Race report – Bodmin Half Marathon

Well done to everyone who took part in the Bodmin Half Marathon.

Full results here.

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Race report – Castle Combe Chilly 10k

So, I’m in work and given the opportunity to go on a course to help benefit my current role. What’s the first thing on my mind?! I wonder if there’s a race near by and there was. Took full advantage and booked myself in (after asking the boss aka Hannah).

A flattish but fast race having looked at previous results, this was at Castle Combe race circuit in Chippenham. A perfect opportunity to get a desired PB of sub36.

As the weeks flew by, Sunday, February 18 came.

Race kit packed along with work stuff too. Alarm set for 5:45am, I made my way to the Chippenham area where the race was being held. Eating my porridge on the way (not spilling any) and slurping on my coffee, I always had my energy drink and gel to take at a specific time to the race starting.

Arriving safe and sound I parked up. It was a busy one. With over 600 runners taking part making their way to HQ, the loud announcer getting everyone rallied up with words of encouragement! I got my race number and put myself into a little corner to get changed. Unfortunately not the purple and gold this time but a opportunity to wear Team PB colours of Personal Best Running. So thankful for the sponsorship/help from Barry and Paula.

Time to get my race head on. The clouds started to come over and the race nicknamed Chilly 10k was living up to it. Gloves were on! The race briefing for 9:45am, all runners made their way to the start. I dodged in and between to get a good starting position and soon, off the gun went. 3x laps of the race circuit with a 0.4 of a mile section to start you off.

The first mile clicked off quick. Too quick 5:12, my first thought, “you twat, pace yourself, remember what Mr Maskell said” but of course the excitement of that first mile is always something I do suffer with now and again (need to work on). As the first lap went by and with the encouragement of the crowd I felt more comfortable, although dropping from fourth to seventh. The next two laps were a mental battle. I’m not a big fan of loops, which is why I wanted to do this race. To test myself. That test was working, slipping to ninth place I held my own and the realisation of a Sub36 I intended to get was in my reach as I came into the last lap.

As the miles clocked up all under a sub-six pace, I felt good in the last mile gave myself a kick to really give it my all. As the watch was getting to that 6.2 mark, my target was becoming even more reachable! My sub36 was gonna happen!!

Coming off the circuit into a slip lane. I sped up and gave it all I had left. Crossing the line with a PB I was not expecting. 35:40! A target way above. I was thinking more of 35:50/59 but I was in shock, no tears thank god!

Completely over the moon and with the medal around my neck. The first person I called was of course my lovely wife Hannah who sent her congratulations! Having done this now, I’ve got a new target to try and break and I can’t wait for challenge!

Completely over the moon and with the medal around my neck. The first person I called was of course my lovely wife Hannah who sent her congratulations! Having done this now, I’ve got a new target to try and break and I can’t wait for challenge!

Next up FOOD. A massive roast dinner followed by a dessert, glass of wine to wash it down and a gentle drive to my hotel to finish off the duration of my week.

A massive thank you to all the support and encouraging messages along the way. Really does mean a lot.

The training YOU put in really does pay off after all, so happy! If you want a nice 10k route or even a 10k PB with a nice area to visit, I highly suggest this race. Worked perfect for me and I hope it will work perfect for anyone else who intends to give it a go!

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Race report – The Arc of Attrition

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Live tracking http://live.opentracking.co.uk/arcattrition18/ Well done to everyone who has taken part, a tremendous achievement. Gallery being updated live – report to follow in next few days.     

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St Austell Running Club donation to Little Harbour

Members of St Austell Running Club were on hand to present a cheque for more than £100 to Children’s Hospice South West, raised at tinsel runs at the end of the last year.

The runners took to the streets of St Austell in fancy dress and raised £105 for the charity over the space of two nights, the club’s run/walk club who meet on a Monday and the main club group on meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The club’s men’s captain Nigel Marshall and his vice Gareth Rowett presented the cheque to Alice Merrett, a community fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West.

She said: “On behalf of all the children and families that we support at Little Harbour I would like to thank St Austell Running Club for their generous donation of £105.

“We are currently supporting over 100 children with life limiting illnesses along with their families so donations like this really will make a difference to the care we can offer local families.”

