South Devon Athletic Club runners welcomed in a trio of events this week covering fell, coastal and road terrains.
On a very hot summer evening, seven South Devon Athletic Club runners competed in the Dartmoor Summer Solstice race set in the magnificent Merrivale valley.
The event takes in just under 6 miles of hills with stunning views of Dartmoor, starting with an immediate climb up Staple Tor then on to Roos Tor and White Tor with a final climb back up Staple Tor on the return loop followed by a steep and at that point extremely welcome downhill finish.
In 25th place overall, Stuart Batten finished in 45:06 followed by Vince Langdon (64th in 55:32), Jeremy Goddard (68th in 56:35), George Holman (71st in 57:47), James Nash (94th in 1:12:09), Mark Holman (95th in 1:12:29) and Michelle Coles (96th in 1:13:43)
Nine members of South Devon Athletic Club swapped their regular Thursday night training runs for the tricky Dawlish Coastal Dash.
Among them was Maria Weymouth, tackling her first-ever race.
Organised by Dawlish Coasters, the race starts and finishes at Dawlish Warren, taking in just under four miles of soft sand, obstacles, sea wall and railway bridges.
The weather proved to be kind, with the forecast thunderstorms staying away and only a few light showers to trouble the racers.
SDAC chairman Colin Peters was the first of the club’s runners home, in 32nd place in a field of 141, clocking a time of 26m 55s. He was followed by Steve Wright (63rd in 31:26), Neil Jordain (72nd in 32:28) and Guy Henderson (74th in 32:58). Rachel Irish was the club’s leading lady, 82nd overall in 34m 29s while the rest of the club contingent comprised Lorraine Henderson (101st in 35:23), first-timer Maria Weymouth (102nd in 35:24), Alison Ford (123rd in 39:26) and David Cubberley, who was 135th in 43m 47s.
Torbay 10k/Half-Marathon. With a magnificent turnout of over a 1000 runners from all local running groups and beyond, a large club turnout saw Kerry Bell (F50-59) and Heather Coverdale (F60-69) finish second in their age groups, a wonderful achievement.
Organised by Torbay Athletic Club, both races start and finishes at Paignton green with half marathon runners completing the journey to the Pavilion roundabout at Torquay twice.
Despite the tough and very windy conditions, Alison Ford and Neil Jordain achieved PBs in the half-marathon. Rachel Irish, Tom Atwill, Steve Wright & James Nash also achieving PBs in the 10K race.
10K - Stuart Batten (15th in 41:13), Kevin Ashworth (27th in 43:46), Vince Langdon (30th in 44:12), Jonathan Hiscoke (31st in 44:37), Marc Walpot (38th in 46:00), Antony Waters (51st in 47:31), Tom Atwill (72nd in 50:13), Steve Wright (78th in 51:25), Kerry Bell (84th in 51:44), James Nash (92nd in 52:29), Laura Ashworth (103rd in 53:13), Rachel Irish (145th in 56:15), Maria Weymouth (160th in 57:35), Michelle Coles (176th in 58:55), Heather Coverdale (185th in 59:19), Kassie West (203rd in 1:01:26), Roger Webb (262nd in 1:06:23) and Dave Cubberley (313th in 1:11:45)
Half Marathon – Colin Peters (1:37:00), Neil Jordain (296th in 1:59:20), Karen Thompson (371st in 2:05:43) and Alison Ford (561st 2:34:32)