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 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 race round up – October 4th 2015

Bats race round up 18/19th July 2015

11 of the 79 senior teams taking part in the Tavistock Town Relays were made up of members of Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats).

With only seconds separating the teams crossing the line it was a very close finish for a number of teams.  First team home for the Bats were the 8 Deadly Shins who crossed the line in a combined team of 25.33, followed by Blazing Glory in 25.56.  First lady team home were the Blister Sisters in 31.16.

Well done to the other Bat teams: Mixed Double 28.07, We’re Sweaty And We Know It 29.32, Accel-Erators 31.19, Shake, Rattle & Run in 32.19, The Racing ‘Mammas’ 32.19, Pavement Princesses 33.04, The Dashing Divas 33.59, and The Over Active, Under Achievers 34.07.

Team Bat – Tavy Relay 2015 and supporters are pictured.

Team Bat - Tavy Town Relays 2015

Saturday 18th July was a busy time for Bats, with club members taking part in four events.

Paul Mingo, Sarah Cohen and Steve Barwis participated in the Dorset Invader Marathon in Rural Dorset.   It was the first ever running of the course which proved to be a particularly tough, primarily trail route in very hot conditions.

Paul Mingo finished in 5.32.03, Sarah Cohen in 5.55.12, sadly Steve Barwis was unable due to finish due to injury which occurred in the second half of the run.

Saturday afternoon Janice Fuller and Lisa Birch took part in the Masanga charity fell run which was an 8 mile route on Dartmoor starting at Cadover Bridge.  This was not a timed event and was about fun and to raising awareness of the charity.

Janice and Lisa are pictured cracking on across Dartmoor.

Masanga 2015 (1)

On Saturday evening lone Bat Andrew Bowden took part in the Haytor Heller.   The race started on Haytor and began with a sharp ascent, before heading out towards Hounds Tor. The terrain was rugged and comprised many tricky uphill and downhill sections. The uphill routes proved challenging for the runners who also had to deal with hot and humid conditions.  Andrew ran a great event to finish in 56.32.

Team Bat - Haytor Heller 2015

Much later in the evening, three members took part in the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Midnight Madness.  This circular route starts at Princetown Primary School and heads North West across North Hessary Tor and on to Check Point (CP) 1 at Little Mis Tor. The route then heads South to join the road for a short section from Four Winds, through CP2, before following the bridleway past Huckden Tor, Daveytown & Withill, before reaching CP3. The route then heads East to join the dismantled railway track near Ingra Tor then on to CP4. The home straight is then along the disused railway track, back to Princetown.  The total length of the route is approximately 16 kilometres.

Well done to Fran Morgan, Rachel Wood and Murray Turner who completed the course in just over two hours.

Dartmoor Midnight Madness

On Sunday 19th July, ten Bere Alston Trekkers (BATs) crossed the Tamar to participate in the Magnificent 7. This is a challenging seven mile road run starting from and finishing in at Saltash in Cornwall, organised by the Tamar Trotters.  The 7 mile race follows a tough, well marshalled course through country lanes with good views over the Tamar Estuary, it is by no means easy, but allegedly all participants enjoy it! First BAT home was Matthew Head (49.30) followed by Andrew Bowden (53.56) and the lady BATs were led in by Julie Page and Sally Dunn (57.32).

The finishing times were. Matthew Head 49.30, Andrew Bowden 53.56, Julie Page 57.32, Sally Dunn 57.32, Martin Head 01.02.30, Emma Dooney 01.07.40, Fran Morgan 01.07.52, Mel Greaves 01.13.19, Jo Vella 01.18.57 and Hilary Head 01.25.21.

Team Bat - Mag 7 2015


Masanga 2015 (2)







Bats race round-up

On Sunday 5th July, Bere Alston Trekkers (BATs) took part in 6 Moor Miles. Organised by Plymouth Harriers.

The race provides a unique opportunity to run a one lap course of approximately 6 miles, in the picturesque surroundings of the Maristow Estate, across open moorland on a well marshalled course. The race started (and for the front runners finished) in warm and dry conditions, but then the heavens opened and heavy rain, hail and thunder spurred the remaining runners onto the finish and to seek some shelter.

In spite of the conditions a number of BATs secured PBs.  Making their club vest debut were two of the clubs newest members Simon Glossop and Sally Dickson, both running great times.  First male BAT home was Matthew Head followed closely by Francis Dix and Sally Dunn led ladies in with Julie Page not far behind her.

BATs would like to express their gratitude to the race officials and Marshalls from Plymouth Harriers who stood by their posts as the rain (and hail) came down.

Team Bat – Six Moor Miles are pictured with their finishing times: Matthew Head 47.27, Francis Dix 48.59, Sally Dunn 54.15, Julie Page 54.31, Martin Head 56.52, Matt Luckham 57.16, Jenny West 57.31, Laura Newton 01.00.42, Lisa Birch 01.01.00, Kate Glanville 01.06.57, Alison Greaves 01.06.59, Julian Setterington        01.07.11, Jane Page 01.07.18, Laura Hogan 01.07.31, Mel Greaves 01.08.57, Natasha Ayres 01.10.49, Sally Dickson 01.12.06, Jo Vella 01.12.11, Simon Glossop 01.12.11, Hazel Bickley 01.14.48, Cally Barnes 01.14.49, Jo Bourton 01.19.09 and Hilary Head 01.20.34. (More pics are at the bottom of the page).

