Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) Award Community Funds

Funds raised from the Bere Pen 10k road race 2015 hosted by Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) were awarded to local community groups in the village this evening.

£800 was available to community groups within the Bere Peninsular who were invited to submit a bid. Every bid that was made was successful and the funds were shared as follows:

Bere Alston Bowling Club (new mugs); TASS on behalf of Bere Ferrers Table Tennis Group (rental); Tiddlywinks (PVC Advertising Banner); Bere Alston Recreation Parks (contribution to current fund raising); Bere Alston Youth Club (contribution to Wi-Fi cost); Weir Quay Sailing Club Cadets (Dingy maintenance); WWATS (Wednesday Wipeout Active Toddlers) (signage and other equipment)); Trinity Hall (contribution to replace hot water system + annual donation) and Aimée Bickley (Expedition Volunteer).

Members of each organisation are pictured with club members receiving their cheques.

Bats Community Funds 2016


Bats Presentation Evening 2015

Members of Bere Alston Trekkers Bats, hung up their lycra and trainers last weekend and pulled on their posh frocks, shirts and some exceptionally high-heels to attend the clubs annual presentation evening which, as tradition dictates, was held in the village parish hall.

As the past 12 months have whizzed by so have the number of miles run by club members with events ranging from 3 miles to 100 miles and over every terrain imaginable, some, even in the dark.

The presentation evening is a chance for Bats to come together to recount races run, celebrate successes and to ponder what will be run in the next 12 months.

Awards during the evening were made as follows: Member voted as follows: Male Newcomer Andrew Bowden, Female Newcomer Laura Hogan, Male BAT of the year Steve Hill, Female BAT of the year Mel Greaves, Club member of the year Martin Head.

Coaches voted for Athlete of the year with the winner being Sally Dunn.

Committee awards were made as follows: Improver of the year Natasha Ayres, Hilary Head and Mel Greaves and the BATs Chair Award, which is awarded annually by Dotty King went to Natasha Ayres for her outstanding efforts with the New York Marathon.

Special mention was made of Paul Mingo and coaches Murray Turner, Laurence Sergeant, Derek Hicks and Martin Head were thanked for their efforts during the last 12 months.

The club now looks forward to 2016 and already have in the calendar the Bats Big Breakfast in January, hosting Sport Relief in March and the Bere Pen 10k in May.

Bats would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to family, friends, the Tavistock Gazette and villagers of the Bere Peninsula for their continued success.

Bats are pictured with their banner received as a present from club member ‘Our Bat Up North’ Andy Cowden.

Bats fly at the Cornish and Plymouth 10k

The Cornish Marathon is Cornwall’s only all road marathon. It began in 1987 and originally started out from Saltash following the A38 and A390 to Lostwithiel. Relocating to Rilla Mill, taking in much of the present route, it presented competitors with 3 miles of steady climbing from the start.

Changing to Pensilva, the event starts from Millenium House, a much gentler introduction to the scenic circular out and back route which takes runners along the Draynes Valley, through the ‘Poldark’ country of Bodmin Moor, past King Arthur’s legendary Dozmary Pool, Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn at Bolventor and back along the Fowey Valley, taking in a climb to Foredown between miles 24 and 25, which most runners will remember for a long time, and not just for the fabulous views!

Taking part on Sunday were six super Bats who braved the torrential rain and strong winds to battle their way through in true Bat style to finish in fantastic times.

First Bat home and running an 18 minute personal best to finish well under 4 hours was Sally Dunn. Newest club member Chris Anthony was the first man home. The remaining four Bats also ran a great event and achieved marathon personal bests.

Team Bat – Cornish Marathon 2015 are pictured with their times: Dan Dooney 4.28.00, Chris Anthony 4.05.07, Sally Dunn 3.51.43, Mel Greaves 5.26.34, Fran Morgan 4.45.56 and Emma Dooney 4.28.00.

Big thanks go out to fellow Bats who went out to support runners throughout the course Pam, Janice, Julian, Tom and Julie.

Team Bat - Cornish Marathon 2015

Closer to home seven club members took part in the Plymouth 10k. This is a fast event and despite the blustery weather Bats ran their hearts out with Ben Neale achieving a personal best to finish 10th overall, Sam Lake ran a 2 minute personal best to finish 8th lady overall and 2nd in her age group, Steve Hill narrowly missed a personal best but finished 21st overall and 3rd in his age category.  Lisa Birch and Hazel Bickley also ran PBs.

