Imerys – A great success for STARC
Stuart Nicholas was the returning hero for St Austell Running Club as he romped to a sub-three marathon to claim victory in the Cornish Imerys Trail Marathon.
With a record entry Nicholas, running second claim for St Austell have moved to Bournemouth, clocked a time of 2.59.12 to claim victory over 26.2 glorious miles of Cornish clay trail.
He finished half an hour of his nearest competitor Wendy Chapman, Truro, who finished second after Simon Williams had had to pull out injured at 18 miles. Chapman was also first lady in a fantastic 3.20.36.
Adam Johnstone completed the top three.
Another local did well too in the half as Amy Sole, from Roche, Cornwall AC was first lady, while Tom Carthey won the half.
There was great success for St Austell whose mens team of Paul Stevens (3rd overall), Nick Loewendahl, James Cutlan and David Tregonning came first and the B team also came third.
The Men’s A team also came first in the marathon.
Event entry secretary and men’s team captain Gareth Rowett said: “It was an amazing day for St Austell Running Club. We had a brilliant turn out, the weather was spot on, the runners did very well and the feedback has been very positive.
“Thanks to all the marshalls, sponsors and supporters who made the day as good as it was.”
Attention now turns to the Eden Marathon and Half Marathon which returns for a tenth year in October while the Cornish Imerys Trail Marathon will be back again next May.