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 Race Report: New York, Bideford, Templar & Lordshill

Taking part in the New York Marathon last weekend and wearing her club vest with pride, was Bere Alston Trekker, Natasha Ayres.

The 26.2 mile course travels through all five boroughs. The starting line is in Staten Island and participants run through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx before crossing the finish line in Central Park.  As runners wind through the various neighborhoods, they pass an average of five different bands every mile, playing everything from jazz to reggae to rock n’ roll.

Following months of training with her husband Steve who also ran with her, Natasha achieved her life’s dream of visiting the Big Apple. Running the marathon was an added bonus as Natasha has only been running for 18 months.  Both runners also secured a place in the parade of nations to carry the Union Jack at the opening ceremony.

Sprinting to the finish line to run under 5 hours is a massive achievement and the rest of the club, family and friends are very proud of Team Bat New York Marathon 2015 (official time 4.58.58).

Natasha and Steve are pictured proudly wearing their medals.

Other races this weekend.

Well done to Andrew Bowden who ran the Bideford 10 miler as part of his winter training in a time of 1.11.28.

To Matthew Head who ran the Lordshill 10.  Matt Set a goal of 67.30 and achieved a fantastic chip time of 65.30

And to Lai-Yin Wong and Matt Luckham who completed the Templar 10 in 1.54.05 and 1.35.02 respectively.


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 race round up – October 4th 2015

Bats – here, there and everywhere

Club members took part in three events over the weekend.

Locally eleven club members took part in the Armada Network Autumn Trail at Newnham Park hosted by kind permission of the Cobbold Family.

This eight mile undulating off-road event, with 4 river crossings, was run over the same course as the popular Frank Elford Sports Autumn Trail, which was last held in 2011. First BAT home and in 9th place overall, was Steve Hill in a time of 48:46, Jennifer West first lady BAT 1:09:31, whilst Pam Adams ran as rear sweeper.

Team Bat – Autumn Trail 2015 are pictured with their times. Steven Hill 0.48.46, Martin Head 1.05.30, David Adams, 1.07.47, Matt Luckham 1.07.47, Jennifer West 1.09.31, Lisa Birch 1.11.33, Fran Morgan 1.15.28, Kate Glanville 1.19.59, Phillip Adams 1.25.30, Hilary Head 1.40.37 and Pam Adams 1.45.24.

Further afield in North Devon, three Bats made their way to Barnstaple to take part in the half and full marathon.    Both routes are almost entirely flat making it a fast course with every possibility of a personal beest.

Both races start and finish at Rock Park in Barnstaple and head down Ladies mile onto the Tarka trail all the way to Fremington an onto main road all the way to Yelland from here runners head back to Barnstaple on the Tarka Trail and cross the old bridge and head onto the Strand where the race splits. The half marathoners head back to the finish and the full run all the way along the Strand to the Civic Centre car park where they accessed the Tarka trail again.

Next comes the exciting bit, running across the base at Chivenor! As runners enter the base they are confronted by 22 Squadron – The Wessex helicopters of the Search and Rescue team however, from here the route now becomes a lonely trek around the perimeter track. There are no spectators allowed on the base for obvious reasons but there are marshals, a water station, first aid and some snipers provided by the base. Apparently if runners drop below their goal speed the snipers will offer some encouragement……

All the way back to the park, it is a straight run in.

Team Bat – Barnstaple 2015 are pictured: (left to right) Julie Page 4.25.11 (full marathon), Laura Hogan 2.08.15  (half marathon) and Emma Dooney 4.25.10 (full marathon) and third in her age group – other finishing times not available at time of print.

Much further afield and way up north, two Bats took part in the Loch Ness Marathon. This marathon starts on the high ground between Fort Augustus and Foyers and drops down to the banks of Loch Ness at Foyers . From there, the route follows the loch’s south eastern shore, heading north east towards Dores on the northern tip of the loch. From Dores, the race heads directly into the centre of Inverness turning left over the main road bridge and left again for the last half mile along the River Ness to the finish at Bught Park in the centre of Inverness, the route offers great views.

