A busy first weekend in March!

The first weekend in March saw a number of events taking place across Cornwall & the UK with Harriers enjoying the challenges of a new season.
In the West of Cornwall, the Cousin Jacks series of events saw a number of club members tackling the difficult section between St Ives & Cape Cornwall. In the 35 miles ultra, Stuart Thomson & Luke McLean ran 3/4s of the event together, finishing in 8.39.56. As they finished , Luke commented that he really enjoyed the event & there was great support along the way.
Rebecca Wilding also completed the ultra, her first ever. Despite being nervous at the start, she finished in a respectable time of 9.04.45.
In the shorter Classic Jack route of 17 miles, Thalia Marrington was 2nd female & 29th overall in 3.28.54. Chantelle Hickman was pleased to finish in 4.27.37 with Phil McNevin just behind in 4.43.48 & with Dan French behind him at 4.47.58. Julie Bolitho also completed the Classic in 6.38.09.

Sunday 3rd March saw the return of The Duchy 20, 20 miles starting & ending at the Penventon Hotel in Redruth. Simon Green who is training for a spring marathon used this as part of his training & finished in 2.47.24.

The junior section of the club has also been busy – Tama Griffiths and Sawyer Kelly have both been selected to represent Cornwall in the U12’s Sportshall Challenge. The boys attended a number of training sessions and gained various persons bests along the selection process. They head over to Torquay on Saturday 9th March to form a strong Cornish team. Both both have been part of our junior squad and attend Friday night sessions always with a strong positive attitude. Good luck boys!

One Mounts Bay Harrier – Simon Blackburn along with two sons, took part in St.Davids Half Marathon in Pembrokeshire, which was a tough coastal path race.
Simon completed this race in a respectable time of 2:14:23 which he was very pleased with

On Sunday 3rd of March seven Mounts Bay Harriers traveled up to Bideford to take part in the 25th edition of the Bideford Half Marathon.
The weather conditions were not on their side with a head wind on way out for about 6.5 miles, then behind them on the way back which helped them along the tarka trail and then to the finish line.
For 3 of the Harriers it was their first time in taking part in this event, they were Dave & Ross Atkinson Beaumont and Richard Alford.
For the rest, Claire Backhouse, Stuart Backhouse, Ruth Glover and Michael Rooney it was a re visit. All Harriers that took part used this race for different reasons, either this race was their race goal or it was a training run for another event later on in the year. All Harriers completed the race in good times.
Alford was very pleased with his time as it was a lot quicker than he expected, knocking 10 minutes off his half marathon time. Rooney also got a great time and knocked 5 mins off his previous half time. Both Atkinson Beaumont men got brilliant half marathon times which they were very pleased with.

Bideford Times
Richard Alford – 1:23:40
Dave Atkinson Beaumont – 1:32:22
Ross Atkinson Beaumont – 1:33:33
Michael Rooney – 1:36:44
Stuart Backhouse – 1:37:45
Ruth Glover – 1:43:16
Claire Backhouse – 2:15:06

Below Simon Blackburn (Centre) with his sons in Pembrokeshire.