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

Christian Robinson finishes 2019 off in style with a win at Betteshanger Challenge

Two of the Clubs nomads, Andrew Fox and Christian Robinson, travelled to Deal in Kent, to compete in the Betteshanger Challenge, also on New Year’s Eve. The event was organised by Saxons, Vikings and Normans.

The venue was located in Betteshanger Country Park, but was once one of the largest colliery’s in Kent. The park was formerly known as Fowlmead Country Park until 2015, when new owners renamed it.

The Challenge entailed running for a maximum 6 hours, running as many laps of the 4.37 loops as you wanted. The loop was undulating with 100 feet of elevation. The route led the runners through some lovely woods, grasslands and wet lands. There was also 2 miles of a well-drained cycle track.

Both Andrew and Christian opted for the half marathon distance. Both ran superbly, to finish 1st and 2nd. Christian won the event, clocking a time of 1:37:45.

‘Foxey’ finished 2019 in good style, by completing the challenge in 1:40:27. Well done lads.

There were 59 entrants.

christian and foxey, 1st and 2nd in betteshanger challenge half marathon.jpg Christian and 'Foxey' 1st and 2nd at Betteshanger Challenge Half Marathon

Windingpaths hosted a new event, The Final Countdown, on New Years Eve. Situated within the stunning grounds of the Dartington Estate, this 6.6 mile mainly trail race attracted a host of local runners, in what was a sell out race.

The race route took the runners across fields, through forests, stony trails, gates, and lots of muddy stretches.
The race was very well organised and the marshals were all very supportive and enthusiastic. All finishers collected an aptly designed medal with midnight approaching!

A large contingent of Trotters supported the event and were all in good spirits. The weather was dry but with a chill in the wind.

trotters at the final countdown.jpeg Trotters team photo before The Final Countdown

Ewan Walton ran a great race to lead the Trotters home. This was a tough challenge but this didn’t deter Ewan, who finished in 5th place, recording a time of 00:44:44.

Second Trotter home, was the ever improving Max Conroy. Max thrives on this type of race and will improve further in 2020. He finished in 17th place, posting a time of 00:51:03.

The Clubs first female Trotter was Ruth Johnson, who also loves this form of racing. The muddier the better!! Ruth clocked a time of 01:00:33 to finish 56th.

The other Trotters positions and times were: James Saunders (19,00:51:28), Bon Rymel (31, 00:55:03), Bob Small (48, 00:58:57), Robert Faulkner (62,1:01:37), Tamsin Cook (82, 1:05:00), Ed Hounsell (86,1:06:00), Sue Tremlett (94, 1:07:34), Sue Brown (99,1:08:11), David Dunn (103, 1:08:52), Mark Wotton (106, 1:09:00), Suzie Mills (145, 1:15:45), Andy Distin (201, 1:27:13), Zilpath Walton (235, 1:38:03). There were 245 finishers.

ewan walton strides up the final hill on his way to 5th place.jpg Ewan powers up the last climb to the finish
ruth johnson.jpg Ruth Johnson, 1st female Trotter home
max conroy 2nd trotter home.jpg Max Conroy on his beloved trails
tamsin cook.jpg The ever improving Tamsin Cook at Dartington
andy distin.jpg Andy Distin looking focused as he approaches the line
zilpath walton.jpg Zilpath Walton completes the tough Final Countdown

Emma Ray and Teresa Holmes started 2020 in great style while competing in the New Year’s 5 miler, held in Exeter. The flat and fast course was run on footpaths and cycle tracks around Exwick Playing Fields and the River Exe Flood Relief. This was a perfect opportunity to test how the winter training was progressing. Weather conditions were overcast and cool, just about perfect.

Emma is progressing tremendously, as her performance here suggests. Emma set herself a target of a sub 40 minute time, and that’s exactly what she did. Her final time was 00:39:19 to finish in 59th position. Emma also competed a great day by finishing 3rd in the FV40 age category.

Teresa Holmes also ran particularly well, clocking a time of 00:52:04. Teresa finished 100th and 2nd in the FV60 age category. Well done ladies.

Tom Merson, representing Exmouth Harriers, won the race in 00:24:22. There were 116 finishers.

emma and teresa all smiles at exeter.jpeg Emma and Teresa compete at Exeter 5 mile race
emma ray crosses the line at exeter 5 race.jpeg Emma clocks a sub 40 minute time at Exeter 5 miler