Eden parkrun

Eden gets set to host UK’s newest parkrun

Photograph by Emily Whitfield-Wicks
Park run. 5k weekly run. Eden Project.

The Eden Project is limbering up for its newest, most accessible sporting event with the announcement that it will host five-kilometre parkruns every Saturday morning, starting on November 11.

Established in 2004, parkruns take place in outdoor locations around the UK and in 14 other countries.  They are always free and are open to runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities, from beginners to Olympians.

Eden’s parkrun is designed to be easier than some others as it takes place entirely on tarmac, unlike those which have off-road elements. The course begins in the coach park at the top of the site before entering the main garden and taking a scenic route around the paths in front of the world-famous Biomes.

Like all parkrun events, the Eden Project parkrun is a personal challenge and not a race. Participants set their own targets and will receive their times by text, email and through the parkrun website (www.parkrun.org.uk).

It’s entirely organised by local volunteers with support from the Eden team. The events are inclusive and friendly, encouraging physical activity within a supportive community. After crossing the finish line, parkrunners, volunteers and supporters can gather in the Eden Kitchen where refreshments will be available.

Announcing the new event today, Eden Chief Executive and experienced parkrun participant Gordon Seabright said: “The Eden parkrun has been designed to be an accessible and fun morning run for everyone.

“Our aim is to build up a real community spirit as the event establishes itself. We hope to encourage more people to get out running or walking, improve their fitness and meet new people at the same time.

“This will be a great event for beginners, who may be entering their first organised event, as well as for seasoned athletes who should have a good chance of setting a new personal best on our course.”

Wendy Poole, event director for the Eden Project parkrun, added: “We are really excited about bringing parkrun to Eden and offering a different type of running and walking experience in its unique location.

“We have a great team of Run Directors, who have worked hard to bring this together and welcome new volunteers to participate in the various roles that make parkrun the great event it is.”

Eden’s parkrun is a free event that will take place every Saturday morning at 9am, starting on November 11. Participants and volunteers are required to register through the parkrun website (www.parkrun.org.uk) and print off a barcode in order to receive a time. Friends and family of runners will be allowed free entry to Eden for the morning.

The parkrun is the latest addition to Eden’s growing portfolio of sporting events and activities. The ninth annual Eden Project Marathon and Half-Marathon happens on Sunday October 14, 2018 and the fourth annual Eden Classic cycle sportive will be taking place on Sunday May 13, 2018.

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Newsletter – October 2017

St Austell RC newsletter – October 2017

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Newsletter – August 2017

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Newletter – June 2017

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Newsletter – May 2017

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Race report – Imerys Trail Marathon and Half Marathon

This is the first time I have ever won a race in seven years of running, so I have to say it’s my proudest running moment yet, writes Simon Williams.

After running the Trevornick 10 miler the week before, I got a massive blister on my foot so wasn’t able to do much running in the week leading up to the Imerys Half. All I could do was put a blister plaster on and do some sessions on my spin bike and a gentle run on Friday to test the blister out. Perhaps this gave my running muscles a well-needed rest and helped with my performance running the Imerys Half.

My son Blake entered the fun run and was determined to make up for the previous day’s abysmal performance in the county 1500m championships.

So race morning, and I decided to go for the easy option of a bowl of muesli with bananas and blueberries on top instead of the usual porridge. I also has a glass of orange juice mixed with a couple of spoonfuls of Spirulina which is basically pond scum in powdered form and it tastes ridiculously disgusting.

It’s a nice change having a race so close to home so we enjoyed the gentle 1 mile walk up to the college. Unfortunately, we left it a bit late so had to rush to get ready and there was no time for a proper warm-up. For some reason it’s usually hot and sunny for this race indeed the weather was bright and sunny before the race started.

Enough waffle, let’s talk about the race! Five minutes were spent waiting in the start area and chatting to fellow runners about the pain ahead. Then a professional starter in a red coat got us under starters orders. “On your marks! Bang”.

I found myself in the lead straight away and was still in that position after doing the initial two laps of the college. Then it was on to a narrow track and then onto the road for the first mainly uphill mile. Throughout the race, I kept thinking back to last years race and how it compared to this years; and for the first mile and indeed throughout the race, I felt great compared to a year ago.

This year’s route had some changes to previous years race and on the third mile we found ourselves descending Drummer’s Hill – a lovely descent.

