2010 to 2012 running results

Torrington Christmas Caper

23 December 2012

Eighteen or more Blues took part in this year’s Caper but didn’t win a single prize πŸ™ Best Blue was Andrew Ingle finishing 13th in 1:03:55
View the full results

MK Enigma Marathon

15 to 6 December 2012

Not satisfied with running the odd marathon, Jimmy ran two, back to back in this novel event in Milton Keynes… and won! Jims times were 3:03:54 (2nd) on Saturday and 3:01:43 on Sunday. Sam ran Sundays marathon too after Jim got her a last minute place. Well done Sam!

Christmas Lights Run

Tuesday 18 December

Club run around Bideford to find father Christmas and to view all the nice (and naff) Christmas lights, followed by a mince pie and drink. Many many thanks to TESCO for kindly donating the mulled wine πŸ™‚

Wyvern Christmas Cracker 10k

9 December 2012

Another great day was arranged by Heardy with prizes for everyone and lots of drinking to accompany the running

Jamie Blackman (40:03), Andrew Pearson (40:09), Stuart Philps (41:41), Peter Rigler (43:14), Adrian Colwill (45:18), Dave Eldridge (49:46), Mary Pool (52:43), Chris Williams (53:16), Mark Palmer (53:58), Sophie Pearce (58:51), Sharon White (58:51), Clive Bright (59.10), Alan Heard (59:10), Michelle Bright (59.11), Nicola Lee (1:00:04), Martin Morgan (1:11:04), Kay Eastwood (1:17:27), Liz Oke (1:17:27) 2nd Fv70

Westard League Exeter

1 December 2012

Mark Jenkin (30:08), Steve Gallianne (30:24), Andrew Ingle (33.05), James Pugsley (34:27), Robbie Murray (37:41), Chris Stone (37:59), Tom Cawsey (38:04), Alec McLaren (38:42), Pete Rigler (41:34) U17M Levi Colvin (18:43)
U15M Scott Braunton (14.30), Dan Manning (17:40),
U13M Joe Jewell (12:20),
U17F Dani Jewell (20:54), Zo Gardner (21:56),
U13FCyra Braunton (13:15).

Bicton Blister

25 November 2012

Lorrie Woolgar (1:46:08), Sara Carter (1:51:00), Mary Pool (1:55:24) Well done ladies!

Drogo 10

18 November 2012

Paul Jennings (1:23:07) and Kathryn Guard (1:27:37) took part in this hilly but scenic event.

Cornish Marathon:

18 November 2012

Jimmy Murray managed a top ten finish in this tough event finishing 9th in 3:01:53 (2nd V40-44)

Westward League Newquay

4 November 2012

Mark Jenkin (1st), John Ward (8th), Martin Colwill (31st), Andrew Ingle (37th), Chris Stone (57th), Tom Cawsey (85th), Alec McLaren (86th), U17M- Levi Colvin (17th), U15M- Bobby Talbot-Adams (13th), Dan Manning (17th), U13M- Joe Jewell (14th), U17F- Danni Jewell (38th)



4 November 2012

Gary Wollacott 50:19 (108th out of 253 runners)

Dublin Marathon

29 October 2012

Unofficial times: Jimmy Murray-2:48:04, Kathryn Guard-3:48:10, Rebecca Hill-3:54:32, Mechelle Williams-3:57:30, Sam Pontin Mcmilland-4:49:34, Michelle Bright-4:50 and Clive-5:19:50.

South Molton Struggle

28 October 2012

Seven Blues travelled the short distance to South Molton to run this years Struggle. Mild, damp conditions proved ideal for the event which was very well organised. Gary Suggate was first Blue home in 7th place overall and fastest MV40 and Andrew Pearson was 3rd MV40. Lorrie Woolgar was our fastest lady on the day, winning the FV50 category with Patricia Martin putting in an excellent performance in front of her school supporters to take the trophy for second FV50.

With a hog roast to finish and a useful goodie bag including a jar of local honey, this is an excellent and reasonably priced race which deserves better support from the Blues next year.

7th-Gary Suggate (40:10) 1st V40, 16th-Andrew Pearson (52:44) 3rd V40, 62nd-Mike Bishop (1:05:24), 74th-Alan Patrick (1:09:02), 78th-Lorrie Woolgar (1:09:46) 1st FV50, 91st-Patricia Martin (1:12:19) 2nd FV50, 99th-Doug Jenkin (1:16:24).

BUPA Great South Run

28 October 2012

Steve Gallienne finished 37th in a time of 55:22 in this massive 10 Miler.

Stroud Half Marathon

Sunday 21 October 2012

Martin Colwill achieved a personal best, completing the course in 76:49 to finish 14 overall and 2nd M45.

Tavy 7:

21 October 2012

Jimmy (45:43) and Robbie Murray (48:38) and Sam Pontin Mcmilland (1:10:19) were the only Blues taking part at Tavistock this year.

Dartmoor Vale Marathon

21 October 2012

Barrie Huxtable (3:43:15) was the only Blue competing in this event

Westward League Redruth

14 October 2012

Mark Jenkin (1st), Martin Colwill (19th), Chris Stone (48th), Robbie Murray (65th), Tom Cawsey (78th)
U17M-Levi Colvin (11th), U15M-Scott Braunton (5th), Bobby Talbot-Adams (13th), Dan Madding (15th)
U17W-Zo Gardner (3rd), U13W-Cyra Braunton (17th)
Mens full results HERE. Ladies full results HERE

Liverpool Marathon

14 October 2012

Tim Calcutt completed the course in an impressive 4:18.

Bratton Flemming 7 Miler

14 October 2012

Eleven Blues tried out this new event with James Pugsley finishing in 50.01, Brent Colvin 56.20, Bruce Gardner 63.39, Sara Carter 67.01 (2nd lady), Andy Oke 68.06, Adrian Colwill 69.49, Lorrie Woogar 70.33, Lisa Cetinkaya 72.03, Glen Martin 73.59, Candy Jewell 74.52 and Cathy Gardner 76.45

Newquay 10k

Sunday 7 October 2012

Gary Woolacott came 228th out of 518 finishers in a time of 48:17

Bristol Half Marathon

30 September 2012

Jimmy Murray- 1:21:03, Robbie Murray- 1:31:55(pb), Brent Colvin- 1:36:52, Sara Carter- 1:52:48, Chris Williams- 1:55:13, Dave Eldridge- 1:55:58, Sam Pontin- 2:21:14

Taunton 10k

30 September 2012

Scott Braunton (1st in age group)- 38:20, Levi Colvin- 42:54

Cardiff Survival of the Fittest

7October 2012

Andy and Liz Warner, Patricia Martin, Doug Jenkin and Rachel Williams completed this Year’s ‘Men’s Health’ event on a bright and sunny afternoon in Cardiff Bay as part of The ‘Bid-filly Warriors’ team (pictured right) along with over 3,000 other competitors. The 12K course included ten obstacles ranging from wading through a section of the River Taff to climbing an eight foot high ‘wall of fame’! Working as a team the wayward warriors all managed to complete the course despite being battered and bruised by the end.

Last Friday of the Month 5k

28 September2012

Mike Gilmore ran this Hyde Park Event on his 70th Birthday sporting race number ’70’ in a time of 25:39

Truro Half Marathon

16 September 2012

Paul Jennings (1:43), Dave Eldridge (1:54), Clive (1:45) and Michelle Bright (2:17) were only there for the beer… every finisher received a bottle of Skinners Best!

Southern 6 Stage Relays Aldershot

23 September

Blues finished an impressive 19th and have safely qualified for the National!

Doone Run

23 September

Alec McLaren (1:33:03) was fastest O55at this Annual toughie. Other competitors from the Blues were Andrew Pearson (1:21:40), Brent Calvin (1:30:13), Lorrie Woolgar (1:53:35), Sarah Carter (1:58:10), Catherine Gardner (1:59:10), Glen Martin (2:08:58) and Jo Heddersley (2:08:58).

Cornish Festival of Sport 5k

15 September

Barrie Huxtable had his first ever win in this beach run in a time of 19:54 (he assures us was further than 5k). He also completed the Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday coming 19th in a time of 2:42.

Cardiff Half Marathon

9 September 2012

Kevin Heywood broke 30 minutes for the first time to win this big event (first I knew about was when it was in the ND Journal!

Great North Run

16 September 2012

Julia Feury was our only Runner at Newcastle this year.

