St Michael’s Mount Remembrance Run 2011

all-sorts-024Results HERE (Sorry for the delay – computer problems!)

Mounts Bay Harriers annual St Michael’s Mount Remembrance Run in aid of the Poppy Appeal took place on Sunday.? A two minutes silence preceded the start of the race.

The sun shone and the tide was out and the competitors had a lovely tail wind all the way to the turnaround point – and then they turned back for the return leg and then it felt like they were running against a brick wall!

Along the way there were various obstacles to contend with. Due to the lovely wind conditions the kite surfers were out in force with all their lines draped across the beach. Mark Omori took it upon himself to go and advise them that they were about to have about 60 runners going across their lines. I think they removed them pretty quickly (or was it they just saw him coming – scary!)

A couple of runners nearly got knocked down by a van that decided to drive onto the beach in full sight of the police and coastguards. I’ve never seen anyone do an emergency stop on sand before…..

Will Hutchins of Cornwall AC decided to run in barefeet (a bit like a few of our club members on the new astro turf at Mounts Bay School on a Thursday night).

imgp1484The majority of runners wore something red with some making a special effort, such as Jack Davis with his limited edition poppy rugby shirt and Andy Branchett who had hand-painted poppies onto his t-shirt. Mike Robinson was again dressed in red head to toe.

Mike Robinson crossed the line well ahead of second placed Mark King of Cornwall AC. He said that he felt totally unfit running back as it was a fight all the way – wonder what everyone else felt like! MBH Golden oldie Geoff Letchford, who has just turned 60, was third despite all his moans and groans about his injuries. He finished two seconds ahead of the first lady Sarah Kenworthy of Hayle Runners (no gallantry there) who had a brilliant run coming fourth overall. Harrier, Alice Nicholas was second lady with Lesly Heather in third place.

There was a slight blip at prize giving when I had Hayle Runner Kieran Murrant down as over 40 – I think we aged him by about 20 years! He picked up the prize for first 20-39 year old as Mike Robinson had already picked up a prize and no-one got two. Bare-footed Will Hutchins was second in that age group with another Hayle Runner, Paul Morris, in third place.

For the over 40s, again Mark and Geoff had picked up prizes and so Paul Wynne of Falmouth Road Runners was first, Jonno Gibbins of Mounts Bay Harriers second and Anthony Burrow, again of Hayle, in third place.

Tom Wood of the Harriers put in a great performance for the under 20s coming in seventh overall and first in age group, with Peter Kinahan of Serpentine Running Club just behind him in second and Gareth Evans in third place.

There were no under 20 females – a great shame as there are such a lot of good runners out there.

The 20-39 age group had already seen Sarah and Alice pick up prizes and so Claire Longman of Truro Running Club picked up first, with Sarah Hutchins of Carn Runners in second and Louise Allan of Mounts Bay Harriers in third.

The over 40s first prize went to Wietske Hitchens of Newquay Road Runners seeing that Lesly had already had a prize. Second place went to Carolyn Merrikin and third to Harrier, Helen Dobson.

Special mention of husband and wife team David and Mary Anstey who, at over 70, are still beating people over half their age!

imgp1504Many thanks to Mounts Bay Sailing Club for the use of their club house and for the refreshments made by the commodores wife, Linda. Thanks also to St Aubyn’s Estate for the use of Folly Field car park. And of course, many, many thanks to all the marshals who always turn up no matter what the weather.

Hope everyone enjoyed the goodies they got – lovely hats, medals, fruit, water and the prize winners all had a lucky dip!

Photos are on Facebook for all to see HERE

JNP Events Photography also took some photos HERE

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