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Run Report – 30 October 2023

Four BVR Runners travelled to the Roman City of Bath to take part in the annual half marathon on Sunday Oct 15th. The route was a two-lap course described as fast and flat but there were some cheeky undulations and a lovely hill for the last mile!

Course conditions were perfect, the sun was shining with the route closed to traffic to allow runners to pass by specific landmarks within the city. The support from the crowd, the music, and the overall atmosphere all helped the runners to complete the tough 13.1-mile course which started and finished in front of the Royal Crescent.

Well done to Mary Cornish 2:02:14, Ilona Baughan 2:07:46, Erica Ross 2:23:35 and Deborah Sommerfeld 2:12:49.

Rebecca Burton took part in the Battersea Park Running Festival and completed the Half Marathon in HM 3:02:02.

The Teignbridge Trotters Templer Ten saw another big turnout of BVR runners. This is a very popular local event starting at Stover School and encompassing Teigngrace and Stover Lake.

Another sunny day saw some great times – Steve Cooney 1:24:02, Louise Davis 1:33:45, Victoria Latham 1:35:03, Beccy Kennedy-Bruyneels 1:37:20, Sally Shoolbraid 1:39:35, Lynsey Rowe 1:41:12, and David Black 1:53:59.

The Exeter Halloween 5 miles is an annual event organised by the Exeter City Community Trust. It is a one lap course starting on the Quay in Exeter and running out along the river out to Countess Weir before turning back and coming back down the river past the Double Locks pub and back into the quay to receive a well-deserved medal.

Halloween costumes were encouraged, but not a requirement, but it all added to the spirit of the event.

The weather conditions were perfect with the race starting on time after the usual safety briefing. Course was flat, well marshalled and clearly signposted throughout and was open to all running abilities with 146 runners taking part.

 A big thank you to Jill Bishop who marshalled at this event – it was so nice to see her at the swing bridge as she offered her support as we ran past.

Mary Cornish 44:22, Erica Ross 48:18, and Deborah Sommerfeld 48:54

The Beachy Head Ultramarathon is a distance of 52km with a total elevation of 1,400m, starting in Eastbourne and following the trails out to Alfriston and Seaford before hitting the coast path via the Seven Sisters back to Eastbourne. Steph Alder completed the event in a time of 07:54:37

The Tavy 7, organised by Tavistock Athletics Club, follows the narrow country lanes on the outskirts of Tavistock, just below Pew Tor. Emma Start finished in a great time of 58:53 for the 7 mile course.

Sally Shoolbraid ventured up into the Welsh mountains for the Eryri Marathon, formerly the Snowdonia Marathon. Another fabulous run from Sally saw her finish in 5:13:56

The Dublin Marathon drew Larissa and Chris Sullivan over the waters for their first marathon, and they both ran a great race together finishing in 4:24:22 and 4:28:55.

The road course encompasses a large area of the city and is a very well supported event.

A recent Saturday morning saw a Bovey Valley Runners takeover of the Parke parkrun. A chilly start but sunny out on the course, luckily the weather held – no rain shower until the Tail Walker had finished!

Parke had put on its best early autumn show – the leaves are just beginning to turn, there are conker and acorns on the ground and the pathways feel bouncy underfoot. Autumn is always a picturesque time at Parke. 130 runners and walkers took part – including some parkrun tourists who said hello from Queen Elizabeth parkrun near Portsmouth.

BVR members were Run Director, lots of marshalls, first timer briefer, time keepers, barcode scanners, Finish Tokens and Tail Walker. It was great to see such a good turnout for the club and special mentions to some of the BVR members who ran the course too – David Black knocked over 2 minutes off his PB finishing at 31.58. Becky Kennedy-Bruyneels was first BVR runner home.

There were loads of positive feedback about the marshalls and several people enquired about joining the running club – we are a very inclusive, social club that encourages all ages and abilities and welcome all enquiries – see our Facebook page or email [email protected]. It would be lovely to see some more local runners join the club.

We love Parke for being a challenging but beautiful local parkrun and look forward to future BVR takeover events.