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

Derek Skinner took part in the 6th edition of the Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon on Sunday 20th June. A Half marathon was on offer too. Both races were scenic single lap courses that started and finished at Kingsclere on the Hampshire/Berkshire border. The race routes were predominantly off –road, following famous long distance footpaths including the Wayfarers Walk & the Harrow Way. The elevation would be described as undulating, with two big ascents, the last one coming at 25 miles to the finish!

Every finisher received a unique engraved beer glass and a thirst quenching pint of ‘Hoppit’, a classic ale from the London Brewery. Teetotallers were not left out, receiving an engraved medal to commemorate their fine achievement.

The weather conditions on race day were perfect, with a misty start before clearing helped by a cool breeze. Runners set off in groups of 24 due to covid restrictions.

Derek ran superbly to finish 183rd in a great time of 04:36:39. There were 442 finishers. The event was superbly organised, with very supportive marshals along the route.

derek with goodie bag.jpeg Derek with his goodie man bag

James Saunders travelled south to take part in the Gosport Golden Mile & 5K event. The pancake flat out and back course, took the runners along the promenade before trudging through beach shingle around Fort Gilkicker.

Weather conditions were just about perfect for the 10:45 am start. Runners set off 12 at a time with 3 minute intervals between each.

James clocked a time of 00:20:01 to finish 5th. He also won the MV 55-59 age category. There were 55 entrants.