The Hameldown Hammer is a tough, challenging trail race, designed to be a serious test of endurance. The race start and finish was in the village of Widecombe-In-The-Moor, at the foot of the Hameldown ‘massif’ and surrounded by some of Dartmoor’s most iconic granite tors. The Hammer has a total ascent of over 600m, is 98% trail, over a series of well defined, grassy, rocky, sometimes muddy tracks and through forestry glades. Most significantly, there is a double ascent of the Hameldown Ridge. Solo BAT Chris Anthony flew well to finish in an unofficial time of 2:11:24.
Three BATs ventured further afield this weekend to run the popular Brighton half marathon, accompanied by two former BATs. One of the first city half marathons on the race calendar entered by over 13,000 runners, this is a beautiful seafront course. The race starts by heading north onto the cliff tops then back west with panoramic views towards Brighton. Running past both piers, into Hove, back along the seafront and beach huts to finish between the marina and the pier. BATs enjoyed the near perfect weather conditions and great entertainment around the course to deliver good times all round: Dave Adams 1:42:00, Mike Smith 1:45:00, Lisa Birch with a PB of 1.54.15, Pam Adams 2:08:56 and Heather Smith 2:08:56.
A team of three Bere Alston Trekkers, crossed the Tamar, to take part in the Looe 10 on Sunday 27th February which is organised by the Looe Pioneers running club. The course heads west from Looe, to Talland, broadly following the line of the Coastal Path. Down through Talland then inland towards Sclerder (via a Monastery, for those in needs of higher assistance), the route returns across West Looe Downs. The race has a total climb of 438m or 1437ft. So all the hill-work training by the BATs, in both the Tamar & Tavy valleys was all of benefit.
The three BATS, Mel Greaves, Laura Hogan & Julian Setterington finished the race together in an unofficial time of 1hr 53 min 37 sec.