Solo Bat at Hameldown Hammer

The Hameldown Hammer is a tough, challenging trail race, designed to be a serious test of endurance. The race start and finish was  in the village of Widecombe-In-The-Moor, at the foot of the Hameldown ‘massif’ and surrounded by some of Dartmoor’s most iconic granite tors. The Hammer has a total ascent of over 600m, is 98% trail, over a series of well defined, grassy, rocky, sometimes muddy tracks and through forestry glades. Most significantly, there is a double ascent of the Hameldown Ridge. Solo BAT Chris Anthony flew well to finish in an unofficial time of 2:11:24.

Bats at Brighton

Three BATs ventured further afield this weekend to run the popular Brighton half marathon, accompanied by two former BATs. One of the first city half marathons on the race calendar entered by over 13,000 runners, this is a beautiful seafront course. The race starts by heading north onto the cliff tops then back west with panoramic views towards Brighton. Running past both piers, into Hove, back along the seafront and beach huts to finish between the marina and the pier. BATs enjoyed the near perfect weather conditions and great entertainment around the course to deliver good times all round: Dave Adams 1:42:00, Mike Smith 1:45:00, Lisa Birch with a PB of 1.54.15, Pam Adams 2:08:56 and Heather Smith 2:08:56.

Brighton Feb16


Bats trio go hillish and hellish

A team of three Bere Alston Trekkers, crossed the Tamar, to take part in the Looe 10 on Sunday 27th February which is organised by the Looe Pioneers running club. The course heads west from Looe, to Talland, broadly following the line of the Coastal Path. Down through Talland then inland towards Sclerder (via a Monastery, for those in needs of higher assistance), the route returns across West Looe Downs. The race has a total climb of 438m or 1437ft. So all the hill-work training by the BATs, in both the Tamar & Tavy valleys was all of benefit.

The three BATS, Mel Greaves, Laura Hogan & Julian Setterington finished the race together in an unofficial time of 1hr 53 min 37 sec.

Looe Hellish Hillish Feb16

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 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 and the January Jaunt

Each year, Plymouth Round Table organises two 10Km runs, one in January (January Jaunt) and the other in March (Mad March Hare), both in aid of local charities, and with every penny raised being used for these good causes.

This year’s January Jaunt saw a capacity field of 500 runners taking on the out and back route through Saltram from the start (and finish) at the Plymouth Speedway track, St. Boniface Arena in Plympton.

Entries range from affiliated club runners to casual entries, and included 10 Bere Alston Trekkers (BATs). First male BAT home was Martin Head (51.51) and first lady BAT was Laura Newton (56.15). The sister event, The Mad March Hare, will be held on Sunday 20th March.

Team Bat – January Jaunt are pictured with their provisional times. Martin Head 51.52, Laura Newton 56.15, Julie Page 56.59, Lisa Birch 56.59, Laura Hogan 58.15, Alison Greaves 1.00.17, Mel Greaves 1.01.29, Natasha Ayres 1.04.01, Jade Alford 1.05.21, Julian Setterington 1.05.21 and Hilary Head 1.18.25.

BATs January Jaunt 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 in the Dark at Burrator

On the blustery evening of Saturday 5th December seven members of Bere Alston Trekkers (BATs) took part in two new events starting and finishing at the Burrator visitor centre.

The Burrator Noir is a tough 10 mile off-road race up onto the open Moor starting at the Burrator visitor centre and taking in some stunning terrain including Nuns Cross Farm, Eylesbarrow and Dittsworthy Warren.

The Burrator 10K is a fast, flat route that is almost all on tarmac, perfect for people not used to running off-road or anyone who just wants a night personal best (PB) on a quick course. It follows one complete loop of the reservoir and then 2/3rds of a second loop before finishing at exactly 10K right by HQ (the visitor centre).

Jennifer West was the only BAT to take part in the 10mile off road event, and finished in a time of 2hrs 7mins 36secs. The six BATs taking part in the 10k were Lisa Birch (54mins 44secs), Debbie Farmer (55mins 36secs), Laura Hogan (59mins 38secs), Cally Barnes (1hr 3mins 47secs), Hilary Head (1hr 14min 34secs) and Martin Head (51mins 46secs).

Night time flying Bats are pictured.