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

Teignbridge Trotters staged the annual Newton Abbot Dornafield Ladies’ 10K on Sunday 19th September, with an 11:00 am start time. The race started and finished at the beautiful Dornafield Caravan and Camping site.

This was the 24th running of this very popular ladies race at this superb venue. The scenic course followed undulating rural roads throughout, with little traffic, and passed through local hamlets of Denbury and Ogwell.

In February 2021, the owner of Dornafield Farm, Mr Peter Dewhirst, sadly passed away. The Dewhirst family have always supported the race. To honour Peter, a Memorial Cup will be presented to the winner.

This year’s chosen charity, chosen by the Dewhirst family was Bowel Cancer UK.

trotters group photo.jpeg A great turn out from the host Club

The weather conditions on the day were just about perfect, with dry sunny conditions.

All our lady trotters ran superbly and represented the Club admirably.

Jacki Woon led home a large entry from the host Club, finishing in 9th place whilst clocking a great time of 00:45:48. Jacki also finished 2nd in the FV55 age category.

Ellie Mathieson also ran superbly to finish in 10th place in a time of 00:46:29.

There were a number of notable performances amongst the Club’s Trottettes.

Liz Nuttall finished in 14th place in a great time of 00:47:12. Liz also took 2nd place in the FV45 age category. Clare Youngman was also amongst the prizes, finishing 2nd in the FV50 category, posting a time of 00:48:20 to finish well up the finishing order in 21st. Kathryn Steemson was a close up 22nd, clocking a time of 00:48:30. Kathryn finished 3rd in the FV45 category.

There were also new personal bests for Corinne Bright (40, 00:53:59) & Deb Hart (38, 00:53:17). Well done ladies.

The Teignbridge Trotters ladies team comprising of Jacki Woon, Ellie Mathieson, Liz Nuttall and Natalie Clare won the team prize.

Second place in the team event also went to the Trotters. Kate Lenthall, Clare Youngman, Kathryn Steemson and Debbie Proctor were the fab four.

dominique harcourt.jpg Dominique Harcourt competing in her first race in the Club colours

The other positions and times: Natalie Clare (16, 00:47:35), Kate Lenthall (19, 00:47:56), Debbie Proctor (28, 00:49:47), Sarah Pike (29, 00:49:57), Rachel Steele (30, 00:49:57), Natalie Burgess (49, 00:55:27), Shelley Ratlidge (63, 00:57:18), Dominique Harcourt (66, 00:57:25), Sue Tremlett (67, 00:57:28), Alexis Marsh (68 ,00:57;43), Sharon Sharples (69, 00:57:48), Eyvol Aston (72, 00:58:42), Eleanor Taylor (80, 00:59:45), Kay Shillabeer (112, 01:04:53), Alessandra Baiardi (122, 01:07:22), Teresa Holmes (143, 01:13:31), Karen O’Brien (145, 00:13:39).

The winner of the new Peter Dewhirst Memorial Cup, presented by Peter’s son, Simon, was Naomi Flanagan representing Torbay Tri Club. Naomi stormed to victory, winning in a time 00:40:00.

There were 159 finishers.

natalie burgess.jpeg Natalie Burgess looking strong
shaz and alexis.jpeg Sharon and Alexis in cruise control

All finishers were presented with a unique print from local artist, John Charles Skinner. The runner’s race position was used as the print number.

There were the legendary Trotter cakes on sale. Thanks to Lucy Payne and her team for their hard work and of course the bakers!

The event was superbly organised by the race director, Jason Trevenen, ably assisted by Kate Williamson and chief marshal, Gary Caunter. The feedback from the competitors was very positive, particularly enthusing about the very supportive marshals.

Thanks must go to race sponsors, Sibelco, who have again sponsored all the Teignbridge Trotters events again this year.

2nd team prize.jpg 2nd place for Trotters in team event
lucy and her cakes.jpeg Lucy Payne surrounded by the famous Trotter cakes
eleanor taylor.jpeg Eleanor Taylor in the Autumn sun shine

Graydon Widdicombe travelled up the M5 to Glastonbury, to take part in the flat and fast Glastonbury Levels 10K.

Excellently organised by Mendip AC, the race was set off in waves, and although Graydon was in the first wave, he quickly found himself towards the back of the group.

In perfect running conditions, Graydon was hoping to follow on last week’s Torbay Half PB with another one for the 10K distance. Graydon went through 5K in 19:45 on this out-and-back, closed road course. He had to dig in during the last couple of miles, but was delighted to sneak under the 40 minute barrier for the first time, with a finish time of 39:50. Graydon finished 29th and sliced 00:02:30 off his previous best.

There were 227 entrants.

graydon on his way to a new pb in glastonbury 10k.jpeg Graydon on his way to a new 10K PB
max.jpeg Max competes at Bristol Half marathon

Max Conroy took part in the Great Bristol Half Marathon, with a 10k also on offer, on Sunday.

This was the 29th running of the hugely popular race.

The race started near Millenium Square and the route passed areas including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Shirehampton and the city centre, before finishing by the Aquarium

Max ran well, clocking a great time of 1:57:15 to finish in 1975th position.