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Race report – Newquay 10K 2018

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St Austell Running Club’s men’s team had a third-place finish in the second round of the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix. More than 80 runners from the club headed to a bitterly cold Newquay Sports Centre early on Sunday … Continue reading

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Race report – Stormforce 2018

The 2018 running season got underway last weekend with the first round of the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix.

St Austell Running Club members prepare for Stormforce – 2018

Runners were not put off by the horrendous weather conditions and headed to Camborne School for the 10-mile Stormforce.

The race didn’t live up to it’s name and the conditions were near perfect for runners as they got the new season off to a great start.

St Austell Running Club had a number of entrants for the race and saw Simon Williams and Malcolm Roberts claiming age category prizes.

Full results from St Austell Running Club: Simon Williams (59.40), Jamie Masters (1.01.30), James Cutlan (1.02.08), Tim Adams (1.02.14), Dan Alsop  (1.03.33), Alan Giles (1.07.14), Alan Wherry (1.11.00), Mike Greer (1.11.12), Steve Reid (1.11.19), Malcolm Roberts (1.11.31), Stuart Richards (1.12.01), Rob Wallbank (1.12.47), Jeremy Hill (1.13.11), Paul Johnson (1.13.20), Tony Morris (1.15.15), Mark Knight (1.15.52), Iain Walker (1.16.46), Scott Pateman (1.19.31), Andy Chase (1.19.47), Andrew Jay (1.22.33), Stacie Marks (1.22.33), Doug Alsop (1.22.43), Patrick Haynes (1.23.44), Ross Lawry (1.23.28), Barry Russell (1.23.43), Melissa Rowe (1.24.25), Martin Trethewey (1.26.04), Chris Marriott (1.26.25), Taryn Montgomery-Smith (1.27.07), Ira Griffiths (1.27.22), Sue Floyd-Norris (1.27.45), Matt Phillips (1.28.23), Jane Moore (1.28.34), Fay Gilbert (1.28.36), Marie Ferris (1.28.37), Steve Gardiner (1.28.55), Mel Maskell (1.29.01), Jo Skyba (1.29.54), Claire Budge (1.30.17), Charlie Trethewey (1.31.43), Debbie Marshall (1.31.54), Gareth Rowett (1.32.00), Debbie Burton (1.33.31), Holly Payne (1.34.10), Helen Stuthridge (1.34.17), Rachel Waters (1.35.41), Karina Bowers (1.36.38), Alison Loosley (1.39.06), Karl Walker (1.39.45), Daniella Walker (1.39.45), Hannah Watts (1.40.09), Hannah Adams (1.42.07), Jacqui Martin (1.42.10), Michelle Dudley (1.42.21), Debbie Gibbs (1.42.21), Jean Cutlan (1.43.20), Dave Hampton (1.43.39), Tim Cutlan (1.44.02), Kate Smith (1.49.30), Sam Ewart (1.52.43), Nadia Jay (1.54.34), Rachel Brennan (1.59.21), Patsy Ralls (1.59.21), Mandy Blight (2.03.28), Sharon Webber (2.03.53), Liz Wyatt (2.08.28).

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Race report – Brecon Ultra

Brecon Ultra – Might Contain Nuts

This race is special to a number of St Austell runners as it was one of Dave Rowe’s favourites, writes Doug Alsop.

It starts and finishes in Talybont on Usk and runs around the Brecon’s national park. This year Dave Speake and I made the journey and had a great day out.

We lined up for the pre-start briefing at 7.20am but missed parts of it which we came to rue later.

The start was a bit of a sprint as the first five miles are along the canal tow path and quite unrepresentative of the rest of the route.

Leaving the canal and through a small wood, “Tor y Foel” the first of the many inclines appeared. 

It disappeared into the clouds and as we entered the mist we could see that what we thought was the top was only the first of two more false summits.

 As we started the descent and dropped out of the mist we were treated to beautiful views of the wooded valleys and reservoirs and the rolling hills to the south.

The route continued with good running through forest trails but care was needed on the icy paths. After the second checkpoint we started the accent up to Bwlch y Fan.

The path was a steady incline and was runable if you were fit enough, which sadly I wasn’t. So by employing run/walk we made it to the third checkpoint.

From here we were sent up a steep climb and once more into the mist. We could see the drop to our right as we made our way along the ridge to the trig point on Cribyn but unfortunately the mist obscured the wider view.

