Exmouth Belles enjoy Majorcan half marathon

PUBLISHED: 11:28 22 October 2017

Exmouth Running Belles at the Palma, Majorca half marathon

Exmouth Running Belles at the Palma, Majorca half marathon

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Finish times and personal best (PBs) times were shelved when 26 members of the Exmouth Running Belles competed in three separate events over the same weekend, writes Clare Medlock.

Exmouth Running Belles at the Great West Run Exmouth Running Belles at the Great West Run

Seven Belles attended the Exeter Great West Run. The popular half marathon took the Belles around Exeter city centre and university, as well as through the beautiful country lanes of Stoke Woods. All seven Belles completed the 13.1 miles course in respectable times despite seasonal warm weather.

Meanwhile, a few miles down the road a solo Belle decided to challenge herself to the social ‘blood and sweat’ off-road obstacle run at the river Dart country park.

This was Sally Blower’s first competitive run since returning from injury last year. She completed the 10k event in a time 1:16 which included sliding down in inflatable mud slide and wading through waist deep water before climbing onto a pirate ship!

The remaining 18 Belles decided to venture 1,250 miles further afield to take part in the Palma Mallorca half marathon.

The event was Claire McCarthy’s first half marathon since becoming a Belle five years ago.

The remaining Belles completed the half marathon in sweltering 26 degree temperatures.

The scenic course took runners along the promenade and up into the historic and beautiful old town.

Leaders Cally Rowland, Clare Medlock and Lorraine Kirby said they were immensely proud of the Belles and impressed with all performances in the heat.

The Belles celebrated in style following the event before returning back to Exmouth on the Tuesday after the run.

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