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3rd and 4th for Torbay AC in Wellington Monument 10k
Sunday 22nd December 2013

Quite possibly the hilliest and toughest 6.27 mile course on the “Blackdown hills” Start from ‘The Catherine Wheel Public house’ in the village square at Hemyock and runners have a uphill climb to Wellington Monument. The race finish at Hemyock County Primary School.

Commemorative award, hot toddy & mince pie was awarded to all finishers

Ten Torbay Athletic Club members travelled up to Somerset for the Wellington Monument Road Race. This event was chosen as the club championship road race and was also one of the chosen races in the club grand prix race series.

From the start Arran Tocknell and Peter Monaghan led the race with Phil Burden and Ben Pointing from Taunton Athletic Club. The first mile was mostly flat before the only one big hill of almost two miles leading up to the monument. The Taunton pair manage to reach the monument with a small lead on Tocknell and Monaghan. The Torbay pair chased hard back down to Henyock village but could catch up. The race was won by Phil Burden with his team mate Phil Burden second. The Torbays battled it out for the third podium position which was eventually taken by Arran Tocknell. Peter Monaghan finished fourth. There was a team prize on offer (4 fastest club runners to count) Torbay’s Martyn Breslan finished 16th and Kevin Fine 32nd wasn’t strong enough to prevent Taunton Athletic Club from winning the team prize.

Torbay AC Results
3 Arran Tocknell (35.37) – 4 Peter Monaghan (35.54, 1st MV45) – 16 Martyn Breslan (38.17) – 32 Kevin Fine (41.45) – 79 Greg Fine (47.59, 2nd MV60) – 102 Nick Dance (50.13) – 123 Debbie Drake (52.56, 3rd FV45) – 124 Irene Hewings (53.03, 3rd FV55) – 128 Ray Brown (53.26) – 141 Tessa Hearfield (55.22)

Peter Monaghan 3rd in Wyvern Christmas Cracker
Sunday 22nd December 2013

Race organised by Weston Athletic Club. Only Peter Monaghan from Torbay Athletic Club travels to Somerset for the Wyvern Christmas Cracker 10k. A 10k beach race in Weston -super-Mare, the course is almost completely flat, but this race is more about fun than aiming for a pb. Fancy dress is encouraged (you cannot race without at least one piece of tinsel). Its a large field, with around 2000 other runners, but the organisation is very good.

Race was won by Chris Old from Westion Athletic Club in 34:53. Only ten seconds prevented Pete from finishing seconds as David Coales from Team Bath Athletic Club finish in 35:21. Pete manage to beat Russell Forsbrook from Cheltenham and County Harriers to claim the third podium spot in 35:31.

Torbay AC Results
3 Peter Monaghan 35:31

Jon and Cathy wins awards in Boxing Day Leyland 10k
Wednesday 26th December 2013

Two Torbay Athletic Club members travelled up north for the Boxing Day Leyland 10k.. The Leyland Boxing Day 10k is a picturesque road race in and around Worden Park. Worden Park is a large area of parkland situated on the outskirts of Leyland, a town in the borough of South Ribble, Lancashire,

Jon Parkinson finished 8th overall in 35:43 and won 2nd MV45 age category. Jon wife Cathy was 9th lady and finished in 42:57. Cathy won 1st FV45 age Category.

Torbay AC Results
8 Jon Parkinson (35:43) – 74 Cathy Parkinson (42:57)
Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon
The 4th year for the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon. If you like to run something slightly different just before christmas then this is for you. Full Marathon running from South parade pier to the end of the Hayling Billy line and return. With some fantastic views across langstone harbour. All in aid of the RNLI.

Stephen Lofthouse completed the marathon in extreme tough conditions, it was very windy for the last two miles directly into wind on seafront, very muddy and he ran 26 miles with wet feet. It was a brilliant course for running along roads, cycle path, fields and shingle beach with big puddles and serious mud.

Torbay AC Results
365 Stephen Lofthouse (3:55:14) – 852 Sally Shoolbraid (4:40:36)
Arran Tocknell wins his 7th Cockington Christmas Caper
The 2013 Cockington Christmas Caper now in its 9th year started and finished at Occombe Farm instead of Cockington, this change made it possible to increase the race entry limit to 275. This new head quarters provided runners with ample free parking, along with the cafe and shop opening up for supporters and runners, the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust also provided a BBQ and bar.

Runners were being encouraged this year to raise sponsorship for East Devon Cystic Fibrosis Quality of Life Fund, a fund which is used to help people with Cystic Fibrosis enhance their quality of life, Organiser Matt Day from The Barnabas Sports Trust said “The Trust is always keen to hear from any company who would like to get involved with sponsoring the event or donating prizes for future events”.

All 275 places for this event were taken two weeks before race day, but unlucky entrants were encouraged to come along and cheer on the runners. The race is much loved for its unique features as well as the challenge it provides for participants, the race route headed down from Occombe Farm to the beautiful Cockington Country Park through 7¼ miles of scenic countryside! providing some of the muddiest and steepest hills in Torbay through Scadson Woods where runners had a couple of small river crossing, there were certainly plenty of thrills and spills for spectators to enjoy. A festive atmosphere was created with every finisher receiving a Christmas cake and being greeted with the sound of Christmas carols at the finish line. Runners who completed the race were also awarded a unique Cockington Christmas Caper mug.

The Christmas Caper race was part of Torbay Athletic Club’s Grand Prix race series which and produced a large entry from the Torquay based club. This year the Club decided to hold its Club Christmas party the night before this race. Some members decided to give the race a miss so they can enjoy a few extra drinks but despite the party the Club still manage to produce by far the largest team with 34 members completing this event.

This event was the very first race for Torbay A C new members Mike Singleton Green, Mark Bruce, Mark Cockerton, Ian Trevis, Ryan Benney also for Patrick Roberts and his wife Katharina all these members having good runs.

Torbay A C’s Arran Tocknell lead the race from the start, with unattached runner Henry Urvine chasing him hard, but Arran manage to pull away on the first tough hill at around 2 miles, gradually increasing his lead to win with a 81 second gap in 47:36. This was the 7th time Arran has won The Cockington Christmas Caper and also his 4th Caper win in a row.

Torbay AC’s Tony Foster claimed the third podium position in a time of 51:55 next home for the club was Russell Hart finishing 4th, Alex Snell 5th, and Martyn Breslan 6th Last year the club had four members in the top eight, this year the club improved on this with 5 members in the top 6.

It was 2nd and 3rd placings for Torbay Ladies, Wendy Urban a previous 5 times winner finishing 2nd, with her team mate Cathy Parkinson just 4 minutes behind in 3rd spot.

For the first time this year, the race offered Mens and Ladies Team prize’s, both of these were won by the Torbay A C Club, the teams were Arran Tocknell, Tony Foster and Russell Hart in the Mens Team with Wendy Urban, Cathy Parkinson and Ellie Edwards in the Ladies Team.

There were also category winners…
Arran Tocknell 1st Senior Man, Martyn Breslan 1st MV35, Tony Foster 1st MV40, Iain Donnelly 2nd MV40, Stephen Lofthouse 3rd MV45, Ray Brown 1st MV65, Cathy Parkinson 1st FV45, Wendy Urban 1st FV50, Irene Hewings 3rd FV55.

Torbay Results
1 Arran Tocknell (47:36) – 3 Tony Foster (51:55, 1st MV40) – 4 Russell Hart (52:21) – 5 Alex Snell (53:59) – 6 Martyn Breslan (55:21) – 15 Ryan Benney (57:44) -17 Iain Donnelly (58:40, 2nd MV40) -18 Jake Thorn (58:47) -19 Wendy Urban(59:10, 1st FV50) – 21 Stephen Lofthouse (59:21) – 22 Ian Trevis (1:00:01) – 36 Stuart Sweatman (1:02:32) – 37 Mark Cockerton (1:03:02) – 39 Cathy Parkinson (1:03:17, 1st FV45) – 44 Anthony Raine (1:04:06) – 54 Patrick Roberts (1:05:47) – 57 Chris Leaman (1:06:21) – 59 Tim Lewry (1:06:53) – 68 George Melling (1:07:51) – 70 Colin Shoolbraid (1:08:01) – 80 Eleanor Edwards (1:09:34) – 90 Mike Davies (1:10:31) – 103 Mike Singleton Green (1:12:39) – 111 Mark Bruce (1:13:42) – 113 Trystan King (1:14:19) – 115 Steven Monaghan (1:14:46) – 120 Irene Hewings (1:16:16) – 124 Sally Davies (1:16:57) – 134 Tessa Hearfield (1:18:49) – 137 Debbie Drake (1:19:37) – 148 Sally Shoolbraid (1:21:04) – 169 Ray Brown (1:25:04, 1st MV65) – 177 Katharina Roberts (1:27:08) – 198 Shelly Nicholson (1:34:08)

Torbay AC member Emma Butt competed in this road event. The course starting and finishing in the village of Keyworth. was a single circuit considered to be both challenging, rewarding and a little hilly! as it passes through the villages of the South Nottinghamshire Wolds, Emma completed the race in ( 1:50:52) in 491 st place out of 868 runners. Emma was “Well pleased” with that time on a tough course and feeling happy!
incorporating the Westward League Cross Country Race Series

Photo at start of girls race No 17 – Megan Webber leading the Devon Cross Country Championship at Exeter.

Devon Cross Country Championship was held in fields next to Exeter Arena. The tough hilly course of almost 9km was a good test of stamina and fitness for Torbay Athletic Club men. The competition was part of the Westward League Cross Country Race Series which consist of 6 races, Redruth, Newquay, Exeter, Westward Ho!, Bovey Tracey and Plymouth.

On the day there were two sets of results one set for the Westward League and one for the Devon Cross Country Championship, to be included in these results runners must have lived in Devon for over 9 months.

Torbay Athletic Club Team Captain Matthew Day entered 8 senior men for the Westward League. 6 of these men also entered the Devon Cross Country Championship.

The Devon Championship attracts the very best athletes and this race was dominated by three Devon runners who also run for clubs outside the county Bristol and Derby. Race winner was Tom Merson of Bristol and West, 2nd Jonny Gilbey from Derby AC, 3rd Andrew Chambers Bristol and West.

This was first race for Torbay A C new member Iain Donnelly who has just moved to South Devon and joined the Torbay Club. Iain choose Torbay AC as it was similar club to his old club Wimborne A C offering cross country, track, road and multi terrain running.

Devon Championship results
23 Martyn Breslan (30:53, 4th MV35) – 26 Jon Parkinson 2nd vet (31:02, 2nd MV45) – 39 Andrew Longthorpe (32:29) – 57 Stephen Lofthouse (35:32) – 58 Matthew Day (35:53) – 62 Stephen Wilbraham (36:49)

Westward League results
42 Martyn Breslan (30:53, 4th MV35) – 45 Jon Parkinson 2nd vet (31:02, 2nd MV45) – 73 Andrew Longthorpe (32:29) – 109 Iain Donnelley (35:08) – 113 Stephen Lofthouse (35:32) – 116 Matthew Day (35:53) – 126 Stuart Sweatman (36:18) – 132 Stephen Wilbraham (36:49)
In the junior 3000 metre Cross Country Race

Under 13 Results
Oakleyn James (age12 ) finished 20th in the U13 Boys (10:59)
Megan Webber (age12 ) finished 13th in the U13 Girls (11:49) photo at start of girls race No 17
Round 3 Exeter Arena 3000 metres Track
13 Torbay Athletic Club members took part in the third and final round of the Exeter 3000 metre winter series. For many it was there first experience running on a real athletic track. Nothing like the boggy lumpy summer tracks we have in Torbay.

The event was held at the South West’s premier athletics stadium all weather track at Exeter Arena.

On the night each runner had to complete 7½ laps of the 400 metre track (almost 1.9 miles). There were 6 races on the evening with the slowest runners in first race and fastest in last race. There was also a one-mile race for children under 11 years old consisting of 4 laps.

Conditions on the night were much colder then the previous two rounds with temperature close to freezing.

The event attracted over 120 athletes from most of Devon and beyond.

There were age category awards for athletes who completed all three rounds. Scoring was based on accumulative time over the 3 rounds.

Many runners were as young as 12 years old competed with the adults and vets in the 3000 metres event.

The Torquay based club boast a number of amazing juniors who were all age 13 years old. Coach Tim Peters was very keen to show every one how good these youngsters are. These juniors are keen to do endurance training and compete in endurance events and they train mostly running the streets of Torquay as there not track facilities in the bay. Exeter Arena is the nearest track for Torbay runners. This was the last event for a while as the Arena is due to be closed from January to June 2014 for complete re surfacing.

Oakley James who completed previous two 3000 metres events ran the third round in a personal best time of 11:02 and on the night Oakley was the fastest runner in 13 and under age group, he was 3rd fastest Torbay runner beating most of the adults male and female members including his coach. Oakley won the 2nd Male 13 category.

Megan Webber also completed previous two 3000 metres events and ran the third round in a personal best time of 11:49 Megan started first round with a 11:59 but for round two she was 19 seconds slower. Round three she manage produce her best race ever by 10 seconds in 11:49. Magan won 2nd 13 Girl category and manage to gain two PB’s during the series.

Jake Harker ran his first 3000 metres in the 13 and under category and he also had a great run with a finishing time of 13:26. Tim Peter (Junior coach) broke 12-minute for the first time.

It was very first run for two new club members and they were very proud to wear the clubs yellow and red vest for their first event. Steve Howlett and Eve Bates who both had great runs. Eve daughter who has just started running entered the under 11 one mile race and was very surprise to finish in a time 7:26.

Fastest club member on the night was Martyn Breslan who ran the 3000 metres third round in a time of 9:49, a second slower then his personal best time set at in round two but it was good enough to be awarded second Senior Man prize.

Jake Thorn ran round 1 and 2 in 10:44 but he manage to gain a personal best in round 3 by 5 seconds. Jake finished 5th for the overall series.

Stephen Wilbraham also improved in the 3rd round by 2 seconds which was good enough for the 2nd Mens Vets 45 award.

Stephen Lofthouse missed out on round one, he improved on his 2nd round time by 16 seconds.

Anthony Raine and Natasha Stanbury ran their first track race event and both ran very well and very much enjoyed the experience.

3000 Metre Results Martyn Breslan (9:49, 2nd SM) – Jake Thorn (10:39) – Oakley James (11:02, 2nd M13) – Stephen Lofthouse (11:10) – Stephen Wilbraham (11:19, 2nd MV45) – Steve Howlett (11:39) – Anthony Raine (11:39) – Megan Webber (11:49, 2nd F13) – Tim Peters (11:58, 3rd MV40) – Natasha Stanbury (12:56) – Jake Harker (13:26) – Eve Bates (13:45) One Mile Race Results Lily Bates (7:26)
Lake to Lake 10K in Lakeland, Florida.
Karen and Paul Frissen ran in the Lake to Lake 10K in Lakeland, Florida (November 16th) whilst on vacation.

It was a good race very well organised and challenging, especially for central Florida as there are 4 hills going up and down from lake to lake, but flat around the lakes. Beautiful course.

The weather was kind to them as it was cooler on race day than the previous days and they even had some rain.

Karen done really well and won award for being second in age category with a time of 51:15 and Paul placed 60th. Paul was placed 47th with a race time of 49:57.

47 Paul Frissen (49:57) – 60 Karen Frissen (51:15, 2nd FV45)
Second and Third podium spots for Torbay Athletic Club at the Bicton Blister.
Ten Torbay Athletic Club members travelled to East Devon to compete in the Bicton Blister a 10 mile multi-terrain race over Woodbury Common starting and finishing at Bicton College, Budleigh Salterton. This was a very tough event with some deep puddles river crossings, hills, mud, gorse bushes and an uphill section in stream, all adding pain to runners legs!

Two years ago Arran Tocknell had stiff competition from Stuart Hall of Tipton Harriers, this year there was a different rival, Andrew Chambers from Bristol and West A C. Arran who early this week was suffering from the a stomach bug, started conservatively in 5th place, gradually moving up to 2nd, but an in form Chambers managed to pull further away form him towards the end to finish just under a minute ahead of Arran, who was just over a minute faster than his 2011 race. Club mate Simon Longthorpe was less then a minute behind him to claim the third podium position. Third home for Torbay was Jon Pressling in 25th place.

For the mens team prize Torbay had very strong competition from Exeter Harriers who had four members in the top 25 finishers, Torbay’s Stuart Parkes finishing in 59th place with a 1minute PB, was enough to give Torbay the 2nd place Mens Team Award. There were 440 finishers.

Torbay AC Results
2 Arran Tocknell (1:02:14) – 3 Simon Longthorpe (1:03:11) – 25 Jon Pressling (1:11:00) – 59 Stuart Parkes (1:17:03) – 106 James Hartridge (1:22:28) – 116 Cathy Parkinson (1:23:29, 2nd FV45) – 184 Colin Shoolbraid (1:30:07) – 294 Sally Davies (1:41:25) – 343 Sally Shoolbraid (1:48:13) – 418 Alix Reynolds (2:05:32)
From the heat of the desert….
BITathon 10k RAK Great Race U.A.E

Torbay Athletic Club member Liam Doyle currently working in Dubai, took on the BITathon 10k- RAK Great Race in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates Ras al-Khaimah is one of the Arab sheikhdoms forming the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its name means “Top of the Tent”.
The event was organised by The Birla Institute of Technology and Science The weather was 30c and a little humid after the first rain of the year !

Over 350 entered the race the comfortable winner was Ismail Ssenyange( 32:56) who was second in the San Francisco Marathon earlier this year.
Liam’s result 12th overall & 2nd Vet, time 44:21
The Drogo Ten
The course is 10(ish) miles of hilly , muddy cross-country terrain, enjoy the stunning views of the Teign valley, and tackle the infamous Hunter’s Path hill . From the start it’s was eyes down as the route plunges onto the steep tracks and beautiful trails around the estate. The up-and-down route showcased the estate’s stunning scenery as well as its man-made features. Scrambling over a stone stile on a dry-stone wall allowed for a bit of a rest, while stone and wooden bridges afforded great river views before a tough hands-on-knees climb up to the finish.

A great turn out this year with more than 500 finishers in the Drogo Ten, Good running weather and some record times with three runners coming in under one hour! Winner was Ton Merson from Exmouth Harriers in 58:17, followed by Ceri Rees Wild Runners 58:54 and 3rd was Andrew Chambers in 59:22 from Bristol and West. Torbay Athletic Club first member home just over the hour was Jon Parkinson in 1:04:18 and he won 1st Male Vet 45 age category and finished 7th Overall and Stephenie Townsend was club first lady in 1:37:51.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
7 Jon Parkinson (1:04:18, 1st MV45) – 306 Stephenie Townsend (1:37:51) – 313 Rachel Longthorpe (1:39:01) – 360 Tessa Hearfield (1:43:48) – 361 Ray Brown (1:43:48)
Round Two of the Indoor Sporthall League
Good day at Dawlish for the 2nd round of the Indoor sportshall league. Nice turn out of 16 kids. This meeting doubled up as the County champs. and selection meeting for the regional finals early next year. 6 of our juniors came away with medals, 12 medals in total, 11 won by girls and 1 by a boy – Barney. Highlights Megan Webber 2 wins in 2 lap, and 2 lap hurdles, plus 3rd in 4 lap. Georgia Davies wins 1 lap hurdles plus 3rd in both 1 lap and vertical jump. Sasha wins standing triple jump plus 3rd in high. Emily 2 silvers in Standing triple and 2 lap hurdles. Rebecca 2nd in standing long jump and Barney 2nd in standing long jump.
7 second pb’s by club trio at Round Two of the 3000 metres Track at Exeter Arena
3000 metre event 7 and a half laps of the track. Races are held every two weeks from Monday 28th October. There’s only 3 races in this race series. Over 100 runners from clubs in Devon produce teams for this event. Races were seeded by using runners anticipated finish time.
Round 2 there was 6 races. First race starting 7pm and last race finishing 9pm.

Round Two
Martyn Breslan was first home for Torbay Athletic Club in round one finished Martyn was 6th in 9:55 and in round 2 he improved on his previous time by 7 seconds, finishing 6th again in 9:48.

Jake Thorn achieved the exactly same time as he did in round 1 (10:44)
Oakley James who is only age 13 was 7 seconds faster in round 2 and finished 11:05.
Stephen Wilbraham also improved his time by 7 seconds in a time of 11:21.

This was Stephen Lofthouse first ever track race and he was aiming to break 13 minutes and was amazed by how well he performed finishing in 11:26.
Megan Webber another junior, finished in 12:18 and Tim Peters in 12:25.
Next race is Round 3 on Monday 25th November 7pm
Very well done to all of these runners.

Round One
Martin Breslan 9.55, Jake Thorn 10.44, Oakley James 11:13 (age 13) , Stephen Wilbraham 11:28, Megan Webber 11:59 (age 13) AMAZING, Tim Peters 12:03
Results from Westward League Cross Country Newquay – Round 2 of 6
Torbay Athletic Club produced another full mens team at the Westward League Cross Country at Newquay. This was round two of 6. All five members ran very well and Martyn was first home for the club in 37 minutes and 13 seconds. Emma Gilboy ran her first ever Cross Country race and ran extremely well in 32 minutes 50 seconds.

Remaining Fixtures….
3 – Sunday 1st December – Exeter (Devon Champs)
4 – Sunday 12th January – Westward Ho!
5 – Sunday 9th February – Bovey Tracey
6 – Sunday 2nd March – Plymouth

Results from Round 2 of 6 Newquay
26th Martyn Breslan (37:13), 42nd Jake Thorn (42:12), 97th Matthew Day (43:16), 99th Stephen Lofthouse (43:35), 135th Stuart Sweatman (47:04), Emma Gilboy 32:50.

Overall Standings after 2 of 6 races: 17th Martyn Breslan, 55th Matthew Day: (9th MV40), 58th Stephen Lofthouse: 58th (11th MV45)

Team Overall Standings: Senior Men: 13th place, Men’s vet team: 17th place

Results from Round 1 of 6 Redruth
27th Martyn Breslan 30:14, Russell Hart 33:35, Giol Riera 34:45, Matthew Day 35:34, Steven Lofthouse 37:37
Lanzarote Ocean Lava Half Ironman Distance Triathlon
Four Torbay Tri Club travelled to the Canary Islands for the Lanzarote Ocean Lava Half Ironman Distance Triathlon which consisted of a 1.9k swim, 90k bike, 21.1k run. This is a unique event in a volcanic landscape with a year round warm climate and crystal clear waters.

Swim Course – 1.9k The Ocean Lava Half Distance Swim course consists of two loops with a little beach run in between and is situated at the Playa Grande beach in Puerto del Carmen, next to the Hotel Fariones Playa.
The cristal clear water offers great visibility and it’s temperature is around 21 C. For your security we have a number of lifeguards, kayaks and safety boats.

Bike Course – 90k – Enjoy beautiful landscapes and sceneries including volcano fields, the wine area of La Geria or the pictoresque villages of Yaiza and El Golfo before arriving in Las Breñas the biggest challenge of the day: The climb to Femes, a slope of over 20% whichs might be the only reason, stepping off your bike before finishing the bike course – but hey, walking is legal.
After managing this heavy slope you will cross the Timanfaya National Park. Enjoy the changing colours of the volcanoes that make this area so special.
The bike course must be completed within 4 hours 35 minutes.

Run Course 21.1k – The Ocean Lava Half Distance Triathlon run course is a three loop course.
After leaving the transition area you run out towards the turn point at Playa Los Pocillos just before arriving at the Sea Side Hotel Jameos del Agua.

Torbay Tri Results
166 Graham Reynolds 6:34:07, 198 Mike Davies 7:22:21, 214 Sally Davies 7:47:26, 217 Alix Reynolds 8:19:20
Torbay does another 1, 2, 3 at the Templer Ten and its the 3rd time in 4 years.
This multi terrain race is organised by Teigbnbridge Trotters and the race started and finished at the lovely Passage House Inn in Kingsteignton and with it’s breathtaking views over the river Teign its is a popular race for all local clubs runners. The course was approximately 9.5 miles, road/off road race, incorporating the picturesque Stover Park (Approx 3.5 miles on road, remainder a mix of tracks, woods and fields)

This years race was very slippery and treacherous due to the recent storms. Conditions on the day started good but turned nasty at times and runners found conditions cold.

Last years winner and also the 2010 winner Lee Turner (Torbay AC) was unfortunately injured for this years race, but on the day the Torbay Club was represented by many of their best runners, including the 2011 winner Peter Monaghan and the 2007 winner Jon Parkinson, also present this year were two other members capable of winning the event, Simon Longthorpe and Arran Tocknell both in good form with Tocknell having already won his last two races and Longthorpe the recent winner of the Tour of Exeter race series.

Peter Waumsley from Tamar Trotters and an unattached runner Henry Irvine lead the race for the first mile, with four of Torbay’s runners chasing hard. It wasn’t too long before Torbay had 3 of their four top runners leading the race and by mile three Arran Tocknell had caught up with leading team mate Peter Monaghan, they were both neck and neck until mile 7 after which Tocknell manage to pull away. With just 2 miles to go Simon Longthorpe managed to overtake Monaghan and then catch up with Tocknell. A battle then took place between the Club pair for top spot until, with just half a mile to go, Tocknell manage to ease away and with a final sprint to the line win his first ever Templer Ten race by just four seconds. Peter Monaghan finished only 16 seconds behind Simon Longthorpe to claim the last podium spot.

The Club had an impressive five members finishing in the top eight, with a battle for 7th and 8th spot taking place between Martyn Breslan and Jon Parkinson with Breslan finally managing to cross the line with a 12 second gapt his was great effort by Breslan who also gained a 9 minute course PB. With Jake Thorn finishing in 21st position, this helped the club to claim the mens team prize.

Men’s 1st Team prize winners were Arran Tocknell, Simon Longthorpe, Pete Monaghan, Martyn Breslan, Jon Parkinson, Jake Thorn and with such a big Club entry, Torbay AC also had the 3rd and 5th fastest teams.

Exmouth Harriers won the ladies ream prize ahead of South West Road Runners. Torbay ladies team finishing 3rd comprised of Cathy Parkinson, Stephenie Townsend, Karen Frissen and Natasha Stanbury.