Team Bat – Plymouth 10k 2015 are pictured with their times: Ben Neale 35.47, Steve Hill 37.31, Samantha Lake 41.52, Lisa Birch 54.31 and Hazel Bickley 1.03.55. Not pictured Rebecca Mingo 49.35, Leigh Cossey-Haggar 49.54.

Team Bat - Plymouth 10k 2015


How hard can it be?!

Taking part in The November Nightmare hosted by How Hard Can It Be events was lone Bat Paul Mingo.  The Nightmare for Paul was 6 marathons in 6 days starting on 1st November and all ran through horrendous weather conditions.

The event is run over lapped two courses, which over the period of six days is hard going without having to negotiate pot holes, hills and bad weather.

The Lightmoor Course

The course follows the lane around Burroughs Bank and is a 0.84 mile loop.  There are a couple of climbs, and a couple of descents. It is a mixture of tarmac and hard stone track.

The Coalport Course

The course follows the disused railway line to Bridgnorth and back. It is mostly hard stone track. This is a permissive track owned by The Wiley Estate and Apply Estate.

Digging deep and with real grit and determination Paul kept going to complete all 6 marathons, his magnificent finishing times are as follows: Day 1: 4.55.25, Day 2: 4.55.25, Day 3: 4.46.15, Day 4: 5.05.32, Day 5: 5.20.52 and Day 6: 5.18.15.

Paul is pictured at the finish wearing his medal and a smile.

November Nightmare 2015 - Paul Mingo

Bats: Tavy 7, Dartmoor Vale & Bath-to-Bristol

Taking part in the Tavy 7 road race today was a good number of Bats.

Starting at Plasterdown the route is seven miles, out and back, of undulating and scenic moorland roads.

First Bat home, second overall and first in his age group was Ben Neale who makes a welcome return to running.  Chris Anthony made his debut for the club and the first lady Bat across the line was Rachael Malthouse in a super time of 54.01.  A special well done to Laura Newton who ran a six minute personal best.

Team Bat – Tavy 7 2015 are pictured with their times: Ben Neale 41.31 – second place and first in age group, Andrew Bowden 49.17, Chris Anthony 49.19, Murray 50.42, Matthew Luckham 57.27, Lisa Birch 1.01.04, Laura Newton 1.01.16, Julie Page 1.03.12, Laura Hogan1.04.43, Tobias Rankin 1.06.49, Kate Glanville 1.07.33, Alison Greaves 1.08.30 Natasha Ayres 1.09.49, Mel Greaves 1.12.29, Jo Vella 1.14.03, Cally Barnes, Sally Dixon and Hazel Bickley 1.14.15.

Also running at the weekend were Emma Dooney and Steve Hill who took part in the Dartmoor Vale.  Steve finished the marathon in 3:01, a massive personal best of 23 minutes, 4th overall and 1st in his age category and Emma took three minutes off her 10k time to finish 4th in her age category in a time of 52.16.

Thousands of runners have taken part in the new Bristol-to-Bath marathon this weekend, four of them Bats.

The race started in Bristol city centre and took in the Portway and roads through Hanham, Bitton and Kelston before finishing in Royal Victoria Park, Bath.

Bats finishing times were Mike Smith (a personal best by 58 minutes) and Dave Adams 03.56.00, Pam Adams and Heather Smith 04.47.00 (a personal best by 7 mins for Heather).


Bats Race Report – TurfNSurf

Five BATs crossed into Cornwall to take part in the second TurfNSurf race today, which is an 11 Mile trail run starting at Maker Camp, Millbrook.

The route takes in the fishing villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, Penlee Point, Rame chapel on the Rame Headland, and Whitsands beach before returning to Maker Camp via  Kingsand and Cawsand.  All terrains are in this race, cross country, tarmac through the villages, woodland paths, coastal paths, cliff climbs, farm tracks, and the highlight of the race is to beat the tide running for 2.5miles along Whitsands beach. On route there are wild dartmoor ponies, deer, and views across Plymouth Sound and the breakwater, unfortunately due to the weather the runners could not enjoy the spectacular views to the Mewstone, Eddystone, Looe and the Lizard along the way.

All Bats taking part ran great times and are pictured: Martin Head 2.16.33, Fran Morgan 2.22.00, Mel Greaves 2.38.15, Hilary Head and Lai-Yin Wong 3.05.35.

