Poldhu, Race To The Stones, Ironman & Serpent Trail – a busy July!

On the Saturday 6th July Serpent Trail an event organised by Freedom Racing.

There were four races; 10k, half-marathon, 50k and 100k. Camping was available at Petersfield Rugby Club the night before the race and on race day. This made for a very sociable festival-like atmosphere. The facilities were everything you needed with showers, food, bar, etc. One MBH member Kevin Silverthorn did the 50k run. The course was beautiful and challenging but not extreme. It was a hot day and Kevin suffered in the heat so took about an hour longer than expected eventually coming in with a time of 7:15 placing him 170 out of the 240 competitors. Kevin enjoyed it enough that he plans to do it again next year and hopes for a cooler day!

Poldhu 10K:

Thursday 11th July saw 7 Mounts Bay Harriers travel to the lovely cove of Poldhu, for the 6th race in the freedom runner’s summer session race, Poldhu 10k. This race starts on the beach then goes out on the coast path, passed church cove and out towards loe bar beach, turning up to Gunwalloe then heading back to Poldhu with the finish on the beach. All Harriers enjoyed the race and commented that it was very well organised.

Michael Rooney was very pleased with his time as he got a PB of 6 minutes from the previous year and Rachel Thomson was also pleased with her time as she got a course PB too. Weather conditions were ok on the way out although the wind picked up a bit on the way back, this didn’t seem to affect the Harriers much as they all still ran very well. Paul Angove was the first Harrier and first Male Harrier home with Michael Rooney very hot on his heels. Ruth Glover was the third Harrier and the first female Harrier home.

Paul Angove – 53:35
Michael Rooney – 55:10
Ruth Glover – 57:57
Grace Whetton – 1:03:50
Jonathon Sadler – 1:13:24
Rachel Thomson – 1:17:58
Julie Bolitho – 1:26:49

Race to the Stones:

On Saturday 13th of July three MBH members competed in the Race to the Stones event a 100 kilometre running race along the Ridgeway Britain’s oldest path. Gary Richard’s stated that he enjoyed the run despite the sweltering heat and finished strong in 6th place overall out of 1114 finishers and 1st in his age group.

Gary Richards – 9:30:49
Sarah Johns – 21:45:22
Emma Johns – 21:45:23

Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz:

One Mounts Bay Harrier member – Neil Eddy travelled to Vitoria, Spain to take part in Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz – a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26 mile marathon, Neil led from the gun coming out of the swim in 5th place overall, that included the pro athletes, but more importantly 1st in his age group, he produced a strong bike maintaining his age group lead, a blistering 2.55.57 marathon time on what was a very hot and sunny afternoon saw Neil hang on to the top age group spot and finishing 9th overall in an amazing time of 8.39.49 having almost a 5 minute lead on 2nd place. This result also saw the Penzance athlete beat many of the pro athletes! Plus this podium result will see Neil return once again for the third year running to participate in the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii later in the year.