The first Mounts Bay Harriers Penzance Duathlon took place on Sunday in the middle of the storm that hit Penzance! It was wet and very windy but safety measures had been put in place to shorten the bike course to a more sheltered route so that the event now consisted of a 5k run / 5 mile bike / 5k run (the bike was only 10 miles shorter than it should have been!) A good call on the day as it still provided a challenging event for those who took part. Out of the 120 entries only 80 turned up on the day – which was hardly surprising considering the conditions – but everyone who started then finished, albeit soaked through to the skin. The hoodie which was provided in the goody bag was welcome as all competitors seemed to be wearing it after the event to keep warm!
As well as the 80 competitors taking part there were also 60 marshals out on the course to ensure that safety was paramount on the day. They sang and danced and did anything to keep warm whilst cheering everyone on to the finish line. These events just don’t happen without volunteers giving up their time to help out.
Special mention to the four members of St Ives Pilot Gig Club (Helen Venus, Gayle Gowden, Steve Domeney and Deborah Pearce) who raised money towards the defibrillator for St Ives harbour.
Michael Birchmore (Velotive) was on top form at the start of the season and won by over two minutes on his nearest rival Justin Thomas (Cornwall AC) due to a very strong bike ride, the quickest of the day. Daniel Kinver (Exeter Tri Club) was third despite having travelled down from Devon early that morning.
Karen McClay (MBH) was first lady with Shelley Hardwick (unattached) and Laura Rogers (Cornwall AC) in second and third places respectively.
Connor Waller (MBH) picked up first male under 20 despite being late for the event and having to sprint up the college drive to catch everyone up! Eden Backhouse (MBH) impressed everyone with her performance finishing first under 20 female.
Will Baker was the first Mounts Bay Harrier home, finishing fourth, despite only entering the race a couple of days beforehand. (At least it meant that his Mum marshalled at the event and saw him compete.)
Mark Worledge (MBH) must have thought he was in heaven as the run and bike went past his front door three times – he usually has to travel miles to events and here was one on his doorstep!
Ruth Glover was the only one to turn up in the female 20-29 age category and so she picked up first prize – you’ve got to be in it to win it!
Prizes are given out in such a way that no-one gets two and so Mark Richards and Sarah Tregear were first local male and female respectively. They are both Mounts Bay Harriers.
Ian Matthews, club chairman for MBH, was also competing and as he was running he saw that a sign had been turned around the wrong way next to the Treneere underpass and so stopped and corrected it. It meant that he lost a few seconds or so but stopped anyone going wrong on the course.
Thanks must go to Penwith College for the use of their beautiful campus and Porthcurno Building for the event. Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding was ace in putting up the bike racking which withstood all that Mother Nature could throw at it and still survived! Also to Truro and Penwith College for providing sports massage both pre- and post-event.