Results 2014

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Sunday 21st December 2014

Dave Tomlin was a lone Torbay AC runner in the ” Torrington Caper” a 9 mile challenging multi terrain event from Torrington rugby club, taking competitors through mud, water and over many hills, one of the most challenging multi-terrain runs in the South West, but there was a Christmas cheer prize for all finishers !
A Bideford One Two prevented Tomlin from winning this race but he did manage to hold off a Torrington AC runner to claim 3rd spot and claim the 1st V40 award. The race was won by Mark Jenkins of Bideford AC in 56:48 almost 200 runners took part.

Sunday 21st December 2014

Three Torbay AC members took on the 5th Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon, a Marathon with a difference, running from South Parade Pier to the end of the Hayling Billy Line and back.They all agreed that this was a brilliant course running along roads, cycle path, fields the shingle beach along with big puddles and serious mud. All in aid of the RNLI. 513 Stephen Lofthouse (4:06:02) – 684 Colin Shoolbraid (4:21:33) -1018 Sally Shoolbraid (4:59:12) with 1252 finishers

Sunday 21st December 2014

Peter Monaghanhe 28th Wellington Monument “Bert King Memorial” Road Race.
Torbay’s Pete Monaghan ran his second fastest Wellington Monument 10k race in 17 years.This year with improved weather conditions there was stronger competition.
Results not available yet
Distance 6.27miles (10090m) incorporating 1654 metres of bridle path
Start from ‘The Catherine Wheel Public house’ in the village square at HemyockFinish at Hemyock County Primary School. Finisher was awarded, hot toddy & mince pie to all finishers

RESULTS… 5th Peter Monaghan (35:31, 1st MV45) – 78 Nick Dance (49:11) – 90 Ray Wilson (50:33, 2nd MV65) – 122 Irene Hewings (53:30, 3rd FV55) – 127 Ray Brown (53:44) – 140 Tessa Hearfield (55:14)

PARKE parkruns
Saturday 20th December 2014

At the 5k Exeter Riverside parkrun Simon Longthorpe claimed first place in 17:21.While at the Bovey Tracey parkrun three Torbay runners had excellent runs also :- 89 Emma Gilboy (31:36) – 90 Eileen Severn (31:46) – 125 Nicholas Cull (52:49)

Sunday 7th December 2014

Peter MonaghanThe Weston Super Mare Christmas Cracker 10k now in its 32nd year is organised by Weston Athletic Club, over 2000 runners many in fancy dress outfits ran the sea-side Cracker course on flat roads and the sandy beach in very windy conditions this year. Torbay Athletic Club’s Peter Monaghan took a comfortable lead at this years event managing to beat Russell Forsbrook from Cheltenham & County Harriers. Last year Monaghan had to settle for second place, but this year it was a much happier Santa who took the honours with a 41 second lead in a time of 35:32. Monaghan he will also be moving up to the V50 age category in the new year.



Sunday 7th December 2014

A Santa suit was compulsory and included in the entry fee at the Exeter the Santa 5k event, organised by the Ironbridge Runner, the route along side the River Exe started and finished at Exeter Quay, with over 300 Santa’s competing in the 5k and 200 in the 1.5k Fun Run. Torbay Athletic Club’s Simon Longthorpe won the Santa 5k in a time of 17:08 with over a 3 minute lead on Ross Pyne from Dawlish Coasters. A special Santa medal was awarded to all finishers.

Herald 2014 December 11 Road

(including the Devon Championships)
Sunday 7th December 2014

The League and Devon Cross Country Championship was held on fields next to Exeter Arena with the tough hilly course making it a good test of stamina and fitness for all of the 36 Torbay Athletic Clubs athletes The competition part of the Westward League Cross Country Race Series consists of 6 races, Plymouth, Newquay, Exeter, Westward Ho, Bovey Tracey and Redruth.

Results XC Exeter 2014 Under 11 group

On the day there were two sets of results one for the Westward League, another for the Devon Cross Country Championship this produced a record turnout of Club members running in the six different age category races and the first time for almost 20 years that Torbay Athletic Club had such a high number of junior athletes in all age groups, with the girls and boys securing points on the day in every age category and two of the young athletes comfortably qualifying for places in 2015 Devon County Squad.

Results XC Exeter 2014 Under 15 Girl Megan WebberThe first race included 14 junior girls and boys competing from Torbay Athletic Club in the Under 11 age group race which consisted of one lap, 1650 meters, of the muddy undulating grass course with conditions on the day very cold and windy making it tough going for the younger age group. For the boys, Henry Sanderson, Kieran Raine and Mikey Webber were very quick off the start line managing to get amongst the fastest of the 61 juniors racing. As the raced progressed Torbay’s girls soon crept up the pack with Kelis James putting a excellent effort into the middle part of the race finishing first girl home for Torbay closely followed by Emma Harrison. Henry Sanderson Torbay’s fastest boy in the Under 11s endurance squad, was first to finish again yesterday in an amazing time of 6 minutes 12 seconds. Very well done to both Maddie Vasey (11 years old) and Christian Vasey (8 years old) this was the first time they had competed in a cross country race. Each of the juniors competing in the Westwood League must compete in 4 out of the 6 races. Henry Sanderson who has competed in all three races so far is currently in 3rd place overall for the Under 11s, followed by Olivia Horton in 6th and Kieran in 9th place. Torbay’s under 11s endurance runners are certainly a group to be keep a close eye on as their results so far in this season’s Westwood League are demonstrating some very quick times.

The next race consisted of the under 17 Men and all Ladies including Vet Ladies. James Sanderson was first home for Torbay in 19:36 and is currently 10th overall in the series, Karen Frissen was first lady home winning the 3rd FV50 category. Freya Bell had an excellent run in her first race for the Club.

The 3rd race was Under 13 girls running 3000 metres Torbay had three girls entered, Maisey Dommett was first home in 21st position in 12:21.

Fourth race was Under 13 boys also running 3000 metres, Reuben Vasey finished 21st in 12:53.

In the fifth race over 3900 metres Megan Webber finished 3rd, the highest position of all club members on the day, with her time of 15:44 also qualified her to represent Devon.

Results XC Exeter 2014 Under 15 boys

Next race was Under 15 boys including 3 boys from Torbay Boys Grammar School, two of them new members, Hayden Fey and Shaun McKernan running their very first race, both had outstanding runs for the Club. Hayden Fey had an amazing race finishing the 3900 metre course in 6th place overall in 13:41 which also qualified him to run for Devon. Next home was Oakley James in 17th place with Shaun McKernan was only 20 seconds behind him these three boys were the 3rd fastest Club team in the race.

The very last race of the day was the Senior and Vet Mens race with a large field of almost 170 athletes running the 8900 metres.There were 9 Torbay men in this race, first home for Torbay was Henry Irvine in 18th place in a time of 30:21. The Men’s Team is currently in 11th place in the 59 Senior Men’s Teams with the Vet Men team 7th place in the 39 teams.

Results XC Exeter 2014 U1G1 1

Under 11 Boys (Overall=Best 4 races in series of 6)
8th Henry Sanderson (6:12 overall 3rd) – 20th Kieran Raine (6.54 overall 9th) – 24th Mikey Webber (7.14) – 29th Jack Luscombe (7.46 overall 12th ) – 35th Harvey Bates (7.26) – 37th Christian Vasey (10.30)

Results XC Exeter 2014 U11G 6

 Results XC Exeter 2014 U1G1 1 Results XC Exeter 2014 U11B 4

Under 11 girls
11th Kelis James (7.34 overall 10th) -12th Emma Harrison (7.37) – 13th Lily Milne (7.41 overall 12th) – 15th Keely Bell (7.49 overall 11th) – 17th Olivia Horton (8.04 overall 6th) – 18th Josie Ratcliff (8.10 overall 13th) – 23rd Maddie Vasey (9.55) – 24th Mia Ratcliff (9.57)

Results XC Exeter 2014 U11G 6 Results XC Exeter 2014 U11G 2

Under 13 Boy
21st Reuben Vasey (12.53)

Results XC Exeter 2014 U13B 1

Under 13 Girls
21st Maisey Dommett (12.21) – 25th Verity Woods (13.06) – 27th Lily Bates (13.31, overall 14th) – 29th Isobel Sanderson (14.39)
Team 7th out of 18

Results XC Exeter 2014 U13 Start

Results XC Exeter 2014 U13G 5Results XC Exeter 2014 U13G 4Results XC Exeter 2014 U13G 3Results XC Exeter 2014 U13G 1

Under 15 boys
6th Hayden Fey (13.41) – 17th Oakley James (15.48) – 19th Shaun McKernan (16.08) –

Under 15 Girls
3rd Megan Webber (15.44)

Under 17 Boys
25th James Sanderson (19.36 overall 10th)

Results XC Exeter 2014 U11 James SandersonResults XC Exeter 2014 James Sanderson Start

Senior and Vet Ladies Results
86th Karen Frissen (24.18) – 98th Eve Bates (25.06) – 117th Freya Bell (32.11)Eve has improved her overall position to 75th overall
Torbay Senior Ladies team are currently 23rd out of 68th and vets team are 19th out of 40.

Results XC Exeter 2014 Karen FrissenResults XC Exeter 2014 Ladies Results XC Exeter 2014 U11 Eve Bates

Senior and Vet Men
18th Henry Irvine (30.21) – 55th Charlie Baker (32.47) – 98th Matthew Day (36.20 overall 40th, 6th MV40) – 109th Stephen Wilbraham (37.25 overall 55th,10th MV45) – 110th Anthony Raine (37.30 overall 41st, 7th MV45) – 124th Stephen Lofthouse (38.19 overall 46th, 9th MV45) – 136th Paul Frissen (39.42) – 150th Martyn Breslan (41.25 overall 52nd) – 165 Dennis Doy (47.05, 5th MV60)
Very well done to all who competed !


Under 13 Girls
16th Maisey Dommett (12:21) – 18th Verity Woods (13:06) – 19th Lily Bates (13:31)

Under 15 Boys
5th Haydyn Fey (13:41) – 16th Oakley James (15:48) – 17th Shaun McKernan (16:08)

Under 15 Girl
4th Megan Webber (15:43)

Senior Men
14th Henry Irvine (30:21) – 32nd Charlie Baker (32:47)

Vet Men
25th Matthew Day (36:20) – 27th Stephen Wilbraham (37:25) – 28th Anthony Raine (37:30) – 34th Paul Frissen (29:42) – 39th Martin Breslan (41:25) – 44th Denis Doy (47:05)

Vet Ladies
31 Karen Frissen (24:20, 3rd FV50)

1st and 2nd in PARK 5K parkrun
Saturday 29th November 2014

Six Torbay Athletic Club members were amongst the 108 runners in the Parke 5k parkrun at Parke National Trust Estate in Bovey Tracey. For Natasha Stanbury and Henry Irvine this was their first parkrun experience, Irvine had an amazing run having been injured for over 6 months he used the 5k course as a test of his recovery and finished first, recording the third fastest ever Parke parkrun, while Stanbury with tired legs from recent long training runs still manage to finish the tough 5k in under 26 minutes. Second home was Irvine’s club-mate Dave Tomlin in 18:24 who was using the course as a warm up for the following days Bicton Blister event.The Torbay Club’s new junior member Shaun McKernan ran a much faster run than his previous parkrun two weeks ago the 14 year old, from Torquay Boys Grammar School improved his previous time by 44 seconds to finish in 9th place giving Torbay AC three finishers in the first nine.

Torbay Athletic Club results…
1 Henry Irvine (17:48) – 2 David Tomlin (18:24) – 9 Shaun McKernan (22:40) – 16 Gary Brenton (25:03) – 30 Natasha Stanbury (25:52) – 33 Emma Gilboy (26:11)

2nd and 4th Exeter RIVERSIDE 5K parkrun
Saturday 29th November 2014
Peter Monaghan finished second in the Exeter Riverside 5k parkrun with unattached runner Anders Grahl first in a time of 16:32. Scott Watkins who trains with the Torbay Club as a second claim member finished only 12 seconds behind Monaghan there were123 runners.

Torbay Athletic Club results…
2 Peter MONAGHAN (17:05) – 4 Scott WATKINS (17:17)

Sunday 30th November 2014

Fourteen Torbay Athletic Club members travelled to East Devon to compete in the Bicton Blister. Over 500 runner took part in the Bicton Blister and Bicton Lite races which were multi-terrain events over and around Woodbury Common in East Devon, starting and finishing at Bicton College East Budleigh. The Bicton Lite race being approx 4.5 miles with the Blister being approx 10 miles of the gruelling terrain over Bicton & Woodbury commons

In a battle for first place between Torbay’s Arran Tocknell and Tiverton Harriers Kevin Squibb, Tocknell, the stronger on the hills, was ahead for most of the race with Squibb faster on the flat. In the last mile being on road and mainly flat Squibb managed catch and overtake Tocknell to win by 23 seconds in 1:01:23. Next home for Torbay was Dave Tomlin in 5th place in 1:02:15, with Lee Turner next in 6th place. Tomlin won the 3rd MV40 award with Turner taking the 3rd Senior man award. The men’s team prize was awarded to the Club with the four fastest runners. Torbay AC had Club finishers in 3rd.5th.6th and 99th positions, but with South West Road Runners having finishers in 15th,16th, 31st and 34th positions, South West Road Runners took the Men’s Team prize by 18 points from Torbay. It was the first race for Torbay’s new member Adam Hill who had a good run despite a knee problem, First Torbay lady finisher was Cathy Parkinson who ran extremely well in spite of a heavy cold and finishing just ahead of club mate team Stephen Wilbraham. Parkinson won 3rd Lady Vet 45 award. The event was won by Ceri Rees from the Wild Running Club in a time of 59:27. Rees trains regularly with the Torbay Club along with his team mate Tom Allan who finished 11th. In the Bicton Lite race Bill Valentine who joined the Club in 1970 was the only member running finishing 84th in a time of 1:00:47.

Torbay Athletic Club results…
3 Arran Tocknell (1:01:46, 1st Senior Man) – 5 David Tomlin (1:02:15, 3rd MV40) – 6 Lee Turner (1:02:46, 3rd Senior man) – 99 Martyn Breslan (1:19:33) – 131 Cathy Parkinson (1:23:08, 3rd Senior Lady) -134 Stephen Wilbraham (1:23:20)- 152 Stephen Lofthouse (1:24:36) – 158 Brian Lewis (1:26:14) – 183 Adam Hill (1:27:48) – 218 Steven Sharp (1:31:11) – 276 Ray Brown (1:37:39) – 283 Irene Hewings (1:39:03) – 310 Tessa Hearfield (1:40:42) – 391 Deborah Drake (1:51:46) – 431 Rachel Kidd (2:03:41)

Torbay A.C’s Dave Tomlin achieved a joint first place finish with Jim Cole from Tavistock AC in the new South Cornwall Surf to Turf Race.
This was a stunning 11 mile coastal route from Millbrook Cornwall along the coastal path to Rame Head, winding down to Whitsand beach for a charge through water and firm sand for 3miles, followed by steep steps to the cliff top then back to a hilly road finish. As the events official results were age graded 3rd placed Graham Bale Plymstock RR V45 was positioned 1st by 1.5% with Tomlin 2nd overall. David said “A Great hard scenic event with a 100 entrants which will be no doubt be doubled next year”

Saturday parkruns
At the Killerton parkrun Dave Tomlin finished in first place 1 David Tomlin 17:40
While at the Bovey Parke parkrun the two Torbay finishers were 31 Emma Gilboy (26:37) 53 Robert Wells(29:10)
Well done all.

Drogo Ten
Sunday 16th November

Torbay Athletic Club had 14 members running in the Drogo Ten known to be one of the very toughest 10 mile races in the South West being a very hilly, muddy cross-country race with stunning views if runners get a chance to look up as they tackle the infamous Hunter’s Hill Path. This year half of every entry fee, from a record turnout of over 500 runners, was donated to the National Trust to help with the renovation of the Castle.
Torbay had seven of their top runners competing at the front of the race with the first three winning the team prize. Had been a second team prize on offer Torbay AC would have also won that with the next 3 Team finishing positions
After his parkrun win on Saturday Dave Tomlin led Torbay team from the start, but It wasn’t long before team-mate Arran Tocknell caught him up near the top of the first big hill. Both Tocknell and Adharanand Finn had nasty falls during the race needing treatment afterwards. First Torbay member home was Arran Tocknell in 4th place, improving his course personal best by nearly four minutes, followed closely by Dave Tomlin in 5th place with Simon Longthorpe 6th these together took the men’s team prize, Tomlin also won the Male Vet 40 category.
Running their first race for Torbay AC were Scott Watkins and Sarah Wake withRachel Longthorpe also improving her PB by just over a minute.The race was won in record time of 57:37 by Johnny Gilby from Derby AC.2nd James Mullan Thames Hare and Hounds 59:37
3rd Kairn Stone Essex and Newham Beagle 1:01:10


4th Arran Tocknell (1:02:10) – 5th David Tomlin (1:02:38) – 6 Simon Longthorpe (1:03:22) – 12 Scott Watkins (1:06:33) – 13th Jon Parkinson (1:06:47) – 21st Charlie Baker (1:09:57) – 24th Adharanand Finn (1:11:00) – 112th Martyn Zak Griffiths Breslan (1:23:37) – 259th Rachel Longthorpe (1:38:26) – 310th Tessa Hearfield (1:44:10) – 321st Ray Brown (1:45:12) – 353rd Sarah Wake (1:48:41) – 385th Steve Rowe (1:52:04) – 467 Rachel Kidd 2:04:52.

Parke parkrun
Saturday 15th November.

At the Bovey Tacey Parke 5k parkrun Torbay AC runners results were
37th Emma GILBOY (27:10) – 64th Roger BREWER (30:31)
At the Killerton 5k parkrun Dave Tomlin had an excellent run 1st David TOMLIN (17:26)

International Victory for Torbay Tri
Torbay Tri Club members recently swept to victory at the International Ocean Lava Triathlon held in Arrecife, Lanzarote. Held in brutal conditions which proved testing for all competitiors, gale force winds were accompanied by scorching temperatures exceeding 30°C.

Husband and wife team, Mike (SV59) and Sally Davies (SV62), completed the three-quarter ‘Ironman’ distance (3k sea swim, 120k bike and 30k run) in 10:20:59 and 11:38:56 respectively. Mike also celebrated crossing the finish line with son Barney (SV23), in exactly the same time, as all three impressed with claiming age-group championship wins.

Torbay Tri’s Alix Reynolds (SF33) tackled the Olympic distance course (1.5k sea swim, 42k bike and 10k) and won her championship age group in a time of 4:02:56.

Photo – Mike Davies, Alix Reynolds, Sally Davies, Barney Davies

Templer Ten
Dave Tomlin running his first race for Torbay AC finished 2nd overall and first Club runner home!
An approximately 9.7 mile multi terrain race incorporating the picturesque Stover Park,3.5 miles on road, remainder a mix of tracks and fields starting and finishing at the Passage House Hackney Marshes.
Dave Tomlin running his first race for Torbay AC finished 2nd overall and first Club member home, followed in 3rd place by Arran Tocknell with Pete Monaghan 4th who together with Andy Longthorpe 12th, Nigel Fenn 14thand Kevin Fine 18th won the Men’s First team Award for Torbay.
The 2nd Men’s Team award was also won by Torbay AC. this team included Anthony Raine, Glynn Hughes, Martyn Breslan, Ray Wilson, Brian Lewis and Nick Robinson.
Torbay Ladies were led home by Cathy Parkinson finishing 34th overall and 9th Lady.
The Ladies team placed 3rd overall included Cathy Parkinson, Karen Frissen, Emma Stevenson, and Irene Hewings
Category prizes were won by David Tomlin 1st MV40, Arran Tocknell 2nd SM, Peter Monaghan 1st MV45, Andrew Longthorpe 2nd MV45, Cathy Parkinson 1st FV45, Ray Wilson 2nd MV60. Anne Lucas 2nd FV/60. New member Andrew Reeve also ran an excellent race, there were 165 finishers

Torbay Athletic Club Results
2 David Tomlin (54:02, 1st MV40) – 3 Arran Tocknell (54:43, 2nd Senior Man) – 4 Peter Monaghan (55:33, 1st MV45) – 12 Andrew Longthorpe (1:00:01, 2nd MV45) – 14 Nigel Fenn (1:01:04) – 18 Kevin Fine (1:03:24) – 22 Andrew Reeve (1:04:46) – 30 Anthony Raine (1:06:45) – 34 Cathy Parkinson (1:07:51, 1st FV45) – 42 Glynn Hughes (1:08:54) – 59 Martyn Breslan (1:12:05) – 75 Ray Wilson (1:14:07, 2nd MV60) – 82 Brian Lewis (1:16:28) – 87 Nick Robinson (1:17:31) – 91 Steven Sharp (1:18:49) – 98 Karen Frissen (1:20:48) – 102 Emma Stevenson (1:22:40) – 111 Irene Hewings (1:24:28) – 112 Linda Philippou (1:24:52) – 116 Tessa Hearfield (1:25:10) – 125 Andrew Park (1:28:03) – 133 Anne Lucas (1:28:56) – 134 Ray Brown (1:28:57) – 135 Sally Shoolbraid (1:29:00) – 142 Colin Wilson (1:30:41) – 148 Debbie Drake (1:35:50)

The Plymouth 10K
The event is the largest 10K road race in Devon and Cornwall, organised by the Plymouth’s Half Marathon Group it was a fast, relatively flat, traffic-free road race that took you out and back through the city centre there were 2,004 finishers. Torbay’s Mark Hardy manage to knock 2 minutes off his previous pb set just two weeks ago.

Torbay Athletic Club Result
594th Mark Hardy (53:06)

Parke 5k parkrun
At the Bovey Tracey parkrun Emma Gilboy finished 32nd in 26:16

Dartington Duathlon
Sunday 26th October 2014
Perfect race conditions greeted competitors at the anaugural Olympic distance Dartington Duathlon as several Torbay Tri members completed the challenging race among over 130 finishers. Set across a tough but honest course, comprising of a 10k run, 40k bike and 10k run, Jon Parkinson led the team home for an impressive 4th place overall and also claimed the 3rd Vet prize. For many this marked the final event on the busy triathlon calendar although for Richard Carus this was his first time combining the running shoes with two wheels in a duathlon.

Full results: Jon Parkinson (2:12:13), Frank Reay (2:29:41), Paul Mulley (2:37:52), Richard Carus (2:41:08)

Great South Run Portsmouth
Sunday 26th October 2014

The Bupa Great South Run starts in Southsea, on Clarence Esplanade – a road which is transformed into a sea of colours every October, as twenty-five thousand runners don their charity vests and running kit to set off on their 10 mile journey.

The course takes you through Old Portsmouth, home of the Portsmouth Cathedral and Royal Garrison Church, before entering the Historic Dockyard. Here you’re granted permission to run past the Royal Navy’s current naval ships, and some of the most famous in the world – including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the museum which houses the Mary Rose.

With a course steeped in history, runners of all abilities will pass naval landmarks, cathedrals, castles and finish on the seafront in Clarence Esplanade.

Torbay Athletic Club Result
2906 Rachel Longthorpe 1:15:57

Parke 5k parkrun
Saturday 26th October 2014

Four out of five members gained personal best course times at the Parke 5k parkrun in Bovey Tracey..It was first event for the Club for new member Brian Lewis Condition were gradually getting muddier especially on the first steep hill where the fallen leaves made running difficult.

Results:-16 Stephen Wilbraham (22:22) – 32 Brian Lewis (23:56, New PB) – 57 Steven Sharp (25:40, New PB) – 61 Emma Gilboy (26:00, New PB) – 86 Den Doy (28:26, New PB)

Devon League Sportshall Indoor Athletics Competitions at Dawlish
Sunday 19th October 2014

Torbay AC took 22 of it’s junior section to compete in the first of the Devon League Sportshall Indoor Athletics Competitions the first of which was held at Dawlish Leisure Centre on Sunday. This was the largest number of youngsters that the club had ever taken to compete in this competition, aged from 9 to 15 years they were of mixed abilities and could choose to compete in three events ranging from sprinting races and hurdles to long jump and soft javelin. Torbay AC juniors held their own against some of the larger clubs, scoring a high number of points for finishing in the top positions against those from clubs including Exeter Harriers, City of Plymouth and Tavistock AC.

Every person who competed for Torbay shone, putting in an excellent performance in all of their events, Shona Silvester stood out for the Under 10 girls age group and secured some high points for the club coming 1st in the 2 lap running race in a time of 25:50, 2nd in the 1 lap running race in 12:80 and 2nd in the 1 lap hurdles race in a time of 13:90. Lee Briscoe won the Under 10s boys Sitting Throw with 5.25 metres and Jack Luscombe came 2nd in the Soft Javelin event, throwing it 13.25 metres.

