Bats – Imerys, Chester and Netley

A number of Bere Alston Trekkers ventured to St Austell to undertake the Imerys Trail Marathon and half marathon in near perfect weather conditions.

For one day only, the land of Cornwall’s China Clay Industry is open for a unique running experience. The operational working sites along with land which has been regenerated from the industrial past provides a challenging and spectacular course, this multi terrain route will leaves runners thinking they have been on the moon!

Completing the Marathon course were Steve Hill in an incredible time of 3.37.18 and Paul Mingo in 4.55.11 knocking 4 minutes 45 seconds off last years’ time.

The half Marathon was completed by Murray Turner 1.45.42 for a great start to his 2015 season, Jason Burns 2.00.02, Jennifer West 2.00.41, Martin Head 2.08.30, a course PB being 11.28 faster than 2014, Sarah Cohen 2.28.03 another course PB reducing the 2014 time by 4.34, Emma Dooney 2.37.01, Kate Glanville 2.37.02, Mel Greaves 2.37.09 and Hillary Head 3.03.30 a course PB by an astounding 20.05!

Team Bat – Imerys 2015 are pictured.

Team Bat - Imerys 2015

Bats took part in two other half marathons this weekend.  Andy Bowden ran the Chester Half Marathon.  This race starts at the Racecourse and after meandering through the stunning Cheshire countryside, the runners headed back into the city, to be greeted by massive crowds who greeted the runners along the finishing straight outside Town Hall.  Andy finished in a respectable time of 1.45.50.

Team Bat - Chester Half 2015

The other was Matthew Head who ran the Southampton Athletics Club Netley 10k which is an almost flat course beside the Solent.  Matthew ran an unofficial gun time of 41:41 which was a personal best of nearly 5 minutes against the Bere Pen 10k.

Team Bat - Netley 10k 2015

Both Andy and Matthew are pictured post event.