For the second week in a row many races across the country were cancelled due to the weather with this time Storm Dennis taking it’s toll on the sporting community. Perhaps with a degree of foresight Gary Burman escaped to sunnier climes to take on the Castellon 10k on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. The 10k was part of the wider weekend marathon festival with a particular highlight being the beer and pizza provided at the finish line. Gary completed a solid a run with a chip time of 42.02 and coming in 243rd.


Torbay Velopark parkrun – 12 Matthew Aplin 20.05, 13 Jerry Hocking 20.06, 21 Naomi Flanagan 20.42, 33 Mark France 21.54, 36 Simon Johnson 22.01, 63 Stephen Wilbraham 23.23, 70 Mark Maslin 23.47, 96 Jason Wyatt 25.31, 138 Amanda Francis 27.58, 185 Samantha Froggatt 32.06, 196 Richard Rollings 33.22.

Coventry parkrun – 479 Angela Allen 37.51.


With Storm Ciara  approaching the UK many races were cancelled across the country for Sunday 9th February. This included one of the two races at the Exeter Half Marathon which unfortunately was unable to be take place on the Sunday due to the amber weather warning in force. Fortunately for those booked to race on Saturday the weather was still calm and race took place along the flat and traffic free routes of the paths along the River Exe and Exeter Canal. An ideal race for those wanting to test their fitness and see how their spring marathon training is going, the popular races have sold out for the last few years. Paul Whitehead having PB’d a 10k at the same location only a few weeks earlier continued his recent excellent form and went sub 1.30 for the first time. In a very competitive field with a winning time of 1.11.43 for the 13.1 mile race, Paul paced his run perfectly with consistent splits throughout and earned a throughly deserved 56th place in a time of 1.29.15.

Torbay Velopark parkrun – 10 Naomi Flanagan 20.06, 14 Mark Colombini 20.38, 22 Mark France 21.25, 86 Peter Coish 24.50, 108 Naoko McKinnon 26.06, 114 Amanda Francis 26.23, 262 Angela Allen 36.10, 295 Paul Carthy 39.19.

Wotton parkrun – 6 Gary Burman 22.49.

Clair parkrun – 51 Rachel Longthorpe 25.05.

Telford parkrun – 504 Richard Rollings 35.15.

Roosevelt Islam DC parkrun 🇺🇸 – 3 Andrew Longthorpe 20.16

Torbay Tri CLub is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded the TriMark Club Bronze Accreditation by British Triathlon. The award which is assessed against a strict criteria laid down by British Triathlon highlights the work Torbay Tri Club has made as an improving and evolving club to conform with the national standards and best practice. A considerable amount of work by Lead Coach Jon Parkinson, Chairman Simon Mills and the rest of the committee has been completed to achieve the award by ensuring that all the appropriate policies are in place for coaching and safeguarding. Torbay Tri Club is continuing to grow with new members regularly joining, which shows the continued enthusiasm for triathlon within Torbay and the surrounding areas. The award also demonstrates the openness to all abilities within the club as well as conforming with the British Triathlon equity policy. The club will now begin working towards the next stage of the TriMark awards with continued improvements.

Further details about the TriMark award  accreditation can be found here: TriMark Award


For an early season marathon Steve Donnelly did not shy away from entering a tough one. The Portland Coastal Marathon is certainly that with its rugged coastline, dramatic views and an elevation profile that would put most people off. Having to also carry the mandatory kit puts into perspective the hazardous nature of trail racing on the coast path especially in the winter. Steve described the race as “very windy, hilly and muddy”, but despite this Steve had an incredible race finishing in 11th position with a chip time of 4.14.52.

Newquay Road Runners hosted it’s annual 10k road race which has been a firm fixture on the local running calendar since 1987. Forming part of the Cornwall Grand Prix series nearly 800 competitors arrived at Newquay sports centre ready for the fast and flattish race with just a couple of hills thrown in for good measure. The sole entrant for Torbay Tri Club was Becky George who had a strong race finishing in 433rd position and well within the hour with a time of 56.31.


Torbay Velopark parkrun – 3 Darren Francis 17.52, 74 Mark Maslin 24.29, 109 Naoko McKinnon 25.44, 150 Jed Kay 27.58, 160 Natalie Tidball 28.45, 169 Jo Coish 29.17, 192 Amanda Francis 30.04, 207 Richard Rollings 31.06, 284 Angela Allen 37.30.

