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Exmouth badminton star Ben Lane returned from the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast with a bronze medal.

With more than 10 applications to run in the London Marathon for every one who finished, just getting a place to run in the 2018 event was hard enough, writes Cathy Newman.

The latest area point-to-point meeting was held at Flete Park where Darren Edwards took a crashing fall when Raloo Rocket came down at the head of the nine-strong Restricted field with a circuit to go, writes Granville Taylor.

The day before the iconic London Marathon, in pleasant conditions on Exmouth seafront, the 17th edition of the increasingly popular parkrun took place, writes Cathy Newman.

The opening of the bowls green at Cricket Field Lane, the home of the Budleigh Salterton bowlers, is always an exciting day and as the blue skies appeared on Saturday afternoon so did the club members as over 30 bowlers enjoyed their first outing of the season, writes David Roberts.

Well, as usual, the bowls season had a wet start and the annual Phear Park opening was delayed for a few days, writes David Evans.

Friday night’s National Trophy speedway meeting between Plymouth Devils and Isle of Wight is set to be dedicated to the memory of both Ivan Mauger and Vaclav Verner.

The Speedway world was rocked last week with the sad news of the passing of two former ‘greats’ of the sport, Ivan Mauger and Vaclav Verner.

Exmouth Harrier Hannah Bown chose Brighton over London this year in terms of which of the marathons to run, writes Cathy Newman.

Foxcub lowered the colours of local favourite Dicky Bob in the Ladies’ Open at the Silverton point-to-point held at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Grand National Day, writes Granville Taylor.

Otterton-based young drag racing ace Baxter Williams and his father Gary drove 300 miles to Lincolnshire for their latest taste of early season drag racing.

Topsham Bowls Club is to hold a ‘Give Bowls a Try’ Day at the end of the month.

Budleigh bowlers enjoy indoor finals

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Saturday at the Budleigh Salterton Bowls Club was a busy day as the club opened its doors to potential new members whilst existing members enjoyed the afternoon in the final indoor roll-up of the season, writes David Roberts.

With the indoor bowls season coming to an end for this year, we were treated to a wonderful weekend of superb club finals, writes Jenny Smith.

It’s been a busy Easter break for 12-year-old Exmouth badminton youngster Jonty Wright.

Point-to-point horse racing heads back to Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary this coming Saturday (April 14), writes Donna Harris.

Organisers of Nunney International Horse Trials have announced a new title sponsor for the event, which takes place from June 15 to 17, writes Lucy Johnson.

The Indoor season for the Budleigh Bowlers has without a doubt been a successful one in the playing of club friendlies with many wins and the last week of the Indoor season was no exception, writes David Roberts.

Dicky Bob won the Hunt race for the fourth successive year at Cherrybrook, but this time the locally trained grey met with no opposition in his favourite race and only had to walk over to claim the prize, writes Granville Taylor.

Exmouth Harrier Ryan Snell ran a big personal best in finishing seventh in the Salisbury 10-mile event on Sunday, writes Cathy Newman.

There will be an open house at Cricket Field Lane this Saturday (April 14) between 10am and 2pm as the club looks to recruit new members, writes David Roberts.

Bicton Arena has added another feather to its cap having won the prestigious British Dressage Best Venue award for 2017, writes Lucy Johnson.

The Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers fixture, postponed from its original date two weeks previously, only got the go-ahead after an early morning course inspection, writes Granville Taylor and Donna Harris.

Point-to-pointing finally got back on track last weekend after a prolonged bad weather spell, and hopefully the scheduled meeting to be held at Cherrybrook near Tavistock this coming Sunday (April) will be another meeting to defy the weather, writes Donna Harris.

In the final match of the Budleigh Salterton Evening League sponsored by Coast Wealth Management, bottom of the league Budleigh Buzzards, against the odds, won comfortably on both rinks against the Exmouth Robins, writes David Roberts.

The Phear Park Bowls Club is gearing up for the start of the 2018 season and looking forward to welcoming back members, and indeed saying a warm ‘hello’ to new folk who might be keen to join a local – and friendly – bowls club, writes David Evans.

A ladies’ friendly against Honiton was the only scheduled club match for the past week and again it was a close affair as matches between these two clubs tend to be, writes David Roberts.

The Exeter Good Friday 10k was held on a four lap course to accommodate building work on the riverside making an excellent race for spectators despite the rather chilly conditions, writes Cathy Newman.

There was a welcome result for the Budleigh men in the annual match against the ladies at Cricket Field Lane on Sunday, as they took the spoils in the Captains Invitation match, writes David Roberts.

It is all systems go at Bicton Arena with preparations well underway for its first international horse trials, which take place on April 20 to 22, writes Lucy Johnson.

Exe IVs lost by the narrowest of margins when they went down 3-2 to Ashmoor.

Exe IIs were edged out by the odd goal in five when they took on second-in-the-table Yeovil and Sherborne.

Organisers of Devon’s Women Can Marathon and Relay have released details of the event’s 2018 commemorative medal, which pays tribute to the suffragette movement in the 100th anniversary year of women achieving the right to vote.

Snow really did disrupt bowling last week when there were two major games for the Madeira ladies, writes Jenny Charles.

East Devon’s drag racing ace Mark ‘Wolfie’ Smith was in action at the opening of a new South West season of action when he rode at the Dakota Raceway meeting on the penultimate Saturday of March.

Students from Lympstone Karate have enjoyed recent training sessions and gradings at Exeter Shotokan and Tiverton Shotokan karate clubs.

Snow tried to stop play at the Devon County finals this past weekend, but Madeira lady players beat the weather to travel to the South Hams to compete for the County Championships, writes Jenny Charles.

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) men’s 1st XI, with the Southern Two title already in the bag, went down by the odd goal in three to top three rivals PGSOB A.

The Budleigh Evening League, sponsored by Coast Wealth Management, has been a tight affair for the top teams over recent weeks, but no one would have predicted that there would be a tie for top position, writes David Roberts.

After several weeks of wet and snowy conditions, point-to-point racing looks to be back on track with this Sunday’s (March 25) meeting being the Lamerton hosted one held at Kilworthy, near Brentor, Tavistock, writes Donna Harris.

Exe ladies’ 1st XI were 4-3 winners when they met Bristol Firebrands in a West Premier One meeting.

Exe ladies’ 2nds were beaten 3-0 by Bournemouth in a game played with snow falling for long periods.

The Grizzly run, organised by Axe Valley Runners, is a special event, writes Cathy Newman.

The 2018 Grizzly is off! However, they are to run a modified CUB run covering a 10-mile route – the Grizzly is a 20-mile event.

Exe 1st XI hosted Newent in their penultimate home game and both teams were hoping for a win in their campaigns to achieve success at either end of the league in West Premier One, writes Jojo Bannister.

Madeira had four ladies – Christine Macaulay, Deirdre Norman, Janine Orchard and Jan Roberts – playing as part of the Devon team that played in a crucial South West League match at Exeter-based Isca against Somerset, writes Jenny Charles.

The historic racecourse at Buckfastleigh is where racing enthusiasts can round off their week after the buzz of Cheltenham this coming Sunday (March 18), when the Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers host their meeting, writes Donna Harris.

An Interclub match against Torquay B for the Budleigh men resulted in a narrow defeat, but was one of the better results for the club in this competition this season, writes David Roberts.

The Bideford Half Marathon, run on the second Sunday of March, had 1,263 finishers, writes Cathy Newman.

Exe thirds are still looking for their first win of the campaign after going down 4-3 in their meeting with Bude, writes Jojo Bannister.

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