Torbay Under 11 girls were out to make their point and my goodness didn’t they do that………! The girls including Georgia Davies, Keely Bell, Grace Davies and Kelis James secured a firm 2nd place in the relay race. Grace Windsor put in an amazing performance, winning both the High Jump with 1:20 metres and 2 lap hurdles in a time of 26:20. She also came 2nd in the Vertical Jump with 0.47 metres just missing 1st place by 3 cm. Georgia Davies also was a very strong competitor for Team Torbay. She came 1st in the 2 lap hurdles in a time of 26:20, 2nd in the 2 lap running sprint in a time of 24:50 and 2nd in the Sitting Throw, throwing a big 6 metres. Kelis James competing for the first time in these competitions, secured a nice 3rd place in the High Jump jumping 0.85 metres.

Five girls competed in the Under 13s age group setting some new PBs in the high jump. Harlee Adkins came 2nd in the high jump clearing 1.25 metres and Lily Bates came 3rd clearing 1.20 metres.

The Under15 Girls were out to win in their events as well the three girls did extremely well and were very determined. They put in an amazing performance firmly winning their relay race against competitive City Of Plymouth. Individually, they then went on to compete strongly in their individual events, achieving new PBs and good points for team Torbay. Sasha Denis smashed the Under 15 girls Triple Jump with a winning jump of 6.72 metres and came 3rd in the Standing Long Jump with 2.18 metres – both new PBs for Sasha! Rebecca Roots was flying, winning the Standing Long Jump jumping a massive 2.26 metres, coming 3rd in the 2 lap running race in a time of 22:70 and 3rd in the 6 lap running race in a time 77:80. Megan Webber also put in a strong performance, winning the 2 lap hurdles in a time of 23:80 and coming 2nd in the 2 lap running race in a time of 22:30.

Club Total Points…
City of Plymouth AC 780
Erme Valley Harriers 404
Dartmouth AAC 388
Torbay AAC 376
Exeter Harriers 281
Tavistock AC 259
Newton Abbot AC 223
Plymstock RR 182
North Devon AC 158
Tamar Trotters 125
Bude RATS 16

Junior Coach Eve Bates said: “Torbay AC Juniors is going from strength to strength. Thanks to our growing team of coaches this year, we have been able to offer a varied programme of training to all our juniors including track and field, cross-country and road race endurance sessions. The children who compete are improving all the time and thanks to their hard work and commitment in all weathers, not forgetting our dedicated parents, we are able to turn up to competitions and compete on a level field against some of the larger clubs in the Devon area. If you have a child who is over 8 years of age and would be interested in joining our club, please visit our website at to find out more details. Please note we do have a waiting list for some sessions”.

Sibelco Dartmoor Vale Races
Sunday 19th October 2014

Twenty Two Torbay Athletic Club members ran in the Dart Vale races which were run over three different distances a marathon, half marathon and 10 kilometres.

In the Dart Vale 10k event Torbay AC’s Peter Monaghan beat Paul Gregg of Tamar Trotters by over 2 minutes and 45 seconds to win in 35:04 on the mainly flat course.

The Half Marathon route headed out towards Chudleigh, this was a one lap course with a few big hills at around 11 miles, with the the Full Marathon being two lap of the same course taking in those hills twice!

Mark Hardy enjoyed a 10 minute personal best time for the Half Marathon and Debbie Drake celebrated her 50th birthday in the 10k event along with several members of her family who had trained up specially to run with her. It was first race for new member Brian Lewis for Torbay Athletic Club.

Nicola Stanbury ran her first ever Marathon in sub 4 hours, finishing 4th lady also winning her age category.

Dartmoor Vale 10k Results
1 Peter Monaghan (35:04, 1st MV45) – 12 Stephen Wilbraham (42:27) – 14 Neil Dawkins (42:50, 2nd MV40) – 19 Julian Jones (43:59) – 32 Martyn Breslan (46:51) – 55 Steven Rowe (50:48) – 56 Ian Sharrock (50:49, 2nd M60+) – 57 Russell Mackenzie (50:54) – 89 Anne Lucas (55:13, 1st FV65) – 106 Linda Philippou (57:57) = 107 Andrew Park (57:57, 2nd M65) – 108 Irene Hewings (57:57, 3rd F55) – 149 Debbie Drake (1:05:52) there were 178 finishers.

Dartmoor Vale Half Marathon Results
51 Ray Wilson (1:48:39, 2nd M65) – 55 Ian Hayward (1:49:50) – 57 Nick Robinson (1:50:03) – 61 Brian Lewis (1:50:36) – 69 Steven Sharp (1:51:55) – 79 Roger Matthews (1:54:37) – 96 Tessa Hearfield (1:59:32, 3rd F55) – 126 Martk Hardy (2:09:20) there were 160 finishers

Dartmoor Vale Marathon Results
41 Nicola Stanbury (3:56:35, F35) with 105 finishers

Exeter Great West Run
Sunday 19th October 2014

Seven members ran in in the Great West Run Half Marathon taking an exciting 13.1 mile route through the heart of Exeter with new member Charlie Baker finishing 27th in a field of 2700 runners.

Torbay Athletic Club Result…
27 Charlie Baker (1:23:50) – 44 Nigel Fenn (1:26:46) – 153 Glynn Hughes (1:33:30) – 238 Phil Bates (1:37:13) – 995 Simon Langler 1:57:21) – 1029 Emma Gilboy (1:56:28) – 2401 Elizabeth Bubeer (2:30:16)

TCS Amstradam Marathon
Sunday 19th October 2014

Running in the 39th edition of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon with 18000 athletes was Torbay AC’s Stephen Lofthouse who finished in 3h.52.23 saying ” I think that two marathons in two weeks is too much for me, still happy to finish and keep under 4 hour record going #7 of 8 in 2014″

Torbay Athletic Club Result…
4653 Stephen Lofthouse 3:52:22

3000 Metre Track Series
Monday 13th October 2014

Seven Club members took part in the first round of the Exeter 3000 metre winter series. The event was held in the South West’s premier athletics stadium on the recently relaid all weather track at Exeter and for Nick Hayes this was his first experience running on a real athletics track,nothing like the boggy lumpy summer track we train on in Torbay. 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 The event attracted over 120 athletes from Devon and beyond. Although Martyn Breslan, Stephen Wilbraham, Stephen Lofthouse and Megan Webber had run the day before in the Plymouth cross country some excellent performances were recorded.

Torbay Athletic Club Result…
Martyn Breslan (11:01) – Oakley James (11:43) – Stephen Wilbraham (11:49) – Stephen Lofthouse (11:51) – Megan Webber (11:53) – Tim Peters (11:58) – Nick Hayes (15:25) > FULL RESULTS <

32 Club Members ran Westward League Cross Country at Plymouth
Sunday 12th October 2014

The first of six races in the Westward League’s Winter Cross Country series took place at Central Park Plymouth and despite a number of wet days conditions were still very dry underfoot.

For almost two decades Torbay AC only had a couple of member competing in this league. During last year Matt Day was appointed Cross Country team captain, managing to encourage between 5-10 members to enter these races. This year with club membership levels increasing by around 25% more members with differing abilities were willing to take part in the cross country races, making an excellent turnout of 30 members (juniors and seniors) for this first race some taking the opportunity to wear their cross country spikes for the first time.

The first race started with a 1,500m run for the under-11 boys/girls, eight Torbay AC juniors took part in this race, followed swiftly by the U17 Boys, Girls and Senior & Vet Ladies 5,900m race. Next was the U13 girls (2,470m) event with the U13 boys (2,470m) soon after.

The men’s senior and vet event was next (8,630m) and the day’s competition concluded with a U15 girls race.

Veteran Jon Parkinson was the first home for the Club in the senior race with Charlie Baker first club senior man home.

New member Louise Oldridge, proudly wearing club’s yellow and red colours for the first claimed the first Senior Club lady spot. Senior ladies team finished 26th out of 60 Vet ladies team: 11th out of 37 the Senior Men team: 9th out of 45 Vet Men: 4th out of 32

Ladies 31st Louise Oldridge (25:49, 5th FV45) – 105th Janine Callard (32:01, 7th FV50 – 107th Karen Frissen (32:05, 8th FV50) – 115th Eve Bates (32:46) – 199th Anita Merritt (32:57)

U11 Girls 9th Kelis James (7:23) Keely Bell (7:43) Olivia Horton (8:12)

U13 Girls 28th Verity Woods (11:58) – 29th Lily Bates (12:02) – 31st Isobel Sanderson (13:47)

U15 Girls 7th Megan Webber (12:57, 7th UG15)

U11 Boys 9th Henry Sanderson (6:04) – 22nd Kieran Raine (6:42) – 25th Mikey Webber 25th (6:56) – 26th Jack Luscombe (7:02) – 36th Harvey Bates (8:14)

U17 Men 13th James Sanderson (24:17)

Men 30th Jon Parkinson (32:11, 3rd MV45) – 40th Charlie Baker (32:57) – 69th Tony Foster (34:55, 11th MV40) – 75th John Pressling (35:55) – 81st Iain Donnelly (36:43, 13th MV40) – 86th Martyn Breslan (37:26) – 87th Stephen Lofthouse (37:49, 13th MV45) = 88th Matthew Day (37:58, 15th MV40) 94th Anthony Raine (38:13, 16th MV45) – 118th Stephen Wilbraham (38:57, 19th MV45) – 129th Paul Frissen (40:52, 23rd MV45) – 137th Phil Bates (41:36, 26th MV45) – 156th Roger Matthews (45:17) 159th Nick Robinson (45:41)

Finn 24th out of 16000 in London Royal Park Half Marathon
Sunday 12th October 2014

Torbay Athletic Club’s Adharanand Finn finish 24th out of 16000 runners at the Royal Parks Half Marathon London.

The race started and finished in stunning Hyde Park with the 13.1 mile route taking in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, passing through four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James Park and Kensington Gardens.

Amongst this years 16000 participants were entrants from 262 charities, 163 corporate organisations and 43 countries! Over the last six years the event has raised more than £18m for causes around the UK, with more than 559 partner charities, including the Royal Parks Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Mind, and Tommy’s

Torbay Athletic Club Result…
24th Adharanand Finn 1:18:46

Parke parkrun #28
Saturday 11th October 2014

Four Torbay Athletic Club members ran the hilly Parke 5k parkrun at Bovey Tracey along with 117 other parkrunners For was Dennis Doy it was his first parkrun challenge with Magnus Christie finishing a very creditable 13th Club results:-13 Magnus Christie (23:20) – 20 Gary Brenton (24:04) – 68 Dennis Doy (28:48) – 78 Roger Brewer (30:47)

In Surrey Paul and Karen Frissen ran the Rushmore 5k parkrun, both ran well. Karen in her first parkrun finishing 60thin 25:13 with husband Paul finishing 17th in 21:44

Bill Valentine ran Killerton 5k parkrun and finished 194th out of 234 in a time of 35:21

Robert Wells ran Exeter Riverside 5k parkrun and finished 79th out of 154 in 27:1

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
13 Magnus Christie (23:20) – 20 Gary Brenton (24:04) – 68 Dennis Doy (28:48, First Timer) – 78 Roger Brewer (30:47)

Torbay Simon Longthorpe 10th out of 3000 in Chester Marathon
Sunday 5th October 2014

The race was voted the UK’s number 1 road marathon in 2013 and the UK’s number 1 marathon in 2012, by Runners’ World.

The race started and finished at Chester Racecourse close to Chester city centre. The fast and predominantly flat route is on closed roads covering 19 miles in England and 7 miles in Wales. Marathon runners ran 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.

Torbay AC Simon Longthorpe run fastest marathon for Torbay Athletic Club since 1993 in 2 hour 35 minutes. Simon finished amazingly in 10th place out of a field of 3000 athletes.

Stephen Lofthouse ran well in sub 3:40. Conditions were wet and windy.

Torbay Athletic Club Result…
10th Simon Longthorpe (2:35:46) – Stephen Lofthouse (3:39:23)

Cardiff Half Marathon

The Cardiff Half Marathon boasts one of the most stunning 13.1 mile courses around. Over 20000 runners ran this Welsh race 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 started 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.

Torbay AC Rachel Kidd ran Cardiff Half Marathon and finished 2:28:40, This was just a couple of weeks after running a full marathon at Chesterfield where she finshed 317 out of 332! She did it in 5:26:05

New Member Rich Carus ran his first ever race for Torbay Athletic Club and achieved a personal best time of 1.40.27.

Well Done to you both.

Bournemouth Half Marathon

Alex Snell ran Bournemouth half today, a really nice course similar to our Torbay Hlaf Marathon on the coast but point to point, start at kings park where the athletics stadium and football ground is and finished at Bournemouth pier. Alex finished 73rd in 1-29-18

Kimberley Goose Fair Gallop 10k

Torbay AC Emma Stevenson ran the goose fair gallop 10k. The Kimberley Goose Fair Gallop is our increasingly popular scenic multi terrain 10k race held on roads, bridleways and footpaths starting at Kimberley Leisure Centre in Nottinghamshire.

Exeter Riverside parkrun
Saturday 4th October 2014

Torbay Athletic Club Result…
416 Phil BATES 20:46

Weston Super Mare Sprint Triathlon

Paul Mulley is quite pleased with it all, he managed to finish 19th out of 105, 6th in his age category (40-49) whilst not a match for many happy with how its progressing. 500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run, 1hr 12min 28sec. swim is shallow so hard to get a good stroke but ok all the same.

Torbay Pete Monaghan wins Churston Flyer 5 mile road race
Sunday 5th October 2014

Photos Cathy Parkinson wearing Pink,
Pete Monaghan in Blue.

Group photo of some of the team winner
from left…Cathy Parkinson, Arran Tocknell, Martyn Breslan, Peter Monaghan.
missing Lee Turner, Andrew Longthorpe, Martyn Breslan, Rachel Longthorpe

35 RUNNERS from Torbay Athletic Club swept the board at the Churston Flyer at the weekend. A field of 100 plus runners from all over the West Country took to the lanes around Churston for the annual event organised by rival club South Devon Athletic Club. Half of all runners finishing in the top 50 were Torbay Athletic Club athletes.

The almost flat five mile race with just a couple of short hills started and finished near Churston Grammar School. The course headed out towards Brixham along the Country lane turning back from Furzeham.

The race was started by the whistle blown from the local Steam Train from nearby Churston Train Station

Peter Monaghan was once again race winner by beating rival Neil Barkell Tavisock AC by just 5 seconds

3rd place Haldon Trail Runner Angus Mentor was too strong for Torbay Lee Turner and denied Lee from the 3rd Podium position.

A battle between three Torbay AC members for the 5th place was between new member Charlie Baker and long term members Arran Tocknell and Andrew Longthorpe. It was a special day for new member Charlie winning this battle.

With Arran Tocknell 6th and Andrew Longthorpe 7th, Torbay had five members in the top 7. Torbay Athletic Club once again easily won the team prize consisting of the above five mentioned members plus Martyn Breslan, Cathy Parkinson and Rachel Longthorpe.

Cathy Parkinson won the vet ladies 45 age category and was 4th overall lady.
49 year old Peter Monaghan was fastest male vet 40. Peter will be moving up to age 50 category from January.
73 year old David Hyde was the fastest over 70 in race finish just 7 second over 40 minute barrier.

Charlie Baker was not the only new Torbay AC member running his first race, it was also Steve Sharp first ever race for Torbay Athletic Club and also ran amazing with a sub 40 minute time.

Eve Bates will send in Junior results from the Churston Flyer Fun Run, a 1 mile off road race. Torbay AC 13 year old Megan Webber was first to cross finish line. Total 12 club juniors finished the race.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
1 Peter Monaghan (27:10, 1st MV40) – 4 Lee Turner (28:27, 2nd Senior Man) – 5 Charlie Baker (28:56, 3rd Senior Man) – 6 Arran Tocknell (29:01) – 7 Andrew Longthorpe (29:02) – 13 Martyn Breslan (32:06) – 16 Magnue Christie (32:44) – 18 Glynn Hughes (33:02) – 19 Anthony Raine (33:13) – 84 Stephen Wilbraham (33:18) – 25 Chris Leaman (33:40) – 26 Cathy Parkinson 33:45 – 31 Julian Jones (34:38) – 35 Tim Peters (35:02) – 37 Garry Brenton (36:22) – 38 Paul Frissen (36:36) – 39 Nick Dance (36:48) – 44 Tryston King (37:51) – 47 Raymond Wilson (38:02) – 48 Rachel Longthorpe (38:05) – 49 Steve Lister (38:08) – 50 Rob Pressling (38:19) – 54 Steve Sharp (39:15) – 57 Andrea Kingdon (39:55) – 58 David Hyde (40:07, 1st 70) – 60 Karen Frissen (40:55) – 64 Jennifer Lister (41:26) – 65 Janine Callard (41:41) – 68 Eve Bates (42:14) – 69 Anne Lucas (42:28) – 72 Anita Merrit (42:47) – 76 Andrew Park (44:06) – 79 Colin Wilson (44:41) – 85 Shelly Nicholson (46:17) – 99 Dennis Comissar (1:05:26)

Torbay Megan wins Churston Flyer Fun Run
Sunday 5th October 2014

Torbay took 12 of their juniors to run in the Churston Flyer 1 Mile Fun Run last Sunday pulling out some pleasing times and a win for Megan Webber who completed the course in 6 minutes 20 seconds! 2nd girl home (4th overall) was Lily Bates with a time of 7 minutes 4 seconds. 1st boy back for team Torbay was Mikey Webber in 7 minutes 20 seconds.

All the children ran extremely well with some achieving some personal best times. The junior squad of Team Torbay AC has had some amazing achievements this summer and this was a nice event to finish our season before moving over to indoor track events and cross-country competitions.

The junior coaches: Steve Cottle, Tim Peters, Anita Merritt, Anthony Raine, Martyn Breslan and Eve Bates have worked hard this year offering a variety of training sessions for the juniors and the results have paid off with all the juniors getting faster as the season went on . “The juniors make us all very proud and are a great asset to our club….We have a lot of fun and they are a delight to coach!”

2014 Churston Flyer Juniors
Megan Webber 6:20
Lily Bates 7:04
Mikey Webber 7:20
Kieran Raine 7:35
Avalon Vowles 7:53
Amber Wigginton 8:17
Stephan 8:16
Finlay Brenan-Osment 8:25
Keely Bell 8:26
Harvey Bates 8:31
Joshua Parkinson 10:00
Yasmin 12:15

Taunton 10k
Sunday 28th September 2014

Two Torbay Club members Pete Monaghan and Kevin Fine ran this event on an undulating circular route from the Blackpool Pavillion, passing through Stoke St Mary and Haydon along country lanes. Monaghan finished 7th to claim the 1st M/45 prize, with Fine finishing 33rd, there were 272 finishers.

Torbay took 12 of their juniors to run in the Churston Flyer 1 Mile Fun Run last Sunday pulling out some pleasing times and a win for Megan Webber who completed the course in 6 minutes 20 seconds! 2nd girl home (4th overall) was Lily Bates with a time of 7 minutes 4 seconds. 1st boy back for team Torbay was Mikey Webber in 7 minutes 20 seconds.

All the children ran extremely well with some achieving some personal best times. The junior squad of Team Torbay AC has had some amazing achievements this summer and this was a nice event to finish our season before moving over to indoor track events and cross-country competitions.

The junior coaches: Steve Cottle, Tim Peters, Anita Merritt, Anthony Raine, Martyn Breslan and Eve Bates have worked hard this year offering a variety of training sessions for the juniors and the results have paid off with all the juniors getting faster as the season went on . “The juniors make us all very proud and are a great asset to our club….We have a lot of fun and they are a delight to coach!”

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
7 Pete Monaghan (34:14) – 33 Kevin Fine (40:18)

Dawlish Triathlon
Sunday 28th September 2014

Months of hard training and commitment paid off on Sunday as record numbers of Torbay Tri Club took to the start line at Dawlish Sprint Triathlon. Many of those taking part were participating in their first triathlon and lined up alongside seasoned veterans to take on the challenge of a 750m sea swim, 21.5k bike and 5k run. In total 22 club members crossed the finish line, with Jon Parkinson putting in another solid performance as the vet winner while Jonathan Cowling, Pete McCaig and Rachel Longthorpe impressed in completing their first triathlon.

First back for Torbay Tri (4th overall) and retaining the club’s male title was Lee Turner while Katharina Roberts claimed the women’s title for the first time.

The honour of fastest splits on the day for the club went to Andrew Longthorpe (swim 10:40), Jamie Stevenson (bike 34:31), Lee Turner (run 21:04).

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
Scott Watkins (1:12:38), Lee Turner (1:12:52), Jon Parkinson (1:14:32), Andy Longthorpe (1:15:31), Jamie Stevenson (1:17:45), Patrick Roberts (1:19:27), Charlie Baker (1:22:28), Aaron Potter (1:23:08), Frank Reay (1:23:57), Graham Reynolds (1:24:30), Tim Lewry (1:24:56), Glynn Hughes (1:24:57), Stuart Parkes (1:25:34), Gary Brenton (1:28:08), Tony Hodge (1:32:32), Rick Martin (1:32:39), Winston Barlow (1:33:10), Gerald Barlow (1:35:07), Jonathan Cowling (1:36:17), Katharina Roberts (1:36:21), Pete McCaig (1:36:31), Rachel Longthorpe (1:38:33).

Junior update
Sunday 28th September 2014
24 kids turned up and all completed their 5 event pentathlon, few tears along the way from some of the girls. Main highlights – NEW club record in under 11 boys shot for Jake Peters with 7.65m, Henry Sanderson EQUALS club record in under 11 boys 600m, Lill sets new club record with new 3k shot weight with 9.34m in under 17 and goes to number 7 in UK rankings in winning under 17 pentathlon. 4 PB’s for Megan wins 800m in 2:34, Emily Joseph PB in long and shot. Massive number of PB’s for all the under 11’s. Good bunch of muppets in the under 13 girls, all still under 13 next year, hopefully today will encourage them to be more competitive next year. Good day out for everyone.

Parke parkrun #26
Saturday 27th September 2014
Four Torbay Athletic Club members ran Parke parkrun, Anthony, Phil and Roger all gain personal best times. Magnus Christie who plans to rejoin Torbay AC finished 12th in 22:31.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
8 Anthony Raine (21:42PB) -10 Stephen Wilbraham (22:08) – 14 Phil Bates (22:41PB) – 31 Roger Matthews (25:25PB)

Bristol Half Marathon
Sunday 21st September 2014

Three Torbay Athletic Club members ran the Bristol Half Marathon in the hot sunny conditions last Sunday morning. Stephen Lofthouse struggled in the heat finishing in 1:35:57, while Nick Robinson running first race for Torbay A C just managed to break the 1 hour 50 minute barrier with Andrea Kingdon finishing in l:53:07. The race started and finished in Bristol’s historic Harbour side, with the level course taking competitors out and back along the Portway, through the stunning Avon Gorge and pass twice under Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
914 Stephen Lofthouse (1.35.57) – 2760 Nick Robinson (1:49:24) – 3352 Andrea Kingdon (1:53:07)

Simon 2nd in Exeter Riverside parkrun
Saturday 20th September 2014

Two records were broken at the Exeter Riverside 5K parkrun last Saturday with Simon Longthorpe, running his first parkrun finishing 2nd overall in 16:01, just behind Anders Grahl who broke the course record in a time of 15:43.

Parke parkrun
6 Torbay AC members ran the Parke parkrun at Bovey Tracey.
It was 13 year old Megan Webber’s first parkrun finishing 18th from a field of 134 runners to claim the 3rd female finisher spot. Magnus Christie gained another pb finishing 6th. while. Father and son Anthony and Kieran Raine ran together, Kieran’s finishing time was 4th fastest ever for an under 10 year old.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
6 Magnus Christie (21:18) – 17 Phil Bates (22:58) – 18 Megan Webber (23:03) – 23 Gary Brenton (23:52) – 38 Kieran Raine (25:44) – 39 Anthony Raine (25:45)

Torbay Trio end with the Cotswold’s End of Season Triathlon
Sunday 21st September 2014

Several members of Torbay Tri Club took advantage of the late summer sunshine at the weekend, competing in the rather aptly titled Cotswold’s End of Season Triathlon. No stranger to the location having already produced several impressive performances there already this year, Cathy Parkinson was first back for the club in 2:39:38 and followed soon after by Graham Reynolds in 2:50:31 and Alix Reynolds crossing the line in 3:10:32. With over 200 participants descending on the popular fast course, triathletes from across the country completed the scenic 1500m swim, 41k bike and 9k run.