There was many age category wins for the club. Arran Tocknell won the mens team prize, Simon Longthorpe won the male vet 35 award with his team mate Martyn Breslan second. 1st Male vet 45 Peter Monaghan with team mate Jon Parkinson 2nd. 2nd Male vet 60 Greg Fine and 1st Female vet 45 Cathy Parkinson.

For Sam Wyton who has just recently taken up running and Patricia Cooper who only been running less than a year it was their first ever 10 mile race.

There were personal best times achieved by Karen Frissen, Sally Shoolbraid, Stephenie Townsend, Emma Butt, Stephen Lofthouse, Stuart Parkes, Jamie Stevenson, Anthony Raine. Sally Shoolbraid gained the biggest personal best time by over 11 minutes, Martyun Breslan 9 minutes and Karen Frissen by nearly 9 minutes,

Club chairman Greg Fine ran his first race since early Summer due to injury and was extremely please to achieve a 2nd Age 60 category win.
On the day Torbay Athletic Club fielded an entry of 35 runners, which was almost 3 times the size of the next biggest team Haldon Trail Runners and Exmouth Harriers.

Torbay Athletic Club team produced a team of 35 that was almost 3 times the size of the next biggest teams which was Haldon Trail runners and Exmouth harriers both had a team of 12.

1 Arran Tocknell (54:05, 1st Senior man) – 2 Simon Longthorpe (54:09, 1st MV35) – 3 Pete Monaghan (54:25, 1st MV45) – 7 Martyn Breslan (56:53, 2nd MV35) – 8 Jon Parkinson (57:05, 2nd MV45) – 21 Jake Thorn (1:04:19) – 23 Stuart Parkes (1:05:53) – 29 Jamie Stevenson (1:06:53) – 43 James HArtridge (1:08:02) – 44 Matthew Day (1:08:21) – 45 Stephen Lofthouse (1:08:28) – 47 Neil Dawkins (1:08:39) – 54 Anthony Raine (1:09:16) – 63 Cathy Parkinson (1:10:57, 1st FV45) – 70 Greg Fine (1:12:11, 2nd MV60) – 72 Tony Hodge (1:12:17) – 85 Stephenie Townsend (1:14:32) – 90 Peter McCaig (1:15:18) – 104 Karen Frissen (1:18:09) – 109 Paul Frissen (1:18:43) – 117 Natasha Stanbury (1:19:33) – 118 Patricia Cooper (1:19:55) – 119 Emma Butt (1:20:11) – 124 Irene Hewings (1:21:19) – 133 Ray Brown (1:22:30) – 134 Debbie Drake (1:22:38) – 138 Tessa Hearfield (1:24:09) – 159 Rick Martin (1:26:35) – 169 Anne Lucas (1:28:34) – 170 Sally Shoolbraid (1:28:35) – 175 Andrew Park (1:29:19) – 192 Phil Perkins (1:35:37) – 194 Shelly Nicholson 1:37:15) – 204 Sam Wyton (1:39:35) – 210 Rachel Kidd (1:55:41)

Arran wins Dart Vale 10k
Arran Tocknell wins Dartvale 10k with 3 Torbay Athletic Club members finishing in the top 6 !

The 10k produced a comfortable win for Arran Tocknell beating Dave Stone from Exmouth Harriers who was never closer than 11 seconds from him.

Torbay team mate Martyn Breslan was in 4th place for most of the race, but was overtaken in the last 100 metres by Matthew Brown from Erme Valley Harriers. Breslan though was very pleased with his performance, as his time was four minutes faster than last year and he gained a two minute personal best 10k time as 3rd Senior Man!

Torbay’s Russell Hart was less than a minute behind Breslan finishing in 6th place, his time was a minute faster this year compare to the 2012 race.

It was first race back from an 18 month knew injury for Tim Peters and his sub 45 minute time was extremely good performance.

Torbay AC’s Local Stagecoach Bus Driver Colin Wilson won the MV65 age group.

Sarah Sweatman ran her first 10k race for Torbay AC and had husband Stuart, who has a slight Achilles injury, running with her for support all the way round. Sarah was a complete beginner this summer, but with encouragement and determination has progress very well.

1 Arran Tocknell (35:15) – 5 Martyn Breslan (36:33) – 6 Russell Hart (37:27) – 26 Colin Horrocks (42:47) – 34 Tim Peters (44:15) – 54 Roger Matthews (47:31) – 124 Colin Wilson (56:37 1st MV65+) – 147 Phil Perkins (1:00:36) – 162 Stephen Lofthous(1:01:42) – 176 Sarah Sweatman (1:03:34) – 177 Stuart Sweatman (1:03:34
Pete Monaghan 2nd in the Dart Vale Half Marathon
Stiff competition from Leicester prevented Torbay AC’s Peter Monaghan from winning this event again this year. Monahan followed Ludoci Renou from Roadhoggs Leicester AC for most of the race and on occasions manage to catch up with him, but Renou managed to surge away each time the last surge was at 7 miles.

Monaghan said that his performance overall was a couple of minutes slower compared to last year, which he put down to having had some back trouble over the summer months where he had lost some weight and strength.

Overall there were age category wins for Pete Monaghan and James Hartridge and 2nd Category position for Rick Martin and Richard Postlethwaite. It was also the first road race in Torbay AC colours for Rick Martin and his 97th half marathon!

Running her first race also for Torbay was Kate Howlett, although Kate is an experience runner she decided to support her unattached daughter by running with her.

Shelly Nicholson was also running her first race in Torbay’s club colours and her first ever half marathon race, Shelly was also an absolute beginner this summer and has improved fast

2 Pete Monaghan (1:17:26,1st MV45) – 37 James Hartridge (1:38:04,1st MV50+) – 38 Rick Martin (1:38:05,2nd MV50) – 41 Neil Dawkins (1:38:50) – 56 Richard Postlethwaite (1:43:24,2nd MV55+) – 81 Ian Sharrock (1:48:26) – 98 Trystan King (1:52:21) – 152 Sally Shoolbraid (2:04:41) – 183 Shelly Nicholson (2:14:11) – 188 Kate Howlett (2:16:23)
Dart Vale Marathon
Stuart Parkes was the only Torbay AC runner in the 26.2 mile marathon distance,

The Vale Marathon is two lap course starting and finishing at Newton Abbot, heading out towards Chudleigh with terrain mainly flat, but there are two hills around the 11 and 22 mile stages.

Stuart achieved an excellent 26th place finish in 3 hrs:29:45
26 Stuart Parkes (3:29:45)
Abingdon Marathon
The race starts and finishes with a lap of the athletics track at Tilsley Park. The initial two miles of the course along Dunmore Road and Twelve Acre Drive towards Radley have road closures in place but the rest of the course is run on roads that are open to the general public. The route passes through the town centre, heading out on a two lap route through the villages of Drayton, Milton, and Sutton Courtenay before becoming back through the town and up to Tlsley Park finishing in front of the grandstand. Debbie Drake ran the Abingdon Marathon in Oxfordshire in under 4 hour 25 minutes.

590 Debbie Debbie 4:24:35
9 Torbay Tri members took on the 2nd Dartington Duathlon
The first edition of the Dartington Duathlon in Devon took place in March this year and was so successful they decided to add another one for October. Sprint distance event comprising a 5 km run, 20 km bike, and a 2.5 km run.

The Event HQ and Transition Zone located at the heart of the magnificent Dartington Hall Estate.

The first run is on tarmac roads and gravel paths, mainly within the Dartington Hall Estate.
The bike route, primarily on open roads, is undulating but with an excellent surface and a very fast second half.
The race finishes with a tough 2.5 km off-road run within the grounds of the estate.

Many Torbay Triathlon Club members took part in this event.
Jon Parkinson was first home for Torbay Tri in 4th place and was 2nd fastest male vet. not far behind was Andrew Longthorpe in 8th place and Andrew was 3 senior man.
There was good performances from Torbay Tri ladies, Wendy Urban was5th lady and fastest lady vet. Eleanor Edwards was 10th lady and 4 fastest senior lady.
Rachel Longthorpe was 5th fastest lady vet and Leanne Foster was 6th.

4 Jon Parkinson 1:05:12 – 1st Run 17:57 – T1 0:40 – Bike – 35:57 – T2 0:29 – 2nd Run 10:07
8 Andrew Longthorpe 1:06:36 – 1st Run 18:18 – T1 0:48 – Bike – 35:53 – T2 0:43 – 2nd Run 10:52
39 George Melling 1:14:44 – 1st Run 22:22 – T1 0:57 – Bike – 37:11 – T2 0:37 – 2nd Run 13:34
64 Wendy Urban 1:19:02 – 1st Run 21:58 – T1 0:58 – Bike – 42:30 – T2 1:03 – 2nd Run 12:30
85 Eleanor Edwards 1:22:14 – 1st Run 22:22 – T1 0:40 – Bike – 44:42 – T2 0:38 – 2nd Run 13:50
92 Antony Hodge 1:23:41 – 1st Run 22:51 – T1 0:58 – Bike – 45:35 – T2 01:15 – 2nd Run 13:01
118 Rachel Longthorpe 1:28:30 – 1st Run 24:24 – T1 0:40 – Bike – 48:59 – T2 0:36 – 2nd Run 13:50
122 Leanne Foster 1:29:22 – 1st Run 27:30 – T1 0:51 – Bike – 44:26 – T2 0:46 – 2nd Run 15:47
163 Joanne Barlow 1:52:04 – 1st Run 29:51 – T1 0:58 – Bike – 1:02:09 – T2 1:06 – 2nd Run 18:00
Cross-country league opens at Redruth
TORBAY AC sent a team of five to the opening Westward League Cross-Country meeting in Redruth Overall the team finished 13th out of 33.

23rd – Martyn Breslan (30.14); 64th – Russell Hart (33 .35); 71st – Giol Riera Alsedà (34.45); 76th – Matthew Day (35.34); 8th MV40; 93rd – Stephen Lofthouse (37.17) 15th MV45.
Great West Run
Exeter’s Great West Run is now in its 28th year, with a new race date and new city centre course. The event was won by Tom Merson of Bristol & West AC in 1:10:02 with ex Torbay AC runner Kairn Stone 2nd in 1:19:20. The 8 Torbay AC runners who competed in this were :-

34 Alex Snell (1:25:22) – 69 Ryan Benney (1:28:35) – 222 Jake Thorn (1:37:17) – 524 Stephanie Townsend (1:45:59) – 586 Ray Brown (1:48:26) – 769 Tessa Hearfield (1:52:37) – 799 Irene Hewings (1:52:29 3rd FV55) – 1746 Sarah Creer (2:15:43) – 1860 Sarah Sweatman ( 2:26:07)
Natasha and Martyn gained massive PB’s at
Cardiff Half Marathon
The new Cardiff Half Marathon boasts one of the most stunning 13.1 mile courses around. A record 19000 runners took on a new course which included some hills, no longer a totally flat course. The route takes runners past the capital’s most iconic landmarks with beautiful scenery and historic building. Advertised as a predominately flat and fast course makes it ideal for beginners and professionals alike. There were hills around Penarth and at mile 12.

The race starts outside Cardiff Castle and runners then head down past Cardiff City Stadium on the way to Penarth. They take in the glorious Penarth Marina before crossing the barrage and heading to Cardiff Bay. Runners run right through the heart of the bay taking in the Norwegian Church and Wales Millennium Centre. The course then heads towards the north of the city and runners will complete a loop of the beautiful Roath Park Lake before the grandstand finish in the heart o the city at the Civic Centre.

Natasha and Martyn both gain big pb’s, Natasha gained a pb by 8 minutes and Martyn by 6 minutes. Martyn was the fastest runner from South Devon area. Amelia was fastest Torbay runner. Rachel had a good run with a one minute PB.

228 Martyn Breslan (1:21:23) – 1359 Amelia Hall (1:38:08) – 2376 Natasha Stanbury (1:43:29) – 10965 Rachel Kidd (2:19:14)

Pete Monaghan was second at the Teign Valley Toddle, this is a popular race into its 14th year. Race starts start & finish from the parking area in front of the Teign Valley Community hall . An undulating, 10.25 miles through Devon’s beautiful Teign Valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

Peter Monaghan finished 2nd in just under 3 minute behind race winner Richard Edwards from Exeter Harriers. Pete also won his age category MV40. 3rd was Ewan Walton Teignbridge Trotters just under 3 minutes behind Pete. Stuart Parkes had a successful run and manage to beat his time by over 12 minutes set 4 years ago.

Karen ran on her birthday and achieved a new PB on this course by 4 mins, Paul also gained new PB by 5 mins and felt it was the effects of Stuart Sweatmans circuits training on Wednesdays.

2 Peter Monaghan (62.18) – 15 Stuart Parkes (72.40) – 52 Paul Frissen (84.46) – 58 Karen Frissen (86.50) – 64 Ray Brown (89.31) – 70 Tessa Hearfield (91.34)

Sally was less then 2 minutes from a PB at the Chester Marathon. Know as a Destination Marathon! Run on a fast course, starting and finishing at Chester Racecourse, taking in the historic City of Chester and the stunning Cheshire and North Wales villages and countryside. We are the UK’s only international marathon.
The fast and largely flat route is on closed roads covering 19 miles in England and 7 miles in Wales. You will run past all Chester’s iconic landmarks before heading out to the stunning Cheshire and North Wales countryside and villages; returning along the banks of the River Dee for a unforgettable finish at the Racecourse. The support in the villages and communities along the course is one of the many highlights of the race.

2211 Sally Shoolbraid (4:36:20)
Torbay Athletic Club member Arran Tocknell travelled to North Devon to defend his title. This year this race was ran in reverse. The Enood Run is The Doone Run but run the opposite way round this year as it marked the 30th Anniversary.

Runners had already climbed 500ft up from Lynmouth, with another 500ft climb to come in the next mile and a half. Arran ran as well this time as he did for the last 3 years and despite the monster hills he finish 6 minutes ahead of his nearest competitor in 1:10:16. Jay Horton was 2nd from North Devon Road Runners. This was 4 wins in 4 years for Arran Tocknell

The Doone Run has taken place annulayy since 1983. The course has altered slightly over the years, but the one thing which hasn’t changed is its stunning Exmoor scenery, the legendary home of Lorna Doone, from which the Run has taken its name. The race is a great challenge. It is one of the toughest courses of its distance in the UK, encompassing paths and roads through wooded glades, along river banks, fell sided slopes and climbing over 2000 feet. Each year the race attracts both new and previous runners and spectators.

The race starts in Lynmouth and follows the wooded East Lyn Valley past Watersmeet and on to Hillsford Bridge. Then picking up part of the ‘Two Moors Way’ National Walk it’s up to the Iron Age fort of Myrtleberry camp, through Myrtleberry Cleaves, passing down into Lynbridge and on to Lynton. The course now takes its highest climb over South Cleave towards Lee Abbey with breath taking views over the Valley of Rocks, the home of Mother Meldrum, the legendary soothsayer in the Lorna Doone story. The race continues over the top of Southdiffe and down past the rock formation known as the White Lady into the Valley of Rocks. Then the homeward stretch picks up part of the famous South West Coast path and heads back down to sea level at Lynmouth.

1 Arran Tocknell (1:10:16)

The photos was taken in the Valley of Rocks Lynton approximately 1.5 miles from the start. 8.5 miles to go.
Turner clear by a minute at cut-down Dawlish Tri

400 Triathletes entered the Dawlish Triathlon which was to be held at Dawlish Warren. The race should have consisted of a 750 metre sea swim, followed by a 21.5 kilometre bike ride to Exminster and back, with a final 5 kilometre run.

Unfortunately at 6am on race morning the race director announced that the sea swim would have to be cancelled for safety reasons due to rough sea conditions where weaker swimmers could get in to difficulties and rescuing them could be most challenging.

The right decision was made, though many competitors where extremely disappointed as many had trained hard in the sea throughout the summer for this event. Instead of the sea swim a short 4k run was chosen which turned the event to a Duathalon.

Torbay Triathlon club produced one of the biggest teams with 19 members producing some of the best results in the event. Lee Turner led the first 4k run and was the fastest triathlete to completed this in a mere 14 minutes 41 seconds, with David Tomlin (Unaffiliated) just 30 seconds behind. Lee Turner’s team mate Jon Parkinson was also putting on the pressure just a further 3 seconds behind Tomlin. The next Torbay Tri member home was Andrew Longthorpe in 5th place in 15:41 with Tony Foster doing well in 9th position.

In the bike section Tony Foster had the fastest recorded ride time in the race.

On the final 5 kilometre run Lee Turner recorded the fastest time with all Torbay Tri members improving their positions in this final section, proving that they were all good runners. Jon Parkinson was the 3rd fastest. with Andrew Longthorpe 6th fastest and Tony Foster 9th fastest.

Torbay Tri club have attracted many new members, Rob Payne who joined less than a year ago finished the race in 15th place. Newest member was Rick Martin who completed his first race for the Club finishing in the top 100 with new member Tim Lewry completing his first Duathlon. It was also the First multi sport race for Sarah Sweatman, Jo Barlow, Tony Hodge, Winston Barlow and Leanne Foster who suffered a tyre puncture during the ride.

Torbay Tri Club also used the Dawlish Triathlon race as it’s Tri Club Championship with the fastest Man and fastest Lady each winning a large presentation shield which they will keep for a year. The men’s shield was won by Lee Turner for the second year, first Torbay Tri lady home was Cathy Parkinson who was also 3rd in her age category in the event. There were five other Club ladies competing for this shield.

Roger Brewer who a second claim member won his age category and former Torbay Helen Dyke finish 2nd and won her age category.

Dawlish Category winners were
Lee Turner 1st Senior Man
Tony Foster 2nd Veteran
Jon Parkinson 3rd Veteran
Cathy Parkinson 3rd Lady Vet

1 Lee Turner (1:14:13) – 3 Tony Foster (1:15:36) – 5 Jon Parkinson (1:16:03) – 10 Andrew Longthorpe (1:18:33) – 15 Rob Payne (1:19:47) – 28 James Stevenson (1:21:57) – 46 Stuart Parkes (1:24:51) – 86 Glen Holmes (1:28:59) – 93 Tim Lewry (1:29:33) – 94 Catherine Parkinson (1:29:43) – 97 Rick Martin (1:30:11) – 100 Gerald Barlow (1:30:56) – 122 Stephen Wilbraham (1:33:07) – 148 Winston Barlow (1:35:32) – 168 Anthony Hodge (1:38:59) – 184 Rachel Longthorpe (1:42:16) – 211 Stuart Sweatman (1:46:20) – 263 Sarah Sweatman (2:02:48) – 264 Joanne Barlow (2:02:48) – 265 Leanne Foster (2:05:02)
Six Torbay Ladies ran the very tough and hilly Newton Abbot Ladies 10k, The race starts and finishes at the beautiful Dornafield Caravan and Camping Site near Two mile Oak. 2013 was the 16th year at the superb venue. The scenic course follows undulating rural lanes throughout with little traffic and passes through the local hamlets of Ogwell and Denbury. The first 5k was very tough and some short nasty hills, from 5k runners had to deal with a blustery head wind.

It was nice to see four new club members improving and they all achieved really good results…A battle for first Torbay member home was between twin sisters Natasha and Nicola Stanbury who both were never more than 100 metres apart. Natasha took a early lead on her sister and still manage to maintained the lead even though her sister was chasing hard. Natasha has been a member for 10 months and her sister Nicola joined 3 months ago. Emma Gilboy who joined the club only 6 months ago was 39th and Sarah Creer was extremely chuff with her very first sub one hour 10k.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
19 Natasha Louise Stanbury 47:17 – 20 Nicola Stanbury (47:32) – 30 Rachel Longthorpe (49:10) – 39 Emma Gilboy (51:30) – 48 Tessa Hearfield (42:49) – 106 Sarah Creer (59:02)

1st Team prize went to race organisers Teignbridge Trotters, 2nd Exmouth Harriers, 3rd Torrington AC
Torbay AC Ladies was the 4th Team… Natasha Stanbury, Nicola Stanbury, Rachel Longthorpe and Emma Gilboy
The new Plymouth Armada Half Marathon 2013
Peter Monaghan was 3rd on Sunday in the new Armada Half Marathon.

This new event started & finished in Saltram Park, Plymouth with kind permission of the National Trust. In the ideal weather conditions and the fantastic surroundings of Saltram and the Plym Valley there were 290 finishers in this inaugural race which is also virtually traffic free.

Pete Monaghan finishing in 1:19:11 but was beaten by winner Alex Lockett of Plymouth Harriers in 1:16:55 and Pete Waumsley of Tamar Trotters in 1:17:43.

He finished ahead by one minute of Daryl Milford from Teignbridge Trotters.

3 Peter Monaghan 1:19:11
Two Torbay Athletic Club ladies join with Mo Farah and 56,000 other runner for the world’s biggest and most iconic half marathon.
The Great North Run. Anne Lucas was 3rd in her Vet 65 age group.
Torbay Athletic Club Results…
7744 Stephanie Townsend (1:47:02, 3rd FV65) – 12324 Anne Lucas (1:59:36)

Four Torbay Athletic Club members travelled up the M5 for the Bristol Half Marathon. This race was celebrating its Silver 25th Aniversary with a race limit of 20’000 runners

Stephen Lofthouse was first Torbay Athletic Club member home and he was extremely please as he suffered no pain during the race. Stephen been recoverying from a recent cycle accident. His club training partner Matthew Day was less than a minute behind

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
1160 Stephen Lofthouse (1:37:02) – 1284 Matthew Day (1:38:00) – 3806 Irene Hewings (1:53:50) – 4981 Andrew Park (2:00:45)

Torbay Husband and Wife Sally and Colin Shoolbraid ran the Scenic Bridgewater Half Marathon, a really nice flatish course along quiet country road, its quite a small event for a half marathon with only about 250 entrants but very well organised..
Colin did 1.41.50 and Sally did gained a pb by 2 minutes 2.02.34 so PB by 2 mins for me (Sally is still chipping away slowly at that 2 hour mark)

Three Torbay Athletic Club ran the 25 laps of Exeter supurb athletic track at Exeter Arena.

Martyn Breslan tried very hard to keep up with some of Devons best runners and was the fastest Torbay member crossing the finish line in just over 36 minutes to win a gold medal for being first over 35. Stephen Wilbraham won a Bronze medal for being 3rd male over 45 in 40:16 and Catherine Parkinson went one better with a gold medal for being first lady vet 45 in 42:05.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
10 Martyn Breslan (36:07, 1st MV35) – 23 Stephen Wilbraham (40:16, 3rd M45) – 25 Cathy Parkinson (42:05, 1st F45)

The 10k route started on the field in front of the Powderham Castle, go up the driveway, along the footpath and out onto the road taking in wonderful estuary view before a tough climb in to the forests behind the Castle before a cross-country track leading back to thecastle. four members ran this event.

95 Irene Hewings (50:45) – 109 John Donovan (51:46) – 173 Terry Windeatt (58:30) – 282 Alan Grimwood (1:09:11)

Two Torbay Athletic Club members ran a new multi terrain race which replaced the previous Ivybridge Beacon Run. The Hanger Up N Down Run is about 8 miles of mostly very hilly open and exposed moorland. Tessa manage to beat Ray for the first time by just under two minutes.
59th Tessa Hearfield 1:19:07
61st Ray Brown 1:21:00

organised by Ironbridge runners in Exeter, this was the last race of the Summer Series, a flat 2 lap course by the scenic river Exe around the flowerpot plying fields.
Torbay Athletic Club Results…
27 Stephen Wilbraham 19:38
58 Amelia Hall 22:30

Torbay Triathlon Club is part of Torbay Athletic Club and many tri members enter many races…

Torbay Triathlete Katherine Kabala just return in time from her epic cycling ride from Lands End to John O Groats for the Millfied Olympic Distance Triathlon.

The Geeaky Freaky event is held at the world class Millfield School. The facilities at Millfield are truly world class. The swim is within the 50 metre Olympic Pool, the 40km bike is an undulating route around Somerset and the 10km run is around the school grounds with views across to Glastonbury Tor and surrounding areas!! A great event and not to be missed!! Katherine started with a great swim in just 23:15m, the 40km bike ride took her just hour and 42 minutes and she finished with a sub 39 minute 10k to finish 8th overall and won 2nd lady
Torbay Triathlon Club Results…
8 Katherine Kabala (2:46:01, 2nd Lady)

Torbay Tri Member Catherine Parkinson entered the Cotswold Sprint Triathlon, Cathy was 196th and 5th Lady Vet 45 in a time of 1hour 18 minutes. The event included a 750metre swim, 20km bike ride and a 5k run.
Torbay Triathlon Club Results…
196 Catherine Parkinson (1:18, 5th FV45)

Now in its fifth year. Increasingly popular and well supported novice friendly race. With the opportunity for one competitor to win One Week at Tri-Topia Training Camp. Pool swim, stunning 2 lap bike course, and Sherborne Town based run. Always lots of support and great finish atmosphere This event included a 400metre pool swim, 30km bike ride and a 6km run. Torbay Tri member Jon Pressling was the only member to enter this event and finished 11th overall.

Torbay Triathlon Club Results…
11 Jon Pressling (1:24:49)

Torbay Triathlete Tim Lewry took on the Southwater Sprint Triathlon in Southwater Country Park, Southwater, West Sussex
Tim Lewry 1:04:13

The second edition of the Moor 2 Sea Sportive and offers you a choice of three routes, all starting and finishing at Exeter Racecourse.
The ‘Inspire’ route covers 37 miles (60 km) and has approximately 3,000 ft of climb.
The ‘Challenge’ route covers 67 miles (108 km) and has approximately 7,400 ft of climb, and the ‘Extreme’ route covers 112 miles (180 km) and has over 11,000 ft of climb, including gradients up to 26%. Full details of these routes can be found under their respective ‘Routes’ pages. Both the ‘Challenge’ and ‘Extreme’ routes include a ‘King of the Mountains’ style hill stage which, this year, will be set at Haytor, using the same climb where John Tiernan-Locke secured his victory in the 2011 Tour of Britian, and where the Devon stage of the Tour will finish just two weeks later (September 20th).