Teignmouth Promenade parkrun – 21 Frank Reay 21.23.

Haldon Forest parkrun – 69 Elsie Chadd 27.04.

Princes parkrun, Liverpool – 132 Jenny Hourigan 24.00.


South of the equator and on the other side of the world Cassandra Harrison tackled the Kingston Australia Day Swim in Tasmania. Despite the relatively mild 17° water temperature the swim was not for the faint hearted following a white shark sighting at Kingston Beach only two weeks ago. With the race briefing even containing a ‘what to do if a shark is seen’ instruction, arguably the swim paces may have been pushed a little harder than normal by some athletes. Cassandra swam in the longer of the two distances and completed the 1500m course in an excellent time of 29.46 coming 11th in her age group.


The first edition of the Exeter Epic Trail 10k lived up to its name with a 10k race around the beautiful surroundings of Haldon Forest. With entries of 1000+ runners the race did not disappoint with the as promised epic hills, ensuring the runners had a tough but enjoyable run. Four members accepted the challenge with notable performances by Cathy Parkinson claiming 1st female vet 50 and a strong run by Matt Aplin coming 4th in his 40-49 age group. 24 Matt Aplin 43.23, 106 (1st FV50) 48.45, 209 Paul Carthy 51.19, 569 Charlie Harris 59.09.

Torbay Velopark parkrun – 12 Jon Glasser 19.41, 14 Hans Edwards 19.47, 19 Mark Colombini 20.15, 51 Mark Maslin 22.38, 87 Peter Coish 25.03, 102 Amanda Francis 26.06, 156 Jo Coish 29.17, 208 Richard Rollings, 287 Ben Gerrish 38.13.

Killerton parkrun – 12 Jerry Hocking 21.11.

Coventry parkrun – 820 Angela Allen 38.05.


On a frosty morning in Exeter local club runners lined up for the First Chance 10k for one of the first 10k tests of 2020. With a couple of weeks of post Christmas training in their legs Torbay Tri Club fielded a strong presence at the sell out race with 20 members lining up on the start. Described as a fast and flat race around Exeter Riverside Valley Park the amended course to previous years did little to deter the runners with several members achieving PB’s. 10 (3rd MV40) Lee Turner 34.38, 24 Jason Hurford 36.19, 28 Dave Brown 37.25, 43 (3rd MV50) Darren Francis 37.49, 64 Paul Whitehead 39.09, 109 Gary Burman 42.18, 114 Tom Hutton 42.24, 117 Naomi Flanagan 42.42, 141 Ian McClean 44.02, 172 (1st FV50) Jo Loten 45.40, 203 Simon Loten 47.15, 243 Bobby Singh 49.19, 280 Mark Tidball 51.16, 312 Katie Hutton 52.49, 323 (2nd FV60) Naoko McKinnon 53.14, 329 Howard Brugge 53.10, 336 Charlie Harris 53.52, 347 Amanda Francis 54.19, 415 Natalie Tidball 58.09, 435 Jo Coish 59.49.

In Chepstow Kevin Woodard lined up for another fast and flat race at the Speedway 10k. The two lap race lives by the mantra ‘go hard or go home’ and aims to help push runners to achieve their potential by racing with similar abilities and improving their times. In a very strong and competitive field it lived up to the promise of exceptionally quick times. The concept certainly worked with Kevin achieving a 10k PB and coming 63rd in 34.07.


Parke parkrun – 6 Jerry Hocking 22.06.

Lanhydrock parkrun – 142 Samantha Froggatt 35.12.


Dawlish Coasters were the hosts of the popular local race Oh My Obelisk!, in what is the Coaster’s 25th anniversary year. With two distances to choose from, athletes were guaranteed mud and hills aplenty on both the 13.1 mile half marathon course and the 9 mile course. The multi terrain course has a mix of fields, woodland and  and country lanes along with the stunning views as the runners climb to the Mamhead Obelisk from Dawlish before heading back. The course is not to be underestimated and is a real test of the legs and even has a few fallen trees to contend with. It’s certainly fair to say the runners all produced excellent results.

Half Marathon – 6 (1st VM50) Darren Francis 1.34.00, 116 Rachel Longthorpe 2.13.43, 131 Jason Wyatt 2.19.55, 158 Davina Cull 2.26.23.

