Bats Big Breakfast 2016

Bats would like to say a really big thank you to everyone who came and supported the Bats Big Breakfast on Saturday.

We cooked and served, 80 adult breakfasts, 8 vegetarian breakfasts, 21 children’s breakfasts and 28 sandwiches. In addition to this was the toast, juice, squash, tea and coffees, the cake stall sold out and the raffle was very successful.

Bats would like to also say thank you to Stacey Pavely, manager of Bere Alston Co-Operative who very kindly donated milk, tea bags, coffee, bread and butter.

The purpose of the Big Breakfast, aside from raising funds, is to bring members of the community together in one place to catch up with each other and to share a conversation and news with something to eat and drink.

A big well done to all Bats (and non-Bats) who helped make the Breakfast a big success).

Bats race round up – October 4th 2015

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 Presentation Evening 2014

Last Wednesday it was time for members of Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) to hang up their trainers, wet gear and head torches in favour of posh frocks, shirts and ties for the annual club presentation evening and dinner.

The venue for the event was once again the parish hall with great food provided by Chrissy Venning and her team.

The club has had another great year with thousands of miles run collectively.  Bats have entered a record amount of events ranging from 5km to 24 hour fund raisers, there have been personal bests galore and lots of new members wearing their club vest for the first time as well as those who have achieved their own goals like running three marathons in three days, or their first twenty miler training run or running 100 miles in one hard, continuous effort.

Aside from the formal awards made, other notable achievements this year made by Nathan Newton, Rachel Wood, Murray Turner, Sarah Burns and Natasha Ayres were recognised during the evening.

A big thank you was also made to the clubs coaches and run leaders, pictured (left to right) Laurence Sargeant, Murray Turner, Martin Head, Simon Griffiths, Paul Mingo, Dotty King and Derek Hicks (not pictured Julian Setterington).

Bats Coaches 2014
Bats Coaches 2014

The trophy winners are pictured (left to right): Suzanne Treussard – Improver of the year (coaches vote); Rebecca Mingo – ‘Mingo Miles’ (most amount of miles recorded in 2014); Martin Head – Bats Chair Award; Sally Dunn (club vote) Female Bat of the year & Athlete of the year; Sam Lake (club vote) Female newcomer; Steve Le Flem – Bats Committee Award; Paul Mingo (club vote) Male Bat of the year; Derek Hicks (club vote) Club member of the year and Pam Adams – Bats Committee Award.  Not pictured, Steve Hill (club vote) Male newcomer.

Bats Trophy Winners 2014
Bats Trophy Winners 2014

Club chair, Dotty King would like to thank club members for their continued support through 2014, the Bere Peninsular community for their support and Trinity Church for the use of their hall during the year and the Tavistock Times Gazette for this support.

Dotty also said “although there were a number of individual awards during the evening it must be said that every Bat is a superstar, every step they run is worthwhile and every Bat is a winner”.


Team Bat - Presentation Evening 2014
Team Bat – Presentation Evening 2014
Team Bat - The Gals
Team Bat – The Gals
Team Bat - The Boys
Team Bat – The Boys

Bats 10th Anniversary Ball – 14th June 2014

Team Bat - 10th Anniversary Ball 2014
Team Bat – 10th Anniversary Ball 2014

Bats 10th anniversary ball 2014 (101)

Bats 10th anniversary ball 2014 (100)

Last night a huge colony of Bats put away their trainers and running kit and pulled on their smartest frocks and shirts to attend the club’s 10th anniversary ball.

Later on this month the club celebrates its 10th birthday and what better way to do celebrate then to bring as many of the club members, past and present together to share an evening of food and dancing.  The ball was held in the Bere Alston parish hall and local businesses were engaged to provide the food, bar and entertainment for the evening.

A very big Bat thank you must be extended to Derek Hicks how organised the evening and to Pam, Dave and Rachel who set up the hall ready for the evening.

There were photographs and scrapbooks of the Bats over the past 10 years and a brilliant time was had by all.

