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

Windingpaths hosted the 2nd running of The Final Countdown, on New Year’s Eve. Situated within the stunning grounds of the Dartington Estate, this 6.3 mile mainly trail race attracted a host of local runners, in what was a sell-out race.

The route was changed slightly from 2019, but did not make it any easier! The runners ran across fields, through forests, stony trails, & some tarmac roads. The incessant rain in the days leading up to the race meant that the course was sodden. Therefore, the underfoot conditions were treacherous, especially on the downhills and there were deep muddy puddles that could not be avoided!

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!

Nine Teignbridge Trotters supported the event and were all in good spirits. The weather was dry and mild on race day.

James Saunders was the Clubs first runner home, finishing in 15th place, clocking a time of 00:53:09.

Annabelle Evans ran superbly well to finish 2nd in the female competition and 16th overall. Annabelle posted a time of 00:53:18.

james saunders final countdown.jpg James on dry land for a stretch
susanne, julia, laura and tamsin final countdown.jpg Susanne, Julia, Laura and Tamsin gather at the finish of The Final Countdown

The other Trotters positions & times were: Tamsin Cook (75, 01:11:45), Susanne Westgate (86, 01:14:05), Laura Law (89, 01:14:23), Julia Street (97, 01:16:14), Mark Wotton (127, 01:22:48), Teresa Holmes (164, 01:33:50), Sharon Still (166, 01:34:43).

There were 181 very tired and mud splattered finishers.

susanne westgate final countdown.jpg Susanne completes the tough trail race in fine style
julia street final countdown.jpg Julia bursts through the finish line at Dartington
laura law fina countdown.jpg Laura completes her last race of 2021
tamsin cook final countdown.jpg 3rd Trotter home, Tamsin
final countdown start.jpg The downhill slippery start of The Final Countdown
mark wotton final countdown.jpg Mark Wotton tackles the muddy trails on the Dartington Estate

Running Events Devon staged their New Year 4 in 4 Bell Challenge, starting on New Year’s Eve and finishing on 3rd January. Three Trotters took the opportunity of adding another marathon to their personal tallies. Roger Hayes, Derek Skinner & Graydon Widdicombe all ran superbly on Day 1, finishing well up the leader board. 8 laps on quiet roads was not only a physical battle but was also a mental one. The temperatures were on the warm side surprisingly

Roger finished in a fine 2nd place, clocking a time of 03:38:49. Derek chased Roger home to finish in 4th place in a time of 03:58:49. Graydon completed the war of attrition, posting a time of 04:03:56 while finishing 6th. There were 18 finishers.

In the Half Marathon, Nathan Bodley made his Club racing debut, finishing in a great time of 02:04:57 to take 3rd place. A super first race.

On Day 3, 2nd January 2022, Sue Tremlett & Karen O’Brien also completed the Marathon distance, finishing in 9th & 10th places respectively. The duo ran alongside each other to achieve a time of 05:42:48.

On Day 4, Graydon Widdicombe was back again to complete his 95th Marathon. Graydon finished in 2nd place, clocking an impressive time of 03:36:28. There were 18 entrants.

nathan bodley half marathon debutant.jpeg Nathan Bodley makes his racing debut for the Trotters in half marathon
sue and karen day 3.jpg Sue and Karen complete the marathon distance on Day 3 of the 4 Bell Challenge