The slow relaxing of COVID restrictions saw a bundle of races over the weekend and there was a great turnout from BVR.
Friday started with the Summer Trails event, an evening run at Goodrington Beach, organised by Winding Paths. The race is an evening trail 7-miler along the South West Coast Path, across beaches, on coastal trails, through winding woodland and back to the finish by the beach.
BVR deployed an impressive contingent with 12 racers who all completed the testing hilly route in good shape. The weather was glorious although turned quite chilly by the end!
Great running again from Anna Gocher leading the way in 1:09:21, followed by Caragh Mellitt 1:20:04, Sally Amphlett 1:25:45, Claire Harrison 1:32:17, Helen Smith 1:38:19, Phillippa Goodwin 1:38:57, Jon Evans 1:41:31, Gemma Pegg 1:42:10, Kate Morgan-West 1:42:11, David Black 1:49:14, Mary Black 1:49:21, Emma Hensley 1:55:49 and Jackie Wells 1:55:49
Saturday beckoned with a set of races run by Purple Gecko at Siblyback Lake in Cornwall. The course is around the lake which is situated between Jamaica Inn and Liskeard. Bovey Valley Runners’ Anna Gocher, fresh from the Goodrington race on Friday night, took part in the 10k and completed the course in an excellent time of 44:08 and was placed first female runner!
In the evening Rob White was out on the trails again for the Burrator Horseshoe. This is a 6 mile Dartmoor Fell Race, starting at Meavy – normally part of the Meavy Oak Fair, but this had succumbed to COVID-19 this year.
The race headed up to Burrator Reservoir, and then continued up and up to Sheepstor, across to Gutter Tor before heading back to Meavy – and not forgetting the run-in through Meavy Ford. Rob completed the event in a time of 58:52
Finally on Sunday the Exeter Community Trust held a half marathon in the town. The route is flat and runs alongside the Exe and canal foot & cycle pathways. BVR was represented by Claire Harrison 2:27:36, Jenni Hardy 2:33:10 and Jackie Fitton 2:33:09.