Race report – Cornish Marathon

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.

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Race report – Eden Marathon and Half Marathon

Race report – Eden Marathon and Half Marathon 

An elite Kenyan runner smashed the Eden Project half-marathon course record with a stunning performance as the event celebrated its tenth birthday.

Benard Rotich, 33, crossed the line in one hour, nine minutes and 24 seconds, beating the previous record – set by Peter Le Grice in 2013 – by more than three and a half minutes.

The Eden Project Marathon was the original brainchild of St Austell Running Club and run in conjunction with the Eden Project, the 2019 version saw over 1,000 runners take to the hills of the local area for the marathon and half marathon.

One of those who helped instigate the race, Doug Alsop, who is a previous race director of the race swapped his organising for his running shoes to tackle the marathon for the first time on race day, along with son Dan and daughter-in-law Helen.

It was a great day for the club with Dan Alsop finishing second in his age category, Stuart Nicholas second overall and Paul Stevens, first in his age cat in the half marathon.

Stevens, eighth, was also part of the first-placed males team with David Tregonning, sixth, (1.22.25), Matthew Boynton (1.29.09), 12th, and Jacob Howard-Endean (1.29.53), 16th.

While the men’s marathon team of Alsop, John Wisner (3.31.38), Lee Tambling (3.39.53) and Francis Denton (3.52.39) also claimed first place.

The Ladies team finished second in the marathon with Karina Bowers (4.37.25), Holly Payne (4.57.34), Debbie Marshall (5.05.02) and Kim Fell (5.49.18) all coming in the team placings.

The Ladies team finished first in the half marathon with Carly Kendall, Stacie Marks, Jo Collins and Katie Stean completing the team.

Benard, who also broke the course record at the Eden parkrun, finished 11 minutes ahead of Kyle Darragh, 20, from Barnstable who runs with North Devon Athletic Club. Kyle came second with a time of one hour, 20 minutes and 26 seconds.

Third place was Eden Marathon veteran Marc Smerdon, who claimed his fifth top- three place in the races. Marc, 28 from Liskeard, who runs with Tavistock Run Project, finished in a time of one hour, 20 minutes and 58 seconds.

The fastest woman in the half marathon was Rachael Malthouse, also of Tavistock Run Project, in one hour, 33 minutes and 21 seconds. The challenging conditions were familiar to physiotherapist Rachael as she is used to running on the Dartmoor hills.

Second place woman in the half-marathon was Ami Yetton, 38, from Plymouth who competes for Plymouth Harriers. Ami finished with a time of one hour, 34 minutes and three seconds.

Third-placed woman was Lorna Ni Cheallaigh, 22, from Truro, making the podium at her first ever half-marathon. Lorna, who is unaffiliated with a club, finished with a time of one hour, 34 minutes and 32 seconds.

The marathon was won by Jamie Stephenson, 32, from Chacewater near Truro. GP in training Jamie finished with a time of two hours, 53 minutes and 50 seconds, improving on his 2018 third place finish.

Jamie, who competes for Mile High AC, finished ahead of last year’s winner Stuart Nicholas, running second claim for St Austell Running Club.

Stuart, 30, originally from St Austell but now living in Bournemouth, completed the course in a time of two hours, 56 minutes and 41 seconds.

In third position was Oliver Jones, 45, from Liskeard. The East Cornwall Harriers athlete crossed the line in three hours, two minutes and 53 seconds and added to his Eden Marathon medal haul following his third place in 2017 and second place in 2016.

Anne Matthews, 46, from Crawley in West Sussex, was the first female marathon runner to cross the line, winning with a time of three hours, 36 minutes and 25 seconds. Anne, who runs for Crawley Athletic Club, came to Eden as part of a trip to Cornwall to visit relatives and competed in the race for the first time.

Crossing the line in second was last year’s winner Charlie Ramsdale, 38, from Dartmouth. Unaffiliated runner Charlie finished with a time of three hours, 37 minutes 40 seconds, ahead of the youngest top three finisher in any of the Eden races this year, Madelaine Trudgian.

Madelaine, 18, from Fowey finished with a time of three hours, 38 minutes and 35 seconds. She achieved the podium finish in what was her first marathon.

With rain falling as the runners started the race, the weather cleared up later in the day and most finished their run under bright sunshine.

More than 1,500 runners registered for the 2019 Eden Project Marathon and Half Marathon, the tenth time the races have been run. These included runners from Malta, the Netherlands, Germany and Australia.