Another new section in the route was through Wheal Martyn. Being a more interesting part of the course took my mind off the drudge of it being all uphill. We had to go under a low stone tunnel being careful not to bang our heads. Short people had the advantage here. Up some steps and then it was back on to the main part of the Imerys landscape.

Miles four and five were possibly the toughest parts of the course will some evil climbs. Even the lead cyclists struggled up the steepest parts and I found myself overtaking one of them at one point.

The weather turned out not to be too hot as it started to cloud over and treat the runners with the odd cool shower,

At about mile six I still felt strong and this is where I started to believe I could win the race. Glancing over my shoulder I saw the tall figure of my usual rival James Barnet a couple of hundreds yards behind. Glancing over my shoulder (which you shouldn’t really do!) became a more frequent occurrence. Luckily each time I glanced the gap had got slightly bigger.

The support at each checkpoint was amazing, and it was good to see the familiar faces of fellow STARC members willing me on.

Down another lovely steep track and then joining the road, I found myself at mile 9. I gratefully grabbed a few jellybabies from a kind lady at the side of the road because I went through a slightly bad patch at this point.

After a mile or so and re-energised by the jellybabies, it was back onto the trails again. After waving to Derrin Blewitt at the bridge I found myself at Drummer’s hill again. This time though I had to run UP it. Remembering how tough this hill is after 11 miles, I didn’t push too hard and just trotted to the top in a casual fashion.

Now I was into the last 1.5 miles. I had another glance behind my shoulder but there was no sign of anybody! It’s this point I knew I was going to win the race so it was just a matter of pushing on and trying to get as good a time as possible.

Rounding the bend and back onto the last short section of trail, I waved to the marshals and did a mini fist pump. Into the college grounds, I felt my leg started to cramp up and thought “I’d be in trouble if I was doing the marathon so thank God I’m not”.

I could hear the cheering of the crowd as I approached the finish line and this lifted me to put on a sprint finish. Over the finish line, I held my arms aloft…I’d won! An experience I’ve never had before and probably never will again! A big high five with John Wisner.

Now I can finally stop, collect my goodie bag, medal and relax. Blake came over to me and gave me a big hug which really made my day. Also, he’d come third in the fun run, making up for the previous day’s disappointment.

The support was fantastic, and the event really well organised as usual. A tough route, made even tougher with the new sections this year. There were some good results from other STARC members including Alex Payton coming third overall  in the ladies race, Tim Adams coming runner-up in the marathon, Iain Walker winning his age category and team prizes.

I ended the day going for a meal with Blake at the Nepalese Gurkha restaurant to celebrate. All paid for out of my £50 prize money.

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Imerys Marathon countdown

The final countdown

There are just 16 days to go until the Imerys Trail Marathon and Half Marathon.

The organisers have made some slight changes to the course this year to save crossing a major road but this now means that runners will be able to run through the grounds of the Wheal Martyn Museum and take in the views of another working china clay pit.
The course is a real mixture of terrain, with tarmac road,  sand roads, public footpaths and private farmland thrown in.
With much of the course not accessible to runners other than on this one day of the year, this is challenging course not to be missed.
Entry costs £14 for the half and £20 for the full (entry on the day will incur a £2 extra charge) and every finisher with receive a medal and a goody bag.
Races depart from the grounds of Cornwall College, St Austell at 10am on Sunday, May 14, after which at 10.30am there will be a fun run around the College grounds aimed at children who will all receive a medal and a certificate.
Becky James said: “Entries seem to be in line with 2016 which was a bumper year for us and we are optimistic that with online entry being open until Monday, May 8 and on the day entry available.
“It will again be a record year for participants. Our races offer exceptional value at only £20 for the marathon and £14 for the half marathon and all finishers receive a medal and goody bag, plus get to take in the beautiful views from clay country whilst out on the course.”
A spokesperson from Imerys added: “We’re happy to be opening up our land again for runners to enjoy. Both events offer a truly unique running experience.
“St Austell Running Club do an excellent job of organising the races and we are delighted to continue our relationship with them in what is their 10th anniversary year.
“We’ve had to make some changes to the course for 2017 to avoid crossing a major road, but this now means that runners will also be able to enjoy the trails and scenery at the Wheal Martyn Museum whom we also have close connections with.”
The race covers a large area, starting at the college, both races climb up to the clay trails at West Carclaze and follow the clay trail that goes to Wheal Martyn Museum, then cuts through the trails at Wheal Martyn Museum to gain access to Imerys active Wheal Martyn Pit where runners will then cross over into Gunheath pit, up a very steep sand road hill to run the perimeter of Hensbarrow, before reaching Highermoor and crossing back onto Imerys operational pit, Littlejohns.
The race will then take runners across Carrancarrow tip where they can enjoy beautiful views.The race then splits with the half marathon runners then making their way back towards St Austell on the Greensplat road via Boskell Riding stables.

