Harriers went North ! Seven Mounts Bay Harriers made the long journey to Newcastle to take part in this years Simply Health Great North Run. The 13.1 mile run event is the largest half marathon in the world and this year saw a record breaking 57,000 runners make their way from Newcastle to South Shields. The run starts on the A1 and runs over the iconic Tyne Bridge accompanied by the traditional fly over by the Red Arrows, the course then winds its way on closed A roads to the sea side of South Shields. The men’s event saw Mo Farah win the race for the fourth time in a time of 1.00.06 and the women’s race was one by Kenyas Mary Keitany in a time of 1.05.59. Harriers times – Ian Matthews 1.41.01, Simon Blackburn 1.53.41, Chantelle McClennan 1.59.02, Karyn Jakes 2.00.49, Ian Tucker 2.00.49, Terry Bromfield 2.03.18 and Sue Matthews 2.13.51. There were no personal bests run due to the congestion of all the 57,000 runners, the Harriers used the event to raise valuable funds for their chosen charities of WellChild, Neuroblastoma, soak the atmosphere and just enjoy the day
Closer to home the rain showers and misty drizzle failed to dampen the spirits of the hunderds of young athletes who took part in the Duchy minors track and field event at Carn Brae .Children between the ages of 8 and 17 took part in track and field events coming from Cornwalll Devon and Torbay. Mounts Bay Harrier athletes Freya and Sophie Bonell competed in the long jump , sprint and long distance events . Under 10 athlete Sophie came 6th in the long jump and 600m and made it through the heats to the finals of the 75m sprint to blast into 4th position. Under 13 Freya was on the podium with first in the long jump and the 200m and second in the 100m .
Mounts Bay athletes also took part in the final Intotri event at Penzance which was modified due to weather conditions. For some of them it was part of training for other events and others it was a first time doing a triathlon, this was a first Triathlon for John Turtle and Tom Berryman, both really enjoyed their first Tri and looking forward to their next one. DeeMclean and Kelly Williams did it as part of a relay team and came 1st, Karen Mcclay came 1st in age group and Julie Clark came 3rd in age group. Jacob Wood came 1st in age group MBH s that took part were Dee McLean Luke Mclean, Tom Berryman, Kelly William, Ruth Glover, Ian James, Chris Sedgeman, Mickey Ringwood, Helen Hughes, Richard Boucher, Sarah Tregear, Julie Clark, Karen Mcclay, Caleb Munday, John Turtle, Jacob Wood.
At another Cornish event 2 harriers completed the Hokey Cokey swim/run event in Charles Town on Saturday . This is a rarely new sport consisting of 7 runs and 6 swims covering a distance of 20k of which 5k is swimming. Results were Caleb Munday 03:21:17 in 18th place and Janet Haynes 03:21:45 in 21st place coming in 2nd female.
Below L-R – Caleb & Janet at the Hokey Cokey, Long jump first for Freya Bonnell, Mick Ringwood at Penzance Tri.
Bottom – Sophie Bonnell sprints for the line.