Eden stages the races in partnership with St Austell Running Club. Long-time Eden race director Doug Alsop stepped aside from his usual role to compete in the marathon for the first time this year. Andy Trudgian took up the role of race director in his stead.

Eden chief executive Gordon Seabright, who ran the full marathon, said: “This was an epic event to mark our 10th Eden Marathon. Cornwall threw every sort of weather it could at us – starting in pouring rain, buffeted by wind on the tors and finishing in glorious sunshine in front of the Biomes.

“There was an incredible spirit on the route, with runners supporting each other, villagers turning out to support us, and the amazing marshals and volunteers. It was even more special to be joined by our friends from Five Talents UK – a big group of runners getting their first experience of the Clay Country.

“And it was a very special thrill to welcome Benard, not only to today’s event but also the parkrun on Saturday. He has raised the bar for us all and has been incredibly generous in sharing his running expertise, taking us to a new level over this memorable weekend.”

Tracey Smith, Eden’s commercial director and the organiser of the Eden Marathon since the beginning, said: “What a journey we’ve been on during our first ten events. Benard’s incredible record-breaking win is the latest in a long line of great achievements Eden has seen over the years, whether it’s winning races, setting personal bests or just getting round our notoriously tough course.

“It’s been a great journey and one we couldn’t have done without the help and support of our friends at St Austell Running Club, the volunteers and marshals ensuring everyone is looked after on the course and, of course, all the runners who have competed over the years.”

It was once again another great day for St Austell Running Club and organisers have thanked all that have helped make the event a success.

For full results of the Marathon visit: https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/eden-marathon-half-marathon

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Race report – Cubert 2019

Prizes galore at Cubert

For the first time the Cubert Five-mile race moved to a Sunday morning in September.

Conditions were different than the usual red-hot summer heat, but competitors still took to the streets of Cubert for the little five-mile dash around the village.

St Austell Running Club again drew a great entrant for this race, the penultimate race of the 2019 Cornish Glass and Glazing Grand Prix.

Both Men’s and Ladies teams picked up prizes, with the men coming third through James Cutlan, David Tregonning, Paul Stevens, Matt Boyton, Tim Adams, Dan Bray and Lee Tambling.

The Ladies also got their hands on wine, with Gennara Bray, Stacie Marks, Jo Collins, Danny Walker, Kate Stevens and Lisa Gower all coming in their six.

In the age categories, their first first for Cutlan in Under-35 with teammate Tregonning, second, while Paul Stevens also claimed second in his age cat.

There was also a high placing for new runner Steve Williams, who has recently joined the club as second claim.

For GP runners now they turn their attention to the final race of the 2019 GP season the Cornish Marathon, next month.

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Race Report – Truro Half Marathon

Race Report – Truro Half Marathon

Super Mario and Robin were both on show for St Austell Running Club as they had  a storming weekend at the Truro Half Marathon.

The latest race in the Cornish GP series drew a great entrant of over 60 runners from St Austell Running Club as they performed brilliantly on a tough route in and around Truro.

There were team prizes for both men and women as the ladies came in second place with Carly Kendall, Stacie Marks, Jo Collins, Gennara Bray, Karina Bowers and Danny Walker completed a podium finish.

While the men, David Tregonning, Francis Denton, Dillan van Heerden, Mark Sweeney, John Hodgkin and Mike Greer finished in third.

There were also age category prizes with Carly coming in second, while Michele Lobb, Janet Wills and Mark Sweeney all came in third.

This latest result further enhances the St Austell club’s position at the top of the GP tables with several runners in line for overall age cat prizes as we move towards the end of the GP series with only two races, Cubert and the Cornish Marathon left to complete this series.

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LICENSED v UNLICENSED EVENTS

All the Cornwall Grand Prix and Multi-Terrain Race Series races, and many others, are officially licensed events with licences from either Run Britain or ARC and most of the Ultras are licensed by other bodies. Licensed events will state who has provided the license (Run Britain or ARC for example) and the license number on their publicity information. At Run Britain licensed events a copy of the License/Permit will be displayed together with a copy of the risk assessment and course map.

If an event does not state on its publicity where it has obtained a license from then the question should be asked.

This Licensing approach ensures that these events have had suitable risk assessments, management plans, marshal plans and traffic management plans done and the local authority and highways etc. have all been notified, first aid cover is provided, and the licence provides Third Party insurance cover.

