Recent Bats Race Reports...courtesy of our wonderful Race Reporter, our Bat in the North Andy Cowden.
Sunday 10th April The Dorset Ooser Marathon
On Sunday 10th April Murray Turner headed to deepest Dorset to take part in the Ooser Trail Marathon.
Starting and finishing at a thatched barn in the tiny historic hamlet of Turners Puddle in the heart of Dorset the runners headed off uphill before following farm tracks across fields, through ancient bluebell laden woodland, old hidden sunken trails on historic drovers routes, short tarmac sections through picturesque hamlets and heathland.
Despite the glorious countryside this race is no pushover with 13 hills giving over 2,700 feet of ascent, a fair bit of mud to lose your trail shoes in, 7 stiles to clamber over and two fords to wade through.
Despite not having run a marathon for over 3 years Murray finished in an impressive 5:18:05.
Sunday 3rd April: Manchester Marathon
Andy Cowden ran in the Manchester Marathon which has just 177 feet of ascent and 26.2 miles of tarmac to negotiate.
Starting between Old Trafford football ground and Old Trafford cricket ground in Salford the route takes you in towards the city centre before heading back out and travelling to Altrincham and then returning to finish outside the cricket ground.
Ideal running conditions of cool but sunny weather with a slight breeze greeted the just over 14,000 field of runners on the start line. The crowds were out in force to cheer runners around the course and Andy finished in 4:39:47 which was a race personal best by just under 17 minutes.
Saturday 26th March: Total Coastal
Three Bere Alston Trekkers headed East on Saturday 26th March to take on the Total Coastal Ultra a scenic but challenging 30-mile multi terrain event along the South West Coast Path with over 6,000 feet of ascent.
Jim and Stuart Medhurst and Dave Dencer headed for the start at Kingswear in South Devon.
The opening flat mile along a country lane belies what is to come as the next nine miles head off road and offer some very scenic though very technical coast path around to Berry Head and on to Brixham Harbour.
From Brixham, it's back off road on to Goodrington Sands where a largely tarmac section takes you on to Torquay Harbour where you once again hit the trails, up and over to Babbacombe Beach. Here you duck under the famous Babbacombe Cliff Railway before heading on to Petitor Downs and a very scenic hilly 6 mile stretch before reaching the finish at picturesque Ness at Shaldon where the river Teign meets the sea.
Finishing times were, Stuart Medhurst 6:52:37, Jim Medhurst 6:52:37, Dave Dencer 7:53:56
Saturday 19th March: Team Ashton
Bere Alston Trekkers duo, Debbie and Paul Ashton took along some four legged help as they travelled to the Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel in Cornwall on Saturday.
They were taking part in the Canicross UK’s, Behind The Lines event in a 5k race around the estate. Paul ran with Denis who was taking part in his first official event and he performed admirably whilst Debbie ran with Fruitloops.
The official finish times were Paul Ashton 22:59, Debbie Ashton 36:37
Sunday 20th March: Tavy 13
Four Trekkers took full advantage of glorious sunshine on Sunday to take part in the Tavy 13, a half marathon that starts and finishes on the athletics track in Tavistock.
The route takes in road, country lane and trackway amidst a backdrop of Dartmoor scenery heading out in a loop towards Peter Tavy before heading back via the golf course.
Apart from keeping an eye out on the course for the odd car there was an unexpected meeting with the the local wildlife when a herd of 12 Dartmoor ponies galloped across the road right in front of the Trekkers as they neared the golf course.
Finish times were, Murray Turner 1:55:15, Lisa Nickel 2:29:37, Andy Cowden 2:29:37 and Lorna Mulvihill 2:29:38