Exmouth Belles out in force

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:01 12 March 2015

Nine members of the Exmouth Running Belles were in action last weekend, writes Clare Medlock.

Sally Blower, in training for the London Marathon next month, competed in the Surrey Half Marathon.

The event, in its second year, starts and finishes at Woking Leisure Centre.

Sally’s training efforts are clearly working as she completed the 13.1-mile course in a time of 1:59, six minutes faster than her previous half marathon times!

Eight Belles took part in the Bideford Half Marathon hosted and organised by Bideford Amateur Athletics Club.

The course takes runners alongside the River Torridge between Bideford and Great Torrington and even through a tunnel!

The weather was perfect with a light sprinkling of rain and the eight Belles did the club proud, completing the moderately flat race in respectable times.

The first Belle across the line was Jane Macdonald, ninth in her category in a time of 1:45 whilst Lorraine Kirby and Kay Douglas finished in 1.50 and 1.51 respectively.

Five of the Belles competing were in pursuit of the sub two hour half marathon time. Honor Elizabeth and Kay Douglas succeeded, finishing in 1:59 and 1:50.

Frustration struck Emma McBryan as she missed the coveted two hour mark by a mere 19 seconds!

Jane Hall and Zoe Nelmes were a minute shy of the two hour mark, the latter running with tired legs following her tremendous efforts seven days before in the Bath Half Marathon.

Sue Millard was the final Belle to finish the 13.1-mile route. Having only started running this time last year, she was delighted to her first major event in a time of 2:34.

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