Picture (l-r) Cathy Parkinson, Alix Reynolds, Graham Reynolds

Arran Tocknell finishes second in Tough Doone Run
Sunday 14th September 2014

Arran Tocknell finish 2nd in the Doone Run

Arran Tocknell finishing 2nd in the tough North Devon Doone Run in a time of 1:11:30. Last year Arran had won his 4 Doone Runs in a row and was hoping for a 5th this year but a very fit Mark Jenkin from Bideford Harriers won the race in an extremely fast time.

The Doone Run has taken place every year 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.

Torbay Five runs Newton Abbot Dornafield Ladies 10k
Sunday 14th September 2014

Torbay twins battle again for first home for club at Dornafield Ladies 10k

Five Torbay Ladies ran the very tough and hilly Newton Abbot Ladies 10k, The race started and finishd at the beautiful Dornafield Caravan and Camping Site near Two mile Oak. 2014 was the 17th 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 with some short nasty hills.

Last year Torbay twin Natasha and Nicola Stanbury had a close battle to be first Torbay AC member home with Natasha finishing first. This year a similar battle took place with Natasha taking an early lead but it was her twin Nicola who was as stronger on the day finishing 40 seconds ahead of her twin. Natasha still had a course pb of 3 seconds but her twin Nicola improved by 58 seconds..

Emma Gilboy was the biggest improver with a course pb of almost 2 minutes.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
17 Nicola Stanbury (46:34) – 22 Natasha Stanbury (47:14) – 30 Emma Gilboy (49:31) – 67 Janine Callard (54:26) – 85 Anita Merritt (56:27)


Results >>

Torbay Tri Club take on 27th Perranporth Extreme Surf Triathlon.

Torbay Tri Club members made the journey to north Cornwall at the weekend for the 27th Perranporth Extreme Surf Triathlon. Billed as one of the toughest events on the triathlon calendar, the course comprises of a challenging 1k open water swim in the surf, rather hilly 2 lap bike course and then an unforgiving 7.5k run over sand dunes, granite cliffs and the beach. Lee Turner and Andy Longthorpe continued their friendly rivalry to finish in times of 2:08:13 and 2:11:50 respectively for impressive 25th and 34th place finishes out of 221 finishers.

Up on Dartmoor and Gary Brenton returned to the scene of his first triathlon to take on the Roadford Lake Sprint distance. Comprising of a 750m open water swim, 20k undulating bike and 5k off-road run, Gary claimed 12th spot in a time of 1:35:38 to record a similar time to his previous race on the same course earlier this year.

Julia Gow-Smith from Torbay Tri Club put in a great performance at the Skipton Triathlon, in only her second triathlon and first at the sprint distance. Completing the 400m pool swim, scenic 22k bike and 5k run course around Aireville Park in 1h 26m, Julia finished 98th out of 267 finishers and also claimed an impressive 2nd place in the Female 50+ category.

Parke parkrun #24
Saturday 13th September 2014

Well done all four Torbay AC athletes who ran and gain course pb’s. Stephen Wilbraham course pb was 17 seconds. . It was a 1-2 for Mankini from Cheltenham today, winner normally a 31 minute 10k’er. Stephen was first home for Torbay in 6th place overall. Well done to Magnus Christie, he been injured for quite sometime and hopes to be rejoining us soon at Torbay. Normally he faster then me when he fit. Also well done to Martha Neal and Robert Wells (second Claim Members)
6 Stephen WILBRAHAM (21:20) – 9 Magnus CHRISTIE (21:40) – 17 Colin SHOOLBRAID (22:53) – 28 Gary BRENTON (24:31)
Also second Claim members 10 Martha NEAL (21:48) – 66 Robert WELLS (29:15)
Full Results >

Run Exe Summer 5k

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
7th Jon Parkinson (17.24) – 19th Martyn Breslan (19.10) – 32nd Oakley James (19.39) – 36th Sophie Evans (19.54) – 37th Stephen Wilbraham (19.58) – 51st Cathy Parkinson (20.44) – 53rd Phil Bates (20.48) – 58th Megan Webber (21.01) – 60th Tim Peters (21.02) – 78th Gary Brenton (23.03) – 90th Janine Callard (24.49) – 91st Anita Merritt (25.07)

Torbay AC Simon Wins Dartmouth Regatta 5.1 mile Road Race
Saturday 30th August 2014

1 Simon Longthorpe (28:26) – 3 Pete Monaghan (29:26) – 5 Lee Turner (29:51) – 9 Andrew Longthorpe (32:30) – 60 Greg Fine (39:26) – 64 Martyn Breslan (39:36) – 84 Roger Matthews (42:13) – 89 Rachel Longthorpe (43:01) – 96 Ray Wilson (43:54) – 109 Tessa Hearfield (45:24) – 162 Dennis Commissar (68:38)

Torbay AC Arran 2nd in Haldon Forest Flyer
Friday 29th August 2014

2 Arran Tocknell (28:55) – 18 Dean Tichener (34:00) – 36 Martyn Breslan (36:09) – 47 Nick Dance (37:40) – 55 Mike Davies (38:04) – 74 Gary Benton (41:05) – 88 Ray Brown (43:06) -103 Emma Gilboy (44:26) – 104 Sally Davies (44:31) – 105 Janine Callard (44:43) – 113 Anita Merritt (45:35) – 116 Tessa Hearfield (45:57) – 135 Anne Lucas (49:32)

Torbay Lee Turner wins Lustleigh Show 10k
Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014

The Lustleigh 10K is renowned locally as one of the most challenging multi-terrain courses in the local running calendar. The course takes you over hilly lanes, down muddy tracks, through beautiful woodland, along the river Bovey before spitting you out into the village of Lustleigh and back to the show field to be cheered to the finish line by a hord of supporters.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
1 Lee Turner (38:34) – 3 Charlie Baker (41:00) – 39 Paul Frissen (51:01) – 51 Gary Brenton (56:03) – 56 Sassie Tickle (57:16) – 67 Karen Frissen (59:30) – 71 Tessa Hearfield (1:01:16) – 82 Martyn Breslan (1:04:04) –

Run Exe Summer 5k
Tuesday 5th August 2014

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
80 Dennis Comissar 37:31

Sophie Sprints to Weymouth Victory

Fresh from success at the British Championships the week before, Sophie Evans from Torbay Tri recorded another impressive performance at the Weymouth Sprint Triathlon, coming home as the Female winner and 5th overall. Completing the 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run course in a swift time of 1:18:14, Sophie finished almost two minutes ahead of her nearest female rival and also posted the third fastest swim of the day

Meadfoot Aquathlon
Triathletes gathered for the second Aquathlon staged by Torbay Tri, this time held at Meadfoot in Torquay. With a course designed by Ironman Mike Davies, it was never going to be an easy one and nearly 20 brave participants entered the chilly waters for a 1k swim followed by a 5k run up and around Wellswood before finishing back at Meadfoot. With Jason Mann first out the water but not running, Lee Turner was first to cross the line with Jon Parkinson and Jamie Stevenson completing the top three. With lots of new faces the club continues to grow and the final event is being staged at Broadsands on September 19th

Exeter 10k
Wednesday 20th August 2014

6 Simon Longthorpe (32:48, pb) – 11 Peter Monaghan (34:17) – 17 Adharanand Finn (35:23) – 33 Russell Hart (37:32) – 59 Stephen Wilbraham (40:39) – 78 Cathy Parkinson (42:00) – 105 Phil Bates (44:13) – 109 Tim Peters (44:37) – 181 Andrea Kingdon (49:42, pb) – 229 Anne Lucas (53:30)

Second Claim
18 Tarquin ID (35:27) (Daryl Tarquin Milford)) – 23 Scott Watkins (36:03) – 72 Martha Neal (41:29)

Lee Turner wins Meadfoot Aquathlon
Wednesday 13th August 2014
11 Torbay Tri club members completed the Meadfoot Aquathlon. 1k swim and a 5k run *appriox)
Swim Time
Finish Time
Lee Turner
38m 25s
Jon Parkinson
41m 50s
Jamie Stevenson
44m 00s
44m 35s
Luke Forbes
45m 16s
Tim Lewry
46m 50s
Nigel Fenn
47m 25s
Glynn Hughes
48m 04s
Cathy Parkinson
49m 49s
Paul Mulley
52m 27s
Jon Cowling
54m 22s


Jade & Jasmine Sweatman
56m 56s

Swim Only
Jason Mann
Tony Hodge
Graeme Reynolds



Main highlights from Devon Open meeting at Tavistock last Sunday, Two new club records – Emily in 75m hurdles recording a new PB of 12.03, Sasha new PB and club record in triple jump with 10.25m. New 100m PB for Lillian Goddard in 100m with 13.21. New PB in 100m for Rebecca with 13.37 Solid runs for Megan and Oakley in 3000m, new PB for Megan in long jump with 4.18m, Elyse wins 100m in 12.95 and 200m, PB’s from under 11;s in their events from Shona, Georgia and Kelis.

SUNDAY 10th AUGUST 2014 report by Jon Pressling

The tail end of Hurricane Bertha failed to deter members of Torbay Tri Club putting in some fantastic performances on Sunday. Star performer on the big stage was 18 year old Sophie Evans who travelled to Liverpool for the British Triathlon Championships and recorded a fantastic 2nd place in her Junior 19 age group. Tackling torrential rain and strong winds over the Olympic distance course, Sophie posted a time of 2h 23m 58s, with conditions making the bike leg particularly challenging. Over 700 triathletes competed as age groupers, with Sophie finishing well inside the top half over the 1500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run course around the city.

In their first triathlon together in married life, Emma and Jamie Stevenson also battled the elements at the Erewash Sprint Triathlon in Derbyshire. Completing the 400m swim, 10 mile bike and 5k run, Jamie finished an impressive 5th overall (1st in age group) in 56.41 while Emma crossed the line as 10th female in 1:09:02 from over 200 finishers. Both were among the fortunate racers to complete the race as the weather later proved too much for further competitors to take to the bike course.

Parke parkrun #19
Saturday 9th August 2014
Click here for more information about Parke 5k parkrun.
27 Members have ran Parke
Arran TOCKNELL 17:42
Peter MONAGHAN 18:11
Jake THORN 21:11
Alex SNELL 21:15
Stephen WILBRAHAM 21:37
Martyn BRESLAN 21:52
Oakley JAMES 21:53
Sophie EVANS 22:00
Matthew DAY 22:56
Stuart SWEATMAN 23:11
Paul FRISSEN 23:26
Colin SHOOLBRAID 23:34
Phil BATES 23:52
Stephen LOFTHOUSE 23:53
Ian HAYWARD 24:18
Gary BRENTON 24:49
Roger MATTHEWS 26:15
Kieran RAINE 27:14
Anthony RAINE 27:15
Jamie HORTON 29:27
Jasmine SWEATMAN 30:52
Kelis JAMES 32:09
Sarah SWEATMAN 35:39
Melissa BARLOW 36:11
Sam WYTON 39:55
Nicholas CULL 48:20
Sally SHOOLBRAID 56:19
Top Clubs at Parke
Teignbridge Trotters 45
Newton Abbot AC 30
Torbay AAC 27
Erme Valley Harriers 9
South Devon AC 8
South West Road Runners 5
Haldon Trail Runners 5
Plymouth Musketeers RC 4
Dorking & Mole Valley AC 4 Seven Club members ran this weeks Parke parkrun at Bovey Tracey. There was a record turnout of 153 runners beating the previous record of 108.

Parke parkrun organiser was expecting a drop in numbers because there was a new and very flat fast pb parkrun started in the Centre of Exeter (Exeter Riverside parkrun) 216 runners took part in the first Exeter Riverside parkrun last week run on Saturday 2nd August. It was a very big surprise that number were so high.

There are now a total four parkruns with in 35 miles from Torbay. Bovey Tracey Parke parkrun is just over 9 miles from Kingkerswell. The other two parkruns are Plym Valley parkrun near Plymouth, Killerton parkrun just outside Exeter
parkrun population
Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK:

Number of runners – 45,760
Number of volunteers – 4,069
Number of first timers – 7,844
Number of PBs – 9,173

To run a parkrun…
You need to register in advance at and print of a barcode from an email which you will receive after registering. You will need to carry your barcode with you during the run so it can be scanned at the finish line. Please choose Parke as your home run and please Torbay AAC as your club. For more info about Parke parkrun click here >

Parke parkrun is a challenging 5k (3.11mile) course with a three testing hills. Held every Saturday at the Parke National Trust Estate Bovey Tracey. Absolutely free every week (Saturday 9am) any parkrun in the country.

Getting there by road
If using SATNAV, the postcode for Parke is TQ13 9JQ
From A38 take A382 exit toward Bovey Tracey. At the 2nd roundabout (approx 4km) take 1st exit onto B3387. After 200m turn right into Parke NT estate. Follow signs to NT car park.

Interesting Parke Links
Torbay Athletic Club Stats – Parke History – Club List League Table – Parke Website

Torbay Athletic Club Seniors Results…
17 Martyn Breslan (21:52) – 20 Stephen Wilbraham (22:26) – 24 Matthew Day (23:09) Stephen Lofthouse (23:53) – 26 Paul Frissen (23:26) – 38 Gary Brenton (24:49) – 84 Robert Wells (29:35)

Rural charms of the Cotswolds and the capital city welcomed Torbay Tri members
Sunday 3rd August 2014
The rural charms of the Cotswolds and the capital city welcomed Torbay Tri Club over the weekend.

In only his second triathlon, Paul Mulley took part in the London Olympic Plus event comprising of a 1500m swim, 80k bike and 10k run, based around the Docklands and alongside 100 entrants. Despite suffering a suspected broken nose in the swim, the sunny weather cleared spurred Paul on through the extended bike distance as he finished well under his target in an impressive time of 4h 14m 05s.

Proving that triathlon really is a family affair, Jon and Cathy Parkinson visited the Cotswolds to join the Olympic distance races over the weekend. First up was Cathy who posted a PB over the 1500m, 40k, 10k distance to finish as 2nd in her age group in a swift time of 2h 37m 58s. Torbay Tri member Alix Reynolds also competed and finished in a great time of 3:07:50, with both ladies having to tough it out through gruelling wet conditions. The sun shone for Jon on Sunday as he made the most of the scenic and fast course to record a speedy 2h 12m 27s for the same distance to claim 8th male overall and 2nd in his age group.

Torbay AC Elite Men win their 8th in a row team prize at Totnes 10k since 2007
and Torbay Juniors were amazing in the Totnes Fun Run.
Click on this link to view the results

Sunday 3rd August 2014

44 Club Members took on the Totnes 10k and the Totnes Fun Run. 33 Seniors in the 10k and 11 Juniors in the Fun Run.

The race its self was nearly all off road, following alongside the beautiful River Dart. It started and finished on Borough Park and used the Totnes Leisure Centre as its race HQ. Where there are plenty of toilets, showers and changing facilities. Refreshments was available, including the famous selection of Trotter cakes!
The weather was superb so runners enjoyed the BBQ and the beer tent.

The race limit of 600 was broken by 31. Almost 100 more then last year.

1st Tom Merson from Exmouth Harriers broke the course record for 2nd year in a row with a new time of 33:55.

2nd was James Baker all the way from Chichester Runners & AC in 35:20.

3rd Andrew Chambers from Bristol and West AC 36:37

Then Torbay Athletic Club Simon Longthorpe finish 4th in 36:46 with team mate Peter Monaghan just behind in 5th in 37:05.
next Torbay members were Arran Tocknell finishing 8th, Lee Turner 10th and Adharanand Finn 12th.
Torbay had 5 members in top 12 and Jon Pressling finishing 24 easily gave Torbay a easy win.

Torbay Athletic Club won its 7th in a row mens team prize, and also 3rd and 5th winning lots of booze.
1st Mens Team Prize for Torbay Athletic Club – Totals (positions 63) – (Times 3:49:21)
4 Simon Longthorpe, 5 SImon Longthorpe, 8 Arran Tocknell, 10 Lee Turner, 12 Adharanand Finn, 24 Jon Pressling.

2nd Mens Team Prize Exmouth Harriers – Total (positions 259) – (Times 4:13:18)

3rd Mens Team Prize for Torbay Athletic Club – Totals (positions 375) – (Times 4:30:25)
37 Ryan Benney, 41 Kevin Fine, 68 David Gonzalez, 70 Anthony Raine, 71 Martyn Breslan, 86 Stephen Wilbraham.

4th Mens Team Prize for South Devon Athletic Club – Totals (Positions 627) – (Times 4:48:31)

5th Mens Team Prize for Torbay Athletic Club – Totals (positions 849) – (Times 5:08:10)
117 Tim Peters, 127 Nick Dance, 129 Greg Fine, 147 Colin Shoolbraid, 159 Phil Bates, 170 Ray Brown

4th Ladies Team Prize for Torbay Athletic Club – Totals (positions 188) – (Times 3:46:49)
19 Stephenie Townsend, 40 Rachel Longthorpe, 52 Irene Hewings, 77 Tessa Hearfield

Category Prize Winners….
Simon Longthorpe 2nd MV35, 2nd MV40 Adharanand Finn, Peter Monaghan 1st MV45, David Hyde 2nd MV70.

Torbay Athletic Club Seniors Results…
4 Simon Longthorpe (36:46) – 5 Peter Monaghan (37:05) – 8 Arran Tocknell (37:33) – 10 Lee Turner (38:17) – 12 Adharanand Finn (38:56) – 24 Jon Pressling (40:44) -37 Ryan Benney (42:39) – 41 Kevin Fine (42:46) – 71 David Gonzalez (45:53) – 74 Anthony Raine (46:04) – 77 Martyn Breslan (46:10) – 92 Stephen Wilbraham (46:53) – 127 Tim Peters (49:28) – 143 Nick Dance (50:24) – 145 Greg Fine (50:29) – 163 Stephenie Townsend (51:43) – 168 Colin Shoolbraid (51:53) – 184 Phil Bates (52:45) – 195 Ray Brown (53:11) – 197 Ian Hayward (53:19) – 227 Gary Brenton (55:05) – 251 David Hyde (56:06) – 255 Roger Matthews (56:12) – 258 Rachel Longthorpe (56:17) – 268 Michael Singleton-Green (56:33) – 278 Ray Wilson (56:58) – 294 Irene Hewings (57:36) – 308 Steven Rowe (58:38) – 359 Tessa Hearfield (1:01:13) – 368 Eve Bates (1:01:53) – 407 Sally Shoolbraid (1:03:30) – 439 Colin Wilson )1:04:59) – 454 Anne Lucas (1:05:59)

Totnes Fun Run…
Very Well Done to all Torbay Juniors at Totnes 10k, wasn’t just the sun shining today.

Once again there was a fun run of about 1-mile around the perimeter of Borough Park. There wa a record number of entries.

Prizes was awarded to 1st & 2nd Male / Female under 10, U13 & U15 in the fun run

First Home for Torbay claiming third poduim place was Oakley James few seconds abehind Michael Barber from Islander Running Club and Samuel Yearling from Plymouth Tri Club.

Jade Sweatman first Torbay Girl

Well Done All and click on this link to view the results

Torbay Athletic Club Juniors Results…
3rd Oakley James (4:55) – 13 Jade Sweatman (5:50) – 25 Harlee Adkins (6:16) – 27 Jack Luscombe (6:28) – 28 Kieran Raine (6:29) – 32 Kelis James (6:36) – 33 Callum Hodge (6:39) – 36 Jasmine Sweatman (6:43) – 38 Avalon Vowles (6:47) – 39 Jake Peters (6:47) – 46 Hannah Raine (7:02)

Saturday 2nd August 2014
Four Torbay members ran three parkruns today.. Sophie ran the tough hilly Parke parkrun finishing 10th. Stephen Lofthouse and Matthew Day ran the first ever Exeter Riverside parkrun and Bill Valentine ran Killerton

Parke Result
10th Sophie Evans (22:30)

Exeter Riverside Results
31st Stephen LOFTHOUSE (21:50) – 23rd Matthew DAY (21:22)

Killerton Result
172nd William VALENTINE (36:21)

Tuesday 29th July 2014

Very well done to all 50 members who ran the club 5000 metre track championship (12½ Laps) and to 7 juniors who ran the 1 mile race. (4 laps of the track) for the juniors who are in the U11 age group or older. Everyone ran extremely well and many personal best times were achieved.

Lee Turner won the event in just under 17minutes. Sophie Evans was first lady in 20:26)

Category winners in 5000m race….
1st Male Vet 65 Ray Brown
1st Junior boy Oakley James, 1st Junior Girl Megan Webber
1st Senior Man Russell Hart 1st Senior Lady Sophie Evans
1st Male Vet 35 Lee Turner 1st Female Vet 35 Eve Bates
1st Male Vet 40 Anthony Raine 1st Female Vet 40 Anita Merritt
1st Male Vet 45 Stephen Wilbraham 1st Female Vet 45 Linda Philipou
1st Male Vet 50 Nick Dance 1st Female Vet 55 Irene Hewings
1st Male Vet 55 Mike Davies
1st Male Vet 60 Greg Fine
1st Male Vet 65 Ray Brown
1st Male Vet 70 David Hyde

Age Graded Winners…
Top Men – 1st Lee Turner 77.73%, 2nd Aharanand Finn 77.10%, 3rd 73.15%
Top Ladies – 1st Sophie Evans 70.45%, 2nd Irene Hewings 70.43%, 3rd Tessa Hearfield 70.02%

First race for Torbay Athletic Club member for Mark Hardy and Ross Collins and Russell McKenzie wore proudly the Torbay Club Vest for first time.

Personal Best Times for…
Anthony Raine, more to follow

Junior Race Winners…
Lily Bates won the junior mile race in a time of 7 minutes and 18 seconds and first boy was Mikey Webber wnd overall in 7 minutes 37 seconds.

Very well done and thanks to everyone who helped out. !!!
Janine Callard on Race HQ Desk
Race Starters, David Hyde and Stephen Lofthouse
Graham Reynolds, Paul Frissen, Stephen Wilbraham Time Keepers
Finish Token, Anita Merritt and Phil Bates
And every one who counted laps, 20 teams in total working mostly in pairs.
Everyone did a fantastic job and should be feeling proud they made this event go so smoothly

Torbay Athletic Club 5k Results…
1 TURNER, LEE (16:59) – 2 ADHARANAND, FINN (17:29) – 3 HART, RUSSELL (18:10) – 4 BENNEY, RYAN (18:39) – 5 FINE, KEVIN (18:53) – 6 SNELL, ALEX (19:00) – 7 BRESLAN, MARTYN (19:40) – 8 RAINE, ANTHONY (19:59, PB) – 9 THORN, JAKE (20:03) – 10 JAMES, Oakley (20:03) – 11 DAWKINS, NEIL (20:15) – 12 WILBRAHAM, STEPHEN (20:21) – 13 EVANS, Sophie (20:26) – 14 CHILDS, JOHN (20:39) – 15 TITCHENER, DEAN (20:49) – 16 LOFTHOUSE, STEPHEN (21:02) – 17 PETERS, TIM (21:11) – 18 WEBBER, Megan (21:34) – 19 BATES, Phillip (21:44) – 20 ROBERT, Patrick (21:57) – 21 LOPES, Maria (22:05) – 22 DAVIES, MIKE (22:15) – 23 DANCE, NICK (22:22) – 24 FINE, GREG (22:45) – 25 FRISSEN, PAUL (22:55) – 26 MATTHEWS, ROGER (22:57) – 27 BRENTON, Gary (23:00) – 28 BROWN, RAY (23:16) – 29 HAYWARD, IAN (23:17) – 30 COWLING, JONATHAN (23:19) – 31 FISHER, NEIL (23:36) – 32 MCKENZIE, RUSSELL (23:38) – 33 PRESSLING, ROB (23:59) – 34 ROWES, Steven (24:10) – 35 HALL, BRIAN (24:31) – 36 FULL, PHIL (24:40) – 37 WILSON, RAY (24:44) – 38 PHILIPPOU, LINDA (24:48) – 39 COLLINS, Ross (24:53) – 40 FRISSEN, KAREN (25:02) – 41 HEWINGS, IRENE (25:04) – 42 HYDE, DAVID (25:07) – 43 HEARFIELD, TESSA (25:29) – 44 MERRITT, ANITA (25:37) – 45 HAYES, Nick (26:28) – 46 BATES, Eve (26:48) – 47 HARDY, Mark (26:56) – 48 WILSON, COLIN (26:58) – 49 REYNOLDS, ALIX (27:10) – 50 NICHOLSEN, SHELLY (27:41)

1st Lily Bate (7:18) – 2nd Mikey Webber (7:37) – 3rd Kieran Raine (7:38) – 4th Avalon Vowles (7:42) – 5th Kelis James (7:53) – 6th Jack Luscombe (8:00) – 7th Jake Peters (8:00)

Sunday 27th July 2014

5th year in a row Torbay Athletic Club amazing juniors are Pearson cup winners, over 100 kids competed at Torre Valley North today.

