After six months hard training the day to put everything learnt to the test was finally here. Saturday June 7th was the date for the 32 mile Dartmoor Discovery Ultrathon.
This road race starts in Princetown, and follows a route passing through Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Newbridge, Ashburton, Buckland in the Moor, Widecombe in the Moor, and Postbridge, before making its way back to finish in Princetown.
Runners experience everything Dartmoor can offer, from stunning views, beautiful scenery, wild ponies, unpredictable weather which this year included heavy downpours and hot sunshine and of course those infamous hills! This is a really tough course which tests runners both mentally and physically.
Taking part in this tough event were 11 Bats, 5 making their Discovery debut. First male Bat home and achieving a course personal best was Steve Watson who ran a brilliant race, first lady Bat and third lady overall was Rebecca Mingo. Sarah Burns who was running for her second claim club, the Mud Crew, finished second lady overall. Other personal bests were achieved by Dotty King, Rachel Wood and Murray Turner.
A massive well done has to be said to Dotty, Rachel and Rebecca who scooped the 1st ladies team prize.
Support for Team Bat was provided around the entire course by other club members who gave up their time to come along and clap and cheer their team mates on, which was most appreciated. A special well done must also be said to the support vehicle crew who stayed with Team Bat through the entire six hours they were out providing food, hydration, dry clothes and shoes and all round super support, Phil and Steve King and George Allan.
Team Bat Dartmoor Discovery 2014 are pictured: (back row) Paul Mingo 5.55.33, Steve Watson 4.32.23 (PB), Alen Guy 6.03.30, John Eatly 6.12.19 and Francis Dix 5.32.49. (front row) Rachel Wood 5.56.54 (PB), Murray Turner 5.31.01 (PB), Rebecca Mingo 4.37.50, Dotty King 5.52.08 (PB), Sarah Burns 4.18.57 and Nathan Newton 5.25.50.