Race report – Bodmin Half Marathon 2019

STARC boss it at Bodmin

There were two first-placed finishes for St Austell Running Club as they reigned supreme at the Bodmin Half Marathon.

Both Simon Williams and Alexandra Rusell-Smith continued their fine start to the new running seasons coming first overall in both the men’s and ladies’ race.

Williams finished closely ahead of club-mate David Tregonning, who came in third place overall and also first in his age category.

There were also age cat prizes for Malcolm Roberts (first), John Wisner and Jason Parks (second) and Jamie Masters (third).

The men’s team completed a fine afternoon finishing first with Williams, Tregonning, Masters and Winser making the team and the ladies, Russell-Small, Stacie Marks, Karina Bowers and Holly Payne finishing third team overall, on a what is an extremely tough course.

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Race report – Newquay 10K 2019

New Records at Newquay 10k

Simon Williams and Alexandra Russell-Small both recorded new club records in the second race of the Cornish Glass and Glazing Grand Prix.

Williams in 35 minutes to finish ninth and Payton in 38.52 to finish third lady and first in her age category both ran great races to beat long-standing records that had been forged over the club’s last decade.

Williams and men’s team vice-captain James Cutlan led the men’s team, which also included Dave Tregonning, Mike Greer, Paul Johnson and Mark Knight to sixth, while the ladies with Russell-Small, Stacie Marks, Taryn Montgomery-Smith, Joanna Collins, Tara Kerley and Jo Skyba also finished in sixth place.

There were a number of race debutants which also included birthday girl, Sandra Raddenbury.

Well done all!

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Race report – The Arc 2019

Runners become Legends

Runners from St Austell Running Club became legends as they braved one of the most gruelling races throughout the country through Friday afternoon, through to Saturday evening, taking on the 100 and 50-mile route of the Arc of Attrition.

David Speake (32.37.10), Alan Wherry (32.38.38) and Iain Walker (34.24.00) all completed the 100-mile epic course which is ranked as the toughest foot race in the whole of the South West of England.

The Arc is a point-to-point extreme coastal race from Coverack to Porthtowan taking in 100miles of stunning and dramatic Cornish Coastpath with competitors running in challenging winter conditions.

This year also saw a new record beaten with Kim Collison coming in, with a time of 20 hours, 43 minutes and 46 seconds

The race had a strict 36 hour cut-off with additional checkpoint and safety cut-offs on route and these three runners proved to have the strength, both physically and mentally to complete the course.

Sadly though one runner couldn’t complete the whole 100-mile, birthday boy Alan Giles had to pull out after 66 miles, but that achievement shouldn’t be underestimated.

The Arc also had a 50-mile race which was completed by two club members.

Paul Stevens finished in fourth place, finishing the route in 9.57.14 and Claire Todd the 11th lady to finish in 14.15.50.

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Race report – Stormforce 2019

Awesome Alsop leads the purple and gold home!

There was  a fantastic turnout for the opening race of the Cornish Grand Prix season, with a huge number of PBs recorded.

Stormforce 10, a fast undulating route that heads out of Camborne, through Barripper and Carnhell Green towards Leedstown before turning back on the Praze Road. The route then returns back to Carnhell Green and Barripper and back into Camborne, drew in another great turnout – especially being the first GP race of the 2019 season.

A very fast finish to keep the excitement going to the final stages of the race saw Dan Alsop finish fifth overall in a top field in 55:49.

This added to three others breaking the 60 minute barrier with Simon Williams at 57:55, James Cutlan at 58:19 and David Tregonning, a debut for the Stormforce 10 race sneaking in at 59:56.

Adding Jon Wisner and Jason Parks the Men’s team came in third.

There were a number of age category prizes for St Austell RC. Dan Alsop, second in the Vet 35-39, Simon Williams, first in the 45-49 and Malcolm Roberts, first in the 65-69 for the men with Alexandra Russell-Small picking up first spot in her Vet 35-39 age category in the female.

Next up in the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix Series, Newquay 10k on Sunday 3rd February.

Several club members also took part in the Gloucester Half Marathon, well done to all!


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Cornish Glass and Glazing Grand Prix Series 2018

Having completed ten consecutive Grand Prixs, St Austell Running Club’s Tim Adams was officially celebrated at the annual prize giving.

Tim was given a special celebration, having completed in 147 consecutive Grand Prix races, an amazing achievement.

Also completing the GP for the third year on the trot was Debbie Marshall, while the club also had a number of members who completed the whole of the 2018 series.

They included husband and wife Karl and Danny Walker, Rob Wallbank, Michelle Dudley, Sam Ewart and Liz Wyatt.

Adams also finished third in his age category, while there were also series category prizes for Jess Buscombe (third), Jane Moore (second), James Cutlan (second) and Iain Walker (second).

