Mounts Bay Harriers organised the 10th St Michael’s Mount Remembrance Run which took place on Sunday in perfect conditions – no wind or rain and the tide was out! The distance this year was approximately 4.4 miles across the beach. The sand was quite firm underfoot and the river crossing was more like a stream. Runners found their own route to the turnaround point, but were not allowed to run on the footpath.
277 people finished the run plus another six with dogs. All runners had to wear something red as requested by the Poppy Appeal which made an amazing effect with them all running down the beach.
The atmosphere during the two minute silence before the run started was very uplifting. There was a real sense of remembrance and reflection.
The majority of runners were from Cornwall with a few crossing the border from Plymouth, Ipswich, Market Harborough, Tring to name a few.
It was noticeable that there were a lot of non-club runners. These were mainly veterans from the forces who wanted to remember their colleagues by doing something different.
All finishers received a specially commissioned medal which was absolutely spectacular.
There was a cut off time of one hour 20 minutes, which all runners finished within quite easily.
First across the line was Jason Pascoe with his two dogs in an astounding time of 22.14! The first runner without a dog was Tony Brewer of Mile High in 24.47 with Jacob Dobson of Falmouth Road Runners over a minute behind him in 25.54. Ross Langley, who was on holiday from Tring, was third in 26.04.
For the females, again it was a runner with a dog – Sarah Pepper, in a time of 26.14, with first non-dog runner being Carol Randall of Mounts Bay Harriers in 30.05. Jenny Nash of East Cornwall Harriers was second in 31.02 with Rachel Porte of Hayle Runners a few seconds behind in third place in 31.08. Michaela Holley, who was running in her first race with her dog Dexter, was third dog runner across the line in 29.52.
Many thanks to Mounts Bay Sailing Club for the use of their club house for registration and for providing refreshments. Thanks also to St Aubyn’s Estate for the use of Folly Field Car park. And of course we must not forget the marshals who turn up whatever the weather to make these events happen!
A donation was made to the Poppy Appeal from a percentage of the entry fees.