing all off road and 17 miles of self navigation. Saying afterwards “it was super hard this year, extremely muddy and slippery. I ran it in (3:59:18) under my goal of 4 hours but half an hour away from my best!”

The Trail Events
The Trail Events 14.5mile long trail was the challenge for Brian Lewis, the event on Dartmoor, starting near Hound Tor before crossing three Tors. Brian said after finishing in (3:45:01) “the weather was hideous this year, with strong winds, raining heavily all around the muddy, hilly course!” The event finished at Holwell Down in the heart of Dartmoor, where you received your bespoke medal, tech t-shirt, plus some well earned refreshments.

Hestercombe Humdinger
Nick Cull ran the Hestercombe Humdinger annual half marathon held at Taunton, with the clouds looming at the start bringing a snow shower moments before the start. But with the run leading straight up onto the surrounding Quantock Hills the weather there was totally different, the tough Humdinger Hill half way around the course with an overall elevation gain of 1380 feet certainly pushed the heart rate up, but later the quiet country lanes were bathed in sunlight making it a glorious event. Nick Cull finished in (1:43:45) 60th overall of a field of 187 runners.

Marathon training was also on Nick Robinson mind when he ran the Exeter Parkrun early on Saturday morning (23:39) followed later by the Exeter half marathon where he finished 97th in (1.43.04) not satisfied with this on Sunday he ran in the Westward league Cross Country at Plymouth!

Exmouth parkrun (350 runners): 3 Peter MONAGHAN (17:11)
Gloucester North parkrun (102 runners): 81 Kirsten MUNDY (33:07)
Parke parkrun (101 runners): 68 Michele SANDHU (33:17)
Exeter Riverside parkrun (261 runners): 55 Nick ROBINSON (23:39), 166 Robert WELLS (28:46), 199 Nicholas CULL (31:18)
Torbay Velopark parkrun (177 runners): 4 Shaun MCKERNAN (19:10), 26 Gary BRENTON (22:46), 28 Mike DAVIES (22:57), 31 (2nd Lady) Louise OLDRIDGE (23:11), 41 Charley ALCOCK (24:01), 46 Peter MCCAIG (24:26), 57 Kathleen ALCOCK (25:25), 59 Anita LEY (25:27), 71 Roger MATTHEWS (26:37), 72 Sally DAVIES (26:37)

 Westward League Cross Country Plymouth

Twenty six Torbay AC members ran in the Westward Leagues Cross Country round 5 of 6,held in the Central Park Plymouth. It was a cold and very muddy Sunday afternoon, with the added elements of snow, hail, rain & wind to deal with, but there were many excellent performances in-spite of this.
Most notable performances were the U13 Girls Iona Farquharson finished 3rd (11:07) with Ella Rogers 4th (11:28) In the U11 Boys Nathan Hellawell 8th (6:45) and U13 Boys Sam Hart 9th (11:17) both ran very well. Full results were
U11 Girls 1600mLily Rutland 12 (7:51) Grace Povey 28 (10:47) Olivia Hellawell 30 (11:29)
U11 Boys 1600m Nathan Hellawell 8th (6:45) Will James 14 (7:12) Joshua Taylor 17 (7:20) Stephan Phillips 18 (7:26)
U13 B 2500m Sam Hart 9th (11:17) Harvey Bates 21 (15:51)
U13 G 2500m Iona Farquharson finished 3rd (11:07) Ella Rogers 4th (11:28)
U15 G 3200m Lily Bates 13 (17:38)
U15 B 3200m Miles Begley 14 (14:01) Alexander James 18 (18:33)
U17 M 5200m Shaun McKernan 9 (23:23) William Rutland 11 (26:31)
Senior Ladies 5200m Sara Crozier 73 (31:21) Lisa Haley 81 (32:48)Anita Merritt 106 (38:19)
Senior Men 8600m Martyn Breslan 43 (39:46) 12 Anthony Raine 54 (41:05) Nick Robinson 89 (47:08) Chirita Vasile 101 (50:20) Keith Simpson 110 (54:24) Craig McGuire 112 (56:30)