Then men’s team also finished in third place for the whole series.

It was a very successful day for the club as they also won the award for the second year running of highest participants in GP races, while Ross Lawry was second in most improved male athlete in the county.

Runners who also completed eight or more GP races over the past 12 months included: Mandy Blight, Karina Bowers, Andy Chase, Jo Collins, James Cutlan, Tim Cutlan, Jean Cutlan, Sue Floyd-Norris, Debbie Gibbs, Mike Greer, Patrick Haynes, Gennara Iaconianni, Jennie James, Paul Johnson, Mark Knight, Ross Lawry, Alison Loosley, Stacie Marks, Jacqui Martin, Taryn Montgomery-Smith, Tony Morris, Holly Payne, Matt Phillips, Stuart Richards, Gareth Rowett, Kate Smith, Christine Todd, David Tregonning, Charlie Trethewey, Martin Trethewey, Rachel Waters, Hannah Watts,  Sharon Webber and Jordan Wyatt.

The presentations followed the running of the Falmouth Mob Match, the traditional season finisher for the GP series, which saw a huge turnout of St Austell runners, including a huge amount of first timers, that had progressed through the club’s 0-5K group.

Men’s team captain Gareth Rowett was delighted with the club’s achievements and said: “All of the club should be proud of what we have achieved over the past 12 months.

“Whether just starting out or a seasoned veteran we have had so much to celebrate in what has been a fantastic year and I am sure there are plenty more celebrations coming for our club.”

The club are also starting their annual 0-5K group from January 14. All are welcome to attend at St Austell RFC every Monday from 6.30pm.

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Race report – Truro Half Marathon 2018

Dan races to third place finish

St Austell’s Dan Alsop finished in third place in the latest round of the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix – the Truro Half Marathon.

Alsop finished third in 1.18.19, four minutes behind winner Daniel Jarvis, from Liverpool, in 75 minutes.

In the Ladies, it was a one-two for Cornwall AC as Heidi Tregenza took the honours in 1.30.45 and Roche-based Amy Sole second in 1.32.13.

St Austell then had Jessica Buscombe third, 1.35.55 and Carly Kendall, fourth, 1.37.44.

The impressive performances also saw St Austell Running Club finish third in the Ladies team prize, where Buscombe and Kendall were joined by Stacie Marks (1.50.22), Claire Todd (1.52.46), Jo Collins (1.57.38) and Taryn Montgomery-Smith (1.58.35).

There were also age category prizes for Alsop (first) Buscombe (third), Jane Moore (third), David Tregonning (second) and Iain Walker (third).

Other runners who took part included:  Phil Montgomery-Smith (1.35.42), Jason Parks (1.36.35), Mike Greer (1.37.01), Alan Wherry (1.37.57), Andrew Smith (1.40.40), Paul Johnson (1.42.49), Stuart Richards (1.42.51), Mark Knight (1.44.20), Rob Wallbank (1.45.29), Dave Speake (1.47.24), Jeremy Hill (1.48.54), Paddy Talen (1.49.00), Matthew Henderson (1.50.19), Ross Lawry (1.52.47), Karl Walker (1.54.02), Ross Buscombe (1.52.26), Alan Giles (1.57.37), Patrick Haynes (2.01.30), Andy Chase (2.02.10), Daniela Walker (2.03.07), Nicola Bertho (2.06.51), Holly Payne (2.07.32), Claire Budge (2.08.15), Karina Bowers (2.08.58), Debbie Marshall (2.10.11), Neil Truscott (2.10.11), Jodie Jarvis (2.11.41), Georgina Speake (2.12.00), Martin Trethewey (2.12.39), Paula Vieria (2.16.13), Charlie Trethewey (2.17.16), Gennara Iaconniani (2.17.42), Armando Vieira (2.18.58), Jean Cutlan (2.24.41), Ruth Simmons (2.25.06), Miranda Greer (2.26.07), Jennie James (2.26.08), Dawn Hadfield (2.26.38), Michelle Dudley (2.30.40), Nadia Jay (2.35.46), Mandy Blight (2.43.30), Sam Ewart (2.42.38), Sharon Webber (2.53.30), Jordan Wyatt (2.57.02), Liz Wyatt (2.57.31).


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Grand Prix update after seven races

Cornish Grand Prix after seven races 

Competitors in top 20.