Two Torbay Tri members tried out two distances in this years Moor 2 Sea Sportive.
Torbay Tri Leanne Foster took on the Inspire 60km event and Stuart Parkes took on the long challenge 105km course.
It was Leanne Foster very first cycle sportive and was extremely happy to win 1st lady and gain a nice gold medal.
Stuart Parkes was also pleased to be award a Silver medal for his 105km ride.
Torbay Triathlon Club Results…
Inspire 60km Leanne Foster (2:27:29, 1st Lady) – Challenge 105km Stuart Parks (4:29:21)
Another 1st and 2nd for Torbay AC.
Saturday 31st August 2013
A 1st & 2nd FOR TORBAY AC. This infamous 5.1 m road race is now in its 36th year. Starting at the Boatfloat Bridge on South Embankment, follow the long steep road out to Stoke Fleming towards the mouth of the river Dart. Once at Stoke Fleming (half way) runners turn return via the lanes towards Little Dartmouth, then back to Dartmouth`s South Embankment and the finish in front of a crowd of hundreds of cheering spectators.

Last year it was 1 –2 for Torbay Athletic Club with Pete Monaghan winning in 29:34 beating his team mate by only 4 seconds.

This year it was 1 – 2 again for Torbay A C this time it was Simon Longthorpe who claimed first place, finally beating the mighty Pete Monaghan for the very first time. 2nd placed Pete did win his Vet 45 Category.

Martyn Breslan who ran well the previous day at the Forest Flyer also ran at Dartmouth and finished 9th. Torbay had 3 male finishers in the top 9.

The Men’s team prize was easily won by the Torbay Club they were Simon Longthorpe, Pete Monaghan and Martyn Breslan.

Torbay Ladies won the Ladies Team prize with Cathy Parkinson, Karen Frissen anStephenie Townsend.

Cathy Parkinson was also 4th overall and 1st Vet 45.

Torbay AC Results :- 1 Simon Longthorpe (28.48) – 2 1 Peter Monaghan (29.33 – 1st MV45) – 9 Martyn Breslan (32.15) – 29 Catherine Parkinson (37.06) – 61 Stephanie Townsend (40.45) – 67 Paul Frissen (41.29) – 89 Karen Frisse (43.53) – 98 Darren Munn (45.26)
1st and 2nd for Torbay AC at Forest Flyer
Friday 30th August 2013
A 1st & 2nd for TORBAY AC. The course was 5 miles completely off-road running through the beautiful surroundings of Haldon Forest. Contrary to popular belief this route is not flat! and when you have only a mile to the finish you hit the biggest hill that really does hurt your legs.
Last year this race was won by Pete Monaghan with Simon Longthorpe finishing 3rd.
This year it was 1st and 2nd places at the event for the Torbay Club with Arran Tocknell winning and Jon Parkinson close behind in second place. Martyn Breslan finished 6th No team prize on offer at Haldon yesterday but it there was Torbay would have easily won it, with a 1-2-6
It was Sarah Sweatman’s very first race for the Club and she did extremely well. Sarah was very grateful for encouragement from club members, especially club mate Leanne Foster for keeping with her all the way round and up that final killer hill. Her husband Stuart Sweatman and fellow club mates Tony Foster, Trystan King and Martyn Breslan, who having already finished, also came back down the hill to encourage Sarah at this point where she was really struggling!!
Torbay Twins Natasha and Nicola Stanbury both had a very competitive race with Natasha leading from the start, but then being chased in by her twin at the 4 mile point on that killer hill, Natasha felt she had to walk but after looking over her shoulder saw her twin closing in and managed somehow to push harder up the hill to finish just ahead of Nicola.

Torbay AC Results :- 1-Arran Tocknell (28:30), 2- Jon Parkinson (29:12), 8 Martyn Breslan (31:01), 11 Tony Foster (31:41), 27 Steve Wibraham (34:44). 32 Stu. Sweatman (35:29),
40 Graham Reynolds (36:26), 53 Stephanie Townsend (38:13), 54 Trystan King (38:25), 56 Natasha Stanbury (38:23), 59 Nicola Stanbury (38:33), 75 Paul Frissen (40:22), 78 Karen Frissen (41:19), 81 Peter McCraig ( 42:08), 89 Irene Hewings (44:05), 106 Andy Park (47:22), 115 Alix Reynolds (48:57), 117 Anne Lucas (50:01), 122 Sarah Sweatman ( 53:01), 123 Leanne Foster (53:02).
2nd and 3rd at Lustleigh Show 10k
Monday 26th August 2013
The Lustleigh Show 10k Monday 27th Aug. A challenging multi-terrain course awaited the runners with hilly lanes, stony tracks, muddy paths and pastures all within the Dartmoor National Park.

The race was lead from the start by Torbay Athletic Club’s Simon Longthorpe. At the 8k point with his Team mates and rivals not far behind he made a wrong turn and got lost and by time he worked out where he went wrong he had a lot of catching up to do to make the team prize.

Luckily with good performances from his team mates Pete Monaghan, Jon Parkinson and Martyn Breslan Torbay Athletic Club won the Men’s Team Prize.

Torbay also won the Ladies Team Prize with the team consisting of Wendy Urban, Cathy Parkinson and Rachel Longthorpe

Two podium positions were claimed by Torbay A C with Peter Monaghan 2nd and Jon Parkinson 3rd overall. In the mens age categories Peter Monaghan was first in the V40-49 group with Jon Parkinson 2nd

For the ladies Wendy Urban was 1st in the FV50-54 category with Cathy Parkinson also first in the FV45-49 category.

Torbay Results were:- 2 Peter Monaghan (38.45, 1st V40-49) – 3 Jon Parkinson (39.29, 2nd V40-49) – 12 Simon Longthorpe (42.43) – 21 Martin Breslan (45.15) – 26 Wendy Urban (46.53, 1stVet 50-54) – 32 Cathy Parkinson (48.04, 1st V45-49) – 35 Graham Reynolds (48.50) 79 Rachel Longthorpe (56.54) – 88 Ray Brown (59.11) – 96 Tessa Hearfield (1.00.10) 121 Leanne Foster (1.08.37) – 124 Alex Reynolds (1.10.45)
There were 132 finishers.
PETE Monaghan and Jon Parkinson
were the only local runners to post top-10 finishes
PETE Monaghan and Jon Parkinson were the only local runners to post top-10 finishes in the Torbay Royal Regatta 10k. However, there was a near miss for Teignbridge Trotter Gary Smart, who finished 11th.

The race started by the Pavilion at Torquay Harbour, then headed towards Paignton Seafront, with two laps of Paignton Green before heading back and finishing on Corbyn Head in Torquay.
As this is the bicentenary year of the regatta, all finishers received a commemorative medal to mark the occasion.

The weather cooled slightly during the afternoon with a small amount of rain, but by the start time at 6pm the sky had cleared and the sun was shining brightly.
The race winner in 31.55 min was Johnny Gilby from Derby AC with Tom Merson from Bristol & West AC in second place in 32.11.
Torbay AC’s Monaghan finished in 35.16 to claim fifth spot and first V45. Clubmate Parkinson was 54 seconds behind in seventh and second V45.
Trotter Smart crossed the line in 37th place and was the third V45 home. There were 498 finishers.
Cathy and Tony took on the Rat Run in Cornwall
Cathy Parkinson and Tony Foster raced the Roseland August Trail run today, Cathy did the Red Rat – 22 miles in 3:40:02 finishing 19th Overall and 3rd Lady. I again did the Black Rat – 32 miles. The finish time was 5:21:43 and 6th overall. The time was an improvement of 28 mins over last year.

The Roseland August Trail Series (The R.A.T) is a challenging coastal run, starting from St Anthony’s Head and finishing in Porthpean on the South West Cornish Coast. It incorporates four different routes, The Black Route 32 miles, The Red Route 22 miles, The White Route 11 miles and The Plague 100K (64 miles)! All these routes follow the same part of coastline, with runners from different routes joining each other at different points along the way. The route takes competitors though stunning coastal scenery, over undulating paths, through fields, towns and surrounding countryside – it is not for the faint hearted!
Ross Bomby completed his first half Ironman for Torbay Tri Club,
Ross Bomby completed his first half Ironman for Torbay Tri Club, getting round the Monster Middle Distance Triathlon in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Distance were a 1.9km swim, a scenic bike leg of 93 kilometres and a flat run of 21 kilometres
Bomby was pretty happy with his swim and bike leg, but the hills on the run really took it out of him, especially as he had never even run that far before, even in training.

His results were swim 30.12 (T 2.28), cycle 2.40.38 (T 48) and run 1.53.30 for a combined time of 5.07.37 and 105th position.
Melling wins pier swim race
PAIGNTON pier was the centre of circumnavigation for swimmers in the ‘Round the Pier Swim’ held in conjugation with the Paignton Regatta.
Thirty-six entrants of all ages were cheered on by hundreds of spectators.

As always the 6th Torbay Sea Scouts were on hand to provide safety cover on the water with an assortment of boats and kayaks.

George Melling was first home, followed by Daniel Alberici and Charlie Pulman.

First lady home was Catherine Taylor followed by Marisa Schubert and Katie Watson.

Organiser Frank Sobey said: “It’s a really good event for the community.
“This is especially as there is no age limit, and people love to come and watch it.”
Well Done to Rob and Good Luck to Katherine
Rob Payne finishes 8th out of 600 in the Shakespeare Great Sportive today in a time of 3:20:42. The Distance was 64.33 miles and average speed was 19.7 miles.

Katherine Kabala takes on the the ultimate cycle challenge, the Lands End to John O Groats and she has just arrived in Scotland. Good Luck Katherine and her firends
SKY RIDE TORBAY If you are free on Sunday next week 18th August…why not come along and join in the British Cycling Sky Ride in Paignton.

A good presence would be really helpful to show the council that cycling is really popular in the bay and would create a good impression for the future velodrome/closed road circuit.

Click on the above link the above for further information, you need to register but it is free to participate. Come along and join in the fun and enjoy riding on a closed road loop. Everyone welcome.
Torbay AC made it 7 wins in a row dating back to 2007 at Totnes 10k
The multi terrain course starting and finishing in Borough Park Totnes is nearly all off road and quite challenging in places with a nasty hill in the woods which was slippery and muddy. The race distance a little longer than a 10k and with challenging terrain made for much slower times than a road race.

By winning the First men’s team prize Torbay AC made it 7 wins in a row dating back to 2007.

The Club also produced the biggest and strongest representation at the event with 32 members completing the race.

First home for Torbay AC was Simon Longthorpe in 4th position in 36:50, just missing out of a podium place.

New to the club Lee Woodruff running his first 10k, had a great run in 43:50..Martyn Breslan had a good run breaking in to the top ten and finishing sub 40 minutes. Arran Tocknell had a massive stitch and had to stop for 90 seconds but manage to continue and finish in 21st. position.

The 3rd Men’s Team prize was also claimed by Torbay, consisting of Russell Hart, Jake Thorn, Kevin Fine, Stephen Wilbraham, Anthony Raine and Steven Monaghan.

Torbay Ladies had strong competition from Exmouth Harriers, but good performances from all four Torbay ladies gave their club the win.

3rd Ladies team prize was also Torbay’s consisting of Irene Hewings, Rachel Longthorpe, Linda Philippou and Tessa Hearfield, just beating neighbouring South Devon AC top ladies team.

Race winner and new course record holder was Tom Merson from South West Road Runners in a record time of 34:22, breaking the two year record by 35 seconds and winning by almost a minute ahead of Andrew Chambers from Bristol and West.

Torbay’s age category winners were…
Simon Longthorpe 2nd MV35, Pete Monaghan 1st MV45, Jon Parkinson 2nd MV45, Ray Brown 2nd MV65
Stephenie Townsend 1st FV35, Cathy Parkinson 1st FV45, Wendy Urban 1st FV50

Photos below taken by Greg Fine…

Peter McCaig
Colin Shoolbraid
Syephen Wilbraham
Irene Hewings and
Rachel Longthorpe
Martyn Breslan
Jake Thorn
Karen Frissen
Anthony Raine

Torbay AC held its annual 5000 metre Track Championship on its Torre Valley North grass track last Tuesday, with 35 members competing in phases, needing to pace themselves well in order to complete the 12 1/2 lap distance in their best possible times. Arran Tocknell was the overall winner in 16:50 min just beating Jon Parkinson by 4 seconds. Winning lady was Cathy Parkinson in 20:27 and it was an excellent first race for new member Lee Woodruff’s who finished 8th in 19:20.
Win Win Win Win, thats 4 wins by only two club athletes in four consecuative days for Torbay Athletic Club
Torbay Athletic Club Simon Longthorpe took on a new and very different event. LE TOUR EXETER was organised by Ironbridge Running Shop in Exeter and all three events was in or just outside the city

3 races in just 3 days in the style of the Tour de France tested runners legs to their limits. There were no luxury racing bikes for these competitors.

The first race of the tour started with a 10k running race around the Flowerpots Plating Fields by the River Exe, 4 laps of just over 1.5 miles. Torbay Athletic Club only competitor was Simon. Simon dominated the first race in style which he won in 34:43 minutes 16 seconds ahead of Stuart Creech from Minehead Running Club who was a further 29 seconds in front of 3rd place Mike Feigan of South West Road Runners. Winning the first race earn Simon the Yellow Jersey, which was really just a nice T-Shirt.

The following evening the 2nd race was held up high in the Haldon Forest finishing in at the Bird of Prey car park. This very hilly but short only 8k.trail race. Torbay;s Simon Longthorpe with tired legs from previous day race and proudly wearing his nice new yellow shirt manage to dominate the second Wiggins or Frome style. Simons nearest rival was Simon Minting from Exeter Harriers and Simon Longthorpe won by 69 seconds and in 3rd place was again was Mike Feigan trailing an additional 7 seconds. Simon Longthorpe won this stage in 29:38. The winning prize for this race was the King of the mounatains Polka Dot shirt but race rules was that no competitor was allowed to win more the one shirt so the Polka Dot shirt was given to Simon Minting to wear in the last Stage.

The last stage was the sprint event of 5000metres on Exeter 400 metre athletic track. Exeter Arena. On the startline was Simon Longthorpe wearing his yellow shirt and Simon Minting in the Polka Dot shirt ready to run a fast 12 and a half laps. This time the race didn’t go all simons way and for the first few laps simon was trailing in 6th place. In Simons favour he did have a tour lead of a couple of minutes. Simon Longthorpe manage to catch up and over take a number of competitors and by the beginning of the last lap he was just in second place. The leader was a Kenyan runner from Exmouth Harriers Hadera Berihu Tesfay who gain a lead of over 30 seconds over Simon. In third place was Jonathan Asta Herrera from Exeter Harriers and a battle was had bu Simon and Jonathan for the finishline with Jonathan finishing only one second ahead. Simons Longthorpe time for the 5k was 16:36. Simon Minting was in 4 place and Mike Feigan in 6th. With a overall lead of 2 minutes 20 seconds Torbays Simon Longthope won the Le Tour Exeter. Green Sprint shirt was awarded to Sam Hopkins of South West Road Runners.

Stage one 1st Simon Longthorpe 34:43
Stage two 1st Simon Longthorpe 29:38
Stage Three 3rd Simon Longthorpe 16:36

There was no other runners from Torbay but Naomi Flanagan who train at Torbay AC race the Le Tour Exeter running for South Devon AC won the Senior Ladies tour. Naomi ran extremely well completing 10k in 41:29 and 5000 metre in 20:03.

ST Neots 10k
Paul and Karen raced at the Riverside Runners 26th anniversary 10K in St Neots on July 14th.. The course was mixed tarmac and off-road, fairly level but narrow in places. We both enjoyed the race and our placing and times were: Paul position 73, time 47:02 – Karen position 108, time 50:03.

Just returning from injury Peter Monaghan travelled down to the South Hams for the Kingsbridge 10k. Pete knowing he not 100% turned up hoping to run a decent time and not expecting to do better then his last years race 2nd place. The Kingsbridge 10k is Scenic route, steep in most parts which is along quiet country roads. He turned up hoping just to do well but once the gun went off Pete found himself easily pulling away from the field and by mile one his was out of sight from any of his nearest competitors from Dartmouth Athletic Club. Pete manage to increase his lead over the remaining course and by the finish he won by over 4 minutes clear in a time of 37:10. Pete Monaghan also won his age 45 category.

The following day Pete decided to make another visit to the South Hams to enter the Cornwood Challenge 10k near Ivybridge which is another hilly tough race. The 10km run is around Cornwood and Lutton, mostly on roads but with some tracks and fields.

The events started and finish at Cornwood Square not far from the Mountain Inn. This time there was tough competition for Pete from Erme Valley Harriers top athlete Alistair Bristow. Pete with very tired legs manage to dominate the race and keep Alistair at trailing and in towards the end of the race he gained a comfortable 23 seconds lead to win his second race.

Russell Hart ran a fantastic 1500 metres in 4:37 down at Brickfields Plymouth.
Brixham Aquathlon, London Triathlon and a tri in France and Meon Valley Cycle Sportive
Full report to appear here soon, heres a short summary. Torbay Tri Club Husband and Wife member Mike and Sally Davies took on the stunning 100 mile Meon Valley Cycle Sportive.

The stunning Meon Valley with its green country side and quiet lanes provides the back drop for the Mega Meon sportive. The course winds it ways through the Meon Valley up to Alton, crossing the hills of the South Downs.

The Meon Valley during the summer months is one of the finest examples of English patchwork Country side. The route weaves its way through quiet roads with vibrant multicoloured crop fields either side, before heading south and up the final climb. At the summit you will be rewarded with views of the ‘Solent, Spinnaker Tower and the Isle of Wight’, Simply Breathtaking! With 3 route options (100 miles, 80 miles and 55 miles),

Both Mike and Sally completed the event in under 8 hours and was award bronze medals for the fast times.

Photo is of Rob Payne in the AlpedHuez‬ Triathlon.
TORBAY AC beat off challenges from three of their local rivals to win the Pearson Cup.

South Devon AC were due to host the event at Churston Ferrers Grammar School, but couldn’t as the long-jump pit was out of action.

Torbay AC stepped in to allow their ground at Torre Valley North to be used instead.

The junior sections (8-13), from Dartmouth AC, Newton Abbot AC, Torbay AC and South Devon AC competed against each other in sprints, relays, long jump, high jump, vortex throws and shot putt.

South Devon Athletic Club were the hosts for this year’s annual Pearson Cup. Steve Cottell from Torbay AC very kindly arranged that the event could be held at Torre Valley North as SDAC’s long jump at their own ground at Churston Grammar school was out of action.

All the athletes performed well during a very hot day.
Torbay won on 288 points, with Dartmouth second (263), Newton Abbott third (211) and South Devon fourth (193).
Torbay AC Wendy & Arran win Cockington Summer 10k
Tocknell leads as Torbay AC dominate Caper prize list. TORBAY AC’S Arran Tocknell won the inaugural Cockington Caper in 42.16 with a four-minute lead on his rivals from South Devon Athletic Club Colin Peters and Jeremy Hocking.

Wendy Urban, who celebrated her 50th birthday only a few weeks ago, beat younger rivals Michelle Moore and Naomi Flanagan from South Devon AC.

Torbay AC won most of the age category awards: Cathy Parkinson first FV45, Urban first FV50, Irene Hewings first FV55

Among the men, Anthony Raine was first MV40 with Stephen Lofthouse first MV45.

Torbay AC twins – Nicola Stanbury and Samantha Wyton – ran their first race together as members both ran very well finishing 35th and 78th respectively.

For Martyn Breslan winning the previous day’s Decoy 5k slowed him down and had to settle for a creditable 13th. Torbay had seven runners in the top 15.
Torbay AC Pete Monaghan wins at Wellington 10k
TORBAY AC’s Pete Monaghan won the Wellington 10k on Sunday in 36.46 while his club mates Ray Brown and Tessa Hearfield ran the 10-mile distance. Brown finished 51st in 1.27.32 and Hearfield 79th in 1.37.41.

TORBAY AC couple Karen and Paul Frissen visited their home town of St Neots and entered the Riverside Runners 10K. They did not better any PBs, but the pair’s times were. Paul 47.02 (72nd) and Karen 50.03 (109) for fourth in her age category.
Torbay AC Martyn Breslan wins Decoy 5k
TORBAY AC’s Martyn Breslan won the Newton Carnival Decoy Five run around the country park of the same name, It was a very hot Friday evening race at Decoy Country Park, with two undulating laps of the lakes which included narrow stony trails leading into the woodland

A fit-again Breslan took an early lead in with rival Ewan Walton (Teignbridge Trotters) staying with him for the first lap.Breslan (18.56) managed to pull away to create a lead of more than a minute on the second and final lap to win the race.

Torbay team-mate Stephen Lofthouse (21.55) finished just outside the podium places in 4th. Other Torbay AC finishers were Stephen Wilbraham (22.44), Ray Brown (26.06) and Tessa Hearfield (28.29).
Wilson’s race ends quickly due to pain of broken foot at Erme Valley Relays
POLICE are investigating an accident in which a Torbay AC runner had his foot run over by the trailer of a vehicle in a race last weekend.

Ray Wilson was running a leg for the club’s O60 team in the Erme Valley Relays in Ivybridge when his foot was broken during the incident on Friday.

The race, organised by Ivybridge-based Erme Valley Harriers, covers four two-and-a-half mile laps around country lanes starting and finishing at the Ivybridge rugby ground.

Torbay AC claim a driver of a 4×4 towing a large trailer continued on past a race marshal towards oncoming runners, down the narrow country lanes.

It is claimed that the driver then tried turning and reversed in to the path of runners, going over Wilson’s foot in the process. Ray was taken to Torbay Hospital with a broken foot and was this week due to have a CT Scan. Race organisers and the police are investigating the accident.

Torbay’s top team were ‘awarded’ third place in the event after the MNDA team, featuring Kairn Stone, gave them their third-place prize. It followed Torbay runner Arran Tocknell being forced to stop for 30 seconds on his final lap due to the same driver who later allegedly ran over Wilson’s foot.

The winning team was from Exmouth Harriers, and recorded a time of 52.38, ahead of East Cornwall Harriers in 52.58.

Torbay AC’s fastest team consisted of Jon Parkinson (13.27), Peter Monaghan (13.08), Martyn Breslan (13.37) and Arran Tockell (13.24) completing the event in a total time of 53.36.

Other Torbay AC team results: 17th (senior men’s): Russell Hart 14.05; Kevin Fine 15.22; Barnie Davies 15.35; Martyn Bresland 15.15. Total 60.17.

20th MV40: Stephen Lofthouse 15.52; Stephen Wilbraham 15.42; Graham Reynolds 16.20; Peter Monaghan 13.52. Total 61.46.

35th MV40: Mike Davies 17.26; Neil Dawkins 16.39; Anthony Raine 16.35; Stuart Sweatman 15.55; Total 66.35

49th MV40: Tony Hodge 17.53; Gerald Barlow 17.15;Darren Munn 18.39; Peter McCaig 17.42; Total: 71.29.

57th Senior Ladies: Wendy Urban 16.09; Alix Reynolds 21.06; Cathy Parkinson 16.36; Sally Davies 19.54; Total: 73.45.
Goddard exceeds SW hopes
LILLIAN Goddard from Totnes helped Devon intermediate girls to the heptathlon team prize at the South West Schools Combined Events Championships.
Goddard (KEVICC) performed above expectations to finish a creditable fifth at the Exeter Arena.
She got of to a great start recording a personal best in the 80m hurdles in 12.87 sec.
Goddard also scored valuable points for the team in the 200m (27.32), and 800m (2.36).

Solid performances in the jumps, and throws gave Goddard a final score of 3570 points, placing her second Devon athlete.
The Devon Intermediate girls’ Heptathlon team won ahead of Somerset to take their place in Birmingham at the International Alexander Stadium in September for the English schools combined events champs. The four-girl Devon team will represent the South West region.
Emily Joseph (TGGS), representing Devon for the first time, competed in the pentathlon as a first-year junior girl. Joseph acquitted herself well with some smooth hurdling to record a personal best of 12.46 in the 75m hurdles.
Solid performances in the shot (7.46m) and a best leap of (4.42m) in the long jump helped her to tally of 2179 points, 15th overall and second Devon athlete
Torbay AC’s newcomers shine at the
Sunday 23rd June 2013
As the host Club for this major event with 1965 entries from all around the country and abroad, the majority of the Club members were required for marshalling or other duties in order to ensure the success of this event.

A number of new members who joined the Club recently in order to improve their running ability in preparation for the Torbay Half, did compete on the day, with some excellent performances ….

It was a PB for Ellie Edwards by 7 minutes and massive 15 minute PB for her boyfriend George Melling.

Tim Lewry was aiming for a sub 1:40 but just missed out. He found conditions a bit tough.

Sarah Creer had done two Half’s previously but despite this she suffering a blackout and almost a collapse on the last hill, she still finished and was very she grateful to some “awesome running buddies” alongside her who really helped when it got tough.

Roger Matthews finished in 1:51:48 and was really pleased to have completed his first Half in a very respectable time, (well within his two hour target).

Rachel Kidd was so pleased to finish her first ever Half! Her running has improved somuch since she joined the Athletic Club a few months ago. She praises the support, advice and encouragement from her fellow club members for her excellent achievement on the day.
Sunday 23rd June 2013
The Dartmoor Classic offers a choice of three routes: The Grande (107 miles / 173 km); The Medio (68 miles / 110 km); and the Debutante (35 miles / 54 km). The Grande and Medio routes are open to all, whilst the Debutante is a ladies only route which is run in support of British Cycling Breeze Rides. All routes start and finish at our ‘ Welcome Village’, in Newton Abbot Racecourse.

All 2800 places sold out for this year’s June ride in three weeks when tickets went on sale last November, demonstrating the interest it’s generated.

The Mid-Devon Cycling Club, which already organises the sell-out Dartmoor Classic sportive, has recently launched the Dartmoor Debutante. This new, women only, event is for those who ride bikes occasionally, or have only recently taken up the pastime.

However, the Debutante will be over a much shorter route of just 34 miles. The course will take in Bovey Tracey, the newly opened traffic-free cycle path to Lustleigh, on to Moretonhampstead, where a feeding station will be positioned, and then the climb to Doccombe village before a return via the picturesque Teign Valley.
Ross Bomby first triathlon for 2013.
Votwo South Cerney Triathlon
First olympic triathlon of the year for Ross Bomby, the wind was strong and made the swim and bike hard work but he was very pleased with his run especially as it was cross country around the lake. Standard and Sprint Distance Triathlon based at the Bowmoor Sailing Club in and around the stunning Cotswolds Water Park. Ross was 4th in his age group Category 20-24 male.There were 182 finishers. Standard Distance 1500m swim / 42km bike / 10km run.
Salisbury start for Reeves
NEW Torbay Tri Club member Charlotte Reeves made her debut at the Durrington sprint distance triathlon. Comprising a 400m pool swim, 11-mile scenic cycle on quiet country roads and three-mile run along the river out on to Salisbury Plain, it was an ideal event for her first triathlon. Reeves finished 95th out of 115 finishers in a time of 1.32.59. This was also Charlottes last race for Torbay Tri as she will be moving to Dorset to start a new job in Wimborne. She will be missed my club members.

