During one of the toughest weekends of the year, three members of Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) took part in the Endurance Life South Devon event.
The CTS (Coastal Trail Series) South Devon event consists of four races: 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon (29 miles) Ultra (35 miles), the ultra following the marathon route then heading out again on the 10k loop. This year a major landslide a week before the race had closed part of the coastal path but the organisers did a great job changing the course around, making it a little longer than usual but ensuring the race went ahead.
The weather was horrendous with runners getting blown over and running very hard against the prevailing winds, as well as slipping and sliding on mud and undertaking some huge climbs but Bat ran well and finished strong.
Fran Morgan ran the half marathon in a time of 3.07.54. Sarah Burns and Nathan Newton both took part in the 35 mile ultra with Nathan finished in a great time of 06:39 and declared “it was the toughest run I have ever done and I loved every step of it). Regretfully due to a mix up by the marshals Sarah was directed to the route of the marathon and was very disappointed to not be able to complete the ultra distance.
Nathan and Sarah are pictured pre-race.