Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) Award Community Funds

Funds raised from the Bere Pen 10k road race 2015 hosted by Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) were awarded to local community groups in the village this evening.

£800 was available to community groups within the Bere Peninsular who were invited to submit a bid. Every bid that was made was successful and the funds were shared as follows:

Bere Alston Bowling Club (new mugs); TASS on behalf of Bere Ferrers Table Tennis Group (rental); Tiddlywinks (PVC Advertising Banner); Bere Alston Recreation Parks (contribution to current fund raising); Bere Alston Youth Club (contribution to Wi-Fi cost); Weir Quay Sailing Club Cadets (Dingy maintenance); WWATS (Wednesday Wipeout Active Toddlers) (signage and other equipment)); Trinity Hall (contribution to replace hot water system + annual donation) and Aimée Bickley (Expedition Volunteer).

Members of each organisation are pictured with club members receiving their cheques.

Bats Community Funds 2016


Bats Big Breakfast 2016

Bats would like to say a really big thank you to everyone who came and supported the Bats Big Breakfast on Saturday.

We cooked and served, 80 adult breakfasts, 8 vegetarian breakfasts, 21 children’s breakfasts and 28 sandwiches. In addition to this was the toast, juice, squash, tea and coffees, the cake stall sold out and the raffle was very successful.

Bats would like to also say thank you to Stacey Pavely, manager of Bere Alston Co-Operative who very kindly donated milk, tea bags, coffee, bread and butter.

The purpose of the Big Breakfast, aside from raising funds, is to bring members of the community together in one place to catch up with each other and to share a conversation and news with something to eat and drink.

A big well done to all Bats (and non-Bats) who helped make the Breakfast a big success).

Bats and the January Jaunt

Each year, Plymouth Round Table organises two 10Km runs, one in January (January Jaunt) and the other in March (Mad March Hare), both in aid of local charities, and with every penny raised being used for these good causes.

This year’s January Jaunt saw a capacity field of 500 runners taking on the out and back route through Saltram from the start (and finish) at the Plymouth Speedway track, St. Boniface Arena in Plympton.

Entries range from affiliated club runners to casual entries, and included 10 Bere Alston Trekkers (BATs). First male BAT home was Martin Head (51.51) and first lady BAT was Laura Newton (56.15). The sister event, The Mad March Hare, will be held on Sunday 20th March.

Team Bat – January Jaunt are pictured with their provisional times. Martin Head 51.52, Laura Newton 56.15, Julie Page 56.59, Lisa Birch 56.59, Laura Hogan 58.15, Alison Greaves 1.00.17, Mel Greaves 1.01.29, Natasha Ayres 1.04.01, Jade Alford 1.05.21, Julian Setterington 1.05.21 and Hilary Head 1.18.25.

BATs January Jaunt 2016

Bats Presentation Evening 2015

Members of Bere Alston Trekkers Bats, hung up their lycra and trainers last weekend and pulled on their posh frocks, shirts and some exceptionally high-heels to attend the clubs annual presentation evening which, as tradition dictates, was held in the village parish hall.

As the past 12 months have whizzed by so have the number of miles run by club members with events ranging from 3 miles to 100 miles and over every terrain imaginable, some, even in the dark.

The presentation evening is a chance for Bats to come together to recount races run, celebrate successes and to ponder what will be run in the next 12 months.

Awards during the evening were made as follows: Member voted as follows: Male Newcomer Andrew Bowden, Female Newcomer Laura Hogan, Male BAT of the year Steve Hill, Female BAT of the year Mel Greaves, Club member of the year Martin Head.

Coaches voted for Athlete of the year with the winner being Sally Dunn.

Committee awards were made as follows: Improver of the year Natasha Ayres, Hilary Head and Mel Greaves and the BATs Chair Award, which is awarded annually by Dotty King went to Natasha Ayres for her outstanding efforts with the New York Marathon.

Special mention was made of Paul Mingo and coaches Murray Turner, Laurence Sergeant, Derek Hicks and Martin Head were thanked for their efforts during the last 12 months.

