10.10.10 at 10.10am. That was the date and time of the start of this years Eden Marathon, with the half marathon starting 10 minutes later.
An early start from Penzance saw only a handful of Harriers make the start line of this years Eden marathon and half marathon races, but what The Bay lacked in numbers they made up for in quality.
The previous nights gale force winds had abated and the morning was bright and sunny, and over 1200 athletes lined up for what is the biggest participant sporting event in the Duchy. Both races start high above the biomes, with the marathon a 2 lap affair around the clay trails, disused railway tracks, farm lanes and moor land and the half a single lap.
The course was tough and challenging with only 70% on the road, conditions under foot in places was hard going and tough on the ankles, a couple of very steep climbs sorted the men out from the boys and many were seen to walk up the more severe inclines.
Both races finally finished on a fast last mile with a steep decline down into the basin of the old quarry next to the biomes.
Steve Richards was the only Harrier brave enough to attempt this years full Eden marathon and after achieving his personal best at the same race last year was looking for a repeat performance in 2010.
He was joined by 306 other runners and conditions became a little too warm, the sun and very little wind saw many flag in the last few miles. The winner of the marathon, Duncan Oates from host club St Austell crossed the finish line in 2.55.16. Steve put in a great performance and although disappointed, the unseasonal weather on such a tough course took it’s toll on him also and he finished in 74th position in 4 hours and 14 seconds – Cornish Marathon is coming Steve!
In the half marathon a total of 859 runners crossed the finish line and the Heamoor based Harriers shone.
A very welcome return for local road running legend Ronnie James, now running for The Bay in his first race for over 3 years, led the club home with a fine performance and finished in a fantastic 2nd place overall in a time of 1.18.24, this time also gained Ronnie 1st vet 45, Ronnie was pipped by Newquay athlete Ollie Gibson in 1.16.36 who is training hard for the New York Marathon in a few weeks, 3rd place went to Pete Walmsley from Tamar Trotters in 1.19.19. Next back for The Bay in 11th place overall was Andrew Hickson 1.29.01 3rd vet 45, followed by Jeremy Marston 13th place in 1.30.23 3rd vet 40, next male Harrier was club Chairman Ian Matthews in 23rd place with a time of 1.33.57 and these four ?vets? took 1st male team. Sam Perkin came in next in 42nd with a respectable 1.37.17, he managed to blag a place after only the day before participating the gruelling 6 mile commando challenge, Well Done Sam.
After last weeks sub 40 success at Newquay Mhairi Saville continued her excellent form finishing in 15th position overall in 1.30.36 over 6 minutes ahead of the next female – but more impressingly 1st female earning her ?100, bottle of bubbly and a great looking trophy.
Tammy Rosewall, who has been training hard for the Dublin marathon in less than 2 weeks stuck to her plan for sub 2 hours and ran well to come in at 1.58.21, Wendy Gabbot was the last Harrier home in 2.15.10, without a fourth lady running unfortunately MBH could not field a female team.
All finishers were presented with a race T Shirt, bespoke medal, a pasty, pint and free entry to Eden for 12 months ? can?t quibble with that for ?17!
A big thank you and congratulations to St Austell Road Runners, marshals, sponsors and Eden for staging a fantastic well organised race, we will be back in numbers next year.
Half Marathon results HERE
Marathon results HERE