233 runners took to the start line for the sixth Race for Wildlife organised by Mounts Bay Harriers in aid of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The 7.5 mile route started from Penwith College and took the runners up the hill through Heamoor and Madron and then over the fields to Ding Dong. It was then flat across the moors with the final three miles down through Bone Valley and back to Heamoor and the College. The competitors mainly came from Cornwall with a few travelling from further afield the furthest being from Kinross in Scotland!
There was a strong cold south easterly wind blowing which helped the runners up the hill but was in their face across the moors. A time limit of 1 hour 45 was imposed on the runners with all bar one finishing well within this time. The runners said that it was a tough course but it was worth it for the views from the top!
Tony Brewer of Mile High made easy work of it finishing in 41.57, with Justin Thomas of Cornwall AC nearly two minutes behind him in 43.07. Aaron Benney, also of Mile High, made third place in 44.30.
Zelah Morrall of Cornwall AC was first female in 48.38 and 18th overall. Cherish Maxwell of Mounts BayHarriers was second in 53.21 with Revis Crowle of East Cornwall Harriers in third place in 55.02.
Runners were invited to raise sponsorship for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust with Sharon Tamblyn raising over £1,000 for them!
Many thanks to Penwith College for the use of their facilities, Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding for supplying the cones, Trythall School for the water station and to the 50 marshals for battling against the cold and wind on the route.