This was a competition for U10’s, U11’s & U13’s between four local clubs.

Torbay Athletic Club 354 points
Newton Abbot Athletic Club 276 points
Dartmouth Athletic Club 211 points
South Devon Athletic Club 184 points

6 Moor Miles
Sunday 27th July 2014
The race provided a unique opportunity to run a one lap course of approximately 6 miles, in the picturesque surroundings of the Maristow Estate, across open moorland on a well marshalled course. Starting & finishing at Leg O’Mutton Corner, near Yelverton, Devon.

Torbay Athletic Club 10k Results…
94 Ray Brown (58:31) – 109 Tessa Herafield (1:00:45)

Torbay Peter Monaghan wins Cornwood Challenge
Saturday 26th July 2014
Peter Monaghan wins Cornwood 10k challenge.

Cornwood 10K Challenge is around Cornwood and Lutton, mostly on roads but with some tracks and fields. Lots of hills. Tough and very well organised race on Dartmoor.

Peter won the race and his age category.

Torbay Athletic Club 10k Results…
1st Peter Monahan (36:23,1st MV45) – 28 Stephen Wilbraham (45:03) – 38 Sophie Evans (46:07) – 41 Martyn Breslan (47:02)

Parke parkrun #17
Saturday 26th July 2014
Click here for more information about Parke 5k parkrun.

Torbay Athletic Club 10k Results
12 Matthew DAY (22:56) – 29 Roger MATTHEWS (26:15) – 20 Stephen LOFTHOUSE (24:07) – 41 Roger BREWER (27:49) – 56 Robert WELLS (30:09)

Parke parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km (3.1 miles) event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:00am in Parke National Trust Estate, near Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9JQ. This event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!
Taking part is really easy –
YOU MUST Register before your first ever parkrun. – Never register more then once !!!
You will receive an email from parkrun.
Follow the link to your personal barcode.
Print it on paper. phone images will not scan – it must be paper
Take it with you to every Parke parkrun.
Hand it at the finish to be scanned
Click this link for your result

Thursday 24th July 2014
Scenic route, steep in parts, along quiet country roads. Toilets are at the registration desk and end of race. Water stations; start, middle and end of race. Shower facilities at end of race at the Quay Leisure Centre.

Torbay Athletic Club 10k Results
3rd Peter Monaghan (38:01) – 62 Roger Matthews (55:35) – 65 Stephanie Townsend (55:51)

Torbay Tri Make a Splash with Aquathlon
Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Triathletes from Torbay Tri Club left behind their two wheels to take part in the club’s first aquathlon recently. Billed as a test event for a series of aquathlons to be staged by the club next year, nonetheless 20 members turned out on a sunny evening at Preston for around a 1000m swim and 4 mile run along the seafronts. Cheered on by family and friends, along with the help of marshals, Lee Turner was first home and closely followed by Sophie Evans and Jennifer Myo. Andrew Longthorpe produced the fastest swim of the night while three relays teams pitted husband and wife against others, with the Longthorpe’s coming out on top over the Sweatman’s and Parkinson’s. Events are also being planned for Torquay and Broadsands for later this summer as part of the proposed Aquathlon series.

Many thanks to Jon Pressling and all who help him organised this great event.
Swim Time
Finish Time
Lee Turner
Sophie Evans
Jennifer Myo
George Melling
Nigel Fenn
Glynn Hughes
Aaron Potter
Tony Hodge
Steve Howlett
Eugene Pillar
Gary Brenton
Rob Pressling
Pete McCaig
Jon Cowling


Andy/Rachel Longthorpe
Jade/Stuart Sweatman
Cathy/Jon Parkinson

Swim Only

Kiko Diaz
Jamie Stevenson
Katarina Roberts

Ironman Rick Goes the Distance
Sunday 20th July 2014

Torbay Triathlete Rick Martin completes his first Ironman Triathlon in Bolton in a time of 14 hours, 31minutes, 27seconds

Torbay Tri Club proudly welcomed a new Ironman on Sunday as local triathlete Rick Martin completed the gruelling one day long distance event. A seasoned marathon and ultra distance runner, Rick only took up the three discipline sport last year and Ironman UK was actually his first ever triathlon. With the UK race celebrating its 10th anniversary in Bolton, Rick took months of intense and committed training to the start line alongside 2000 other triathletes from around the world who were undertaking the 2.4 mile lake swim, 112 mile challenging bike course and 26.2 mile marathon course. Spurred on by huge support and despite a calf injury hampering his run, Rick was smiling all the way along a packed finish line to become an Ironman in a time of 14h 31m 27s. Of completing the race, an emotional Rick said ”he couldn’t have done it without the support of friends, family and training partners and the atmosphere at the finish was worth every bit of effort.”

Rick was Rank: 77, Overall Rank: 1141, 3.8k Swim: 1:25:18, 112 mile Bike: 7:16:48, Marathon Run: 5:32:00, Overall: 14:31:27.

Torbay Geopark Triathlon
Sunday 20th July 2014
Closer to home and the first Geopark Triathlon was staged on the beautiful English Riviera and Torbay Tri Club were represented by Jason Mann and Ian Trevis.

The standard distance event started with a 1500m swim in the calm waters around Goodrington before setting off on a tough 40k bike with plenty of hills to test the racers before an equally as challenging but scenic 10k coastal run.

Both triathletes put in strong performances on home soil with Jason just a minute off a podium position in 4th (2h 48m 15s) and Ian coming home in 13th (3h 10m 53s).

Former Torbay Tri member now living in Poole Helen Dyke was first lady. in 2:56:11

Torbay AC Arran Tocknell is crown King of the Mountain at Lyme Regis
Sunday 20th July 2014

Torbay Arran Tocknell was crowned King at Lyme Mrs E’s Big Wheeze10k race

Both the 5k and 10k was a multi terrain run starting and finishing at Mrs Ethelston’s C of E Primary School, Uplyme, Lyme Regis.

The 10k route started with a 2 kilometre King of the Mountains Hill designed to break the runners early in the race. First man up to the top was awarded the Orange King of the mountain T-shirt. Daryl Milford led the hill almost to the very top until Arran Tocknell manage to take the lead and win the shirt.

The trail then followed river banks, beautiful woods, fields and many more short hill climbs hills one that gave runners glimpses of the sea. It was a truly exhilarating route and extremely tough. Arran manage to maintain his lead until 7k when he was over taken by unattached runner Matt Clist Arran never manage to catch up again and had to be happy with 2nd place.
Daryl Milford from Teignbridge Trotters finish a very credible 3rd.

There was also a 5k race and Torbay Martyn Breslan finished 5th place. Torbay Martyn Breslan ran well to finish 5th.
Torbay Athletic Club 10k Results
1 Arran Tocknell (37:34) – 32 Stephen Wilbraham (48:56) Torbay Athletic Club 5k Results
5 Martyn Breslan (24:23)


Six miles of breathtaking off-road running in the heart of glorious Dartmoor. The setting for this race is on the steeply plunging, picture postcard south-eastern slopes below the famous Haytor Rock. Race HQ will be in the Boys Brigade Centre, which is located at the bottom car park.

This popular, well established moorland race starts below Haytor Rock and follows a hilly, circular route before returning once again to Haytor Rock with a fast downhill finale to the finish opposite the middle car park at Haytor. The approx. 6 mile course is challenging with several steep ascents and descents and is generally run across rugged, open moorland, apart from two sections through woodland; firstly below Hound Tor and secondly below Haytor which includes a stream crossing.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
75 Julia Gow Wmith (59:35) – 85 Stephen Lofthouse (1:01:20) – 97 Paul Frissen (1:03:21) – 156 Steven Rowe (1:08:37) – 162 Ray Brown (1:09:09) – 195 Tessa Hearfield (1:12:53) – 206 Anita Merritt (1:14:56) – 215 Sally Shoolbraid (1:17:55) – 221 Rachel Kidd (1:18:53) – 253 Shelly Nicholson (1:29:46)
264 finishers

Parke parkrun #16
Saturday 19th July 2014
Click here for more information about Parke 5k parkrun.
Five Torbay Athletic Club members ran parkruns this weekend. Three members ran the local parkrun at Parke Bovey Tracey which has a reputation for being quite tough course with a couple of testing hills. Also two Torbay AC member ran the Beeston parkrun up country in Nottingham. This was the first parkrun for all five members.

Father and Son Anthony and Kieran Raine ran together at Parke and son Kieran manage the 8th fastest ever Parke parkrun for age 10 category. Dean Titchener is back running after being injured. Dean finish 8th in 22:16.

Husband and Wife Jamie and Emma Stevenson ran the Nottingham Beeston 5k parkrun and Emma gained a 5k PB.

Parke 5k parkrun
8 Dean TITCHENER (22:16) – 42 Kieran RAINE (27:14) – 43 Anthony RAINE (27:15)
98 finishers

Beeston 5k parkrun
6 Jamie STEVENSON (20:05) – 41 Emma Stephenson (24:26)
110 finishers

The parkruns are always 5k and are every Saturday morning 9am starting in a park in hundreds of locations throught this country.

Friday 18th July 2014

Report & results will be posted here soon

LONG COURSE 2000m SWIM / 7.5km RUN

Steve Ferguson
Neil Ferguson
Darren Walker
Andrew Longthorpe
Lee Turner

Sam Glasser

Russ Quew

Helen Dyke
7 7 1st Female

Julian Ridgely

Carl Ward

Hadleigh Davies

Nigel Fenn
1hr 01 31

Eugene Pillar
1hr 02.50

Steve Howlett
1hr 03. 06

Lucy Goldsmith
1hr 03.57
14 & 2nd Female

Keith Pearce
1hr 07.16

Vince Langham
1hr 08.10

Louise Ferguson

1hr 09. 50
17 & 3rd Female

Amelia Hall

Cassandra Harrison

Neil Dyke -Swim
Melissa Evans – Run
1st Relay


Jon Presling

Tim Lerwy

Tony Hodge

Marc Jones
Neil Downer

John Cowling

Rob Presling

Pete McClay

Mark Stockman
Bev Tonks
10th & 1st Lady

RELAY Gerald Barlow (Swim)
Jo Barlow (Run)
1st Relay Team- Short Course

Chudleigh Carnival Race
Friday 18th July 2014

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. Winner was Tom Merson from Bristol and Westbury AC in a time of 28:49. His Team mate Andrew Chambers was 2nd in 29:30. Next home was Torbay Athletic Club Peter Monaghan in 31:30 claiming the 3rd podium spot. Seven Torbay AC members ran.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
3 Peter Monaghan (31:30, 1st MV45) – 19 Kevin Fine (36:22) – 41 Catherine Parkinson (39:15) – 66 Greg Fine (42:15) – 67 Nick Dance (42:18) – 68 Martyn Breslan (42:23)
199 finishers

SUNDAY 13th JULY 2014

TORBAY Tri Club took their top triathletes to Plymouth (pictured) at the weekend and retained the team prize over the Olympic distance course.
A 1500m river swim was followed by an undulating 40k ride in the South Hams, and a tough 10k then awaited the near-200 racers.

Jon Parkinson was first home for the club, who were represented by 11 members, with Lee Turner, Andrew Longthorpe and Jason Mann making up the winning team.

They retained their trophy against tough opposition from Exeter and Plymouth triathlon clubs. There was also an impressive age group win for Jason Mann in the 50-59 category while all Torbay members put in great performances.

Torbay Tri results: 13. Jon Parkinson 2nd Vet 40-49 (2:25:58); 20. Lee Turner (2:27:37); 23. Andrew Longthorpe (2:28:59); 34. Jason Mann 1st (50-59); 45. Patrick Roberts (2:36:33); 47. Neil Aggett (2:37:25); 58. Jamie Stevenson (2:40:32); 66. Frank Reay (2:42:06); 91. Tim Lewry (2:46:13); 148. Gerald Barlow (3:07:14); 152. Tony Hodge (3:11:12).

IT WAS not just the seniors in action as young Torbay athlete Henry Sanderson brought more success to the club by winning the Plymouth Tri Star 1 event. The margin of victory was just one second as he completed the 150m swim and 1500m run in a speedy 11m 29s, showing he is one for the future at the club.

Crich Monument Race
Saturday 12th July 2014
A the Crich Monument Race in Derbyshire, Emma Stevenson (formerly Butt) ran over fell, road and trail.

Over 11.3k and starting at the Crich Fete Green, the race includes the 1,000 foot climb up the Monument Hill which is quickly followed by a fast descent. Stevenson finished the race in a time of 1hr 18min 27sec in 136th.


Report & results will be posted here soon

Torbay Athletic Club Results
9 Jon Pressling (33:00)


The Wellington 10k and 10-miler took place on Sunday with Torbay’s Pete Monaghan running the 10k event. Peter Monaghan achieved a credible second place in 35min 35sec behind Taunton Athletic Club’s Phil Burden who ran a time of 34min 04sec.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
2 Peter Monaghan (35:35)


SIXTEEN members of Torbay Athletics Club ran in the Cockington Caper, a 10k race over a tough, hilly multi-terrain course, which starts high up at Occombe Farm.

The race, which is organised by Torbay club member Matthew Day, raises money for Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust’s Cockington Appeal and the Barnabas Sports Trust and Arran Tocknell was keen to repeat his win at last year’s event, starting really well with a good lead – and overcoming a problem midway through the race.

Due to someone moving direction signs, Tocknell went the wrong way. But. after back tracking, he managed to get back on course.

By then, Scott Watkins of Bristol and West Athletics Club and Dave Hampton of South Devon were right behind him.

Despite this, Tocknell still managed to pull away and maintain a good distance to claim first place for the second year running.

Cathy Parkinson was first lady finisher and along with Julia Gow-Smith finishing as the first lady over-45 and Irene Hewings the first lady over-55, the the club was able to celebrate an excellent day.

It was also Russell MacKenzie’s first race for Torbay. Afterwards, competitors, friends and families all enjoyed a barbecue and the bar at Occombe Farm.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
1 Arran Tocknell (44:09) – 10 Catherine Parkinson (55:14) – 12 Stuart Sweatman (55:31) – 14 Anthony Raine (56:12) – 21 Julia Gow-Smith (59:15) – 28 Maria Lopes (1:01:05) – 30 Phil Bates (1:01:48) – 38 Roger Matthews (1:06:15) – 50 Janine Callard (1:08:11) – 54 Russel MacKenzie (1:09:52) – 57 Irene Hewings (1:10:42) – 62 Anita Merritt (1:12:02) – 67 Sally Shoolbraid (1:14:30) – 70 Nick Hayes (1:16:39) – 71 Stephen Lofthouse (1:16:43) – 75 Shelly Nicholson (1:20:38)

Parke parkrun #15
Saturday 12th July 2014

Click here for more information about Parke 5k parkrun.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
5th Stephen Wilbraham (21:37, course pb) – 45 Roger Brewer (28:31)

FRIDAY 11th JULY 2014

It was glorious sunshine on Friday night and ideal conditions for Torbay AC junior squad who took part in the Newton Abbot Carnival’s two running races around Decoy Park. 11 in total competed, 9 children aged 11 and under entered the 2km race which consisted of 2 laps of the lake and 2 juniors over 13 years of age Oakley James and Megan Webber entering the 5km race along with our adult club members.

First back in the 2km Fun Run Race for Torbay AC was Bobby Wigginton who did a great time of 9 mins 21 secs (5th overall) followed by Lily Bates who was also first girl back for Torbay AC (3rd girl in and 8th overall) with a time of 9 mins 41 secs. 2nd boy in for Torbay AC was Jack Luscombe with a time of 10 mins 3 secs and 2nd girl in was Kelis James with a time of 10 mins and 5 secs.

Full Results 2km:
5th Bobby Wigginton (9:21) – 8th Lily Bates (9:41) – 10th Jack Luscombe (10:03) – 11th Kelis James (10:05) – 15th Avalon Vowles (10:31) – 18th Emma Harrison (10:47) – 21st Shona Silvester (10:57) – 25th Keely Bell (11:11) – 26th Harvey Bates (11:22)

Oakley James one of only a handful of youngsters competing against adults in the 5km race did a fantastic performance finishing 3rd and just missing 2nd place by 1 second!!! He set off with great pace and finished strong with a time of 21 mins and 7 secs…..! Megan Webber was second lady back, 8th overall and first lady back for Torbay AC with a good strong time of 23 mins and 6 secs.

All the juniors ran amazingly well tonight, exceeding all our expectations and making their coaches and fellow club members extremely proud. It was a great fun evening had by all those both participating and watching.

Torbay Athletic Club Senior Results including Oakley and Megan…
3 Oakley James (21:07) – 7 Stephen Lofthouse (23:04) – 8 Megan Webber (23:06) – 9 Tim Peters (23:35) – 18 Ray Brown (26:59) – 20 Tessa Hearfield (28:38)


This 5k race was with in the ground of Saltram House Estate. The start was at the top of the estate and the first kilometre was all down hill followed by a undulating trail along the scenic River Plym with views of the City of Plymouth in the distance, From 3.5k it was all up hill for a kilometre before heading half a kilometre downhill to the finish line.

Arran Tocknell stayed as a small group of five for the first 3.5k until two leading runners pulled away on the first and only big hill. Once at the top it was too late for Arran to catch up with only half kilometre remaining to the down hill to the finish line. Winner was Gwylym Gibson 16:16 from Exeter Harriers. second was David Weir City of Plymouth AC 16.35, Arran finish 15 seconds after.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
3rd Arran Tocknell (16:) – 26th Stephen Wilbraham (20:27) – 41st Phil Bates (22:30) Results Click Here.

SUNDAY 6th JULY 2014

Torbay female triathlete Sophie Evans finished on the podium in Newquay. Claiming the 3rd female spot and 25th overall, Sophie completed the 1500m swim, 34km bike and 9km course in 2h19m19s. Having already raced the Torbay Half Marathon and Erme Valley relays earlier that week, this was another impressive performance from the young triathlete.

SUNDAY 6th JULY 2014

George Melling was another Torbay Triathlete in action tackling his first middle distance race with the Swashbuckler in the New Forest. Finishing in 5hrs 23mins and posting one of the fastest swim times of the day, the course involved a 1.2 mile river swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run as George finished 36th in the open male category.

SUNDAY 6th JULY 2014

A MASSIVE well done to all our Juniors who competed in the South West League at Yeovil yesterday. There were some great performances as expected e.g. Lil, Elyse and Bex winning various races and the usual fantastic performance in the under 15 girls relay. Lil did really well to recover to win after tripping over a hurdle in the home straight, but for most competitors it was a great achievement just taking part. Several events took place in torrential downpours – apparently there was even hail during the 200m event! Some competitors got completely soaked in two separate events. Thanks to all the officials too who braved the awful weather!

Parke parkrun #14
Saturday 5th July 2014
11 Colin Shoolbraid (24:04) – 57 Robert Wells (31:10)

FRIDAY 4th JULY 2014

Torbay Athletic Club’s Elite men’s team were winners once again at the Erme Valley Relays last Friday evening thanks to an impressive first leg by Henry Irvine.

The event started and finished at the Ivybridge Rugby Club, with the course taking competitors on a hilly circular route around the South Hams narrow country lanes in very wet and windy conditions. Teams of four members had to complete a total of ten miles as a team with each member taking turns to run a 2½ mile lap. This year there was a record entry of 94 teams from the top clubs in Devon and Cornwall. Torbay AC produced a record ten teams with 39 members running.

In the Senior Men’s team race Henry Irvine ran the first leg for Torbay producing the fastest lap time for the Club in12:56, handing over in third place to Arran Tocknell who then had some catching up to do, he managed to overtake both leaders and had a great run, handing over to team mate Dominic Round who maintain this lead. The Teams final leg was run by Lee Turner, who was unaware that the competitors behind were gradually gaining on him until the in last half mile, putting in a final sprint he managed to keep them at bay to win the Senior Men’s Race for Torbay. After finishing third last year this was the third time Torbay has won this event in five years.
Torbay ladies Vet 55 team consisting of Irene Hewings, Tessa Hearfield, Anne Lucas and Lizza Kapff had a great race, being ahead in the first couple of laps of the Club’s younger ladies Vet 45 team, finally winning the Ladies Vet 55 category.

Sophie Evans was the fastest Torbay lady in 16:02, her team mate Cathy Parkinson was second fastest completing in 17:13.

Torbay’s 13 year old junior Oakley James, was included in the second Senior Men’s Team alongside three members over twice his age, Kevin Fine, Russell Hart and Jon Pressling their team finish 15th and was 10th Senior Men’s team.

Torbay had a fast men’s Vet 40 team, leading their age group for the first three legs thanks to Adharanand Finn, Jon Parkinson and Nigel Fenn but Stephen Wilbraham wasn’t quite strong enough to prevent being overtaken by an Erme Valley Harrier to finish 2nd in their age group and 11th overall.

Torbay also had a men’s Vets 60 group, which included 70+ David Hyde, a similar team failed to finish last year because Ray Wilson was struck by a vehicle and unable to run for ten months, back running again Ray was determined to run in this event helping the team to finish 3rd in their age group.

Proudly wearing the Club’s yellow & red vest for the first time was Vicky Hinchcliffe in her first ever race for Torbay Athletic Club.

Due to a missing team member Stephen Wilbraham ran two separate laps his second being only 35 seconds slower than his first.

1st Senior Men 52:55 11th MV40 Elite 58:09 15th Senior Men 59 33 33rd MV40 66:11 53rd MV40 71:35
Race Winners
Henry Irvine 12 56
Aaran Tocknell 13 08
Dominic Round 13 40
Lee Turner 13 11 2nd MV40 Team
Jon Parkinson 13 48
Nigel Fenn 14 56
Stephen Wilbramam 15 47
Adhananand Finn 13 38 10th Senior Mens Team
Kevin Fine 14 47
Oakley James 15 59
Jon Pressling 14 29
Russell Hart 14 18 6th MV40 Team
Stephen Lofthouse 17 12
Stuart Sweatman 16 14
Neil Dawkins 16 15
Julian Jones 16 30 10th MV40 Team
Phil Bates 17 19
Patrick Roberts 17 15
Roger Matthews 18 47
Gary Brenton 18 14
58th MV40 73:00 62nd Senior Ladies 75:15 71st MV60 77:55 73rd FV45, 81 12 75th FV55 82:22
11th MV40 Team
Tim Peters 16 40
Steve Rowe 19 05
Nick Hayes 20 56
Stephen Wilbraham 16 19 8th Senior Ladies Team
Anita Merritt 20 29
Alix Reynolds 21 21
Cathy Parkinson 17 23
Sophie Evans 16 02 3rd MV60 Team
David Hyde 20 09
Ray Brown 19 58
Ray Wilson 19 41
Greg Fine 18 07 77 55 3rd FV45
Janine Callard 19 57
Katharina Roberts 21 47
Vicky Hinchcliffe 21 13
Julia Gow Smith 18 15 1st MV55 Team
Lizza Kapff 19 34
Tessa Hearfield 20 45
Irene Hewings 20 05
Anne Lucas 21 58

Henry Irvine (12 56) – Aaran Tocknell (13 08) – Lee Turner (13 11) – Adhananand Finn (13 38) – Dominic Round (13 40) – Jon Parkinson (13 48) – Russell Hart (14 18) – Jon Pressling (14 29) – Kevin Fine (14 47) – Nigel Fenn (14 56) – Stephen Wilbramam (15 47) – Oakley James (15 59) – Sophie Evans (16 02) – Stuart Sweatman (16 14) – Neil Dawkins (16 15) – Julian Jones (16 30) – Tim Peters (16 40) – Stephen Lofthouse (17 12) – Patrick Roberts (17 15) – Phil Bates (17 19) – Cathy Parkinson (17 23) – Greg Fine (18 07) – Gary Brenton (18 14) – Julia Gow Smith (18 15) – Roger Matthews (18 47) – Steve Rowe (19 05) – Lizza Kapff (19 34) – Ray Wilson (19 41) – Janine Callard (19 57) – Ray Brown (19 58) – Irene Hewings (20 05) – David Hyde (20 09) – Anita Merritt (20 29) – Tessa Hearfield (20 45) – Nick Hayes (20 56) – Vicky Hinchcliffe (21 13) – Alix Reynolds (21 21) – Katharina Roberts (21 47 ) – Anne Lucas (21 58)

Sub 10 hours for Tony at Nice Ironman Triathlon France
Sunday 29th June 2014
Herald Express Article
ATHLETES from Torbay Triathlon Club have been racing home and abroad with plenty of great performances. On the international stage one of the club’s top triathletes, Tony Foster (above), took on the challenge of the legendary Ironman France in Nice. Months of gruelling training clearly paid off as Tony posted a 63-minute swim for 3.8km, which was a 2-minute PB, followed by 5hrs 12 on the bike for 180km of mountainous climbs and finished off with a marathon of 3hrs 26, another PB by 6 minutes. Finishing in 9hrs 52min, this was 125th overall from 2,500 triathletes and meant 20th in his age group. He was among the top Great Britain finishers.

