Bats – 1 weekend, 6 events

It has been an extremely busy weekend for Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats), with club members taking part in six events.

The big event of the weekend was the Hope 24 with 21 club members returning to Newnham Park for the second year.  The Hope is a 24 hour five mile trail run relay for soloists and teams of 2, 3, 5 and 8, in male, female or mixed categories with all proceeds to Hope for Children Charity.

The course, which was the reverse of last year, consisted of some steep hills, muddy tracks littered with puddles, potholes and tree roots and some beautiful bluebell woods.  The course was mostly un-marshalled making some of the night time runs hard to follow but nothing that the dedicated teams of runners could not deal with.  Team members ran between two and six laps each in order to keep the clock running for 24 hours.  The teams were made up as follows:

Bats in Flight: Dotty King, Philip King, Janice Fuller, Pam Adams, Dave Adams, Fran Morgan, Emma Dooney and Mel Greaves who completed 26 laps / 130 miles.

The Bluebells: Heather Smith, Lisa Birch, Jacqui Stokes, Rebecca Mingo and Mike Smith who completed 27 laps / 135 miles.

Cobra Kai – Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy!: Matt Luckham, Derek Hicks, Toby Rankin, Dan Dooney and Fran Dix who completed 30 laps / 150 miles.

There were also three solo Bat Runners.  Ann Woodhouse who completed 4 laps / 20 miles, Alen Guy who ran 12 laps / 60 miles and Rachel Wood who ran a staggering 16 laps / 80 miles to finish second overall for the ladies.

Ivybridge 10k

Saturday evening, five club members took part in the Ivybridge 10k.  This spectacularly scenic race starts in Ivybridge Station Car Park and finishes at Ivybridge Rugby Club.  The course is relatively fast, despite the steep hill from Bittaford to Moorhaven and the last 6km of the route are almost all downhill, making for a fast second half of the race.

Team Bat Ivybridge 10k are pictured with their times: Andrew Bowden 45:34 a new personal best, Julie Page 50:14, Natasha Ayres 57:01, Laura Hogan 58:43, Hilary Head 1:10:23.

On Sunday morning Andrew Bowden took part in the Bideford 10k and bettered his time from the evening before to run a new distance personal best of 44.42.

Great Manchester Run

The Morrisons Great Manchester Run, established in 2003, is an annual 10 kilometre run through the streets of Greater Manchester and is the largest of its type in Europe with over 40,000 runners.

Taking part this year was lone Bat Steve Hill who ran a 10k personal best of 37.22 to finish 143rd overall.

Whilst most of the Bere Alston Trekkers were participating in Hope 24, Kate Glanville and Sarah Cohen ventured to Cornwall to undertake the Trevonick 10 multi terrain race.

Bere Alston Trekkers were the only club from Devon represented in the race which covers approximately 10 miles, over numerous grass tracks, elements of the North Cornwall coastal path and common land on Cubert common ascending nearly 400 metres.

In extremely blustery conditions, Kate and Sarah both enjoyed the race with stunning views throughout and completed the race in 1.47.25

On Thursday 7th May at 21:00 Martin Head, a member of BATs, left Devonport Royal Dockyard to run as part of a team relay to Twickenham Rugby Stadium to raise money for the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity. The RNRMC was the beneficiary of the annual Army v Navy rugby match (incidentally won by the Army 36 – 18). The team ran a total of 211miles in pairs, over 31 legs in less than 36hours, with each pair running circa 44 miles.

So far the Team has raised in excess of £12,000 for the RNRMC and donations can still be made via or by texting RTT to 70500.

Pictures of the team following their arrival at Twickenham and Martin holding the cheque presented to RNRMC at half time attached.

Well done to all the Bats that ran this weekend.