Muddy course was just how Torbay AAC off-roadies like it

Torbay Weekly

Torbay AAC have had a busy couple of weeks as the racing calendar gets underway for the New Year.

Last weekend saw the return of the popular Dawlish Coaster race Oh my Obelisk!

A choice of two multi-terrain events approximately 13 miles or nine miles with mud, hills, fields, woodland tracks and quiet country lanes with stunning views, both routes started at Dawlish Leisure Centre and headed up to Mamhead forest, taking in the Obelisk and then head downhill back to finish at the Leisure Centre.

Torbay AAC had athletes taking part in both routes, the recent rain had made the course muddy and technical, just how our off roadies like it!

Results on the day were in the 13-mile first home was Steve Weeks 1:47:23 (38th) Ian Hayward 1:53:26 (60th) Nick Robinson 1:56:23 (65th) James Hartridge 2:00:25 (81st) Iaen sell 2:03:00 (97th) Debbie Drake 2:21:10 (142nd) Tas Felstead 2:44:32 (180th) 9 mile Results were Nadine Lee 1:35:54 (48th) Andy Philippou 1:42:40 (63rd) and Anita Ley 1:46:57 (68th)

A late congratulations to Karen Baddeley for getting the FV60 course record at Teignmouth Promenade parkrun, completing the 5k course in a time of 21:53

Debbie Drake ran the Plymouth January Jaunt 10k, an off-road undulating course.

Debbie finished in place 104 out of 274 and securing the prize for 1st fV55 in a time of 52.52

On the Saturday, Mark Luscombe and Gemma Radcliffe took part in Race The Light, a 8.5mile trail run organised by Pure Trail Running.

The route starts at Mothecombe on the beach, all runners must cross the beach through wading through the estuary and then head into and through the woods and very muddy tracks before turning around and heading back wading through the estuary across the beach and up to the finish line.

Results: Mark Luscombe 2:02:14, Gemma Radcliffe 2:02:25

On Sunday, Mark Luscombe and Gemma Radcliffe were lacing up the trainers again, joined by Tas Felstead to take part in the Winter Weekend Plym Trail Half Marathon organised by First and Last Running.

The route takes a short steep uphill start, turning around at the top of the village before heading 6.5miles downhill along cycle path 27 to Coypool, the return journey is an uphill stretch back to Clearbrook Village.

Results: Tas Felstead 2:20, Mark Luscombe 2:27, Gemma Radcliffe 2:29

The Westward League Cross Country season continued taking Team Torbay to Westward Ho!

A fixture renowned for squally winds, icy temperatures and very wet feet.

The fourth fixture finds many Torbay athletes in strong positions both in individual age categories and teams.