14 Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) took part in the Plym Valley Challenge earlier this month, which forms part of the clubs Grand Prix.
The Plym Valley is a multi-terrain course over 8.2 miles. Which starts from Tor Bridge High in Estover. The course goes out to Plym Bridge Road and Wrigleys into the beautiful Plym Bridge woods where runners follow old tram tracks and logging tracks out to Hatshill Wood, below Bickleigh Village and then return along the river valley navigating 2 disused rail bridges. Runners then run along the old canal before turning right over Plym Bridge and then back into the woods and up the hill returning to Tor Bridge High. Although the recent dry weather mad the ground hard some parts were still wet and muddy and the course does have a couple of hard climbs to negotiate.
First lady Bat home and first in her age group was Sam Lake who was running the course for the first time, first male Bat home was Laurence Sargeant. Making her debut for the club was Nicky Edmunds.
Team Bat – Plym Valley Challenge 2014 are pictured with their times: Sam Lake 1:04:51, Laurence Sargeant 1:06:53, Sally Dunn 1:09:12, Philip King 1:09:20, Derek Hicks 1:13:43, Jenny West 1:15:31, Martin Head 1:18:10, Becky Rankin 1.24.18, Emma Dooney 1.24.18, Nicky Edmunds 1.27.19 Kate Glanville 1.28.37, Jo Vella 1.32.43, Mel Greaves 1.35.58 and Hilary Head 1.53.47.
Bats will next be flying at this Saturday’s Wales Trail half and full marathon which is the club trip for 2014.