Members of Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) took part in both the Imerys full and half marathon last weekend in St Austell.
The Imerys Trail Marathon offers a unique experience to runners. For one day only, the land of Cornwall’s China Clay Industry are open to the public and the operational working sites along with land which has been regenerated from the industrial past provides a challenging and spectacular course. With only short sections of road, this multi terrain route takes runners on sand roads which will leaves them thinking they have been on the moon! Together with private farm land and picturesque tracks and trails, the course also offers stunning vistas of Cornwall’s countryside and coastline at its very best.
Along with the bumpy tracks, multitude of steep hills and open white clay paths the heat of the sun made the event very hard for all 284 taking part on a course which offered no shade. The split between the two distances was 110 for the marathon and 174 for the half.
Nine Bats took part in the half marathon with Philip King making his distance debut and finishing in a great time. Mike Smith was the first man home with Pam Adams and Heather Smith running together to be the first ladies home, (the Imerys marked the 30th half marathon for Pam).
For the marathon, Murray Turner was the first Bat home with Rachel Wood and Dotty King being the first ladies. Rachel and Fran Morgan were making their marathon debut.
Team Bat Imerys 2014 are pictured with their times. Half marathon: Mike Smith 01.58.29, Dave Adams 02.02.03, Philip King 02.06.24, Grant Lawrence 02.17.00, Martin Head 02.19.58, Pam Adams 02.28.59, Heather Smith 02.28.59, Sarah Cohen 02.32.37 and Hilary Head 03.24.35.
Full marathon: Murray Turner 04.15.52, Paul Mingo 04.59.56, Rachel Wood 05.19.59, Dotty King 05.19.59 and Fran Morgan 05.32.42.
Bats will next be flying at next week’s Muskie Madness which is a club grand prix event.