Completing his first half marathon, Torbay Tri Club’s Julyan Bayes was among 600 entrants who enjoyed a beautiful scenic route over Dartmoor at the Tavy13. Starting and finishing on Tavistock’s athletic track, after an ascent up to eight miles on the course runners were treated to beautiful moorland views before a fast downhill finish and one final lap of the track in front of the crowds enjoying the sunshine. Rob Pressling proved age is no barrier, securing a podium spot with second place in his V70 age group.
Ian McClean, Julyan Bayes, Val McClean, Alix Reynolds, Rob Pressling
Bathed in sunshine and perfect race conditions, Torbay Velopark played host to the Donut Duathlon as Torbay Tri Club used home advantage to secure impressive podium finishes.
The run, bike, run action was fast from start to finish and saw James Alcock secure third spot overall in the Sprint distance race while Helen Mackie also impressed with second place in her age group. The real battle though took place between Gary Burman and Dave Brown as the pair were seconds apart through the whole race, with Burman narrowly crossing the line first.
James Alcock 49.14, Gary Burman 54.18, Dave Brown 54.26, Helen Mackie 1.04.25
In the Super Sprint race Kevin Crocker took top spot on the podium and retained his title from twelve months ago, winning in a time of 30.49
Starting and finishing at the wonderfully named Piddledown Common, Hamish Renton took part in the Deep River Trail 10k. Running to the depths of the Teign Valley before rising above the Fingle treeline, this was no walk in the park as Hamish completed the race in 1.08.02
Shaun McKernan was first at Torbay Parkrun in 18.08, with Mark Maslin 21.50 and Angie Allen 31.53
A trio from Torbay Tri Club headed to Gloucester to test their stamina and endurance over 20 miles, with Jon Pressling leading the team home and Naomi Flanagan claiming third place lady. Although not the toughest course, the three laps makes for a mental and physical challenge to test runners of all abilities. With a fast pace from the start, Jon maintained this throughout and finished strong to claim a top twenty result from nearly 500 runners while Naomi made her way through the field to secure a podium spot. Neil Downer also represented the club and put in a solid and well paced performance in preparation for Manchester Marathon next month.
Jon Pressling 2.09.06, Naomi Flanagan 2.17.09, Neil Downer 2.41.32
Cathy Parkinson ran to her strengths and produced a gutsy run at Weymouth Half Marathon to claim an age group win. The performance was made all the more impressive given the tough windy conditions as runners took in a scenic tour of Weymouth’s dramatic past and landscape through the town, harbour, sea front and Lodmoor Country Park. Attracting nearly 1,000 people Cathy crossed the line in a fantastic time of 1.38.25 and took top spot on the podium for her efforts.
Continuing his preparations for the Aquathlon World Championships in May, Gary Burman headed to Exmouth for round two of the Aquathlon series organized by Exeter Tri Club. Comprising of a 600m pool swim and 4.7k run, Gary secured a speedy 7th place finish in 28.17 and now looks forward to the next round in Dawlish at the end of the month and aims to go even quicker.
Racing against the best young runners in the country, James Alcock proudly represented Devon in the Senior Boys race at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Temple Newsam Park, Leeds. An honour in itself to be selected for his county, James lined up against over 300 other runners for the 6700m course and crossed the line in 24.19 for third place in the Devon team.
Hamish Renton enjoyed the thrills and spills of mountain bike racing in Round 1 of the Southern Enduro up at Haldon. Taking in plenty of off piste downhills sections around the testing 35k course, Hamish managed to race a clean line and put his technical bike skills to good use.
Despite far from ideal conditions there were personal best times for Mark Maslin and Samantha Froggatt at the Torbay Parkrun.
Shaun McKernan 18.31, Mark Maslin 21.39, Amanda Francis 25.16, Samantha Froggatt 28.57
While up north in Sheffield Jo Coish took part in the Graves Park Parkrun, finishing in 31.07
Jennifer Hourigan took to the streets of Barcelona to successfully complete her first marathon in an impressive time of just over four hours. The course runs in the shadow of iconic attractions around the Catalan city, including Sagrada Familia and Camp Nou, with crowds lining the streets to cheer on runners from around the world. Enjoying her debut over the marathon distance, Jennifer crossed the line in 4.06.28 and afterwards was looking forward to enjoying the city sights without running around them.