Grand Prix open men

1st – Tim Adams

6th – James Cutlan, 9th – Rob Wallbank, 19th – Paul Johnson

Male Under-35

2nd – James Cutlan, 5th – Andy Chase, 19th – Gareth Rowett

Mens Over-35

1st – Rob Wallbank, 6th – Dan Alsop, 18th – Jeremy Hill

Mens Over-40s

5th – Barry Russell, 9th – Stuart Richards, 13th – David Hampton, 14th – Ross Lawry, 16th – Andrew Jay, 19th – Simon Williams

Mens Vets Over-45s

1st – Tim Adams, 18th – Martin Trethewey, 19th – Richard Tonkins, 20th – Mark Knight

Mens Over-50s

5th – Tony Morris, 9th – Ira Griffiths, 13th – Matt Phillips, 14th – Patrick Haynes

Mens Over-55s

2nd – Karl Walker

Mens Over-60s

4th – Iain Walker, 16th – Malcolm Roberts

Mens Over-65s

9th – Doug Alsop

Male Team – 1st

Open female

10th – Debbie Marshall, 16th – Daniella Walker

Female Under-35

9th – Holly Payne, 10th – Joanna Collins, 12th – Jess Buscombe, 17th – Kate Smith

Female Over-35s

6th – Karina Bowers, 14th – Jennie James

Female Over-40s

5th – Debbie Marshall, 12th – Taryn Montgomery-Smith, 15th – Sam Ewart, 17th – Charlie Trethewey

Female Over-45s

1st – Daniella Walker, 9th – Liz Wyatt, 10th – Sue Floyd-Norris, 12th – Jacqui Martin, 20th – Kath Wisner

Female Over-50s

1st – Jean Cutlan, 3rd – Michelle Dudley, 6th – Rachel Waters, 13th – Alison Loosley, 15th – Debbie Gibbs

Female Over-55s

7th – Christine Todd, 9th – Jane Moore

Female Over-60s

5th – Mandy Blight, 14th – Angela Yates

Female team – 4th

Club Teams A&B combined – 1st

Club entries per race – 1st 

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Race report – Boconnoc

Another great night for STARC – Boconnoc five-miler

It certainly had it all, a quick route change with a locked gate and goats on the course – but the Boconnoc race was once again a fantastic night for St Austell Running Club.

In hot and humid conditions runners from across the county descended to the picturesque setting of the Boconnoc House for a five-mile charity race in and around the  House’s grounds.

Members of St Austell Running Club manned the event as marshalls, even coming in close contact with a number of goats who had got out from a nearby farm.

Once again there were some excellent results with a number of runners claiming age category prizes.

The men’s team managed a second place finish with James Cutlan, Paul Stevens, Simon Williams and David Tregonnning making up their team.

The age category prizes were:

Cat 40-44: Paul Stevens 3rd 45-49: Simon Williams 2nd 55-59: Nigel Rapson 1st 60-64: Iain Walker 1st.

Also in the Ladies Cat Under-35: Stacie Marks 3rd: 60-64: Mandy Blight 3rd.

Results to follow

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Race Report Man versus Horse 9th June 2018

By Dino de Zorzi

I had a race against a horse in sunny Wales this weekend. Actually I raced about 60 horses plus riders, and about 700 odd human runners. Surprisingly, I managed to beat a few of the horses, and several of the humans too.

This completely bonkers event is called Man versus Horse (despite its name, they very decently allow women to compete as well). The premise is quite simple, human runners race against horses across 22 miles of stunning, but challenging welsh cross country terrain.

STARC in Wales

There is an ever increasing pot of prize money for the victorious runner, and in its 38 year history, the reward has been claimed only 2 times. In 2004 the first ever winner, took home a cool 25 grand. A runner won again, three years later, for the second and last time. Which means, the purse has remained unclaimed and growing, year by year for more than a decade.

This years dry conditions (which favoured the 2 legged athletes) was the closest in ages, with the first runner coming in just 25 seconds after the winning horse. I reckon, one of our super Starcers (Paul Maskell?) should get out there and kick some welsh pony ass, and bring the dosh back to Cornwall.

The race starts in Llanwrtyd Wells town centre. There was a happy country fair atmosphere, mixed with some celebrity sparkle, due to the participation of BBC news reader Sophie Raworth and 400 meter Olympic runner Iwan Thomas, who posed for selfies and talked to the local press.

Celebrity Spotting In Wales


I started to doubt this was the ideal event for me as for most of my life, I have somewhat disliked distance running and also have always had a fear of large hoofed animals (Gemma Pateman and Claire Todd have seen me in a field with a rampaging cow). So I was relieved to hear that our four legged foes would start 15 minutes after us.

The race started, as all good races do, with a slow steady climb out of town. Tarmac turned to stoney track, and then onto muddy trails. It wasn’t until about 45 minutes in, that the first horse trotted by us, the rider gave us a friendly “well done”, someone behind responded, with his own cheerful “well done to you”. I thought to myself, well done for what? They are just sitting, whilst the animal does all the hard work. When I am out running, I am very similar to an infant, I get grumpy when I’m tired.

As the miles ticked by, I wrestled with my love-hate relationship with long distance races, I also pondered the wisdom of drinking two pints of Guinness the night before.