Wolverhampton Marathon

2 September 2012

Jimmy Murray has won the Wolverhampton Marathon in a time of 2:55:14!

Treggy 7

2 September 2012

Dave Eldridge (60:28) and Chris Williams (62:01) tried out this hilly cornish seven miler.

Ilfracome Triathlon

2 September 2012

Gary Suggate (1:36:23), Brent Calvin (1:44:43), Sara Carter (2:05:18 3rd female vet), Bruce Gardner (2:05:15), Lorrie Woolgar (2:17:08 2nd female Super Vet!)

Torrington Back in 5

2 September 2012

Andrew Ingle (28:34) and Martin Colwill (29:28- fastest vet) were third and fifth respectively in this year’s Back in Five. Other Blues times were: Scott Braunton (33:45), Levi Colvin (36:38), Andrew Oke (42:59), Mary Pool (43:18) and Liz Oke (58:04)

Blues win Battle of Sedgemoor!

In Sunday’s Battle of Sedgemoor 10k Blues runners ran amuck.The race was won by Kevin Heywood (30:23) with Mark Jenkin in second place (32:16). Scott Braunton (38:45) and Robbie Murray (41:43) were first and second junior males, Levi Colvin (44:07) was forth and sister Lola was 1st under 15 girl (3rd overall girl). Kathryn Guard (43:55) was 3rd Senior Female. Other Blues included James Murray (38:02), Brent Colvin (43:47), Sara Carter (53:17) and Sam Pontin (1:01:52). WELL DONE TO ALL WHO WENT INTO BATTLE!

Bideford Triathalon

Photo Liz Warner forgets it’s a race during the Bideford Triathlon… and is still second lady home! Andy was ‘head over heals’ to hear that ‘Team Warner’ were second overall (but he’s recovering well) πŸ™‚

Results: Team Warner- 1st relay team mix 1:15:07 and 2nd overall relay team. Gary Suggate 1:18:06, Stewart Snetzler 1:21:47, Andrew Wilson 1:22:21, Brent Colvin 1:25:17, Sara Carter 1:30:08, Bruce Gardner 1:30:25, John Curry, Mike Gilmore, Glen Martin- relay 1:37:50, Dale Wilson 1:39:40, Lorrie Woolgar 1:43:02, Jo Hedderley 1:43:52, Paul Sturtridge 1:45:52

Pyworthy Challenge 10k…ish

Sunday 15 July

Martin Colwill 35:58, Chris Stone 38:59, Mary Pool 51:25, Lisa Cetinkaya 54:05, Lorrie Woolgar 59:41, Cath Gardner 59:41

North Devon Relays Final Report from Mechelle and Rebecca for 2012

WELL DONE to all those who turned up and took part and ran their best. The senior men came in 1st, the team for the Barnstaple leg, being Steve Heard, Andy Ingle, Mark Jenkin and Mark Palmer. Vet men gave us a 2nd place, the team being Steve Turner, Chris Stone Gary Suggate, Martin Colwill. Us ladies not so hot but we did our best! Senior ladies 4th place, the team being, Lorrie Woolgar, Mary Poole, Mechelle Williams. Vet ladies 4th place, the team being Cath Gardener, Liz Oke, and Kay Eastwood. We are in need of the younger legs of Cath and Sarah to give us more points !!!! The junior girls and boys came in 1st. Thanks for making the effort each session. Hope Tom hasn’t been giving you too much of a hard time. Hope you’ll all be running next season!! All you runners out there join us next season it’s good fun and social, food is always good… nom nom. Oh, and need to thank Chris Stone for standing in for Andy Pearson, and sorting out teams, job well done. Look forward to 2013 Road Relays!

Wellington 10

Sunday 8 July 2012

Three of our ‘newer’ Blues took part in this year’s Wellington Ten, two running the 10k and one the 10 Miler. Chris Williams (59:47) and Martin Morgan (1:07:25) completed the 10k whilst Dave Eldridge earned a pb with his time (1:29:47) in the 10 Miler.

AONB Marathon

Sunday 24 June 2012

Bideford Blue, John Ward won this year’s AONB marathon in an incredible 3:03:50, breaking the course record by over 22 minutes! The only other Blue taking part this year was Steve Turner who completed the course in 4:29:14.

The event includes a marathon and half marathon and is limited to 650 runners, filling up months in advance.

Only two weeks previously, John won the 32 mile Dartmoor Discovery Race! Go John Go!

Bude Lifeboat 10k

Wednesday 13th June

A trip over the border into Cornwall proved fruitful for several Club Members Kevin Heywood (30.33) and Mark Jenkin (33.08) were first and second with Andrew Ingle (33.52) and Martin Colwill (35.43) not far behind in 6th and 9th place making up the winning team. Mary Pool (51.57) was first lady over 55, Kay Eastwood (1.08.49) second lady over 65 and Liz Oke (1.08.57) ran a blinder and was first lady over 70. Other Blues were Steve Heard (37.50), Robbie Murray (41.34), Paul Jennings (42.05), Mark Palmer (53.07) and Lorrie Woolgar (53.10).

To celebrate the Queens Silver Jubilee, a group of Blues met on 2 July for a training run taking in many of the Regal streets and Buildings of Appledore and Westward Ho! From Jubilee Road (pictured) to Britannia Way, Windsor Road to the Royal Plaice and the Royal George to Kingdom Hall.. we did it all!

London Marathon 2012

Kath, Rob and Max Floyd celebrate along with Mary Pool. All four Blues who took part in this Year’s London Marathon brought their medals along to the Club on Thursday.

Torbay Half Marathon

Sunday 23 June 2012

Six of the best from Bideford Neil Marke 1:31:28, Paul Jennings 1:37:15, Jo Bedlar 1:39:24, Linda Eastmond 1:53:58, Candy Jewell 2:02:30, Lisa Cetinkaya 2:04:57. Well done to all.

Swimbridge 10k and 3k

Sunday 28 May 2012

Picture includes Scott Braunton who won the 3k fun run (12:03) and Martin Colwill who was second overall and first V40 in the 10k event. Mechelle Williams was first lady O50 and Liz Oke had a great run too!

Mechelle reports on the second North Devon Relay of 2012

“South Molton road relay went well, conditions were good and l think it is certainly one of the easiest on the legs. Andy Pearson gave his apologies for not being able to attend and therefore not being able to sort the men’s teams. Andy Ingle came the rescue and done a great job, “thank you Andy “.Some of the lads had to run twice, that being Mark Jenkin, Steve Turner, Tim Lane, hope l haven’t forgotten anyone! The senior men still hold 2nd position. All the ladies ran well, we are trying hard to gain more points. Well done to Zoe for running post Ten Torrs !!! Thanks again Tom for sorting out the juniors. Hopefully won’t be long before you will be back out on legs. Look forward to seeing all in Torrington 6th June, not so good on the legs !!!”

Copenhagen Marathon

Sunday 20 May 2012

Jimmy Murray and Dave Braunton show off their medals after completing this year’s Copenhagen marathon. Despite what Jimmy describes as doing a ‘Tom Daily’ at 20K due to the cobbles and speed bumps (resulting in better road rash than Mark Cavendish) he completed the course in 2:52:07 to finish 55th. Dave was 157th in 2:59:24.

Torrington Round the Tree Race

Friday 4 May

A good turn out from the Blues and some great results too!

Race winner Steve Gallienne completed the course in 15.48 with Gary Suggate (3rd) and Wayne Stephens (4th) not far behind. Zo Gardener (13.04) and Scott Braunton (11.22) dominated the J15 category, both finishing first and Jess Giddy was our fastest lady, finishing 6th in 24.34. Full Results HERE

Arlington Court Canter

29 April 2012

John Ward had a great run to finish first in this year’s Canter (over a minute in front of the second placed runner) whilst the ever quicker Kathryn Guard was third lady home. Several Blues braved the weather to take part Full results HERE

London Marthon

22 April 2012

Eight Blues competed in this year’s marathon: 2:27:53 Mark Jenkin (45th), 2:50:38 Jimmy Murray (548th), 2:53:45 Gary Suggate (690th), 4:20:14 Mary Pool, 4:37:00 Helen French, 5:17:57 Katherine Floyd, 5:52:48 Rob Floyd and Maxine Heard

Tavy 13

Sunday 15 April 2012

Six of the best from the Blues

Easter Bunny 10k Yeovil

9 April 2012

Three very fast Blues took part in this year’s Easter Bunny and caught the rabbit! Kevin Heywood won the race with a PB of 30.19, Mark Jenkin was 4th in 32:07 and Andrew Ingle was 11th in 34:07. Excellent results all round.

