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.