Prestwold Hall, Loughborough played host to the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships and Torbay Tri Club were represented by leading female runner Clara Horswell. Forming part of a six strong Devon team, Clara produced a strong performance over the 10,000m course that saw her up against the most talented cross country runners from across the country. Clara can be proud of her efforts in representing the county and came home in time of solid time of 45.27
20ish miles of mud, tough hills, cliff paths, steps, water and even more mud – Darren Francis not only tamed the infamous Grizzly race but did so in a fantastic time of 2.48.07 to finish in the top 10% from over 1600 finishers. Darren had previously completed the Grizzly on a number of occasions and all the winter training clearly paid off on the day. Darren was joined on the start by Jerry Hocking, another Grizzly veteran, who this year chose to run the shorter Cub race. Around half the distance at 9 miles, Jerry still got to take in the grueling ‘Stairway to Heaven’ coastal steps leading off Branscombe beach, and raced his way to a top ten finish in a swift time of 1.15.47
Ben Gerrish took first place at Torbay Parkrun and was joined by several members for the weekly 5k event.
Ben Gerrish 18.09, Amanda Francis 25.09, Peter Coish 25.41, Samantha Froggatt 29.51, Angela Allen 31.24
Up at Haldon Forest Parkrun, Stephen Wilbraham was the club’s sole representative and ran a time of 24.07
The 25th running of the Bideford Half Marathon attracted 13 members of Torbay Tri Club, who all put in impressive performances and included Bobby Singh completing his first race over the distance and Jason Hurford achieving a first sub 80 minute half marathon. Taking in magnificent countryside alongside the River Torridge, there was no time for sightseeing for many of the runners as Lee Turner claimed a top ten finish along with a V40 age group. Lee was joined on the age group podium by Jon Parkinson (2nd V50) and Wendy Urban (3rd V55) while Clara Horswell earned a top ten female finish. Many of the club’s runners are training for either Manchester or London marathon events next month and their times in Bideford show they are well on course with their training.
Lee Turner 1.14.01, Jason Hurford 1.19.49, Jon Parkinson 1.20.47, Nigel Fenn 1.24.30, Clara Horswell 1.26.49, Naomi Flanagan 1.30.13, Ian McClean 1.34.16, Glynn Hughes 1.35.35, Wendy Urban 1.36.25, Mark Marlin 1.42.07, Sarah Welsh 1.51.17, Adam Williams 1.53.19, Bobby Singh 1.55.13
In preparation for the Aquathlon World Championships in May, Gary Burman began his aquathlon season with a visit to Sidmouth for round one of the series organised by Exeter Tri Club. Comprising of a 600m pool swim and 5k run, Gary completed the two disciplines in 31.33 for 14th place from nearly 50 finishers. The next round takes place in two weeks in Exmouth.
It was a one, two at Torbay Parkrun as youth prevailed with Shaun McKernan narrowly finishing ahead of Jon Pressling while Helen Mackie produced a personal best time.
Shaun McKernan 18.34, Jon Pressling 18.40, Helen Mackie 22.26, Peter Coish 29.49, Jo Coish 29.51, Angie Allen 32.18
Up at Haldon Forest Parkrun Darren and Amanda Francis celebrated their respective 25th and 75th Parkruns and we’re joined by several other club members.
Darren Francis 20.32, Julyan Bayes 22.03, Paul Mulley 24.05, Gary Brenton 24.32, Amanda Francis 27.53
Neil Downer was the club’s sole representative at Parke Parkrun, running a time of 23.30
24th February 2019
Starting and finishing at Widecombe-in-the Moor, Torbay Tri Club’s lone representative at the Hameldown Hammer Half Marathon was Angela Reith who claimed first place in her age group. Rising high and steep with spectacular views across Dartmoor the route comprises almost entirely of trails and makes for a serious test of endurance that includes over 600m of ascent. Angela was amongst 200 finishes and crossed the finish line in 2.29.38
Terry Windeatt, one of the two V70’s in the club, knocked out a very commendable 2 19 at The Brighton Half Marathon, coming 9th out of the 15 in his AG.
Jerry Hocking made a familiar visit to the Dalwood Three Hills race, testing his stamina over 10 miles of multi-terrain on a course of challenging hills between Axminster and Honiton. Attracting nearly 100 runners, Jerry put his winter training to good strength by finishing 15th in 1.24.33
23rd February 2019
Torbay Parkrun attracted six club runners with Jason Hurford leading the way in first place, also securing a PB time.
Jason Hurford 17.19, Dave Brown 18.57, Gary Brenton 22.08, Mark Maslin 22.48, Bobby Singh 23.11, Jo Coish 30.28
Several members also took part in the inaugural Haldon Forest Parkrun, running their way around 5k of forest trails.
Shaun McKernan 18.48, Steve Wilbraham 23.44, Charlie Harris 27.28, Rob Harris 40.53
17th Februray 2019
A 1000m swim and 10k run was the order of the day for a group from Torbay Tri Club at the Taunton Deane Aquathlon. Now in its 15th year the annual event is an early season opportunity to put winter training to the test and that’s exactly what everyone did. Starting with a pool swim and a speedy transition it was then onto the challenging run course which included plenty of lumps and hills along quiet country lanes. Cathy Parkinson was first back from the club and also achieved an age group win while Terry Windeatt also won his respective age group.
