Athletics goes festive with marathons and Santa run

Torbay Weekly

Torbay AAC athlete Debbie Drake joined over 600 runners to take on The New Forest Half Marathon on Saturday, starting from Lyndhurst.

This amazing trail running event is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a sensational place for the runners to enjoy.  

Consisting of gravel pathways, a couple of river crossings and some boggy fields, the route weaves through magnificent forests where runners can encounter the native New Forest ponies, as well as horses, donkeys, and deer roaming free and grazing on the side of the trails.

Debbie finished in a superb time of 1:58.33 and finished second in the V50 category. Congratulations Debbie.

On Sunday, Karen and Paul Frissen were at the world famous Goodwood Motor Circuit to run the marathon distance. Although it’s a smooth traffic free tarmac motor racing circuit, the wind was fierce and icy cold, making it a challenging experience for all competitors.

The final results saw Karen finish 117th in 04:36:59 and third in the FV55 category. Paul was right behind in 118th with a time of 04:37:00.

Sunday was the day when a bit of colour was brought to The Bay for The Brixham Santa Run a 3k fun run for charity, hosted by Brixham Harriers and Brixham Soroptomists. Runners get a Santa costume with their entry fee.

The event starts and finishes at the historical Old Brixham Fish Market. The scenic route takes hundreds of Santas running past the sights of The Golden Hind, the Man and Boy statue, then a run around towards the marina and lifeboat station before heading up the breakwater.

The Santas then return along the same route to the finish. Irene Hewings and Debbie Drake brought the Christmas turkey!

Torbay AAC continued with their successful season in the Westward League Cross Country. The third event of the season took place at Exeter. It was a beautiful sunny day and the course was very muddy, making for ideal cross county conditions.