Torbay Triathlon Club husband and wife pair Mike and Sally Davies travelled to Bournemouth for the 102-mile Wiggle Epic Distance Cycle Sportive. Starting from Chapel Gate Sports Centre at Bournemouth Airport, the route goes through numerous byways, back lanes and villages. Both members were awarded bronze medals for completing the event in under eight hours. Michael got round in 7.56.15, just behind Sally in 7.55.39.

Torbay Triathlon Club Catherine Parkinson did her first open-water triathlon on Sunday at the Cotswold Country Park. A one-lap lake swim in clear water is followed by a flat, one-lap 20k ride on quiet country roads before departing for a two-lap, traffic free run on paths around the lake. After a nervous start to her lake swim Parkinson completed the 750m course in 19.36 (98th). She picked up places on the bike, finishing in 38mins (39th) On the 5km run Parkinson showed her true form by finishing in one of the quicker times of 19.48, ranking her in the top dozen. Parkinson (1.21.01) finished 47th out of 135 in the women-only event and 12th in age group.
Torbay pair keep running
TORBAY AC’s Ray Brown and Tessa Hearfield both had good runs at the Plym Valley Challenge after their Dawlish Dash performances. The seven country miles event took place from a new start at Tor Bridge High, Estover then into the beautiful Plym Bridge woods following old tram tracks and logging tracks out to Hatshill Wood, then return.
AMELIA Hall was the only Torbay AC runner at the Exe 5.
AMELIA Hall was the only Torbay AC runner at the Exe 5. Hall finished the first race in the series in 22:24 and managed to improve on her time by 24 seconds to finish 22 minutes dead in the June event.
Monaghan has 10-second cushion over chasing pack
TORBAY AC’S Peter Monaghan was 10 seconds clear of the field when he won the Coastal Dash organised by Dawlish Coasters.

The 128 competitors enjoyed the evening sun as they took on the four-ish mile dash starting and finishing on the sea front at Dawlish Warren.

Teignbridge Trotter Daryl Milford stormed into second place after a tough battle in a time of 21.25.
Milford was just four seconds ahead of Torbay AC’s Jon Parkinson who claimed the third podium spot.

Another close battle was fought out for fourth place, between Torbay’s AC’s Martyn Breslan and South Devon AC’s Dan Palmer, with Palmer eventually proving too strong for Breslan on this occasion.

Trotter Geoff Davey chased his way into sixth in 22.45.

Torbay’s Andrew Longthorpe finished in 10th place with clubmate Wendy Urban taking the second lady spot.

Vince Langdon was SDAC’s second runner after the beach section but was overtaken by Jerry Hocking in the latter stages of the race.

Hocking finished in 13th place (23.54) well up on his 2012 race time, with Landon 15th in 24.25.

South Devon AC V50 Frank Reay unleashed a superb sprint finish to take a couple of places in the home straight, finishing nearly a minute ahead of his 2012 time in 24.36 in 18th.

Rob Leeke battled hard to complete the run in 25.56 (28th), with Alan Murphy running well in 36th place (26.30).
Andy Hynds completed SDAC’s contingent in 67th in 31.09.
King hoists Devon crowns twice over
THE South Devon schools athletics team came away from the Devon Schools Athletics Championships with 22 medals, including five county titles. Weather conditions proved difficult for the sprinters and hurdlers, having to compete into a stiff headwind for the whole day, which prevented several from achieving county standard and above performances.

There were several outstanding performances achieved from the South’s best.
One of the highlights was Harry King (Cuthbert Mayne) completing the sprint double in winning the Inter boys 100m and 200m titles.

The Inter girls 100m title also went South with Brixham Community College’s Rachel Webb having to fight hard all the way to the line to snatch a closely contested win.
Joe Kateb (Cuthbert Mayne) secured victory in the first round of the Inter boys’ hammer, throwing a personal best.

At senior level Graeme Tinkler from Torquay Boys’ Grammar School took the 800m title as well as second over 400m.
Other notable performances amongst the girls came from two first-year juniors, who show promise for the future.
Rachel Underhay (Churston GS) took advantage of the tail wind to finish second in the long jump with a personal best distance of 4.74m.
Elyse Leech (Westlands) placed third in the junior girls 100m final. Emily Joseph (TGGS) encountered some high quality hurdlers to run in fourth in the junior girls’ 75m hurdles.
Lillian Goddard (KEVICC) maintained her recent improvement by recording another personal best and county standard time in the 300m hurdles to come second in 48.18 seconds.
Goddard will be looking for further improvement next week when she competes for Devon. She was second in the long jump (4.79m) later in the afternoon.
James Bright (Coombeshead) had a solid run for third in the junior boys’ 100m.
Lewis Warde (TBGS) had seconds in the 80m hurdles and high jump.
Among the Inter boys Luke Rutley (South Dartmoor) ran in second in the 800m in 2:04 which is inside county standard and ensures he competes for Devon next week.
(Junior Girls) Elyse Leech, Westlands (3rd, 100m, 14.21); Clara Smith, T.G.G.S. (6th, 200m, 30.27); Natasha Smith, S. Dartmoor (4th, 800m, 2.36.87); Lexi Dart, Churston (5th, 1500m, 5.21.7); Emily Joseph, T.G.G.S (4th, 75m HUR, 12.88); Rachel Underhay, Churston (2nd, Long, 4.74m); Sasha Denis, Steiner (5th, long, 4.54m); Emily Joseph, T.G.G.S. (6th, Long, 4.47m); Brittanie Tongue, Stover (5th, Shot, 7.67m); Sasha Denis, Steiner (4th, High, 1.40m); Beth Matthews, Stover (4th, Discus, 19.02m).
(Inter Girls) Rachel Webb, Brixham (1st, 100m, 13.06); Imogen Sewell, T.G.G.S. (6th, 200m, 29.98); Lillian Goddard, Kevicc (2nd, 300m HUR, 48.18); Lucy Rast, T.G.G.S. (3rd, High, 1.40m); Dominique Ford, Stover (4th, High, 1.35m); Lillian Goddard, Kevicc (2nd, Long, 4.79m); Lucy Rast, T.G.G.S. (3rd, Long, 4.70m)
(Junior Boys) James Bright, Coombeshead (3rd, 100m, 12.41); Ben Bailey, T.B.G.S. (5th, 200m, 26.69); Liam Payne S, Dartmoor (6th, 200m, 26.87); Cellan Stokes S, Dartmoor (4th, 300m, 44.24); Owen Coldwell, Paignton (5th, 800m, 2.21.45); Lewis Warde, T.B.G.S. (2nd, 80m HUR, 13.40); Tommy D’Cruz, Newton Abbot (3rd, 80m HUR, 13.45); Anthony Herraira, T.B.G.S. (5th, Long 4.96m); Tommy D’Cruz, Newton Abbot (6th, Long, 4.90m); Jake Turner, Teign (2nd, Triple, 11.22m); Lewis Warde, T.B.G.S. (2nd, High, 1.60m); Christian Fleet S, Dartmoor (5th, Shot, 10.04m).
(Inter Boys) Harry King, Cuthbert Mayne (1st, 100m, 12.23); Harvey Jefford, T.B.G.S. (6th, 100m, 12.75); Harry King, Cuthbert Mayne (1st, 200m, 24.75); Harvey Jefford, T.B.G.S. (6th, 200m, 25.62); Luke Rutley S, Dartmoor (2nd, 800m, 2.04.89); Matthew Penny, Trinity (4th, High 1.65m) Kieran Russel, Kingsbridge (5th, Long 5.16m);
Joe Smale (4th, Triple, 11.25m); Chris Edbrooke, Paignton (3rd, Shot, 12.51m); Dean Hull, Trinity (6th, Shot, 11.29m); Chris Edbrooke, Paignton (3rd Discus, 34.00m); Joe Kateb, Cuthbert Mayne (1st, Hammer, 28.56m)
(Senior Boys) Jack Kennedy, Cuthbert Mayne (3rd, 100m, 12.78); Graeme Tinkler, T.B.G.S. (2nd, 400m, 53.9); Graeme Tinkler, T.B.G.S. (1st, 800m, 2.08.60) Jack Kennedy, Cuthbert Mayne (2nd, Long, 5.49m)
South Devon Schools Athletes’ (Representing Devon At Exeter Arena on Sat 15 June)
(Junior Girls) Elyse Leech, Westlands (100m); Rachel Underhay, Churston (Long).
(Inter Girls) Rachael Webb, Brixham (100m); Lillian Goddard, Kevicc (300m Hur)
(Junior Boys) James Bright, Coombeshead, 100m; Lewis Warde T.B.G.S. (High)
(Inter Boys) Harry King, Cuthbert Mayne (100m / 200m); Luke Rutley S, Dartmoor (800m); Chris Edbrooke, Trinity Shot (Discus); Joe Kateb, C Mayne (Hammer)
(Senior Boys) Graeme Tinkler, TBGS (800m).
IN GOOD COMPANY: Lillian Goddard (left) and County Championships double gold winner Harry King
‘Germany calling’ for Foster
TORBAY Tri Club’s Tony Foster is looking in good shape for the forthcoming Ironman event in Roth, Germany after an impressive 20th overall at the Nottingham Outlaw Half-Distance Triathlon This was a training event for Foster who will be competing with clubmate John Pressling. Foster’s combined time was 4.38.34 which gave him sixth in his age group as well as 20th outright. The swim took place in the regatta lake. A single out-and-back course made it easy to navigate. The roads around Nottingham offered great surfaces for fast riding and with only the odd short climb. Torbay Tri Club member Jamie Stevenson tackled the event for the first time and posted a finishing time of 5.13.03. His splits were swim (35.58), bike (2.40.37) and (1.48.15). Recent Torbay Tri club pool and sea swim sessions, paid off for Foster and Jamie Stevenson, giving them both a good start. The swim was closely contested with Stevenson finishing his swim less than 90 seconds behind his team-mate in 35.58min.
Run helps Kabala in Taunton Triathlon
TWO ladies from Torbay Tri Club managed respectable finishes in their first event. A New Year’s resolution spurred Katherine Kabala in her first ever Triathlon at Taunton. Kabala went from third after the 400m swim to 139th by the time she was dressed and ready for the 20k ride. A great 5k run helped Kabala to finish 58th overall in 1.11.52, which gave her third position in her age group. Tri Club mate Rebecca Disbury finished her first triathlon in a creditable 1.32.24.
Impressive 16th Place position for Stuart Parkes in the tough 32 miles Dartmoor Discovery Ultra Marathon
TORBAY AC’s Stuart Parkes completed the event 16th from 183 finishers. His finishing time 4.44.35 at an average pace per mile of 8.53min.The Dartmoor Discovery is 32 miles and the only true road, one lap ultra marathon left in England, and, of course, the most scenic and toughest, with over 4,000 feet of ascents and descents, held entirely within the Dartmoor National Park.The race starts in Princetown, and follows a route passing through Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Newbridge, Ashburton, Buckland in the Moor, Widecombe in the Moor, and Postbridge, before making its way back to finish in Princetown.
Styler too quick for rest on way to sprint double
OWEN Styler completed the sprint double at the Devon Track & Field Championships in Exeter. Styler is only just back on the track after a hamstring injury. He won the 100 metres in a comfortable time of 11.12 – 0.25 of a second outside his personal best – and completed the seniors double by winning the 200 in 22.28. The wins follows a silver at the British Universities Championships as part of the Bath University 100m relay squad. He runs for Exeter Harriers in the British Men’s league but is also attached to Torbay AC.

There was another double for Torbay AC’s Lillian Goddard at the championships, in her case in the U17 shot and long jump. Goddard took the shot with a PB throw of 7.15m. She left it late to win the long jump title, calling on all her reserves to produce her best jump of 4.76m in the final round to tie, winning on count back having the second-best jump. Goddard’s main focus this year will be on the 300m hurdles where she was second in a creditable new PB of 48.63. A silver was picked up in the 80m hurdles.

There was a sprint double for Goddard’s training partner Rachael Webb, who proved herself number one sprinter in the county by holding off a strong challenge to take the 100m title in 12.68. Webb added the 200m in an impressive time of 26.2 sec.

Harry King won the U17 100m title in a time of 12.0 sec. He had to settle for second in the 200m, but had the consolation of running a PB of 24.08. King won a bronze over 400m (56.22) and silver in the javelin.

Matthew Birkett was placed fifth over 100m at U15 in 13.9 sec and sixth over 300m in 48.13.

Matt Cheeseworth was fourth in the 100m (12.11) and picked up silver in the long jump (5.18m).

Highlights amongst the girls included a PB for Megan Webber over 200m in 31.13 and a fifth place in the 1200m in 4:26. The club’s U15 girls excelled themselves collecting medals.

Emily Joseph competed in four events and recorded four PBs. She was second in the shot (7.86m), third in long jump (4.48m), and a ran a county standard time in the 75m hurdles (12.75) to finish fourth.

Sasha Denis equalled her PB in the high jump with a 1.40m clearance. A 9.20m in the triple jump was took third.
Elyse Leech shattered her PB in her 100m heat with 13.31 sec, but had to settle for second in the final with a slightly slower time of 13.43.

Krystal King collected a silver in the U20 100m in a PB time of 14.01.

TORBAY AC youngsters claimed two second spots in the pentathlon at the Devon AA and Devon Schools AA Combined Championships at Exeter.

Emily Joseph, last year’s U13 pentathlon champion, recorded four PBs in her five events to finish second overall at U15 with a final score of 2198 pts. Joseph (TGGS) ran a county standard time in the 75m hurdles of 12.78 seconds, backed up by solid performances in the shot (7.63m) and long jump (4.43m).

Sasha Dennis (Rudolf Steiner) scored consistently in her five events to finish sixth overall with a final score of 1950 pts. Her best performances were the high jump (1.37m) and long jump (4.34m).

Joseph and Dennis were competing against girls a year older than themselves.

Torbay’s other second place was claimed by Lillian Goddard (KEVICC) in the U17 event with a final score of 2613 pts. A good all-rounder with no real weaknesses, Goddard’s best performances were in the 80m hurdles with a 13.10 clocking and a fine piece of 800m running to win in 2.35. Her only personal best came in the shot with a throw of 6.76m.

In the U13 girls, Megan Webber (TGGS) finished a creditable fourth with 1644 pts. Webber notched PBs in her five events, highlights being her 12.85 in the 70m hurdles, 3.69m in the long jump and front running the 800m to victory.

Joseph and Goddard will represent Devon in the South West schools combined events championships at the end of June.
Torbay AC Rachel Kidd Runs “the Killer” Killerton 10K
The historic grounds at the Killerton estate are already an established location for running events.

New member Rachel Kidd ran her first ever race for Torbay Athletic Club having recently joined the athletic club. Rachel ran a very good race and finished the tough 10k in 1:11:39, which she thinks should be renamed “the Killer” Killerton 10K!

She has also just entered the ballot for the 2014 London Marathon.
Ray Brown who ran the tough Ivyrbidge 10k the day before completed this in 1:58:42, with Tessa Hearfield finishing ahead of him in 1:55:42

The Black Death Run on the Combe Sydenham Country Park estate is probably the toughest off road run in the Country! a testing ten miles plus route through the glorious Somerset countryside. The route is off-road and is mainly trail or grass though there were some muddy sections!
Lee Turner 2nd in Bideford 10k
Torbay Athletic Club’s Lee Turner took 2nd place in the Bideford 10k in a just over 34 minutes. A strong performance by Turner saw off Chris Sabine from Tamar Trotters and Ian Gooding Torrington AC who both finished together in 34:25. Shaun Antell of Bideford Harriers won the race in 32:30.

Torbay AC’s Cathy Parkinson had a good run to finish as1st lady 0/ 45 and 7th lady overall postions with her team mate Amelia Hall taking the 3rd lady 0/45 spot i just over 90 seconds behind her.

Although the route takes in some of Torridgeside’s outstanding beauty, including a section of the renowned Tarka Trail. Conditions were tough in North Devon on Sunday with wind, rain and even hail in the runners faces on the returning 3 miles.
Jon Parkinson led Torbay AC home in Ivybridge 10k
Torbay Athletic Club entered a strong team of 38 runners but unfortunately Torbay’s two top elite runners Peter Monaghan and Arran Tocknell had to pull out just before the event, leaving Jon Parkinson to lead the Torbay contigent home in an excellent time of 34 minutes 59 seconds.

Parkinson had to battle for the Over 45 category prize with his rival Simon Anderson from Plymouth AC who was exactly 30 seconds ahead of him at the finish in 6th position. The race was won by Tavistock AC’s Jim Cole in 32:38.

This spectacularly scenic race started in Ivybridge Station Car Park and finished at Ivybridge Rugby Club.The course was relatively fast, despite the very tough steep hill from Bittaford to Moorhaven The last 6km of the route is almost all downhill, making for a fast 2nd half of the race.

Amongst the many achievments for the Torbay Club were :-

Chris Fry who gained a PB by 15 seconds,

Sally Shoolbraid celebrating her birthday with another pb, this time by 2 minutes 30 seconds

Jake Thorn who recently joined the club and is improving fast and just missed breaking the 40 minute barrier by 15 seconds, but improved his PB by 2 minutes10 seconds.

Also new to the club and improving fast is Pete McCaig a PB by 2 minutes

Tony Foster completed a tough 40 mile ride in the morning before running this race. Tony is training for the Iron Man event in Roth Germany.

Tony ‘s wife Leanne who joined the Club 6 months ago ran well and gained a pb by 4 minutes which was the club best improver on the day.

It was also Emma Gilboy first ever race for an affiliated club joining just a couple of weeks ago. Emma ran her first race in the famous club Yellow and Red colours. She was hoping to run 55 minutes for Ivybridge 10k and smashed it in a time of 49:48.

Wendy Urban claimed the1st 0/45 spot and former Torbay AC member Helen Dyke now running for Poole Runners finished 3rd Lady Overall and 2nd Lady 0/35 in a fast time of 38:38.
Weekend race report
Stuart Parkes ran this in 3:19:08 a PB by 1 whole second quicker than his London Marathon time of 2 weeks ago! although its a much tougher course with many demanding hills and a “it was a tad hot!” 31st Stuart Parkes 3:19:08, 195th Charlotte Reeves 4:17:20 There were 294 competitors the winner was Richard Swindlehurst of Wimborne AC in 2h:53:52

Torbay AC Club couple Mike and Sally Davies, ran the Saltash Half Marathon on Sunday 5th May. The couples finishing times were :-1:57:57 Mike Davies 97th 2:04:38 Sally Davies 124th There were 175 finishers the winner was Ian Habgood of Bournemouth AC in 1:15:44
1st 2nd, 4th & 6th for Torbay at Haldon Heartbeat
Lee Turner wins Haldon Heartbeat 10k with his Team mate Jon Parkinson only 17 seconds behind. Next was Dave Tomlins only 6 seconds behind (not sure if he still Teignbridge Trotters as he was down as unaffiliated?). Only 6 seconds behind Dave was a tired Torbay AC Simon Longthorpe from running a 2:42 London Marathon, amazing run considering the marathon race only 6 days earler. Only 28 seconds separated the top 4 which included 3 Torbay AC members. Back in form Martyn Breslan was in 6th place in 51:43. Jon Parkinson won the Mens Vet 45 category. Mens team Prize easily went to Torbay Athletic Club. Phil Full was 2nd Male Vet 60+

Wendy Urban was 2nd Lady and won her age 45 group. Cathy Parkinson was 5th Lady and 3rd Lady in the 45 category. Katherine Kabala our newest member had a great run finishing less the 4 minutes behind team mate Cathy. Stephanie Townsend 4 minutes behind Katherine. Sally Davies was 2nd Lady Vet 60. There was no ladies team prize buty if there was one, Torbay AC would easily won it.
Sunday 21st April 2013
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17 Torbay Athletic Club members ran the 2013 Virgin London Marathon. First home for the club was Simon Longthorpe was the faster local Man home in 2 hours 42 minutes 8 seconds. Position 231st. Personal best time for Torbay AC elite club member by 1 minute 1 second.
Anne Lucas was the 7th fastest lady in London Marathon in her 65 age category. Anne beat 72 runners in her age group.
It was the very first marathon for husband and wife Colin and Sally Shoolbraid. Both Colin and Sally join the club last year and both are getting faster and faster over all distances. Both had an amazing run considering it was their first. Colin easily broke the 4 hour barrier in 3 hours 56 minutes just a 31 second ahead of his team mate Neil Dawkins.His wife Sally manage to finish in a 4 hours 34 minutes.

There were many personal best times achieved by club members. The biggest was Chris Leaman who knock 49 minutes of his marathon time and finished 3:44:03.

Anita Merritt who was told only a few years ago that she will never run again and after a successful operation has been able to run faster then ever before. This year Anita manage to knock a massive 41 minutes of her personal best time and finished 4:27:30 . Anita is keen to enter next years London Marathon and will be aiming to break the 4 hour barrier to achieve another massive pb.

New to the club joining late last year Neil Dawkins also knock a massive 27 minutes of his previous time.
Hadleigh Davies and Stuart Parkes both knock 3 minutes of their time.
Above group photo from left Stephen Lofthouse > Anne Lucas > Sally Shoolbraid > Stuart Sweatman > Neil Dawkins > Chris Leaman > Graham Reynolds > Ray Brown
5k 10k 15k 20K HM 25k 30k 35k 40k FINISH
Simon Longthorpe 18:11 36:48 55:36 1:14:42 1:18:48 1:33:37 1:52:51 2:12:24 2:33:10 2:42:08
Adharanand Finn 19:35 39:14 55:09 1:19:08 1:23:25 1:38:59 2:00:12 2:26:50 2:53:32 3:05:25
Graham Reynolds 22:16 44:42 1:07:09 1:29:39 1:34:39 1:52:08 2:15:22 2:39:17 3:06:27 3:17:39
Stuart Parkes 23:36 46:51 1:10:17 1:33:40 1:38:46 1:57:02 2:20:53 2:44:57 3:09:03 3:19:09
Hadleigh Davies 22:58 45:36 1:08:47 1:31:57 1:36 57 1:55:15 2:19:07 2:46:08 3:15:46 3:27:26
Luke Tillen 24:30 48:25 1:12:13 1:35:38 1:40:38 1:59:11 2:24:48 2:52:03 3:19:45 3:31:53
Chris Leaman 27:11 53:33 1:19:45 1:45:57 1:51:38 2:12:28 2:39:15 3:05:35 3:32:16 3:44:03
Stephen Lofthouse 24:52 49:58 1:14:19 1:39:24 1:44:54 2:05:03 2:32:38 3:03:07 3:37:40 3:53:38
Neil Dawkins 27:20 53:24 1:19:51 1:46:23 1:52:09 2:14:17 2:42:37 3:14:35 3:44:49 3:56:50
Colin Shoolbraid 26:06 53:26 1:21:00 1:48:21 1:54:15 2:16:56 2:45:22 3:14:05 3:43:31 3:56:23
Matthew Day 25:21 49:40 1:14:25 1:39:31 1:44:59 2:04:45 2:31:25 3:05:21 3:44:28 3:57:54
Stuart Sweatman 25:52 52:57 1:22:03 1:48:59 1:55:00 2:17:01 2:45:22 3:15:38 3;47:07 4:01:10
Ray Brown 23:32 48:07 1:14:19 1:41:24 1:47:19 2:10:15 2:41:19 3:16:34 3:16:34 4:16:57
Anne Lucas ? 57:30 1:27:10 1:56 47 2:03:11 2:27:07 2:59:12 3:31:51 4:04:52 4:19:30
Anita Merritt 25:22 52:52 1:22:36 1:53:21 2:00:07 2:26:17 3:00:31 3:36:32 4:12:30 4:27:30
Sally Shoolbraid 31:46 1:04:02 1:36:06 2:08:12 2:15:12 2:40:19 3:12:26 3:45:44 4:19:32 4:34:13
Jo Barlow 31:46 1:03:24 1:36:59 2:14:30 2:22:42 2:53:20 3:35:01 4:18:26 5:01:21 5:19:19
1-2-3 for Torbay Athletic Club in Taunton Half Marathon
It was 1 – 2 – 3 for Torbay Athletic Club in the Taunton Half Marathon. Last year Peter Monaghan won the event with Arran 2nd and today it was just the same but with the addition of Simon Longthorpe claiming the 3rd Podium spot.

Torbay Athletic Club won the team prize, with the 1-2-3 there was no chance of the club not winning it. Peter Monaghan won his age 45 age group.

It was also Jon Pressling first race for Torbay Athletic Club and Jons 2nd fastest ever half marathon time in 1:23 15.

Laura Lannon is new to the club and had a very good run just breaking the 1 hour 50 minute barrier.

Sally Shoolbraid Join the club one year ago and has manage to knock over 20 minutes of her half marathon time, beat her PB by 3m:30s made at Bideford Half Marathon.

Bournemouth Festival of Running bought all three events (Marathon/Half Marathon and 10k) together in one unique festival of running. Torbay Athletic Club member Charlortte Reeves completed the Bournemouth Half Marathon in 1:54:07

Paris Marathon (Marathon de Paris) This year the competition broke the record of participants, with more than 50,000 enrolled, which keeps the Parisian race among the most important in the world, along with London, Tokyo, Berlin and Boston.

Starting on the prestigious Champs-Elysées. Torbay Athletic Club
12772th Eleanor Edwards 3:49:49. First race for Torbay AC and achieved an amazing time.

Kenyan runner Peter Some won today the 27th annual Paris Marathon 2013 and confirmed the primacy of African athletes in long distance competitions.

Somem crossed the line located in the capital’s Foch Ave with a time of two hours, five minutes and 37 seconds, which is his personal best.

The second place went to Ethiopian Tadese Tola (2:06:29), who shared time with the third in the event, also Kenyan Eric Ndiema.

French Benjamin Malaty was the first marathon runner to travel the 42 km and 195 m, in2:11:59.

