Dog results included at end of main results
The 12th St Michael’s Mount Remembrance Run, organised by Mounts Bay Harriers, was held on the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War 1 – Armistace Day. A two-minutes silence was held by all runners at 11am, with a backdrop of the Mount and the “Lest we forget” lone soldier on Chapel Rock, and then the horn was blown for the start of the 4.5 mile beach run (the distance varies each year depending on the tide and weather conditions).
A special medal had been commissioned for this run and all entrants received one as they crossed the line. The event had been full for over three weeks beforehand and on the day registration was busy where people had places to offer due to being ill or injured. In total there were 100 changes!
The dress code of the day was to “Wear something red” and that all 500 runners did and, as they ran down the beach, it was like a river of red flowing towards Penzance before they turned around in line with the wooden bridge and made the return journey. It was a beautiful sight to behold.
The weather conditions were ideal with the tide going out and the sun shining (which was a blessing considering the weather the day before) but conditions under foot were not as kind with the sea wet, the river deep, the sand and shingle soft and every step was energy sapping. There were also four outlet pipes on the beach to navigate either around or over but, as one runner said, these were nothing compared to what our troops had to put up with in the trenches.
The first runner across the line was John McWilliams of Mounts Bay Harriers in a respectable time of 30.52 with second placed Alex Marples of Truro RC nearly a minute behind in 31.44. His team mate James Kirton finished in third in 32.06.
For the ladies, Amy Sole of Cornwall AC was well ahead of second placed Joanne Robinson of Looe Pioneeers by nearly two-and-a-half minutes finishing in 34.47 and 37.11 respectively! Mounts Bay Harriers’ Dee Mclean was third having had a great run and crossing the line in 37.57.
Dogs were also allowed to take part with eight runners bringing their beloved pooches for a run on the beach. They were also presented with a Bonio each (the dogs that is)! Louise Littlewood of East Cornwall Harriers was first dog-runner home in 40.20.
There was a cut-off time of 1 hour 20 minutes but all entrants who completed the course still received a medal.
Storm Plymouth once again supported the event and brought well over 100 runners in two coaches and made the most to the trip by visiting the St Michael’s Mount.
Forty marshals were out on the course, registration and finish line ensuring a smooth operation as usual but that did not stop the organising club Mounts Bay Harriers also having 40 runners entered into the event!
A lovely poem had been written for the event by Libby Pentreath:
So many of us – an army
Collected on a beach in November
Nervous, shaky, missing home comfort
And poorly dressed for the weather
To run – raise awareness – raise eyes, knees and blood pressure
Wearing red – seeing red – being such a part of red
We honour each and every one of those who also ran on beaches,
On hills, in trenches and headlong into gunfire, explosions, falling over the dead ruined bodies of friends and supposed enemies…
No chance to turn and run back,
Nowhere to hide or run slow for a while
No one there to wave and cheer them on
No water to grab or words of comfort and smiles to help them get through
Those who ran to fight in war – ran on their own
Ran on until they could run no more
‘til they took their place on the sandy floor
They ran for us
Now we run again
We will wear red – we will remember them
© Libby Pentreath