The marathon runners then get to take in a loop of Blackpool pit, before returning to Littlejohns and basically then following the same course as the half marathon.
Organisers are also looking for people who would be able to volunteer to marshall and help make the race the continued success that it is.
The organisers would like thank the sponsors for this year who are: Jefferys Estate Agents, Stephen-Scown Solicitors, Nomenca, Thirsty Work, Glendale, St Austell Printing Company and Eco Bos who have sponsored the races numbers.
Thanks also to Wheal Martyn Museum and Boskell Riding Stables for allowing the races to run through their land.
For more information visit: http://www.imerystrailmarathon.co.uk or to enter click: http://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=3120

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Race report – London Marathon

‘What a weekend’

The alarm goes off at 5.30am on Friday morning, it can only mean one thing, the months and months of hard work were about to come fruition, with my first marathon, writes Gareth Rowett.
It has always been a dream, since I started running properly anyway, to run a marathon and in particular the London one, the perfect way to kick-off my marathon career, however long or short it will be.
Last year our family sadly lost my auntie Susan and I decided that it would be good to run the marathon in her memory and for Cornwall Hospice Care.
I have been very thankful to everyone that has supported me in my training and luckily I have managed to raise over £6,000 for such a worthy cause.
Now, back to the action.
A quick cuppa, and a bit of brekky and I was strolling over the road with my bag, full of books I would add, to the train station to meet Mr and Mrs Bazeley and Goff’s ‘second wife’ Becky James.
It was great to see them and Becky even insisted on a quick selfie before we left the station in St Austell.

The journey was, how could you say? Eventful. Full of laughs and it certainly helped me relax, particularly when we prepared for a game of travel scrabble only to realise that it was actually magnetic scrabble, anyone got a fridge?!
With plenty of banter flying around the journey to London flew by and before we knew it myself and Goff were off to the Expo to pick up mine, Leanne and Jane’s race numbers for the big day.

We even managed to bump into marathon extraordinaire or J-Dog as I like to call him, Jamie Masters and Martin ‘Fluff’ Rickard from Padstow, who was also running for Cornwall Hospice Care.
After a quick shot of London Pride, it was free after all, Shawn and Viv arrived and we left for a spot on lunch whilst the rest of the gang stopped for a bit of liquid refreshment in the Nag’s Head, no sign of Del Boy till Sunday though!
A lovely Turkish meal was had on Friday evening and then it was time for my head to hit the pillow.
Saturday was all about packing my bag for Sunday and in the afternoon I headed over to Richmond where I met my parents and close friends, Andy and Jasmine and their little boy Charlie, who seemed determined to run my ragged the day before the Marathon.

The #TeamCHC girls arrived on Saturday night and we headed off for an Italian, the perfect chance to carb load before attempting to sleep the night before the Marathon.
Sunday, 6.30am, I was up and with Meatloaf and the Sugarhill Gang blasting out whilst I showered for the big day.
We then caught the tube to the start, thanking a very helpful runner from London who was ready for his first marathon.
Our train from Paddington was slightly delayed and then the nerves, and the need for a toilet, really kicked in.
After finally arriving, it was for the moment that will live long in the memory of Jane and Leanne and has seen me labelled ‘the best p****r’.
I let the girls know that I had to stop for a ‘quick’ toilet stop and after what they said seemed like 10 minutes we made our way for the start line with just enough time to drop our bags off and get to our starting pens before the final countdown.
It then took five minutes for me to cross the starting line and then it all became a reality.
I knew that I set off at a decent pace, but didn’t realise till after, just HOW quickly.
The excitement and the cheering crowds really spurred me on and when we joined with the blue start I recorded my fastest miles of the day.
After seeing the STARC gang at mile six (I think) and my parents the first half of the race flew by.
The first landmark I remember seeing was Tower Bridge and that was only because I was on the damn thing!
Throughout the race I managed to run the whole way round, which was a target for me, and having consumed an awful lot of water and plenty of Lucozade I was forced for a couple, well four, toilet stops.
The race never dragged one little bit, I had a couple slower miles around 22/23 but knowing I had to pull something out of the bag I stormed to the finish line, with a sprint finish in the last mile, although the last 800m seemed to last for around 10 miles, not just a couple laps of Par track.
Then the relief was over when I crossed over the line.
The emotion hit me, my auntie would be looking down with a little, smile and all the people that have helped and supported me, helping me to a four-hour marathon!
It was great to see so many happy faces under the ’S’ tree and after a lovely bottle of Estrella it was off to the Red Lion for a couple more pints.

