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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Race report – Trevornick 10K 2018

Teams shine in the sun at Trevornick

St Austell Running Club’s two teams gave much improved performances to keep up the club’s impressive start to the new GP season.

The sixth race in the series again saw a huge turnout from STARC and they did not disappoint the supporters with a number of notable performances, despite the hot and humid conditions.

The Men’s team gave a great performance to finish in second place, only behind Cornwall AC.

Dan Alsop led the home in sixth, with great performances coming from James Cutlan (10th), Simon Williams (14th), John Wisner (22nd), Tim Adams (25th) and debutant David Tregonning (43rd).

There was also a return to form for the Ladies team, who were just edged out by Cornwall AC for what would have been a top-three finish.

Jessica Buscombe led the home, as she finished third lady overall and third in her age category. Nicola Smith, followed closely behind in an also excellent fourth-placed finish, with Stacie Marks (18th), Taryn Montgomery-Smith (38th), Jane Moore (50th) and Jo Collins (51st) completing the team.

Added to Jess’s third-place category prizes there were also top-three cat finishes for Dan Alsop (third), Simon Williams (first), John Wisner (third), Iain Walker (third) and Doug Alsop (second).

Full results to follow.



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London Marathon 2018 preview

London’s calling… 

Members of St Austell Running Club will be hitting the streets of London next Sunday, to take part in the 37th London Marathon.

Her majesty the Queen will be the official starter as more than 15 members of the club to tackle the 26.2-mile course.

They are running for a variety of different charities, reasons and their fellow club members are sure to be tracking them on Sunday morning.

The all important numbers to be tracking are as follows:

The all important numbers to be tracking are as follows: Martin Trethewey (38650), Kay Prescott (6171), Mandy Blight (38124), Kate Smith (44149), Taryn Montgomery-Smith (8047), Mark Sweeney (25110), Nadia Jay (20968), Tim Adams (31972), Carly Kendall (24513), Sarah Bazeley (38653), David Harley (38655), Jamie Masters (25834), Claire Todd (28847), Andrew Jay (38642), Shawn Ferris (17843), Ross Lawry (34664), Paul Stevens (2915), Dan Nicholls (39538), Jess Buscombe (562).

Good luck everyone!

Sarah Bazeley


Claire Todd

David Harley

If you are taking part on Saturday, please email me your race number and I will get it added to the list – and please email me your times and pictures from the day and I will add the to the website as and when.

Mandy Blight also has a new club mascot knitted by Sam Ewart, donated for her fundraising for Children with Cancer.

Mandy is taking donations of £1 to go to the charity with the mascot being donated to the club at a later day. Good luck Mandy!

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Race report – An Res Hellys 2018

Well done to all that took part in the latest round of the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix – the An Res Hellys 2018.

Runners were greeted by sunshine and warmer weathers, a stark contrast to the previous week that saw the Falmouth Half Marathon having to be cancelled.

It was the returning Dan Alsop (59.57) who starred for St Austell, finishing in fifth-place as he battles to regain his form.

He finished just three minutes ahead of James Cutlan, who came in 17th in 1.02.46.

There were also age category prizes for Dan Alsop (first), Malcolm Roberts (third), Doug Aslop (second) and Jane Moore (third place).

Full results from St Austell Running Club are as follows: Dan Alsop (59.37), James Cutlan (1.02.46), Tim Adams (1.07.44), Malcolm Roberts (1.12.32), Paul Johnson (1.13.57), Rob Wallbank (1.15.55), Mark Knight (1.16.36), Jeremy Hill (1.18.13), Andy Chase (1.18.35), Tony Morris (1.19.23), Doug Alsop (1.22.59), Mark Owen (1.24.19), Karl Walker (1.24.20), Barry Russell (1.26.00), Matt Phillips (1.27.41), Patrick Haynes (1.27.46), Jane Moore (1.27.59), Gareth Rowett (1.29.13), Daniella Walker (1.29.56), Clive Gibbs (1.30.26), Sue Floyd-Norris (1.30.27), Holly Payne (1.31.40), Jo Collins (1.32.38), Nicola Bertho (1.33.28), Karina Bowers (1.34.28), Debbie Marshall (1.34.58), Georgina Speake (1.36.00), Kath Wisner (1.36.52), Rachel Waters (1.38.42), Amy Floyd-Norris (1.39.21), Jordan Wyatt (1.41.46), Hannah Watts (1.41.46), Jacqui Martin (1.45.20), Paula Virira (1.46.14), Jean Cutlan (1.46.48), Dave Hampton (1.46.49), Tim Cutlan (1.48.09), Alison Loosley (1.48.29), Debbie Gibbs (1.50.00), Sam Ewart (1.53.11), Michelle Dudley (1.56.15), Christine Todd (1.456.59), Liz Wyatt (2.11.20).


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GP tables update 2018 – after three races

I’ve attached a file with the latest GP standings and am delighted to say that the men’s team have made a great start to the season and currently sit on top of the pile. Great work chaps.

Tim Adams is also second in the standings, with Paul Johnson, Rob Wallbank and Iain Walker all in the top 20 so far.

Paul and Andy Chase are both placed in the top 10 of the male under-35 category, Rob top of the male over 35 category, Tim Adams top of the male over-45s category.

Karl Walker is fourth in his category, Iain Walker is top of his, Doug is placed in the top 10 of his.

In the ladies section we currently sit in sixth, two points behind Truro with Cornwall AC leading the way.

Taryn Montgomery-Smith has made a good start as is in the top 20 and is placed fourth in her age category.

Also in the top 10 of their categories are Debbie Marshall (seventh), Sue Floyd-Norris (third), Helen Stuthridge (eighth), Danny Walker (10th), Rachel Waters (sixth), Jean Cutlan (eighth), Michelle Dudley (ninth), Mandy Blight (fourth).

We are also top of the club teams table and also have the most entries per race too!!

Well done everyone and let’s keep that going! Next race in the series Falmouth Half Marathon.

GP tables 2018 after Race 3 Looe 10 Miler Final to Send

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Newsletter – March 2018

St Austell RC newsletter – March 2018

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Race report – Looe 10 miler

Well done to everyone who took part in the Looe 10. It was hellish and hilly for members of St Austell Running Club in the latest round of the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix. The testing Looe 10 was … Continue reading

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