Eight Mounts Bay Harriers made the very long journey up to Launceston on sunday morning for the host club’s 7 mile long Treggy 7 race , which was event number 12 of the Cornwall Glazing Grand Prix Road Racing Series.
The weather conditions were warm and very humid , and the 7 mile course started in the town square , and finished in the scenic grounds of Launceston Castle. This race is renowned for the extremely steep half mile climb to the village of Tregadillet ( where the race gets its name ) , at the mid point of the course. Thereafter, the route was fairly flat and downhill to the finish line.
451 runners were on the start line , and all of the Mounts Bay Harriers ran very well on the day :
The first harrier to finish was Tom Berryman ( who only chose to enter at 10pm the night before ) in an excellent time of 50:18 , which placed him 58th overall.
Next to cross the finish line was Paul Angove , who didn’t relish the humid conditions in 53:40 , and 106th place overall.
Following closely behind Paul , and running very good races which were both much faster than their last years times , were Ross Atkinson-Beaumont in 54:16 , and 111th place , and David Atkinson-Beaumont in 54:20, and 112th place.
The first lady Harrier to finish was Tracey Nicholls, who is enjoying an excellent road racing season , and ran well again today to finish in 55:40 , and 132nd place overall.
Tracey was followed across the finish line by Simon Blackburn , who ran a good race to clock 57:47 and 158th place.
Emma and Sarah Johns crossed the finish line after each other in 1:26:05 and 1:26:18 respectively , to finish in 424 and 425th place.
All of the Harriers said that they found the race very tough and challenging , and were grateful for the good standard of post-race goodie bags and medals. Special thanks were also extended to Launceston Road Runners race marshals , and to fellow club members Geoff Letchford and Rebecca Wilding who travelled up from Penzance to support the runners.