Back home and female triathlete Sophie Evans finished on the podium in Newquay. Claiming 3rd female spot and 25th overall, Sophie completed the 1500m swim, 34km bike and 9km course in 2h19m19s. Having already raced the Torbay Half Marathon and Erme Valley relays earlier that week, this was another impressive performance from the young triathlete.

George Melling was another Torbay Triathlete in action tackling his first middle distance race with the Swashbuckler in the New Forest. Finishing in 5hrs 23mins and posting one of the fastest swim times of the day, the course involved a 1.2 mile river swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run as George finished 36th in the open male category.

SUNDAY 29th JUNE 2014

MORE than 2,200 runners entered the Torbay Half Marathon, with thousands more people lining the roadside to cheer them on. After 13 miles of racing, the half marathon came down to a Kenyan sprint finish, with Peter Emase beating Boniface Kongin by a single second on Paignton seafront. Emase’s finishing time was 1h 05m 38s. First British athlete was Steve Way, in third place, was more than two minutes behind the leading duo. Kenyan Gladys Yator was the first woman home, finishing ninth overall in 1h 17m 14s.

Torbay Fun Run took place on a flat course of just over one mile around Paignton Green. First across the finish line was Samuel Yearling with Torbay Athletic Junior Oakley James finishing 2nd. Torbay AC Magan Webber was the first girl to croos the finish line with her two team mates Lily Bates, 2nd and 3rd.

ELITE athletes and family fun runners alike took part in the 23rd Torbay Half Marathon in perfect weather conditions on Sunday.

Race director Greg Fine said at the end of the day: “It was brilliant. Fantastic.

“There were so many people there, really enjoying themselves. At the end of the race I remember looking down at the beach full of people and seeing dozens of people with race T-shirts on, all paddling in the sea. The Bay just sparkled. It was a great atmosphere. It just felt good.

“To see 2,000 setting off around Paignton Green is such a sight. The Mayor Gordon Oliver started the race and he was impressed with it.

“The US Marines team were here and they loved it. They’ve already said they will be back next year for the third time.

“We were so lucky with the weather. Last weekend it was really red hot. This weekend cooled down and we missed the heavy rain on Saturday. By the time the rain came on Sunday the race was all over.”

Torbay Athletic Club Results
14 Dominic Round (1:19:12, 3rd MV25) – 48 Russell Hart (1:25:27) – 141 Ryan Benney (1:35:02) – 143 Alex Snell (1:35:05) – 148 Sophie Evans (1:35:32, 2nd FV17) – 240 David Gonzalez (1:39:46) – 288 Maria Joao Lopes (1:41:41) – 352 Phil Bates (1:44:27) – 404 John Childs (1:46:35) – 417 Gary Brenton (1:47:05) – 540 Paul Mulley (1:51:07) – 546 Ray Brown (1:51:16) – 619 Robert Pressling (1:53:39) – 658 Rob Dyer (1:54:49) – 916 Steven Rowe (2:01:58) – 1031 Brian Hall (2:05:57) – 1034 Sally Davies (2:06:02) – 1155 Vicky Hinchliffe (2:10:26) – 1166 Patricia Cooper (2:10:40) – 1276 Nick Hayes (2:14:50) – 1652 Subramanian Narayanan (2:46:08)

Parke parkrun #13
Saturday 28th June 2014

Arran Tocknell course record from last week was broken by 9 seconds by Jamie Parkinson, new record is 17:33, James is from Oxford University Cross Country Club.

5th Stephen Wilbraham (21:47, course PB)

15 members enjoy a very hot day cycled the Dartmoor Classic
Sunday 22nd June 2014 – Report not complete yet

Fifteen Torbay Tri Club Members cycled the very hot Dartmoor Classic

The Dartmoor Classic is a non-commercial Sportive cycle challenge that is promoted and organised by the Mid-Devon Cycling Club. This Sportive has to be the best and possibly toughest in the country. This is probably the most popular Sportive in the Westcountry. All 3200 entries for this event was sold out in less than two days!

The Dartmoor Classic offers you a choice of three routes:
Grande: Distance: 107 miles (173 km) Elevation: 10,000 ft (3,048 m)
Medio: Distance: 67 miles (109 km) Elevation: 6,300 ft (1,920 m)
Débutante: Distance: 34 miles (54 km) Elevation: 2,600 ft (790 m)

The Grande and Medio routes are open to all, whilst the Debutante is a women only route, run in support of British Cycling Breeze Rides. All routes start and finish from our ‘ Welcome Village’, at Newton Abbot Racecourse.

The 68 mile Medio route was out to Bovey Tracey, for the first climb up to Manaton and then on to Haytor Rock, followed by the first long down hill section towards Ashburton. The next big challenging climb was up Holne towards Venford and on to Two Bridges, Princetown was the chosen location for Feed Station.
After riders continued along the High Moorland Road to Moretonhampstead via Postbridge. The third big climb was up to Doccombe then it was mostly down hill back to Kingsteignton via the Dunsford and the Teign Valley Road.

The 107 miler included a extra 40 mile loop from Princetown around West Dartmoor via Tavistoke and back to Princetown before following the High Moorland Road along the 100k route.

The 35 mile Debutante route took rider to Bovey Tracey, then along the newly opened traffic-free cycle path to Lustleigh and on to Moretonhampstead for a feeding station, and then after there was a tough climb up to Doccombe village before returning via the picturesque Teign Valley Road.

All entrants are supplied with disposable electronic timing chips when ‘Signing On’ at the Welcome Village. These chips are used to record your time through designated checkpoints along the route (splits), and record your completion time. A Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal is awarded to every participant that is able to complete their chosen route within the designated time limits for their respective age group.

Five club members took on the 107 miles
Glynn Hughes (Gold) 6:41
Wendy Urban (Gold) 6:51
Frank Raey (Silver) missed out on a gold medal by only just 1 min 8 seconds and had to settle for Silver
George Melling (Bronze)
Rick Martin (Bronze)
Eight club members took on the 67 miles
Jon Parkinson (Gold) managed a 4hr 20m ride with a bonus of a puncture trouble up Haytor after the nice gravel. Big thanks to a chap watching with a track pump otherwise Jon would still be there with his mini pump.
Stephen Lofthouse (Silver) 4.38.05
Jonathan Cowling (Silver) 4:43:02
Tim Lewry (Silver) 4:24.37
Stuart Sweatman 9Silver )
Trystan King
Gerald Barlow 4:28:
Tony Hodge

Two club members took on the on the 34 mile Debutante.
Both Jo Barlow and Melissa Barlow won Silver medals
Jo Barlow (Silver) 2:54:44
Melissa Barlow (Silver) 2:52:58

Cathy 8th and win her age category at South Cerney Triathlon
Saturday 21st June 2014

Cathy wins first Vet 40 in the South Cerney Triathlon
Fantastic race from Torbay Tri Club Catherine Parkinson in the South Cerney Triathlon. This was Cathy first ever Olympic distance triathlon. The event consisted of a 1.5km Swim, a 40km bike ride, finishing with a 10 kilometre run.

The event was held at Bowmoor Sailing Lake in Gloucestershire which was a perfect venue for a triathlon. This popular early season event provided both novice and seasoned athletes with a clean open water swim followed by a rural and undulating bike route.

The area of South Cerney is renowned for its quiet country lanes. These are relatively flat and produce fast times for experienced athletes and good introduction for first time racers.

The swim consisted of two 750m laps in the lake which took Catherine just under 34 minutes.
After transition catherine completed the 40km bike ride in 1 hour 27 minutes and then she finished with a storming 44 minute 10 kilometre run to finish 8th overall which was a top effort in her first ever Olympic distance triathlon. Cathy also won first vet 40 category. 8th Catherine Parkinson (2:48:24, 1st FV40)


Torbay Veteran Pete Monaghan wins the very first Plymouth Armada 10k.

Virtually 2 lap traffic free hilly course of the grounds. Pete manage to prevented an Erme Valley Harriers 1.2 by beating Owen Parkin and Matthew Brown by over two minutes.

The start/finish and route of this race was with in the ground of Saltram House that overlooks the River Plym and the City of Plymouth.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
1 Peter MONAGHAN (35:24)

Lee 6th and Andy 7th in Bude Triathlon
Sunday 22nd June 2014
Three Torbay Triathlon Club members were among the 187 athletes to tackle the Bude Triathlon.

Every late June / early July since 1991 we’ve run the Shoreline Triathlon from Summerleaze Beach in Bude. The event has always been a huge success with a complete cross section of competitors from absolute beginners and first time triathletes right through to national team athletes.

When designing this race they just looked at what Bude had to offer. The high tide bay at Summerleaze with the breakwater sheltering it from the Atlantic swell was always going to be perfect for the open water swim.

The coast road out of Bude towards Widemouth Bay is both fast and hilly and with a return to Bude via the A39 it’s a natural loop.

And the run through town and then along the canal towpath returning via Lynstone Road produces a grand finish along the Stand and then up the length of Summerleaze Car Park.

The event involved a 500 metre sea swim in typical surf conditions on the North Devon coast. Andrew Longthorpe was the fastest Torbay Tri club triathlete completing it in 11 minutes and 7 seconds, next was Jason Mann was just over a minute behind.

Back on the beach, the first transition saw a change into cycle gear for a ride along the coast and back, Andrew Longthorpe again was the fastest club member completing the 17.6 kilometres in 30 minutes 32 seconds then a second transition led into a 5.4 kilometre run with Lee Turner enjoying an excellent fast run finishing it in 18:49 and was a couple of minutes ahead of his club mates.

Lee Turner finish 6th overall and was 4th senior man with Andrew Longthorpe just behind 7th overall, 5th senior man. Jason Mann finish 18th and won the over-50s male vets’ category.

Torbay Tri Club Results…
6th Lee Turner (1:03:46, 4th Senior) – 7th Andrew Longthorpe (1:03:47, 5th Senior) – 18th Jason Mann (1:07:10, 1st MV50)

Torbay Henry Irvine return from injury to finish 2nd at Burrator
Saturday 21st June 2014

Henry Irvine finished 2nd at the Burrator Horseshoe Fell Race. The course was out over Dartmoor, via Burrator Reservoir, Sheepstor Dam, Sheepstor Summit (369m), Guttor Tor Summit (357m), Ringmoor Down and Meavy River Ford. It was Henry first race back from injury since early March so he was very happy with 2nd podium place. Great weather and course. A sense of direction failure on his part lost his initial lead and resulted in a refreshing cool dip in one of Dartmoor’s many giant bogs, Awesome! Well done Henry.
Henry manage to over take and gain a 70 second lead over unattached 3rd place runner Gav Court. Henry finished just over 30 seconds behind the winner James Best from Torrington Athletic Club.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
2nd Henry IRVINE (41:23)


South West schools champs. at Yeovil today, 4 Torbay club juniors competed representing Devon schools. All did brilliantly and performed when it counted.

Emily Joseph ran PB of 12.28 in 75m Hur heat setting a new club record, just missed out on the final. Elyse Leech dominated the 200m winning heat in 26.10 and lead all the way in the final to win in a PB and new club record of 26.00 Julian Martin was never headed in the javelin winning with a best mark of 44.34m, a new PB and new club record. Lillian Goddard did not quite get her stride pattern right and had to settle for 3rd in the 300m Hur, still ranked number 1 in the S.W. Lill later bounced back to win the long jump title with a best jump of 5.10m. Three South West Champions and 3 new club records. Lill, Elyse, Julian all now have the English Schools Entry standard for the National schools in 3 weeks time at Birmingham. Selection meeting tomorrow to confirm team.

Photo…Emily Joseph, Lillian Goddard (gold in long) Julian Martin (gold in javelin) Elysh Leech (gold in 200m)

Exeter track reopening date now expected to be Tuesday July 29th

Arran Tocknell smashes course record at Parke parkrun #12
Saturday 21st June 2014
Arran TOCKNELL 17:42
Peter MONAGHAN 18:11
Jake THORN 21:11
Alex SNELL 21:15
Stephen WILBRAHAM 21:37
Oakley JAMES 21:53
Sophie EVANS 22:00
Stuart SWEATMAN 23:11
Colin SHOOLBRAID 23:34
Phil BATES 23:52
Ian HAYWARD 24:18
Martyn BRESLAN 24:19
Kieran RAINE 27:14
Anthony RAINE 27:15
Jamie HORTON 29:27
Jasmine SWEATMAN 30:52
Kelis JAMES 32:09
Sarah SWEATMAN 35:39
Melissa BARLOW 36:11
Sam WYTON 39:55
Nicholas CULL 48:20
Sally SHOOLBRAID 56:19

Arran Tocknell smashes course record at Parke parkrun #12. Parke is a hilly 5k trail run mostly on footpaths with in the grounds of the Parke National Trust Estate. Its is a free event every Saturday morning 9am. Conditions was hot and sunny.

Arran manage to beat David Tomlin previous course record by 28 seconds and finished 17:42. Previous course record was 18:10.

Very well done to new Torbay AC member Kiwi Sophie Evans who broke the course record for ladies 18-19 age category in a time of 22:00. Sophie was 7th overall and first lady. She was by far the furthest parkrunner ever to run parke. Sophie lives in Christchurch (Not Bournemouth) Christchurch New Zealand.

Phil Bates gained a personal best time by 16 seconds finishing under 24 minutes for the first time in 23:52.
It was Ian Haywards very first Parkrun today and he wasn’t far behind Phil.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
1st Arran TOCKNELL (17:42, New PB) – 7th Sophie EVANS (22:00) – 16 Phil BATES (23:52, New PB) – 19 Ian HAYWARD (24:18)

Full Results

Club League Table at Parke
Fathers Day Haldon Tight 10k
Sunday 15th June 2014
Torbay Athletic Club’s Jake Thorn ran the Fathers Day Haldon Tight 10k organised by Wildrunning The race was put back from Valentine’s Day due the February storms causing damaged to trees some of which had blocked the route in several places, so for this year Father Day was chosen instead for the event. The multi-terrain 1km, 5km and 10km race routes were along the forest paths and cycle tracks with one uphill climb of about a mile long on the 10k route. Thorn had to walk a couple of times due to 2 bad stitch attacks but he still managed to finish 8th overall. His two sons on the other hand found the 1km fun run very enjoyable!

Kiwi Sophie 3rd in Falmouth Sprint Distance Triathlon
Sunday 15th June 2014

New Torbay Tri club member from New Zealand Sophie Evans completed her first ever English Triathlon. The Falmouth Sprint Distance Triathlon.

The 750 metre Swim took place in the sea at Gyllyngvase Beach near Falmouth, Sophie completed the swim in 13 minutes 44 seconds. She then cycled 29 kilometre cycle in 46:18 from Falmouth and out to Mawnan Smith then returned to Falmouth on the same route. Sophie completed the 5 kilometre run in a time of 21:06 and the route headed along the sea front, looping around Pendennis Point and finishing at Gyllyngvase Beach. Sophie was 3rd lady and 3rd in her age category

Torbay Tri Club Result…
33rd Sophie Evans (1:21:10, 3rd lady)

Torbay Husband and Wife gained PB’s at Eton Man Middle Distance Triathlon
Sunday 15th June 2014

Now in its 2nd year the Eton Man Middle Distance Triathlon was back at the superb venue, Eton Dorney. Arguably the fastest course in the UK for a longer distance triathlon. Using new road infrastructure developed for the Olympics, votwo can offered a 90km lapped traffic free bike course.

The 1.9km swim course was a 2 laps of a clock wise, 950m rectangle course. Mike completed it in 35:01 and Sally 43:22. The 89km Bike course for Eton Dorney and is horse shoe shaped. The lap is exactly 9km long and the course requires athletes to complete 10 laps. It was highly recommend that riders use a GPS or a bike computer (odometer) to measure there distance instead of counting laps. Large KM signs was displayed just before the transition turn off to help any one counting. The course was pan flat and fast times was achieved by Mike and Sally.

The half marathon run course was a simple out and back and had to be completed 4 times. Mike completed in 2:01:19 and his wife Sally in 2:12:33. Both Mike and Sally Davies got PBS in their 70.3.

New Club Tri member David Pressley won his age 60 category in 1:22:46 in the sprint triathlon, David has moved club from Exeter Tri Club to Torbay.
Husband & Wife Alix and Graham Reynolds also did the Sprint Tri. PBs for both of them. Alix Reynolds finish 1:33:37.
Husband Graham Reynolds 1:18.02. It was Graham first win ever in an age category!
Alix Reynolds was 9th out of 17 in her age category – she was really pleased!

Torbay Tri Club Result…(Standard – 1.5km/38.4km/10km)
60 Michael Davies (5:40:08) – 79 Sally Davies (6:12:15)

Torbay Tri Club Result… (Sprint – 750m/19.2km/5kmn)
45th Graham Reynolds (1:18:02, 1st MV50) Swim 16:15 – Bike 36:10 – Run 22:04
103rd David Pressley (1:22:46, 1st MV60) Swim 17:20 – Bike 36:36 – Run 25:13
182th Alix Reynolds (1:33:37) Swim 18:59 – Bike 44:20 – Run 26:58

Sunday 15th June 2014

Start / Finish / Transition was at the Quay in Bideford. The swim was 500 metres in the river. The 22.5km bike ride was towards Torrington along the A386 and the 5km run was out along the Tarka trail toward Instow and back.

Swimmers will start in the water and will be set off in batches of 20 at a time to ease conjestion in and out of the transition area. Transition area will be at the Quay, Bideford

Jennifer completed the 500 metre swim in 7 minutes 32 seconds – 22.5 km Bike 53 minutes 02 seconds – 5km Run in 21 minutes 37 seconds
Jennifer was 5th Lady overall and 3rd in her age category

Aaron did just ok after having problems in all legs. He was very tight and out of breath in the swim 9minutes 2 seconds – He had no idea why – he had to stop twice during the ride with bike issues and completed the ride in 1:46:80 and stopped during the run to stretch out cramps . But, he still managed my fasted run leg and overall time of 1:21:19, was a good result

Aaron Potter said it was a really nice race, which he will be doing again. Very fast swim and run leg and a hilly, but nice ride.

Torbay Tri Club Result…
158 Aaron Potter (1:21:19) – 138 Jennifer Myo (1:26:35)

Torbay Tri Frank Reay Trys the Race to the Bill Triathlon
Sunday 15th June 2014

The race base for this Classic and Sprint triathlon is at the iconic National Sailing Academy, host to the 2012 Olympic sailing events who’s facilities are not to be rivalled. The swim took place in the crystal clear blue waters of a sheltered harbour surrounded by a large stone wall, Some 250,000 tonnes of Portland Stone was used in creating the 875m breakwater. The race will finish back at the Sailing Academy where you will be rewarded like heroes and lavish gifts bestowed upon you. Warning of huge jellyfish didn’t put Frank off the swim but was so happy he didn’t bump into any. Bike ride was very good for the big guys but not for Frank. All good fun! Next important triathlon for Torbay Tri will be Plymouth Triathlon for Frank and most Torbay Tri Club members on July 13th.

Saturday 14th June 2014

Peter Monaghan finished first again at Parke parkrun in much dryer conditions. This time Pete had a much faster run breaking his course record by 15 seconds and just two seconds from breaking Dave Tomlin course record. Peter time was 18:11 for the 5k. This time a much easier win beating Rob Leeke from South Devon Athletic Club by about 2 and a half minutes.

To run a parkrun…
You need to register in advance at and print of a barcode from an email which you will receive after registering. You will need to carry the barcode with you during the run so it can be scanned at the finish line. Please choose Parke as your home run and Torbay AAC as your club. For more info about Parke parkrun click here >

Peter Monaghan Stats – Torbay Athletic Club Stats – Full Result Parke #11 – Parke History – Club List League Table – Parke Website
A long hot day at Braunton for the Devon schools champs.
A long hot day at Braunton for the Devon schools champs. 2 outstanding performances – Lill Goddard wins 300m hurdles inside English schools entry, new PB and new club record also 2nd in long. Elyse Leech wins 200m in a fantastic new PB and new club record 26.03, inside English schools entry, also 2nd in 100m. Julian Martin wins javelin, Emily Joseph 2nd in 75m hurdles way inside county standard. Rebecca Roots 4th in 200m in new PB and county standard 27.4. Megan 4th in 1500m in new PB 5:16.64 Lexi 2nd in 1500m in 5:11 a new PB, Harry 2nd in 200m ? Will get full set of results tomorrow at County team selection meeting.

Thursday 5th June 2014

Seawall reopens just in time for Pete’s Dawlish Dash win. TORBAY AC’s Peter Monaghan again won the Dawlish Dash – for the fourth time in a row. Network Rail reopened the section of the storm damaged seawall from the Warren to the Rockstone Bridge just in time for this event.

The four-mile race started from Dawlish Warren seafront, taking runners across the beach over the groynes and along the sea wall path towards Dawlish and back via the Lady’s Mile footpath.

Among the 13 Torbay AC members in this race was veteran Ray Wilson competing in his first race since being seriously injured by a vehicle in the Erme Valley Relays last year. Ray who is in his 60s proved he can still run fast finishing 82nd from 144 finishers.

It was also a happy return to racing for Marnie Woodley who had a great run and was first Torbay lady home.

Torbay AC results: 1 Pete Monaghan (21:14); 30 Anthony Raine (25:56); 34 Stephen Lofthouse (26:13); 54 Marnie Woodley (28:40); 70 Paul Frissen (29:54); 72 Stephanie Townsend (29:57); 81 Ray Brown (31:01); 82 Ray Wilson (31:16); 86 Karen Frissen (31:27); 102 Janine Callard (32:58); 107 Nick Hayes (33:41); 108 Tessa Heartfield (33:47); 117 Anne Lucas (34:51).

Wendy and Leanne completes their first cycle race at Westpoint

To support the development of women’s racing in the South West the region is promoting a dedicated day of racing. The venue is a traffic free circuit with a variety of corners and gradient.
Entrants was able to compete in a range of races throughout the day. Points was awarded after each event and an overall winner decided after the final event.
To encourage more women to compete they decided to organise a discounted Go Race event available for non British Cycling licence holders.

Torbay Tri pair Wendy Urban and Leanne Foster enjoyed first very first experience of bike racing. Both did magnificently well. Canny riding by a couple of lady riders made Wendy do most of the work in the last couple of laps and then they snook round on the final lap to sprint for the line. Both Wendy and Leanne now have the bug for more racing and looking forward to more cycle racing down and especially on the new Velopark close circuit track in Paignton. Photo below of Wendy in blue leading the pelaton.

Peter Monaghan first again in Parke parkrun #10
Saturday 7th June 2014

JUST two days after winning the Dawlish Dash, Pete Monaghan took on the Parke parkrun at Bovey Tracey on a wet slippery morning. This was the 10th Parke event and although tired Monaghan finished first in 18:26, ninety seconds ahead of second placed Geoff Davey of Teignbridge Trotters and just 16 seconds from the course record.
A good group of juniors competed in the second Devon open meeting at Tavistock.
A good group of juniors competed in the second Devon open meeting at Tavistock. Mixed weather and a head wind down the home straight was always going to affect times. Did not stop Lill running a PB in the 300m setting a new club record of 42.77, more to come in ideal conditions. Elyse wins 100m, Megan long jumps official new PB in long with 4.07m Couple under 11’s Kelis Shona Georgia all came away with PB’s. Final work out before the Devon schools champs. next week for some.

Rick and Iain completes the Dartmoor Discovery Ultra Marathon
Saturday 7th June 2014

The Dartmoor Discovery ultra marathon race ran entirely on roads around Dartmoor. The distance is 52 km (32 miles). Because of the hills, times are typically about 50% longer than those of a flat Marathon, even though the course is only 10 km longer.

Starting in Princetown the route passes through Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Newbridge, Ashburton, Buckland in the Moor, Widecombe in the Moor, and Postbridge, before making its way back to finish in Princetown. The course is not easy as it tests you both mentally and physically.

Torbay Athletic Club pair Rick Martin and Iain Donnelly ran this event. Martin finished 62nd in 5.12.40, Donnelly was 96th in 5.32.24.


TWO Torbay Athletic Club members ran the Plym Valley Challenge along seven country miles starting from Tor Bridge High, Estover, to Plym Bridge Road, into the beautiful Plym Bridge woods.

