Gentle rain all the way but ideal running conditions. Just a very gentle breeze.
But…. from Looe Bar onwards, up the coastal path to Gunwalloe was a bit of a nightmare. There can’t have been one runner who didn’t have some sort of sliding crisis over this mile or so uphill section. I tried my hardest to find a dry line but it was impossible.
The mile markers were of some concern too. I was intending on trying to maintain 6.30 per mile so when the first mile marker came up in 6.30 I thought ‘IDEAL’ but then I thought hang on, that was downhill and… the very first mile. That for me should be around 6 or even 5.30!
The next mile marker came up in 6.30 so ok I thought, maybe I am just keeping a steady pace. But the 3 mile marker came up in 5 mins!! I lost faith in the accuracy of them at this point and used them as just a general reference.
My two age cat rivals, Malcolm Roberts of St Austell RC and Alan Cooper of Truro RC had been with me at the start but I had managed to pull out a gap from Malcolm by Looe bar.
The climb up the coast path took its toll but I kept a bit in reserve.
As we started the hills out of Gunwalloe I could hear the flag-waving St Austell supporters shouting for Malcolm not too far behind. I decided at this point to use my reserve up the hills and pull out a 100 metre lead, which I maintained to the finish.
A course PB for me by over 4 minutes, 27th overall and first place in my age cat so happy enough.
Other results of note:
Michale Robinson – 4th overall and 2nd in age group
John Doyle – 1st in over 50 age group
Rachel Tressider -3rd in her age group
Laura Shaw – 3rd in her age group
41 MBH turned out (but Nick Brooks pulled up at the first traffic lights with achilles problems)
Several members including Andrew H, Mark O and Ian M did a second lap and used it as a training run for London. Good luck I say.
Well done to Mike Robinson who did a fantastic time of 56.31 in very difficult conditions to finish 4th overall!
And Phil Sanger who did a PB of 63.31.
Apologies if anyone else did PB’s – just make sure our glorious leader Ian knows.