The weekend of the 18/19th May was a busy weekend for the Harriers with members racing in different parts of the UK.
At St Austell, the Imerys half & full marathon took place. These races take runners off road through the Imerys China clay pits & present a real challenge at either distance.
In the half, Sarah Johns described it as her favourite half! The Harriers had some good results –
Tim Twigg 1st in age group
Dee McClean 1st in age group
Sue Taylor 2nd in age group.
In the marathon, Stuart Thomson described the event as having very challenging terrain & he was happy to get a course pb by 17 minutes.
Results for the full marathon-
Gary Richards – 1st in age group – 3.32.16
Stuart Thomson- 2nd in age group – 3.44.40
Emma Richards – 4.38.30
Kevin Silverthorn – 5.05.50
Rachel Thomson- 5.50.15
On Sunday, the Harriers juniors took part in the Intotri duathlon and triathlons in Newquay. These events comprised a sea swim, cycle (triathlon) & run. 13 juniors took part in the event which was tough. Gabriel Kelly and Aria Griffiths did the U8 duathlon Gabriel finishing 3rd and Aria 2nd.
In the U10 category Alis-Me Edwards did her first ever harrier event with a triathlon and Jolie Gibbs did the Duathlon. Alis – Me had an amazing race on her debut and Jolie got 3rd in the age group.
Annabelle Williams was our final solo triathlete finishing in 3rd in the 13-14 age category.
Next up were the team triathlon relays.
Harrier Trailblazers comprised of Cerys Matthews, Tama Griffiths and Sawyer Kelly in 11-12 age group, Team Kaego comprising of Kaea Griffiths and Jago Matthews age group 13-14 and finally the Harrier Diamonds 15-16 age group comprising of Savannah Gibbs, Rosie Edwards and Jasmine Edwards. All three teams bringing home Gold medals!
This course was extremely tough with a nasty hill run from Tolcarne Beach up to the cliff top.
An absolutely amazing effort by each of our juniors and amazing support across the course.
Sunday the 19th also saw the third event of the intotri series – Newquay Triathlon, this was the second tri of the series, there where three different options of triathlon to choose from, super sprint, sprint and Olympic distance, Ruth Glover and Tom Berryman from Mounts Bay Harriers took part in the Olympic distance tri, this involved a 1500m sea swim, 23.2 miles on the bike and a 6.1 mile run. Sea conditions where just about ideal, only a small bit of chop then the waves helping the triathletes back in towards the shore. The bike course was a two lap route, with a couple of up hills and sharp down hills. Finishing with a coastal run and a short distance over a beach, over all think both Harriers that took part enjoyed it, Ruth Glover was pleased to finish 4th in her age category.
Richard Alford traveled up the country to Huntingdon ready to take on Grafman Half Ironman Triathlon on the Sunday. Unfortunately due to an unexpected turn in the weather which left a very low mist over Grafman lake the 1.2mile swim was canceled for the safety of all the competitors. This left a 56mile cycle & 13.10mile run, despite the cycle route being advertised as a flat course it actually had a few nasty little hill kickers in it. Richard completed this in 4:43:10 which would have put his time to about where he believed would be. The only thing Richard was disappointed that it took him a little bit longer then he expected to get his running legs going after the bike.
On Friday the 17th Michael Rooney took on Cardinham woods 10k race, this was a trail run, with the first couple of miles bing up hill then the competitors got to enjoy ht down hill to the finish line. Michael was pleased as he finished 4th over all. Michael commented saying despite the tough up hills it was an enjoyable course.