Wow, where did all those runners come from! 172 pre-entries of which 5 didn’t turn up and 82 entered on the day – making a grand total of 249 finishers – our best ever!!!! We’re sending £250 to The Poppy Appeal.
The weather forecast was for gusts of wind of up to 45mph and they weren’t wrong! Signs were being blown all over the show, a water container got blown off the finish table and broke, cups were being blown up the beach with me chasing after them, runners had a lovely tail wind to blow them up the beach and then a strong head wind to the finish – it all went towards a day to remember!
A two-minutes silence was observed before the race started and then they were off! All runners were asked to wear something red and this made for a spectacular view as a river of red made its way up the beach towards Penzance.
First back across the finish line was Jason Pascoe being pulled along by his two dogs in a spectacular time of 23.38! (Don’t worry, those who were running with dogs won’t be included within the multi-terrain series results and didn’t win any prizes.) A full six-minutes after Jason was the next runner and the winner of the race, Martin Dawson from North Derbyshire Runners, and from then on a steady flow of runners crossed the line.
First female was our very own Carol Randall in a brilliant time of 33.22.
Most runners said they measured the distance at approx. 4.6 miles – they couldn’t have ran as the crow flies….. The wind blowing the tide up the beach made for some interesting running with competitors not knowing which was easier – whether running in the sea on the firm sand or running on the dry shingle.
Many thanks to Mounts Bay Sailing Club for letting us use their clubhouse as race HQ and for providing all the lovely refreshments!
The biggest thanks goes to all the marshals who directed runners across the river, over the pipes and around the turnaround point as well as all those on the finish line timing, giving out medals, water, bananas and cheering everyone on – couldn’t do it without you!
(Results will be published here as soon as I receive them)