Team Bat - Six Moor Miles 2015

On Wednesday 8th July four club members took part in the 4th of the Armada 5k summer season organised by the Armada Athletic Network. This is a multi-terrain run over a circular course with a fast downhill start and finish in Saltram Park. It was a warm and dry evening in which the first BAT home in 20th place overall and a time of 19:45 was Matthew Head, followed by Francis Dix in a time of 21:24, Martin Head 25:54 and Hilary Head 32:27. The next event of the series is on the 19th August at 19:00 with registration on the day up to 18:45. It is an event which is open to club members and non-club members of all abilities and ages.

Saturday 12th July saw 11 club members take part in the Plymstock Road Runners “Muddy Duck”. This is also a multi-terrain event, formerly called Duckponds, which has been extended to 9.5k for this its 10th Anniversary and included four water crossings and a number of short but very sharp climbs over 2 figure 8 loops around Roadford Park in Plymstock.

First male BAT was Andrew Bowden (41:35) and first female BAT and winner of the FV45 category was Julie Page (44:53). The pictured BATs and their times were Andrew Bowden 41:35, Julie Page 44:53, Sally Dunn 46:18, Matthew Head 46:18, Jennifer West 47:55, Martin Head 48:41, Matthew Luckham 48:49, Laura Hogan 55:18, Kate Glanville 55:39, Mel Greaves 55:59 and Hilary Head 1:05:27.

Team Bat - Duckponds 2015

Also at the weekend, two stalwart club members took part in the Ham & Lyme 50k.  The Ham & Lyme race take in the stunning Liberty Trail, which runs from Ham Hill Country Park in Somerset to Lyme Regis in Dorset, taking in some fabulous locations along the way, including the beautiful grounds of Forde Abbey, the enchanting Wayford Woods, the breath-taking panoramas from Lambert’s Castle and a number of pretty villages, before descending to wonderful Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb.  Runners followed in the footsteps of villagers who walked down towards the sea to join the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.

Murray Turner and Rachel Wood tackled the event together to finish in a fantastic time of 7:37:45.

Bats will next be running at this week’s Tavy Town Relays.

Bats Club Trip 2015 (+ Snowdonia & Burrator)

This weekend it was time for a large colony of Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) to pack their overnight bags and head to Petersfield for this year’s club trip.  The event this year was the South Downs Half and Full Marathon.

The South Downs Marathon is a scenic point to point race over the beautiful South Downs.  The South Downs Marathon has its 10th Anniversary in 2015 and is now a classic trail run from Slindon College, through the Slindon estate to join the South Downs Way at Bignor Hill. From her it heads west to finish at the bottom of Butser Hill in Queen Elizabeth Country Park for the classic marathon distance 26.2 miles.

The South Downs Half Marathon was launched in 2012 to offer a shorter trail race to the Marathon.  Traditionally the route has started with a stiff climb up Butser Hill however, the route ran from the village of Chalton up on to the South Downs Way to accommodate the Ditcham School mountain bike event.  From there runners followed the Sussex Border Path from the railway bridge at Woodcroft Farm up to the South Downs Way. This brought runners out further East on the South Downs Way than before so they had a longer run back to the joint finishing line.  It has to be said that neither of these courses were easy with both including steep hill climbs and descents, stony tracks and runner made tracks through the hay fields.

Taking part in the full marathon were nine members of the club, with four running the distance for the first time.  First home for the Bats were Sam Lake who was also second lady overall and her running buddie Steve Hill to finish together in a time of 3.46.07. Jenny West ran her first marathon for the club to finish in a great time of 04.52.29.  Julie Page, Mel Greaves and Emma Dooney also ran their first marathon.

For the half marathon, first male Bat home was Phil King who ran a great off road event and was chased across the line by Dave Adams.  Club veteran Ralph Elmes was the next man home and finished third in his age group.  Lisa Birch was the first lady Bat home.  Stew Barwis made his debut for the club and a special well done to Philip Adams who ran his first ever half marathon to finish third in his age group.

Team Bat South Downs Trail Half & Full Marathon are pictured with their finishing times: Full Marathon: Steven Hill 03.46.07; Samantha Lake 03.46.07; Francis Dix 04.26.36; Jennifer West 04.52.29; Matthew Luckham 04.53.42; Julie Page 05.15.59; Sarah Cohen 05.30.05; Melanie Greaves 05.58.36 and Emma Dooney 05.58.36.

