A large team of Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) made their way to Bideford over the weekend to take part in the annual half marathon road race. Sadly the glorious weather of the preceding few days was nowhere to be seen and the event was held under a grey sky full of rain. However, with all the training firmly under their wings, Team Bat were determined to run good.
The Bideford is a great course for achieving a personal best. The route is slightly undulating on the way out but the route back is on the Tarka Trail, a disused railway line, and therefore almost flat which can lead to good times. Bat runners have a habit of doing fast times and gaining PBs on this course and today was no different.
There were a total of 13 Bats on the course with three running a personal best (PB).
First Bat home and first lady for the team Rebecca Mingo, running very close behind was Rachael Malthouse and hotly on Rachael’s heels was Sam Lake securing the ladies team prize.
First male Bat home and making his team debut was Andy Bowden who ran a great race on the back of last week’s Bath Half Marathon.
Personal bests for the team were run by Emma Dooney by 30 minutes, Becky Rankin by 10 minutes, Rachael Malthouse, Sally Dunn, Natasha Ayres, Janice Fuller and Sam Lake. A huge well done to Christine Le Flem who finished first in her age group.
Team Bat – Bideford Half Marathon 2015 are pictured with their times: Rebecca Mingo 01.29.36; Rachael Malthouse 01.31.19; Samantha Lake 01.32.19; Andrew Bowden 01.39.42; Chris Malthouse 01.42.18; Sally Dunn 01.46.00; Becky Rankin 01.54.02; Julie Page 01.55.05; Christine Le Flem 01.57.00; Janice Fuller 02.04.30; Natasha Ayres 02.05.04; Emma Dooney 02.05.22 and Mel Greaves 02.36.44.
Well done to all of Super Team Bat Bideford.