This weekend sees the 28th running of the Torbay Half Marathon
The 28th Torbay Half-Marathon will draw crowds to Paignton seafront on Sunday morning as hundreds of runners tackle the 13.1-mile course between the starting line on the Green and Torquay harbour. Still more runners will tackle a 10k race over half of the same route.
And a fun run around the Green will cater for the younger runners who one day aspire to complete the half-marathon distance or even further. Torbay has had its long-distance races for more than 30 years, covering various routes around South Devon.
The Torbay Marathon once used a route which took runners out to Newton Abbot and beyond, while another version of the route took the field across to Brixham as well as including some gruelling climbs in Torquay. More recently, after the marathon distance was scrapped, the half-marathon has experimented with a route through Churston to Brixham, before settling on its current course.
Traffic-free roads now take runners from the Green and out through Preston and Livermead to Torquay seafront, round the Kings Drive to the Pavilion and back to Paignton. Then there’s a second lap to complete the half-marathon distance.
And as always, there will be a fun run for the younger runners, giving them a one-mile lap of the Green.