THE Torrington Torment was greeted by spectacular blue skies and a gentle breeze - perfect conditons for Torrington AAC's Half Marathon. An 80-strong strong field turned out for what is possibly the hilliest and hardest half-marathon in the south west, i

THE Torrington Torment was greeted by spectacular blue skies and a gentle breeze - perfect conditons for Torrington AAC's Half Marathon. An 80-strong strong field turned out for what is possibly the hilliest and hardest half-marathon in the south west, if not the south of England! The winner of the previous three TTs didn't compete, leaving an open opportunity for a new champion of the hills. The baton was taken up in style by Steve Galliene, the overall winner finishing in a staggering 78.56 minutes - nine minutes ahead of the next runner and beating Bideford AAC clubmate Pete Hockin's race record by three minutes! The first woman was Cathy Newman (Exmouth Harriers), also in a new record 91.02. Torrington AAC's own runners picked up several leading places too - Steve Hay winning the Vet Men's category, Jim Jennings winning the Vet Men 50 category, Steph Olliffe third in the Vet Ladies and Marjet Patterson third in the Vet Ladies 45 category.