Bats Race Report – Haldon Heartbeat & Plymouth Half 2014

This weekend has been one of the busiest for Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) with over 50 of the clubs group members taking part in runs.

The first event of the weekend was the Haldon Heartbeat.  The Heartbeat starts at Exeter racecourse and heads out into the woods via a short section of country lane.  Once in the woods the course uses a section of forest road before joining a grassy gallop stretch. This leads onto another section of downhill forest road before heading up into private heath land. Runners rejoin the Forestry Commission land and climb uphill on grassy trails then head back onto the gallop stretch for the long run home. Finish is back at the Racecourse – distance is around 8 miles.

First male Bat home and with his legs still full of the London Marathon was Mike Smith who was chased home by Matt Luckham.  First lady Bat home was Sally Dunn who ran a great event.  A big well done must be said to Fruit Bat Dan Luckham who finished second in the Haldon two mile junior race, with a first mile personal best of 6.55.

Team Bat – Haldon Heartbeat 2014 are pictured (left to right): Sally Dunn 1.13.09; Emma Dooney 1.22.02; Hilary Head 1.59.45; Martin Head 1.20.12; Mike Smith 1.09.13; Sophie Jury 1.31.49; Sarah Cohen 1.27.06; Heather Smith 1.28.11 and Matt Luckham 1.10.48.

Team Bat - Haldon Heartbeat 2014
Team Bat – Haldon Heartbeat 2014
Team Bat - Haldon Heartbeat 2014 (junior)
Team Bat – Haldon Heartbeat 2014 (junior)

The second event of the weekend was the Plymouth Half Marathon which is a traffic-free road race set in the heart of Plymouth. Runners once again gathered on the Hoe to start their 13.1mile journey around Plymouth.  The run starts on the Promenade, running along the seafront to the Barbican. As the route wraps around the harbour, runners will follow a flat, straight course along Gdynia Way, crossing Laira Bridge and home to the finish.

The weather for this event was wet and blowy but all Bats put in their hard training into place and ran a great event.  First male Bat home was Ben Neale who ran an absolutely brilliant time of 01.20.13 and finished 16th overall out of a field of 4,287.   First lady Bat home and third lady overall was Rebecca Mingo who ran another great time, Rebecca was quickly followed by team mate Sarah Burns.

A number of Bats were making their half marathon debut for the club with some raising money for CHICKS and Tavistock League of Friends.  Lai-Yin Wong Brooks was making her race debut for the club.  Other notable times were run by Stuart Medhurst and Christine Le Flem who was first in her age group.

Some of Team Bat – Plymouth Half Marathon 2014 are pictured.  Times as follows:  Ben Neale 01.20.13; Rebecca Mingo 01.28.30; Stuart Medhurst 01.28.31; Sarah Burns 01.29.52; Tracey Oxborough 01.45.01; Eunice Moule 01.50.36; Christine Le Flem 01.52.33; Paul Mingo 01.55.41; Robert Moule 01.55.45; Lisa Birch 01.57.32; Sam Lake 02.07.49; Mary Barratt 02.09.11; Lai-Yin Wong Brooks 02.13.16; Hazel Bickley 02.20.44; Cally Barnes 02.20.44; Alison Greaves 02.22.25 and Jo Vella 02.28.35.

Team Bat - Plymouth Half 2014
Team Bat – Plymouth Half 2014

Also taking part and running their first half were four of the Saturday Ladies (track session) who were raising money for CLICK Sargeant.  The team are pictured (left to right): Sarah Roberts 02.21.19 Jessica Burbage 02.21.17; Nicky Edmunds 02.12.02 and Helen Quinn 02.42.20.

Team Saturday Ladies - Plymouth Half 2014
Team Saturday Ladies – Plymouth Half 2014

The third event was the Abbots Bromley 10k where lone Bat, Philip King ran a great time of 49.27.

Team Bat - Abbots Bromley 10k 2014

The final event of the busy weekend saw 17 runners running the Bere Pen 10k route in lieu of next week’s road race hosted by the club where Bats will next be flying.