Exmouth Belles shine at HOPE 24 event in Plymouth

PUBLISHED: 10:53 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:53 13 May 2015

The Exmouth Belles at the Hope 24 event

The Exmouth Belles at the Hope 24 event


Twelve Exmouth Running Belles joined many members of the Exmouth Harriers at the weekend to take part in HOPE 24 charity camping and running festival.

The event involves either single runners or teams of two, three, five or eight, taking it in turns to run a 5-mile lap around the grounds of Newnam Park. The event took team members around a multi terrain route through a wooded valley and surrounding hills of the country estate, which nestles between the city of Plymouth and the foothills of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon.

The Belles were represented by two teams. Each Belle ran three to four laps of the hilly route including navigating tree roots, fields, tracks and slippery paths. Despite runners wearing head torches the nighttime navigation was hampered by heavy fog on the hill tops, the conditions did not slow down the lap times for both teams. The course record was achieved by a single person relay record of 135 miles in 24 hours.

The first team of eight; Cally Rowland, Clare Medlock, Andrea Johnston, Louise Griffin, Louise Watts, Lorraine Kirby, Suzie Wong and Christine Doe came first in the female Eight category and were delighted with their 130 miles, and overall placing, of fifth position for all female teams.

The second team consisted of a mix of four Exmouth Running Belles and an Exmouth Harrier. The Harribelles team included Louise Hempstead, Amanda McCann, Lorraine Gilson, Susan Hill and Jane Macdonald. The team of five managed to narrowly miss first place in their category by two laps, but completed 150 miles in the 24 hours resulting in a second position for their category and second position for female teams overall.

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