Results 2015 – December

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Sunday 27th December

What better way to liven up your Christmas break and help digest your over indulgences with a jaunt up and around the famous mystical Isle of Avalon –
with free tea and cake at the finish. With stunning views all round, this is a short, sharp multi-terrain race over tarmac, grass, tracks and paths, and through stiles and gates. 4 miles and 900ft of ascent to the iconic Glastonbury Tor. Torbay Steven Rowe finished 49th out of over 100 runners in a time of 45:23

Sunday 27th December

the race is located right in the heart of Somerset tranquil rural settlement of Stoke St Gregory, nestled between West Sedgemoor and Curry Moor in the Somerset levels. The 10K run is in it’s 31st year. It is traditionally held on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year in the picturesque
village of Stoke St Gregory. A mixed field of joggers, experienced athletes and fun-runners creates a very special atmosphere, many enjoying the event year after year. The course runs through quiet country lanes with one modest hill to climb.

Torbay Peter Monaghan finished 5th out of 400 runners in 36:39 and won his age 50 category. The race was won by Jim McConnel from North Herts Running Club in a time of 34.58.

Sarah Wake ran the Cardiff 5k parkrun twice. The event is held in Bute Park behind Cardiff Castle and this Christmas it was held on both Christmas Day and Boxing Days..
Sarah ran on Christmas day finishing 179 out of 420 in a time of 25:48 and on Boxing Day 119th out of 353 runners in a time of 24:39.

Also on Christmas Day Martyn Ellis ram the Exeter Riverside parkrun and finished 3rd out of 73 in a time of 19:34 and 53 Robert Wells 53rd in 27:19

In the New Forest Cassandra Harrison ran the new Moors Valley 5k parkrun which started only 8 weeks ago. A total of 207 ran the course at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood, Dorset. She finished 66 out of 207 in 25:42.

Sara Crozier ran the Southampton 5k parkrun finishing 168 out of 361 runners in a time of 26:07. Former Torbay Athletic Club member Richard Waldron finished first in 16:01

Locally at Parke 5k parkrun near Bovey Tracey five Torbay members ran. David Gow-Smith finished 6 out of 128 runners in 21:13.
A total of 128 runners took part.
6 David Gow-Smith (21:13) – 34 Gary Brenton (25:36) – 65 Robert Wells (29:58) –
83 Kirsten Mundy (32:26) – 125 Sarah Addis (44:30)

Sunday 20th December 2015

Sunday 20th December saw the running of the 29th annual Wellington Monument ‘Bert King memorial’ Race, with an impressive turnout of supporters and over 180 entries. Both wind and rain held off for the most part, making for good running conditions on a mild winter’s morning, however there were a few soggy Santa’s and all runners were grateful for a warming cup of mulled wine and a mince pie upon completion of their race.

The 6.27 mile race followed the usual route, starting from the Catherine Wheel pub in the village, then climbing the gruelling 16% incline hill toward Simonsburrow before levelling out and circling the Wellington Monument and descending back along the same route.

Overall race winner was James Baker of Chichester Runners LAC who sped round the hilly course in 36.13 minutes, 45 seconds ahead of Andrew Smith (37.03) and followed closely by Christian Hewitt (37.14) from Tiverton Harriers in third. Winning their age categories and coming in 4th and 5th respectively were Peter Monaghan of Torbay AAC (V50) and Ben Tull (U20, Taunton AC)

Sneaking into the top 20 overall was Ladies Race winner Naomi Flanagan from Torbay AAC in 41.38,an impressive time for such a testing course.

4 Peter Monaghan (37.18, 1st MV50) – 19 Naomi Flanagan (41.38, 1st Lady) – 93 Raymond Wilson (52.16, 2nd MV65) –  114 Debbie Drake (54.39, 3 FV50)

Sunday 20th December 2015

Torbay AC’s Dave Tomlin finished 2nd overall and 1st V40 with four other club members also running in the tough Torrington Christmas Caper which featured 9 miles of the mud, forest trails, rivers and hills that runners love! starting from Torrington Rugby Club and as Tomlin said afterwards” it wasno caper just, very very wet and muddy under foot with a lot of surface water and a few hills for good measure” Torbay’s results 2nd DAVE TOMLIN(1:04:56), 66th GRAHAM REYNOLDS (1:23:15) 128th DAVE PRESSLEY (1:37:29) 157 ALIX REYNOLDS (1:44:22) 166th DEBRA PRESSLEY (1:48:24)

The Dark Dart Dash 10k
Sunday 20th December 2015

A head-torch isn’t your usual piece of running kit but then again the Dark Dart Dash 10k certainly isn’t your normal race. Set around the challenging woods of Dartington, at night, the run now in its 3rd year and forms part of the Wild Night Run race series. With a trail of lights dotted around the course, four members of Torbay AC put in a good showing among over 100 finishers who all got rather muddy along the way.
8th Jon Pressling (49:28), 35th Mike Singleton-Green (1:01:17), 43rd Sue Putt (1:03:48), 68th Cassandra Harrison (1:14:08).

