NEARLY 1,000 runners set off from The Pill in Bideford on Sunday in the biggest entry yet for the Bideford Half-Marathon. They travelled from all over the South of England to take part in the annual event, which also drew a good crowd of onlookers to watc

NEARLY 1,000 runners set off from The Pill in Bideford on Sunday in the biggest entry yet for the Bideford Half-Marathon.They travelled from all over the South of England to take part in the annual event, which also drew a good crowd of onlookers to watch them make their way from Bideford to Torrington and back via the Tarka Trail.But it was a local athlete who made all the running, Steve Gallienne of host club Bideford Blues leading from the outset and coming home first in the men's senior section and first overall in a time of 1hr 11mins 04 secs - just 25 seconds in front clubmate Mark Jenkin.Third overall was Jim Cole of Tavistock in 1hr 13min 52secs.First female runner home was Helen Parkinson of Torbay AAC in 1hr 20mins 30secs.Second was women's over-50 veteran Ann Luke of Tamar Trotters in 1hr 23mins 49secs and third was Donna Hillman of the over-35s section in 1hr 24mins 35secs.Senr women: 1, Helen Parkinson (Torbay) 1.20.30; 2, Sarah Costin (Notts AC) 1.27.12; 3, Emma Dennis 1.27.27.Women 35 yrs: 1, Donna Hillman (Cornwall AC) 1.24.35; 2, Juliet Knowles (Carn Runners) 1.26.03; 3, Jaine Swift (Women's Running Network) 1.28.53.Women 40yrs: 1, Stephanie Martin (Newquay RR) 1.24.37; 2, Wendy Urban (Torbay AAC) 1.26.27; 3, Vicky Skelton (North Devon RR) 1.27.46.Women 45yrs: 1, Kathryn Hough (South West RR) 1.35.58; 2, Janet Ritchie (Carn) 1.38.24; 3, Judy Davey (Honiton RC) 1.39.56.Women 50yrs: 1, Ann Luke (Tamar Trotters) 1.23.49; 2, Sharon Sharland (Women's Running Network) 1.41.35; 3, Marget Patterson (Torrington AAC) 1.43.41.Women 55yrs: 1, Anne Smyth (Women's Network) 1.49.59; 2, Rita Hoile (E Cornwall Harriers) 1.57.52; 3, Mary Sargent (Bere Alston Trekkers) 1.58.26.Women 60yrs: 1, Marilyn Mitchell (St Austell RC) 1.57.19; 2, Annie Foot (Women's Network) 1.58.46; 3, Pam Carroll (Tamar) 2.02.38.Senr men: 1, Steve Gallienne (Bideford AAC) 1.11.04; 2, Mark Jenkin (Bideford AAC) 1.11.29; 3, Jim Cole (Tavistock) 1.13.52.Men 40yrs: 1, Steven Brookes (Tamar) 1.17.58; 2, David Braunton (Bideford AAC) 1.18.51; 3, Martin Colwill (Bideford AAC) 1.21.53.Men 45yrs: 1, Kerry Roberts (Tiverton) 1.19.08; 2, Jonathan Gore 1.19.38; 3, Mike Hansen (Erme Valley) 1.21.41.Men 50yrs: 1, Eddie Taylor (North Devon RR) 1.21.47; 2, Malcolm Roberts (St Austell) 1.23.35; 3, David Worcester (Chichester Runners) 1.23.35.Men 55yrs: 1, Allan Cooper (Truro RC) 1.24.52; 2, Arthur Johns (Poole) 1.25.29; 3,Jim Jennings (Torrington AAC) 1.26.50.Men 60yrs: 1, Maurice Cockwill (Bideford AAC) 1.30.31; 2, Ray Brown (Torbay) 1.41.05; 3, Ian Mackenzie 1.42.19.Men 65yrs: 1, Bryan Hayes (Teignbridge) 1.39.30; 2, Mark Waddicor (South West RR) 1.49.49; 3, Barry Hopper (Instinctive Sports) 1.53.13.Men 70yrs: 1, Howard Haynes (Hayle) 1.52.55; 2, Shaun Dooner (South West Veterans) 2.44.57.