Brennan and Daisy win the Two Hills Race

Laura White
Laura White

Bank holiday Monday saw one of the most exciting events of the year for Chagford – the Two Hills Race.

The forecast had been concerning; thunderstorms and rain which would have surely put a dampener on the whole thing. But in the end the sun came out, the route was fairly dry and the participants had to worry more about sunburn than getting a soaking.

The range of people who take part in this race is incredible, from tiny 10 year olds through to those in their 60’s and 70’s. All will endure the climb of 1076 feet up Meldon and Nattadon Hills, struggle through the bog and cover the total distance of 3.45 miles.

This year was no exception, and in fact the first woman across the line was Chagford resident Daisy Rowe, just 10 years old, with a time of 35.26. Daisy also took the Female 10 and Under prize.
The overall winner was Brennan Townsend with a time of 25.05.

There was much discussion among spectators that he might have beaten the record, since most people were taken by surprise at his quick appearance across the line. He came close, but missed taking that prize by 1 minute 31 seconds. Second across the line was Robert Ellis with 27.58, followed in third place by Edmund Grierson with 28.46.

In second place for the women was Sophia Caylor-Owen, also a youngster at aged 11, with 36.58, followed by Beth Wakeling with 38.59.

Another impressive show was given by Ben Waterman who came across the line looking unfazed in a time of 32.21, taking the Male 10 and Under prize.

The following awards were also given – 11-15 years Allie Moody 38.04, Sophia Caylor-Owen 36.58. 16+ years Brennan Townshend 25.05, Iona Tweedie 39.16.

40+ years Allan Kerr 34.01, Annabel Urquiza 45.44. 50+ years Graham Mead 33.29, Fiona Lyon-Smith 40.52. 60+ years Paul Frost 41.30, Gillian Smith 48.26

Photographs by Sarah Clarke

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