STORM Kathleen's conditions did not deter this weekend's Teignbridge Trotter racers.

Two Trotters took on the notoriously difficult 22-mile JP’s Exe to Axe race, named after local running legend John Perratt. The course follows the coast path from Exmouth to Seaton. Although hilly all the way, the section to Sidmouth is relatively runnable before becoming uncompromisingly brutal after Sidmouth. Throw in lots of mud and very strong wind and you have a sizeable challenge on your hands!

Ewan Walton (4:37:10, 75th) had a solid first half, managing to run continuously until beyond Sidmouth. Muscular failure crept in during the second half. Tim Synge (5:05:08, 122nd) said, ‘awesome views and spring flowers were on hand to boost morale, as well as supportive marshals.’ 

Derek Skinner took part in the ABP Southampton Marathon whilst fighting off a cold. With a windy day and some very interesting inclines it made for a ‘just get it done’ day. Derek persevered and felt drained but enjoyed a great course and great support from the locals. ‘I wish I could have appreciated it more,’ he said, finishing in 4:49:32, good for 644th. 

Cheryl Dunn, Victoria Hales, and Claire Farrar took part in the Power Run at Powderham Castle on Saturday. It was an enjoyable run in muddy and breezy conditions. Cheryl finished the 10-mile race in 2:00:49 for 90th. In the five-miler, Victoria finished in 1:13:53 for 46th, Darren Petch in 1:15:19 for 148th and Claire in 1:18:02 for 154th.