Newsletter – August 2017

St Austell RC newsletter – August

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Newletter – June 2017

St Austell RC newsletter – June

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Newsletter – May 2017

St Austell RC newsletter – May

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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: or to enter click:

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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 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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Race report – South West Road Relay Championships

Race report – South West Road Relay Championships

On a glorious and sunny Saturday morning, the South West Road Relay Championships awaits, writes James Cutlan.

A 3.2km loop of Exeter Racecourse with five other men representing our wonderful club.

Picked up at 11am by Jamie we headed off and collected Paul and Brett. Dan and Rich already on route. The journey to Exeter was great, Jamie’s classic Beach Boys album on loop certainly created a chilled vibe before our intense 3.2km race.

As the car journey went on and I felt I was starting to learn the words to “Barbara Ann” the traffic came to a sudden stand still at the M5 junction. Worried looks on our faces of a late registration, the turning for the A38 was close and with a few texts coming to and throw, luckily Dan and Rich contacted the race organisers and arrived early enough to start the registration of the men’s team.

We arrived at Exeter race course though with half an hour to spare, plenty of time to warm up and seek out the toilet for the pre-race business.

The order of runners were given, Rich, Dan, myself, Paul, Brett and finally el captaino Jamie to finish us off.

Team photo taken in the sunshine and off we went to the start line. The race course itself looked massive, certainly didn’t feel like it was nearly two miles long and with Rich warming up to start us off the shout out for all ‘A runners’ to come to the start line quickly came round.

1:30pm and the race has begun, Rich soon completed his loop and coming in strong with a great time he tagged the hand of Dan to set off for the second loop.

As soon as Dan set off my next stop was yet again the toilet.

Always getting nervous and the call out for all ‘C runners’ came round. With a small race briefing as the ‘B runners’ started flooding in, Dan was in sight. The tag of the hand and off I went, coming around the first bend bearing right there was a slight down hill and I took full advantage opening my legs that little bit more with the scenic view of trees and the race course on the left.

The course straightened up and with that the gradual climb I could see in the distance soon came up too. The watch clocked up the first mile and I felt strong. Only less than a mile to go.

Coming out of the straight and leading to the last bend I felt myself clock watching every quarter of mile wanting it to get closer and with that I could start to set the finish line flags blowing in the wind.

The support from other clubs coming into the finish was brilliant and with Paul waiting for me I got through the finish line, tagged the hand and off he went. By the time I got my cup of water and had a chance to look up, Paul was out of sight though and his loop time proved that I wasn’t going crazy at his speed of disappearance (he is not human!).

Brett next for us as the ‘E runner’ and finishing off strong with Jamie as the ‘F runner.’

A cool down lap of the loop with everyone was awesome and certainly felt like a real team.

As the race came to an end the results quickly came in, an overall sixth placed position finish was a great achievement with everyone putting in amazing effort on a fast course.

Honoured to represent the purple and gold at what will hopefully become a very popular event.

Wonderful weather certainly keeping everyone in happy spirits and of course the surprise slices of cake from Doug and Geraldine’s Charity Cake Day courtesy of Dan were an added bonus. Lovely bit of baking.

Well done everyone. Great day out.

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Race report – An Res Hellys

Sunday morning, sun is shining without a cloud in the sky and we’re heading off to the fifth Cornwall Grand Prix race of 2017 at Helston, An Res Hellys, writes Hannah Cutlan.

READY FOR THE OFF: Runners prepare for the An Res Hellys

Ten miles of multi terrain covering road, trail and the glorious beach (of which we all loved).

Parking up with an hour to spare and a short walk to the race HQ we bumped into Mell Rowe’s smiley face, who informed James and I where all the purple and golds were meeting. Watching the rainbow of colours collect their numbers and pins, the first stop for me…Toilet!

As always, time flew by and that hour soon disappeared before hearing those famous words “TEAM PHOTO” and off we went to meet Terry.

With that, we all made our way to the start line for the race briefing.

A disheartened groan emerged with the news that this would be the last An Res Hellys but standing next to my buddy Mell Maskell our usual running chat (involving food on my part) was replaced with anxious looks, mentally preparing ourselves for the tough 10 miles ahead.

The siren went off and the feeling of being a trapped sardine suddenly dispersed as we ran into the first mile entering Penrose NT.

The first three/four miles through the trails with many up and downs, I was getting used to this sudden change of temperature. We came out of the sheltered woodland to be greeted by the beautiful Penrose House, a site that never grows old. Running along the front of the house, to then be over looking the sparkling sea (at this point looked good enough for a dip) was a bittersweet view, knowing what was about to come..THE BEACH!

Heading over the hill, followed by a sharp left, the beach was right in front of me. It felt like a wind tunnel, the sand was very soft underfoot making it tough to run on as I’m sure others felt too. Feeling relived leaving the beach the sound of four miles going off on my watch, next up was the five mile hill or at least it felt that way.

ALL SMILES: Hannah Cutlan enjoying the 10-mile An Res

Mile five approached running the cliff path to Gunwalloe passing the Chyvarloe Farm, I knew I was nearly half way and the next couple of miles consisted of country roads with its fair share of ups and downs, trying to take advantage of the down hills/flats.

A sharp left again after passing mile seven, I could see the Culdrose Airfield in the distance. These last three miles certainly did feel like a drag though, as mile eight clocked by the strong winds against me I soon reached mile nine and breathed a sigh of relief knowing that the down hill finish was fast approaching.

Turning into a small housing estate lane the downhill feeling soon kicked in, attempting to keep my dignity at the same time as controlling my tired legs seemed very difficult.

Home straight, passing the Old Cattle Market and duck pond, I could see a purple figure (in the shape of my husband, James) shouting support that I am nearly finished. The rest of the supporters clapping me in along the way as well I came running into the field and could see the finish line, a feeling we all love. I passed through the line and as always, I was welcomed with jelly legs and a smiling husband.

Banana and a bottle of water with a nice woolly hat for our cold summers. We headed back and watched our fellow members finishing their race, all putting in 100 per cent effort.

Then the food thought kicked in..Where is my lovely mother in law, with my homemade pasty!

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