TEIGNBRIDGE TROTTERS took part in three local races this weekend with 48 runners involved and records broken by Dave Tomlin (left) and Tina Caunter.
The Bideford Half marathon was held over a virtually level course taking in magnificent countryside alongside the River Torridge between Bideford & Great Torrington.
The course is half on country roads and half on the Tarka Trail which was formerly a railway line. Twenty-seven Trotters made their way to North Devon and gained some exceptional personal results in near perfect running conditions, with 867 other runners.
First Trotter home, and breaking yet another club record, was David Tomlin who was 6th in a magnificent time of 1.14.22, smashing Alan Fewings' record for a vet 40 half marathon set at the Torbay Half 17 years ago where he recorded a time of 1.16.34.
He now holds the records for 10k, 10 miles and the half marathon since turning 40 in early January. He was also 1st vet 40 at the race.
Ewan Walton setting out to crack his PB did so at this event and was 17th in 1.19.30. Gary Clark was 81st in 1.28.07 and Allen Taylor did a PB in 1.28.08, one place behind Gary. John Tweedy wasn't far behind in 87th in 1.28.32.Craig Churchill beat his own record in 1.31.23 and 114th, while Helen Anthony broke hers too in 1.34.21 and brought the Trottettes home in 152nd.
Rob Cowling did 1.34.58 PB and 158th. Alexander Shearman was 160th 1.35.30, Gary Watson 1.39.40 231st, Graydon Widdicombe PB 1.42.02 284th, Dennis Milstead 1.44.87 333rd, Jim Donovan 1.45.09 336th, Rob Cooper in his first race as a Trotter 1.46.59 369th and Noel Fowler 1.50.38 426th.
Joanne Haynes was next Trotter lady to appear in 1.51.58 452nd and Stephen Wallace did 1.53.14 472nd.
Tina Caunter raced to the finish in 1.54.52 which smashed Pauline Newholme's previous Vet 55 record set in 1996 in the Plymouth Half. Tina also broke the 10 mile record at Plymouth Hoe two weeks ago which she took off Lucy Payne. This was another fantastic achievement since turning 55 a few weeks ago.
Joanne Becker wasn't far behind her in a PB of 1.55.45 532rd, Step Ross did 1.55.49 529th and Keith Anderson 1.58.58 594th.
Sarah Seymour obliterated her last half marathon time by 12 minutes with 2.01.10 625th while both Bev Dennis 2.02.21 644th and Sharon Hutchins 2.02.31 648th did a PB too. Catherine Barnes was 709th in 2.08.06, Tim Hartley 2.19.51 795th and Heather Snow completed her first Trotter race in 3.01.28 and was 866th.
Down in Cornwall the 37th Duchy Marathon and 20-mile road race took place at Redruth.
Lance Mason did an amazing marathon time and enjoyed the undulating course to produce 3.01.33 for 8th place, also picking up 1st vet 50.
Mark Hutchins was next in 3.25.05 46th, Roger Hayes 3.37.36 73rd being chased in by Ian Langler 3.38.03 74th. Roger Hales wasn't far behind in 3.39.32 81st, Phil Perry did 3.48.46 for 105th and Peter Blakesley stepped up from the 20 last year to do 4.04.12 for 135th. Dave Dunn was 160th in 4.20.55, while Angie Blakesley completed in 4.47.11 for 186th and Sally Ingledew appeared in 4.51.28 and 188th.
Eleven Trotters took part in the 20-miler producing some strong runs and good foundations for their coming marathons this year.
Daryl Milford put up a strong fight to be 2nd in 2.07.08 and 1st vet 35, while Garry Smart tried his hardest to catch him in 2.08.58 and 3rd, with 1st vet 45.
Wilf Taylor was 23rd in 2.33.49 and 1st vet 60, and Tim Hassell, running in Trotter vest for the first time, was 42nd in 2.43.47.
Jacki Woon was 2nd vet 45 in 2.44.12 43rd, Neil Pallant 55th 2.54.44, Jessica Parkes 56th 2.54.53, Eleanor Taylor finished in 3.02.36 74th, Sharon Bowman did 3.15.52 52nd. Ruth Johnson 3.31.55 116th and Carly Cook 3.33.08 117th completed their longest runs to date.
New member Stephanie Parker completed the Bath Half, completing the course in 2.16.44 and 8599th.