Earlier in the year, the 2014 TORQ Performance Trail Team, TORQ’s newest Performance Racing Team, made an official start to the season with several new runners joining existing team athletes Simon White, Tracy Dean, Stuart Mills and Jon Hedger.
TORQ’s Matty Brennan started 2014 in fine form and has continued to impress with a string of high end finishes including 2nd at the Montane Grizedale 26, 3rd at the Hardmoors 55 and 2nd at the Ultra Tour Peak District. Check out Mattys blog
for latest race report from the TORQ-Fuelled Eastridge Trail Half Marathon.
Jon Hedger has also recently returned to form having finished in 2nd at the Osmotherley Phoenix. Both Matty and Jon will toe the line alongside Stuart and Tracy at the Montane Lakeland 50
Another athlete to join us is Debbie Martin-Consani who has a long list of achievements in the trail running scene, including the Scottish 100 mile record; Grand Union Canal victory 2012 and silver at the 2011 UK Trail Championships. Debbie will also be at the Lakeland event running the 100 mile discipline and looking to go one better than her second place of last year: debsonrunning.blogspot.co.uk/
Tracy Dean finished 2013 on a high with a win at the Tour De Helvellyn. She also had wins at the Millennium Way Ultra and the Portumna Forest Marathon, before embarking on a trail challenge of a different kind, the Rigby Round, a 75 mile traverse of the Munroes, taking in 18 summits in under 24 hours. Tracy finished the challenge in an incredible 23hours 32minutes. A more detailed account can be read on her blog linked: tracymdean.blogspot.co.uk
Tracy also holds the ladies course record for the Lakeland 50 and will be looking to run even faster this year.
Stuart Mills joined the TORQ team last year after winning the Lakeland 100. TORQ gels helped him to finish a memorable year. He continued in similar fashion this year with a high end finishes at several trail marathons including 2nd at the Stroud Trail Marathon and 5th at the South Downs 100. Further information at ultrastu.blogspot.co.uk
Our latest signing, Michelle Bowen, is relatively new to trail running and has had a seriously impressive start with wins at the Apocalypse 100 and the Ring of Fire. She is certainly one to watch and we look forward to keeping an eye on her up and coming performances. Check out www.runbowenrun.com
This weekend, many of the team head to the Lakeland 100, so look out for the race report soon.
As always, a big thank you to all the team sponsors. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do: