Link to the Cornishman HERE
Luckily the race didn’t start until 11.02am and so it had time to start going out.
We had? 37 pre-entries and exactly the same amount entered on the day.? Seven no-shows meant that 67 competitors took to the start line.
When the whistle was blown for the two-minute silence to start, the competitors were spread across the beach.?? There weren’t many on the actual start line (which had been raked on the beach).?? An air horn was blown to start the race and this mass of red went off into the distance.
The runners had to run the length of the beach, as far as the tide would allow, crossing rivers and climbing outlet pipes, contending with soft sand, shingle and seaweed,?on their way to the turnaround point at the wooden bridge near Penzance Station.? A distance of approxiately two miles.? A nice brisk head wind made life a bit more difficult for them!? Then they had to re-trace their steps back to the finish line.
Out in front for most of the way was James Waldie of Cornwall AC and hot on his tail was Mike Robinson of Mounts Bay Harriers, but by the time they crossed the finish line roles had been reversed with Mike winning? in 27:34, eight seconds ahead of James in 27:42.?
In? third place was James Trubridge finishing in 29:11, a minute and a half behind Mike and James.
For the women, Jenny Almey of Cornwall AC finished 14th overall and first female in 35:17.? Second, was our own Wendy Scott in 37:12, with Janet Ritchie of Carn Runners taking third in 37:32.
The event was organised to support the Poppy Appeal and all runners had a poppy pinned to their number.? The majority also wore an item of red ranging from t-shirts and shorts to?Santa Claus hats, Union Jack shorts?and?Captain Invincible outfits!
Many thanks to all the local clubs that supported this event – Cornwall AC, Newquay RR, Truro RC, Carn Runners (REPORT), Falmouth RR, WRN?and Tri Logic, who brought with them their support team who had cycled over from wherever to come and watch (and eat cake!)
A huge thanks to Mounts Bay Sailing Club who let us hold registration in their club house and who provided a vast quantity of tea, coffee and cakes!
Mel and Leanne were there taking photos on the finish line.? These will be available on their website later www.slamshots.com
Other Mounts Bay Harriers finishers were:
Geoff Letchford 30: 35 and second over 40
Kyle Kearey 30:54
James Taylor 31:07
John Doyle 31:17 and third over 40
Nick Brooks 36:12
Arnaud Ruetsch 36:26
Charlie Holden 36:40
Duncan Kane 38:11
Zoe Mason 38:40 and third female under 40
Rob Burrows 39:34
Phil McNevin 39:59
Mark Squire 41:13
Eve Lay 48:50
And not forgetting all the marshals that turned up!? It was great fun watching Mark O and Ronnie J trying to rake up all the seaweed so that the finish area was clear!!? Many thanks to all of you.