2019 Torbay Half Marathon2020-08-03T14:31:29+00:00

Well done to all the Team Ocean Healthcare runners on completing the 28th Torbay Half Marathon.

Our fastest runner completed in 1:41 and the final runner crossed the line 2:56 all our colleagues pretty much smashed their personal bests.

You also raised over £1,200 for Rowcroft Hospice and WESC Foundation so congratulations.

Team Ocean Healthcare 2019 finishers

Information on the 28th Torbay Half Marathon and Fun Run organised by Torbay Athletic Club.

This well-established 13-mile race takes place this year on Sunday 23rd June 2019.   There is expected to be over 2000 runners many of whom travel from as far as the Midlands and across the South West to attend.  The course is also considered one of the most beautiful half marathons as the race is run from Paignton sea front to Torquay via Torre Abbey and Princess gardens twice before completion.  The fun run attracts a further 600 people, many of whom are school childfren.  They run 1 mile round Paignton Green.

To find out more visit the Torbay Half Marathons Website

The Ocean Marathon Team:

Team Ocean
Ken Rudge


Dark Overlord
Age: 44

Completed the run in 2:40 mins

Comments – Never again!

Pre-run commentary:

Running for (special reason?): Pressured into it by my team
Previous running experience? I ran for a bus once…. I’m not built for running.
Reason for running? I think that running the marathon itself is not the goal. It’s the training and the benefit I will get from that which is the main thing I hope to benefit from. I was jogging while on holiday and jolted my back causing me immense pain. Since then I have had continuous back trouble. I have also put on over 3 stone. I need to get that back off!

Current fitness and plans for training? I have a treadmill at home and since the beginning of January have been spending an hour on the treadmill 4-5 times per week. This started off with mostly fast walking, but I’ve been able to progress this to jogging pace for most of that hour now. I will drop the treadmill training to 3-4 times per week and will soon introduce park runs on Saturday mornings (5k). From March I will start running in to work once a week which is 7 miles…and hopefully build from there. I’m also in the gym twice a week mainly doing weights.

Are you planning to run or train with someone? I have a personal trainer in the gym. He is also helping me with planning my progress outside the gym. He keeps banging on about using a foam roller, but I’ve not been doing this up to now. I don’t think I will be running with anyone…I’m too anti-social for that!

Worries about the marathon: To be honest 13 miles seems like a genuinely unachievable goal. My biggest worry about doing the marathon is getting to the end before they pack all the stuff away!

Jade Speake


Dream Team Coordinator!
Age: 26
Charity running for: WESC Foundation

Completed the run in 2:54 mins

Comments – My knee was exceptionally painful!

Pre-run commentary:

Running for (special reason?): not really.
Previous running experience? I have no previous running experience, I have been going to the gym for years though.
Reason for running? Wanted to push myself and give myself a goal to work towards this year – seems like the perfect challenge for me. I’m one of those people that either go 100% or not at all, so I’m hitting training hard now!

Current fitness and plans for training? My fitness/cardio is actually pretty poor – I’ve been going to the gym for a while but generally focus on strength training rather than cardio so I’m finding it hard to keep up. I’m training three times a week, once focusing on strength training for my back and legs to avoid injury and the other two more focused on cardio to get my fitness levels up to where they need to be.

Are you planning to run or train with someone?  I’m currently training on my own three times a week, but sometimes am joined by my colleague Katie, but everyone knows the schedule I’m working & I encourage everyone to join me! But I’m an early bird so I go in the mornings before work… not everyone’s cup of tea!

Worries about the marathon: Not being able to finish it! (that won’t happen I’m sure…?!)

Sophie Steane


Treasure Chest Keeper
Age: 28
Charity running for: WESC Foundation

Completed the run in 2:25 mins

Comments – Great atmosphere, great opportunity not sure about doing it again!

Pre-run commentary:

Running for (special reason?): nope.
Previous running experience?On and off running and I have a treadmill at home.
Reason for running? I want to feel a sense of achievement and this year is all about trying new things.

Current fitness and plans for training? I currently run and go on long walks. I will be joining a gym to train and get fit.

Are you planning to run or train with someone? I am planning to train with my partner, to keep me motivated.

Worries about the marathon: Falling flat on my face!

Jessica at Ocean


Ocean House Elf
Age: 29
Charity running for: Rowcroft

Completed the run in 2:37 mins

Comments – Looking forward to next year!…..

Pre-run commentary:

Running for (special reason?): nope.
Previous running experience? Little to none!
Reason for running? To get in shape for the summer.

Current fitness and plans for training? I go the gym and have started outdoor running.

Are you planning to run or train with someone? The team have a training session but otherwise going it alone!

Worries about the marathon: Dying publicly!

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