Eight Mounts Bay Harriers made the long county-wide journey to Saltash on Saturday evening for the Tamar Trotters’ 7 mile Mag 7 race , which is event number 9 of the Cornwall Glazing Grand Prix Road Racing Series.
The course is very hilly and challenging , but thankfully the weather was humid and overcast , with very light winds.
The route started and finished at Saltash Rugby Club , with a particularly steep hill at mile 1 in the Forder Valley. The course then undulated via Trehan and Elmgate , before a welcome mile long descent at mile 5 to Burraton Combe & then a couple of climbs through Latchbrook , to the finish past Moorland Road at the rugby club.
There were just over 400 runners on the start line , and all of the MBH runners performed very well.
The first Harrier to cross the finish line was Paul Angove who ran well to finish 91st overall in 53:57 , which was slightly faster than last year , despite having race number 13 to contend with.
Karen McClay was next in with a great time of 55:22 , which earned her both the accolades of first Harrier lady , and 3rd place in her female 50-54 age category.
Simon Blackburn ran a fine race to finish in 59:07 , which was comfortably under his pre-race target to complete the race in under 1 hour.
Next Harrier in was Sarah Leggo in 1:01:24 , which was a brilliant 12 minutes faster than her time from last years race.
Next to cross the finish line was Jackie Stone, who was very pleased with her time of 1:15:20 : followed by 3 Harriers who finished one after each other – Julie Bolitho in 1:23:18 , Sarah Johns in 1:23:31 and Emma Johns in 1:23:46.
Congratulations to all of the ladies for ensuring that Mounts Bay Harriers fielded a team of six runners, and they finished in 16th place overall.