Team Bat - TurfNSurf 2015

Bats – Imerys, Chester and Netley

A number of Bere Alston Trekkers ventured to St Austell to undertake the Imerys Trail Marathon and half marathon in near perfect weather conditions.

For one day only, the land of Cornwall’s China Clay Industry is open for a unique running experience. The operational working sites along with land which has been regenerated from the industrial past provides a challenging and spectacular course, this multi terrain route will leaves runners thinking they have been on the moon!

Completing the Marathon course were Steve Hill in an incredible time of 3.37.18 and Paul Mingo in 4.55.11 knocking 4 minutes 45 seconds off last years’ time.

The half Marathon was completed by Murray Turner 1.45.42 for a great start to his 2015 season, Jason Burns 2.00.02, Jennifer West 2.00.41, Martin Head 2.08.30, a course PB being 11.28 faster than 2014, Sarah Cohen 2.28.03 another course PB reducing the 2014 time by 4.34, Emma Dooney 2.37.01, Kate Glanville 2.37.02, Mel Greaves 2.37.09 and Hillary Head 3.03.30 a course PB by an astounding 20.05!

Team Bat – Imerys 2015 are pictured.

Team Bat - Imerys 2015

Bats took part in two other half marathons this weekend.  Andy Bowden ran the Chester Half Marathon.  This race starts at the Racecourse and after meandering through the stunning Cheshire countryside, the runners headed back into the city, to be greeted by massive crowds who greeted the runners along the finishing straight outside Town Hall.  Andy finished in a respectable time of 1.45.50.

Team Bat - Chester Half 2015

The other was Matthew Head who ran the Southampton Athletics Club Netley 10k which is an almost flat course beside the Solent.  Matthew ran an unofficial gun time of 41:41 which was a personal best of nearly 5 minutes against the Bere Pen 10k.

Team Bat - Netley 10k 2015

Both Andy and Matthew are pictured post event.


Bats Track Session 2nd February 2015

This evening’s track session is cancelled.  Looking at a number of forecasts the consensus is that there is risk of ice on roads and untreated roads from around 8pm, which means that the track could freeze and the journey home post-session could be hazardous.

See you next week.

Bats and the Grand Prix 2014

Last week members of Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) made their way to the Peter Tavy Inn for the clubs annual Grand Prix dinner.

The Bats Grand Prix is set up to encourage members to participate in more races thus improving their overall standard. The Grand Prix is purely for fun and there is no pressure on any members to take place. Each year the series includes an agreed number of events with the minimum number of events being five.

Trophies are awarded as follows: Bronze 5 races including one 10K distance or further, Silver 10 races including one race 10 miles or more and Gold 15 races including one half-marathon race or further. For 2015 there is the introduction of the Platinum award which will is 15 races plus a marathon.

For 2014 the awards were as follows:

Bronze: Jenny West, Fran Morgan, Pam Adams, Kate Glanville, Ralph Elmes, Becky Rankin, Murray Turner, Ann Woodhouse, Hazel Bickley, Rob Gualtieri, Laurence Sargeant, Julie Page, Phil King, Dan Dooney and Donna Luckham.

Silver: Mike Smith, Heather Smith, Martin Head, Hilary Head, Sarah Cohen, Matt Luckham, Jo Vella, Sally Dunn, Dotty King and Christine Le Flem.

Gold: Derek Hicks, Alen Guy, Toby Rankin, Mel Greaves and Emma Dooney.

Thanks were extended to Derek Hicks and Pam Adams for organising the Grand Prix.

Club members are pictured with their prizes which this year included a special 10 year anniversary medal.

Bats award funds to community groups

Funds raised from the Bere Pen 10k road race 2014 hosted by Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) were awarded to local community groups in the village last week.

£600 was available to community groups within the Bere Peninsular who were invited to submit a bid. Every bid that was made was successful and the funds were shared as follows:

Bere Alston Rainbows (camera), Bere Alston Pre School (donation towards IT equipment), Tiddlywinks (boy’s construction table & tools), Collytown Stud (folding tables), Debbie Doidge Child-minding (Kidizoom twist child’s camera), Weir Quay Sailing Club Cadets (equipment), WWATS (Wednesday wipe-out active toddlers) (signage and other equipment to promote the group) and Trinity Hall (annual donation to say thank for use of the hall).

Members of each organisation are pictured with club members receiving their cheques.

This year’s Bere Pen 10k is Sunday May 3rd, entries are open and communities will be able to bid again for funding. Further information can be found here: Click