First place again for Stu!
St Austell’s Stuart Nicholas followed up his win at the Imerys Cornish Trail Marathon to be the returning hero once more, as he won the Cornish Marathon in horrendous conditions in East Cornwall.
The race, which almost didn’t happen, has to be altered on the eve of the race with the route altered and runners forced to abandoned the long stretch of drains valley and do a hastily-designed out an back route.
This did not deter the runners and huge numbers of runners came out for what was the final race of the 2019 Cornish Grand Prix series.
Stuart, now living in Bournemouth, has had a great season, and followed up his win over Imerys and second at Eden to win the Cornish marathon, clocking a pace of 6.23 minute mile to come first in two hours, 47 minutes and 26 seconds.
Stuart led a very strong St Austell team to first place with Paul Stevens, fourth, in 3.02.12, Tim Adams, 10th, 3.08.29, and David Tregonning, on his marathon debut 15th in 3.14.29.
The strength in depth for St Austell was there for all to see and their ‘B’ team also picked up a prize, finishing in third with Alan Wherry, 36th, 3.30.59, Jez Mancer 43rd, 3.32.46, Dan Nicholls, 45th, 3.33.13, and Mike Greer, 48th, in 3.34.11.
Not to be outdone the ladies were also out in force and Carly Kendall once again showed her talent over the longer distance, putting last year’s injury woes behind her to finish second female in 3.34.02.
She was behind Joanne Robertson from Looe, who won in 3.18.50, but ahead of third-placed Kaye Patterson, 3.35.45.
Carly also led the ladies team to second place, along with Jo Collins (3.50.44), Stacie Marks (3.53.54) and Karina Bowers (4.17.49).
The testing elevation of the course, 2600ft did not disappoint and runners enjoyed a testing, if not gruelling, course.
There were also a number of age category prizes too, for Nicholas, Kendall, Stevens, Adams, Wherry and Doug Alsop.