In the female category Ethiopian Boru Tadese won the award with record in this category with 2:21:05, followed by her compatriot Merima Mohammed, 2:23:12 and Kenyan Eunice Kirwa, 2:23:34.

EXE TO AXE This tough hilly multi terrain race started on the Exmouth Sea Front and follows the breathtaking East Devon Coastal Path for 20 miles finishing at the Hook and Parrot on the Esplanade at Seaton. (River Exe to River Axe) As if the Exe to Axe isn’t tough enough! Torbay AC’s Stuart Parkes decided to add a little detour as he got a little bit lost and added on an extra 2 miles but he still achieve an excellent time and was position 57th out of over 200 runners.
57th Stuart Parkes 3:50:19
7 Torbay Tri Club Members entered the
Exeter Middlemoor Aquathlon.
7 Torbay Tri Club Members entered the Exeter Middlemoor Aquathlon. 5 Senior members completed the Sprint distance Aquathlon which started with a 600metre Pool Swim /
followed by a 5km Run.

Lee Turner was Torbay fastest Triathlon finishing 5th with his team mate Andrew Longthorpe finishing 10th.

Stuart Sweatman had a great race and manage to gain a personal best time for the Sprint distance Aquathlon. He even manage to complete his fastest ever 5km run and it was his first time breaking the 20 minute barrier.

Stuarts Sweatmans two daughters completed their very first Aquathlon for Torbay Tri Club in the Childrens events and thoroughly loved the event. Both girls did very well. Jade completed the 300m Swim/ 2400m Run 23:26 and her sister Jasmin completed the 200m Swim/ 1800m Run 16:59.

Torbay Tri Club oldest member Eric Barber age 76 won his Super Vintage age category.
Tocknell and Tomlin battle it out at South Devon 10k
Sunday 17th March 2013
Both team photos below taken by Tobii Burk Photograpy
Torbay AC ARRAN Tocknell’s win in the South Devon 10k helped Torbay AC clinch the overall men’s team prize as well.

Tocknell had a battle royal with Teignbridge Trotter Dave Tomlin before emerging the winner. It was neck and neck for the first 8k between Arran Tocknell and David Tomlins from the Teignbridge Trotters, the last two kilometres Arran was too strong and won by 16 seconds.

The winning men’s team comprised Arran Tocknell, Martyn Breslan, Liam Doyle and Russell Cleave.

The start and finish was at South Devon College’s main campus in Long Road, Paignton. The race took runners into the beautiful South Hams countryside along little-known bridle paths and farm tracks, right down to the Mill Pond at Stoke Gabriel. With much of the route covering an area of outstanding natural beauty, the course has been described as ‘one of the most scenic 10ks in the South West’

Torbay AC Natasha Standbury was second lady. Her team of Karen Frissen, Patricia Cooper and Lizza Kapff won the ladies’ team prize. All four ladies are new members who joined last year. Natasha Stanbury had a great run and was only 2 minutes behind the winning lady Sarah Bennett from the New Forest Road Runners.

Torbay Athletic Club was also 3rd and 4th team prize winners, with Julian Jones, Stephen Lofthouse, Athony Raine and Philip Full was the 3rd Team and Darren Munn, Ian Hayward, Anthony Hodge and Paul Frissen was the 4th Team.
Prize winners were
Natasha Standbury 2nd Lady 2 senior Lady
Karen Frissen won Lady Vet over 45
Elizabeth Kapff won Lady Vet over 55
Arran Tocknell won 1st Senior man
Philip Full won 1st Male over 60
Raymond Wilson won 1st male vet over 65
Easy win for Torbays Pete Monaghan at Mad March 10k
Sunday 17th March 2013
Pete Monaghan won the Plympton 10k by more than three minutes in a time of 35.05.
The new route started and finished at the Plymouth Speedway track at St Boniface Arena in Plympton then went out to Saltram House and back.
Debbie and Irene ran the Rome Marathon
Sunday 17th March 2013
Debbie Drake and Irene Hewings ran the 26.2-mile Rome Marathon. The route is largely flat and passes through the historic centre of Rome and St Peter’s Square, winding along the Tiber passing the Mosque of Rome to the north and the Basilica of St Paul’s walls to the south. Hewings got around in 4.14.13 and Drake in 4.03.07.
Liverpool Half Marathon
Sunday 17th March 2013
Torbay AC’s Peter McCaig completed the Liverpool Half-Marathon in 1:47:29 for 2,576th place among 8,000 runners. The Liverpool Half Marathon is a flat, one lap race starting and finishing in the city centre near Liverpool Museum.
Lee Turner finished just outside the top ten in the gruelling Grizzly
Sunday 10th March 2013
TORBAY AC’s Lee Turner finished just outside the top ten in the gruelling Grizzly 2013 run in East Devon. Organised by Axe Valley Runners for the past 26 years, the race is called the Grizzly for a reason.

Runners stream away at the start of the Grizzly on the beach at Seaton. Within its 21 or so miles are 3500ft of climbing in addition to the mud, beach, cliffs and bogs the runners have to encounter. The weather was far from ideal with biting winds and sleet showers.

This ever-popular event which starts and finishes in Seaton was filled within an hour of entries opening. With more than 1,400 finishers, the admin side of the results tables can take a while to complete

A provisional list issued after the race shows Turner the top-placed runner from South Devon clubs. He finished 12th in a time of 2.42.52.
Heres a group photo from the Bideford Half Marathon coach trip taken at the Fishermans Cott in Bickleigh with the River Exe in the background.
Members of Torbay AC, South Devon AC and Teignbridge Trotters.

Back Row from left James Hartridge, Stacey Toppin, Anthony Hodge, Keith Belt, Neil Dawkins, Colin Peters, Jake Thorn, Arran Tocknell, Colin Shoolbraid, Sally Shoolbraid, Chris Leaman, Martyn Breslan.
Front Row from left David Tomlin, John Drennan, Roger Webb, Naomi Flanaghan, Debbie Drake, Raymond Wilson, Irene Hewings, Jo Barlow, Anita Merritt, Stephen Lofthouse, Stephen Wilbraham and Janine Callard.
TORBAY AC had two runners finish in the top ten at the Bideford half marathon in a race of more than 1000 runners.

Simon Longthorpe was first Torbay runner home is 8th place, with Jon Parkinson just behind in 10th place.

Among the category prize winners Longthorpe was 2nd senior man and Arran Tocknell was 3rd senior man.

Jon Parkinson won his 45 age category and Ray Wilson was 3rd in the 65 age category.

There was also a couple of prize winners among the club’s ladies, Irene Hewings was fastest in the age 55 category and Sally Davies in the age 60 category.

Biggest improvers were Sally Shoolbraid who knocked a massive 11 minutes off her half marathon time and Anita Merritt improved her time by over seven minutes.

There were also PBs for Debbie Drake, Neil Dawkins, Chris Leaman and Gerald Barlow.
Athletes impress with indoor personal bests
TWO promising Torbay Athletic Club juniors spent the weekend in Birmingham at the National Indoor arena.

Emily Joseph and Lillian Goddard spent Saturday watching the international indoor athletics Grand Prix meeting featuring Mo Farah winning the 3000m.

The following day it was the girls’ turn to compete on the indoor 200m track, albeit in front of a smaller crowd than the capacity full arena the day before.

Joseph impressed with two indoor personal bests in her two U15 events.

In her specialist event the 60m hurdles, Joseph recorded a time of 10.19, finishing third in her heat and third fastest overall.

Joseph’s second personal best came in the final round of the long jump with a leap of 4.23m for sixth overall against stiff opposition from the Midlands.

The jump was just two centimetres short of her official outdoor best.

Goddard recorded two indoor personal bests in the U17 events, starting with the 200 metres.

Although drawn in the outside lane, Goddard improved on last winter’s best with a new time of 28.24 seconds, finishing fourth in her heat and eighth overall. Goddard was seeded in the A race over 300 metres and finished fourth in 45.39.

Both girls now turn their attention to the Indoor Sportshall Athletics regional final at Clennon Valley, Paignton, in two weeks’ time where they have been selected to represent Devon.

Three other Torbay Athletic club members have also been selected, Owen Coldwell, Johnny Joseph, and Harry King.

Sunday 17th February 2013

TORBAY AC sent 16 runners to the Plymouth Hoe 10, a well-established race along the city waterfront. The race was number five in the club’s internal Grand Prix Series. Two personal bests were recorded with Natasha Stanbury achieving an excellent 1.20.14 in her first 10 miler.
Torbay AC wins Team prizes at Exmouth Fulford Five
Sunday 3rd February 2013

TORBAY AC’s Pete Monaghan was sixth overall and1st V45 back at the Fulfords Five. Monaghan was one of 24 Torbay AC runners to tackle the race. Karen Frissen was first lady V45. Ray Wilson took first V65 and Anne Lucas first lady V65.
There were many excellent individual veteran performances producing six personal-best results over the distance. Torbay AC also won the veteran men’s and veteran ladies team awards. There were 209 finishers.

Lee just 1 second from winning Dawlish Duathlon
3 Torbay Tri. Club Members were in action at the Dawlish Duathlon on Sunday this included a 600 meter Swim followed by a 5K Run, starting at different wave times and organised by the Exeter Tri Club.

Lee Turner finished his sessions in 27:03 min with a 10:16 swim a 16:47 run only to find finally that he had missed first place overall by just 1 second!
Stu Sweatman’s times were :- 10:58 swim a 22:27 run Total 33:25 min.
Eric Barber’s times were :- 19:45 swim a 29:15 run Total 48:00 min giving him a win in the 77 age category!
Very well done to them all !

Hestercombe Humdinger
Sunday 3rd February 2013

TWO Torbay AC members ran in the Hestercombe Humdinger also on Sunday. The event covers almost 10 miles from the main drive at Hestercombe Gardens in Taunton and consists of a figure-of-eight, passing the start area again at the three-mile marker. It is a challenging route run entirely on rural roads and lanes with spectacular views. Tessa Hearfield was 137th in 1.25.26 and Ray Brown 138th in 1.25.27. There were 216 finishers.
Torbay’s dominate top-20 places at First Chance 10K
Sunday 20th January 2013
Photo thanks to Andrew Park Photography
Torbay’s dominate top-20 places at First Chance 10K. TORBAY AC had four runners in the top 14 at the First Chance 10k run around Exeter. A record number of 53 members completed in freezing conditions, probably the biggest teamturnout at any Devon race. Out of a total of 600 entries, only 466 runners completed the race and 10 per cent were from Torbay Athletic Club.

Lee Turner was first Torbay runner home in seventh position with team-mate Peter Monaghan in 10th also claiming best age-graded time in the whole race.

Simon Longthorpe and Jon Parkinson finished a creditable 13th and 14th respectively.

Cathy Parkinson was first Torbay AC lady home, also taking third V45.

Peter Monaghan won the men’s V45 age group with Sally Davies winning the V60 age group.

Natasha Stanbury and Patricia Cooper who both ran well in their first 10ks.

Stanbury managed to break the 46-minute barrier and was second fastest lady for Torbay.

There were first race appearances for Torbay by Ross Bomby, Neil Dawkins and Pete McCaig.

Many members achieved their personal best results at this event.

Charlotte Reeves improved her best 10k result by seven minutes.

Neil Dawkins improved his PB by more than five minutes. Janine Callard, Chris Fry, Darren Munn, Kevin Cowell, Anthony Raine, Stuart Parkes, Alex Snell, Stephen Lofthouse, Anita Merritt, Karen Frissen, Irene Hewings and Melissa Barlow all set new bests.

Tony Foster manage to beat his personal best time set 24 years ago!

Race winner was Tom Merson from the Bristol and West Club in 31.32.

Kairn Stone, a former Torbay AC member now running for Newham and Essex Beagles, was in second place.

Year starts well for Monaghan
Sunday 13th January 2013

TORBAY AC’s Pete Monaghan won the January Jaunt Plympton 10k race in 35.30. This was the first of two 10k races organised by the Plymouth Round Table in aid of local charities, with every penny raised being used for good causes. The route started and finished at Plymouth Speedway track, St. Boniface Arena, in Plympton, via Saltram House. On the same day, TORBAY AC’s five Obelisk runners were led home by Martyn Breslan in 21st place (1.26.00), followed by Cathy Parkinson 55th (1.33.17), Phil Full 104th (1.44.15), Tessa Hearfield 136th (1.53.39) and Ray Brown 137th (1.54.15)

Saturday 8th December 2012
Photos taken by Andrew Park Photography
The Cockington Christmas Caper an annual race held in Cockington, South Devon, is a highlight for many cross-country runners who turn out each year to race through 7.5 miles of mud, sweat, tears and laughter?

The Cockington Christmas Caper an annual race held in Cockington, South Devon, is a highlight for many cross-country runners who turn out each year to race through 7.5 miles of mud, sweat, tears and laughter?

The 200 places for the event were all taken four weeks before race day, but spectators were encouraged to come along and cheer on the runners. The race is much loved for its unique features as well as the challenge it provides for participants. A festive atmosphere was created with every runner receiving Christmas cake and being greeted with the sound of Christmas carols at the finish line.

Saturday’s Cockington Christmas Caper saw Torbay AC’s Arran Tocknell secured his 5th win at this event.

Although the conditions around this hilly testing course were much tougher and slippery underfoot than in previous years, former Torbay AC member Mark Kass, did not give Tocknell too much competition finishing 1 minute behind him.

Being part of TorbayAC’s 2012/13 Grand Prix series the Caper produced a large entry form the local club and saw among the those running in their first event three new Club members, Natasha Stanbury, Patrisha Cooper and Jake Thorn, all three of whom ran very well.
Natasha Stanbury in particular had a great run finishing as 2nd Torbay AC lady home, just 18 seconds behind Club Road Champion Stephenie Townsend.

Runners were being encouraged this year to raise sponsorship for East Devon Cystic Fibrosis Quality of Life Fund, a fund which is used to help people with Cystic Fibrosis enhance their quality of life, Organiser Matt Day from The Barnabas Sports Trust said that the Trust is always keen to hear from any company who would like to get involved with sponsoring the event or donating prizes for future events

Torbay duo among two of top three at the Bicton Blister. TORBAY AC claimed second and third place in the Bicton Blister. Lee Turner (1.04.45) took second place behind winner Stuart Hall (1.04.38), who was running in the colours of Devon Fire & Rescue Service. Simon Longthorpe was a further half minute behind in third.

Other Torbay AC placings and times were: Jon Parkinson (13th) 1.10.10, Andy Longthorpe (20th) 1.13.44, Dean Titchener (81st) 1.25.42, Mike Davies (139th) 1.32.28, Sally Davies (269th) 1.46.01,

Ray Brown (283rd) 1.47.52, Tessa Hearfield (287th) 1.48.34.

Runners had their work cut out getting to the east Devon venue as floodingmeant some roads were closed.

The course goes from the college out to Woodbury Common, where there was plenty of energy sapping mud to contend with and water to run through.
Torbay AC’s Pete Monaghan had to settle for 4th position in tough conditions on the Otterton 10k Reindeer Run on Saturday. Despite the torrential rain and inclement weather of late and the village of Otterton having being cut off on two separate occasions in the last week and with parts of the lower Otter Valley still lying under several feet of flood water the Reindeer Run was completed, with every finisher receiving a special Reindeer Run mug.
4th in 40:47 Peter Monaghan, – Torbay AAC Vet male

At the Brooks Westward league Cross Country competition, which included the Devon AA Championships at Exeter on Sunday.
Torbay AC’s results were:- Jon Parkinson MV45 finishing in 29th position in 33:00 min. with Andy Longthorpe in 56th place in 34:44 and Dennis Doy MV 60, 146th in 49:28.

Next Saturday is the Cockington Christmas Caper with a contingent of 37 athletes from TorbayAC already entered !. All 200 places on the annual charity run around the country park in Torquay were snapped up almost immediately they went on sale. The Barnabas Sports Trust promotes the race to raise funds for its favourite causes. This year the cause is the East Devon Cystic Fibrosis Quality of Life Fund.

Torbay AC has taken 37 places in the race, which sets off from the cricket pavilion at 10.30am. When runners return from the seven-and-half-mile slog through the mud, they will be greeted with Christmas cake and carols on the finish line.

Matt Day, project co-ordinator for Barnabas Sports Trust said: “We are looking forward to another successful year for the Cockington Caper and want to give a big thank you to local businesses who are already supporting us, Winners Gym, GB Personal Training, Total Produce and Pro-Performance Torbay.”
Sunday 4th November 2012
report by David Hyde
The start and finish of this race was at the scenic Passage House Inn in Kingsteignton with its breathtaking views over the river Teign.

The route of had approximately 9.5 miles of multi terrain with the first and last couple of miles was mostly on road, but with the middle section mostly off road and due to the heavy rain during the previous night, conditions underfoot were very slippery and muddy.
There was a sea of yellow and red at the startline as a record number of 49 Torbay Athletic Club members started this event, so big was the Torbay AC entry that one in 5 runners in the race was a Torbay Athletic Club member!

Last year it was Peter Monaghan who had a battle with his club mate Lee Turner to win by just 1 second in 53:43, but this year the slippery conditions off road really favoured the sure footed Turner and he crossed the finish line in just under 54 minutes with Monaghan 90 seconds behind.

The Mens Team Prize needed 6 to count and with 1st and 2nd placed Turner and Monaghan giving Torbay AAC a very good start followed by Jon Parkinson finishing in just over the hour in 6th place and Tony Foster in 10th, it was now down to Martyn Breslan and Liam Doyle to do well as Haldon Trail Runners had also entered a strong team. But Torbay AC managed to beat the Trail Runners by 14 minutes and also 3rd placed South Devon Athletic Club by 31 minutes.

The Torbay AC’s ladies 1st team had a easy win over South Devon.A.C by 34 minutes, with the Torbay 2nd Team also managing to beat South Devon by 9 minutes.

It was first race for the Torbay Club for Anthony Hodge, Colin Shoolbraid and Benjamin Glanville who all ran very well.

Most of the runners in this race experience much slower times due to the conditions, but not for 65 year old Colin Wilson! he manage a massive 6 minute personal best improvement over his last years time. New Club Champion Stephenie Townsend manage a faster 4 minute time improvement and Liam Doyle also knock off over 2 minutes from his previous best time.

Turner also won his age 35 category and Monaghan won Mens Vet 45 his team mate Jon Parkinson was 2nd, Chris Leaman was pleasantly surprise to win Male Vet 50 Category and Richard Postlethwaite won his Male Vet Category with his team mate Mike Davies 2nd. There was also success for the Ladies with Cathy Parkinson 5th Lady also winning her age category and Sally Davies won her Ladies Vet. Category.
CATEGORY WINS…Lee TURNER Wins M35, Peter MONAGHAN wins MV45, Jon Parkinson 2nd MV45, Chris LEAMAN 2nd MV50, Richard POSTLETHWAITE wins MV55, Mike DAVIES 2nd in MV55, Cathy PARKINSON 2nd FV45, Win Sally DAVIES FV60
Torbay Athletic Club wins Mens Team Prize
1st Lee TURNER, 2nd Peter MONAGHAN, 6th Jon PARKINSON, 10th Tony FOSTER, 25th Martyn BRESLAN, 28th LiamDOYLE, Position Totals 72 – Time Total 6:04:04

2nd Team Haldon Trail Runners 92 Positions
3rd Team South Devon AC 171 Positions

Torbay Athletic Club Ladies win 1st and 2nd Team Prize
1st Ladies Team – Torbay Athletic Club 5th Cathy PARKINSON, 10th Stephanie TOWNSEND, 19th Linda PHILIPPOU, 20th Serena LITHERLAND Totals 54 5:10:59

2nd Ladies Team – Torbay Athletic Club Janine CALLARD, Sally DAVIES, Irene HEWINGS, Debbie DRAKE, Totals 107 – Total Time 5:35:56

3rd South Devon AC Race Totals 131 – Total Time 5:44:39

Monaghan shaves three minutes off winning time
Torbay AC’s Peter Monaghan wins again! this one by a massive 8 minutes, he won the Dartmoor Vale Rotary Club Half-Marathon by 8 minutes in 1.15.38 – beating his previous race time by three minutes. Cornish runner Abraham Scott, from Hayle Runners finished 2nd in 1:23 29)

The routes for the marathon and the half-marathon take runners out on the roads of the Teign Valley to Chudleigh and back down the country lanes alongside Ugbrooke Park. RUNNERS had a VIP starter – retired MP and Strictly Come Dancing competitor Ann Widdecombe. After sending the 135 half-marathon starters on their way, Miss Widdecombe shared a cup of tea with members of Newton Abbot’s Fit2Run club, who were running the catering operation. These races have become an annual fund-raising event for Fit2Run’s charity, which this year is the Devon Air Ambulance. A final figure has yet to be confirmed but it is hoped they have raised around £800.

Stuart Sweatman knocked six minutes off his previous best half-marathon time, Ian Sharrock was third male over 60 in 1.36.23.

Newcomer Kathryn Crawshay, running her first half-marathon and second race for Torbay, finishing 167th in 1.53.02 There were 353 finishers

Torbay’s Stephen Wilbraham broke the 40m minute barrier for the first time in four years in the 10k and was third fastest M40-44.
Monaghan leads Torbay AC to a
Churston Flyer one-two-three
RUNNERS from Torbay Athletic Club swept the board at the Churston Flyer at the weekend. A field of 150 runners from all over the West Country took to the lanes around Churston for the annual event organised by South Devon Athletic Club.

The race included the Ross Shield, the longest-established athletics event in Devon, with a giant trophy for the winning team representing a county club.

The fast, flat five-miler from Churston Ferrers Grammar School to Brixham and back provided a one-two-three for Torbay AC, with Peter Monaghan taking an early lead. Clubmates Lee Turner and Arran Tocknell tried their very best to keep up with their much older team mate, but 48-year-old Monaghan took control.

The first mile at a fraction above five-minute mile pace proved to be too fast for Turner and Tocknell, and Monaghan eased away to win in 26m 41s, his fastest ever time over five miles. It was his 10th race win this year and 108th win in total since he start running in the early 80s. Turner finished 17 seconds behind Monaghan, and Tocknell missed out on a personal best by just four seconds to finish third in 27m 37s.

Torbay Athletic Club had by far the biggest team (38) competing in the event, and Stuart Sweatman, Chris Leaman, Tystan King, Jonathan Cowling and Anita Merritt all gained PBs.

With six runners in the top 11, Torbay retained the Ross Shield with ease, and also won the men’s team prize with Monaghan, Turner, Tocknell, Simon Longthorpe, Adharanand Finn and Andrew Longthorpe.

Torbay Ladies also won the ladies’ team prize with Stephenie Townsend, Janine Callard, Lizza Kapff, Tessa Hearfield, Anita Merritt and Anne Lucas.
Parky on the Prom
TORBAY AC’s husband-and-wife pair Jon and Cathy Parkinson enjoyed the fresh sea air and stunning views as they competed in the Southport Beach 10k. The course took them along the promenade and sea wall before finishing by the pier on Southport Beach. Cathy Parkinson finished third and was first veteran in 42.20. Husband Jon finished fifth overall and won second male veteran in 36.04.
Turner claims 1st Club Triathalon Crown
Inaugural Dawlish Sprint Triathalon.
Turner claims 1st Club Triathalon Crown.

A sprint distance triathlon including a 750m Open Water Swim a 21.5km Cycle and a 6km run including the famous Dawlish Sea Wall!

In ideal weather conditions the first and very successful Dawlish Sprint Triathalon was held at Dawlish Warren.

After coming out of the water and after running half way along the very stony tarmac foot path heading for their bikes it was Torbay Tri Club newest member leading the race, a young Jack Skirrett with a lead of 6 seconds on Peter Wilby from Exeter University Triathlon Club. 30 seconds behind and in 4th place was a man wearing GB colours Ian Hicks.
Skerritt had borrow his dads bike, borrowed a tri suit and wetsuit from fellow member Paul Clark. It was his first triathlon and very first race for Torbay Tri Club and is also a member of the Oddicombe Swim Club

Chasing hard in 6th place from the swim was Torbay Tri’s Andrew Longthorpe, next TT member Jason Mann in 12th place in 25th Tony Foster was chasing hard. At this point Lee Turner was in 34th place and behind him in 46th place was Jon Parkinson needing a very good bike and run to have any chance of a decent finish position.

Coming off the Bike all Torbay Tri’s positions had changed,
New boy Skerritt had lost his leading position and was in 5th place with Wilby was now leading the race. .
Foster was 25th after the swim had now moved up into 7th , Longthorpe had lost two places now in 8th.
Mann had lost 6 places on the bike and was in 18th place. Parkinson had climbed from 46th to 21st
Turner now in 25th from 34th place.
At the finish Wilby had increased his lead by almost 5 minutes to win the very first Dawlish Triathlon.
Ian Hicks (GB) finished 3rd
Then it was all Torbay from 6th place to 10th + 13th
200 entered there were 165 finishers, “Early Bird” entries will open this week for September 2013.
Results to the right >>>
Monaghan stops a 1,2,3 for Taunton Club
Monaghan stops a 1,2,3 for Taunton Club by winning 3rd poduim position in Taunton 10k. The Taunton 10k Starts outside Blackbrook Sports Pavilion then takes an undulating circular course through the residential Holway area of Taunton before following country roads through the picturesque village of Stoke St Mary and then into narrow lanes passing through the hamlet of Haydon before returning.

