Bats Race Report: New York, Bideford, Templar & Lordshill

Taking part in the New York Marathon last weekend and wearing her club vest with pride, was Bere Alston Trekker, Natasha Ayres.

The 26.2 mile course travels through all five boroughs. The starting line is in Staten Island and participants run through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx before crossing the finish line in Central Park.  As runners wind through the various neighborhoods, they pass an average of five different bands every mile, playing everything from jazz to reggae to rock n’ roll.

Following months of training with her husband Steve who also ran with her, Natasha achieved her life’s dream of visiting the Big Apple. Running the marathon was an added bonus as Natasha has only been running for 18 months.  Both runners also secured a place in the parade of nations to carry the Union Jack at the opening ceremony.

Sprinting to the finish line to run under 5 hours is a massive achievement and the rest of the club, family and friends are very proud of Team Bat New York Marathon 2015 (official time 4.58.58).

Natasha and Steve are pictured proudly wearing their medals.

Other races this weekend.

Well done to Andrew Bowden who ran the Bideford 10 miler as part of his winter training in a time of 1.11.28.

To Matthew Head who ran the Lordshill 10.  Matt Set a goal of 67.30 and achieved a fantastic chip time of 65.30

And to Lai-Yin Wong and Matt Luckham who completed the Templar 10 in 1.54.05 and 1.35.02 respectively.