Runners followed the old tram tracks and logging tracks out to Hatshill Wood, returning along the river valley navigating two disused rail bridges, the old canal path and more woodland before returning to Tor Bridge High. It was quite a challenge for the Torbay pair. Stephen Lofthouse was 36th (1:04:32) and Dennis Comissar 166th (1:59:49)


FIVE Torbay AC members ran the Run Exe Summer 5k Series (Round 3 of 6).

The event organised by The Ironbridge Runner was on the pancake flat traffic free course along footpaths and cycle tracks around Exwick Playing Fields and the River Exe Flood Relief area.

On the first lap it was neck and neck between talented 13 year old Oakley James and veteran Stephen Wilbraham. Both ran together until James managed to pull away with half a kilometre to go, finishing in 19:49 to claim the best time for the Torbay Club and also record the fastest time in his (M13) age group.

Stephen Wilbraham was 2nd home; his goal was to break 20 minutes and he just managed to achieve it by one second. Next home was Megan Webber, who broke the 21 minute barrier by just 2 seconds. Megan(F13) also produced the fastest time in her age group.

Junior coach Tim Peters just failed by one second to break the 21 minute barrier. It was new member Phil Bates’ first experience at running a flat fast 5k. His goal to break 22 minutes on this run was achieved by 7 seconds.

Torbay AC results: 29 Oakley James (19:49, 1st M13); 32 Stephen Wilbraham (19:59); 50 Megan Webber (20:58, 1st F13); 51 Tim Peters (21:00); 59 Phil Bates (21:53). (Full Results)

Saturday 7th June 2014

Torbay Tri Club Sarah Sweatman completes her first ever triathlon in the stunning Cotswold. This was an open water triathlon dedicated to Women in the Cotswold Country Park and Beach, part of Britain’s largest water park; the Cotswold Water Park and venue is a very popular Triathlon. The Waterland lake is usually used for swimming, canoeing, wind surfing and fishing.

A one-lap lake swim in clear water is followed by a fairly flat, one lap ride on quiet country roads before departing for a two lap, traffic free run on paths around the lake (The Supper Sprint/Novice event is one lap). The event and its venue are ideal for those moving from pool swim events to open water and provide a great stepping-stone to the Standard distance. With the 200m swim Novice Event ideal for the first time female triathlete.

Torbay New Triathlete took on the Cotswold Sprint Distnce Triathlon.
She completed the 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

Sarah Sweatman

Sarah completed the 750 metre swim in 15:58 and then cycle 20km in 50:43 and finish by running 5kms in 30:00 dead. Her total finish time was 1:40:14 and was positioned 109th

Torbay Tri Club Results
109th Sarah Sweatman (1:40:14)

Saturday 7th June 2014

New Torbay Tri Club member Zoe Thornton completes her first ever triathlon in the beautiful grounds of the Blenheim Palace.
750m swim, 19.8km bike, 5.7km run

New Torbay Tri Club member Zoe Thornton completed her first ever triathlon.
Blenheim Sprint Distance Tri held in the stunning location of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock. Triathletes enjoyed racing on the closed roads within the Blenheim estate. It was an amazing venue for Zoe first ever triathlon – Despite major trouble with her goggles & hat Zoe still managed a 15 minute 750m metre swim. Decent 19.8 km bike of 43 minutes but she slow on the 5.7 km run as she hasn’t been running much due to a shinsplints injury so she was very happy with a 35 minute run. Zoe total time including tranisition times was 1 hour 43 minutes, not bad for her first time so overall she was very happy bunny.

Torbay Tri Club Results
2428 Zoe Thornton (1:43:08)

Saturday 7th June 2014

New Torbay Tri Club member Paul Mulley completes his first ever triathlon in the capital at the World Triathlon London.

The PruHealth World Triathlon London

This was Paul Mulley first ever triathlon. Paul has just recently joined Torbay Triathlon Club. He loved the event and was surprised how well he did.

The PruHealth World Triathlon London is one of the world’s leading triathlon events. In 2014, the event once again form part of the ITU World Triathlon Series, attracting the very best triathletes from across the world to compete for crucial ranking points in their bids to become World Champion.

The Mass Participation races attracted more than 5,000 participants taking on the triathlon challenge in Hyde Park on Sunday 01 June 2014. With a similar course and venue layout to the elite races, friends and family was able to follow participants from start to finish.

Nearly a third of participants are novices to the sport of triathlon and with distances starting as short as 400m swim, 15km bike and 2.5k run.

750m Swim (1 lap), 22.5km Bike (3 laps), 5km Run (2 laps)

The Open Races of the PruHealth World Triathlon London are open to anyone. No need to qualify – no need to be an experienced triathlete. They welcome people of all fitness levels and from all backgrounds to take up the sport of triathlon. Distances start as short as 400m Swim, 15km bike and 2.5km run.

Paul Mulley had a great 750 metre swim in 15:19 , He then completed the 22.5 km bike ride in 39:43 and finished by running a 5 km run in 23:35. Pauls Total time was 1 hour 25 minutes and 31 seconds and finish 298th

Torbay Tri Club Results
298 Paul Mulley (1:25:31)

Parke parkrun #9
Sunday 31st May 2014

Well done to both Arran and Phil today at the 9th Parke parkrun. Arran had stiff competition from David Tomlins. The first two miles was ran by the pair at a cracking pace. Unfortunately Arran got a massive stitch in the last mile and David broke the course record again in 18:10. 2nd claim member Robert Wells also ran for South West Vets in 30:13, 47th. Also 2nd claim member Martha Neal finished 5th in 21:47 for Newton Abbot AC.

2 Arran TOCKNELL (19:27) – 16 Phil BATES (25:15)

Roadford event is a sprint for Gary
Torbay Tri Club new member Gary Brenton finished 28th out of a field of more than 80 athletes when he competed in the sprint distance at the Roadford Lake Triathlon.

The event, on the edge of Dartmoor, includes an open water swim with great views for spectators and an undulating bike ride. The running route, around the country park, has a mixture of road and track paths. The standard event included an 1,500m swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run, while the shorter sprint version covered 750m/ 20k/ 5k. Conditions weren’t ideal, with wet weather hampering bike section and a very muddy run. Brenton completed the event in a time of 1hr 34mins.

Mont Saint-Michel Bay Marathon
(marathon du mont saint-michel)
Torbay Athletic Club member Stephenie Townsend completed the marathon du mont saint-michel.

The marathon started in Brittany and finished in Normandy, the Mont Saint-Michel Bay Marathon welcomes 5000 runners from all over France, Europe and elsewhere.

Over 30 different nationalities took part in this magical event, in a fantastic environment : The Mont Saint-Michel Bay, between Cancale and the foot of the Mount which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Torbay AC results…
2226 Stephenie Townsend (4:24:07)

Frank 12th in Swanage Bay Triathlon

Frank Reay done the Swanage Tri. 750m Sea Swim, 20km Bike & 5km Run. This is a great race which includes a fantastic rolling bike course in an amazing setting.
Frank did it 2 years ago, same course so useful to compare and this year he much improved.
12th out of about 70 in 1.29.38 and won 1st male Vet 50
Last year he finished 42nd and was much slower in all three disciplines.
Frank was well chuffed especially with the sea swim.

Torbay Tri Results
12 Frank Reay (1:29:38)

Athletes break their own bests’ to claim pentathlon prizes
A TOTAL of 14 personal bests were recorded by four Torbay AC juniors when they competed in the Devon Schools and Devon AA combined pentathlon championships at the Brickfields in Plymouth.

Emily Joseph, Lill Goddard, Julian Martin and Jake Harker all represented Torbay AC at the event.

All four finished inside the top four in their age groups at the championships.

For three of them, this means automatic selection for the Devon County Schools team which will compete at the South West schools combined events championships at Yeovil next month.

Emily Joseph finished fourth in the U15 girls with 2,231 points, Julian Martin came second with 1,991 points in the U15 boys, and Lillian Goddard was second in the U17 girls, with 2,870 points.

They can now look forward to representing Devon next month – and some serious training sessions over the next six weeks.

KEVICC pupil Goddard achieved two PBs – a surprise 8cm improvement in her high jump, with a best clearance of 1.51m, and 8.18m in the shot.

This was backed up by solid performances in the long jump with another county standard jump of 5.04m and winning the 800m in 2:35.

Emily Joseph, from Torquay Girls Grammar, got off to a flying start with a county standard new PB of 12.41 in the 75m hurdles, plus a new PB of 8.08m in the shot.

In the U15 boys, Cuthbert Mayne pupil Julian Martin had a very successful day recording five PBs in his five events.

His best marks were his 13.25 in the 80m hurdles and a best leap of 5.31m in the long jump.

The only U13 competing was Westland’s Jake Harker, who got off to a good start by winning the 75m hurdles in a personal best time of 15.05, plus a good clearance of 1.24m in the high jump helping to place Jake second overall with a final points score of 922 points.
China clay hills in an out of this world race

TORBAY Athletic Club’s husband-and-wife duo Mike and Sally Davies took on the ‘other-worldly’ terrain of the China Clay hills when they travelled to Cornwall for Imerys Half Marathon last weekend.

The event offers a unique experience, as it is held on operational working sites from the China Clay mining industry, along with land which has been regenerated from the industrial past.

With only short sections of road, the multi-terrain route involves sand roads which made you think you are on the moon!

Mike Davies finished 70th in 1:57:46, while wife Sally came in 131st in a time of 2:22:23.

Torbay athletes Tri their best at Exe Valley endurance races
TORBAY Tri Club new member Julia Gow-Smith finished top of the podium when she competed in her first novice triathlon in Tiverton last weekend.

Gow-Smith was one of two Torbay athletes at the Exe Valley Novice Triathlon at the Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Tiverton, along with Eve Bates.

Involving a 200m pool swim, 20km bike ride and 3km run, a total of 33 triathletes competed.

It was the first triathlon for Gow-Smith and Eve Bates (Eve photo left) – with both finishing inside the top six.

Gow-Smith won in a total time of 1:02:51, while Bates was less than four minutes behind her in 1:06:16.

A ‘sprint’ distance triathlon was also held at Exe Valley, involving a 400m pool swim, 24km bike ride and 5km run.

Torbay Tri member Lee Turner was among the 218 triathletes who completed the event, and he took seventh position overall and fourth position in his age category.

He was followed in 30th place by club-mate Frank Reay competing in his first Triathlon for the Torbay Tri Club.

Winning fourth spot in her age category was Cathy Parkinson in 94th position overall.

For Torbay’s Sam Wyton it was his third triathlon event and his longest distance covered so far.

Results: 7th Lee Turner 1:09:41; 30th Frank Reay 1:14:51; 94th Catherine Parkinson 1:24:19; 208th Sam Wyton 1:47:36; 215th Eric Barber 1:56:10.

Immortal Partick completed his first half Ironman
TORBAY Tri Club member Patrick Roberts took on his first Half Ironman distance when he competed at the Immortal Triathlon on the Stourhead National Trust estate.

The challenging event involves a 1,900m swim in the large lake, followed a by a hilly 56-mile ride through the Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset counties, and finally a 13.1-mile run.

Roberts got off to a good start, with a 29.36 minutes for the 1.9k swim and 2.46.08 for the 90k bike ride.

But he then found the heat at 21-degree tough in the final stage of the half marathon run, with the course on muddy hilly tracks and through woods. He finished this in 2.22.49.

Roberts finished 33rd overall in a time of 5hrs 46mins 40secs.

Jack ‘n’ Gill Challenge
Sunday 11th May 2014

Only one Torbay Athletic Club member ran the Jack ‘n’ Gill Challenge. 10kish of challenging off road running, virtually no tarmac to be seen.
The course takes you through beautiful countryside, rolling fields, hidden valleys, footpaths and woodland tracks, over styles and the odd river or two!
Starting and finishing from Radstock in Somerset
Race was won by Nathan Young from Well City Harriers

38 Chris Leaman 51:18

SUNDAY 11th May 2014

Cathy Parkinson was the only Torbay Athletic Club member running the Bideford 10k in North Devon. Cathy was the fastest lady in the age 45 category and finish 4th overall. The Bideford 10K is a popular run between Bideford and Instow, returning alongside the River Torridge on the Tarka Trail. 617 runners completed the 10k event.

79 Cathy Parkinson (43:29, 1st MV45)

Saturday 10th May 2014

28 Torbay Athletic Club members ran the Ivybridge 10k.

This spectacularly 10k scenic race started in Ivybridge Station Car Park and finished at Ivybridge Rugby Club. The course is relatively fast, despite the steep hill from Bittaford to Moorhaven. The last 6km from of the route was almost all downhill, normally making for a fast 2nd half of the race, unfortunately runners had to face strong winds for the last 4 kilometres which really slowed the runners times. Despite the windy and showery weather 651 runners finished the race.

From the start Chris Rimmer from Plymouth Harriers lead the race.

Torbay Athletic Club pair Peter Monaghan and Arran Tocknell chased hard closely behind with another Torbay AC pair Jon Parkinson and Adharanand Finn in a small group further behind.

Arran got a stitch at half way and started to struggle. Jon Parkison and Adharanand Finn small group manage to over take Arran towards the second half of the race.

Chris Rimmer Plymouth Harrier won the race in a time of 33:04.

Torbay AC Peter Monaghan finished 2nd in 34:25 just 17 seconds ahead of Plymouth Harrier Alex Lockett.

5th was Torbay AC Jon Parkinson just three seconds ahead of his team mate Adharanand Finn. 10th was Arran Tocknell and Russell Hart 15th. Torbay had 4 runners in the top ten and 5 in the top 15.

Torbay Athletic Club easily won the mens team price (3 to count) 2, Peter Monaghan, 5 Jon Parkinson, 6 Adharanand Finn.

2nd mens team prize also went to Torbay AC, 10 Arran Tocknell, 15 Russell Hart, 40 Kevin Fine. Second mens team prize could had gone to Erme Valley Harrier if Kevin was 7 seconds slower. Well Done Kev.

Both Russell Hart and Adharanand Finn had pb’s of 30 seconds. Adharananand Finn dropped his car keys a couple of times during the run and had to run back to retrieve them.

New member Steven Rowe ran his first race for Torbay Athletic Club and finished 54:46

Pete Monaghan won his age 45 category. Jon Parking was 2nd MV45. Adharandand Finn was 2nd MV40, Ray Brown 1st MV65, Anne Lucas 1st FV60

2 Peter Monaghan (34:25) – 5 Jon Parkinson (35:17) – 6 Adharanand Finn (35:20) – 10 Arran Tocknell (36:15) – 15 Russell Hart (37:18) – 40 Kevin Fine (40:10) – 79 Stuart Sweatman (42:42) – 93 Neil Dawkins (43:16) – 94 Stephen Wilbraham (43:16) – 95 Anthony Raine (43:18) – 107 Tim Peters (43:44) – 110 Graham Reynolds (43:51) – 116 Stephen Lofthouse (44:00) – 171 Nick Dance (46:24) – 190 Ian Hayward (47:22) – 218 Paul Frissen (48:13) – 246 Ray Brown (49:03) – 285 Karen Frissen (50:27) – 289 Martyn Breslan (50:40) – 320 Eve Bates (51:41) – 352 Rob Bates (52:45) – 359 Tessa Hearfield (52:57) – 407 Steven Rowe (54:56) – 423 Nick Hayes (55:36 ) – 426 Anne Lucas (55:43) – 477 Shelly Nicholson (57:15) – 593 Leanne Foster (1:05:03) – 612 Sarah Sweatman (1:07:26)

Parke parkrun # 6
Saturday 10th May 2014

Six Torbay Athletic Club members ran the 6th Parke parkrun at Bovey Tracey. The entire tough undulating course is in the grounds of the Parke National Trust Estate. The Parke parkrun events are totally free, every Saturday and always 5k starting at 9am from the Parke National Trust Estate Bovey Tracey. The run is off road and the entire course is with in the National Trust estate.

3 Torbay members manage to finish in the top ten which included 2 juniors under 14 years of age. Fastest member to finish was 13 year old Oakley James who had his own pace maker from the start. Oakley proved to strong for his pace maker Martyn Breslan who wasn’t feeling 100%. Oakley was so strong in the first 2 kilometres he gave the leader a bit of a scare. Oakley finished 5th out of 74 runners.

Next Junior home was Lexi Dart a new member for the club and finished finish 10th overall and was 3rd fastest female overall and finished just 23 seconds short from breaking the course record for her age group 11-14. Lexi mum ‘Natasha’ also ran and finish 29th in 27 minutes 38 seconds.

Kelis James managed to smash the course record for the 10 and under age category. Kelis was amoungst the leaders for first half a kilometre but she soon relised the pace was too fast and ran at her own pace.

Photo above is Junior Endurance coach Iain Donnelly with Kelis James.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
5 Oakley JAMES 21:53
8 Stephen WILBRAHAM 22:59
10 Lexi DART 23:31
14 Martyn BRESLAN 24:19
29 Natasha DART 27:38
48 Kelis JAMES 32:09

Tuesday 6th May 2014

A great traffic free and pancake flat 5km run on footpaths and cycle tracks around Exwick Playing Fields and the River Exe Flood Relief. This event is suitable for people chasing PB’s along with novice runners. Organised by Ironbridge Runners in Exeter. There are six races in the series, one race per month. Each event is open to both individual round entries and series entries (basically if you can’t do all the races you are still welcome to run in individual rounds!)

Five Torbay Athletic Club members ran the second race of the series. Jon Parkinson finished 7th and won his age category and finished 8th. It was Dennis Comissar first ever race for the club.

Torbay Athletic Results…
8 Jon Parkinson (16:55, 1st MV45) – 37 Anthony Raine (20:05) 49 Martyn Breslan (20:26) – 80 Eve Bates (24:35) – 98 Dennis Comissar (36:27)

Saturday 3rd May 2014

Fifth running of the Salcombe Coastal Marathon from Torcross to Bantham, via Salcombe along some of South Devon’s most beautiful coastline. This was a multi-terrain event with a minimum of 26.2 miles with 4500’+ ascent. This year the distance was greater due to diversions resulting from landslides cause by heavy rain.

Maria Lopes is a new Torbay Athletic member from Lisbon Portugal and is a keen ultra marathon runner competing in running events up to 100kms (62.5 miles)

Maria completed the Salcombe Coastal Marathon in 5 hours and 11 minutes.

Saturday 3rd May 2014

A city marathon with a difference. With 4,500 acres of woodlands, lakesides, parks and landscaped areas within the city boundary, Milton Keynes is the ideal venue for a Green Marathon.

The course was traffic free on closed roads and cycle paths or “redways” as they are known locally, the course is gently undulating with no significant incline providing real PB potential.
They offer a ‘Big Marathon’ experience with lots of entertainment en route to help motivate the runners and to attract crowds of spectators to cheer them on.

Sally Shoolbraid did the Milton Keynes Marathon today with tired legs as it turns out that trudging up hills in Snowdonia week before wasn’t the best way to taper! Sally legs did not like it and had twitchy calf cramp for last 6 miles – She never had that problem before but still plodded on to end in 4.46 05, finishing in the MK Dons stadium. –

Nick Cull is a new Torbay Athletic Club member.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
1520 Sally Shoolbraid (4:46:05)

Saturday 3rd May 2014

The route is a tough 17 mile multi terrain race with such beautiful scenery that takes in some of the highlights of the Hartland peninsula.

It is not for the faint-harted! runners encountered sections of exposed cliff tops, muddy tracks, uneven paths, long sections off path with no discernible route, river crossings, steep, slippery difficult sections (some with ropes) and generally a real tough, long and challenging run. There are very exposed sections of cliff top with no fences or barriers and the route goes very close to extremely high drops.

Starting and finishing from the fabulous Hartland Abbey and are very fortunate the Lady Stuckley and Sir Hugh have allowed runners compete on their wonderful estate. Runners encounter the beautiful gardens of the abbey – with bluebells in full flight – and then the rugged and unrelenting South West Coast Path. After a quick trip towards Hartland Lighthouse it’s in to the deepest darkest Devonshire countryside

Torbay Athletic Club Results

37 Cathy Parkinson 3:09:35

Torbay AC Simon Longthorpe ran the short version of the 17 mile Hartland Hartbreaker which was 8 miles. Similar course but half the distance

17 Simon Longthorpe (1:21:39)

Saturday 3rd May 2014

Two Torbay runners travel down to Cornwall for the Saltash Half Marathon. The race follows a tough course through Saltash town centre and the Cornish country lanes with beautiful views over the Tamar Estuary. If you like a challenge this is the race for you. This is one of the Hardest Half Marathons in the UK with lots of hills.

Torbay Athletic Club Results

83 Mike Davies (1:48:40) – 139 Sally Davies (2:08:01)

Torbay AC Junior athletes shine in North Devon
Saturday 3rd May 2014

A SMALL but committed group of Torbay Athletic club juniors travelled to Braunton for the first Devon open meeting of the season. A nice sunny day made the journey worthwhile with Personal Bests galore.

Lill Goddard’s recent good form was evident again as she won the u17 300m hurdles in 47.4, another PB and club record. She also bettered expectations by breaking the club record which had stood for 17 years in the 200m, with a county standard new PB of 26.5 seconds. It was then straight to the long jump for a fabulous PB leap of 5.29m, achieving the English schools entry standard of 5.25m.

In the u15 girls events, promising sprinter Elyse Leech maintained good recent form by recording two PBs and county standard times in winning both the 100m (13.1) and 200m (27.4). Elyse will be looking forward to the county championships with confidence later this month, now having the fastest 100m time in the county.

Also in the 100m Rebecca Roots placed third with a PB time of 13.8, and was later in the day third in the 200m.

Emily Joseph was 7th in the 100m with 14.2. Emily, won her specialist event the 75m hurdles in a county standard time of 12.7, and was third in the shot with a best of 7.78m.

Sasha Dennis won the u15 girls high jump with a county standard 1.45m best, and had a best leap of 4.50m in the long jump.

Julian Martin focused on the sprints, winning both the u15 boys races, winning the 100m in 12.7, and the 200m in 25.9, both times were Personal Bests for Julian in his first full season of club athletics.

The only under 11 who took part was Keely Bell in the four event Quad kids event where Keely had to compete in the 75m, long jump, vortex, and 600m, recording a few Personal Bests also.

Attached photo of Elyse Leech, under 15 girl in her Devon schools kit from 2013.

Very Well to Luke Tillen and his team of pace makers for completing the
Centurion Thames Path 100 miles Ultra Marathon
Message below is from Luke
Saturday 3rd May 2014
I would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to Torbay AC members Matthew Day and Stephen Lofthouse, who this weekend paced for me at the Centurion Thames Path 100 Ultra Marathon.

Matthew and Stephen met me at the 51 mile mark at Henley, around 8pm (I honestly cannot remember the exact time).

From there on in they tag teamed in pacing me through the night (in some dreadful terrain – mud bath springs to mind), making sure I stayed on route and more importantly keeping me positive and focused for the remaining 49 miles.

When they met me I was positioned 158th and I crossed the finish line in 107th position, with a time of 25hrs 22secs.

Out of 320 runners 80 dropped out! I really cannot thank Matthew and Stephen enough, without them I would never had made it! they are a true credit to the club and running! — Photo is Luke Tillen with Matthew Day and Stephen Lofthouse.

Torbay AC Pete Monaghan breaks the course record at Parke parkrun Bovey Tracey #5
Saturday 3rd May 2014

3 Torbay Athletic Club members ran the 5th Parke 5k parkrun at Bovey Tracey. The entire tough undulating course is in the grounds of the Parke National Trust Estate.

Well done to Torbay AC Veteran Pete Monaghan who broke the Parke course record by 2 seconds with a time of 18 minutes 29 seconds. The course record was previously broken by Shaun Johnson from Exeter Harriers. Martha Neal (Newton Abbot AC_) who trains at Torbay AC as a second claim member still hold the ladies course record time of 20:21. 102 runners took part in the 5th event. Todays results

Phil Bates ran his first parkrun and Rob Well ran his 7th parkrun. Rob has ran two Killerton parkruns and all Parke parkruns. Well done to them both.

The Parke parkrun events are totally free, every Saturday and always 5k starting at 9am from the Parke National Trust Estate Bovey Tracey. The run is off road and the entire course is with in the National Trust estate.

To run a parkrun…
You need to register in advance at and print of a barcode from an email which you will receive after registering. You will need to carry the barcode with you during the run so it can be scanned at the finish line. Please choose Parke as your home run and Torbay AAC as your club. For more info about Parke parkrun click here >

Torbay Athletic Club Results
1 Peter Monaghan 18:29
24 Phil Bates 24:57
63 Robert Wells 30:41


TORBAY AC enjoyed a 1-2-3 finish at the South Devon 10k, where Arran Tocknell was followed home by veterans Pete Monaghan and Jon Parkinson.