1st 32:21 SCOTT, Luke Taunton AC
2nd 32:53 PREECE, Rowan Taunton AC
3rd 33:56 MONAGHAN, Peter Torbay AC
4th 34:29 COLES, Jamie Taunton AC
80k In a Day started and finished at Dawlish Warren
Three Torbay Athletic Club Ladies completed a 80k run ( 49.7 Miles ) in 10 hours and 4 mins, all in the name of charity, all monies which they will raise from their sponsors will go to Brain Injuries Trust, and The Babbacombe and St Marychurch Lions Club Charities
In the photo at Dawlish Warren after their run to Exmouth and back on Saturday are Debbie Drake, Linda Philippou and Irene Hewings with their Awards.
Bristol Half Marathon
Almost under 1:30:00 Torbay AC’s Stuart Parkes achieved a personal best Half Marathon time by 7 mins but just missed out on breaking the 1:30:00 barrier at Bristol, finishing in 1:30:46 in 590 position, from a field of 15000+ runners.
He was very happy with that although he had thought he was on for sub 1:30:0 !
3 Marathon 3 Days = 78.6 miles
Torbay A.C’s Simon Longthorpe takes on…Atlantic Coast Challenge Friday 21st-23rd 3 marathons in 3 days

Now in its 6th year the more windswept and some might say, interesting younger sibling of the Jurassic Coast Challenge. The route starts near Padstow and finishes at Lands End. Complete up to 78.6 miles (3 marathons) over 3 days by walking, running or crawling, pitting your mental and physical prowess against some of the wildest coastline in Britain. Dare to complete 1, 2 or 3 days and brag about it for much, much longer!
2nd Simon Longthorpe 13:31:38
1st Marathon 4:04:22, 2nd Marathon 3:57 38, 3rd Marathon 5:29 38
Cut and bruised but victory for brave Anne
TORBAY AC’S Anne Lucas has triumphed in the V65 age group of the BUPA Great North Run.

Despite continuous rain Anne, running in the event for the 20th time, found the conditions ideal and was delighted with her finishing time of 1:53:55.

Despite being accidentally tripped from behind with only 800 metres to go to the finish and suffering a heavy fall, she still managed to finish in good shape although her leg was cut and bruised.

Anne said afterwards: “What a great weekend. We watched the Great City Games on the Saturday at Newcastle Quayside where Mo Farah won and Greg Rutherford competed in the long jump.I would recommend the run to anyone – it’s great fun and a fantastic atmosphere and the organisation is brilliant.”

The first Great North Run was staged on June 28, 1981, when 12,000 runners participated. By 2011, the number had risen to 54,000.
Tocknell in control of Doone Treble
‎it was a 3 in a row wins for Arran Tocknell in the DOONE RUN. Starting in the beautiful seaside village of Lynmouth the Doone Run is one of the most enduring runs in the renaissance of the off road 10 milers in the UK. Established over 25 years ago just 2 years after the first London Marathon.Since then many high profile races have come and gone, the Doone Run has never been high profile but in the back of many runners minds it has always been the ‘one to do’, some time later. With over 2000ft of climbing this part road, part trail, part footpath will took runners along coastal paths, wooded riverside banks, and fell side slopes. Conditions this year were the worst that Tocknell of Torbay AC a three times winner of had experienced in any event, high winds and torrential rain made the going tough and slippery even on the down hill sections the sure footed Tocknell nearly fell several times. From the start of the event Tocknell was neck and neck with Ian Gooding of Torrington AC then at just after 9.5 miles Tocknell took control of the race finishing 14 seconds in ahead of Gooding in 1:09 24 just outside of his PB time. 1st Arran Tocknell 1:09 24
Tony Foster completes River Dart Swim 10k
Swimmers go ‘wild’ for 10k river race.
Follow.SWIMMERS went wild and braved the waters of the River Dart. The third annual open water Dart 10k took place between Totnes and Dittisham on Saturday giving hundreds of wild swimmers the chance to take to the water.

Open water swimming is one of the fastest-growing sports and the event is organised by the Outdoor Swimming Society.

The aquatic equivalent of a marathon took in some of South Devon’s most beautiful scenery along the river and gave participants the rare chance to swim en masse down the Dart.

The swim started at Totnes Rowing Club at Steamer Quay Road, and finished at the Ferryboat Inn, Dittisham.

This year there was also a race category for faster, elite swimmers.

But many swimmers were there to soak up the atmosphere, surroundings and also raise money for good causes.

Among the swimmers was Kate Webber, who took part in the event to raise money for the Royal Devon and Exeter neonatal unit, and Teign Housing employees Ian Jones and Josh Lewis who were raising money for Devon Air Ambulance.

Swimming in torrential rain Torbay Tri’s Tony Foster found this event a bit tougher than his recent return Sea Swim across Torbay in early July with conditions in the river Dart on Saturday much colder. 96th Tony Foster 2:34:56. 651 Finishers
Cornwall Festival of Sport Olympic Distance Triathlon
Sunday 16th September 2012
Torbay Tri’s Jon Pressling competed in this event on Sunday, which was the Olympic Distance Triathlon (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run)

Firstly an Open-water swim started on the beach of Mount’s Bay and headed out towards St. Michael’s Mount before turning west towards Penzance across the Bay and then back towards the beach into Transition. Next the cycling leg took the riders out of Marazion into the Cornish countryside including stretches along both the coastline and inland roads. Lastly the run this course took participants up through the town of Marazion where many residents turned out to cheer the competitors on through the last kilometres of the event finishing with some breath taking views of St. Michael’s Mount just before the finishing line.
Pressling finished in 23rd position in 2:44.54 his Splits were the 1.5km swim in 29:35, the 40km bike in 1:33:30 and the 10km run in 38:37. There were 70 finishers
Another win for Torbay’s Pete Monaghan at Dartmouth
Saturday 1st September 2012
Another win for Torbay’s Pete Monaghan at this infamously hilly 10k road race which is now in its 36th year. Starting and finishing at the Boatfloat Bridge on South Embankment, runners followed the road out to Stoke Fleming, turning there and returned via the lanes towards Little Dartmouth, then back along Dartmouth`s South Embankment to the finishing line in front of the cheering spectators. Torbay AC produced three of the first 4 male finishers and the first two in the Ladies race.Another win for Torbay’s Pete Monaghan at this infamously hilly 10k road race which is now in its 36th year. Starting and finishing at the Boatfloat Bridge on South Embankment, runners followed the road out to Stoke Fleming, turning there and returned via the lanes towards Little Dartmouth, then back along Dartmouth`s South Embankment to the finishing line in front of the cheering spectators. Torbay AC produced three of the first 4 male finishers and the first two in the Ladies race.

Torbay AC results were :- 1st Pete Monaghan 29:43, 2nd Simon Longthorpe 29:47, 4th Jon Parkinson 30:45, 19th Wendy Urban 36:11 1st Lady, 24th Cathy Parkinson 37:16 2nd Lady, 54th Gerald Barlow 41:30, 55th Ray Brown 41:39, 94th Tessa Hearfield 46:12 16th Lady
Monaghan full of running over busy Bank Holiday
TORBAY AC’s Pete Monaghan was the best-placed runner from local clubs in Sunday’s Torbay 10K. In cool but dry conditions a quality field of athletes made this a very competitive race for the elite runners.

The race was won by Johnny Gilby from Derby in a time of 31.23, Shaun Antell from Bristol and West claimed second place in 31.46 with the recent winner of the Totnes 10k Ceri Rees taking 3rd spot in 32.33.

Former Torbay AC runner Karin Stone (Newnham and Essex Beagles) had to settle for fourth place.

Monaghan, having won the Forest Flyer two days earlier, was fifth overall and first M4.

Almost 600 entered this event which took runners from the Torquay Big Wheel in Palace Gardens to Paignton and two laps of the Green and returning back to Torquay to finish on Corbyn Head. First lady was Anne Luke of Tamar Trotters in 38.34.

Torbay AC’s Monagahan beats James Denne from Exeter Harriers to win the five-mile Forest Flyer off-roader around Haldon Park in a time of 22.28.

Simon Longthorpe did Torbay proud claiming the 3rd podium position is a time of 22.50.

An alternative to the Torbay 10k was the Battle of Sedgemoor 10k, which attracted Russell Cleave and Arran Tocknell.

The road race route is a mainly flat but potentially fast race around the villages of Drayton and Muchelney and back to Langport.

After an excellent start, Tocknell had to settle for 15th position due to the return of severe stomach cramp. Cleave finished just ahead of him in 13th spot.

Former politician Ann Widdicombe was waiting for finishers when they crossed the line in the Bank Holiday running of the Lustleigh Show 10k.

The race, which started and finished inside Lustleigh Show Ground, took the field of 130 athletes around muddy fields before the one kilometre tough narrow hill climb up through the woods.

Veteran Monaghan wanted to prove despite three races in four days he would give the rest a run for their money! Monaghan led until a kilometre from home when Tavistock’s Adam Holland (38.44) pulled away to take first spot. Monaghan won the M45 age group with clubmate Jon Parkinson finishing fourth.
Longthorpe duo impress on land and at sea
FOUR Torbay AC athletes ran the Exeter 10k, a two-lap, flat, traffic free run on footpaths and cycle tracks around the River Exe and Exeter Canal. Simon Longthorpe finished fifth in 34.23, with Jon Parkinson seventh in 34.44, Stephen Wilbraham 51st in 40.43 and Cathy Fewings 61st in 41.58.

(<photo) SURVIVORS. Torbay AC duo Tony Foster and Stuart Parkes have got the t-shirts after completing the RAT 32-mile ultra on the Cornish coast. Foster (left) finished 19th in 05.49.20, while Parkes was 27th in 06.09.40

At Sidmouth Festival’s 10k Multi Terrain event around the Sidmouth countryside, Torbay AC’s Hadleigh Davies finished 34th in 51.08.

Torbay AC duo Sally and Mike Davies ran the Sticklepath Horseshoe Fell race, a tough run from Sticklepath village on the northern edge of Dartmoor. The course of 9.6 miles involves a 1,700 ft ascent over high moor land, over rough, unmarked terrain, held under the rules of the Fell Runners Association, classification BM.

In the water, Torbay AC’s Steve Wilbraham, Lee Turner, Jon Parkinson and Andy Longthorpe entered the annual Round Paignton Pier Swim event. Andy Longthorpe finished in a very creditable third position.

Meanwhile, Torbay’s Jamie Stevenson took on the Wiggle Jurassic Cycle Sportive. At 100 miles the Wiggle involves a challenging route cycling along the stunning Jurassic World Heritage Coastline from Exmouth. This circular route is along the coastal roads and lanes through Budleigh Salterton, Otterton, Beer, Seaton and Lyme Regis before heading inland to Charmouth and on through stunning countryside via Axminster, Honiton and Woodbury Common, before descending back into Exmouth. There are some challenging climbs along the way, with Salcombe Hill one to watch out for!
Doyle flies GB flag in Estonia
TORBAY AC’S Liam Doyle (above on the start line) was the solitary Brit at the Estonian National Championship Race, otherwise know as the Narva Energy Half-Marathon. The race attracted 14 nationalities including the best Estonian, Russian and neighbouring Baltic runners. Narva is Estonia’s third largest city which is located at the most eastern extreme point of Estonia – 27 hours travelling time from Torquay. The start and finish were located at the Russian border crossing. The race then headed out along the Narva River before returning for a loop around the city and a tough 600metre up-hill finish. Doyle’s finishing time was 01.34.27 with a position of 197 out of 888.
Torbay AC Men wins Totnes 10k team prize
More than 440 runners completed the scenic off-roader along the banks of the River Dart and Dartington Estate. Conditions were difficult with plenty of mud and water, which made it very slippery. In defiance of the atrocious conditions there were three course records set.

TORBAY AC took the men’s team prize at a stormy running of the Totnes 10k. With treacherous conditions underfoot on the river bank footpaths, off-road shoes were required to stay upright.

The race was part of Torbay AX’s grand prix series and 38 members braved the conditions to take part. As well as the men’s prize the ladies team were second and there were age-group wins at MV40, MV55, FV60, MV65 and MV70.

The men’s team prize went to Torbay AC comprising of Lee Turner, Jon Parkinson, Pete Monaghan, Russell Cleave, Kevin Fine and Dean Titchener amassing a miserly 98 points.
Monaghan loses an uphill struggle with rival Newell and first podium position for Amy Roberts
2012 KIngsbridge10k 2nd Pete MonaghanTORBAY AC’s Pete Monaghan knew he may be in for a tough race at the Kingsbridge 10K from a man who often appears at this event, Les Newell from Abingdon AC.

From the start Mongahan took the lead for up to 5k, then Newell appeared at his side and for the 2K they were neck and neck. On the last big hill at 8k Newell manage to pull away. Although Monaghan (36.52) closed in, he was unable pass him on the final uphill 500 metres to the finish at Kingsbridge Leisure Centre.

Stephen Wilbraham had a good battle with team-mate Martyn Breslan. They were neck and neck until the 8K hill then Wilbraham (43.48) ran on to finished 11th with Breslan 13th (44.21).

Torbay AC’s Amy Roberts (53.36) battled around the course to take her first podium position and the impressive third lady trophy.

Trystan King (48.11) ran the 1.2km fun run with his daughter as a warm up for the 10k. Gerald Barlow completed the course in 51.16.
Arran 4th on West Dartmoor
TORBAY’S Arran Tocknell finished fourth in a field of 270 at the 6 Moor Miles race run on a one-lap course in the picturesque surroundings of the Maristow Estate on the far west of Dartmoor.

From the start a small group of five elite runners including Tocknell led the field. During the next two miles this group stayed together, but soon the heavens opened and runners found conditions very wet and boggy and the terrain became very challenging. Tocknell eventually slipped to fourth place where he finished in 38:44. In spite of the conditions the race course record was broken by a mere one second, by Cornwall Athletic Club’s James Waldie.

Tocknell’s team-mates Titchener and Wilbraham both had good runs. Titchener was 28th in 45:29 and Wilbraham finished in 46.39.
Torbay juniors retain Pearson Cup
TORBAY AC have won the Pearson Cup for the third year running – the annual inter-club track and field competition for the four local junior athletic clubs. After an earlier postponement due to wet weather, the event hosted by Newton Abbot AC at Forches Cross, got under way on a near-perfect day. And there were plenty of encouraging performances from Torbay’s juniors. The team of 33 came away with a haul of 34 individual medals, plus two relay wins. The winners totalled 16 gold, nine silver, and nine bronze medals.

Individually, three of the club’s juniors were awarded best performance awards for their age group.

Brooke Coldwell won the U10 girls award, winning her three events at 75m, 600m and long jump.

Jake Harker won the U11 boys award, winning both the high jump and vortex throw, plus coming second in the 600m.

In her final year of Pearson Cup athletics, Emily Joseph won the U13 girls award for winning both long jump and high jump, plus coming second in the shot.

Devon AA chairman Mike Hindle awarded the Pearson Cup to Torbay’s team captains Emily Joseph and Owen Coldwell.

Overall: 1st Torbay AC 337, 2nd Dartmouth AC 262, 3rd Newton Abbot AC 261, 4th South Devon AC 81.
Longthorpe dodges jellyfish to win Brixham Aquathlon
SWIMMERS at last Friday’s Brixham Lighthouse Aquathlon found themselves dodging jellyfish soon after they left the beach to enter a choppy sea by the breakwater. Torbay Tri club’s Andy Longthorpe coped well with the obstacles to win the long course event (2k swim/7.5k run), which involved swimming past the Shoalstone Pool, while teammate Hadleigh Davies won the short course version (600m swim/7.5k run).

The run was out past the Berry Head Hotel, up through the woods to the fort, and back along the road to the Breakwater, finishing on the beach

Organiser Helen Dyke, a former Torbay member, won the ladies event which was over the long course.

Torbay Tri Club results were:

Men’s Long Course (2k swim 7.5k run):

1st Andy Longthorpe 54.17 (Swim 28.28/Run 25.49); 6th Mike Davies 67.26 (38.00/29.26); 7th Jon Parkinson 68.19 (42.27/25.52); 9th Stuart Sweatman 72.43 (28.01/44.42); 11th Glynn Hughes 80.08 (45.30/34.38); 12th Winston Barlow 80.80 (45.11/34.57).

Ladies Long Course (2k swim 7.5k run): 1st Helen Dyke 60.32 (34.49/25.43); 2nd Sally Davies DNF (Swim 54.15)

Men Short Course (600m Swim 7.5k Run): 1st Hadleigh Davies 45.54 (21.26/24.28); 2nd Gerald Barlow 46.45 (20.50/25.55); 4th Stephen Wilbraham 53.40 (28.28/25.12).
Tocknell wins Haytor Heller by 16 seconds
Saturday 21st July 2012
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TORBAY AC’s Arran Tocknell won the Haytor Heller by 16 seconds from Neil Holmes of Erme Valley Harriers.

Tocknell came home in 42 minutes and four seconds. Other Torbay competitors were Stuart Parkes 39th in 51:56, Phil Full 91st in 58:43, Ray Brown 131st in 1:03:59 and Tessa Hearfield 187th in 1:11:15.

This popular, well established moorland race starts below Haytor Rock and follows a hilly, circular route before returning once again to Haytor Rock. The course of approximately six miles is challenging with several steep ascents and descents and is generally run across rugged, open moorland, this year with 257 competitors.
Top three spots for Torbay runners
Friday 20th July 2012
ALL the podium spots at the Chudleigh Carnival 6 went to Torbay AC runners.

A testing course started and finished at the Bishop Lacy pub in Fore Street, Chudleigh.

The event is part of Chudleigh’s Carnival week and was well supported by the locals who cheered the 160 competitors all around the route.

Pete Monaghan, who has competed in the event many times, was finally able to claim his first win. He held off Lee Turner, who took second spot, with Simon Longthorpe finishing third. They were among 24 Torbay AC runners who who used the event as part of their Grand Prix series.

Other prize winners included David Hyde, taking the 1st 0/65 trophy, Irene Hewings 2nd 0/55, and Richard Postlethwaite 2nd 0/55.

Full Torbay AC results : 1 Peter Monaghan 30:49 (45-49); 2 Lee Turner 31:11 (SM); 3 Simon Longthorpe 31:44 (SM); 8 Russell Cleave 33:37 (SM); 16 Kevin Fine 34:47 (SM); 33 Martyn Breslan 37:39 (SM); 34 Dean Titchner 38:07 (SM); 38 Richard Postlethwaite 38:34 (55-59); 46 Catherine Parkinson 39:04 (45-49); 56 Julian Jones 40:39 (40-44); 60 Nick Dance 41:14 (50-54); 61 Steve Monaghan 41:26 (45-49); 63 Philip Full 41:47 (60-64); 72 Paul Frissen 43:00 (45-49); 81 Raymond Wilson 44:43 (60-64); 83 David Hyde 45:05 (65+); 97 Irene Hewings 47:11 (55-59); 99 Janine Callard 47:37 (45-49); 108 Karen Frissen 48:36 (45-49); 117 Andrew Park 49:39 (60-64); 126 Phil Perkins 50:59 (60-64); 128 Anne Lucas 51:30 (60-64); 136 Colin Wilson 53:34 (65+); 142 Andrea Wall 55:25 (50-54).

3rd for Pete at Wellington
Turner finishes the job off at Erme Valley
TORBAY Athletic Club’s Elite team were winners at the Erme Valley Relays last Friday evening thanks to an impressive final leg run by Lee Turner. The event started and finished at Ivybridge Rugby Club with teams of four each running 2½ miles. The course took the competitors on a hilly circular route around the South Hams narrow and muddy country lanes. This year there were a record 91 teams competing with Torbay AC’s seven teams all finishing inside the top 60.

The Elite race was a closely fought contest from the start, with East Cornwall Harriers’ Dan Nash running the fastest lap of the evening on the first leg. Torbay AC’s first team had to work hard to pull back the time gap. On the final changeover it was down to Lee Turner – with a 20-second deficit – to pull out all the stops. At the finish line it was an anxious wait.. but first around the corner came Turner to make it a win for the Torbay team by just five seconds.

The split times were Jon Parkinson 13.36, Russell Cleave 13.54, Simon Longthorpe 13.06, Lee Turner 12.44 for a combined time of 53.20.

The club’s Vet/45 Ladies team were also winners of their category with Wendy Urban 16.27, Cathy Parkinson 17.00, Sally Davies 19.45 and Janine Callard 19.38 making up a combined time of 72.50.

Torbay’s other teams finished as follows.

Senior Men’s Team 2 (14th). Andy Longthorpe 14.31, Martyn Breslyn 14.40, Tony Foster 14.23, Russell Hart 14.49. Combined time 58.23

Senior Men’s Team 3 (23rd). Stephen Wilbraham 15.51, Stuart Parkes 15.36, Liam Doyle 15.51, Russell Cleave 14.56. Combined time 62.14

Senior Men’s Team 4 (53rd). Trystan King 17.15, Jon Cowling 20.03, Hadleigh Davies 16.04, Mike Davies 17.15. Combined time 70.37.

Mixed Team (57th). Amy Roberts 18.37, Tessa Hearfield 22.32, Stephen Wilbraham 15.55, Martyn Breslan 15.35. Combined time 72.39.

Torbay Men’s Vet 60 (59th). Phil Full 16.56, David Hyde 19.07, Phil Full 18.17, Ray Brown 18.40. Combined Time 73.00
Pete 3rd in Wellington
PETE MONAGHAN had to accept third place in the Wellington 10-mile race, beaten by Alex Woods from Bristol & West in 58.15 who was in the same age category. Second was Vet Phillip Burden from the Running Forever club, while finished in 59.54 for 2nd Male Vet 45. In the Wellington 10k, Rebecca Disbury of TorbayAC finished 114th 1.03.38.
Bude Surf Triathlon
TORBAY Tri’s Lee Turner finished eighth and Andy Longthorpe 11th at Bude’s Shoreline Triathlon, in North Cornwall.

The event started at Summerleaze Beach, with a 500m sheltered sea swim, followed by an 11-mile cycle ride to Widemouth and back, finishing with a three-mile run along a canal towpath and back to Summerleaze beach.

Turner’s split times for a total of 1.03.02 were (swim 10.32, bike 33.12, run 17.50), while Longthorpe’s 1.06.07 comprised (swim 9.19, bike 33.15, run 21.34).
Jason wins SuperVet Cat in Bideford Triathlon
TORBAY Tri’s Jason Mann competed in the Bideford Triathlon last Sunday, involving a 600m river swim, 23.5k bike ride and 5k run. Mann finished 11th, winning the male supervet category There were 172 entrants.
Torbay Tri Ironlady Sally is now UK number 1
SOME 200 triathletes competed in the Plymouth Triathlon, with six members from Torbay Tri Club.

The swim course is a 1500m course in open water, the bike ride is over 40k on non-closed roads and the run is over 10.2k both on-road and off-road on non-closed roads.

Leading the team home was Jon Parkinson in 2.25.54 (swim 24.49, bike 1.18.34, run 40.41) for 9th position and third in age category.

He was followed by Lee Turner in 2. 26.18 (swim 23.45, bike 1.22.11, run 38.38) for 10th, Andy Longthorpe in 2.30.01 (swim 20.25, bike 1.19.43, run 47.51) for 21st and Stuart Sweatman in 2.50.42 (swim 26.25, bike 1.31.00, run 51.03) for 79th.

Mike Davies was 103rd in 2.59.20 (swim 24.15, bike 1.34.52, run 55.42) and Sally Davies was 131st but 1st FV60 female in 3.11.30 (swim 28.53, bike 1.38.12, run 58.20)Sally has just been ranked as number 1 in uk & no 4 in Europe for the ironman v60.

The senior triathlon was won by Steve Ferguson in 2.06.20. There were 159 finishers.
Torbay Men Win Erme Valley Relays
Friday 6th July 2012
Senior Mens Team 1
Position 1st WINNERS
Jon Parkinson 13 36
Russell Cleave 13 54
Simon Longthorpe 13 06
Lee Turner 12 44
Combined Time 53 20 Senior Mens Team 2
Position 14th
Andy Longthorpe 14 31
Martyn Breslyn 14 40
Tony Foster 14 23
Russell Hart 14 49
Combined Time 58 23 Senior Mens Team 3
Position 23rd
Stephen Wilbraham 15 51
Stuart Parkes 15 36
Liam Doyle 15 51
Russell Cleave 14 56
Combined Time 62 14

Senior Mens Team 4
Position 53rd
Trystan King 17 15
Jon Cowling 20 03
Hadleigh Davies 16 04
Mike Davies 17 15
Combined Time 70 37 Mixed Team 2men+2ladies
Position 57th
Amy Roberts 18 37
Tessa Hearfield 22 32
Stephen Wilbraham 15 55
Martyn Breslan 15 35
Combined Time 72 39 Ladies Vet 45 team
Position 58th
Wendy Urban 16 27
Cathy Parkinson 17 00
Sally Davies 19 45
Janine Callard 19 38
Combined Time 72 50

Torbay Mens Vet 60
Position 59th
Phil Full 16 56
David Hyde 19 07
Phil Ful 18 17
Ray Brown 18 40
Combined Time 73 00
Mann first across Bay
Sunday 1st July 2012

TORBAY Tri’s Jason Mann was first to finish the challenging 4.18-mile Torbay Sea Swim from Fishcombe Cove, Brixham to Meadfoot Beach, Torquay. Mann completed the trip in one hour and 55 minutes with clubmate Tony Foster crossing the line in 2.15.42. Numbers were restricted to 15 this year as all competitors (pictured, left) had to be accompanied by a kayaker. Money raised from the event will go to Asthma UK
47 starters ‘beat the bus’ over muddy 10k course
Wednesday 27th June 2012
ONE current and one former member of Torbay AC battled it out for victory in the Beat the Bus race from Otterton to Sidmouth and back. It was former member Ashley Humphreys (now with Exeter Harriers) who was neck and neck with Arran Tocknell for the first 3k of the 10k, which was mostly uphill. But by half way, at Peak Hill, Sidmouth, Humphreys had managed to pull away from Tocknell to win by 300 metres in 37:21 min.

The race, organised on behalf of Sidmouth Running Club by Bill Valentine of Torbay AC and sponsored by Stagecoach South West, covers approximately 10k. It starts at 18:37pm – when the 157 Stagecoach bus departs from Otterton. Runners have to run a different – and much more challenging route than the bus – on a hilly, multi terrain course, through very muddy fields, woods and paths. This year some of the lanes were more then knee deep in flood water!

Tocknell finished second in 38:47 and fellow Torbay member Stephen Wilbraham was 35th in 50:00. The bus completed its route in 55 minutes with 47 runners beating it back. Valentine missed it though … coming home 88th in 1:27:51. There were 88 finishers.
New Iron lady, Sally, gives hubby a beating in Nice
Sunday 24th June 2012
FOUR recent Torbay Tri Club members now have ‘Ironman’ status after husband and wife Mike and Sally Davies tackled the Nice event on a scorching day in the south of France. The Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bike ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. Sally is clubs first Iron Lady. Sally, trailed her husband after the first two legs but made up time in the marathon to come home just ahead of Mike. Sally won her age category 60-64 group. Torbay Tri now have 6 ironmen members, the two other recent Ironmen members was Jon Pressling and George Melling at Lanzarote last month. Tony Foster (2011 Bolton) and Jon Parkinson (2007 Germany).