I didn’t enjoy the drop off from Cribyn; the path was laid with loads of medium sized flat rocks, sloping down and none big enough to land your whole foot on. I’m sure they would be a great help when coming up but I’m struggling for confidence on the descents.

After the small drop we started to work our way up Pen y Fan again in the mist so it was only when we couldn’t see any more ground above us that we realised we had reached the top. The wind was much stronger here and called for us to don our waterproof tops. The descent off Pen y Fan was good going and we ran all the way down towards the Storey Arms. As we dropped out of the mist we could see the road (the first we’d seen for 20 miles) and the Burger Van. Dave and I had been discussing the bacon rolls here for about a month previously so two large bacon rolls and two cups of tea set us up for the next phase.

Whilst we were enjoying our break the Welsh girl overtook us. As this was a new route I had looked at the map on the website and seen that we had to do 5 ½ mile loop at this point but I hadn’t looked at the contours and wrongly assumed it was flat.

After checkpoint four we were directed up the opposite side of the valley. This was a small winding path contouring up the hill with not much chance of running. We climbed until again we disappeared into the mist. The course is very well marked but here the mist was a bit denser and we had difficulty in seeing from one mark to the next. There was no path, just slogging over the moor and our confidence had just about ebbed away when we picked up another marker. Looming up through the mist we saw the trig point on top of Fan Frynych but no-one there. We had picked up from the start address that we needed to go there but hadn’t picked up that it was unmanned. So we continued over the top expecting to see someone sheltering but found no-one. We consulted the map and came to the conclusion that was it. We checked the trig point but there was nowhere to dib in so we headed back down. The route then dropped into a steep sided Coombe this was another tough descent and as we came out of the mist I could see that we were going even lower than the Storey Arms and realised that we would have to recover that height.

After checkpoint five we were trudging up the path back towards the Story Arms when the Welsh girl caught us up. She had got lost on the top and hadn’t found the trig point. At Checkpoint six Geraldine was there to see we were ok and wish us well. As we set off up towards Corn Du we could see the Welsh girl ahead of us heading into the mist again. Knowing that at last we had turned for home we seemed to storm up Corn Du turning left and following the ridge at the top the Welsh Girl again appeared behind us. She said: “I’m going to stick with you guys I’m fed up of getting lost in the mist.”

So we stayed together down through checkpoint seven and on our way to the final checkpoint. However the extra climbing in the middle of the course had slowed us down and darkness came on us when we were still a good 10 miles from the finish. This part of the course is not mountainous it threads its way along lanes, paths and fields and only has slight undulations. With darkness now enveloping us we had our head torches on and passing through a series of stiles and gates we ended up walking into a large field it so happened that the Welsh girl was in front.

Now knowing that she had propensity for getting lost, we really shouldn’t have followed her – but we did. It was a large field full of sheep whose yellow eyes were reflecting our torch beams as they watched us cross their field. We picked up no direction signs and when we reached the fence at the other side again no signs. Dave and the Welsh girl went anti-clockwise round the perimeter of the field whilst I went clockwise looking for signs. I eventually I got back to the gate we had come in checked the arrow which did seem to point straight across the field however, I continued going round the perimeter clockwise and about 20 metres from where we came in found a sign on a gate taking us out of the field. I managed to locate Dave and the girl and we set off once more happy to be back on route but that was the last time we let the Welsh girl lead.

After the final checkpoint it was just a slog, the mud in the fields was quite gloopy and clogged the treads in the bottom of our shoes so they felt like deep sea divers boots but as we clicked off the miles to the finish we were in good spirits. Dave and I started to plan our liquid menu for when we got to the pub. As we dropped down to the canal towpath again we knew we were nearly home and we made in back into the HQ at 8.30pm

A quick turn around and down to the pub for a few pints of Butty Bach and some chips. There has to be some benefit for doing these nutty things.

13 hours, 42 miles, 2702 metres of Accent

A great event and a great day out we just need to do it again without the mist so we can appreciate the views. Roll on next year.

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Race report – Fordh Sen Mighal 11

Fordh Sen Mighal 11

So, I promised Dawn that I would do this race with her whilst under the influence of a few to many vinos, but not one to go back on my word I went ahead and registered, writes Alison Loosley.