Finishing 5th lady overall and with a new personal best of 3.02.47 was Rebecca Mingo.  Becky’s husband Paul also ran the event to finish in a time of 4.13.33.

Bats and the Treggy 7

Today saw a dozen Bere Alston Trekkers (BATs) head into Cornwall for the Treggy 7.

The race itself followed the same route as in previous years, starting in Launceston’s town square and taking in seven undulating miles of picturesque countryside, with a triumphant finish on the Castle Green.

Launceston Road Runners have a reputation for putting on this professional, well organised but above all, thoroughly enjoyable event and the atmosphere and buzz on this year’s Treggy 7 was no exception. First BAT home, and 17th overall was Steve Hill with Sally Dunn being first Lady BAT home – coincidentally both were 4th in their respective age categories and well done to Julia Page who ran a 4 minute personal best.

Some of Team Bat – Treggy 7 2015 are pictured: Steve Hill 43.31, Andrew Bowden 52.25, Sally Dunn 56.32, Julie Page 57.05, Martin Head 57.22, Emma Dooney 01.02.19, Fran Morgan 01.04.56, Ralph Elmes 01.07.03, Mel Greaves 01.09.45, Kate Glanville 01.11.40, Jo Vella 01.16.58 and Hilary Head 01.24.09.

Team Bat - Treggy 7

A big well done also to Murray Turner, Rachel Wood and Francis Dix who completed the 50+ mile pre-ambulation yesterday (Saturday 5th September), full race report and photographs to follow next week.

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Bats take on the Rat!

Saturday 15th August saw a team of 12 Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) took on the Mud Crew Roseland August Trail. The Races are named the Plague, Black, Red and White RAT. The Black Route 32 miles, The Red Route 22 miles, The White Route 11 miles and The Plague (green) 100K – 64 miles! The Plague starts and finishes in Porthpean and the other distances are all bussed to their start points to make their way back to Porthpean.

No matter the distance all races are extremely brutal, with steep ascents and descents, narrow paths, and hundreds of steep steps, each route the terrain getting harder the closer to the finish. Completing any distance is a challenge. Over 64 miles the Plague, runners gain approximately 10000 feet of ascent, half that for the Black RAT, 3500 on the Red RAT and 2100 feet on the White RAT.

Plague runners were – Francis Dix Who finished in 16.46.09, Murray Turner and Rachel wood both started the event but sadly had to retire for medical reasons. Rachel Wood after 2.32.19 and Murray, well past the half way point after 36 miles in 10.09.27. The plague is such a challenge that about 25% of all starters were unable to complete.

Sam Lake finished the Black RAT in 6.13.56 to become the 4th lady home. Sarah Cohen finished in 9.59.10.

Fran Morgan was the only BAT to take on the Red RAT, finishing in 5.13.14.

Matthew Head finished the white RAT in an incredible time of 1.38.06, in 10th position overall. Andy Bowden finished in 2.11.38, Martin Head in 2.17.30, Emma Dooney and Mel Greaves in 3.04.57 and Hilary Head in 3.35.14.

A massive well done to all Bats taking part in this tough event and on such a warm day.




Bats and the Totnes 10k

Last weekend a small colony Bats (Bere Alston Trekkers), made their way to the South Hams to take part in the Totnes 10k. This event follows a scenic route alongside the beautiful River Dart, on footpaths and bridle paths with a challenging hill in the latter stages. Bats are no strangers to this course with club members taking part over the last seven years.

First man home and making a welcome return from injury was Steve Hill and first lady was the fabulous Julie Page.

Team Bat – Totnes 10k are pictured with their finishing times: Steve Hill 41.06, Andrew Bowden 47.39, Julie Page 54.06, Emma Dooney 1.00.05, Fran Morgan 1.00.11, Simon Alford 1.04.51, Laura Hogan 1.05.27, Natasha Ayres 1.06.14, Mel Greaves 1.07.08, Alison Greaves 1.07.16 and Jade Alford 1.11.33.

Team Bat - Totnes 10k 2015