Smart fixes new Trotters' record at 10k track event
THREE Teignbridge Trotters made a weekday evening journey to Exeter to take part in the Devon County Athletics Association 10k Track Championship.
All took part in the 20-man strong A race. The three were led by Garry Smart who finished eighth in a new M45 club record in 35.51. Geoff Davey was 15th in 38.20 and Alan Boone 18th in 40.02.
Trotters had just one representative at the Jurassic Coast 10k Challenge. The lone crusader was Adrian Handley. Running his second race in Trotters' colours, he was 58th in a creditable 49.31.
Mark Wotton travelled to Surrey to take part in the Farnham Pilgrims Marathon, his second marathon in consecutive weeks and his 30th marathon overall.
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The race is run off-road and follows a hilly route along the chalk hills of the South Downs taking in Farnham and Puttenham Golf Courses and the banks of the River Wey en route. He was 178th out of 291 finishers in 4.42.18.
Sunday saw the inaugural running of the Purbeck Marathon. The race attracted a field of 177 and started and finished in the seaside town of Swanage. The route climbs steeply on to the coastal path and continues to undulate all the way to Corfe Castle. The views along the Jurassic coastline are stunning.
Roger Hales had his best race of the year and finished a lofty 14th and made light of the course to record a wonderful time of 3.54.09. Hales and Allen Taylor ran together and finished 34th and 35th place in a time of 4.16.55.
On yet another quiet weekend of racing there was some leftover business from the previous weekend with all results now published.
At the Cheddar Gorge Marathon Lance Mason made light of the tough course and recorded a magnificent sixth place and second V50 in 4.19.54.
Hayes was 21st in 4.57.57, Roger Hales 26th in 5.07.32 and Wotton 40th out of the 57 finishers in 5.46.48.
HALDON Trail Runners' Emma Hitchins was first lady and third overall on the 13-mile Highways and Skyways race in a time of 1.56.
Fellow HTR runner Gareth Hurst won the race in a time of 1.55.35.
Three HTR members took part in the Jurassic Coast 10km race.
New member, Tom Bates, completed in 42.55 and 16th position overall.
Anthea Whitaker grabbed 57th overall, ninth lady and fifth lady veteran in a time of 48.23.
Steve O'Donoghue raced to a time of 50.06, giving him 63rd overall.