Mike Davies (swim 1.13.29, bike 7.24.29, run 6.13.52) total 15.13.00.
Position Age Group 52nd. Overall 1,947.
Sally Davies (swim 1.28.59, bike 7.56.38, run 5.17.15). Total 15.07.45.
Position Age Group 1st. Overall 1,932.

Athletes try a change of sport on Dartmoor
Sunday 24th June 2012
THERE were medals for the Torbay Tri members trio who were among 1,376 who competed in Sunday’s Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportive Cycle event, which offered two routes – 104 miles (166k) and 65 miles (104k) – on challenging scenic routes around Dartmoor.

Taking on the shorter distance, Jon Parkinson was 35th in 3:50:39 (gold medal); 78th Jamie Stevenson was 78th in 4:00:30 (gold medal); Wendy Urban was 279th in 4:28:08 (silver medal). 975th Eric Barber 5:32:16. 1376 finishers

Another busy weekend for the Torbay athletes
The three Torbay AC ladies (pictured) were winners of the 4th ladies team prize at the ‘The Plym Valley Challenge’ on Sunday 17th June. A total of 112 runners tackled the very scenic multi terrain course over a challenging 9 country miles from Tor Bridge High down into the Plym Valley and back. in perfect conditions.

(Photo from left) Anita Merritt, Tessa Hearfield and Janine Callard

Torbay AC’s results were
Ray Brown 60th in 1:15:32
Janine Callard 71st in 1:18:51
Anita Merritt 73rd in 1:18:07
Tessa Hearfield 100th in 1:32:44
Sally Shoolbraid 104th in 1:35:33

Torbay Half Marathon Sunday 24th June 2012
Torbay Athletic Club results for the three recent Club members who ran were
240th Simon Hallett 1:40 37
608th Colin Horrocks 1:56 49
1215th Subramanian Narayanan 2:45 22

Subramanian did the Torbay half with a painful foot and suffered cramps said “Thank you runner number 20 (A sports massage therapist) who helped me and because of whom I was able to finish the race!!”
KENYAN athletes dominated Torbay Half Marathon
KENYAN athletes dominated the race as the streets of Paignton and Torquay were handed over to the runners in the 2012 Torbay Half-Marathon. Around 2,000 runners tackled the course from Paignton Green to Torquay and back – twice.They varied from the fastest Kenyan duo who dominated the race to people for whom the victory was simply in completing the course. Spectators lined the route offering support and encouragement. The front of the race took shape in the early stages, when Kenyans Tewodros Shiferaw and Peter Emase broke away from local hero and former winner Kairn Stone. By the half-way point in the race Shiferaw and Emase were building a lead, and Shiferaw completed the course in 66 minutes and 14 seconds, a minute and 17 seconds clear of Emase. Stone was third, almost two minutes behind Emase.


1: Tewodros Shiferaw (1:06:14)

2: Peter Emase (1:07:31)

3: Kairn Stone (1:09:22) Women

1:Annabel Granger (1:21:21)

2:Jenny Jagger (1:22:31)

3:Vicky Pincombe (1:23:28)

There was also a one-mile fun run around the Green.

THREE NEW Torbay AC members were among the hundreds who took part in Sunday’s Torbay Half-Marathon.

Simon Hallett was 240th in 1.40.37. Colin Horrocks was 608th in 1.56.49, and Subramanian Narayanan was 1,215th in 2.45.22.

Subramanian suffered from a painful foot and cramps and was grateful for the on-course assistance of runner number 20 – a massage therapist.

Doyle makes good impression in new vest
LIAM Doyle had an impressive first outing for Torbay AC at the Burrator Horeshoe Run. Runners are sent off from Meavy Village Green on the ring of a bell for a seven-mile jaunt to Burrator Reservoir, Sheepstor Dam, Sheepstor Summit (369m), Guttor Tor Summit (357m), Ringmoor Down and Meavy River Ford. Doyle finished in an impressive 14th Position out of 178 finishers in a time of 48.52.

Arran Tocknell finished eighth at the Clevedon Midsummer 10k in a personal best time of 33.46. In 26th was Russell Cleave (36.38) followed by Martyn Breslan, who was 52nd in 38.59

Torbay AC’s Pete Monaghan won the Dawlish Coastal Dash in 21.15. Clubmate Jon Parkinson was third in 22.08 with Steve Monaghan 27th among 119 finishers in 26.09.

Tony Foster tackled the 70.3-mile Exmoor Triathlon, regarded as one of the toughest in the world. The itinerary is a 1.2-mile swim in Wimbleball Lake, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run climbing to 1323 feet. Foster finished in 85th out of 2000 triathletes. His times were: swim 33.48; bike 2.49.25 and run 1.45.28 for a total time of 5.15.31.

Cathy Parkinson took on the Ruby Run Half-Marathon between Holsworthy and Hatherleigh. She finished 35th and 1st V45 female in 1.35.45

Cosmeston Triathlon near Cardiff attracted Torbay AC’s Jason Mann. The race is a sprint distance event consisting of a 750m lake swim, a 20km out-and-back bike course and a 5km run. Mann was 12th out of 93 with times of swim (13.10), cycle (36.24) and run (19.17) for a combined time of 1.11.01.

Eric Barber set three new records at the South-West Veterans Championships at Exeter Arena on Sunday. Barber competed in the 800, 1500 and 5000m races, breaking the championship records in the 1500 and 5000m V75 events. Barbers times were 800m (3.35), 1500m ( 7.06.00) and 5000m (26.1503).
Stephenson pops THE question on Taunton Triathlon finish line
TORBAY AC’s Jamie Stephenson and Emma Butt announced their engagement after competing in the Taunton Triathalon. The pair who first met at Torbay Athletic Club were among the 140 participants in the Taunton Tri. TORBAY AC’s Jamie Stephenson and Emma Butt announced their engagement after competing in the Taunton Triathalon. The pair who first met at Torbay Athletic Club were among the 140 participants in the Taunton Tri. Taunton School was the starting point for this new event in a five-lane 25-metre pool. Sixteen lengths of the pool were followed by a 20k cycle ride around Taunton’s surrounding villages. The final element was 5km run that finished in front of the main school building. Second overall in 59.40 was Torbay AC’s Lee Turner. His times were 7.14 (swin), 34.32 (bike) and 16.19 (run). Stephenson (1.07.40) was 21st. His times were 9.03, 35.02 and 20-.8. Bride-to-be Butt in her first triathlon was 106th in 1.29.31. Her times were 9.44, 48.55 and 26.18.

Four Torbay AC Club members were in a field of 3,900 runners for the Plymouth Half-Marathon. First home for Torbay was Ray Brown in 667th and second M65 in 1.44.23. Other finishers were Irene Hewings 1312th in 1.54.18 (2nd F55), Tessa Hearfield 2466th in 2.12.30 and Sally Shoolbraid who was 3102nd in 2.25.06.
Stuart Parkes on his way round the Ultra Marathon
Starting and finishing in Princetown, the Dartmoor Discovery is the UK’s longest single-lap road race and attracts top ultra-distance runners, as well as a growing number of determined enthusiasts spanning all ages and a wide range of abilities.

Winner Ward also picked up a clutch of MV40 category, course record and newcomer awards totalling £215. Ward finished ahead of DD veteran and 2010 winner Dave Stone, of the Exmouth Harriers, who clocked 3.43.59 to take second place.

The Dartmoor Discovery is organised by Teignbridge Trotters, who took over the race in 2010, when the previous organiser announced his retirement. The 2012 race proved more popular than ever, with a record 175 finishers conquering the gruelling course.

TORBAY AC’s Stuart Parkes completed the 32.2-mile Dartmoor Discovery in a very creditable 5h 01m 37sec, which placed him in 51st position from a field of 175 finishers.
Saturday 19th May 2012
Two athletes from Torbay Triathlon Club have joined an exclusive list by completing the prestigious Ironman Lanzarote triathlon. Considered one of the toughest endurance races in the world, the event comprises of a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike ride across the volcanic island and finished off with a 26.2 marathon run, all to be completed in under 17 hours to be officially classed as an Ironman.

Jon Pressling and George Melling battled through searing heat and windy conditions to complete their debut Ironman race and record impressive times, with Jon crossing the line in 12h 40m and George following soon after in 13h 52m.

The race was a culmination of months of hard work and training programmes which has seen the pair brave wintry sea conditions and long training rides, alongside triathlon club teammates in preparation for their big day. Both triathletes were also in praise of the support received by family and friends who played a pivotal role in the build up to the event and during the race itself. You can view their results > Click Here

Jon Pressling completed the 3.9km swim in 1:19 37
Transition One 9:17
then he completed the 180km cycle ride in 6:55 36
Transition Two 7:23
Then his full marathon run completed in 4:08 13
TOTAL TIME 12:40 06
Overall Rank: 772

George Melling completed the 3.9km swim in 56:21
Transition One 6:43
then he completed the 180km cycle ride in 7:07 00
Transition Two 9:13
The his full marathon run completed in 5:33 11
TOTAL TIME 13:52 28
Overall Rank: 1113

Tony Foster competed closer to home in the Marazion Standard Distance Tri . swim in 37.51, the cycle ride in 1.22.36 and the run in 44.56. Tonys finish time was 2.49.25 for 10th overall

There was another win for Torbay Athletic Club veteran Pete Monaghan who lead this undulating Ottery 10k race from the start, Monaghan had tough competition from an unknown runner from Langport Runners, who stayed with him for the first four miles, Monaghan eventually won the race a minute ahead in a time of 34.30. Further down the field were John Donovan ( 63rd, 46.21), and William Valentine (191st 1.07.57)

Torbay AC’s Stuart Parkes took on this challenging Imery’s Clay Marathon as a build up to his 32-mile Ultra Marathon.

Saturday 12th May 2012
2012 Ivybridge 10k Pete MonaghanTORBAY AC’S Peter Monaghan joined the ton-up club when he won the Ivybridge 10k. Not only was it Monaghan’s fastest time over the distance for more than 20 years, it was also his one hundredth race win…. Monaghan, who crossed the line in 33.42, was chased home by ex-international Stuart Hall, a runner the Torbay man had not beaten before.

Torbay club-mate Lee Turner was 22 seconds behind in third place.

At one stage Torbay seemed nailed on for a comfortable men’s team prize as Arran Tocknell was with Monaghan, Hall and Turner in the leading group of four until the halfway mark. Tocknell had to pull up with a severe stitch, but with Torbay’s Russell Cleave pounding away to finish in 36.51 the team prize was secure. Teignbridge Trotters came second in the team event.

In the ladies’ V45 category, there was close battle between Torbay team-mates Cathy Fewings (42.46) and Wendy Urban (43:01).

Barely two years ago Anita Merritt was told she would never run again after a major hip operation. The operation went better than expected and she turned in a personal-best time.

Recent new member Ian Hayward also gained a personal best time and Karen and Paul Frissen ran their very first race for Torbay Athletic Club

Veteran David Hyde now in the 70-plus category completed his first race for six months in 245th position among 679 finishers.

ALSO John Donovan was the only Torbay AC member competing in Crediton Crunch. Donovan finished 108th in 58.29 and former Torbay AC member Helen Dyke, now working and living in Poole, easily won the 5000 metres Devon County championship track race at Exeter Arena in an impressive time of 17.57.

1 – 33.42 P Monaghan, 3 – 34.04 L Turner, 21 – 36.51 R Cleave, 35 – 38.04 K Fine,
41 – 38.20 M Breslan, 69 – 40.42 S Wilbraham, 82 – 41.30 R Postlethwaite, 84 – 41.41 T Peters, 96 – 42.22 S Monaghan, 106 – 42.46 C Fewings, 108 – 43.01 W Urban, 117 – 43.26 J Jones, 137 – 44.14 P Full, 138 – 44.17 G Fine, 161 – 45.16 N Dance, 178 – 46.07 I Hayward, 208 – 46.56 R Wilson, 247 – 48.20 D Hyde, 260 – 48.46 P Frissen, 321 – 50.59 A Roberts, 323 – 51.03 L Philippou, 329 – 51.22 J Callard, 330 – 51.24 I Hewings, 338 – 51.31 K Frissen, 340 – 51.31 S Townsend, 346 – 51.41 S Litherland, 349 – 51.45 E Butt, 416 – 54.15 A Park, 424 – 54.25 A Merritt, 516 – 58.22 A Wall, 561st 1.00.24 A Shoolbraid
Sunday 13th May 2012
TORBAY AC juniors competed with distinction at the Devon Track and Field Championships at Exeter Arena. The clubs juniors notched 28 personal best performances between them.

Sprinters were in good form with Elyse Leech smashing her personal best in the U13 girls’ 100m heat in a scintillating 13.8 seconds. She won the final with a strong finish into a slight head wind.

Harry King was unchallenged in his U15 boys’ 100m heat (12.8), but a tough duel all the way to the tape in the final required a photograph to split first and second.

King got the verdict and the title of county 100m champion in a cracking new PB of 12.24

King collected bronzes in 200m, 300, and shot. His 300m time of 40.09 was a new club record.

Matt Birkett was the club’s only double winner, taking the U13 boys’ 200m title in (29.45) and the long jump with a leap of 4.37m to snatch victory in the last round.

He set a new club record in finishing second in the U13 boys’ 1200m.

Emily Joseph picked up silvers in the long jump and the U13 girls’ 70m hurdles as she prepares for next week’s pentathlon championships.

Johnny Joseph, a first year U13 boy, performed admirably in collecting bronze in the 75m hurdles and long jump.

Owen Coldwell collected bronzes in the 600m race and the U13 boys’ javelin.

Lillian Goddard won a bronze in the U15 girls shot.
Sunday 13th May 2012
FIVE Torbay Tri Club members, which is part of Torbay Athletic Club, took part in the Exe Valley Sprint Triathlon.

First home for Torbay Tri was Lee Turner just two days after finishing third at the Ivybridge 10k.Team-mate Jon Parkinson finished 13th in 1.09.56

Other finishers were Nigel Fenn 36th in 1.16.16, Stuart Sweatman 49th in 1.18.01 and Glynn Hughes 94th in 1.23.43.

It’s the old one-two…twice
Saturday 28th April 2012
TORBAY Athletic Club duo Arran Tocknell and Peter Monaghan battled it out in two big races recently.

The first was the Taunton Half Marathon which started at the Somerset College of Arts and Technology (SCAT) going through the main streets of Taunton and out into the Somerset countryside before it finished back at the College.

Arran and Peter were neck and neck throughout the race right until the end, Monaghan pulling away to win the competition, with Tocknell finishing second.

Then it was to the Haldon Heartbeat last Saturday. It was the one-two again for TAC but this time it was Arran who came out on top, completing the 8.5 mile course with a time of 50.10 with Peter, who also won his age category, just behind with a time of 50.34.

Fellow club members Steven Monaghan finished 59th in 1.04.20, Philip Full in 78th with a time of 1.07.22, Julian Jones crossed the line in 1.08.56 finishing 88th, while Raymond Wilson was just behind Julian in 89th with a time of 1.08.58.
Sunday 22nd April 2012

Very well done to all club members, Russell gain a PB by 7m 04s, Debbie by 1m 30s, first Marathon for John Purse, Nayim and maybe Anita? I don”t know about Colin? Former Member Helen did very well easily breaking 3 hours and was 26th in her age group 33rd Lady.
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 19:25 3:53 15.46
10K 39:12 3:58 15.17
15K 59:12 4:01 14.99
20K 1:19:34 4:05 14.74
HALF 1:23:55 3:58 15.14
25K 1:39:54 4:06 14.65
30K 2:01:58 4:25 13.60
35K 2:26:40 4:57 12.14
40K 2:52:50 5:15 11.46
Finish 3:02:58 4:38 12.99
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 23:35 4:43 12.73
10K 47:02 4:42 12.79
15K 1:11:31 4:54 12.25
20K 1:36:38 5:02 11.94
HALF 1:42:14 5:07 11.75
25K 2:03:02 5:20 11.26
30K 2:31:34 5:43 10.51
35K 3:02:32 6:12 9.69
40K 3:34:51 6:28 9.28
Finish 3:49:45 6:48 8.84
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 26:15 5:15 11.43
10K 51:53 5:08 11.71
15K 1:17:36 5:09 11.67
20K 1:44:05 5:18 11.33
HALF 1:49:45 5:11 11.61
25K 2:10:43 5:23 11.17
30K 2:38:13 5:31 10.91
35K 3:07:50 5:56 10.13
40K 3:38:01 6:03 9.94
Finish 3:50:15 5:35 10.77
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 28:56 5:48 10.37
10K 57:24 5:42 10.54
15K 1:25:30 5:38 10.67
20K 1:53:15 5:33 10.81
HALF 1:59:12 5:26 11.06
25K 2:20:51 5:33 10.82
30K 2:50:02 5:51 10.28
35K 3:20:08 6:02 9.97
40K 3:49:54 5:58 10.08
Finish 4:03:04 6:01 10.00
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 26:58 5:24 11.13
10K 52:14 5:04 11.88
15K 1:18:01 5:10 11.64
20K 1:45:01 5:25 11.11
HALF 1:51:01 5:28 10.98
25K 2:14:54 6:08 9.80
30K 2:48:10 6:40 9.02
35K 3:22:58 6:58 8.62
40K 3:57:25 6:54 8.71
Finish 4:12:09 6:43 8.94
16422nd JOHN PURSE
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 28:30 5:42 10.53
10K 56:48 5:40 10.60
15K 1:25:43 5:47 10.38
20K 1:56:05 6:05 9.88
HALF 2:02:40 6:00 10.01
25K 2:28:01 6:30 9.24
30K 2:59:47 6:22 9.44
35K 3:33:08 6:41 8.99
40K 4:07:25 6:52 8.75
Finish 4:21:46 6:33 9.18
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 26:40 5:20 11.26
10K 52:33 5:11 11.59
15K 1:18:21 5:10 11.63
20K 1:43:52 5:07 11.76
HALF 1:49:31 5:10 11.64
25K 2:13:33 6:10 9.74
30K 2:48:01 6:54 8.70
35K 3:32:15 8:51 6.78
40K 4:11:37 7:53 7.62
Finish 4:29:42 8:15 7.29
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 29:08 5:50 10.30
10K 1:00:28 6:16 9.58
15K 1:36:17 7:10 8.37
20K 2:10:29 6:51 8.77
HALF 2:17:58 6:49 8.81
25K 2:45:59 7:11 8.36
30K 3:24:32 7:43 7.78
35K 4:05:05 8:07 7.40
40K 4:46:12 8:14 7.30
Finish 5:04:49 8:29 7.08
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 24:31 4:55 12.24
10K 1:01:58 7:30 8.01
15K 1:37:48 7:10 8.37
20K 2:11:59 6:51 8.77
HALF 2:19:28 6:49 8.81
25K 2:47:29 7:11 8.36
30K 3:26:02 7:43 7.78
35K 4:06:35 8:07 7.40
40K 4:47:42 8:14 7.30
Finish 5:06:18 8:29 7.08
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 31:07 6:14 9.64
10K 1:02:45 6:20 9.49
15K 1:35:18 6:31 9.21
20K 2:09:11 6:47 8.86
HALF 2:16:45 6:55 8.69
25K 2:47:18 7:50 7.67
30K 3:30:34 8:40 6.93
35K 4:09:30 7:48 7.71
40K 4:50:06 8:08 7.39
Finish 5:08:10 8:14 7.29
Below some interesting results for you
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 14:37 2:56 20.54
10K 29:36 3:00 20.02
15K 44:30 2:59 20.13
20K 59:13 2:57 20.38
HALF 1:02:12 2:43 22.16
25K 1:13:22 2:52 20.95
30K 1:28:05 2:57 20.40
35K 1:42:47 2:57 20.40
40K 1:57:58 3:03 19.76
Finish 2:04:44 3:06 19.45
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 16:51 3:23 17.82
10K 33:36 3:22 17.90
15K 50:27 3:23 17.81
20K 1:07:14 3:22 17.88
HALF 1:10:53 3:21 17.98
25K 1:23:37 3:16 18.39
30K 1:39:53 3:16 18.45
35K 1:56:01 3:14 18.58
40K 2:11:46 3:09 19.07
Finish 2:18:37 3:08 19.18
Split Time min/km km/h
5K 19:15 3:51 15.59
10K 39:06 3:59 15.12
15K 59:42 4:08 14.56
20K 1:20:39 4:12 14.32
HALF 1:25:06 4:05 14.75
25K 1:41:12 4:08 14.55
30K 2:02:32 4:16 14.06
35K 2:24:40 4:26 13.56
40K 2:47:16 4:32 13.27
Finish 2:56:54 4:24 13.66
Finn 8th at Edinburgh Rock and Roll Half-Marathon
Torbay AC’s Adharanand Finn claimed eighth spot when he ran the Edinburgh Rock and Roll Half-Marathon. Five days after a run in Holland, Finn’s time was 1.19.41. The event had nine rock and roll bands playing to the 3000 competitors on the circular route from Holyrood Park.

You can read Finns race report in the Guardian newspaper, click here

Irene leads club members home at Tiverton
TORBAY AC’S Irene Hewings won the lady V55 category at the Bampton to Tiverton Road Race.

Hewings (89th) negotiated the road race in 57.41, which was 1.20 faster than her time last year and a new personal best.

Club mates Andrew Parks (63.03) and Bill Valentine (67.12) finished 111th and 127th respectively. Parks’ time was more than five minutes better than in 2011.

Torbay AC’s Adharanand Finn claimed eighth spot when he ran the Edinburgh Rock and Roll Half-Marathon.

Five days after a run in Holland, Finn’s time was 1.19.41

The event had nine rock and roll bands playing to the 3000 competitors on the circular route from Holyrood Park.The first Bampton to Tiverton Road Race was held on 22 April 1946 with 27 competitors. It was won by John Harvey from Tiverton in a time of 42 minutes 19 seconds. The 7-mile race has been held on Easter Monday virtually every year since then. Now there is an entry limit of 250, so make sure that you enter early to avoid disappointment.

The Race starts at Tiverton Town Football Club, Bolham Road, Tiverton from 8.45 a.m. Where Registration takes place and also available are changing facilities and showers.

A supervised baggage area is located at the Tiverton Football Club. Each runner will be issued with a bag with their race number on it so that they can wear their tracksuit to the start. A baggage bus will return these bags to the Tiverton Football Club where they will be removed and stored in the baggage area, from where they can be collected after the race.

From Tiverton Football Club you’ll catch a FREE bus to take you to the start in Bampton at the White Horse where the Road Race will being following the nice country roads of Devon with nice views of the Exe valley around you, to Bolham where runners climb the steepest hill of the course and run past the front lodge of Knightshayes Court and across a bridge over the North Devon Link Road. The race finishes in Peoples’ Park, Tiverton which overlooks Tiverton Football club.

Sunday 9th April 2012
Torbay Athletic Club Adharanand Finn travelled to Holland to run a half marathon in Utrecht, in very windy conditions and on a tough course (flat, but lots of it over cobbles). he manage to knock well over a minute of his recent Bideford Half Marathon time early March this year which was 1:19 51. His time today was 1:18:32 Good enough for 22nd place from over 3,000 starters.
British Duathlon Championships in Rutland
TORBAY AC’s veteran runner Eric Barber won his second bronze award in two weeks at the British Masters Athletic Federation BMAF Open Cross Country Championships last Sunday.

The race was run at the University of Bath sports training village. Barber (30.23) secured third place in the V75-79 age category over the 6k cross-country course.

Torbay’s Bill Valentine, competing in the V64-69 8k event, finished in 46.20.

Previously Barber won Bronze in the V70 category at the British Duathlon Championships in Rutland.
Join Coach trip between Torbay AC & South Devon AC
Sunday 4th March 2012
A very successful day for both clubs with Torbay winning mens team prize and South Devon winning the ladies team price.

A NEW club record was set for Torbay AC when 29 Club members competed in Sunday’s Bideford Half Marathon.

The virtually level course takes in magnificent countryside alongside the River Torridge between Bideford & Great Torrington.

It is half on country roads and half on the Tarka Trail.

Torbay runners recorded 10 personal best times and also produced a winning men’s team of Arran Tocknell, Russell Cleave, Nigel Fenn and Tim Peters.

First home for Torbay was Arran Tocknell who had an excellent run taking 5th position overall in 1:15:27.

He was followed home by new member Adharanand Finn in 20th position with a time of 1:19:50.

Unfortunately, Adharanand had entered before joining Torbay AC, so missed out as a member of the men’s winning team.

Fast improving Richard Postlethwaite had another excellent run taking 3rd place in the MV55 cat in 1:30:25.

There were 1,072 finishers. CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE

Torbay AC: 5th Arran Tocknell 1:15:27 5; 20th Adharanand Finn 1:19:50 PB; 24th Russell Cleave 1:20:18 PB; 27th Nigel Fenn 1:21:04; 111th Tim Peters 1:29:16; 126th Richard Postlethwaite 1:30:25 (3rd Vet 55) PB; 152nd Steven Monaghan 1:31:56; 237th Greg Fine 1:38:07; 262nd Gerald Barlow 1:39:21 PB; 264th Anthony Raine 1:39:29 PB; 276th Raymond Wilson 1:39:56; 286th Catherine Fewings 1:40:23; 353rd Ray Brown 1:44:22; 378th Ian Hayward 1:44:26 PB; 416th Mike Davies 1:46:25; 421st Stephen Wilbraham 1:47:51; 434th Stephanie Townsend 1:47:43; 471th Simon Langler 1:48:26; 475th Linda Philippou 1:49:10; 488th Emma Butt 1:48:55 PB; 537th Irene Hewings 1:52:07; 539th John Purse 1:51:54 PB; 544th Debbie Drake 1:52:21; 616th Sally Davies 1:54:16; 677th Colin Wilson 1:57:11 PB; 729th Janine Callard 1:59:26; 731st Anita Merritt 1:59:31 PB; 838th Tessa Hearfield 2:08:29; 900th Andrew Park 2:10:41.

SOUTH Devon Athletic Club took 25 members to North Devon for the Bideford Half Marathon.