South Down Trail 2015 (8)

Half Marathon: Philip King 02.04.26; David Adams 02.05.15; Ralph Elmes 02.14.29; Lisa Birch 02.16.35; Andy Cowden 02.16.37; Marcia Macey 02.19.24; Pam Adams 02.28.58; Mike Smith 02.30.05; Heather Smith 02.30.06; Natasha Ayres 02.31.32; Alison Greaves 02.35.57; Janice Fuller 02.41.02; Philip Adams 02.41.02; Steve Barwis 02.45.42; Jade Alford 02.47.12; Lai-Yin Wong 02.51.51; Jo Bourton 02.57.32 and Jo Vella 02.57.32.

South Down Trail 2015 (10)

As is often the way with the Bats, many ran together in pairs and crossed the line hand in hand and as they finished the usual clapping and screaming support of the team formed at the finish and waited until the last Bat cross the line some six hours after the starting horn sharing hugs and tears of a job very well done.  Here is the whole team 🙂

South Down Trail 2015 (6)

Also as the weekend lone Bat, Fran Morgan made her way to the foothills of Snowdonia to finish the mountain trail marathon in a great time of 6 hours 16.

Team Bat - Snowdonia Trail 2015

Closer to home a team of five Bats took part in the Burrator Horse Shoe which is a 7 mile moorland run from Meavy and out over Dartmoor, via Burrator Reservoir, Sheepstor Dam, Sheepstor Summit (369m), Guttor Tor Summit (357m), Ringmoor Down and Meavy River Ford which is often knee deep.

Team Bat Burrator Horseshoe 2015 are pictured with their times: Laurence Sargeant 01.00.30; Christine Le Flem 1.05.16; Paul Mingo 01.13.00; Kate Glanville 01.13.42 and Nicky Edmunds 01.14.13.

Team Bat - Burrator Horseshoe 2015 (1)

….and here are some shots of our club trip (all pics can be found on our Facebook page):








Bats Track Session 2nd February 2015

This evening’s track session is cancelled.  Looking at a number of forecasts the consensus is that there is risk of ice on roads and untreated roads from around 8pm, which means that the track could freeze and the journey home post-session could be hazardous.

See you next week.

Bats award funds to community groups

Funds raised from the Bere Pen 10k road race 2014 hosted by Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) were awarded to local community groups in the village last week.

£600 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 Rainbows (camera), Bere Alston Pre School (donation towards IT equipment), Tiddlywinks (boy’s construction table & tools), Collytown Stud (folding tables), Debbie Doidge Child-minding (Kidizoom twist child’s camera), Weir Quay Sailing Club Cadets (equipment), WWATS (Wednesday wipe-out active toddlers) (signage and other equipment to promote the group) and Trinity Hall (annual donation to say thank for use of the hall).

Members of each organisation are pictured with club members receiving their cheques.

This year’s Bere Pen 10k is Sunday May 3rd, entries are open and communities will be able to bid again for funding. Further information can be found here: Click

Bats Presentation Evening 2014

Last Wednesday it was time for members of Bere Alston Trekkers (Bats) to hang up their trainers, wet gear and head torches in favour of posh frocks, shirts and ties for the annual club presentation evening and dinner.

The venue for the event was once again the parish hall with great food provided by Chrissy Venning and her team.

The club has had another great year with thousands of miles run collectively.  Bats have entered a record amount of events ranging from 5km to 24 hour fund raisers, there have been personal bests galore and lots of new members wearing their club vest for the first time as well as those who have achieved their own goals like running three marathons in three days, or their first twenty miler training run or running 100 miles in one hard, continuous effort.

Aside from the formal awards made, other notable achievements this year made by Nathan Newton, Rachel Wood, Murray Turner, Sarah Burns and Natasha Ayres were recognised during the evening.

A big thank you was also made to the clubs coaches and run leaders, pictured (left to right) Laurence Sargeant, Murray Turner, Martin Head, Simon Griffiths, Paul Mingo, Dotty King and Derek Hicks (not pictured Julian Setterington).

Bats Coaches 2014
Bats Coaches 2014

The trophy winners are pictured (left to right): Suzanne Treussard – Improver of the year (coaches vote); Rebecca Mingo – ‘Mingo Miles’ (most amount of miles recorded in 2014); Martin Head – Bats Chair Award; Sally Dunn (club vote) Female Bat of the year & Athlete of the year; Sam Lake (club vote) Female newcomer; Steve Le Flem – Bats Committee Award; Paul Mingo (club vote) Male Bat of the year; Derek Hicks (club vote) Club member of the year and Pam Adams – Bats Committee Award.  Not pictured, Steve Hill (club vote) Male newcomer.

Bats Trophy Winners 2014
Bats Trophy Winners 2014

Club chair, Dotty King would like to thank club members for their continued support through 2014, the Bere Peninsular community for their support and Trinity Church for the use of their hall during the year and the Tavistock Times Gazette for this support.

Dotty also said “although there were a number of individual awards during the evening it must be said that every Bat is a superstar, every step they run is worthwhile and every Bat is a winner”.


Team Bat - Presentation Evening 2014
Team Bat – Presentation Evening 2014
Team Bat - The Gals
Team Bat – The Gals
Team Bat - The Boys
Team Bat – The Boys