KATE Drew swapped her Taunton AC vest for an England one, as she took part in the Toronto Marathon.

Her last-minute call-up meant a far-from-ideal build-up of just two weeks, but Drew took it in her stride and took her place as part of a three-strong England team for the event.

She came home in 26th place, in a time of 2.49.31, and everyone at TAC is very proud of her achievement.

Elsewhere, there was a strong turnout from TAC at the beautiful, cold and undulating Blenheim 10k and 5k races.

Alice Murray-Gourlay came fourth overall and first lady in the 10k in 38.55.

In fifth was Craig Whitemore (39.11), followed by Keith Paul (40.54), Kirstie Booth (42.03, second lady), Will Nicolle (42.04), Morgan Curry (47.16), Mark Bysouth (48.05), Robin Green (49.12), Sharron Kington (57.54) and Ursula Green (58.16).

Nadine Prouse pulled off a superb sixth place in the 5k in a time of 26.45.

At Burton Bradstock, Scott Weetch achieved his first ever top 10 marathon finish in 3.58.22 (ninth).

Morgan Andrew ran his socks off to claim third place (posting 2.01.06) at the Exmoor Stagger, with Julian Ridgley following in 2.35.27 and Carl Ward 3.10.57, while Nick Daniels’ 45.33 earned him eighth in the Exmoor Stumble.


RUNNING Forever members headed for Exmoor this weekend to Stagger and Stumble their way round as part of the Minehead Running Club event.

Ali Bisatt was first club member home in the Stagger, his 2.24 earning him second in his age group.

Chris Brown (2.26) and Sam Wharton (2.39) weren’t far behind.

Tanya Lewis tackled the 16.2 miles in 2.47, Johnathan Newby 2.52 and Fintan Murray 2.53.

Next home was Mercedes Thorne (3.18); then Chris Buckman (3.31); Sally Tuer and Chris Gunn (both 3.46).

Mark Wilson completed the 6.4-mile course in 1.05.

In Portsmouth for the Great Southern run, Ray Tutton crossed the line in 1.18; Lucy Spring in 1.45 and Kieran Hughes collected his medal in 2.33.

It was a PB weekend for Rob Murr, whose 4.19 finish in the Abingdon Marathon knocked several minutes off his previous best.

Andy Higham travelled to Yorkshire for the 45-mile Three Peaks Challenge which he finished in 13 hours 15 minutes.

The famous site at Worthy Farm, Pilton, hosted a series of races.

Seven members tackled the 10k route with first home being Phil Parsons in 60.30.

Pete Stretton finished in 1.06; Craig Moore 1.09; Rachel Reid 1.17; Tracy Yeo 1.20; Sarah Holloway 1.24 and Sarah Reed 1.24.

The club’s parkrun tourists were at Tamar Trails, Old Deer, Arrow Valley, Killerton, Burnham, Exmouth (nice win for Hannah Taunton, there), St Mary’s and Clevedon.

Twenty-six took part in the Longrun Meadow event where Claire Loader earned herself a PB.


HYDRO Harriers’ resident Parkrunner, Andy White, débuted at Luton Wardown, last Saturday.

In another event won by his son, Sam, Andy managed a creditable 15th spot, home in 20 min 52 sec, out of a massive 363 finishers.

Meanwhile, on run No 351, club chairman Rowland Lyons - benefitting from a harsh Faroe Islands’ training regime - returned a year’s Longrun Meadow best, home in 24-50 - 90th out of a lower than normal 321 turnout.

Meanwhile, four Hydro Harriers were in action in the brutal Exmoor Stagger and Stumble races at the weekend.

In the 20th anniversary Stagger Event, Adam Whaites was first Harrier over the line, completing the 16-mile trail run, with over 3,600 feet of ascent, in a highly impressive 12th place (from 225 finishers) in a time of 2h 14m 3s.

Tom Mellor was eight places back (2:16:58) while Mark Foss crossed the line in 36th position (2:26:46).

In the Stumble 10k race, Chris Perring posted an impressive time of 52m 29s, placing him 16th from 86 runners.