Last Saturday’s race was the fourth year of this event with the course remaining the same – a stunning route, involving quiet country lanes, footpaths and bridleways, taking in views of the River Dart and Mill Pond at Stoke Gabriel.

It is a tough route, with a number of challenging hills and lots of mud, but there are some significant downhill and flat stretches.

The 10k starts and finishes at South Devon College Campus.

Twelve Torbay AC members were running, with Tocknell winning in 36:22, beating Monaghan by 26 seconds. Elite coach Jon Parkinson was only 90 seconds behind to claim the last podium position.

It was Tocknell’s third win at this event and he achieved a new course pb time. He and Monaghan both won their age categories as Torbay also took the first, third and fifth team prizes.

New members Gary Brenton and Phil Bates were running their first races for the club.

Torbay AC results: 1 Arran Tocknell (36:22, 1st Senior Man) – 2 Peter Monaghan (36:48, 1st MV35) – 3 Jon Parkinson (38:06, 2nd MV45) – 11 Martyn Breslan (44:22) – 17 Stuart Sweatman (45:50) – 19 Stephen Lofthouse (46:17) – 21 Anthony Raine (46:36) – 27 Tim Peters (48:36) – 36 Gary Brenton (50:58) – 37 Phillip Bates (51:24) – 49 Ian Hayward (54:04) – 81 Emma Gilboy (1:02:43).


FOUR members ran the 8¼ mile hilly Haldon Trail run. The multi terrain route started and finished at Exeter racecourse and included, country lanes, private heathland and Forestry Commission land in and around Haldon Forest.

Adharanand Finn won the ‘Haldon Heartbeat’ in 51:24, beating Kevin Squibb (unattached) by 29 seconds and Tim Lenton from Axe Valley Running Club by a further minute. This was Finn’s third race win of the year. Recently, he won two races in Japan including the Osaka 10k.

Meanwhile, Sally Davies (1:20:22) won her age 60 category. Graham Reynolds (1:05:41) was 46th and Mike Davies (1:09:25) was 67th.

SUNDAY 27th APRIL 2014

PLYMOUTH’S Half Marathon is a much-celebrated traffic-free road race, which takes in all that is great about Plymouth. Stunning coastal views, a charming harbour, the beautiful National Trust grounds of Saltram Park, as well as the iconic Plymouth Hoe.

Fastest home of six for Torbay AC was Ian Travis, who was 199th in 1:32:53. Thanks to the club’s speed training session, Ian managed to knock a couple of minutes off his fastest half marathon time.

This was also the first race for new member Elizabeth Bubeer.

Torbay AC results: 199 Ian Trevis (1:32;53, PB) – 822 Ray Brown (1:45:44) – 883 Roger Matthews (1:46:44) – 1731 Tessa Hearfield (1:59:21) – 2965 Shelly Nicholson (2:10:55) – 3959 Elizabeth Bubeer (2:41:41)

Parke parkrun # 4
Saturday 26th April 2014

THREE members ran the fourth 5k Parke ‘parkrun’ on National Trust land at Bovey Tracey last Saturday. For this free, timed event, run every Saturday from 9am, conditions were wet and slippery so times were slower.

Torbay AC results: 76 Melissa Barlow (36:11) – 79 Sarah Sweatman (37:01) – 87 Sam Wyton (39:55).

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Templer Way
Saturday 26th April 2014

THREE Torbay Athletic Club members ran the 18 miles of the Templer Way from Haytor Rock to Shaldon. Much of the route was muddy and slippery due to recent heavy rainfall. The event was organised by Dartmoor Search and Rescue and money was raised for their charity. Torbay AC twins Natasha Stanbury and Nicola Stanbury ran their longest ever run with team mate Stephen Wilbraham and all three finished together in 2 hours and 45 minutes.


TORBAY’S junior endurance/cross country squad had a successful visit to the South Devon 10k fun run.

Juniors, aged 9-14 enjoyed a short and challenging course of just under a mile, with Torbay’s Megan Webber, 13, finishing very strongly to win the race in 5:29.

The squad now looks forward to the Parkrun at Parke, Bovey Tracey, on Saturday May 10th.

Cathy Parkinson wins Blackpool Valiant Half Marathon
Saturday 19th April 2014

Easter run up north, near Blackpool for Torbay couple, Pancake flat accurately measured course around the quiet rural country lanes of the Wyre estuary with great PB potential for all standards of runners. It was a bit windy at times for husband and wife Jon and Cathy Parkinson!

First time running this event with nearly 200 runners. Cathy had a great run winning in 1hr 33.47, 40th overall.

Jon Parkinson was 9th overall in 1hr 20.38, 1st V45.

Pic of Cathy with her 1st prize and Easter egg!

Peter Monaghan wins the new Fast Friday 10k at Exeter
Good Friday 18th April 2014
It was a Good Friday for Torbay AC Peter Monaghan winning the Fast Friday 10k in Exeter. Pete had a 50 second lead over 2nd place Ben Neale for Bere Alston Trakkers and a two minute lead over third place Mike Feighan from South West Road Runners.The Fast Friday was organised by Ironbridge runners on Good Friday.

A great multi-lap, traffic free and pancake flat 10km run on footpaths and cycle tracks around Exwick Playing Fields and the River Exe Flood Relief. This event is suitable for people chasing PB’s along with novice runners.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
1st Peter Monaghan (34:22, 1st MV45) – 13th Iain Donnelly (40:19, 3rd MV40)

Just behind Iain Donnelly was 2nd claim Torbay member was Martha Neal in 14th position in a time of 40:32 running for Newton Abbot AC, Well done all

Stuart Sweatman with his daughter Jasmine runs the FREE 5k Parke parkrun # 3
Saturday 19th April 2014
Very Well Done to Jasmine Sweatman and Stu Sweaty Sweatman in the Parke parkrun at Parke National Trust Estate near Bovey Tracey. 103 runners turned up again. Jasmine manage to beat father by a mere second. Jasmine is under 14 years old and Torbay AC Junior Endurance/Cross Country Squad

Parkruns are free, every Saturday, 9am and always 5k, within a park. Every week there are over 350 parkruns to choose from. Parke at Bovey Tracey is only 10 miles from Torbay. There also parkruns near Plymouth Plym Valley and near Exeter at Killerton House. Parke parkrun is a tough course.

Full Results
Free to register then turn up as many times as you like and enjoy a free run (or race)
Please choose Torbay AAC as your club and Parke as your home run.
You will also need to download a personal barcode which you will receive by email after you have register. Runners must carry the barcode with them during the run.

69 Robert WELLS 30:17
72 Jasmine SWEATMAN 30:52
73 Stuart SWEATMAN 30:53

Many thanks to Sarah Sweatman for helping out at finish line scanning barcodes and Sally Shoolbraid for being the tail end runner and helping to set up the course.

Sally Shoolbraid is still leading on Females points table for helping so far at every Parke parkrun. Volunteers earn maximum points for turning up to help at up to three parkruns.

The Torbay Junior Endurance/Cross Country Squad has grown to over 25 members with regular training runs around Cockington. The squad now have a programme of races throughout the Spring and Summer. These include the new 5k Parkrun at Parke, Bovey Tracey, various Fun Run’s and South West Lge track events. The squad aged between 8 and 16 have benefited from a variety of training routines such as relays, speed play, hill reps and pacing. The long term plan is to have a junior squad fully equipped to race in the Westward Cross Country Lge starting next Autumn. Any junior runner interested in joining the group should contact Iain on email

Sunday 6th April 2014
Nine Torbay AC Members ran this the 34th London Marathon along with an estimated 36,000 other runners.

Amongst the Club team was Sarah Creer who joined Torbay AC as a total beginner at this time last year. Improving steadily with the Club to run her first Marathon in London she ran the last 6 miles with a huge smile on her face having raised over £700 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Irene Hewings had personal best time by 6 minutes qualifying herself for the Boston Marathon with Janine Callard also improving her time by one minute 16 seconds.

Mo Farah finished eighth on his marathon debut as Kenyan world record holder Wilson Kipsang took his second title at London. Farah, 31, failed to break Steve Jones’s 29-year-old British record of 2:07:13 finishing in 2:08:21. Kipsang set a new course record 2:04.27 with compatriot Stanley Biwott second. Edna Kiplagat pipped fellow Kenyan Florence Kiplagat in the women’s race with debutant Tirunesh Dibaba third.

One of the women’s elite runners, Mami Konneh Lahun from Sierra Leone, has disappeared after finishing the race in 20th place but was eventually found safe and well !!

Torbay Athletic Club Results
1738 Nigel Fenn (3:04:29)- 6285 Jon Pressling (3:37:26) -7802 Anthony Raine (3:44:58)- 8105 Stephen Lofthouse (3:46:23) – 11314 Stephanie Townsend (3:58:22) 13582 Irene Hewings (4:08:07) – 16239 Anne Lucas (4:20:55, 13th in her age category) – 15894 Janine Callard (4:17:58) – 33288 Sarah Creer (6:02:28)

The 2015 race London Marathon ballot opens on April 22 for next years event which will take place on April 26th 2015.

PARKE ( parkrun) 5k Bovey Tracey # 2

Saturday 12th April 2014
Four Torbay Club members ran the 2nd Parke 5k (parkrun) This event is totally free, every Saturday and always a 9am start from the Parke National Trust Estate Bovey Tracey.
The run is all off road and the entire course is with in the National Trust estate.
Anyone can enter but they need to register in advance and print of a barcode from an email they will receive after registering. Runner will need to carry the barcode with them during the run so it can be scanned at the finish line. 97 runners took part in the 2nd event slightly down on the first event of 103.

Torbay AC runners :- 5 Alex Snell (21:15) – 15 Stuart Sweatman (23:11) 67 Robert Wells (31:21) – 90 Sarah Sweatman (35:39)
Very well done to all !

Sunday 6th April 2014

With two runners finishing in the top 8 the Torbay AC men’s team claimed 1st place at the Taunton Half Marathon led home by Arran Tocknell in 1:16:48 taking 3rd podium place, Adharanand Finn finished 8th in 1:20:34 2nd MV40 with 3rd runner Iain Donnelly finishing 45th in 1:29:52 to complete the winning team.

Personal best performances on the day were achieved by Iain Donnelly, Roger Matthews and Sally Shoolbraid. The Taunton Half was one lap of the full Marathon route, both races starting and finishing at the Somerset College of Arts and Technology Taunton.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
3 Arran Tocknell (1:16:48) – 8 Adharanand Finn (1:20:34, 2nd MV40) – 45 Iain Donnelly (1:29:52, PB) – 233 Stephen Lofthouse (1:43:42) – 266 Roger Matthews (1:45:13, PB) – 455 Sally Shoolbraid (2:01:51, PB)

Sunday 6th April 2014

Running the full Marathon distance was Torbay’s Jake Thorn finishing 65th in 3:31:43. It was Thorn’s 3rd Marathon race and a massive improvement over his previous best time of 4:36:10 at Brighton in 2011.

Sunday 6th April 2014
Running their first marathon were Torbay AC’s Emma Butt and Nick Robinson Emma was delighted to break the 4hr barrier at her first attempt in Trafford on Sunday.This event claims to be the flattest marathon course in the UK and potentially the fastest. Emma was running for Hospiscare who looked after her granddad in his final days.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
2546th Emma Butt 3:58:38
4061st Nick Robinson 4:23:41

Sunday 6th April 2014
Torbay AC’s Kate Howitt and Subramanian Narayanan entered 24th running of the Brighton Half Marathon being one of the most popular races on the national running calendar and a huge fundraising event. Starting on the seafront near Brighton Pier. It was first ever marathon for Subramanian Narayanan. Photo of him with his proud family.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
2753 Kate Howitt (4:01:04)
8259 Subramanian Narayanan (6:15:39)

Sunday 6th April 2014

The Club’s lone senior entrant Martyn Zak Griffiths Breslan finished 2nd in 3000 metres in 10min 15secs, and 2nd in the shot putt (6.71metres) and WINNER in the long jump!

First Parke 5k parkrun at Bovey Tracey #1
Saturday 5th April 2014

Special Thanks Sally Shoolbraid for volunteering to be the Tail end runner. Sally job was to look after the slowest runner making sure the last runner didn’t get lost on the course, During the run Sally collected the signs and told marshalls there were no more runner. Sally also turned hour before run to tell runners where toilet, cafe, start finish area and to answer any questions. Sally did a great job, thanks a lot!! If anwone would like to help out anytime please contact Stephen Wilbraham on 07810301220 or email him

Torbay Athletic Club Members Results
58 Jamie Horton (29:27) – 75 Robert Wells (SW VETS, 33:27)

Great End to the Sportshall Athletics League Season for Torbay Juniors
Sportshall Athletics League 2013/14
Report thanks to Chris Roots, 24th March 2014

On Sunday 23rd March a small, but dedicated Torbay AAC Junior Team headed for Dawlish Leisure Centre for the final event of the Sportshall League. David Roots was the sole representative for the boys whilst the girls’ team comprised: Bex Roots and Emily Joseph (Under 15), Megan Webber (Under 13) and Georgia Davies, Shona Silvester, Keely Bell and Raphaela Donaghue made up the Under 10 girls’ team.

This was the fifth event of the league; previous events had been held at Dawlish in October, November and January and at Plymouth Life Centre in February.

For the uninitiated, sportshall athletics competitions are indoor events held during the winter, with the events adapted to the small space and hard floor of a sports hall. Thus, the long jump becomes the standing long jump and the javelin becomes the soft javelin. A ‘lap’ of the sports hall starts in the middle, the athlete runs to one end of the hall, turns using a special board and runs to the other end (past the original starting point) they turn again and run back to the original starting point to complete their first lap. Sportshall athletics is a great way to allow youngsters to compete indoors without having to use an indoor track.

Two of our age groups were in the hunt for team honours: the U10 Girls were lying fourth behind Newton Abbot, while the U15 Girls, with their team down to two athletes, Emily Joseph and Rebecca Roots, were hanging onto third place behind Plymouth and Plymstock. After a fantastic afternoon of competition and despite sterling efforts from our four-girl team of Keely Bell, Georgia Davies, Raphaela Donoghue and Shona Silvester, the U10s were unable to close the gap on Newton Abbot. However the U15 girls were delighted to take home the third place team trophy.

Individual medal winners in the league competition (calculated from the four best scores out of the five meetings) were as follows:

Under 10 Girls
Georgia Davies: 1st in the one-lap hurdles
2nd in the one-lap race
3rd in the vertical jump

Under 13 Girls
Megan Webber: 1st in two-lap hurdles
2nd in the two-lap race
3rd in four-laps / six-laps combined

Under 15 Girls
Sasha Denis: 2nd in high jump
3rd in standing triple jump

Emily Joseph: 1st in standing triple jump
1st in two-lap hurdles
3rd in shot put

Rebecca Roots: 2nd in standing long jump
2nd in four-laps / six-laps combined
3rd in two-lap race

Photo: From left: Rebecca Roots, Raphaela Donoghue, Georgia Davies, Keely Bella, Shona Silvester

Sunday 23rd March 2014

Report thanks to David Hyde, 24th March 2014

10 Torbay Athletic Club members took on the Exeter 10k. a race organised to raise funds for Age UK Exeter. Starting outside Debenhams in Pricesshay the route took runners through Southernhay, down Western Way and on to the Exeter Quayside, from there it was a fast flat stretch of running alongside the river Exe and the canal finishing back at the Quay.

The race was started by Cissie Adams from Exeter who recently celebrated her 100th Birthday. Cissie also awarded medals to the first, second and third placed male and female runners.

From the start of the event a big lead was opened up by Tom Merson from (Bristol and West AC) followed by Ollie Garrod ( Epsom and Ewell Harriers), Ben Robinson (Bristol & West AC) and Lee Turner from Torbay AC. Chasing not far behind was Adharanand Finn (Torbay AC )

For the remainder of the race the positions never changed with Tom Merson winning in an impressive 31:38. Lee Turner took 4th position in 34:47.

There were PB’s for Torbay’s Nick Hayes and Rachel Kidd who finished in 1:00:04 with a PB by over 3 minutes.

There were 744 finishers

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
4 Lee Turner (34:47) – 10 Adharanand Finn (36:11, 4th MV40) – 35 Jake Thorn (39:08) – 73 Stephen Lofthouse (42:33) – 121 Ian Hayward (45:33) – 181 Mike Singleton-green (47:47) – 301 Brian Hall (52:36) – 369 Nick Hayes (54:55) – 385 Rebecca Disbury (55:35) – 517 Rachel Kidd (1:00:04)

Saturday 22nd March 2014

Robert Wells ran his first parkrun at Killerton in just over 30 minutes. The weather and scenery were both nice and the event was well organised & friendly. He looking forward to doing the new parkrun at Parke National Trust Estate at Bovey Tracey which starts on Saturday 5th April.
221 runners completed the Killerton parkrun near Exeter, which included young families & runners with their dogs. You can now register for the Bovey Tracey (Parke) park run ..

Sunday 23rd March 2014
Report thanks to David Hyde, 24th March 2014
8 Tri Club members tackled The Dartington Duathlon a multi-sport sprint distance race that takes place twice a year at Dartington Hall Estate,Totnes.

The event started with a 5 km road run along the private roads and paths within the estate; followed by a 20 km road cycle race on fast undulating public roads to Marley Head and back; finishing with a 2.5 km cross-country run within the grounds of the estate.

It was the first race as Torbay Tri members for Frank Reay and Richard Craddock

Photo attached of George Melling, Frank Reay and Patrick Roberts

Torbay Tri Club Results
37th Frank Reay , 5k Run 20:13, 20 mile Bike 39:51,2.5k bike 11:34, (Total 1:13:36)
44th Patrick Roberts, 5k Run 22:16, 20 mile Bike 37:34,2.5k bike 12:59, (Total 1:15:03)
64th George Melling , 5k Run 23:19, 20 mile Bike 39:53, 2.5k bike 13:23, (Total 1:18:35)
77th Rick Martin, 5k Run 22:43, 20 mile Bike 43:27,2.5k bike 12:43, (Total 1:20:57)
98th Richard Craddock , 5k Run 24:04, 20 mile Bike 44:27,2.5k bike 14:32, (Total 1:25:30)
106th Mark Bruce, 5k Run 24:39, 20 mile Bike 45:08, 2.5k Run 14:12, (Total 1:26:58)
143rd Katharina Roberts , 5k Run 28:59, 20 mile Bike 47:32, 2.5k bike 15:26, (Total 1:35:00)

Jonathan Cowling 5k Run 23:43, 20 mile Bike 44:31, 2.5k Bike 13:47. Posititon and Total Time missing from results, Splits from Jon Garmin except first 5k which is in the results.

Sunday 16th March 2014

Torbay AC’s vet runner Pete Monaghan 2nd in 35:05, to Andrew Chambers of Bristol & West 34:44, at the March Hare… but there was a 19 year age gap!

Each year, Plymouth Round Table organises two 10Km runs, one in January and the other in March, in aid of local charities, with every penny raised being used for good causes the races attract between 250 and 400 runners.The multi terrain route started and finished at the Plymouth Speedway track, St. Boniface Arena in Plympton after heading to Saltram House and back.

2nd Pete Monaghan (35:05) 86th Paul Frissen (48:26) 156th Karen Frissen (52:14

Sunday 16th March 2014

Torbay’s Iain Donnelly said “this was a hilly half with some cheeky inclines which hurt my legs which were still tired from last weeks Grizzly”
Run Falmouth provides a unique coastal half marathon route on a challenging hilly course around Falmouth taking participants past Pendennis Castle, Gyllngvase Beach, Swanpool and Maenporth beaches before heading inland to Mawnan Smith and Buddock Water, turning back through Penryn. To finish at The Moor where a well deserved glass of bubbly will be waiting for you! This half marathon is organised by local charity Cornwall Hospice Care, and all of the money raised from it will benefit the people that are cared for at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and St Julia’s Hospice.
Winner was Mike Birchmore 1:15:16 from Newquay Road Runners

64 Iain Donnelly (1:34:28) – 169 Mike Davies (1:48:34) – 352 Sally Davies (2:14:43)

Sunday 16th March 2014

The Marathon route was 4 laps of 6.56 miles per lap, around a reservoir at Brixworth Country Park in Northampton, organised by the charity Run for Tomorrow. A small event with “The weather a bit too hot for comfort” said Torbay AC’s Sally Shoolbraid but she did manage 4:36:26, her reason for not being faster? Stopping when she saw husband Colin sitting under a tree with the paramedics? He had to pull out at 25 miles due to cramp! Better luck on their next marathon attempt in Milton Keynes on May 5th.

The Grizzly
Sunday 9th March 2014

2000 runners ran the Grizzly at Seaton it was “twentyish” miles of a multi-terrain running experience you will find “this side of the end of time” A muddy, hilly, boggy, and “beachy” course through Beer and Branscombe There was a very boggy section almost waist high in places .

Ceri Rees from Wild Running won his second Grizzly in 2:20:13 with a big lead over Torbay AC’s Lee Turner (2008 winner) and Henry Irvine along with other top runners who were trailing him. Turner struggled with a sore hip towards the end of the race. Irvine the first Torbay runner home was a little disappointed with his time, but just completing the “Grizzly” is a big achievement and experience.

Tony Foster who has just been selected to compete later this year for the Team GB Triathlon ran well. Jon Pressling also did well considering he raced a 5k the previous day. Stephen Lofthouse 3:26:14 had a good run although he had a problem with shoes after the river crossing at mile six followed by a quick visit to St John ambulance. He said afterwards “the blistered feet are a bit of a mess, but a nice t shirt for finishing”

Torbay AC’s Grizzly results
14th Henry Irvine (2:36:06) – 16 Lee Turner (2:37:29) – 25 Tony Foster (2:43:26) – 137 Jon Pressling (3:06:35 – 183 Iain Donnelly (3:13:50) – 296 Stephen Lofthouse (3:26:14) – 490 Rick Martin (3:41:58) – 611 James Hartridge (3:50:30) – 725 Neil Fisher (3:58:15)

Arran wins Grizzly Cub Run
Sunday 9th March 2014

The Grizzly Cub is similar route to the full Grizzly but shorter only 9 miles! Both races started together at Seaton with Torbay AC’s Arran Tocknell claiming first spot in a time of 1:01:28 and finishing ahead the 2012 & 2013 winner Jez Mancer from Benfleet Running Club.

Matthew Day 1: 21: 03 had a cracking run and surprised himself as wasn’t feeling good. Arran Tocknell won in 1:01:28,

2nd Graham Robinson Sandhurst Joggers1:02:53, 3rd Jez Mancer Benfleet AC in 1:03:11

Torbay results
1 Arran Tocknell (1:01:28) – 17 Matthew Day (1:21:03)

Plym Valley Park Run
Saturday 8th March 2014

Well done to Jon Pressling and Sarah Sweatman who ran the Plym Valley Park Run at Plymbridge near Plympton. It was their ever first park run. Jon finished 4th 20:20 and use the event as a warm up for the Grizzly race. Sarah Sweatman was 77th in a time of 33:47.

Park runs are always free events, distance is always 5k and they are timed. There are hundreds of Park runs in the UK. Two nearest park runs are Plym Valley and Killerton but there will soon be a new park run starting in Bovey Tracey on Saturday 5th April 9am. The start, finish and route will be in the Parke National Trust Estate.

From March 13th the Bovey Tracey park run will hopefully appear on the park run website. Runners can only register online. They will receive an email. They will need to click on the link in their email and print of their own personal barcode. They will never need to register again. All they need to do is just turn up to any event anywhere in the UK. Website is

The 25th anniversary run of the ALDI Ashby 20.
Sunday 9th March 2014

Emma Butt finished 547th in this 20 miler with a time of 2:57:15 The race is run over 20 miles of undulating but scenic North West Leicestershire countryside, described as “challenging” taking in several villages and running a couple of times through the historic village of Packington. This is always viewed as an ideal warm-up to a spring marathon being just five weeks before the London Marathon.

Bath Half Marathon
Sunday 2nd March 2014

Bath Half Marathon…. or the ‘Bath Half’ as it is affectionately known! is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK. It is also the largest charity fundraising event in the South West region with over £1.5 million raised last year alone. Despite the cold and drizzly weather, over 12,000 runners pounded the streets for a multitude of different reasons, from those striving to achieve a personal best or for charity, to elite athletes aiming for a new course record and world record attempts. the streets were filled with ambition. The Kenyans stole the show, taking first and second places in both the male and female categories. Nicholas Kirui of Kenya took the top spot in 1:03:13, after breaking away from his running partner Boniface Kongin also of Kenya. Perendis Lekapana of Kenya finished first in 1:10:53 in the female race. There were 11176 finishers.

