Torbay on top in college exterminator race
OVER TWO HUNDRED runners braved heavy rain, hail, strong winds - and even some sunshine - during the 10k 'Exterminator' race at the weekend.
Torbay Athletic Club's Aaron Tocknell, a previous winner of the race, repeated the feat in an impressive time of 36:42 just ten seconds shy of his own course record.
David Tomlin of Teignbridge Trotters was hot on Aaron's heels for the majority of the race, coming in second with 36:58. Third place went to Dan Palmer with 38:47. It was almost 4 minutes after the top three finished before another finisher crossed the line, but they came in thick and fast and caked in mud. Torbay Athletic Club won both the winning men's and ladies team awards.
The 10k (6.2 mile) race – sponsored by Linden Homes – starts and finishes at South Devon College and takes in the Mill Pond at Stoke Gabriel. There were 215 entrants for the main race and 65 signed up for the ¾ mile fun run, won by 12 year old Lexi Dart and sponsored by Swift Carpets.
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"I would like to say a very big thank you to the 80 or so college staff, students, friends and family who volunteered and supported the event." said Race Director, Helen Honnor of South Devon College, "We have received excellent feedback from runners, race officials and spectators about the event and the marshals who were particularly noted for their encouragement and enthusiasm."
"The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of South Devon College charitable trust, who support students most in need," added Ms Honnor, "It provides a learning and volunteering opportunity for students of South Devon College and is a great event for the local community. Around 50 sports and public service students helped in one capacity or another on the day and we simply couldn't hold the event without them."