In recent weeks Mounts Bay Harriers, based in Penzance, have been celebrating a double success!

Peter LeGrice, on the verge of breaking into an international running career, and the South West’s fastest road runner at present, has smashed numerous personal bests in all races he has entered.

Peter who recently came second in the Jersey marathon in a time of 2.21.11, built on this success, representing The Cornwall County Road Running team and winning The Great West Half marathon in 1.06.22. Following on from this success Peter went on to win the South West 10k Championships at Gloucester, again leading the Cornwall men home, breaking the 30 minute barrier in a mind-blowing time for a road 10k race in 29.43 (that’s 4.44 a mile!) This time puts Pete top of the South West rankings and 22nd in the UK.

Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Peter Le Grice’s and Mounts Bay Harrier coach, Ronnie James, won The England Athletics South West Volunteer Coach of the Year 2018 and was presented with his award at a glitzy awards evening in Exeter. Ronnie who was awarded the accolade for all his voluntary unpaid coaching hours he dedicates to the club and the numerous athletes received the award from international female athlete Jo Pavey. An England Athletics’ spokesperson stated “Our long-term service award this evening went to a man who took on a larger role at the club volunteering when he became injured and no longer able to run. He has managed a 2:20.00 marathon, but now puts sessions on every day of the week that athletes can come to, everything from speed work to fitness, boxing and circuits. His immense dedication has won him this award.”

After receiving his award, Ronnie said, “It’s wonderful to be recognised, I had such a great evening. It’s was a wonderful day from start to finish”.