Duncan Staddon is first AVR at Torbay Half Marathon


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The 28th Torbay Half Marathon took place on Sunday, writes Dave Mutter.

This is a very undulating race, with two loops from Paignton Pier to the big wheel at Torquay, and back.

The first AVR across the finish line was Duncan Staddon, 30th in 1:21:09. Next was Terry Emmett, who, after an unscheduled pit stop, only just managed to pass Lee Moran on the finish line to take 53rd in a time of 1:24:46. Next was Lee in a new PB of 1:24:43, finishing 54th.

Graham Newton was very pleased to finish 242nd, in a time of 1:40:35, to win the men's over 65 category. Diane Newton, despite a lack of training, was very happy to run all the way, albeit slowly, in 2:36:55, to finish eighth in her age category.

Fran and Karl Hodson headed off to the White Star Running event Sydling 10K Hill race, but was more like 11k!

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They had this rare thing sunshine and warmth making the hilly 10k tough going, at the top of the last hill was a marker with 400 metres to go - 800 metres later you reached the finish line in the middle of the village square!

Fran finished 20th overall and third female in 1:00:13 and Karl was fifth in 47:53. All finishers had a rudish medal and shirt.

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