South Devon: Colin Peters 43rd 1.22.53; Jeremy Hocking 86th 1.27.44; Rob Leeke 87th 1.27.48; Vince Langdon 102nd 1.28.49; Jeremy Goddard 116th 1.29.50; Simon Johnson 117th 1.29.54; Neil Downer 164th 1.33.17; Naomi Flanagan 177th 1.34.35; Stacey Toppin 277th 1.40.11; Marc Jones 298th 1.41.33; Steve Hookins 403rd 1.47.15; Sue Hayes 424th 1.48.16; Mark Stockman 426th 1.48.18; Roger Webb 430th 1.48.26; Kerry Bell 472nd 1.49.52; John Drennan 481st 1.50.16; John Barrett 557th 1.53.32; Karen Bumby 576th 1.54.24; Rachel Williams 672nd 1.58.28; Marina Blay 689th 1.59.09; Sharon Pascoe 690th 1.59.13; Steve Waddington 703rd 2.00.01; Lisa Jeffery 885th 2.11.36; Ken House 893rd 2.11.59; Fiona Stephens 901st 2.12.21.

Saturday 25th February 2012
Arran, Martyn and Russell Cleave travelled to the Capital to compete with the very best athletes from the UK in this very tough hilly cross country race. The English Nationals attract almost 2000 runners in just the seniors mens race. Martyn had a very good run and finished 860th whilst Arran suffer a stitch again but still manage to complete the race in 43:22 and finished 326th. Arran should have finished 250th but got caught up in a bottle neck at the start which prevented him from running at his race pace. Unfortunately Russell had to pull out of the race after 5 miles due to sore legs.
Torbay teams among the prize winners at the ‘Fulfords Five’
Sunday 5th February 2012
TORBAY AC won three team awards at the Fulfords Five organised by Exmouth Harriers on the town’s sea front.

The men’s team of Lee Turner, Pete Monaghan, Russell Cleave and Martyn Breslan were placed first.

Wendy Urban, Linda Philippou, Irene Hewings were collectively second lady veterans.

And Pete Monaghan, Richard Postlethwaite, Steve Monaghan, Anthony Raine were second male veterans to finish.

The race winner was Jack Bancroft from Wells City Harriers in 25:54. A right royal battle for second place was won by Torbay AC’s Lee Turner in 26:36, three seconds ahead of Chris Sabine from Tamar Trotters.

First lady was Ami Yetton (Plymouth Harriers in 30.37). Torbay’s Urban was sixth lady and second V45.

Jonathon Cowling completed his first race for Torbay AC, breaking the 40-minute barrier in the process.

Tom Shoolbraid went round in 32.56 on his first outing over the distance. He was the faster runner in the race under the age of 23 and is now running in the club’s top-level elite group.

Irene Hewings 39.21 and Russell Cleave both set new personal bests.

Torbay AC are sending at least 20 runners to Plymouth this Sunday for the 10-miler.
Sunday 10th December 2011
ARRAN Tocknell plugged through the mud to win the Cockington Caper again as TorbayAC did the double. The event, superbly organised by the Barnabas Sports Trust, started and finished in the picturesque bowl in front of Cockington Court. Organisers managed to conjure seven and a half miles of arduous off-road racing without the runners ever having to leave the confines of Cockington and Scadson Woods. The course boasted some of the muddiest and steepest hills in Torbay, and there were plenty of thrills and spills for spectators to enjoy.

Tocknell led the race from start to finish and gained a six-minute lead over second-place man Colin Peters. It was the fourth time Tocknell had won the race, which this year attracted around 180 entrants.

First lady home, and 13th overall, was Torbay AC’s Wendy Urban in a fine time of 58.57. She has been first lady back five times.

On a good day for Torbay they had four runners in the top six. Tocknell, Tony Foster (5th), Jason Mann (8th) and Frank Reay (10th). >Photos Click Here<
Monaghan first home as clubs tackle Bicton Blister
Sunday 27th November 2011
TORBAY AC’s Bicton Bicton Blister contingent was led home by Pete Monaghan who got around the 10-mile East Devon course in 1.07.23 to finish eighth overall.

The Bicton Blister is a 10 mile multi-terrain race on Woodbury Common in East Devon, starting and finishing at Bicton College, the start and finish are short road sections, with the remainder of the race being on sandy, stony and muddy paths across the Commons of East Devon,

The Bicton Lite is the Bicton Blister’s little Brother, 4.5 miles same start and finish, just less distance on the Commons
Club runners turn out in force with 500-strong field at Drogo Ten.
Torbay AC’s Arran Tocknell was in third place up to three miles but dropped down to eighth after suffering from a stitch. Meanwhile, Trotters suffered a casualty as Tracy Elphick fell in the first half mile and sprained an ankle. Twenty-five Trotters did get round and first back was David Tomlin in 1.08.58 for 13th place. Not far behind Tomlin and showing his potential in off-road racing was the talented Adam Caunter (1.10.18) in 17th. Garry Smart (1.10.24) was 18th, giving the Trotters the team prize. Daryl Milford was next trotter in 1.11.03 and 20th. First Brixham Harrier to complete the race was Andy Shankster in 1.28.48, followed by Martin Williams (1.35.01). Brixham Harriers first lady back was Jean Mills, a V60 runner, in a time of 1.47.42.

The previous Sunday, Torbay AC’s Debbie Drake ran the Athens Marathon in 4.22.10. The winner was Abdelkerim Boubker from Morocco in 2.11.40.
Sunday 6th November 2011

Sunday 16th October 2011
SCORES of runners were nursing weary limbs and sore feet after taking part in the annual Dartmoor Vale Races. The rotary-organised races got under way from Sibelco’s Kingsteignton plant with people of all abilities completing a 10k race, half marathon or full marathon on Sunday, October 16. Amid dry weather more than 600 runners took to the roads in their bid to set a new personal best, raise money for charity or just enjoy a countryside run. Dartmoor Vale Rotary Club organises the annual event which also raises thousands of pounds for charity. Although there was a hiccup with the 10k race, club secretary Jeffrey Brown said the overall event went ‘very well’. Teignbridge-based charity The Helen Foundation fielded a team of runners, including foundation founder Roger Kirk who raced in the 10k. Roger said: “The team has raised around £4,000 so far. The efforts make a huge difference to whether the charity can continue to thrive.” The rotary club hopes to distribute funds to various charities within coming months.

Sunday 2nd October 2011
TORBAY Athletic Club’s male and female runners swept the board as the Churston Flyer brought a strong field to the country lanes around the village.

Torbay AC runners scooped the prestigious Ross Shields for men and women. But while their teams triumphed in the South Devon Athletic Club-organised event, they couldn’t catch individual winner Thomas Payne of Winchester and District AC, who made light of the hot conditions to cruise round the five-mile course to win in 25m 49s. His time was just one second outside Tom Merson’s course record, set last year. Payne is currently living in the area and has been training with Torbay AC. He is now a full-time athlete and an Olympic hopeful for the marathon distance.

Torbay’s Arran Tocknell, Peter Monaghan and Martyn Breslan were second, third and fourth. The Ross Shield is the oldest athletics competition in Devon, and this year South Devon AC’s race — based at Churston Ferrers Grammar School — won the right to host it. Torbay’s winning men’s team comprised Tocknell, Monaghan, Breslan, Andrew Longthorpe, Dean Titchener and Russell Cleave. The winning ladies were Wendy Urban, Cathy Fewings and Amelia Hall.


Sunday 25th September 2011
MORE than 600 runners entered the annual Taunton 10k on Sunday. The cool running conditions saw 23 Torbay AC runners finish the undulating course, with many claiming their PB’s and age category wins.

The event was won by Luke Scott from Taunton AC in 32.16 but Torbay had the next three finishing positions. Lee Turner took second place in 33.34, ahead of Jon Parkinson (34.30) and Peter Monaghan (34.42).

Jon was first MV40, while Peter was first in the MV45 category. Anne Lucas won FV55.

Sunday 25th September 2011
CONSISTENCY was the key to another dominant victory from Arran Tocknell in the Doone Run. The Torbay AC member retained his title over the hills of Lynton and Lynmouth with a winning margin of more than three minutes. And despite the ups and downs of a notoriously tough ten-mile route, his time of 69mins 6secs was just one second down on last year’s winning effort.

The local interest was led by Ian Gooding, taking second place in 1-12-28 to show just how much he has improved over the last 12 months. A summer of dedication to training paid off for the Torrington AAC member, smashing last year’s time by more than 13 minutes.

Tony Vesty was first home for host club North Devon Road Runners to finish fourth and one place ahead of North Devon Tri’s Tim Reed.

Despite another consistent run from Emma Dennis, the 2009 and 2010 women’s champion had to settle for second this time. Her clocking of 1-22-39 was only 15 seconds down on last year but was not enough to beat Emma Hitchins.

Sunday 25th September 2011
Ann completed her 19th great north run. She ran with her partner as he was doing his first half marathon at the age of 65.They both took 2 hours 55 mins and Ann was so proud of him and he ran all the way!

Sunday 25th September 2011
Torbay AC had a presence at the event, which had 757 finishers, and was won by unattached runner Graham Hedger in 2.45.28.

DEVON COUNTY AA 10,000metres
Wednesday 14th September 2011
Martyn Breslan finish in 5th place and gained a PB at the 10000 metres at Exeter Arena, smashing his previous PB by 5 minutes. Eric Barber was first MV75.

Sunday 11th September 2011

Hundreds of runners took part in a major fundraising event for Exeter cancer charity FORCE.

Almost 400 people donned their trainers for the FORCE and Francis Clark 10k run at Powderham Castle.A further 78 people took part in the family run. Sarah Daniels, fundraising manager for FORCE, based in Barrack Road, said: “It was a superb day, the sun shone and there were lots of personal bests on the course. “A big thank you goes out to everyone who took part and a special thank you to all the volunteers who supported the event from registration, through to catering and marshalling. Last year £15,000 was raised and the charity hopes to top that amount this year.”
Monday 29th August 2011
Lee turner wins again, 2 race wins within 3 days & 1st, 3rd, 4th & 6th at Lustleigh for Torbay Athletic Club.

The Lustleigh 10k race was an amazing success this year with a record 170 entrants taking on the gruelling course around the Lustleigh borders and throughout the Cleeve. Despite the warm weather making exposed parts of the course difficult to handle, racers starting pouring back into the show field in fantastic time. The winner, Mr Lee Turner of Torbay AAC sprinted home in just 34:48mins, swiftly followed by Sam Hupton and Peter Monaghan.

Saturdayday 27th August 2011
The testing 5.1 mile course took runners up the steep Weeke Hill before levelling out through Stoke Fleming and turning back towards Little Dartmouth for the long run back to the finish via the South Embankment.

It was 1 & 2 for Torbay Athletic Club as Lee Turner wins the Dartmouth Regatta Five Mile Road Race with his team mate Pete Monaghan finishes 2nd less then a minute behind. Torbay Athletic Club claims the team prize.

Dartmouth Regatta > RESULTS CLICK HERE <
Lee Turner Race Winner

2nd Lady Wendy Urban

2nd Pete Monaghan
Lee Turner Race Winner
3rd Lady Cathy Fewings

3rd Lady Cathy Fewings
Sunday 7th August 2011
TORBAY AC scooped the men’s team prize among several accolades when their team of 26 runners turned out for the Totnes 10k. With the first six runners to count, Torbay AC had three finishers in the top 10 to win the men’s team award.

Lee Turner (36:57) was their fastest runner in fourth place, while Peter Monaghan (38:02) finished in seventh overall and was also top runner in the male veteran 45 category. Ninth place overall was enough to see Jon Parkinson (38:15) finish second in the men’s vets 40. Torbay’s next three were Russell Hart (24th, 40:51), Frank Reay (34th, 42:30) and Stuart Parkes (54th, 45:07).

Torbay AC’s ladies team finished second in their section, with notable places including Anne Lucas breaking the female vet 60 record in 59:07

The event, alongside the River Dart, had 494 finishers from the 544 entrants.

Thursday 9th June 2011
KAIRN STONE led the South West challenge at Sunday’s Plymouth Half Marathon. Stone, a runner-up 12 months ago, settled for sixth this time round, with a time of 1hr 9mins 00secs. Birchfield Harriers’ Edwin Kipkorir won the race in 1:05:49, ending a run of three successive wins for Jean Ndayisenga. Harriers clubmate Ndayisenga was third in 1:07:45. In overcast conditions, and with threatening rain, the course followed a city centre route before taking in the greenery of Saltram Park. It returned to finish on the Hoe Promenade.

Torbay’s Helen Dyke was 63rd overall in 1:23:06 — and third in the FV35 class.
Ray Brown was the quickest of the Torbay AC club runners, clocking a time of 1:38:25 that was good enough for fourth place in the MV60 class.
Tessa Hearfield went one better, taking third spot in the FV55 class thanks to her time of 1:55:02.

Sunday 22nd May 2011
Four intrepid Torbay AAC running colleagues travelled to Edinburgh to join in the 14,000 other runners taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon. With passports and travellers cheques in hand Nigel, Russell, Tim and Wendy set off on the long drive.

The marathon starts in the city centre and then follows the coast before looping back and finishing in Musselbrough. The course is normally a fast course with a slight down hill start and then flat for the rest of the route, however the weather soon put paid to taking the best advantage of this. With strong winds and heavy rain showers at times it felt more like January than May, but maybe that’s because we are soft southerners!!

Because of the slight downhill start, the race started at a quick pace, however this meant that, with the congestion of so many runners, accidents where bound to happened – Wendy and Tim narrowly avoided a pile up within 800 metres of the start., when two other runners collided and ended up on the floor.

Bearing in mind the weather it was testament to all the training prior to the marathon that Nigel and Tim both obtained Personal Best times, and Russell – in his debut marathon with only his first year of running behind him – ran a fabulous time of 3 hours and 10 mins.

Saturday 7th May 2011
Seventeen Torbay Athletic Club members turned out in force for the local ‘Exterminator’ 10k Race which took place on Saturday 7th May at 5pm, the start and finish point being at South Devon College’s main campus Vantage Point, Long Road, Paignton.

In spite of some tough opposition, Torbay runner Arran Tocknell won the race by the comfortable margin of one minute from his considerably older team mate Pete Monaghan, who put in an amazing performance in the MV45 category. Fifteen other Torbay runners produced rewarding times on this extremely hilly course, which at times reduced many of the 197 runners to a walk.

The race took the athletes into the beautiful South Hams countryside along little known bridle paths and farm tracks, right down to the Mill Pond at Stoke Gabriel, with much of the route covering an area of outstanding natural beauty. The race, which was organised by South Devon College in association with South Devon Athletic Club, has been described as ‘one of the most scenic 10ks in the South West’.

Race Director, Helen Honnor, said “This is our third year and we’re trialling moving it to a Saturday late afternoon/early evening. The course remains the same – a fairly tough, but stunning 10k route. For those who came last year, you’ll know all about the fantastic free kids activities that we put on in the sports hall to keep them entertained during the main race, so it’s a really family friendly event with loads of free parking and home made cakes!!! The fun run is ¾ mile and open to all and there are medals to all fun runners.”

Great West Run
Sunday 1st May 2011
Ten athletes from Torbay Athletic Club travelled to Exeter to compete in the now well-established Great West Run Half Marathon last Sunday. The race consists of two laps of the course, with the athletes twice navigating the centre of the town where a considerable number of spectators had turned out to applaud, in spite of the cold Easterly wind that greeted the runners that morning.

Good times were recorded by all ten runners, Lee Turner coming in 10th overall, a very commendable position bearing in mind the high class of runners who took part, whilst the ever-reliable Wendy Urban was fifth lady home in addition to being second in her over 45 age group. Two extremely veteran runners, Ray Brown and Alexandra Pickford, came in 2nd MV60 and 4th FV60 respectively. However, the success of this popular event was sadly overshadowed by the death of a young runner half way through the race.

Sunday 25th April 2011
Torbay Athletic Club shine on a blistering day. Basking in one of the hottest and most glorious Easters ever recorded, the new Haldon Heartbeat Race got off to an impressive start on Easter Saturday. Organised by the newly-formed Haldon Trail Runners Club, the race started from the famous Exeter Racecourse, giving the nearly 300 runners the added excitement of a nearly 2 miles lap of the circuit before heading out into the woods via a short section of country lane.

Once in the Haldon Forest, the course followed the horse riding trails along a grassy gallop stretch before heading down into the lower part of the woods on forest roads and tracks. With around 460 feet of climb, it then headed back up the hill on a forest road before completing a long sweeping section of fairly flat track with fantastic panoramic views, to arrive back at the country lane and the racecourse, finishing by the winning post on the inner service track.

Considering the unseasonal July-like weather with temperatures up into the mid 20’s, some seriously fast times were produced, with two members of Torbay Athletic Club picking up the first two places. Arran Tocknell stormed round the 8.5 mile circuit, setting the first course record in a blistering 48 minutes and 50 seconds, with the amazing MV45 Pete Monaghan trailing into second place by exactly one minute. Pete was just half a minute in front of the ever-reliable Teignbridge Trotter, Dave Tomlin, who came in third around 30 seconds later, whilst an impressive 28 runners managed to squeeze in under the hour. Eight Torbay AC runners produced these impressive times in spite of the unexpected heat.

Sunday 20th March 2011
ARRAN TOCKNELL had to settle for 2nd place due to failing to turn around at the half way which unfortunately allowed Chris Sabine from Tamar Trotters to overtake and win the race in a time of 35.40.

3rd was Daniel Rodgers Launceston Road Runners 36.04 with David Tomlin from Teignbridge Trotters 8 seconds behind.

Torbay only had three members competing in this event but all three manage to finish within the top 10.
Sunday 6th March 2011
LEE TURNER made the top 50 out of nearly 10,000 runners competing in Sunday’s Bath Half Marathon. Turner was one of four Torbay AC runners in action, and he clocked 1hr 13mins 30secs to finish in 49th overall.
Sunday 6th March 2011
More than 1,000 runners finished the race, won by former Tavistock AC runner Peter Freedman — now representing Coventry Godiva Harriers in 1:08:06.

Torbay AC were well represented among the early finishers thanks to Nigel Fenn, whose time of 1:20:17 guaranteed him 33rd. Torbay AC’s Russell Cleave was 44th in 1:21:48. Torbay’s Tim Peters followed in 76th in 1:26:05, while the club’s fastest lady Wendy Urban bagged top spot in the FV45 age category after crossing the line in 1:27:00 for 87th overall.

Sunday 20th February 2011
LEE TURNER was one of the main victims of the marshalling mix-up that marred Sunday morning’s Plymouth Hoe 10.

Torbay AC’s Turner was among a group of top county runners who went on the wrong route about three miles in as they chased runaway leader Kairn Stone. Former Torbay runner Stone wasn’t affected by the gaffe and won in 51mins 16secs, but a dozen of his nearest rivals — including Devon duo Mark Jenkin and Tom Merson — opted for a Plymouth training run instead.

Turner rejoined the race and, to his credit, salvaged a respectable 17th overall in a time of 1:01:57, but he lost more than six minutes compared to his 2010 time. The marshalling blunder also meant race organisers were forced to cancel the men’s Peninsula Challenge, which is an annual contest between Devon and Cornwall’s top athletes.

Sunday 20th February 2011
ARRAN TOCKNELL was runner-up in the ten-mile multi-terrain Oh My Obelisk race, hosted by Dawlish Coasters on Sunday morning.

Tocknell’s time of 1:09:55 was 31 seconds shy of Bristol & West winner Andrew Chambers, on a course that took runners from Dawlish Leisure Centre out to Haldon Forest and back. Tocknell’s Torbay club mate Russell Cleave was 14th in 1:18:19
Sunday 6th February 2011
Turner edged out of spot on the podium

A CLEAN sweep by Exeter Harriers kept Torbay AC runner Lee Turner off the podium at the Fulfords GWR five-miler in Exmouth on Sunday morning. Turner clocked a quick time of 26mins 41secs in very windy conditions, but had to settle for fourth behind the young city trio.

Jack Bancroft won in a time of 26:04, just ahead of runner-up James Denne (26:13) and Oliver Berry (26:28).

Turner’s Torbay club mate Peter Monaghan also made the top ten with a time of 28:20 that earned him eighth spot, while Helen Dyke was third in the women’s race in 30:58 — 50 seconds behind the winner, South West Road Runner Lucy Commander.

Also…Debbie Drake competed in a 7.5 mile race in Torremolinos in 1 hour and 2 seconds.
Sunday 23rd January 2011
Third again for Jon Parkinson on familiar territory and Helen Dyke has a convincing ladies’ win.
Torbay’s Jon Parkinson is no stranger to top-three finishes in North Devon, and the Torbay AC runner was at it again on Sunday morning with a strong finish in the Braunton 10.

Parkinson was one of Bideford AC’s leading runners before relocating to South Devon a few years ago, and he returned the familiar roads up north to claim a third-place finish with a time of 59mins 02secs over the hilly ten-mile course.

His former Bideford club mate Kevin Heywood won the race in 51:47, setting a new course record in the process and beating Exeter-based Andrew Chambers (56:33) by nearly five minutes. Third-placed Parkinson was the first veteran runner home and took the MV40 category prize.

Torbay’s Helen Dyke made a successful return to road racing with a convincing ladies’ win.

Dyke finished 22nd overall in 1:05:22, and had nearly seven minutes to catch her breath before runner-up Helen Heard of Bude Rats crossed the line.

Sunday 2nd January 2011
Former Torbay AC runner Stone set the pace alongside the Exeter Canal and River Exe to win in 31mins 05secs, his fourth success in the race.
1st for Torbay AC’s was Lee Turner in seventh place in a time of 32:53.

Torbay AC were the only South Devon-based club to pick up a category win, thanks to Anne Lucas (51:04) in the F60 class.

They also had three runners-up — Amelia Hall (42:59) in the F40-44,
Cathy Fewings (42:42) in the F45-49
Jon Parkinson (41:25) in the M40-44.


Sunday 16th October 2011
SCORES of runners were nursing weary limbs and sore feet after taking part in the annual Dartmoor Vale Races. The rotary-organised races got under way from Sibelco’s Kingsteignton plant with people of all abilities completing a 10k race, half marathon or full marathon on Sunday, October 16. Amid dry weather more than 600 runners took to the roads in their bid to set a new personal best, raise money for charity or just enjoy a countryside run. Dartmoor Vale Rotary Club organises the annual event which also raises thousands of pounds for charity. Although there was a hiccup with the 10k race, club secretary Jeffrey Brown said the overall event went ‘very well’. Teignbridge-based charity The Helen Foundation fielded a team of runners, including foundation founder Roger Kirk who raced in the 10k. Roger said: “The team has raised around £4,000 so far. The efforts make a huge difference to whether the charity can continue to thrive.” The rotary club hopes to distribute funds to various charities within coming months.

Sunday 2nd October 2011
TORBAY Athletic Club’s male and female runners swept the board as the Churston Flyer brought a strong field to the country lanes around the village.

Torbay AC runners scooped the prestigious Ross Shields for men and women. But while their teams triumphed in the South Devon Athletic Club-organised event, they couldn’t catch individual winner Thomas Payne of Winchester and District AC, who made light of the hot conditions to cruise round the five-mile course to win in 25m 49s. His time was just one second outside Tom Merson’s course record, set last year. Payne is currently living in the area and has been training with Torbay AC. He is now a full-time athlete and an Olympic hopeful for the marathon distance.

Torbay’s Arran Tocknell, Peter Monaghan and Martyn Breslan were second, third and fourth. The Ross Shield is the oldest athletics competition in Devon, and this year South Devon AC’s race — based at Churston Ferrers Grammar School — won the right to host it. Torbay’s winning men’s team comprised Tocknell, Monaghan, Breslan, Andrew Longthorpe, Dean Titchener and Russell Cleave. The winning ladies were Wendy Urban, Cathy Fewings and Amelia Hall.


Sunday 25th September 2011
MORE than 600 runners entered the annual Taunton 10k on Sunday. The cool running conditions saw 23 Torbay AC runners finish the undulating course, with many claiming their PB’s and age category wins.

The event was won by Luke Scott from Taunton AC in 32.16 but Torbay had the next three finishing positions. Lee Turner took second place in 33.34, ahead of Jon Parkinson (34.30) and Peter Monaghan (34.42).

Jon was first MV40, while Peter was first in the MV45 category. Anne Lucas won FV55.

Sunday 25th September 2011
CONSISTENCY was the key to another dominant victory from Arran Tocknell in the Doone Run. The Torbay AC member retained his title over the hills of Lynton and Lynmouth with a winning margin of more than three minutes. And despite the ups and downs of a notoriously tough ten-mile route, his time of 69mins 6secs was just one second down on last year’s winning effort.

The local interest was led by Ian Gooding, taking second place in 1-12-28 to show just how much he has improved over the last 12 months. A summer of dedication to training paid off for the Torrington AAC member, smashing last year’s time by more than 13 minutes.

Tony Vesty was first home for host club North Devon Road Runners to finish fourth and one place ahead of North Devon Tri’s Tim Reed.

Despite another consistent run from Emma Dennis, the 2009 and 2010 women’s champion had to settle for second this time. Her clocking of 1-22-39 was only 15 seconds down on last year but was not enough to beat Emma Hitchins.

Sunday 25th September 2011
Ann completed her 19th great north run. She ran with her partner as he was doing his first half marathon at the age of 65.They both took 2 hours 55 mins and Ann was so proud of him and he ran all the way!

Sunday 25th September 2011
Torbay AC had a presence at the event, which had 757 finishers, and was won by unattached runner Graham Hedger in 2.45.28.

Monday 29th August 2011
Lee turner wins again, 2 race wins within 3 days & 1st, 3rd, 4th & 6th at Lustleigh for Torbay Athletic Club.

The Lustleigh 10k race was an amazing success this year with a record 170 entrants taking on the gruelling course around the Lustleigh borders and throughout the Cleeve. Despite the warm weather making exposed parts of the course difficult to handle, racers starting pouring back into the show field in fantastic time. The winner, Mr Lee Turner of Torbay AAC sprinted home in just 34:48mins, swiftly followed by Sam Hupton and Peter Monaghan.

Saturdayday 27th August 2011
The testing 5.1 mile course tookrunners up the steep Weeke Hill before levelling out through Stoke Fleming and turning back towards Little Dartmouth for the long run back to the finish via the South Embankment. It was 1-2 for Torbay Athletic Club as Lee Turner wins Dartmouth Regatta Five Mile Road Race with his team mate Pete Monaghan finishes 2nd. Torbay Athletic Club claims the team prize.

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