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Warriors Across the Sea Challenge 2013
Andy Marshall, Royal Navy Road Running Team Manger

For the first time the annual Warriors Across the Sea Challenge against the United States Marine Corps was incorporated into the Torbay half marathon. The USMC brought across a strong team of 7 people, 5 male and 2 female runners. The Royal Navy (RN) team of 7 runners, 6 male & 1 female took on the challenge against the USMC.

Warriors Across the Sea Challenge - Mass Start

Conditions on race day were not ideal for fast racing with a strong swirling wind. The course consisted of two laps with the start & finish on Paignton Green. At the 0900 start the USMC straight away stamped their authority on the race with all their runners pulling away from the chasing RN team within the first mile. This proved to be the story of the next hour as the USMC steadily increased their lead. Only Steve Wilsmore finished ahead of any USMC runner. Although most of the RN runners ran to their expectations, we were well beaten by a much stronger (and unfortunately) much younger USMC team.

Warriors Across the Sea Challenge - USMC

The race director gave the challenge excellent coverage throughout the day and the crowds were very supportive of both teams.

Warriors Across the Sea Challenge - Group Photo

Results

Position Name     Time
4 Richard Powell USMC   1:11:31
6 Sean Barrett USMC   1:13:19
10 Mike Sheehan USMC   1:14:41
  Michael Wood USMC   1:16:00
17 Steve Wilsmore RN Drake 1:18:09
19 Joe Galvin USMC   1:18:22
20 Tony Dunn RAF St Mawgan 1:18:29
26 Andy Stay RN CTCRM 1:19:27
40 Adam Stokes RN 40 Cdo 1:21:04
43 Alex Lockett RN 771NAS 1:21:22
61 Christine Taranto USMC   1:23:49
95 Andy Marshall RN Sultan 1:28:37
129 Angelica Valdez USMC   1:31:47
204 Penny Armand-Smith RN Northwood 1:35:44