Click here for more photographs of the evening

Bats 10th anniversary ball 2014 (106)


Bats 10th anniversary ball 2014 (98)

Bats 10th Anniversary Ball


June 2014 sees the tenth anniversary of the Bere Alston Trekkers.

The club has gone from strength to strength over the years to the point where it now has almost 120 members and we think that this is worth celebrating.

Therefore there will be a Bats Summer Ball which will be held on Saturday June 14th in Bere Alston parish hall.  The invite is open to all club members past and present and their partners.  The price is £7.50 per head which will include a disco and a finger buffet (there will be a pay bar).

If you are able to come along, could you please let Derek Hicks know (and get your money to him), please email

Dress code: Ball gowns and DJ’s.

Bats wallow with the Hippos in Honiton

Last weekend a whopping 23 Bats made the long drive to Honiton to take part in the Honiton Hippo event which forms part of the clubs Grand Prix.  The Hippo is billed as a tough multi-terrain race with roughly seven miles of mud, sweat and tears (oh yes, the odd hill and river crossings thrown in for good measure).

From the start runners headed down a tarmac hill but it was not too long till they turned off into the woods onto a path which was undulating, muddy and littered with logs to jump over. Once out of the woods it was back onto the highway, heading down a steep descent, then it was a sharp right all the way back up through private woodland, walking was the only option on the menu for some at this point, the path consisted of a near vertical 4×4 track with ruts filled with stones. While navigating the tough cross-country terrain Bats could hear ‘yelps’ and ‘screams’ somewhere below in the forest, and before they knew it they were upon the first river crossing, which had a piece of scaffolding and some netting across it and it was time to get on their hands and knees and crawl through under the netting and through the water.

Runners were then wet and muddy but just around the corner was the biggest puddle ever, which was waist deep. The route continued through the woods and fields, an equestrian centre, a farmyard and then some tarmac. At mile seven it was time for the final river crossing which had a rope to drag you across with and to make sure runners did not get washed away as the tide was strong! Once up onto the muddy bank it was through the field and back up the hill to the school to the finish line.

Cold, wet and muddy and running as one group from start to finish the team finished in a time of 2.11.57.

Team Bat – Honiton Hippo 2014 are pictured (in alphabetical order): Alen Guy, Christine Le Flem, Dan Dooney, Derek Hicks, Donna Luckham, Dotty King, Emma Dooney, Emma James, Hazel Bickley, Hilary Head, Janice Fuller, Jo Vella, Lisa Birch, Martin Head, Mary Barratt, Paula Lawrence, Philip King, Pippa Tigwell, Ralph Elmes, Sally Dunn, Sarah Cohen, Sophie Jury and Tiggy Tigwell.

Team Bat - Honiton Hippo 2014

Team Bat – Honiton Hippo 2014

Team Bat - Honiton Hippo 2014 (3)

Team Bat - Honiton Hippo 2014 (4)


Bats Race Report – Sport Relief & The Dark

123 local people turned out in force today at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Bere Alston.  Milers of all ages were sponsored to run, walk or jog 1, 3 or 6 miles around the recreation field and the Bere Peninsula.

The day was a huge success with friends, families and work mates all joining together to go the extra mile for Sport Relief 2014.

The distances were broken down into 20 running the 6 mile, 30 the 3 mile and a fabulous 73 taking part in the 1 mile course.  Children as young as 2 jogged, walked, or were carried on shoulders or waved from buggies as they made their way around the windy course.  Thankfully the weather remained dry which encouraged a bumper number of entries on the day.  Lots of the 1 milers wore fancy dress and  raised sponsorship on top of their entry fee.  Over £600 was taken on the day with £200 raised from refreshments and a cake raffle, this amount will be added to the 65 entrants that registered on-line plus any sponsorship and the club will know their overall total later in the year.

Dotty King, event organiser, said: “It was an amazing day! Watching the community come together to support such a great cause was brilliant! We feel so proud knowing that the money raised here today will help people living really tough lives right here in Devon, the UK and across the world.”

All over the UK, people of all ages came together to run, swim or cycle at over 1,000 Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games events across the length and breadth of the country over the Sport Relief weekend.

Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) would like to say a huge thank you to each and every person who has donated money or given their time to fundraise and especially those who took part in the Bere Alston event, the great team of Bats who helped on the day and the community for their support.

Here are a few pics (more to follow later in the week): Sport Relief 2014 - 1 mile startSport Relief 2014 - 1 milers

This weekend also saw seven members of Bats pull on their fancy dress outfits to take part in the latest event to be hosted by Mud Crew, The Dark.

The Dark is billed as 13 miles through the depths of Cardinham Woods, just shy of Bodmin Moor, which should sort the men from the boys! Following the infamous Beast of Bodmin mountain bike trails, this head torch run starts at dusk and is followed by a little dark gathering in the Mud Crews yurt where there was coffee, cake, beer and hog roast.

The course which included three river crossings wound up and down and around and up some more. Zig-zagging and looping round the Cornish hillsides. Through the woods a dazzling line of torches weaved and bobbed their way through the countryside – twice.  There was a stunning section of open hillside with sweeping switchbacks and jumps, aptly nick-named the human roller coaster section.

There were surprises to be had in the woods, with zombies, Blair Witches, a haunting Clanad style music drifting through the woods and general all round spooky shenanigans laid on by The Mud Crew.

After three hours of sweaty joviality and frivolity, the team of Bats had achieved a half marathon P.W [personal worse]. In fact Sarah Burns, AKA Vamp Bat, runs Marathons in that time, [and also wins Ultra’s for Mud Crew] however, it was her birthday and she ran with her parent group, the Bats and had lots of fun.

All finishers were treated to beer and cake at the end of their night time adventure.

Team Bat – The Dark 2014 are pictured (left to right): Rachel Wood, Sarah Burns, Alen Guy, Paul Mingo, Fran Morgan and Rebecca Mingo.

Team Bat - The Dark 2014


Run the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile with the BATs

It’s time to dig out that running kit.  Sport Relief is here again. On Sunday 23rd March the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile will be setting off from the Bere Alston recreation field with lots of locals getting on their marks, set and go for Sport Relief.

Super sprinters and willing walkers will all feel at home with a choice of one, three or six miles. Enter now at, get sponsored and help transform the lives of people living here in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries, while being part of an incredible nationwide event.

Last time the Bere Pen Mile had more than 70 participants, and this time we want even more of you to get involved to get that total even higher!There will be a distance for everyone on what looks set to be a great day, so don’t forget to rope in your mates, family, boyfriend, girlfriend and colleagues too and get training!”

To find out more about the BATS and this years sports relief, CLICK HERE

Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) Grand Prix celebrations

At the end of January a number of Bats hung up their trainers and running kit in order to attend the clubs second Grand Prix dinner held at the Peter Tavy Inn.

The grand prix was 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.

The Grand Prix has been a great success to get together all those wanting to do races. Bats have had such a great turn out at events with great support from the faster runners cheering in the whole team with thanks to all the supporters and marshals, unable to run who have given up their time to cheer the Bats on.

Each year the series will compromise of an agreed number of events with the minimum number of events being four.  Awards for 2012 were presented as follows:

Bronze 4 races:  Pam Adams, Dave Adams, Dotty King, Leigh Cossey-Haggar, Laurence Sargeant, Karin Kattenhorn and Ruth MacIntrye.

Silver 8 races: Laura Newton, Janice Fuller, Ben Neale, Mel Greaves, Grant Lawrence, Sally Dunn, Murray Turner, Hilary Head, Martin Head, Derek Hicks, Phil King, Rob Gualtieri and Mike Chipperfield.

Gold 12 races:  Heather Smith, Mike Smith, Toby Rankin, Nathan Newton, Fran Morgan, Becky Mingo and Paul Mingo.

Paul Mingo also scored the highest amount of points for the grand prix and awarded himself the Mingo Miles trophy (having won the same prize last year).

The 2013 Grand Prix Bats are pictured.

Team Bat - Grand Prix 2013
Team Bat – Grand Prix 2013