'Prolific racer' can be an over-used description but it has never been more true than in the case of James Baker (Chichester Runners), who has won more than 650 races and has just added a sixth Totnes 10K victory to his impressive roll of honour. The over-40 athlete was more than a minute clear of 530 runners at one of Devon's most popular events on Sunday (6 August).
Baker Toasts Success At Totnes
Totnes provides a good test of all-round running ability with a mainly off-road course that is flat and fast, alongside beautiful River Dart before a 250 foot climb through tricky woodland and a fast swoop down through Dartington Estate to the finish at Totnes Leisure Centre.
Tarmac, grass and tracks proved no obstacle to the experienced James Baker – a former UK Trail Running Champion – who enjoyed a margin of 84 seconds as he crossed the line in 35:38 on a fine, sunny morning. The men chasing his shadows were local runners Lee Turner (M40 Torbay AC, 37:02) and David Hampton (South Devon AC, 37:31). Top marks by age group runners included M50 Peter Monaghan (Torbay, 39:16), under-17 Bradley Stevens (Tavistock, 41:57) and M60 Des White (Exmouth Harriers, 46:22).
The women's race was close and exciting to the end. Ellie Dominey (South West Road Runners, 43:41) just prevailed by nine seconds from Michelle Cowley (South Devon, 43:50) and Sarah Addington-Hall (SWRR, 44:24).
Age-group prizes went to W40 Melanie Brooks (Dawlish Coasters, 45:13), W50 Elizabeth Bebbington (Torbay, 49:09) and W60 Alison White (Exmouth Harriers, 55:24). Torbay AC retained their men’s team trophy for the tenth consecutive year and South West Road Runners relieved Torbay of the women’s team award.
A well-attended junior fun run was won by under-13s Andrew Jeavons (Worcester AC, 4:10) and Lilly Noble (Torbay AC, 5:42), who were sent on their way by new race director Roger Easterbrook (pictured).
Senior winners were able to toast their success with engraved beer and wine glasses and the race was sponsored by New Lion Brewery, China Blue and Morrisons. The race raises funds for local charity Totnes Caring.
Full results and race information is available at the runABC race listings.
Image courtesy Totnes 10K