Torbay AC pair veteran Peter Monaghan and new senior member Henry Irvine (who was celebrating his 22nd birthday) battled it out together to the line, giving themselves the same finishing time of 1:15:12. If it wasnt Henry 22nd birthday he would have a prize of £50 for the 21 and finishing 2nd in the 21 and under age category.

Torbay AC Results…
46 Henry Irvine (1:15:12) – 47 Peter Monaghan (1:15:12) – 414 Hadleigh Davies (1:28:10) – 1205 Greg Fine (1:38:29) – 4353 Gerald Barlow (1:56:28) – 8014 Jo Barlow (2:17:20)

Bideford Half Marathon
Sunday 2nd March 2014

Photos thanks to Andrew Park Photography
Fifteen Torbay AC runners competed in The Bideford Half Marathon on Sunday over a virtually level course, half on country roads and half on what was formerly a railway line now the Tarka Trail between Bideford & Great Torrington. There were 931 finishers, the winner being Shaun Antell from Bideford AAC in 1:10:34 with former Torbay AC runner Kairn Stone taking 2nd place in 1:11:08

Torbay AC Results…
46 Martyn Breslan (1:23:33) – 55 Nigel Fenn (1:24:42) – 98 Jake Thorn (1:28:23) – 138 Anthony Raine (1:31:44) – 270 Colin Shoolbraid (1:39:28) 327 Nick Dance (1:41:10) – 390 Kate Howitt (1:46:04, 4th FV55) – 420 Nick Robinson (1:48:26) – 439 Ian Sharrock (1:49:40) – 446 Irene Hewings (1:50:11) – 498 Eve Bates (1:53:22) – 548 Anne Lucas (1:56:15, 2nd FV65) – 674 Sally Shoolbraid (2:02:20) – 688 Alix Reynolds (2:03:57) – 881 Sarah Creer (2:24:22)

Westward League Cross Country Plymouth
Sunday 2nd March 2014

We will have mens, womens and junior Cross Country teams for next season Starting October 2014/15.
Cross Country awards will be given next year to both men and ladies (Seniors, Vets and Super Vets)
For the Torbay AC team a long and muddy Westward League XC season finished at Plymouth last Sunday, team Captain Matt Day said afterwards that he was “really proud of his team’s efforts in their first league year”. Following the Bovey race Stephen Lofthouse showed “bouncebackability” with a great run, while Sarah Sweatman in the women’s race really flew the flag for Torbay AC.
With more Torbay runners planning to support the event next season the Club will have Men’s, Women’s and Junior runners in the XC season for 2014/15, “We will be aiming for a top 3 finish in Men’s vet team and top 5 in Senior Men’s team.” said Day.

Westward League Torbay’s Overall Results
Men’s Team: 10th out of 53
Men’s Vets Team: 14th out of 35

Overall individual results best 5 out of 6 count
Stephen Lofthouse 47th and 7th MV45, if all 6 races had counted he would have been 1st MV45 as he improved with each race.
Matt Day 48th and 8th MV40
Martyn Zak Griffiths Breslan 54th (only 4 races)
Stu Sweaty Sweatman 64th
Iain Donnelly 104th (only 3 races)
Stephen Wilbraham 151 (only 2 races)

Westward League Plymouth Results
49th Sarah Sweatman (44:45)
52nd Stephen Lofthouse (39:04),
55th Iain Donnelly (39:47)
65th Stu Sweaty Sweatman (40:52)
73rd Matthew Day (42:05)
83rd Stephen Wilbraham (43:19)

Magaluf Marathon
Sunday 2nd March 2014

It was the hardest run Torbay AC’s Debbie Drake had ever competed in, with the temperature at 22 degrees and some really long hills, she did not think she was going to make it, nearly collapsing at end but achieved her ultimate goal of breaking the 4 hour barrier with a time of 3.59.30.

Later celebrating in true British style with a cup of tea and some beans on toast.

A special thanks to club chairman Greg Fine who coached her over the last few months.

Debbie was 5th Lady and 1st in her age category and won a nice Spanish trophy.

Nice Medal

Delicious Dart Trail
Suaturday 1st March 2014

Delicious Dart Trail was a great event – beautiful scenery, excellent food and drink stops along the way and a really good atmosphere.

Some costumes were more practical than others (Roger had to carry his own head for most of the 15 miles!)

Roger and his brother Barry started at Dartington Hall, then stopped every couple of miles, with wine and cheese at Sharpham, a couple of beer samples along the way in Tuckenhay, including, apparently, some delicious pavlova which they missed.

After a fantastic paella while waiting for the ferry at Dittisham, and a specially invented flavour of burnt orange sorbet at Greenway and “cream tea” a bit further along, it all finished off with fish and chips at Rock Fish in Dartmouth at the end.
15 miles in 4 hours including stops was not a bad pace, considering – and Roger will encourage everyone to sign up next year.

Katharina Roberts and Patrick Roberts Top Left
Ray Brown, Tessa Hearfield, Rebecca Disbury, Bottom Left
Roger and Barry Matthews right

Report thanks to Roger Matthews

Dalwood 3 Hills Challenge
Sunday 23rd February 2014

Wet and windy conditions greeted over 120 runners tackling the Dalwood Three Hills Challenge. Used by many as a warm-up for the Grizzly race, this tough 10 miler took runners through off-road terrain whilst battling against the elements which made the course even harder than usual. Mud, deep streams, rocks and even a river crossing were all negotiated, with Jon Pressling, the only runner from Torbay AC, completing the course in 1h21m56s for 11th place overall and 3rd senior male. In a busy schedule Jon is also racing in both the Grizzly and London Marathon over the coming weeks.

Result…11th Jon Pressling (1:21:56)


Birmingham Games results from the National Indoor Arena, Emily Joseph – 2 PB’s in her 2 events. 60m sprint 2nd in heat in 8.66 sec. and in her main event was 2nd again in her heat in the 60m hurdles with a time of 10.10 sec. Chelsea Baines claimed 2 PB’s as well in the sprints – 60m in 9.37 sec. and 31.61 sec. in the 200m. Elyse travelled but was sick on arrival and did not compete, would surely have ran PB in 60m and 200m on the fast mondo track compared to her PB’s set last month at Cardiffs slower track surface. Lill did not travel due to family reasons in the end and missed out on probable PB’s in 200m and or 300m.

Simon 2nd in Exeter Half Marathon
Sunday 16th February 2014

Torbay AC’s Simon Longthorpe claimed 2nd podium position in the Exeter Half Marathon on the 3 lap traffic flat course along footpaths and cycle tracks around the River Exe and the Exeter Canal.

The winner was Ollie Garrod (1:12:47) from the south of London Club Epsom and Ewell Harriers.

Simon finished with almost a 4 minute lead over Joseph Perkins from Exeter University AC, while amongst the field Torbay’s Rachel Kidd managed to improve her half marathon time by 3 minutes 5 seconds.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
2 Simon Longthorpe (1:14:48) – 213 Rachel Kidd (2:16 35)

3rd for Torbay Elite Men in the Armada Relays at Plymouth Central Park
Sunday 16th February 2014

On the very first sunny dry day for athletes this year, there was a good turnout for the inaugural Armada Park Relay event. This event replaced the Plymouth Hoe 10 organised by the Armada Athletic Network. Each athlete ran a testing two-and-a-half mile lap of Central Park, all down hill for just over a mile followed by a testing steep hill. The last mile was mostly flat, with the race start and finish outside the Plymouth Argyll football ground at Home Park,

Some 48 teams made up of four runners competed in the event, The men’s race was won by Riley’s Racers, who finished just in front of Riley’s Slayers, both these teams were made up of top athletes from various running clubs in the South West. Torbay Athletic Club was the fastest team that boasted a full team of its own club runners.

New member Henry Irvine ran his first race in Torbay Club colours. Irvine ran the first leg for the Torbay Elite Men’s team handing over in overall four position to Martyn Breslan who had a great run, finishing in just under 14 minutes to maintain the teams overall position, next runner Lee Turner managed to over-take the fourth placed runner, putting the Club in with a chance of taking 3rd podium place. Turner the fastest Torbay Club runner on the day, handed over to Arran Tocknell for the final leg, with the 2nd placed team Riley Slayers ahead by half a minute, Tocknell manage to draw level with the Slayers runner half way round but was unable to pass him, Tocknell finished in 3rd place giving Torbay an excellent 3rd podium position.

For Torbay Juniors team U14, there were two boys and two girls, all four competed against the adults. Oakley James ran the first leg and finish in 17:01 which was faster than many adult athletes, next was the youngest runner 11 year old Jake Harker who finished in 19:41. Jasmine Sweatman ran the 3rd leg and finished in 21:41 which is an excellent time for such a young runner who ran her first ever race last week, loving the experience so much decided to run in this event. The last leg was run by experience club runner Megan Webber in 18:41 both of these girls were only just 12 years old last week. The mixed Torbay under age 14 team was the youngest in the event finishing in 38th position out of the 48 teams.

For many Club members it was their first relay race, with Nick Hayes proudly wearing his Club shirt for the first time.

Stephen Lofthouse, Stuart Sweatman, Anthony Raine and Matthew Day won a podium place as the 3rd Male Vet 40 team.

Torbay AC produced the most teams on the day, six in total. Two men’s vet teams, two Senior Men’s teams a mixed U14 team and a Senior Ladies team.

Torbay Athletic Club Results
3rd Senior Men, Henry Irvine (13:25) – Martyn Breslan (13:57) – Lee Turner (13:17) – Arran Tocknell (13:30) Total Time 54:09
17th Senior Men, Kevin Fine (15:34) – Jake Thorn (15:39) – John Childs (16:04) – Jonathan Cowling (19:14) Total Time 66:31
18th MV40, Stephen Lofthouse (16:19) – Stuart Sweatman (16:38) – Anthony Raine (16:50) – Matthew Day (17:00) Total Time 66:47
36th MV40, Stephen Wilbraham (17:02) – Roger Matthews (18:38) – Nick Hayes (21:10) – Tim Peters (17:52) Total Time 74:42
37th Senior Ladies, Wendy Urban (16:54) – Nicola Stanbury (20:08) – Emma Gilboy (19:27) – Natasha Stanbury (19:29) Total Time 75:58
38th Mix Under 14, Oakley James(17:01) – Jake Harker (19:41) – Jasmine Sweatman (21:41) Megan Webber (18:14) Total Time 76:37

Stanford Valentines 30k
Sunday 16th February 2014
This race is run each year on the Sunday closest to St Valentine’s Day .Emma Butt ran this her longest ever race as part of her Manchester Marathon training. Emma completed the 30k a 18.6 mile run, in a time of 2 hrs 45 mins on the hilly challenging course along some of the nicest rural lanes of South Lincolnshire. Emma is raising money on her Marathon run for Hospice Care.

Iain finds a dry race in Spain. The Orihuela Half Marathon
Sunday 9th February 2014

(in Spanish Medio Maraton Ciudad de Orihuela ) Located at the foot of the Sierra de Orihuela mountains in the province of Alicante, Spain. Orihuela is a small city with a population of just 32,000.

The total route was extremely flat and fast consisting of 3 laps with the Start and finish next to the Glorieta “Gabriel Miró”

Torbay Athletic Club’s Iain Donnelly had to travel quite far to find a dry race and needing a break for the terrible wet and windy British weather.
For Iain it was a nice change to running in the cross country mud. Iain was just 13 seconds from breaking the 1 hour 30 minute barrier. Iain was so happy with his time that he treated himself to a cold San Miguel beer!. His position was 349th out of 1448.

Torbay AC Result
349th Iain Donnelly 1:30:13


Six Torbay Athletic Club members ran the 5th race in this series of six. The event was held around a scenic and very hilly course on the National Trust Estate at Parke, Bovey Tracey.

It was the first cross country experience for Jasmine Sweatman and her mother Sarah. Jasmine had a great first cross country experience running the 3000 metre U13 Girls race in the woodland park to finish in 15th position. Mother Sarah ran well in the 2 lap 5000 metre Senior Ladies. Senior Men ran 3 laps of the park measured at 9300 metres.

Stephen Lofthouse still lies 3rd in the overall MV45 category, with Martyn Breslan 31st overall in the Senior men despite only having completed 4 of the 5 races so far. With the best 5 out of 6 in the series to count, final positions will only be fully clear after the next and last race on Sunday 2nd March in Plymouth.

This will also complete a good season for Torbay Club.

Torbay AC results at Bovey were…
Under 13 girls… 15th Jasmine Sweatman (17:25)
Senior Ladies… 62nd Sarah Sweatman ( 36:14 )
Senior Men… 29th Martyn Breslan ( 39:28 ) – 79th Matthew Day (46:53 ) – 81 Stuart Sweatman (47:18 ) – 87 Stephen Lofthouse ( 48:08 )
Very well done to all

Torbay Athletic Club Adharanand Finn wins with a sprint finish at Japan.
Sunday 2nd February 2014

Torbay Athletic Club Adharanand Finn won his first race abroad at the Friendship Marathon 10K race in Osaka in Japan. It was a close race finish with Finn needing a fast sprint to win the event. His time was 36 minutes and two seconds.

Adharandand Finn has recently spent the last 6 months in Japan researching his follow up book to ‘Running with the Kenyans.’ His new book will be about Japanese running and will be on sale from Spring 2015.

Finn has setup a Crowdfunder account to raise £850 to bring Japhet Koech (star in Finns book Running with the Kenyans) from Iten, Kenya to Torquay on Tuesday May 20th for a training session. It will be a good opportunity for all members of Torbay Athletic club to train with a Kenyan athlete. and will be running the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 25th May..

Members can pledge money by clicking on this link below, any amount from £1 upwards.

Photo…Adharanand Finn getting his prize from a local Japanese comedian and Finn wearing the Torbay Club vest at the start of the race.

3rd and 4th for Torbay Pair and Mens Team Prize wins at Exmouth Fulford Five
Sunday 2nd February 2014

15 Torbay AC club members ran the Exmouth, Fulford Five on Sunday, with the Clubs leading duo on the day, Lee Turner and Pete Monaghan finishing in 3rd and 4th positions respectfully. The five mile road race route was around Exmouth Seafront and Town Centre, this was a mostly flat and fast.
Tom Merson from Exmouth Harriers led the race from the very start and won by over two minutes in a time of 24:31. Jon James from Wells City Harriers was 2nd, just 13 seconds clear of 3rd placed Lee Turner of Torbay AC. Club-mate Peter Monaghan was 5 seconds behind him in 4th spot.
Torbay had four men in top 20 and easily won the senior men’s team prize award.
The Senior Mens team consisted of Lee Turner, Pete Monaghan, Martyn Breslan and Russell Hart.
Torbay also won the 2nd mens Vets team prize, Peter Monaghan, Stephen Lofthouse, Stuart Sweatman and Anthony Raine. Lee Turner was 2nd Senior Man and Pete Monaghan won the 2nd MV45 age category.
Torbay Vets Ladies also ran well with Irene Hewing winning 3rd FV55, Sally Davies 1st MV60, Anne Lucas 1st FV65.
Anne Lucas gained a course personal best time and so did Anthony Raine.
It was Shelly Nicholson first five mile race

Torbay Athletic Club Results
3 Lee Turner (26:47, 1st Senior man) – 4 Peter Monaghan (26:52, 2nd MV45) – 11 Martyn Breslan (28:10) – 20 Russell Hart (28:51) – 49 Stephen Lofthouse (32:26) – 51 Stuart Sweatman (32:32) – 62 Anthony Raine (33:10) – 95 95 Mike Davies (35:14) – 139 Stephenie Townsend (38:51) – 142 Irene Hewings (39:02, 3rd FV55) – 165 Sally Davies (41:19, 1st FV60) – 182 Anne Lucas (42:19, 1st FV65) – 193 Andrew Park (42:22) – 200 Shelly Nicholson (44:28) – 261 Bill Valentine (58:33)

Henry Irvine 4th at Dawlish Aquathlon
Sunday 2nd February 2014

Two Torbay Tri Club members completed the Dawlish Aquathlon. Henry Irvine, winner of last months Dawlish Obelisk multi terrain running race returned to Dawlish Leisure centre for the Dawlish Aquathlon. The Dawlish Aquathlon was the first race in the series of four. This was Henry’s first ever aquathlon comprising of a 600 metre pool swim, 5km+ run. Henry finished 4th. Eric Barber was 1st in the Super Vintage category.

4 Henry Irvine Swim 8:22, Run 19:15 Finish 27:37
91 Eric Barber Swim 20:51 Run 35:33 Finish 56:24

There was also a small race. 300 metre swim and 5k run. distances in each race.

The next race in the series is Sidmouth on Sunday 9th March followed by Exeter Middlemoor on Sunday 6th April and the last event at the University Of Exeter on Sunday 11th May.

Four Torbay Athletic Club men head to the capital for the
Southern Cross Country Championship at Parliament Hill
Sunday 26th January 2014

Four Torbay Athletic Club members ran this prestigious race at Parliament Hill in London the previous weekend This was a tough cross-country event on the south side of Hampstead Heath London. Runners from all of the major athletic clubs turn up every year to run the”Southern’s”. A very muddy Parliament Hill course greeted the Torbay AC athletes, with 14 kilometres of wind, rain & hail, finishing off with a very heavy downpour for last 10-15 minutes. Parliament Hill was once known as Traitors’ Hill, it acquired its current name during the English Civil War when it was occupied by troops loyal to the English Parliament. The hill is around 321 feet (98 m) high and is notable for the excellent views it provides of the London skyline.
Martyn Breslan led the Torbay team home in 1:05:23.

331 Martyn Breslan (1:05:23) – 657 Iain Donnelly (1:13:38) – 677 Stephen Lofthouse (1:14:19) – 793 Matthew Day (1:18:39)
there were 986 finishers.

The Torbay AC men were the only athletes from South Devon with Bideford Harriers the only other Devon team in this event. With the Torbay AC club numbers growing fast cross-country is becoming popular with members so next year the Torbay club hope to produce more teams for the Westward League, South of England Cross Country Championship and the National Cross Country championships.
There are only two Westward leagues Cross Country events to go to the end of the Cross Country season. Next is Bovey Tracey on the 9th February and Plymouth on the 2nd March.

Henry Irvine wins Dawlish Obelisk
Sunday 12th January 2014

Well Done to all members who ran at the ‘Oh My Obleisk’ race. 10 country miles from Dawlish Leisure Centre up to the Obelisk monument in Haldon Forest and back. Mostly run on green lanes and forest tracks. Very wet , very hilly and very muddy!

Well done to Henry Irvine who won the race in just 1hr 13mins 58secs. Henry cross the finish line well over two minute clear of David Tomlins (former Teignbridge Trotter runner but now running unattached) Henry has just joined Torbay Athletic Club just a couple of days after this race. (Photo right Henry Irvine)

It was a good day for two new Torbay Athletic Club members. First man home from the club and wearing his brand new Torbay club vest was new member Ian Trevis. Ian finished in 1:30:12. First lady home from the club was also a new club member, Julia Gow Smith wore her new club vest for the first time. (in group photo on left Julia 75 & Ian 270)

Torbay Athletic Club Results
35 Ian Trevis (1:30:12) – 85 James Hartridge (1:40:22) – 93 Ray Brown (1:41:11) – 97 Mike Davies (1:41:48) – 114 Julia Gow Smith (1:44:28) – 128 Nick Dance (1:46:24) – 150 Neil Fisher (1:49:29) – 160 Stephenie Townsend (1:51:56) – 182 Sally Davies (1:56:35) – 189 Tessa Hearfield (1:57:54) – 243 Alix Reynolds (2:16:18)

Peter Monaghan 2nd in the Jaunary Jaunt 10k
Sunday 12th January 2014

Torbay Athletic Club Peter Monaghan finished second in the January Jaunt 10k multi terrain race. This event started and finished in Plympton. The route is a mixture of road and off road leading up to Saltram House and back. The winner was Ian Habgood from Bournmouth Athletic Club who finished in 34:21. Peter was just 32 seconds behind. Third and justb 12 seconds behind Pete was Pete Waunsley from Tamar Trotters.

Torbay Athletic Club Results:
2 Peter Monaghan 34:53

Westward League Cross Country Westward Ho
Sunday 12th January 2014

Four Torbay Athletic Club members travelled to North Devon for the Westward League Cross Country race. The route comprised of one small lap followed by four large laps of fields around Northam Burrows at Westward Hoe. Distance was almost 9 kilometres. The Westward League Series comprises of 6 race events between October 2013 and March 2014. All Clubs in Devon and Cornwall needed to produce teams of five men for at least five of the six races in the series.

Unfortunately Martyn Breslan had to pull out of race night before due to an injury. This meant Torbay was one man short for a full team. Luckily Torbay had already produced a full team at the previous three cross country events. Westward Ho was the fouth. Its now crucial that Torbay manages to send a full team of five men at the next two events at Bovey Tracey next month and Plymouth in March. Torbay is currently in 12 position

Photo from Left Iain Donnelly, Stephen Lofthouse, Matthew Day, Stuart Sweatman.

Torbay Athletic Club Results…
Iain Donnelly: 53rd 37 mins 47 secs, Stephen Lofthouse: 61st 39 mins 5 secs (Stephen is currently lying 3rd overall in MV45 and getting better each race), Stu Sweaty Sweatman: 65th 39 mins 57 secs, Matthew Day: 68th 40 mins 18 secs

A great day at Cardiff for Torbay AC Juniors
A great day at Cardiff on Sunday for the South West England Indoor Champs at Wales National Indoor Athletics Centre.
Highlight was Elyse winning both the 60m and 200m S.W. titles in the under 15 girls, recording a time in the 200m faster than her outdoor PB. Julian won the under 15 boys 200m title and was 3rd in the 60m, first time he has sprinted for the club.
Lillian ran her fastest 300m indoors ever to take the S.W. title in a composed 44.80, taking it a bit easy over the first 100m.
Harry had a good day – 3rd in the shot, plus a new indoor PB in the 200m by a big margin.
Chelsea competed in 60m and 200m recording 2 PB’s in her first proper competitive meeting.
Sasha 3rd in long with 4.45 and 2nd in high with 1.40m

31 members run the First Chance 10k in Exeter
Sunday 5th January 2014

31 Torbay Athletic Club members ran the First road race of 2014. Due to flooding from recent storms and another storm predicted on race day the course was change. The race was postponed by one hour to minimise flood disruption. The new course was similar and just as flat but just short of 10 kilometres.

The race was won by former Torbay AC Kairne Stone now running for Newnham and Essex Beagles in 31:37 with another former Torbay AC member now running for Exeter claiming 2nd place.

Torbay had 6 members in the Top 15 with Simon Longthorpe being first home and claiming the 3rd Poduim position.

Next home from the club and in fourth place was Lee Turner who ran his first running race since March last year due to long term injury.

Jon Parkinson won his age category and was 7th. A battle for 13th place between three Torbay AC members was won by Martyn Breslan, with Russell Hart just a second behind and Andrew Longthorpe 9 seconds later.

Torbay produced the largest team on the day with 31 members completing the race.

Torbay AC EVe Bates new to running ran her first road race and was very very surprise to finish in 176th out of nearly 500 runners in just 47 minutes 33 seconds. It was also first race for Torbay for Brian Hall.

Torbay AC Results…
3 Simon Longthorpe (32:27, 2nd Senior Man) – 4 Lee Turner (33:03, 3rd Senior Man) – 7 Jon Parkinson (33:57, 1st MV4571st MV45) – 13 Martyn Breslan (35:09) – 14 Russell Hart (35:10) – 15 Andy Longthorpe (35:19) – 40 Nigel Fenn (37:49) – 44 Jake Thorn (38:25) – 61 Kevin Fine (39:25) – 73 Stuart Sweatman (40:22) – 91 Anthony Raine (41:41) – 93 Cathy Parkinson (41:46, 2nd FV45) – 99 Neil Dawkins (42:17) – 122 Greg Fine (43:43, 3rd MV60) – 126 Mark Cockerton (44:04) – 130 Patrick Roberts (44:08) – 153 Ian Hayward (45:46) – 173 Stephenie Townsend (47:22) – 176 Eve Bates (47:33) – 190 Jonathan Cowling (48:18) – 198 Debbie Drake (48:40) – 206 Irene Hewings (48:54, 3rd FV55) – 219 Mark Bruce (49:25) – 234 Sally Davies (50:25, 2nd FV60) – 262 Tessa Heartfield (52:21) – 264 Anne Lucas (52:26) – 269 Katharina Roberts (52:53) – 273 Mike Davies (52:59) – 274 Brian Hall (52:59) – 288 Andrew Park (53:31) – 317 Alix Reynolds (54:41)

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