Bats take on the Dartmoor Discover

After 8 months of hard training and taking part in various events including The Grizzly, last Saturday was time for five Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) to take their places at the start of the Dartmoor Discovery. The Discovery is an ultrathon run around Dartmoor and is entirely on roads. The event starts in Princetown, and follows a route passing through Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Newbridge, Ashburton, Buckland in the Moor, Widecombe in the Moor, and Postbridge, before making its way back to finish in Princetown. The current distance is 52.115 km (32 miles 674 yards). Entrants are required to have completed a marathon on an ‘average’ course in less than 5 hours (or something equivalent), there was a limit of 225 entries for the race where only 44 of these were women and on the day 175 finished.

The weather, although wet at times, was overall perfect for the event which was brilliantly organised and everyone taking part was very looked after from start to finish. The hills on the course are very challenging and some drag on for over a mile but the downhill’s, flats and support on the course kept everyone going.

First Bat home in fantastic time was Steve Watson who paced himself throughout to finish strong. Steve was chased home by Dotty, Rachel and Murray who ran a text book event, hit every target along their way and maintained their 32 minute advantage of the strict cut-off times, they were quickly followed by Jon who also ran extremely well. Four of the five Bats had never run a marathon before and to complete such a long event over the tough terrain of the Discovery is brilliant.

Big thanks go out to Phil for the brilliant car support, Julian for his cycling support and pacing and to the entire 20+ entourage of supporters on foot and cycles along the route and a big thank to everyone that has sponsored members of the club for this and other events.

The victorious Bats are pictured (left to right): Rachel Wood 05.59.32, Steve Watson 04.55.00; Dotty Allan 05.59.32, Murray Turner 05.59.32 and Jon Eatly 06.04.01.

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Bere athletes excel in Edinburgh‏

Taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon earlier this month were three runners from the Bere Peninsular.  Despite the heat three runners from the Peninsular achieved great times in this famous Scottish marathon.  Ben Poole from Bere Ferrers (left) achieved a personal best of 2.58.38,. Laurence Sargeant from Weir Quay and running for Bere Alston Trekkers (middle) also achieved a personal best and ran a brilliant of 3.24.47 and finished 9th overall in his age group and Tom Sargeant, also from Weir Quay, ran his first marathon in the amazing time of 3.14.13.

The hot but happy runners are pictured.

Team Bat - Edinburgh Marathon 2012

Bats – Haldon Hearbeat

Five Bats ran a very wet and muddy Haldon Heartbeat on Saturday.  The 8 and a bit mile course started at a misty Exeter racecourse and followed trails through Haldon forest and private heathland.  The event, organised by Haldon Trail Runners, raised money for
HeartSwell South West, whose patron, BBC Radio Devon presenter Judy Spiers, started the race.

For the three women runners this was their first trail race.  The Bats are pictured (left to right) Martin Head (1.20.24), Eleanor Butland (1.35.45), Emma Wright
(1.35.10), Mike Smith (1.12.49) and Heather Smith (1.35.11).

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London Marathon 2012

Taking part in her fifth and last London Marathon was Bere Alston Trekker (Bat) Dotty Allan.  Although the day was a bit warmer than expected and the rain held off until the afternoon it was a great weather for this event.  The streets were packed all the way along the route with well wishers and supporters who really do spur the runners on.

Dotty was lucky enough to run a good for age time last year which meant this year she was on the celebratory start as well as the faster runners and she was able to mingle amongst them dishing out homemade cake until the event started at 9.45am.  Once on the course Dotty got into her stride, high fived as many children as possible, visited both her charity stations and really enjoyed the event and finished in a time of 04:04:58 and 321 out of 1546 in her age group.

Dotty would like to thank everyone who has supported and sponsored her so far.  Her next event will be the 32 mile Dartmoor Discovery in June, if you would like to sponsor Dotty please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Dotty-Allan

Dotty is pictured at mile 17.

Dotty Allan - London Marathon 2012

Bats – Tavy 13 2012

Taking part in last Sunday’s half marathon were nine members of Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats).

The course started at Tavistock College, wounds its way along Crease Lane before climbing up Mill Hill and around the clubs home turf of Mile Level before returning for a fast finish along Crowndale and a lap of the track

Making their debut for the club was Eleanor Butland.  Running the event for the second time and achieving a course personal best was Murray Turner who ran 6 minutes quicker, Ralph Elmes who was also first in his age group and Laurence Sargeant who was second in his age group.  Rachel Wood also ran a great race and achieved a distance personal best.  Also, a big well done to Pam, Dave, Julian and Paul on their times.

The Tavy 13 Bats are pictured (left to right): (back) Julian Setteringon 02.01.11, Rachel Wood 02.01.11, Murray Turner 01.41.09,  Paul Mingo  02.11.17, Pam Adams 02.03.38,
Dotty Allan (Bats support team), (front) Dave Adams 01.45.09 and Ralph Elmes 01.55.16. (Not pictured Laurence Sargeant 01.36.04 and Eleanor Butland 02.25.55).

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BATs and the Tavy 13

Taking part in last Sunday’s half marathon were nine members of Bere Alston Trekkers (BATs).

The course started at Tavistock College, wounds its way along Crease Lane before climbing up Mill Hill and around the clubs home turf of Mile Level before returning for a fast finish along Crowndale and a lap of the track

Making their debut for the club was Eleanor Butland.  Running the event for the second time and achieving a course personal best was Murray Turner who ran 6 minutes quicker, Ralph Elmes who was also first in his age group and Laurence Sargeant who was second in his age group.  Rachel Wood also ran a great race and achieved a distance personal best.  Also, a big well done to Pam, Dave, Julian and Paul on their times.

The Tavy 13 BATs are pictured (left to right): (back) Julian Setteringon 02.01.11, Rachel Wood 02.01.11, Murray Turner 01.41.09,  Paul Mingo 02.11.17, Pam Adams 02.03.38,
Dotty Allan (BATs support team), (front) Dave Adams 01.45.09 and Ralph Elmes 01.55.16. (Not pictured Laurence Sargeant 01.36.04 and Eleanor Butland 02.25.55).
Team Bat - Tavy 13