Plym Trail AUTUMN Weekend
September/October 2017

Well, that was the weekend that was .........

Day 1 started off with poor weather which got proressively worse for those finishing beyond 4 hours. The conditions led to several no-shows and several DNF's or downgrades to the Half Marathon.
However, Marcus Williams blasted through the rain with a great win with 3:27 and Plymstock Road Runners finest, Owen Hughes, set fire to the rain with a win and a PB in the Half Marathon with 1:48.
First lady in the Full Marathon was a very wet Mandy Harley in 4:30. First lady in the Half Marathon was Jannette Beaton in 1:52.
Comedy duo, the Fewins Twins, laughed, argued and giggled throughout the Half Marathon and cheered everybody up and then got dressed up to go to a wedding.

Day 2 was a better day for long distance running and the forecast of even worse weather did not come to fruition and we had no DNF's or downgrades to the Half Marathon.
Steven Reading won the Full Marathon with an impressive 3:17 and first lady was East Cornwall Harrier Rachel Young in 4:36.
Atleast 4 Half Marathon PB's and 5 Full Marathon PB's were acheived. Most notably, Ben Lupton had to downgrade to the Half on day 1 as his Assistant Runner had to retire. On Day 2 Ben decided to have his Assistant Runner (his dad, Tim Lupton of 100 Marathon Club) ride alongside on his bike and this ended up with a very tearful crowd cheering him in with a 40 minute Marathon PB of 5:41.
Congratulations are also in order to Tim McIntyre for completing his 50th Marathon and to Drew Shears for completing his 1st Marathon !!

The Plym Trail is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the National Park of Dartmoor. The stunning views of the forests and valleys are breathtaking and you are likely to see Peregrin Falcons in the summer as well as an abundance of incredible flora and fauna.
Formerly an historic railway, this area is now enjoyed throughout the year by runners, walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
You will also see the wild ponies and sheep that permanently reside on the Moors as well as the smaller rodents and fowl that thrive in this wonderful community.
The course is a quick 1.58 mile 'out and back' in Clearbrook village followed by a 12.31 miles 'out-and-back' run on the well-signposted Cycle Route 27 which is completed twice and will be well marshalled.
Toilets and refreshments will be situated at the Race HQ near the Start/Finish Line and at the turnaround point at Coypool.
Another refreshment station will be manned near Bickleigh Barracks which is situated approximately halfway between Clearbrook and the turnaround point at Coypool. At Coypool you must show your Running Number or you will not be recorded as having run the full Marathon distance !
Here comes the rules .............All Athletes must be atleast 17 years old, 6.5 hours cut off, DQ for littering or failing to follow instructions from Marshalls, Running Numbers visible at all times, Stay on Cycle Path 27, Share the Trail with Wildlife and other people and dont upset anyone.

Follow the link for the 13.1 and 26.2 miles Course Map........



Day 1Full Marathon:
Males: 1st Marcus Williams 3:27:44 2nd Richard Storr 3:45:25 3rd Carl Miles 3:48:40
Females: 1st Mandy Harley 4:30:33 2nd Sally Ingledew 4:47:07 3rd Louise Charlotte Simpson 6:21:03
Half Marathon Winners:
Owen Hughes 1:48:01 & Janette Beaton 1:52:05

Day 2 Full Marathon:
Males: 1st Steven Reading 3:17:30 2nd Roger Voaden 3:24:06
3rd Richard Storr 3:45:14
Females: 1st Rachael Young 4:36:47 2nd Sarah Hillson 4:41:12
3rd Emma Butler 5:25:10

Half Marathon Winners:
James McCarthy 1:37.47 & Kris Warren 1:56:48

The !st Annual Plym Trail Marathon became a Double Marathon and incorporated a Half Marathon after the feedback we received last year. We would like to thank Tim Lupton & Alex Lupton for all their behind-the-scenes assistance.

"What a lovely atmosphere. I really enjoyed the camerarderie and banter between the runners" Sarah Salt.

"Our first Double Marathon and I couldn't have asked for a more relaxed, friendly and well run event!"  Sharon Hicks & Bob Turner
".....superbly organised event and my first ever marathon was an enjoyable experience !" Eamon Crowe

"Quality bling and goody bags on both days, and a hat too ! Not many marathons you get that !" Clive & Jackie Hearn

"One of our favourite events, everything from start to finish was outstanding !"  Louise Charlotte Simpson & Michael Greenslade

" first Plym Valley Half Marathon - definitely not my last !" Leesa Pethick

"Thank you for making my 50th Marathon such a great day of memories !" Shaz Bowman

"We came all the way from the States (via London Marathon last week) and look forward to next year !" Kevin Brosi, Florida.

"Wonderful Marshalls at the Half Way and Turnround Points. Forever cheerful whatever the weather threw at them !" Gary Rochester

"I am going to have to drive down to Devon to see what we've been missing!" David Davieson

"Value For Money like never seen before!"  Selina Da Silva

"Not surprised the Full Marathon was sold out this year. Do NOT spread the word about this Marathon because I want to do this one every year and it has limited spaces !" Paul Cross

"Everything I could want from a Marathon, except for the bit at the end when they wouldn't let me smash some plates !" Costas Flevas

"The medals, the goody bags, the hat, the Marshalls, the course. Good to be back and we will be back again and again !" Phil & Dee Rand

"Can we get a discount if we enter the whole 2018 series?"  The Fewins twins

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