Good Friday Relays

6 April at 10.30am

50 Blues athletes enjoyed the Spring sunshine whilst taking part in the annual Easter Relay Race. Full Results HERE

Bideford AAC take third place in Westward League Cross Country Championships!

Despite occasional absences due to clashes with other events, our fast boys still managed to take third place overall in this years Championships, behind Exeter Harriers and Cornwall AC. In addition there were great individual results with John Ward winning the V40 category and Chris Stone and Martin Colwill coming 6th and 8th respectively in the V45. Alec McLaren came 8th in the V55. Sarah Ivory was best ‘Lady Blue’ but Lorrie Woolgar managed to come 15th in the F50 category having run in only one of the six races!

Well done to all from the Blues who took part in this years series.

Plymouth Hoe 10

Sunday 19 February 2012

Mark Jenkin was 2nd overall 52.48 Neil Marke 1.09.18 and Linda Eastmond 1.26.47

Exeter Half Marathon

Sunday 12th February 2012

A handful of Blues travelled to Exeter and the Murray’s minted some success. Dad Jimmy was first Blue home in thirteenth place in a time of 1:23:09 whilst son Robbie produced an incredible 8 minute PB, finishing in 1:39:29. Other results were Neil Marke 1:30:24, Jo Bedlar 1:37:03 and Paul Jennings 1:38:47. Full Results HERE

Brooks Western League Cross Country Bovey Tracey

Sunday 12 February 2012

Our fast runners were at it again. Mens results HERE, Ladies results HERE

Blackdown Beast

Sunday 29 January 2012 Liz Warner, Mary Pool and Sue Pennington

A little over 16 miles of mud, self navigation, mulled cider, pasties and more mud. sounded like fun… And on the day, it was. Sludging through boggy marshlands, through farmyards, across fields, stiles and gates made for a great way to spend a few hours. fastest time was just under 3 hours, slowest was 5.5 ( we did 3:20) but the point was never to race or bag a PB. The checkpoints at the 3 pubs put paid to that. The mulled cider at 7 miles softened the blow of the tough terrain but the pasty would have been a risky gamble that Sue and I passed on. Except Mary who bravely polished off her pasty in record time!

So if you are up for a challenging off road social run (not a race) with not a marshall in sight ( only white drawing pins strategically placed on gate posts) leave your best running shoes at home and enter in the spirit the run is intended for…. You’ll be glad you did.

Southern Cross Country, Stamner Park Brighton

Saturday 28 January 2012

Excellent turn out from the Blues
Men’s Kevin Heywood 5th 49-27, Mark Jenkin 53rd 54-13, John Ward 55th 54-20, Chris Sellens 91st 55-50, Andrew Ingle 192nd 59-16, Chris Stone 381st 1-06-12, Alec Mclaren 575th 1-13-51 Women’s Sarah Ivory 60th 34-27

Braunton 10

Sunday 29 January 2012

A great turn out from the Blues with the Blues ladies (Kathryn Guard, Tara Horrell and Linda Eastmond) picking up a 2nd in the team category, even without the help of Jo Bedlar who was strangely classed as unattached. Gary Suggate was fastest Blue on the day coming home an impressive 15th in 1:03:03. Good runs too for Candice Jewell, David Eldridge, Chris Williams and Jo Hedderly Full results HERE

Brooks Western League Cross Country Westward Ho!

January 15 2012

Bideford AAC hosted the fourth Race of the Brooks Westward League Cross Country Series on the Burrows at Westward Ho!

The sun shone but by ‘eck it was cold (and windy)! Thanks go to our many many club members who helped out on the day,

Race Director Keith Reed and Shawn Corin/Torridge District Council for allowing us to use the Burrows and Burrows Centre.

Thanks also to the 261 runners who took part. Pictured is the start of the Senior Mens Race. Ladies Results HERE. Mens


South West Cross Country Championships at Bicton College

Sunday 8 January 2012

Three Blues were in the winning Devon Team at Bicton with Kevin Heywood the overall winner as well! Times were Kevin (24.40), Mark Jenkin (26.36) and Andrew Ingle (28.40)

Bye bye to Lorna and Denise

At the sports hall session on 15/12/11 the children, coaches and helpers bid a fond farewell to Denise and Lorna by presenting them with flowers and chocolates. Lorna has used skills to coach the children for over a year as a valued member of the coaching team.

Everyone wishes to thank them both for devoting their time and passion to the club and wish them the very best for the future.

Torrington Christmas Caper

Sunday 18 December 2011 RESULTS HERE

Christmas Cracker Weston-Super-Mare

11 December 2012

Despite the forecast of heavy rain, a coach full of enthusiastic Blues arrived at a dry and calm Weston-Super-Mare in time for the 2011 Christmas Cracker. Within 30 minutes of our arriving, the town was awash with fancy dress Snowmen, Santas and Sexy Elves prepared to take part in one of the Southwest’s most popular themed 10k’s. Mike (the Grim Reaper) Gilmore was in the prizes again this year, taking third place in the fancy dress competition but sadly there was no room at the Inn for our own Nativity ladies who came up against stiff competition.

The first 5k of this race takes place on the beach and again the gods were kind the sand was firm and the going was good. In fact conditions were so good that our own Kevin Heywood took full advantage, winning the race in 31 minutes and 31 seconds a new course record!

As a warm down we climbed to the top of the College building to join the queue for baggage, four floors below (something went wrong there) and several hot showers later (yes hot) we retired to the new Wetherspoons (Cabot Court Hotel) for refreshments.

Our friendly coach driver collected us at 5.15pm for the long journey home, during which we were treated to Al’s special raffle where everyone was a winner, except Paul Sturtidge who managed to give away the entire contents of a bottle of Glenmorangie (for which many of us were very grateful… hic)

Once again, Heardy did a magnificent job with the organising and I’m sure that in twelve months time another coach full of Blues will be trundling up the M5 again. Full results of this year’s race HERE

Brooks Western League Cross Country

4 December Exeter

Another win for Kevin Keywood (26.48) made it three out of three for Bideford’s star runner. John Ward (29.09), Mark Jenkin (29.19), Chris Sellen (30.20), Andrew Ingle (31.04), Martin Colwill (32.05), J.Pugsley (32.09, Chris Stone (33.45) and Tom Cawsey (35.35) also represented Bideford AAC along with Sarah Ivory (SL 10th 19.11) and Danni Jewell (U15 7th 15.54) from the ladies.

New York Marathon 2011

Mark Jenkin and Gary Suggate did us proud in this year’s New York Marathon. Mark finished 97th out of 47,000 in a time of 2:36:57. Gary completed the course in 3:01:12 but the New York is known to be a tough marathon and both runners have run quicker in other marathons.

Brooks Western League Cross Country

6 November Newquay

Two wins out of two for Kevin Keywood and good times from John Ward, Andrew Ingle, Chris Sellens and Chris Stone keep Bideford AAC in second place in the senior men’s category. Sarah Ivory also had an excellent run too, finishing seventh in the senior ladies category.

National 6 stage Road Relays Birmingham

Sunday 16 October 2011

Kevin Heywood, Steve Gallienne, Mark Jenkin, Chris Sellens, Andrew Ingle and Chris Stone took part in the National Six Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park. With course PB’s coming out of their ears, the team completed the race in a combined time of 1:54:51, finishing 41st among 76 teams in the senior men’s race. The impressive result was a dramatic improvement on last year when the Blues finished 58th.

Tavy 7

Sunday 23 October 2011

Five Blues ventured over the moors to take part in this years ‘Tavy 7’. The event was once again excellently organised although a strong breeze made sure that there wasn’t a changing or registration tent to be seen the race officials had to rely on stone paperweights to keep down the piles of race numbers which were individually issued on the day. A new seven mile course which managed to steer clear of most of the abundant Dartmoor gradients culminated at the start where a 100 metre downhill dash made for a fast finish.

Blues results were Jimmy Murray 46:26 (16th), Robbie Murray 55:35, Paul Sturtridge 56:33, Patricia Martin 1:05:33 (PB), Doug Jenkin 1:05:33

Westward League Cross Country Redruth

9 October 2011

Six of our fast boys ventured over the border to Cornwall and did the business: Kevin Heywood 25:32 (1st), Mark Jenkin 26:49 (3rd), John Ward 27:37 (9th), Andrew Ingle 28:55 (21st), Martin Colwill 30:44 (35th), Chris Stone 32:13 (49th)

Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest

Sunday 2 October

Liz Warner and Rachel Williams took part in this crazy event in Cardiff. Liz reports as follows:

Temporary insanity made us enter the Men’s Health survival of the fittest in Cardiff but the fantastic experience we had will make us sign up again without hesitation.