The race route took us through beautiful welsh countryside and some brutal terrain, crossing streams, long gravel tracks, and lung busting climbs, the like of which I HAVE NEVER experienced in Cornwall. I tried to settle into a pattern of walking up the hills, running on the flats and downhills, and was surprised to find out, that on steep descents, and some of the more uneven ascents, I was able to overtake some of the horses. It appears that gee-gees, just like people have differing Vo2 max levels. There are fast ones, fit ones, lazy and fat ones. Horses sometimes stop in their tracks for no reason, refuse to budge, eat grass or unexpectedly produce manure, right in front of you.

And that’s the catch, a horse can obviously run faster than a man (or a woman) on the flat, but when you throw in all the ups and downs, plus rugged terrain, it evens out a bit, and gives the runner a fighting chance.

Over the hours, my legs grew heavier, and I started to go through a negative Dino phase. The sun in Wales felt hotter, than its Cornish counterpart, the climbs seem to be never ending and because of the dry weather there were loads of annoying horse flies buzzing around. I felt that this year’s event should have been called MAN VERSUS HORSE FLY. And I spotted plenty of wax-white welsh flesh dotted with itchy red welts. Perversely, seeing their pain made me forget about my own and lifted my spirits slightly. It was always reassuring to know that there would be a drinks station every 5 miles or so (only water is provided and hardly any nutrition, so athletes must be prepared to bring their own). The drinks stop was also a good opportunity for me to check out the form of my 2 legged rivals. To see if the person I’d been tussled with, for the previous few miles, was a runner doing the whole thing or “just” a relay runner.

Also, for a man who gets lost on a parkrun, it was reassuring for me to see so many fantastic marshals, encouraging and guiding us through the course

I cracked on, and at around mile 19 I felt my long awaited second wind, kicking in. I sucked down my last energy gel, and was spurred on by the feeling that the end was not far off.

Like all good races, they threw in a last cheeky hill to be conquered, half way up it, two sweaty horses clip-clopped past me, one of them swished my face with its damp tail. Then there was a long bumpy downhill trot leading into the large finishing field. Two chunky riders galloped past me. The cheering crowd added a spring to my step and all of a sudden, I was reluctantly caught up in a sprinting match with another middle-aged bloke for the last 50 meters. After throwing myself through the finishing line, I was handed a bottle of water, just about heard the announcer pronounce my name incorrectly and then had the all important finishers medal draped around my neck. Gasping for breath, I looked across and saw my lovely wife Angie, who asked “Why have you got all those bugs stuck to your forehead?” I’d be going for 4 hours and 37 minutes and had not quite caught my breath back yet “Did you enjoy it?” Was her next question “Yeah, I LOVED it!” I wheezed back.

Knackered in Wales

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Weekly round-up – Cubert, Classic Quarter, Keswick 25K and Yeovil Marathon

The sixth race of this year’s Cornwall Glass & Glazing Grand Prix was held in Cubert last Tuesday evening, and the five-mile race with 771 runners taking part.

With cloud cover and a very light breeze, conditions were near perfect for Tuesday evening’s race, which began at 7.30pm. The course, with few hilly climbs, is also one of the fastest on the Cornwall GP calendar.
The race was won by Cornwall AC’s Jordan Clay in a time of 25 minutes, five seconds. Peter Le Grice, of Mounts Bay Harriers, finished second in 25:23, with last year’s winner, Tony Brewer, of Mile High (Penryn), finishing third in 26:08.
The ladies’ race was won by Newquay Road Runners’ Elsey Davis in a time of 27:27 to break the ladies’ course record by six seconds.
Second lady across the finishing line was Cornwall AC’s Heidi Tregenza in 28:45 and third lady was 2017 ladies’ champion Emma Stepto in 28:49.
It was a great race for St Austell Running Club, who with 85 entrants, had the most by a Cornish club.
The Ladies team had a good return to form finishing third with Alex Russell-Small, Jessica Buscombe, Nicola Shipley, Carly Kendall, Lisa Gower and Taryn Montgomery-Smith.
The Men’s team finished in fourth place with Dan Alsop, who finished fifth overall, backed up by James Cutlan, Andy Trudgian, David Tregonning, debutant Neil Slateford and Tim Adams.
The racing didn’t finish there and this weekend saw several of the club’s members take part in the Classic Quarter, a 44-mile(ish) race on the Cornish coastline.
Among those who ran were Paul Stevens, Dave Speake, Simon Manuel, Gemma Pateman, Claire Todd, Jodie May-Gauld, Simon Manuel and Jeremy Hill.

Stuart Richards also did the Keswick 25K and Alan Wherry, Jess Buscombe and Jamie Masters also competed in the Yeovil Half Marathon, Jess finishing third lady and second in her age category.

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