The club now looks forward to 2016 and already have in the calendar the Bats Big Breakfast in January, hosting Sport Relief in March and the Bere Pen 10k in May.

Bats would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to family, friends, the Tavistock Gazette and villagers of the Bere Peninsula for their continued success.

Bats are pictured with their banner received as a present from club member ‘Our Bat Up North’ Andy Cowden.

Bats Fly in the Dark at Burrator

On the blustery evening of Saturday 5th December seven members of Bere Alston Trekkers (BATs) took part in two new events starting and finishing at the Burrator visitor centre.

The Burrator Noir is a tough 10 mile off-road race up onto the open Moor starting at the Burrator visitor centre and taking in some stunning terrain including Nuns Cross Farm, Eylesbarrow and Dittsworthy Warren.

The Burrator 10K is a fast, flat route that is almost all on tarmac, perfect for people not used to running off-road or anyone who just wants a night personal best (PB) on a quick course. It follows one complete loop of the reservoir and then 2/3rds of a second loop before finishing at exactly 10K right by HQ (the visitor centre).

Jennifer West was the only BAT to take part in the 10mile off road event, and finished in a time of 2hrs 7mins 36secs. The six BATs taking part in the 10k were Lisa Birch (54mins 44secs), Debbie Farmer (55mins 36secs), Laura Hogan (59mins 38secs), Cally Barnes (1hr 3mins 47secs), Hilary Head (1hr 14min 34secs) and Martin Head (51mins 46secs).

Night time flying Bats are pictured.


Bats fly at the Cornish and Plymouth 10k

The Cornish Marathon is Cornwall’s only all road marathon. It began in 1987 and originally started out from Saltash following the A38 and A390 to Lostwithiel. Relocating to Rilla Mill, taking in much of the present route, it presented competitors with 3 miles of steady climbing from the start.

Changing to Pensilva, the event starts from Millenium House, a much gentler introduction to the scenic circular out and back route which takes runners along the Draynes Valley, through the ‘Poldark’ country of Bodmin Moor, past King Arthur’s legendary Dozmary Pool, Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn at Bolventor and back along the Fowey Valley, taking in a climb to Foredown between miles 24 and 25, which most runners will remember for a long time, and not just for the fabulous views!

Taking part on Sunday were six super Bats who braved the torrential rain and strong winds to battle their way through in true Bat style to finish in fantastic times.

First Bat home and running an 18 minute personal best to finish well under 4 hours was Sally Dunn. Newest club member Chris Anthony was the first man home. The remaining four Bats also ran a great event and achieved marathon personal bests.

Team Bat – Cornish Marathon 2015 are pictured with their times: Dan Dooney 4.28.00, Chris Anthony 4.05.07, Sally Dunn 3.51.43, Mel Greaves 5.26.34, Fran Morgan 4.45.56 and Emma Dooney 4.28.00.

Big thanks go out to fellow Bats who went out to support runners throughout the course Pam, Janice, Julian, Tom and Julie.

Team Bat - Cornish Marathon 2015

Closer to home seven club members took part in the Plymouth 10k. This is a fast event and despite the blustery weather Bats ran their hearts out with Ben Neale achieving a personal best to finish 10th overall, Sam Lake ran a 2 minute personal best to finish 8th lady overall and 2nd in her age group, Steve Hill narrowly missed a personal best but finished 21st overall and 3rd in his age category.  Lisa Birch and Hazel Bickley also ran PBs.

Team Bat – Plymouth 10k 2015 are pictured with their times: Ben Neale 35.47, Steve Hill 37.31, Samantha Lake 41.52, Lisa Birch 54.31 and Hazel Bickley 1.03.55. Not pictured Rebecca Mingo 49.35, Leigh Cossey-Haggar 49.54.

Team Bat - Plymouth 10k 2015


How hard can it be?!

Taking part in The November Nightmare hosted by How Hard Can It Be events was lone Bat Paul Mingo.  The Nightmare for Paul was 6 marathons in 6 days starting on 1st November and all ran through horrendous weather conditions.