A 10k run (they lied, we passed the 10k marker way before we finished), was interspersed with obstacles after every 1k. First the giant hay stacks to climb over, then a slanting wall being hosed with baby oil got the adrenaline kicking in followed by a scaffolding ladder and a couple of land rovers to go over/under/ through. A bit of slalom sprinting and a wade through the murky river Taff and a slippery climb up the bank. A bit of a breather running to the next obstacle of an army assault course- carrying sandbags over our shoulders and on to the scramble nets, monkey bars, tyres, rope ladders, you get the idea. Next stop, the Millennium stadium, no music to be heard as we charged up to the top level, along the inside of the arena and back down again. Now a bit of light relief inflatables! saw one guy hobbling away after a little too much childish play. Back through the river, and feeling like we were almost home and dry ( well not dry, I fell in the river) only to find we had to hurdle the barriers, grab a traffic cone and navigate our way through tyres and back over the barriers.

Finally the end in a sight…. The 8 foot Wall of Fame and an outstanding cheer of encouragement from the spectators. Up onto the wall and VICTORY!! It’s gotta be done.

Exmouth 10k

Sunday 2 October

Jimmy Murray-37:54, Alan Heard 50:44 and Tim Lane 52:11 braved the heat in sunny South Devon

Berlin Marathon

Sunday 26 September

A shiny new PB for Mr Murray 2:53:15. Well done Jim!

Woodbury 10k

Sunday 19 September

Patricia Martin flew the Blues flag (all on her own), finishing in a very respectable 58.40. Well done Patricia!

Torrington Back in Five

Sunday 4 September 2011

Seven BAAC entries (one more than last year) and an impressive one-two for the Blues. Kevin Heywood came in first in a blistering 25:27 with new Blue Chris Lewis in second place (27:57). Other BAAC runners included Martin Colwill (30:15), new Blue Sarah Ivory (32:08), James Pugsley (32:50), Stuart Philps (34.33) and Mary Pool (44:15). Full results HERE

Wolverhampton Marathon/Half Marathon

Sunday 4 September 2011

Jimmy’s found form again 2:58:11 and 8th place (a tad slower but four places higher than last year). Robbie Murray also had a good run completing the half marathon in 1:49:37

Stansted Park Half Marathon

Sunday 4 September 2011

Robin Potter flew the Blues flag, just missing out on sub two hours (2:00:08). Bet he wishes he hadn’t run the day before πŸ˜‰

Overton Five Miler

Saturday 3 September 2011

Robin Potter pottered along to complete the course in 36:27, finishing a respectable 186th out of 417.

Battle of Sedgemoor 10k

A large Blues contingent competed this year. Blues results were: Mark Jenkin- 32:03 (3rd), Chris Sellens- 34:23, Peter Hockin- 35:32 (1st M50), Jimmy Murray- 37:21, Chris Stone- 37:27, Sarah Ivory- 38:26, Neil marke- 39:48, Robbie Murray- 47:12, Andy Glover- 47:15, Nicole Hockin- 55:42, Linda Eastmond- 1:02:47

Bideford Blues HASH

18 August 2011

The first Bideford Blues Hash proved to be a great success with a pack of 21 runners searching out a trail, laid on the ground in in flour (not flowers, Pam) which led them through the woods towards Appledore shipyard. Numerous ‘falsies’ (false trails) kept the FRB (fast running bastards) busy whilst the ‘Knitting Circle’ (runners doing more chatting than running) caught up. Snooty cries of ‘On-On’ from our chairman and ‘Hash Master’, Anthony kept the pack on the right course which ended up in the Bar at the Blues (surprise, surprise). Numerous ‘down-downs’ followed as fines for such indiscretions as wearing red shirts (shock, horror) and showering too quickly (Mark) were dished out by ‘Religious Advisor’ Anthony (busy lad, wasn’t he). Mention of a Christmas Hash was also made … On-On!

Indian Queens Half Marathon

7 August 2011

Eight runners from Bideford with Martin Colwill turning in the quickest time to finish 12th in a time of 1:20:15. Other Blues were Gary Suggate- 1:23:32, Jimmy Murray- 1:28:29, Paul Jennings- 1:34:37, Robin Potter- 1:41:16, Andy Glover- 1:48:30, Rebecca Hill- 1:53:31, Mechelle Williams- 2:09:00

North Devon Relays

The summer relays came to a close with the last race at Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple.

The picture is of Danny Jewell and Zo Gardner.

It’s worth mentioning that Danny and Zo should actually have run in the juniors category but they were the only ones in that age group so were allowed to run with the senior ladies.

Haytor Heller

Sunday 17July 2011

This popular, well established moorland race starts below Haytor Rock and follows a hilly, circular route before returning once again to Haytor Rock with a fast downhill finale to the finish opposite the middle car park at Haytor. Three Blues took part in this years event Mark Palmer (1:11:13), Mary Pool (1:13:23) and Kay Eastwood (1:29:47).

Torrington ‘Round the Boundary’ Race

Friday 1 July 2011

This years Round the Boundary attracted 35 runners and was won by Blues runner Steve Gallienne in a new course record … and under 30 minutes (29:37)! Other Blues participants were Stuart Philps (36:23), Mary Poole (47:05), Lorrie Woolgar (47:08), Mechelle Williams (53:51), Kay Eastwood (60:67) and Liz Oke (69:00)

North Devon Marathon

Sunday 25 June 2011

Pictured in glorious sunshine (not so glorious if you’re running) are four Blues preparing to do battle in this year’s North Devon Marathon at Woolacombe. Gary Suggate, Jimmy Murray, Andrew Pearson and Don Marsh must have been wondering what they had let themselves in for!

Gary Suggate came home 9th in the Marathon (4:05:12) followed by Andrew Pearson in 21st place (4:24:23) and Don Marsh in 80th place (5:51:30). Jimmy Murray sustained an injury and settled for 18th in the Half Marathon (1:51:30)

Ruby Run

Sunday 12 June 2011

This years it was Hatherleigh’s turn to host the start of the Ruby Run which was raising funds for the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity.

The popular but tough half marathon finished in Holsworthy in very wet conditions. First Blues runner home was Martin Colwill who came an impressive forth overall. Pictured (left to right) are Paul Sturtridge, Paul Jennings, Jo Bedlar, Martin Colwill and Don Marsh.

Cubert 5 Miler

Tuesday 6 June 2011

Martin Colwill crossed the Cornish border to take part in this evening race as the sole representative from the Blues. Martin says the trip was well worth it 13th out of 680 and a 28.18 PB too!

Dartmoor Discovery

Saturday 4 June

Jimmy Murray was the only Blues entry in this year’s Ultra 32.4 miler. He completed the race in a new course PB of 4.28.24, finishing 9th overall, 3rd v40. Jim says he was on for a really good time until the heat got to him and had to ‘cramp dance’ the last 4-5 miles. Well done Jim!


Saturday 28 May 2011

A good weekend had by Gary, Jimmy and Dave in Stockholm. Great pasta party, great but toughish little run, great medal, great Tshirt, great FREE hotdogs, Beer, doughnuts and coffee and goodybag after the race and last but not least a good night out

Results… Gary Suggate 2.57, Jim Murray 3.06 and Dave Braunton 2.56

Shakespeare Marathon

Sunday 8 May 2011

Poetry in motion Jimmy Murray is on the mend with a 3:03:40

Great West Run Exeter

1 May 2011

Paul Jennings 1.33.20 (8th M50), Jo Bedler 1.40.18 (7th F35), Linda Eastmond 1.53.23 (13th F45), Neil Marke 1.54.47 (he ran with Lin), Alan Patrick 2.00.58 (10th M60)

Good Friday Relays

Friday 23 April 2011

The children’s run in the park took place again this year with budding athletes up to the age of eight sprinting around the park paths. Nine teams then fiercely competed in the relay race which was won by Mark Jenkin with a little help from Alan Heard, Scott Braunton, Zo Gardner (left) and Molly Pennington (right). Tracey Wilson and Karen Curry organised the event brilliantly and with generous contributions of food from club members, Gill, Judith, Tracey and Ann served up a feast for all following the race. Everyone who entered went home with a well deserved easter egg too!