I had absolutely no idea what kind of race it was only that it was just over the twelve miles and I thought that will be fine because I have a few half marathons under my belt now!!

That was back in October and I kind of forgot about it until a few days before, as you do.

The race takes place along the UK’s only European designated route of culture and follows the Saints Way between Lelant and St Michaels Mount and this was its second year.

Anyway, we started our day the at Badger Pub with a very amusing race brief given by one of the organisers.

I was very tempted at this point to have a pre-race steady my nerves glass of wine, as everyone around me looked like what I would call, ‘proper runners’, they were all wearing their bandannas and back packs and I had a few jelly babies stuffed in my pockets and was wearing a bobble hat. Anyway, I decided not to do that.

The race started by the Lelant Salting’s a little after 10am and we were on our way. After a trot up a not too bad hill we hit the coastal path between Lelant and Carbis Bay and the views were absolutely stunning, the sea was like a mill pond and I thought actually I’m really loving this.

We then went through the grounds of the Carbis Bay Hotel and then promptly bumped into Tris who had gone the wrong way!!

I would say that the next part of the race took a very steep, more rural turn and I remember arriving at a monument at the top of a very steep elevation.

Here we could see the sea on both sides of the peninsular so it was pretty spectacular and the perfect selfie moment which Dawn and I took full advantage of.

We then moved on to a very muddy path where Dawn and I were slipping and sliding all over the place and of course was hilarious.

We then made our way up hills, down dales, through farmland, through people’s gardens, through woodlands, by the churchyard at Ludgven. Then over more fields, a railway crossing and then the marshlands just before Marazion.

The finish was through the dunes, on the beach and then lastly cycle path. It truly was multi terrain!! We arrived at the finish to receive the most amazing medal.

All of the marshalls were so nice to us but my particular favourite was Larry, a very encouraging fellow at the top of a really steep bit!

There were two very well stocked food stations on route that catered for those that required gluten free food. Also at the end of the race free massages were offered, buckets and sponges for cleaning off. Also, there was chilli and mince pies.

I think this race has to be my favourite adventure with St Austell Running Club. I would NEVER have contemplated doing anything like this before I joined.

I put myself completely out of my comfort zone but now cannot wait to do more trail events. I would certainly encourage everyone to do this one next year.

However, bear in mind the logistics because you do need to have a car at the start and finish due to transport not provided between the start and finish.

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Newsletter – December 2017

St Austell RC newsletter – December 2017

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Runners presented with trophies after Mob Match

Runners receive trophies after Mob Match

Tim Adams receives his trophy for 133 consecutive GP races

THE 2017 running season drew to a close with the highly-popular Mob Match being the warm-up for the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix series presentations.

Several members of St Austell Running Club finished placed after the 15-race series.

Iain Walker claimed a first place finish in his category, while Simon Williams was second, Tim Adams and Malcolm Roberts third and Jess Buscombe and Jane Thomas fifth.

Iain Walker receives his category prize

There were seven runners who competed the whole series including James Cutlan, Tim Adams, Andrew Budge, Pat Haynes, Andy Chase, Debbie Marshall and Jacqui Martin.

There were also a number of runners who completed at least eight of the races and they were, men: Simon Williams, Iain Walker, Paul Johnson, Malcolm Roberts, Dan Bray, Stuart Richards, Mark Owen, Jiri Kempny, Barry Russell, Ross Lawry, Martin Trethewey and Andrew Mclean.

Ladies: Jessica Buscombe, Hannah Cutlan, Mel Rowe, Helen Stuthridge, Fiona Thomas, Gemma Pateman, Sue Floyd-Norris, Gennara Iaconianni, Michelle Dudley, Nadia Jay, Sam Ewart, Hannah Adams, Alison Loosley,

Christine Todd, Bev Talbot, Sharon Webber, Mandy Blight, Liz Wyatt, Jane Thomas and Nicola Slateford.

Simon Williams and Jacqui Martin were both voted as the second-best most improvers runners of the year and the club also had the largest number of entries for the GP.

Two special awards were also presented to Tim Adams, inset, who completed 133 consecutive races and Debbie Marshall, who has completed two Grand Prixs in a row.

The presentation followed the Falmouth Mob Match which was greatly attended by club members.

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