Seventeen Teignbridge Trotters competed in the “Dalwoods Three hills Challenge” on Sunday 23rd February. The weather was rather breezy and the conditions rather muddy under foot. The course covers around ten miles of multi terrain running over the beautiful challenging hills of Dalwoods, between Axminster and Honiton.
Lance Mason brought them home in 6th place out of 122 finishers and was 1st vet 50 in 1.20.27 with Travis Wood 26th in 1.30.10 and Mark Hutchins in 1.31.21(29th).John Tweedie completed in 1.35.15(40th),Derek Skinner 1.39.31(52nd),Jim Donovan 1.39.38(53rd),Stephen Morfey 1.43.15(60th),Ian Langler 1.43.47(63rd),Rod Payne 1.45.24(66th),Gary Watson 1.49.31(86th).Sally Ingledew brought the ladies home in 1.55.18 (86th) ,Nigel Barnett 1.59.48(96th),Lucy Payne 2.01.25(102nd) Kevin Besford 2.04.19(108th) and Eleanor Taylor 2.07.55.
The “Dalwoods mini challenge” was completed by Jamie Barnett who was 3rd in 26.21 and Tom Besford who was 6th in 27.38.
Katrina Zaple ran the fourth “Cornwall and Rescue Service Half marathon” at Lanhydrock House near Bodmin.The course was multi terrain around the surrounding area and very hilly. She completed in 2.38.12 and 292nd out of 297 runners.Her aim was to run around with her friend Sarah Ross on her first half marathon.She use to be in the Trotters until she up rooted and went to Cornwall.They crossed the line together.
Mark Wotton and Allen Taylor travelled up to the new forest to take on the “Heartbreaker Marathon” up in the New Forest .It was mainly off-road with just a bit of tarmac to start and finish with. The undulating course was based from Sandy Balls Holiday Park, Godshill near Fordingbridge.The run routes were predominantly on well-maintained gravel tracks, all clearly marked and marshalled and it made for a T-shaped course, using out-and-back loops so you can keep an eye on the opposition and give encouragement!
Allen produced a strong 40th place in 3.44.11 while Mark completed in 4.33.50and 112th.164 runners completed the marathon. There was a half marathon available too.
This is my last report as Pressand Publicity as I will be standing down at the AGM on Wednesday.Good luck to my new successor and dont forget to keep your reports and photos coming in.
Also remember:- TRAINING STARTS AT 6.30PM ON WEDNESDAY 26TH FEB FOLLOWED BY THE AGM AT 8pm .PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND.THANKS
REPORT BY Sharon "fizz" Bowman
PHOTOS-TOP-Lucy and Rod after Dalwoods MIDDLE-Nigel having a quick dip at Dalwoods BOTTOM-Allen and Mark at the Heartbreaker