Junior Awards and Oldies too (click on photos to enlarge)

Junior Boys 1st Tom Cawsey, Kieren Jewell, Zack Hills
Most Improved Athlete 2010 Jeff Snell Memorial Cup Scott Braunton
Junior Girls 2nd Zo Gardner, Daniella Jewell, Megan Hughes (not in photo)
Athlete of the Year 2010 (Plaque) Megan Grounsell
2011 Arlington Court Canter 1st O/75 Glen Martin
Winning Easter Relay Team Zo Gardner, Mark Jenkin, Alan Heard, Scott Braunton and Molly Pennington

Arlington Court Canter

Sunday 17 May 2011

A select few from the Blues at Arlington this year. Gary Suggate came 5th overall whilst Glen Martin won the 0ver 75 category. Liz Warner was fastest Blues Lady (and the only one!). Chris Stone managed to avoid the photo shoot.

Rotterdam marathon

Sunday 10 April 2011

Apparently it was a bit warm (Neil ran topless!) but five Blues beat the tough conditions Neil Marke-3.35.26, Jo Bedlar-3.46.03, Tara Horrell-3.59.56 Linda Eastmond-4.12.14 and Caroline Ellis-4.19.17. Well done all!!

Taunton Half marathon and Marathon

Sunday 3 April 2011

Mark Jenkin beat over 1200 runners to finish first in the half marathon whilst Jimmy Murray came home eighth in the Marathon, narrowly missing out on another sub 3 hour time due to a late injury during the race. Sue Pennington also put in an impressive 3:55:17 in this, her first ever marathon. Yet again the event was very well supported by the Blues.

RESULTS- Half Marathon: Mark Jenkin- 1:10:20, Stuart Philps- 1:27:32, Jamie Blackman- 1:30:59, Neil Marke- 1:35:14, Don Marsh- 1:40:24, Steve sanders- 1:42:27, Jo Bedlar- 1:45:01, Alan Heard- 1:45:49, Tim Lane- 1:47:20, Tara Horrell- 1;54:26, Linda Eastmond- 1:54:27, Caroline Ellis- 1:54:27, Alan Patrick- 2:02:35, Kay Eastwood- 2:23:11, Frank Dunlop- 2:57:49.

Marathon- Jimmy Murray- 3:00:07, Paul Jennings- 3:53:39, Sue Pennington- 3:55:17

Carterton 10k (Near Oxford

Sunday 27 March 2011

Blues runner Barrie Huxtable came home 20th in a time of 40.42

Bambury 15 miler

Sunday 20 March 2011

Three Blues Neil Marke- 1:48:52 (89th), Jo Bedlar- 1:56:44 (141st) and Linda Eastmond- 2:06:44 (216th) 377 finishers

Stoke St Gregory 10k

Sunday 20 March 2011

Heardy reports: 39th Steve Sanders 44:40 (21st veteran man) 45th Don Marsh 45:20 (26th veteran man) 67th Tim Lane 48.07 (37th veteran man)

Grizzly Sunday

13 March 2011 – Report from Andrew Pearson

Just a quick mail to let you know I completed the Grizzly on Sunday a 20 mile + race around Seaton and Beer, full of bogs, hills, trails and cliffs and then more bogs, hills, trails and cliffs. North Devon marathon aside it’s probably the hardest race I have ever done hence the time of 3:19:58 which is a couple of mins over my pb marathon time but 6 miles shorter!!! It was called valley of the bogs this year and it really lived up to it’s name!! all runners were covered in mud and hosed down by the firebrigade at the end. I managed to come in 155th of 1675 finishers. I would definitely do this race again it was really well organised with a carnival feel to it. This report is only a small glimpse of what was a fantastic day (The weather was brilliant to!!)

Duchy 20 and Marathon

Sunday 13 March 2011

Blues member Mark Jenkin did us proud on Sunday, coming home first in the Duchy 20 in a time of 1:50:00. Other Blues taking part were Martin Colwill ( 7th) 2.09.11, Jo Bedler 2.42.54, Steve Sanders 2.48.18, Don Marsh 2.53.56, Linda Eastmond 2.58.04. Bolder Blues who took on the Duchy Marathon were Neil Marke (3.26.13) and Paul Jennings (3.36.55)

Bramley 20

Sunday 20 Feb

Jim Murray 2.12.38 Neil Marke 2.25.25 Jo Bedler 2.37.55 Steve Sanders 2.40.02 Linda Eastmond 2.51.13

Blackmore Vale Half Marathon

Sunday 6 February 2011

Like everywhere else this Sunday it was blowing a hoolie!!!! A very well organised and marshalled race through the Dorset countryside with plenty of drink stations, quite a hilly course with a lovely one to finish you off the last mile!!! What with the wind and hills no PB’s but excellent training run! Neil Marke 1.31.50 Jo Bedler 1.40.37 Lin Eastmond 1.50.22 (Report by Jo Bedlar)

Exmouth 5 miler

Sunday 6 February 2011

Barrie Huxtable (32:26 38th), Alan Heard (36:14 74th) and Tim Lane (37:03 82nd) travelled to South Devon on a blustery day, along with 197 other finishers. Well done gentlemen.

Marazion 10k

Sunday 6 February 2011

Three Blues crossed the Cornish border for this popular 10k. Dave Braunton (37.09), Jimmy (38.03) and Robbie Murray (55.09). Jimmy reports : “Mega windy conditions but a great race, well organised, Hoodie and goody bag for Β£12 CRACKING!!”

Christmas Caper

Sunday 30 January 2011

Thick ice covered the knee deep water at the start of this tough ten miler. Twelve Blues took part and some have the bruises to prove it. First Blue home was Jack Oliver in a time of 1:17:09 (2nd SM), who finished in fifth place. Other finishers were Steve Sanders (1:25:32 1st o/50), Mary Pool (1:43:04 3rd in category), Barrie Huxtable (1:21:16), Charlie Davis (1:22:48), Don Marsh (1:28:49), Alan Heard (1:29:49), Kathryn Guard (1:35:02), Mark Jenkin (1:35:05), Paul Sturtridge (1:39:25).

Harriers AGM

Sunday 30 January at 7pm

At Sundays AGM Anthony Martin agreed to become Chairman of the Harriers, taking over from Karen Curry who was thanked for her hard work over the last year. Eric Hubber offered to continue as Treasurer and Doug Jenkin and Liz Warner agreed to share the role of Secretary, replacing Rachel Williams who had undertaken the task admirably. Those committee members standing down (Rachel Williams, Barrie White and Andy Warner) were thanked for their sizeable contributions over the past years whilst a warm welcome was extended to new committee members, Mary Pool, Steve Saunders and Jacky Downing. Other members include Alan Heard, Lorrie Woolgar, Andrew Pearson, Janet Glover, Ann Rees, Tracey Wilson, Mark Palmer and Kay Eastwood. The next committee meeting will be on 13th February.

South of England Cross Country Championships

Saturday 29 January 2011

Kevin Heywood finished an incredible 8th after being left behind when the starting gun went off prematurely. He and hundreds of other runners were still queuing and found themselves at the back of the 900 strong field. Bideford finished in a highly creditable 18th place out of 93 teams thanks also to very good performances from Steve Gallienne and Mark Jenkin.

Braunton 10

Sunday 23 January 2011

Excellent turn out from Blues runners and Kevin Heywood won with a new course record! Weather typically Braunton cold and sunny. Hills still there and big!

Rumours were going round that the race was nearly cancelled due to severe ice on some of the hills. The ice was still there in places but was nowhere near as bad as the day before and the marshals did an excellent job of letting us know where the worst parts were. The weather was kind to all the runners. They were treated to a bright, sunny but not too cold morning which provided excellent race conditions (If you exclude the very patchy ice) that Kevin Heywood made the most of, setting a new course record and scooping first place overall. Kevin wasn’t the only one to come away with a dust gatherer (only joking I’d love one!!!). Martin Colwill and Alec Mclaren came first in their age categories. Gary Suggate earned himself a new PB and the Bideford men, Kev Heywood, Martin Colwill, Gary Suggate and Chris Stone one the 2nd place men’s team prize. Apparently the presentation room might have been a little whiffy due to the poor showering and changing facilities provided at the North Devon track there were two showers, one of them broken and the other one was a mere trickle so most people decided not to bother. Also half the changing room was full up with high jump mats! Enough moaning now. Other than that it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish.

