Sidmouth runner Painter in top 20 at Dartmoor Ultra meeting

Sidmouth runner Don on top of the Diamond Connemara

Sidmouth runner Don on top of the Diamond Connemara - Credit: Archant

Another week and another marathon, only this time it was an ultra, writes Terry Bewes.

Danny Painter headed off to compete in the Dartmoor Discovery. The race is organised by Teignbridge Trotters RC and starts and finishes in Princetown the home of Dartmoor Prison.

This is entirely an on-road race over 32 miles and 674 yards with plenty of hills taking in Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Newbridge, Ashburton, Buckland in the Moor, Widecombe in the Moor and Postbridge before heading back to the start.

Danny had an excellent run finishing 17th in a time of 4:32:42.

There were 196 finishers.


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Further afield Debbie Marriot with daughter Katie and Don Cawthera headed off to Connemara in Ireland.

Stopping off in Dublin the call of the race track proved too much to resist so they headed off to take part in the Cabinteely Park Run. Park runs are held all around the UK and are timed runs over a 5K course so you can monitor your progress.

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On this occasion first female runner home was Katie who unfortunately in her haste forgot to wear the Mighty Green but following some way behind Debbie and Don looked resplendent in theirs.

In Connemara a higher challenge was faced in the form of Diamond Hill in the National Park.

This is a typical Irish understatement for this is a proper mountain rising 442 metres over two and a quarter miles.

Katie was first again to the top but all three ran back down together.

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