Sunday 20th December 2015

Held around the grounds of Bicton College on a very challenging course there were many excellent performances from the Torbay senior and Junior runners. Torbay AC results were:- Senior Men 52 Anthony Raine (44:11) 58 Paul Frissen (46:36) 59 Martin Breslan (46:40) U17 Men 19th Hayden Fey (19:27), U13 18th Alexander Bly (11:20) Senior Ladies 34th Karen Frissen (35:20), 35 Fay Cameron (41:48) 36th Kirsten Mundy (41:50) U13 Girls:-54th Josie Ratcliff (15:50)

Saturday 19th December 2015

Four Torbay club members ran at the Parke parkrun finishing 21st Simon GILBOY,(25:36)
27th Ian HAYWARD (26:25) 28th and 4th female, Emma GILBOY (26:28) 53rd Robert WELLS (30:16)

Saturday 12th December 2015

2015 Cockington Christmas Caper 2000 Arran Tocknell

It was an 8th win for Torbay AC’s Arran Tocknell at the 11th running of the Cockington Christmas Caper, altogether 38 Club members including 5 new ones, entered the event which was run over 8 miles around in this scenic Country Park area with conditions as usual very muddy and slippery. Unfortunately at 2 miles into the event the leaders Tocknell and Lee Turner were sent the wrong way and had to double back along with several others who had followed. But although losing nearly 30 seconds the leaders managed to pulled away again to take Ist and 2nd place respectively along with many other excellent Club performances from Wendy Urban 1st FV50, Sue Putt 1st FV55, David Gow-Smith 1st MV55, Lisa Haley 2nd FV35, Irene Hewings 2nd FV55, Debra Pressley 2nd FV60, Wilson Raymond 2nd MV65. The event organised by the Barnabas Sports Trust helps to raise vital funds for the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network.

Torbay AC results were
1 Arran Tocknell (1:01:23, 1st Senior Man) – 2 Lee Turner (1:01:48, 1st MV35) – 6 David Knight (1:05:00) – 8 Ian Tyson (1:06:30) – 11 Jerry Hocking (1:07:22) – 14 David Gow-Smith (1:08:58, 1st MV55) -18 Martyn Breslan (1:10:26) -20 Martyn Ellis (1:10:51) – 22 Steve Weeks (1:11:39) – 23 Wendy Urban (1:11:40) – 27 Anthony Raine (1:13:18) – 31 Alex Snell (1:16:27) – 46 Jamie Bullock (1:22:19) – 51 Katie Codling (1:23:53) – 52 Brian Lewis (1:23:56) – 58 Paul Frissen (1:25:47) – 63 Sue Putt (1:26:36) – 66 Nick Robinson (1:27:03) – 70 Steve Sharp (1:27:47) – 75 Raymond Wilson (1:28:13) – 77 Ian Hayward (1:28:33) – 78 Roger Matthews (1:28:37) – 79 Lisa Haley (1:28:42) – 82 Jonathan Cowling (1:29:19) – 88 Rachel Longthorpe (1:29:57) – 89 David Pressling (1:30:07) – 92 Irene Hewings (1:30:49) – 94 Jo Loten (1:31:06) – 102 Deborah Drake (1:32:15) – 110 Emma Gilboy (1:33:10) – 112 Cassandra Harrison (1:33:18) – 130 Sarah Harrison (1:36:35) – 133 Adam Hill (1:37:05) – 143 Janine Callard (1:38:40) – 148 Tessa Hearfield (1:39:36) – 167 Debra Pressley (1:45:12) – 200 Ruth Gornall (1:53:11) – 208 Nick Hayes (1:54:59 – 209 Kirsten Munday (1:55:33)

Saturday 12th December 2015

At the Sheffield Hallam parkrun finishing 2nd was Charlie BAKER (17:01) beaten by 15 seconds, by Ethopian Ashenafi Erkolo.
At the Exeter Riverside parkrun in 2nd place was Peter MONAGHAN (17:09) just beaten by Mark Susten from Cambridge University Triathlon Club by 6 seconds,
while at the Killerton parkrun 84th was Robert WELLS (28:11)

Sunday 6th December 2015

Westward League Exeter 2015 Fey Kirsten

Torbay Athletic Club Team Captain Matthew Day entered 35 club members for the 3rd Westward League Cross Country event at Exeter which incorporated the Devon County Championship, held in fields next to Exeter Arena. The tough muddy hilly course of was a good test of stamina and fitness especially for the senior men running almost 9km.