9 Mile – 5 (2nd VM40) Jerry Hocking 1.10.16, 72 Amanda Francis 1.41..43


Torbay Velopark parkrun – 3 Matthew Aplin 19.18, 6 Ben Gerrish 19.44, 12 Naomi Flanagan 20.28, 13 Jon Glasser 20.35, 35 Helen Mackie 22.18, 217 Natalie Tidball 32.12, 228 Richard Rollings 32.51.

Teignmouth Promenade parkrun – 20 Frank Reay 21.27, 25 Jerry Butcher 21.55.

Haldon Forest parkrun – 159 Samantha Froggatt 35.00.

Exmouth parkrun – 47 Cathy Parkinson 22.06.

Netley Abbey parkrun – 168 Mark Maslin 28.48.



The annual Stoke Stampede in the small Somerset village of Stoke St Gregory may have started as a fun race between rival pubs in the village but has since grown to be a firm favourite for an early January test. With limited entries the race attracts many serious runners as well as beginners and sells out quickly every year. Taking place predominantly on small, undulating country lanes, it passes supporters in the village centre twice ensuring the athletes have plenty of encouragement as they race. In fine form Ian Tyson won the race with Kevin Woodard continuing on his recent good times coming third. 1 Ian Tyson 33.58, 3 Kevin Woodard 34.19.

Closer to home Exeter hosted the New Year 5, a 5 mile race on what is described as ‘pancake’ flat on laps of Exwick Playing Fields. Ideal for those hunting elusive PB’s and also those who may have started running as part of a New Year resolution. Four athletes from Torbay Tri all had excellent results with none of the athletes outside the top three for their respective age category. 10 (2nd M35+) Dave Brown 29.30, 35 (3rd M55+) Frank Reay 34.55, 41 (2nd M45+) Tom Hutton 35.14, 44 (1st F50+) Cathy Parkinson 35.49.


Torbay Velopark parkrun – 10 Matthew Aplin 19.16, 11 Naomi Flanagan 19.34, 13 Hans Edwards 20.16, 24 Stephen Wilbraham 21.19, 33 Glynn Hughes 22.03, 41 Mark Maslin 22.39, 89 Howard Brugge 24.48, 114 Julyan Bayes 25.37, 116 Naoko McKinnon 25.42, 161 Jed Kay 28.30, 188 Charlie Harris 29.41, 216 Natalie Tidball 31.22, 228 Richard Rollings 32.23.

Teignmouth parkrun – 20 Frank Reay 22.00.

Parke parkrun – 3 Darren Francis 20.17, 94 Amanda Francis 31.47.

Haldon Forest parkrun – 64 Davina Cull 27.24.

Exeter Riverside parkrun – 21 Gary Burman 20.22.

Exmouth parkrun – 76 Urszula Donigiewicz 23.14.

Bath Skyline parkrun – 23 Shaun McKernan 21.06.

Croxteth Hall parkrun – 119 Jenny Hourigan 25.06.


Torbay Velopark parkrun – 1 Dave Brown 17.22, 11 Naomi Flanagan 19.31, 14 Paul Whitehead 19.56, 17 Frank Reay 20.30, 23 Hans Edwards 20.46, 27 Gary Burman 21.02, 31 Stephen Wilbraham 21.29, 45 Glynn Hughes 22.26, 58 Bobby Singh 23.05, 63 Jason Wyatt 23.14, 86 Cathy Parkinson 24.34, 99 Charlie Harris 25.22, 135 David Hewet 27.10, 235 Richard Rollings 33.33, 301 Naoko McKinnon 57.31.

Exmouth parkrun – 111 Stephen Wilbraham 22.42, 257 Howard Brugge 26.17, 296 Nicholas Cull 27.18, 301 Davina Cull 27.25.

Haldon Forest parkrun – 7 Kevin Woodard 18.36, 16 Darren Francis 19.17, 342 Nicholas Cull 29.05, 365 Howard Brugge 29.29, 368 Davina Cull 29.33, 381 Amanda Francis 30.09.

Killerton parkrun – 3 Darren Francis 20.10, 22 Paul Whitehead 22.51, 26 Gary Burman 23.03, 126 Amanda Francis 29.47.