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A race of two halves was how one of the competitors described this year’s Race for Wildlife organised by Mounts Bay Harriers and held in aid of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The race is just over seven miles long and the first half is uphill starting at Penwith College, going up through Heamoor and Madron and then across the fields up to Ding Dong and across the moors. The second half is back onto tarmac and a fast downhill through Trythall and Bone Valley for three miles until the final kick up to the finish line at the back of the college. The views were absolutely stunning for those runners who had any breath left at the top of the hill to look around them.
140 competitors took part in the race which was held in bright but cool and windy conditions. Although there was a strong tail wind at during the run none of the competitors seemed to gain any benefit from it as it felt like they were running into a head wind at all times! But they all said it was worth it for the mincepie and medal presented to them as they crossed the finish line!
45 marshals lined the route and were absolutely amazing in encouraging the runners and were in high spirits throughout the race despite the fact that they were absolutely freezing! There was even Christmas songs and dancing taking placing around the Madron Well area!
One runner, Jules Lewis, had his head shaved into a mohican and dyed red to get sponsorship for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Even the local MP, Andrew George, took part in the race and raised funds for the Trust!
The race was won by Pete Waumsley of Tamar Trotters in an amazing time of 44.14. He was at least 100 metres ahead of the second placed person by the one mile mark and was well over a minute ahead by the time he crossed the finish line. Unattached runner, John McWilliams was second in 45.36 with Jonny Colaco of Newquay Road Runners third in 45.50.
Alice Latham of Mounts Bay Harriers was the first lady across the line in 51.31. She had a commanding lead across the moors but second placed Zelah Morrall of Cornwall AC closed the gap to just 12 seconds by the time they finished. Alice said that the last mile, although all downhill, was really tough which allowed Zelah to catch up. Janna Eyre of Carn Runners finished in third place in 52.30.
Even though Mounts Bay Harriers organised the race and provided all the marshals there were still 27 Harriers taking part in it. New recruit, Dan Kingston, was the sixth runner across the line in a time of 46.35 picking up third male 40-44 followed by Mark Richards in 49.39. Ian James was just ahead of first lady Alice Latham with Mark Worledge and Fred Webb following. They even managed to pick up some age group prizes not already mentioned such as Paul Hooper second male 55-59, Rob Burrows second male 60-64, Peter Uren first 65-69, Janet Haynes third 45-49, Liz Prady first 55-59, Penny Uren second 60-64. Mounts Bay Harriers also picked up second prize in both the male and female team events.
Many thanks to Penwith College for the use of their spectacular Porthcurno building and campus and to Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding for all his cones!