The event is run over lapped two courses, which over the period of six days is hard going without having to negotiate pot holes, hills and bad weather.

The Lightmoor Course

The course follows the lane around Burroughs Bank and is a 0.84 mile loop.  There are a couple of climbs, and a couple of descents. It is a mixture of tarmac and hard stone track.

The Coalport Course

The course follows the disused railway line to Bridgnorth and back. It is mostly hard stone track. This is a permissive track owned by The Wiley Estate and Apply Estate.

Digging deep and with real grit and determination Paul kept going to complete all 6 marathons, his magnificent finishing times are as follows: Day 1: 4.55.25, Day 2: 4.55.25, Day 3: 4.46.15, Day 4: 5.05.32, Day 5: 5.20.52 and Day 6: 5.18.15.

Paul is pictured at the finish wearing his medal and a smile.

November Nightmare 2015 - Paul Mingo

Bats Race Report: New York, Bideford, Templar & Lordshill

Taking part in the New York Marathon last weekend and wearing her club vest with pride, was Bere Alston Trekker, Natasha Ayres.

The 26.2 mile course travels through all five boroughs. The starting line is in Staten Island and participants run through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx before crossing the finish line in Central Park.  As runners wind through the various neighborhoods, they pass an average of five different bands every mile, playing everything from jazz to reggae to rock n’ roll.

Following months of training with her husband Steve who also ran with her, Natasha achieved her life’s dream of visiting the Big Apple. Running the marathon was an added bonus as Natasha has only been running for 18 months.  Both runners also secured a place in the parade of nations to carry the Union Jack at the opening ceremony.

Sprinting to the finish line to run under 5 hours is a massive achievement and the rest of the club, family and friends are very proud of Team Bat New York Marathon 2015 (official time 4.58.58).

Natasha and Steve are pictured proudly wearing their medals.

Other races this weekend.

Well done to Andrew Bowden who ran the Bideford 10 miler as part of his winter training in a time of 1.11.28.

To Matthew Head who ran the Lordshill 10.  Matt Set a goal of 67.30 and achieved a fantastic chip time of 65.30

And to Lai-Yin Wong and Matt Luckham who completed the Templar 10 in 1.54.05 and 1.35.02 respectively.


Bats: Tavy 7, Dartmoor Vale & Bath-to-Bristol

Taking part in the Tavy 7 road race today was a good number of Bats.

Starting at Plasterdown the route is seven miles, out and back, of undulating and scenic moorland roads.

First Bat home, second overall and first in his age group was Ben Neale who makes a welcome return to running.  Chris Anthony made his debut for the club and the first lady Bat across the line was Rachael Malthouse in a super time of 54.01.  A special well done to Laura Newton who ran a six minute personal best.

Team Bat – Tavy 7 2015 are pictured with their times: Ben Neale 41.31 – second place and first in age group, Andrew Bowden 49.17, Chris Anthony 49.19, Murray 50.42, Matthew Luckham 57.27, Lisa Birch 1.01.04, Laura Newton 1.01.16, Julie Page 1.03.12, Laura Hogan1.04.43, Tobias Rankin 1.06.49, Kate Glanville 1.07.33, Alison Greaves 1.08.30 Natasha Ayres 1.09.49, Mel Greaves 1.12.29, Jo Vella 1.14.03, Cally Barnes, Sally Dixon and Hazel Bickley 1.14.15.

Also running at the weekend were Emma Dooney and Steve Hill who took part in the Dartmoor Vale.  Steve finished the marathon in 3:01, a massive personal best of 23 minutes, 4th overall and 1st in his age category and Emma took three minutes off her 10k time to finish 4th in her age category in a time of 52.16.

Thousands of runners have taken part in the new Bristol-to-Bath marathon this weekend, four of them Bats.

The race started in Bristol city centre and took in the Portway and roads through Hanham, Bitton and Kelston before finishing in Royal Victoria Park, Bath.

Bats finishing times were Mike Smith (a personal best by 58 minutes) and Dave Adams 03.56.00, Pam Adams and Heather Smith 04.47.00 (a personal best by 7 mins for Heather).