On Sunday 5th July, Bere Alston Trekkers (BATs) took part in 6 Moor Miles. Organised by Plymouth Harriers.
The race provides a unique opportunity to run a one lap course of approximately 6 miles, in the picturesque surroundings of the Maristow Estate, across open moorland on a well marshalled course. The race started (and for the front runners finished) in warm and dry conditions, but then the heavens opened and heavy rain, hail and thunder spurred the remaining runners onto the finish and to seek some shelter.
In spite of the conditions a number of BATs secured PBs. Making their club vest debut were two of the clubs newest members Simon Glossop and Sally Dickson, both running great times. First male BAT home was Matthew Head followed closely by Francis Dix and Sally Dunn led ladies in with Julie Page not far behind her.
BATs would like to express their gratitude to the race officials and Marshalls from Plymouth Harriers who stood by their posts as the rain (and hail) came down.
Team Bat – Six Moor Miles are pictured with their finishing times: Matthew Head 47.27, Francis Dix 48.59, Sally Dunn 54.15, Julie Page 54.31, Martin Head 56.52, Matt Luckham 57.16, Jenny West 57.31, Laura Newton 01.00.42, Lisa Birch 01.01.00, Kate Glanville 01.06.57, Alison Greaves 01.06.59, Julian Setterington 01.07.11, Jane Page 01.07.18, Laura Hogan 01.07.31, Mel Greaves 01.08.57, Natasha Ayres 01.10.49, Sally Dickson 01.12.06, Jo Vella 01.12.11, Simon Glossop 01.12.11, Hazel Bickley 01.14.48, Cally Barnes 01.14.49, Jo Bourton 01.19.09 and Hilary Head 01.20.34. (More pics are at the bottom of the page).
On Wednesday 8th July four club members took part in the 4th of the Armada 5k summer season organised by the Armada Athletic Network. This is a multi-terrain run over a circular course with a fast downhill start and finish in Saltram Park. It was a warm and dry evening in which the first BAT home in 20th place overall and a time of 19:45 was Matthew Head, followed by Francis Dix in a time of 21:24, Martin Head 25:54 and Hilary Head 32:27. The next event of the series is on the 19th August at 19:00 with registration on the day up to 18:45. It is an event which is open to club members and non-club members of all abilities and ages.
Saturday 12th July saw 11 club members take part in the Plymstock Road Runners “Muddy Duck”. This is also a multi-terrain event, formerly called Duckponds, which has been extended to 9.5k for this its 10th Anniversary and included four water crossings and a number of short but very sharp climbs over 2 figure 8 loops around Roadford Park in Plymstock.
First male BAT was Andrew Bowden (41:35) and first female BAT and winner of the FV45 category was Julie Page (44:53). The pictured BATs and their times were Andrew Bowden 41:35, Julie Page 44:53, Sally Dunn 46:18, Matthew Head 46:18, Jennifer West 47:55, Martin Head 48:41, Matthew Luckham 48:49, Laura Hogan 55:18, Kate Glanville 55:39, Mel Greaves 55:59 and Hilary Head 1:05:27.
Also at the weekend, two stalwart club members took part in the Ham & Lyme 50k. The Ham & Lyme race take in the stunning Liberty Trail, which runs from Ham Hill Country Park in Somerset to Lyme Regis in Dorset, taking in some fabulous locations along the way, including the beautiful grounds of Forde Abbey, the enchanting Wayford Woods, the breath-taking panoramas from Lambert’s Castle and a number of pretty villages, before descending to wonderful Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb. Runners followed in the footsteps of villagers who walked down towards the sea to join the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.
Murray Turner and Rachel Wood tackled the event together to finish in a fantastic time of 7:37:45.
Bats will next be running at this week’s Tavy Town Relays.