Teignbridge Trotters Running Club
Newton Abbot, Devon
Established 1982
Born to Run

Dartmoor Vale Success and another Record for Smartie

On Sunday Teignbridge Trotters were out in force as 53 lined up for the Dartmoor Vale Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k races and there was notable success in many age group categories.

In the 10k Race young Tom Besford was second senior male finishing 9th overall in 40.32. Also in the race Bryan Hayes, on one of his cameo appearances in the royal blue vest and Glenn Jarvis made it a 1-2 in the M70 category. Also it was good to see Susie Ashleigh-Thomas who was 2nd F65.

Other results were Jamie Barnett (30th 46.39), Gary Caunter (37th, 47.44), Derek Blackford (51st, 50.34), Jennie Roberts (62nd 51.35), Craig Hobson (75th, 53.42), Bryan Hayes (84th, 54.33), Caroline Clark, running back into form (94th, 56.01), Susie Ashleigh-Thomas (120th, 59.03), Glenn Jarvis (124th, 60.18), Emze Iles (125th, 60.12), Heather Snow (146th, 65.30) and Vicky Hales (158th, 67.37).

The Half Marathon being a club championship race attracted 28 of the Trotter contingent. Twenty nine set out but Craig Churchill succumbed to injury and was forced to withdraw from the race. Geoff Davey had a magnificent race and was 3rd overall in 1.22.48. Age group success was enjoyed by Hannah Jones who was 2nd F35, Tracy Elphick and Mandy Wheeler were 1-2 in the F40 category and 3rd and 4th ladies overall, Sharon Bowman 1st F45, Jacki Woon was 1st F50, Hylda Stewart 2nd F55 and Lucy Payne 1st F60, Gary Watson 2nd M55, Dave Dunn 1st M60 and Pete Kirby 1st M65. Due to the prize giving format for this race, not all of the above received trophies for their efforts.

Other results were Ewan Walton (14th, 1.31.08), Tracy Elphick (20th, 1.35.41), John Tweedie (25th, 1.37.21), Martin Randall (26th, 1.37.28), Bruce Campbell (27th, 1.37.29), Mandy Wheeler (28th, 1.38.08), Gary Watson (32nd, 1.38.42), Ashley Brent, running his second half marathon eclipsed his previous time by over 15 minutes (33rd, 1.38.48), James Ayling (5th, 1.40.28), Pete Blakesley (37th, 1.41.00), Jacki Woon (43rd, 1.44.34), Pete Kirby (47th, 1.46.28), Dave Dunn, currently putting together a string of great results (48th, 1.47.19), Jo Randall (52nd, 1.48.39), Hannah Jones (53rd, 1.49.06), second claimer Hylda Stewart, running in her now familiar Clydesdale Harriers’ vest (62nd, 1.50.41), Keith Anderson (77th, 1.53.49), Kevin Besford (86th, 1.56.16), Dave Taylor (87th, 1.56.20), Sharon Bowman (99th, 2.01.31), Vicki Tomoczko (113rd, 2.05.48), Lucy Payne, back in form after her lay off with a broken foot (118th, 2.06.45), Tina Caunter (122nd, 2.08.08), Cath Pilton, who bravely ran the last 3 miles with an injury (129th, 2.11.11), Vicky Radcliffe (135th, 2.14.26), Rod Payne (148th, 2.26.20) and Madz Soufian in her first half marathon ran confidently and smiled her way round to 157th in 2.47.48). There were 160 finishers.

In the Marathon metronomic Lance ‘Skippy’ Mason was 4th overall and 1st M50 in 3.13.33 and Chris Broadbent ran a very pleasing personal best time of 3.22.52 finishing 10th.

Other results were Roger Hayes despite feeling tired from his London qualifying time achieved in Lisbon (14th, 3.25.06), Steve Barker (29th, 3.43.36), Ryan Anthony (56th, 4.13.18), Sally Ingledew (58th, 4.14.04), Phil 'Latte' Perry (61st, 4.16.48), Roger ‘Smokes’ Hales (63rd, 4.17.34), Nigel Barnett, with his first taste of the marathon distance (86th, 4.35.38), Allen Taylor, accompanying Nigel (87th, 4.35.38) and Mark ‘Wurzel’ Wotton randomly running in a fez (92nd, 4.50.89).

In Exeter, nine Teignbridge Trotters lined up for the Great West Run half marathon. First Trotter back was Iain Large a well placed 194th in 1.36.04 followed by Hannah Walsh 455th in 1.44.15. Steve Morfey was 436th in a very handy 1.44.59 (Editor note I thought it a handy time but Steve has contacted me and told me that he was 9 minutes off his best - Rodders).

Other results were Toby Twigger (599th, 1.47.20), Neil ‘Big Mac’ Pallant doing a splendid job as 2 hour pacer (1,185th, 1.58.50), Lauren Deer (1,800th, 2.12.50), Tim Hartley (2,045th, 2.16.54), Mark Walker running his first half and following some pre-race medical concerns (2,566th, 2.49.15) and Donna Walker in support of Mark (2,567th, 2.47.15).

Hot off the press is news that Garry Smart has come in under the radar at the Abingdon Marathon. Word is that his chip time of 2.50.34 has broken his own M50 club record. So it's a massive well done Smartie.


Report by Rod Payne

Photos with thanks to Angie and 'Lovely'. Top: Part of the Trotters line up before the DV Half, Middle, Dave Dunn in resplendant action in the DV half and Bottom, 'Just like that' Wurzel in the DV Marathon