This competition was part of the Westward League Cross Country Race Series which consist of 6 races, Plymouth, Newquay, Exeter, Westward Ho!, Stover and Redruth.

There were many excellent individual performances with Captain Matt Day 5th in his MV40 age group,

Kirsten Mundy 5th in her FV35 age group Hayley Ratcliff 5th in her FV45 age group

Wendy Urban 6th in her FV50 age group.

Excellent performances from U13 Boys (Alexander Bly, Harry Edwards and Finn Ostler) and U13 Girls (Raphaela Donoghue, Lily Bates & Josie Ratcliff) who won bronze medals in the Devon County Championships.

Chances of Torbay A.C winning silverware at the end of the season are looking promising with U13 Girls in 4th place, Matthew Day MV40 in 5th,

Alexander Bly U13 in 6th,
Anthony Raine MV45 in 6th place and
Lily Noble U11 in 7th place overall.

Team positions:-
Vets Mens Team 6th.
Under 15th Boys Team 7th
Under 13th Boys Team 5th
Vet Ladies Team 7th.
Under 13 Girls team 4th.


Senior Women
Wendy Urban 35th (21.12) Hayley Ratcliff 93rd (26.12) Fey Cameron 108th (29.38) Kirsten Mundy 109th (29.39)

Senior Men
Martyn Breslan 53rd (34:10) Anthony Raine 106th (38:06) Matthew Day 111th (38:19) Paul Frissen 137th (42:13) Phil Bates 148th (44:02) Craig McGuire 159th (49:12), Denis Doy 163th (51:18)-

U11 Boys
Joshua Taylor 22th ( 6:50) William James 24th (7.04) Stefan Filip 26th (7.07)

U11 Girls
Ella Rogers 15th (7.13), Lily Noble 16th (7.15) Emma Harrison 19th (7.31) Olivia Horton 26th (8.15) Mia Ratchitt 27th (8.21) Gale Lauren 28th (8.23)

U13 Girls
Raphaela Donoghue 22nd (12.44) Lily Bates 36th (14.13) Josie Ratcliff 38th (14.58)

U15 Girls
Megan Webber 15th (16.48)

Jack Luscombe 29th (7.14) Joe Gale 31st (7.25) Harvey Bates 36th (8.18)

U13 Boys
Alexander Bly 9th (11:01) Harry Edwards 15th (11:36) Finn Ostler 20th (12:32) Finley Brennan-Osment 24th (15:35) Alex James 25th ( 15:51)

U15 Boys
James Alcock 9th (14:27) Kyan Tandy 16th (15:09) Shaun McKernan 20th (16:1


34th place and 5th M40 – Paul Frissen
42nd place and 5th M60 – Denis Doy

12th place and 3rd W50 – Wendy Urban
29th place and 4th W45 – Hayley Ratcliff

u15 Girls
13th place – Megan Webber – 16m 48 s

u13 Girls
11th place – Raphaela Donoghue – 12m 44s
24th place – Lily Bates – 14m13 secs
25th place – Josie Ratcliff – 14m 58 secs
Well done girls for taking the 3rd team position!

u15 Boys
4th place – James Alcock – 14m 27s
9th place – Kyan Tandy – 15m 09s
13th place – Shaun McKernan – 16m 14s
Well done to the boys who took 3rd place in the team competition

u13 Boys
7th place – Alexander Bly – 11m 01s
11th place – Harry Edwards – 11m 36s
15th place – Finley Ostlet – 12 m 32 secs
Well done to the boys who took 3rd team place!

Saturday 5th December 2015

Ian Tyson was 1st home in (18:10) at his first parkrun in Braywick Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire with a total of 145 runners taking part.with Robert Wells 32nd in (28:41 at Parke Bovey with 74 runners.

The Percy Pud 10k
Saturday 5th December 2015

Torbay AC’s Charlie Baker finished 33rd in 35:37 out of 2087 runners at the Percy Pud 10k in South Yorkshire. Why is it so popular? Traditionally each finisher in the race receives a Christmas pudding for their efforts. Food and seasonal music are provided after the race and for many the Percy Pud. signals the start of Christmas. The route is not bad either, along the picturesque Loxley Valley on the north west outskirts of Sheffield slightly undulating, with very few turns making it ideal for people aiming to set a personal best.