Teignbridge Trotters run at Parke

Despite a night of very heavy rain the latest meeting of the Teignbridge Trotters was poised to take place at the National Trust property, Parke, Bovey Tracey! Setting up was itself a challenge with more heavy rain and no shortage of mud to contend with. To cheer us all up the snack wagon opened for business just as we finished. But would all of the effort of the Trotters and the National Trust be wasted? Would the runners see sense and choose a full English fry up to a day of squelching around in the mud?Teignbridge Trotters 2011

Gradually competitors began to arrive and warm up for the first race. Pretty soon the car park was overflowing and parking spilled out on to the main drive. Perhaps the promise of ankle deep mud added to the fun. As the first race started the weather improved to a light drizzle, ideal running weather to keep the temperature down.

The finish of the first race heralded a constant stream of trotters heading for the hose pipe and a rinse down before going home.

In spite of the weather everyone seemed to enjoy the day especially the little girl in pink!