A lot of beer was consumed and after hardly sleeping on Sunday night there was a quick trip to Buckingham Palace on Monday before getting the train back to ‘sunny’ St Austell, but what a weekend!
…when’s the next one?

Here are the times of some of our fantastic runners, well done to all of them.
Gareth Rowett (4.00.42), Leanne Smith (4.04.31), Jane Appleton (4.23.39)  Hannah Adams (5.49.42), Gemma Pateman (4.24.09), Paul Maskell (2.40.01), Jez Mancer (3.03.27), Jessica Buscombe (3.15.41), Emma Murray (3.17.54),  Tim Adams (2.56.54), Mike Greer (4.00.29), Andrew Lucas (5.11.20), Chris Marriott (4.10.55), Jacqui Martin (4.54.38), Jamie Masters (3.02.58), Dan Nicholls (3.39.01), Matt Phillips (5.09.33), David Ralls (5.42.50), Stuart Richards (3.43.23) and Claire Todd (3.40.10).

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London Marathon 2017 Preview

London’s Calling for Marathon Runners

Twenty runners from St Austell Running Club will take to the streets of London on Sunday as they take part in the London Marathon.

READY FOR THE OFF: Club members set for the 2017 London Marathon

Eight different charities will be rewarded by the runners who have been frantically working hard, not only training for Sunday’s big event, but also fundraising for such worthwhile causes.
One of the runners who is making his marathon debut is Stuart Richards.
Stuart is running for Children in Need, having won an auction on Chris Evans’ breakfast show.
He is part of the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show’s Magnificent Seven, having won an auction to run as part of Evans’ team this weekend.
He has received training advice from legendary runner Steve Cram and will be running the event along with Evans himself, wife Natasha and Vassos Alexander, another member of the Radio 2 team.
Cornwall Hospice Care have five runners taking part in Sunday’s race, including  marathon debutants Gareth Rowett, Jane Appleton, Leanne Smith and Hannah Adams, whilst Gemma Pateman is back for her second London Marathon.
Having received a St Austell Running Club ballot place Jacqui Martin is running for the Mermaid Centre and she is looking to remember the day and knows it will be a huge achievement completing the 26.2-mile course.
The other ballot winner from the club was David Ralls and David, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 is running for the Sunrise Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro.
Chris Marriott is running his first London marathon and is running for the Cat’s Protection Cornwall adoption centre, Matt Phillips is running for CLIC, Andrew Lucas Bloodwise, Dan Nicholls FLEET and new member Mike Greer will also compete.
The club’s men’s captain Jamie Masters is targeting a sub-three finish as he takes part in his first London Marathon, which will be his eighth marathon, having qualified good for age.
Also on the good for age are Claire Todd and Tim Adams and on the championship start Paul Maskell, Jessica Buscombe, Jez Mancer and Emma Murray.

Good luck to everyone taking part and if you can email staustellrunningclubpr@gmail.com I will make a post of all runners’ numbers so that they can be tracked on the big day,

Numbers on the big day are: David Ralls (21433), Jamie Masters (31934), Matt Phillips (58050), Andrew Lucas (9575), Chris Marriott (37140), Claire Todd (26943), Gareth Rowett (39257), Jez Mancer (1231), Stuart Richards (25187), Jacqui Martin (21364), Dan Nicholls (40188), Jane Appleton (39256), Leanne Smith (39258), Hannah Adams (39260), Mike Greer (7671), Tim Adams (31837), Paul Maskell (1707), Jessica Buscombe (529), Emma Murray (680), Gemma Pateman (39270).

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Newsletter – April 2017

St Austell RC newsletter – April

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