If the event does not have a licence, then unless details are published relating to the event, you do not know what safety measures have been taken. If a traffic accident should occur, in which there is a possibility that runners may be involved, then there could be serious consequences from a legal standpoint. If there were no ‘Caution Runner’ signs or no marshals, then the organiser could be taken to task but then again what have the competitors signed up to when they entered? With no third-party liability cover this could be a very tricky situation between the organiser, the runner and the third party whose vehicle or property may have been damaged.

Many of our members who are used to running in the well organised events are probably unaware of the difference between licensed and unlicensed and just see all races at face value regardless of the legal status of the race.

As STARC members, you are asked to wear your club vest to help promote our club and support for the event. However, STARC do not want to inadvertently promote unlicensed events that could potentially put our members and others at risk, and so club vests should not be worn.
(What about the mileage?)

We do want everyone to enjoy running and so, If members still wish to enter that event then they do so at their own risk but we ask not to wear club colours so that the club is not deemed to be associated with unlicensed events and would like our members to support this standpoint.

Be aware of the difference and protect yourself!

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Race report – St Levan 10K

A worthwhile trip

A long trip down West for the purple and gold of St Austell Running Club last Friday evening taking on some Cornish hills in the St Levan 10k hosted by Mounts Bay Harriers.

Conditions were terrible. Wind, fog and rain to contend with coming off the Cornish coastline but that didn’t faze the St Austell runners who came away with some fantastic results, in the latest race in the Cornish Grand Prix.

James Cutlan, above, led the men home picking up third in his age category in a time of 36:03 with David Tregonning following by in 36:57.

The rest of men’s team, Tim Adams, Lee Tambling, Mike Greer and Mathew Henderson wrapped up third in the team prizes as they continue their strong season in the Cornish Grand Prix.

There were also age cat prizes for Tim Adams, coming third in his age category (45-49) along side Malcolm Roberts (60-65) claiming first.

There was also an age category spot for Angela Yates who finished third. 60-65).

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Race Report – Mag 7

The Magnificent Seven!

It was a the Magnificent night for St Austell Running Club as both the men’s and ladies’ teams picked up third-place finish at Mag 7 on Saturday evening.

The latest race in the Cornwall Grand Prix series, which is known, for the extremely hilly course was well attended by St Austell’s runners with a number of Personal Bests along the way.

For the Ladies Stacie Marks, Gennara Bray, Jo Collins, Karina Bowers, Kim Fell and Kate Stevens.

The Men’s ‘A’ team also finished in third place with David Tregonning, James Cutlan, Paul Stevens, Tim Adams, Lee Tambling and Mike Greer coming in the club’s top six spaces.

Paul Stevens also finished in second place in his age category.

Attention now turns to the DAN 10K at Par Running Track on Wednesday night before the Tywardreath Trotter on Saturday, the first race of the 2019-20 MTRS Series.

Full race results from Mag 7 here.

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Race Report – Sticker Five

STARKs Stick to it!

It was another impressive turnout for St Austell Running Club in the latest race in the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix.

Seventy-four runners in all took part in the five-miler, with the men’s ‘A’ team continuing their fine season with a second-placed finish for their team of Paul Stevens (10th), David Tregonning (seventh), Mike Greer (37th), Paul Johnson (45th), James Cutlan (11th) and Mark Sweeney (34th).

There were a number of category prizes also in the traditional five-mile up-and-downer which again saw a good entry from club’s across the county.

In the men’s there were first-place finishes for Tregonning and Sweeney, below, while Cutlan finished second and Stevens third.

In the Ladies, Stacie Marks finished second in her age category and Janet Wills third.

Full race results can be found here.

It follows up a busy week for the club with runners taking part in Meet Your Max last Wednesday and several runners set to compete at Boconnoc on Tuesday, the final race of the Multi-Terrain series.

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Race report – Cornish Imerys Trail Marathon

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.

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Debbie completes the 100-miler

St Austell’s Wonder Woman

STARC’s very own Debbie Marshall completed the Chester 100 Ultra race.

Debbie, a long-term member of St Austell Running Club has taken on many big races since she started out running, but this was her first 100 mile race.

She completed it in 28:51:30 and was the fourth female, 31st overall, gaining a gold buckle.

Travelling up on Friday from Cornwall she started at 6:05am Saturday and was supported by friends Lesley, Lucy, Viv and her mum Penny and husband Nigel, who crewed for her throughout the day and night, while huge support from family and friends and St Austell running club online kept her going.

Nigel and daughters Chloë, Molly and Esmae and all of the club are hugely proud of her.

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