Results: Kev Heywood 1st 51:47 (course record), Martin Colwill 8th 1:02:28 (1st vet 40), Gary suggate 13th 1:04:04 (PB), Chris Stone 18th 1:04:46, Stuart Philps 36th 1:08:32, Andy Pearson 40th 1:10:06, Barrie Huxtable 43rd 1:10:39, Neil Marke 44th 1:10:41, Alec Mclaren 52nd 1:11:44 (1st male 50), Mark Gilbert 62nd 1:13:25, Paul Sturtridge 67th 1:14:16, Steve Saunders 88th 1:17:19, Sue Pennington 137th 1:23:32, ?? Marsh 151st 1:25:56, Mary Pool 172nd 1:28:19, Carol Davis 173rd 1:28:30, Mark Palmer 189th 1:32:20, Kathryn Guard 190th 1:32:21, Liz Warner 191st 1:32:22, Lorrie Woolgar 193rd 1:32:57, Kay Eastwood 232nd 1:53:14. (thanks to Andy Pearson for report).

Western League Cross Country Bideford

Sunday 16 January

WET and MUDDY… and a success! These are the words to describe this years cross country event in Bideford.

Karen, Lorrie and Kay deserve a special mention for braving the conditions to set out the course, along with the gang of marshals, without whom the races could not have taken place … and gang-master Liz too. Special thanks also to the kind lady who offered to assist in the kitchen and nearly bit off more than she could chew (sorry I don’t know your name but we promise to get you some more help next time).

Christmas Lights Club Run

16 December 2010

25 Blues of all ages wandered the streets of Bideford wearing festive hats during their club run on Thursday. They were in search of the street with the best Christmas lights. Although lights were a little harder to find than in previous years, some fine examples were found in Lime Grove, College Green and Meadow Park. A good time was had by all!

Christmas Cracker

Sunday 5 December

The annual club excursion to Wyvern set off as usual just after 8am on a very cold and frosty morning. The atmosphere on the coach could only be described as somewhat subdued compared to what was to come in a few hours. Race wise the 34 runners that took part for the blues had to endure soft slightly sinking sand under the pier at the start and in some places several skating rinks as the race continued inland. Jimmy Murray was first home for the blues with yet another pb. After the race was over the yearly trip to a Weston-super-mare Public house was inevitable and everyone spent the afternoon having more than a few sociable halves. Before we knew it it was time to get back on the coach with the earlier subdued mood changing noticeably after more than a few drinks each. Heardy as usual did a superb job with the raffle and the presents and to sum it up I’m sure everybody that went would agree that a great day was had by all. It’s also worth mentioning Kay and Liz won the fancy dress runners up prize dressed as Mary Poppins and the chimney sweep. Thanks Heardy for a great day!!! (thanks to Andrew Pearson for the race report). Full race results HERE.

Club Run

Thursday 11 November 2010 from the clubhouse

Despite howling winds and the threat of downpours, around 25 club runners braved the elements for our first ‘we wana be tugever’ club run. Recognising that some of our lighter junior runners would probably have ended up taking off if we had run the ‘Two Bridges’ a more sheltered (I don’t think so) route around town was selected. Despite some imaginative variations to the proposed route we all ended up back where we started … and it didn’t rain! Next club run is scheduled for 6pm on the 16 December and will be a Christmas light spotting special … we’re anticipating snow!

Dublin Marathon

Monday 25 October 2010

Eric Hubber put in a tremendous performance to win the O75 category in a time of 4:48:23. Eric’s achievement is all the more remarkable because commitments at home leave him little time for training. Well done ERIC!

Stroud Half marathon

Sunday 24 October 2010

Jimmy Murray’s at it again. PB in 1:20 (3min 8 secs faster than previous pb). Jimmy says that despite a sprint finish he couldn’t get under 1:20.

Dartmoor Vale Marathon/half marathon

Sunday 17October 2010

Jimmy Murray was in action again. 3rd place in the marathon (2:56:42) to win a bronze county medal and a gold in the v40 category. Lorrie Woolgar also had a good run, completing the course in 4:03:38.

In the half marathon Jo Bedlar was 4th lady (1:37:15) and Alan Patrick got under two hours with 1:57:43.

Eden Marathon

Sunday 10 October 2010

Jimmy Murray came home in 4th place (3.02.04) on a very tough course 60-70% off road.

South Molton Struggle

10 October 2010

Seven Blues, One First and two seconds … not a bad haul! Andrew Pearson led the Blues home in 54:43 (17th) but Jo Bedlar took top honours (1st lady over 35 … surely you’re not that old Jo?) in 57:58 (2nd lady overall). Other results were Don Marsh (58:30), Paul Sturtridge (1:00:19 2nd over 55), Heardy (1:02:33), Tim Lane (1:04:44) and Alan Patrick (1:09:09). Well done all!

Loch Ness Marathon and 10k

Sunday 4 October

Andy and Liz Warner travelled to Bonnie Scotland for this popular event. Andy ran the marathon in 3:46:41 whilst Liz ran the more modest 10k in 52:09 (pb). Liz tells me that neither of them saw the Lock Ness monster despite drinking a few wee drams!

Berlin Marathon

26 September 2010

Kevin Heywood (2:26:17), Mark Jenkin (2:28:06) and John Ward (2:35:47) all took part in this years Berlin Marathon. Kevin and Mark achieved top 50 placings (35th and 42nd) and John was not far behind (95th). Well done all! Videos of all three runners can be viewed HERE (search by name and click on the camera)

Budapest Marathon

26 September 2010

Dave Braunton managed his 15th sub 3:00 hour marathon in Budapest (2:57:56) on a good course with a great atmosphere despite the rainy day! Dave says he found a bar afterwards serving a glass of red wine for the equivalent of 60p so he thought he should have more than one … hic πŸ™‚

Truro Half marathon

Sunday 19 September

Four Blues took a trip to God’s own County to take part in the Truro Half. Results were Neil Marke 1:37:11 (110th), Jo Bedlar 1:39:01 (130th), Lind Eastmond 1:55:23 (299th) and Alan Patrick 2:03:52 (400th). There were 571 entrants.

Great North Run

Sunday 19 September 2010

Kathryn Guard was the only Blues runner taking part this year, completing the course in a highly creditable 1:58:43.

Doone Run

Sunday 19 September 2010

Six Blues took up this years challenging event. First Blue home was Chris Stone in 1:18:55 (13th). Other results were: Jimmy Murray 1:20:18 (15th), Andy Pearson 1:27:17 (30th), Alan Heard 1:40:28 (78th), Mark Palmer 1:48:25 (111th and 10 minutes faster than last year!) and Kay Eastwood 2:27:16 (2nd o/60 F).

SLaMM (Somerset Levels and Moors) Marathon, Langport Sunday 12th September

Quite a challenging marathon course starting and finishing in Bowdens campsite in Langport, about 80-90% off road on trails woods, fields and riverbanks, ploughed fields etc etc! with 2 mega hills at 19m and 25m.

Jimmy Murray and Lorrie Woogar took part. Jimmy finished in 3.28 after a marshal decided to disappear and he ended up doing 27.5m after paying the MOD a visit on their land! Jimmy had got himself into 3rd but lost it when he finally found his way back, ending up in 4th overall, but 1st V40. Lorrie also got lost on route and did 27m but still got a V45 2nd place trophy with a time of 4.56. all in all a nice day in a nice setting. Ill be back!

Wolverhampton Marathon

Sunday 5 September 2010

A shiny new marathon Pb for James Murray with 2.56.15 and 12th overall!! A very happy man.

Jimmy’s taking part in his 53rd marathon next Sunday at Langport. His first as an o40.

