Stormforce 2017

Hundreds turn out for start of new season

GP SEASON UNDERWAY: Runners from St Austell Running Club before the start of the first GP race of the season

The 2017 Cornish road running grand prix opener at Camborne saw an impressive 600 or so runners tackle this year’s Stormforce 10 miler, writes Stephen Hands.

A busy HQ had a buzz of new season anticipation about it as everyone gathered for this race, the first in the series of 15 that concludes with the Cornish Marathon in November.

As ever at Stormforce the tables of sandwiches, cakes and assorted goodies that lined one end of the hall were a credit to the time and effort of all those involved.

Though it is slightly cruel to show them to you knowing that they can only be sampled in 10 miles time. Still you can always use it as motivation up that final hill during mile nine.

The Stormf orce 10 is a race that ensures that everyone gets a decent pre-race warm up with the start being a good walk/jog from the race HQ.

Reassured to arrive there this year and not already feel tired, a quick race briefing followed before the mass of different coloured running vests headed off down the hill towards Barripper, including an excellent turn-out from St Austell.

Conditions were good – crisp, dry and with little breeze.

This is a decent, potentially quickish undulating course with three main uphill sections, the first of which takes you through mile two to Carnhell Green.

Having found a decent steady rhythm it was good to see so many in the purple and yellow of the club around me, and disappearing ahead, having strong runs.

With the brief off road section now taken out the route ,the second of the hills during mile five continues on up the road before levelling off with a couple of left hand turns that take you towards Leedstown.

Temporary traffic lights here this year did focus the mind a bit as we overtook a couple of queueing cars while the oncoming cars seemed a little close, but the marshals here were doing a good job in seeing us through.

Once through mile five it’s a pleasant undulating rural run (particularly without a strong wind!) that eventually brings you back to Carnhell Green. A right turn and we are heading back along the route we had originally come out along from the start, just maybe not with quite such a spring in our steps now.

Mile nine sees the welcome sight of Barripper soon followed by the not so welcome sight of the hill we had originally charged down earlier. This soon becomes a more gradual incline that levels out in parts and takes us back through the start line.

Once you reach the end of this road and turn left you know it is pretty much all down hill from here, a very pleasant thought.

The welcome sight of the finish line was just inside the main entrance this year where refreshments and goody bags were waiting. The soup and bread for runners after a January run is always a great touch.

All in all an enjoyable first outing of the year, and the first in over six months for me personally.

Carn Runners put on a top event for which they should be proud.

Well done to all those who represented St Austell running club.

Congrats to Simon Williams, 3rd Vet40-44, Malcolm Roberts 2nd Vet60-64, Jessica Buscombe 8th overall in the Ladies race, and Jane Moore 3rd Vet 55-59.

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