THIS week saw the Bere Alston Trekkers taking on shorter races.
Solo lady BAT Nicola Munday, swapped her flip flops for trainers, and ran the St Ives Bay 10K on Tuesday evening. Starting on the beach at the west end of Hayle, Cornwall, just below the ’bluff’, this off-road 10K takes in the complete length of the beach before turning inland and tackling the sand dunes of Hayle Towans.
Beautiful scenery surrounds those who tackle these long trodden paths and are eventually faced with ’the dune’, a steep, long sand dune that must be climbed, but competitors are then rewarded at the top with the most magnificent views overlooking St Ives Bay as the sun starts to set. Nicola finished her race in 1 hour 4 minutes 51 seconds.
On Wednesday evening, Northern BATs Andy Cowden and Angelo Apa ran the ‘Pie and Peas 5’ — a five mile race in Moulton, Cheshire. Andy and Angelo completed this multi-terrain undulating single lap course in 46.09 and were rewarded by a pie and peas supper.
On Sunday, Marcia Macey flew the flag for the BATs at the Totnes 10K. This popular event, staged by Teignbridge Trotters, starts and finishes at Borough Park in central Totnes and is nearly all off road and mostly flat, following the beautiful River Dart on tarmac, grass, and trail. Marcia, running with her daughter-in-law Cynthia, finished in 1hr 15mins 57secs.
The next outing for the BATs is next weekend’s tough Roseland August Trail, staged by Mudcrew.