Coasters GB Round Britain Relay Bideford to Barnstaple Leg

5 September 2010

On Sunday 5 September twelve runners from the Blues took part in the round Britain Coastal Relay, carrying ‘Barry the Baton’ ten miles from Bideford to Barnstaple along the Tarka Trail. ‘Barry’ arrived in Bideford on Saturday (courtesy of Bude Rats (Running and Triathalon Club)) and has been travelling clockwise around Great Britain since 9 May 2010, having started at Blackpool Tower. He has already travelled 3,433 miles on his epic journey! For more details of this record breaking run go to www.coastersgb.co.uk

Quote from Stephen Reid (co-ordinator):

“Utterly fabulous, what a weekend. Bude Rats, Bridget, Val and Roger, Sue from Bideford really pleased to meet you all I had a great time, and yes I shall come down to some of your club races you made so enticing Check out their club sites guys and gals two clubs with the right attitude! Thanks to Sue for introducing me to Karen the announcer at the Bideford regatta and getting us a big coasters message read out 15 minutes before Bridget, Val and Roger arrived. Great to meet Doug and the BAAC team at the end of your leg, shame about the weather but top effort getting there so quickly”

Bristol Half Marathon

Sunday 5 September

Six of the best from Bide took part this year. Results as follows:

Kevin Heywood- 1:07:41 (15th), Mark Jenkin- 1:09:53 (24th), Martin Colwill- 1:20:25, Neil Marke- 1:33:18, Jo Bedlar- 1:38:43, Linda Eastman- 1:49:03 (pb Congratulations in order :))

Torrington ‘Back in Five

Sunday 5 September

Another six of the Best from Bideford: Chris Stone- 31:39, Alec McLaren- 33:34, Don Marsh- 37:20, Alan Heard- 37:37, Tim Lane- 39:18, Kathy Graham- 51:38

Indian Queens Half marathon

Sunday 1 August 2010

Following their success in the 2010 Launceston Half Marathon, Kevin Heywood and Mark Jenkin were at it again, taking top honours in this popular Half Marathon. Nine Blues took part in this years Indian Queens Half. Results as follows:

Kevin Heywood- 1:08:21 (1st), Mark Jenkin- 1:10:26 (2nd), Dave Braunton- 1:21:51 (26th), Jimmy Murray- 1:23:09 (PB 31st), Jo Bedlar- 1:36:42, Andy Glover- 1:41:14, Neil Marke- 1:42:36, Tara Horell- 1:49:29, Linda Eastman- 1:51:53

Magnificent 7 Saltash

Sunday 25 July

Nine Bideford AAC runners travelled to Saltash to complete in the ‘Magnificent 7’ road race over a hilly course. Jimmy Murray was the highest placed runner, whilst Jo Bedler just missed out on a medal in her category. 403 runners completed the course.

15th Jimmy Murray 44.46 (8th senior man), 117th Neil Marke 53.21 (20th O/45), 121st Jo Bedler 53.44 (4th 0/35), 139th Andy Jewell 56.19, (18th 0/50), 176th Carol Davies 57.19 (8th 0/45), 190th Alan Heard 57.55 (8th O/55), 198th Mark Palmer 58.46 (37th O/40), 223rd Tim Lane, 60.11 (40th O/40), 262nd Linda Eastmond (12th 0/45)

Bideford Handicap Races

The last of the six summer club handicap races took place at the Blues on Wednesday 14th July. Overall winners were announced following the race and everyone tucked into the bring and share feast that followed. Prizes of ‘More Mile’ running socks were presented to runners who completed at least four of the six races.

Congratulations to all winners and to the hard working Marshalls, timekeepers and helpers without whom the event could not take place rewards for these people will be distributed shortly. Final results HERE

Launceston Half Marathon

Sunday 4 July

Great turn out from the Blues and great results with three runners out of the first ten home! Kevin Heywood won the event in 1:12:35 with Mark Jenkin hot on his heals in second place (1:14:48) and Martin Colwill in tenth (!:24:52). Other results were Jimmy Murray 1:28:57, Jo Bedlar 1:48:55, Sue Pennington 1:56:58, Mark Palmer 2:04:40, Lorrie Woolgar 2:05:23 and Alan Patrick 2:10:51.

Peter Hockin wins Inaugural North Devon marathon!

Four Blues took part in the first ever North Devon marathon at Woolacombe on Sunday 27June and one of them won! In baking hot conditions eased only by the coastal breeze Peter Hockin led the field to finish 1st in 3:34:54 whilst Jimmy Murray came home 15th in 4:01:50, Andrew Pearson finished 20th in 4:13:28 and Charlie Davis finished 23rd in 4:14:49. Well done all! (Photo by Brian Mulholland North Devon Framing)

Yeo Mill Yomp, Exmoor

Sunday 20 June

Martin Colwill took first place to retain his crown in a time of 1:11:05 at this 10.25 mile event which Martin reckons is a little tougher than the Doone. Steve Heard came home in eighth place in 1:17:21 Both good times particular taking into account the sunny, hot conditions. Martin is keen for more Blues to take part next year … except Peter Hockin πŸ˜‰

Sticker 5

Sunday 18 June

Jimmy Murray flew the flag for the Blues, finishing 44th out of 455 runners in a time of 31:38.

Ruby Run

Sunday 13 June 2010

A good turn out from the Blues and a one-two for Peter Hockin and Martin Colwill on a warm summers morning. Peter came home first in 1:16:00 to win his fourth Ruby Run, over 3 minutes in front of Martin who was clearly not trying hard enough πŸ˜‰ Amongst the other notable performances was a sixth place for Chris Stone and a battle between Paul Sturtridge, Sue Pennington and Jo Bedlar which Jo and Sue won using a pincers movement to come in two abreast (Jo was slightly in front of Sue) beating Paul by 4 seconds. Jimmy Murray managed 11th, Stuart Philps 16th, Andy Warner 24th and Andy Glover 40th.

Ian’s Big Run

June 2010

Ian Clewes mega-marathon arrived in Bideford on Thursday evening, 10 June. Ian was accompanied by fellow Blues members for the last few miles of his days 29 mile jaunt from Hartland. He was running the South West Coast path at a rate of more than a marathon a day and was due to finish at Minehead on Sunday 13th June. Ian ran for Cancer Research UK and has already raise over Β£2,300 online with a further Β£1,000 or two in the collecting tins which he rattled along the way.

Cubert 5 Miler

Tuesday 8 June 2010

Martin Colwill travelled to Cubert near Newquay and may have been the only North Devon runner if not the only Devon runner amongst 550 Cornish finishers. A nice evening, bbq and a unique Camping chair for every runner different !! Martin was pleased to come back with a 5 mile pb of 28 mins 22 secs.

Dartmoor Discovery

Sunday 6 June 2010

Jimmy Murray finished this 32.2 mile toughie in 4:33:35, finishing in 13th place and 13 minutes faster than his previous time for the event. This is probably due to the fact that Jimmy has been abducted by aliens and replaced by a look-a-like, half his original size … or it may be due to some pretty serious dieting!

Crediton Crunch

Sunday 23 May 2010

Tim Lane (50:19) and Alan Heard (52:32) joined 216 others in the sweltering heat to take part in this hilly 6.4 mile race.

2010 Bideford 10k

Sunday 16 May 2010

A record entry for this years 10k enjoyed a cool breeze and damp air. Blues runner Mark Jenkin was beaten into second place by Shaun Antell (North Devon RR) but the Senior mens team prize came to Bideford with good runs from Mark, Dan Mapp, Andrew Ingle and Gary Suggate. Blues vets also took first spot thanks to Peter Hockin, Martin Colwill, Chris Stone and Bill O’Donnell. Ladies vets Jo Bedlar, Sue Pennington and Rebecca Hill took third place. Individual winners were Dan Mapp-M20, Martin Colwill-M40, Peter Hockin-M45 and Eric Hubber M75.

2010 Bideford 10k Results HERE

Prague Marathon

Sunday 9 May 2010

Dave Braunton 2.58.51 and his 20th marathon (18th overseas). Jim Murray 3.06.28 marathon no 48! Jim says “Great marathon, great weekend, great t-shirt, rucksack and medal and most of all great beer!!”

IAN’S 630 Mile Run for Cancer Research UK 2010

The Challenge: Starting on Friday May 21st 2010, Blues member Ian Clewes will be running the whole 630 mile South West Coastal Footpath from Poole Harbour in Dorset to Minehead in North Somerset. The route includes ascent and descent of 114,931 feet (almost 4 times the height of Mt. Everest) which Ian hopes to complete in about 4 weeks … this means running the equivalent of a marathon coupled with ascent and descent of over 4,000 feet every day. You can follow Ians progress at http://iansbigrun.blogspot.com/

Clovelly Crawler

1st May 2010

This years grueling coastal club challenge took place in near perfect conditions with threatened rain staying away. Mike Gilmore, Alan Heard, Steve Sanders, Alan Cox, Rob Floyd, Charlie Davis, Andy Pearson, Bill Siviter, Stuart Philps, Ian Clewes and Sue Pennington completed the full course to the Blues clubhouse whilst Kathryn Guard and Doug Jenkin took the less painful option, running from Bucks Mills. Andy Watts, Kay Dickinson and Doug and Brenda Birchell took the Peppercombe route back to the Blues. First back was Stuart Philps who managed to run the complete course an exceptional achievement as anyone who has ventured onto the coast path will know. Kathryn (Princess Fiona) Guard was first into the mens showers at the end of the race, closely followed by the men … but not before she had showered and dressed (those Blues men are such gentlemen). Special thanks to Janet Glover and Dee Jenkin for doing the driving bit and Barrie and Heardy for opening the bar at the end … it was like scene out of Ice Cold in Alex!

