Last weekend, under a brilliant blue sky and with warm winter sunshine, four Bats made their way to Cornwall to take part in the twenty ninth Cornish Marathon.
The Cornish is a tough, extremely picturesque, out and back course, along the Draynes Valley, Bodmin Moor, Bolventor (Jamaica Inn), Fowey Valley and back to Pensilva and it is known widely as the third toughest Marathon in the UK. The race starts from Millenium House in Pensilva, where its relatively flat gradient makes for a gentle start, however it is most definitely the 25 miles after that, particularly the climb to Foredown between miles 24 and 25 which contains some very steep hills that seem to go on forever which most people will remember!
However, with miles and miles of hard training under their wings and taking part in tough events throughout the year, the Bats were ready to take on the Cornish challenge. Running their first marathon was Nathan Newton and Julian Setterington and running her first event in a Bats vest was Becky Mingo. Becky was the first Bat home and fifth lady overall, Becky was chased home by Nathan. Dotty was the next Bat home with the Cornish finishing off a year of hard competition for her and finishing in a great time was Julian.
All Bats finished injury free, happy and strong. Bats would like to thank the Newton Family, Heather & Mike Smith, Phil,George and Lola-May for their support. The Bats are pictured (left to right): Julian Setterington 4.31, Becky Mingo 3.32, Dotty Allan 4.19 and Nathan Newton 3.59.