This new event for Torbay saw 3 different distances on offer a 5k, 10K and Half Marathon, opting for the Half Marathon as it had more trail elements in it, I was first to arrive at the coach pick up by the finish area, a quick chat with the organisers and I was soon on the coach on the way to the start 13 miles away, this being a point to point race, the numbers were small for this new event, but I am sure they will get bigger each year, the route was a mix of road and trail but having run all the sections of the route many times, I knew that road shoes were the best option, just taking it steady on the main trail section which was suprisingly dry and not very muddy. The start was an informal affair and we were soon on our way dropping down to Brixham harbour from Berry Head, then joining the Coast Path to Broadsands, Goodrington, Paignton, Torquay and then climbing up to Daddyhole Plain before dropping down to Meadfoot, then the final long climb up Ilshalm Drive, before a downhill to the finish, along Ilsham Green. Small event, but nice support at the finish. Only downside which they apolgised for was the water at the water stops tasted funky, blamed on new water bladders being used, luckily I was carrying my own water.
Posted on 22.09.17