Arlington Court Canter

Sunday 25 April 2010

Another year, another enjoyable Canter. Chris Stone was first Blue home in 41:08 (11th). Full Results HERE

Virgin London Marathon

Sunday 25 April 2010

Near perfect conditions welcomed nine Blues members: Martin Colwill 2.54.12, Gary Suggate 2.57.15, Andy Warner 3.32.44, Chris Stone 3.51.04, Steve Sanders 4.01.44, Caroline Ellis 4.05.57, Jo Bedlar 4.05 57, Dave Cloake 4.09, Liz Warner 4.41.21. Not a virgin amongst them (I’m told) but everyone is bringing home a medal and rumour has it that Heardy owes Cloaky a tenner?

Tavy 13

Sunday 18 April 2010

Jimmy Murray (1:36:25), Mark Palmer (1:58:08) and Kay Eastwood (2:24:08) took part in this inaugural half marathon at Tavistock. From all accounts a very tough run but well organised.

Taunton Marathon and Half Marathon

Sunday 11 April 2010

Three full marathons and six halves were managed by the Blues this year. It would have been seven but for for an unfortunate incident with a pothole which left Lois Vickers with a broken foot and arm! (Get well soon, Lois)

Times were: Marathon Jimmy Murray-3:17:48, Will Heal-3:24:23, Lorrie Woolgar-4:05:09
Half Marathon- Stuart Philps-1:27:24, Sue Pennington-1:41:35, Alan Heard-1:43:24, Andy Walter-1:47:30, Dave Cloak-1:47:58, Alan Patrick-1:57:35

Bampton to Tiverton

Sunday 5 April 2010

Six of the best from Bideford AAC for this event! The Blues took first (K.Heywood), second (Mark Jenkin) and fifth (Chris Stone) whilst Alan Heard, Carole Davies and Mike Gilmore were in the 60’s, 80’s and 90’s respectively (positions, not ages ;)). Full Results: K.Heywood- 35:22 (1st), M.Jenkin- 38:17 (2nd), C.Stone- 43:47 (5th), A.Heard- 55:05 (60th), Carol Davies- 58:30 (86th) and M.Gilmore- 60:08 (96th). The Blues won the Team prize too!

Good Friday Relays

Friday 2 April 2010
1st – G – Kieran Jewell 11:30, Tracey Wilson 14:39, Mark Jenkin 9:45
2nd – B – Simon Hill 12:37, Tara Horrell 14:53, Martin Colwill 11:37
3rd – I – Tom Cawsey 11:43, Matt Cawsey Molly Pennington 6:34 7:51, Ian Snow 12:01
4th – H – Rebecca Hill 13:49, Mechelle Williams 15:19, Steve Gallienne 9:21
5th – F – Jim Murray 12:03, Zo Gardner 15:11, Jack Oliver 11:46
6th – A – Tim Lane 13:22, Kaye Allen 15:44, Dave Braunton 10:48
7th – M – Andrew Wilson 13:01, Nancy Pennington Abigail Stone 7:22 8:06, Stuart Philps 11:38
8th – D – Scott Braunton 12:47, Michelle Bright 16:37, Will Heal 11:05
9th – K – Bruce Gardner 15:35, Henry Horrell Georgia Gibbons 7:18 9:01, Kevin Heywood8:51
10th – L – Alan Heard 13:38, Kayleigh Cunningham Heather Warner 7:36 8:45, Dale Wilson 12:05
11th – J – Tony Merrett 14:01, Bobby Talbot-Adams Pam Paddon 6:33 10:15, Dan Mapp 9:57
12th – E – Mark Fundrey 14:49, Jackie Hill 17:08, Chris Stone 11:10
13th – C – Dani Jewell 12:33, Charlene Horrell 19:40, Garry Suggate 11:00

Teignbridge 10

Sunday 28 March 2010

Alan Heard and Lois Vickers took part in this years Teignbridge 10 miler, finishing 88th (1:16.55) and 188th (1:41.03) respectively.

Bideford Half Marathon

Sunday 7 March 2010

Mark Jenkin was a worthy winner of the 16th Bideford Half Marathon, finishing the race in 1:10:59. Near perfect conditions greeted runners from as far afield as Freiburg in Germany and Atlanta in America whilst a dozen intrepid Irishmen (and women) journeyed from Lagan Valley, Belfast for the event.

Pipes and Drums, Samba bands and Morris Dancers entertained the crowds along the route and England goal keeper David James was spotted amongst the crowds of enthusiastic supporters (at 6’8″ you couldn’t really miss him).

North Devon Road Runners (above) turned out in force once again whilst our largest entry was from the Womens Running Network (57 runners) with Teignbridge Trotters (right) in second place (31 runners). Teignbridge kindly provided two pace men for the event and the 1:45 man came home in 1:44:40… impressive.

Bideford AAC fielded 50 runners and still managed to fully marshal the course, man the drinks stations, run the canteen, baggage lorry and start/finish. The work of our volunteers before during and after the event is much appreciated.

2010 Bideford Half Marathon Results HERE

Duchy Half Marathon and Duchy 20

Sunday 7 March 2010

Jimmy Murray completed this chilly hilly cornish marathon in 3:19:43 finishing 23rd overall. The 20 miler was tackled by Andy Glover 2:58:15 (81st), Rebecca Hill 3:01:45(86th) and Michelle Williams 3:22:03 (127th) out of 172 finishers.

Malta Marathon

Sunday 28 February 2010

Another sub 3.00 hours for club runner Dave Braunton in this predominantly down hill marathon. Dave says he suffered when the temperature climbed to 24 degrees but he still managed to cross the line in 2.58.07. Well done Dave!

Hestercombe Humdinger 9.5 miler (what a daft distance!)

Sunday 21 February

Lois Vickers flew the Blues flag and finished in a respectable 1:45:41. Well done Lois!

Plymouth Hoe 10

Sunday 21st February

Martin Colwill was our only representative in the Plymouth 10 and missed out on a sub one hour time by just 10 seconds. That’s flippin fast! He came 22nd out of a field of 568. Well done Martin!

Great West Run Exmouth 5 Miler

Sunday 7 February

The Bideford six took on the Exmouth five. Lucky Martin Colwill (13th) finished the race in around 15 seconds less than his official time of 28.37, as did James McLaren 29.36, Maurice Cockwill 35.35, Alan Heard 37.14, Mike Gilmore 40.59 and Glen Martin 41.04 (apparently the timekeeper had a bit of trouble with his timing watch at the start).

Southern Counties Cross Country Championships Parliament Hill, London

A great day for the Blues! Out of a field of over 800 runners, Kevin Heywood won bronze, coming home in 51.39, only 42 seconds behind the winner! good runs too from Mark Jenkin (56.12-51st) Andrew Ingle (62.16-207th) and Chris Stone (71.03-481st).

Braunton 10

Sunday 24 January 2010

Blues runners made up nearly 10% of the 265 strong entry for this years Braunton 10 which took place in excellent, if a little cool weather conditions. We put on a good show too with Dan Mapp taking first place in 57.08! Full results HERE

Disney 5k, Half Marathon and Marathon

8, 9 and 10 January

A Murray mix competed in a variety of races at Disney World with Jim running both the Half Marathon (1:38:30) and Marathon (3:26:57) on consecutive days. Children Rob and Leonie competed in the 5k, finishing in 32min and 34 minutes (can’t believe that Rob didn’t wait for his li’l Sis ;)).

Jim tells us that the Marathon starts at 5.40 in the morning to avoid the heat of the sun. Unfortunately freak weather conditions meant that it was so cold that spilt water at the drinks stations was freezing on the ground! It’s also the first marathon that Jim has finished when it was still dark! Well done Team Murray!

First Chance 10k, Exeter

Sunday 3 January

Kevin Heywood (30-44) won this event with Mark Jenkin (32-27) finishing close behind in fifth place.

Kevin added another course record to his collection on his way to victory, making light of icy conditions to scoop a Β£100 bonus for a new best time.

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