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

Tom MacTaggart sets new PB at Burrator 10K and Bob Small gets England call up

On Friday 31st May, the second time trial of the year took place around The Sandygate Loop, on the eve of the Dartmoor Discovery.

The four mile course started and finished at the Sandygate Inn, in Kingsteignton, and followed quiet country lanes on a circular loop. It’s a stiff challenge, climbing up for the best part of two miles, before the steady drop down to the finish.

On a warm sultry evening, fourteen Trotters took up the challenge.

webp.net-resizeimage (39).jpg A selection of Trotters who competed at the Sandygate Loop

The fastest time recorded was set by Ian Langler recording an impressive time of 25:43. Ian is really starting to show glimpses of his form from a few years ago!

Jacki Woon clocked the fastest time amongst the female contingent, crossing the line in 29:46.

The other times were:

Ladies first – Kim Knight 30:19, Sarah Pike 30:50, Caroline Clark 33:05, Ruth Johnson 34:18, Corinne Bright 34:27, Eleanor Taylor 34:19, Tina Caunter 37:20, Teresa Holmes 43:30.

And the men – James Saunders 26:19, Jason Trevenen 26:47, Andrew Fox 27:16, Duncan Knight 27:28, Scott Knight 31:39, Wilf Taylor 35:34. It was great to see Wilf back looking so fit.

webp.net-resizeimage (41).jpg Teresa storming towards the finish line

The Burrator 10k took place on Sunday 2nd June.

The route is a fast, almost flat course, consisting mainly of a tarmac surface. The course has been remeasured for 2019, with the start taking place at the dam bridge. The runners ran one complete loop of the reservoir and then two thirds of a second loop, before finishing at the visitors centre. The race is becoming ever popular, due to the stunning location and the two fun runs for the kids, giving the whole family a chance to compete.

Tom MacTaggart was the Clubs sole representative, but his two children took part in the 1K & 2K fun runs.

On a very wet morning, Tom set a new personal best for the distance, clocking a time of 47:33 to finish 77th. He beat his old record by 2 minutes, 11 seconds! Superb effort Tom.

There were 482 finishers.

tomand kids.jpeg Tom with his two children who ran in the fun runs
tom.jpeg Tom on his way to a new 10k PB

Bob Small has been selected to run for England!!

Following Bobs great time of 1.47.50, at the Ocean City Half Marathon in Plymouth, mean’t that he finished in the top 4 in the 70-74 age group! Bob will represent the country on September 1st in the Maidenhead Half Marathon against all the Celtic Nations.

In the meantime, Bob has 12 weeks to prepare, including the National Masters 10 miler which he took part in on Sunday in Dorking. Bob clocked a great time of 1:29:10 to finish 2nd in the MV70-72 age category. A great prep race for the big event?