Cathy Parkinson 1.05.09, Kevin Crocker 1.06.05, Rose Parkhouse 1.16.40, Bobby Singh 1.20.39, Terry Windeatt 1.30.21
In the short distance race, covering a 500m swim and 5k run, Gary Burman was fifth place overall and second senior in 29.17
Kevin Crocker, Cathy Parkinson and Bobby Singh after completing the full distance Taunton Aquathlon.
They say every second counts and for Ian Tyson just one second meant he achieved a personal best time over the distance at the Hampton Court Half Marathon, crossing the line in a fantastic time of 1.15.28 It was not just the time which was impressive though as Ian also finished 13th overall from over 2700 runners and proved his marathon training is well on track.
It was full steam ahead for runners from Torbay Tri Club as they aimed to Beat the Train on a scenic journey along riverside paths and woodland trails between Totnes and Staverton. Covering nearly 7 miles, first home from the club was Matthew Botting in 1.03.21, closely followed by Gary Brenton in 1.03.57. Rachel Carter was the club’s sole female representative and finished back at Totnes station in 1.24.34
Saturday 16th Feb 2019
It was a club 1,2,3 at Torbay Parkrun as Lee Turner, Darren Francis and Shaun McKernan raced their way around the Velopark and fields.
Lee Turner 17.01, Darren Francis 18.14, Shaun McKernan 18.29, Naomi Flanagan 19.14, Mark Maslin 22.01, Amanda Francis 25.18, Samantha Francis 30.14.
At Exeter Parkrun Jerry Hocking secured a PB time in 18.45 while Kevin Woodard was third at Parke in 19.20
20th January 2019
The First Chance 10k attracted a large turn out from Torbay Tri Club as 14 members raced their way around the fast, flat course at Exeter riverside. Lee Turner was first back from the club and was first V40 in fourth place overall from a very strong field, while there was impressive performances throughout from the club.Lee Turner 33.43, Ian Tyson 34.29, Jason Hurford 36.53, Darren Francis 37.19, Ben Gerrish 38.22, Nick Cull 43.06, Mark Maslin 45.55, Gary Brenton 48.12, Adam Williams 49.12, Sarah Lakey 52.13, Amanda Francis 53.05, Bobby Singh 53.18, Glynn Hughes 56.05, Jo Coish 58.12Torbay Parkrun 19th January 2019
Naomi Flanagan was first lady in 19.18, followed by Julyan Bayes 20.55, Stephen Wilbraham 21.47 and Samantha Froggatt 30.16
Jerry Hocking was the club’s only runner at Parke Parkrun and finished in 21.01
Dawlish Obelisk 13/01/2019
Spectacular views, country lanes and forest trails – the annual running of the Oh My Obelisk has it all, along with plenty of hills across the 13 mile distance. Darren Francis was Torbay Tri Club’s leading runner and was second in his age group, finishing 12th overall from almost 200 runners in 1.35.23. Darren was joined by teammate Dan Hallam who was 42nd in 1.49.31
In the shorter 9 mile event Naomi Flanagan had an impressive race to finish runner up and first lady in 1.07.14
Lee Turner was first at Torbay Parkrun and also ran a personal best time for the course in a speedy 16.48.
Mark Maslin 22.29, Gary Brenton 22.44, Julyan Bayes 23.03, Jo Coish 29.02, Samantha Froggatt 31.06.
Continuing his fine form after winning the Plympton January Jaunt 10k last week, Kevin Woodard was just as fast over 5k to be first across the line at Parke Parkrun in 18.06.
Stoke Stampede 06/01/2019
Ian Tyson got his year off to a flying start with victory at the Stoke Stampede 10k. Taking in an undulating course and the odd steep climb, a village feeling to the race attracted 365 runners with Ian securing his win in a speedy 35.36
Plympton January Jaunt 06/01/2019
Starting and finishing at Plymouth Devils Speedway, Kevin Woodard put in a speedy performance to win the Plympton January Jaunt 10k. The popular event, organised by Plymouth Round Table, attracted over 500 runners.
It was a double for Torbay Tri Club’s runners this weekend as Shaun Mckernan and Darren Francis were first across the line at Torbay and Teignmouth while Dave Brown also recorded a PB.
Torbay Parkrun 05/01/2019
Shaun Mckernan 18.04, Dave Brown 18.53, Stephen Wilbraham 22.30, Gary Brenton 23.21, Bobby Singh 23.44, Mark Maslin 23.48, Jo Coish 32.30, Samantha Froggatt 32.39