Lovely weather ? Duchy 20 & marathon

After what was a pretty wet and wild night (that?s the weather I?m talking about) it was an absolute pleasure to see the sun shining for todays Duchy 20 (226 runners) and Marathon (223 runners).
A very depleted Harriers squad made the short journey to the Penventon Hotel, Redruth for the 35th Duchy Marathon, the second longest running marathon in the country, and the 7th Duchy 20.
We have seemed to have been hit by a bit of an injury / lurgey spree at present so we only had 2 men doing the marathon – Sam Perkin and Richard Savage.
It was Sam Perkins birthday today, and didn?t he let everyone know! But good on him, I could think of better ways to celebrate than running the Duchy Marathon. Rich Savage on the other hand was running his first ever marathon (at the tender age of 46!)
The 20 saw 8 Harriers carry on with their preparation for London and Paris marathons which are now only 4 and 5 weeks away! Mike Robinson, Andrew Hickson, myself, Don Hutchison, Jeremy Marston, Steve Richards, Helen Webb and Mark Squire.

The start was a little congested to say the least – WARNING RANT APPROACHING ? hats off to Hayle for getting so many runners to the start, but a little word about self seeding wouldn?t go a miss! A long line of 5 hour green vested marathon runners right across the road just yards from the start line made getting through difficult! Come on Captain Craigy have a word!
First mile was as I say ?painful? an 8.30 minute plus mile, not the sort of start I was looking for, but after that the road widened and away we went, my aim was to start conservatively and hopefully speed up, but following Don and Andrew, who I knew were aiming for 7 minute miling, it became clear that I was gaining on them at about 7 miles so I dropped back a little.
There was excellent support out on the course from all the other club supporters, numerous cyclists, who I couldn?t quite recognise with their helmets and sunglasses (apologies) and it was great to see Clive and Karen popping up at various points on the course, Thanks to Mhairi and Laura (Carnie) and friends for their support who were cycling around the course also. There was a lot of support out on the course actually, probably thanks to the gorgeous weather as it certainly warmed up as the morning progressed.
For me my race went to plan, a conservative first 10, marathon race pace for the next 5 and then to speed up at the end ? job done ? finished in 2.23.49, so hopefully, with 5 weeks to go a sub 3.15 will be on the cards to re affirm my good for age Dublin time.
Finishing I managed to have a nice post race massage, I gave the pasty a miss! Had a shower but left my beloved sugoi raceshorts and socks in the changing room ? DOH!! And to top it all when we left some twonk was sitting in their car parked next to me with their bloody door scratching away at my lovely paintwork ? I was not impressed (it?s one of my pet hates!) it?s just bloody ignorance! I think he got the message, Don and Jer were about to throw a bucket of water over us!
Mike, having just driven down from Plymouth finished well in a time of 2.13.41, Andrew ran well again following on from his Bideford Half time last week and crossed the finish line in 2.20.45, next in was yours truly, closely followed by Don in 2.25.23, Jer stuck to his plan and came in nearly exactly as planned in 2.29.54, Steve ran well and finished in 2.37.30, Helens plan also went well and finished in 3.11.14, Mark Squire on the other hand suffered badly with 3.29.55 and now has doubts about Paris ? don?t panic Mark, everything will come good on the day!
Noel Kindon (CAC), who trains with us on Wednesdays showed his London intentions by finishing the 20 in 1.56.04, the eventual 20 winner Mark Jenkin, Bideford AC, was well clear in a time of 1.50 dead, 3rd place went to Dan Alsop, 1.59.39 (STARC)
The marathon saw some really great times, with our very own Rich Savage,running his very first marathon and securing his GFA 2012 VLM place in 3.03.52
Sam P appeared to be struggling really badly (that Mhairis? wearing you out Sam) and crossed the finish line in 4.50.18 ? Sam is now on his 3rd successive year of completing all GP races, but following a long spell of injury and sickness did really well to even make it to the start line, and did you know, it was his birthday!
The winner of the marathon was Justin Thomas (CAC) in a time of 2.45.12, nearly 4 minutes ahead of second place Andy Norris (unafilliated) in 2.49.18, third place was Duncan Oates (STARC) fantastic running but 2 shouts of ?RESPECT? must go to firstly Scott Abraham of Hayle Runners, who was going for his first sub 3, only to see him fall badly just yards from the finish, crawl on his hands and knees over the finish line and miss out by just 3 seconds ? one consolation must be that a 2.45 is looking possible at London now with a time like that on the Duchy course, and secondly ?RESPECT? to Doug Alsop, who at the age of 60+ is still whipping my ass and going for a sub 3.10 marathon today ? only missing out by a minute! Again that?sgot to be a sub 3 at London.
Thanks to CAC, marshals and supporters for a great day ?

now how?d Yvonne and Graham get on at the Grizzly? ooh just found their results – Graham finished in 4.25.33 and Yvonne in 4.26.50, sounded like a real tough muddy but fun run!

News just in was that Matt Lawless also ran the Grizzly, a last minute decision, but a cracking time of 3.15.51 – blimmin well done!
Don?t forget it?s the final Westward League XC next Sunday at Redruth ? would be great if we could get a few teams there! Juniors and seniors alike ? sign up on the day, just make sure you wear a club vest!
Duchy 20 results HERE
Duchy Marathon results HERE