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

Five Bays Challenge tests Trotters

On Sunday 18th August a group of Trotters travelled the short distance to take part in the Five Bays Challenge, organised by Torbay AC.

This race was a muli–terrain 10K event, run over shingle beaches, public footpaths, short stretches of tarmac, a long stretch of rocky, tree rooted coastal path, stony tracks, steep climbs and descents, woodland and 423 steps, either up or down.

The start and finish was at the picture post card setting at Broadsands Beach. The course took the runners on an uphill trail to Churston village and then across country which made up the old Churston estate to the outskirts of Brixham. In Brixham, the field passed by the fish market before heading back along the coast path via Oxen Cove, Fishcombe Beach.

Weather conditions were cool and bright, with a slight breeze.

The first Trotter home was Paul Dean, completing the tough challenge in 00:58:42 to finish in 46th position.

The other Trotter positions and times were: James Donovan (62,1:01:33), Richard Keatley (108, 1:09:30), Sara Keatley (141, 1:16:00), Sharon Sharples (150, 1:18:37), Paul Sharples (151, 1:18:59), Zilpah Walton (181, 1:26:23).

Winner of the event was Adam Holland crossing the line in a superb time of 42:31.

There were 211 entrants.

richard, paul, sara and sharon at the five bays challenge.jpeg Richard, Paul, Sara and Sharon having completed the Five Bays Challenge
the five bays challenge medal.jpeg The Five Bays Challenge Medal