Browsing: Exeter sport

First-time London Marathon runners Tanya Robinson, from Exmouth, and Kelly Lawson, from Exeter, each completed the 26.2 miles in just over four hours, to raise vital funds for the Devon Freewheelers charity, based in Honiton. Exmouth resident Tanya, who is married to Devon Blood Bike volunteer Jim, secured a place to run the marathon in London, finishing the race in four hours and 58 minutes. Mum-of-three Kelly completed the virtual London Marathon in four hours and 44 minutes, forging her own route in Devon, which included beauty spots close to her heart, in memory of her dad. Tanya, aged 41,…

Driving forces behind bringing the Tour of Britain to Devon and Exeter have hailed it a great success after thousands of people lined the streets to watch the event. The spectacle on Monday, September 6, saw more than 100 riders race from Sherford to a packed Queen Street, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Their 115-mile route also took in the South Hams and Dartmoor and American Robin Carpenter was first across the finish line to win the stage. The race was broadcast live on ITV4 and around the world. Devon County Council (DCC) leader John Hart said: “We could…

A giant new electronic screen at the St James Park home of Exeter City Football Club is finally on the way and could be in place within weeks. The Grecians will install a 29ft by 17ft LED screen towards the corner behind the St James Road away end, nearest the recently-built Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand, as part of major improvements. Approval was granted by Exeter City Council’s planning department after no objections or comments were received, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. It is likely the screen will go up in the next few weeks, possibly in time for League…

There is plenty of football this bank holiday weekend for East Devon clubs – with a host of fixtures on Saturday, August 28.  Top billing locally goes to the Toolstation Western League game at Southern Road where Exmouth Town will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season in both league and FA Cup when they entertain Cadbury Heath (3pm). The top local game in the South West Peninsula League Premier East is at Washbrook Meadows where Ottery St Mary, who have made an unbeaten start in terms of home games at the higher level, entertain Torridgeside with this game…

The Tour of Britain will make a welcome return to Devon in September – with a gruelling 115-mile route ending with a thrilling finish in Exeter. Some of the world’s top cyclists will be heading to the county on Monday, September 6, for Stage Two of the race. It will start in the new town of Sherford and culminate in a high-speed finale in Queen Street in the city. I’m sure the finale in Queen Street will be a thrilling end to the Devon stage and something for us all to look forward to…The route takes in the South Hams,…

Plans for a giant new electronic screen at Exeter City Football Club’s St James Park ground have been submitted to the city council. As part of major improvements this summer, the Grecians plan to install the 29ft by  17ft LED scoreboard towards the corner behind the St James Road away end. It would be near to the recently built Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Subject to approval by Exeter City Council’s planning department, the screen could be installed before the opening home League Two fixture of the season against Bradford City on Saturday, August 7. Following…

Exeter City Football Club has submitted plans for state-of-the-art new facilities at its Cliff Hill Training Ground to East Devon District Council (EDDC). The scheme would see ‘dated and run-down buildings’ redeveloped at the site off Sidmouth Road, near Cyst St Mary. A ‘dilapidated’ pavilion’ dating back to 1974 will be demolished and replaced by a modern building boasting a larger gym and physiotherapy rooms, dining areas, classrooms and offices. They will serve both the club’s academy and professional team. The plans state: “Across the country, football clubs are developing new grounds and training facilities of superb quality and are…

Legendary Exeter Chiefs fly-half Gareth Steenson is set to be honoured with the freedom of the city. Council bosses are to discuss awarding the player the prestigious accolade in recognition of his years of service to the club, the sport and the area. Steenson who joined the Chiefs from the Cornish Pirates in 2008, has made 311 appearances for the Sandy Park side, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. He is their all-time leading points scorer and has won two Premiership titles, a Champions Cup, LV=Cup and the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The 36-year-old announced his retirement earlier this month following the…

There were mixed fortunes for East Devon football clubs in the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League matches played on the final Saturday of October. In the South and West Division, Ottery St Mary continue to power away at the top of the table and they made it ten wins in 11 unbeaten matches since the first whistle of this league season. The Otters won 2-1 at Roselands. The victory means Ottery sit six points clear at the top of the table with second-placed Okehampton – who won 4-0 at Plymstock United. In the North and East Division, Budleigh Salterton shared…

Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter says his emotions were ‘all over the place’ after his side’s thrilling Heineken Champions Cup final victory against Racing 92. The Sandy Park men were crowned kings of Europe for the first time following a 31-27 success at Ashton Gate that saw the teams share eight tries. Chiefs captain Joe Simmonds settled the nerves with an 80th-minute penalty. We’ve had our first go at a European semi-final and a final, and we’ve won them both. It is great for this group of players – Rob Baxter“My emotions are all over the place, really,” said Exeter…

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