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Race Report : Fordh Sen Mighal

After a year of road races, it seemed like a good idea to mix it up a little and to get a trail race in the bank in the form of Bys Vyken Events - Fordh Sen Mighal.

Race Report : Fordh Sen Mighal

James Stephens

3 December 2022

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This 11.2 mile (according to Strava) route took 206 brave runners on a journey across beaches, through fields, what felt like people's private driveways, Cornwall's stunning coast path, country roads, farms, and everything in between.
The morning started for registration at a very chilly Dynamite Quay in Lelant.
We headed over to the beach at 10 for a mass start where we set out across firm sand, up the dunes and onto the coast path towards Carbis Bay.
The next 11 miles were tough, with some serious elevation but not as much mud as expected. Result! Some walking followed and burning calves shortly after.
Upon arriving at the highest point, we were told to run towards St Micheal's Mount and with that, the sun's rays shone through the clouds upon the Mount like a beacon.
After this point, I thought I was safe until arriving at Ludgvan and "The Pointless Hill". Head down a quarter mile (ish) hill, around a cone and back up again.
Through a few more fields, across the A30 and through Marazion Marshes, the finish was less than a mile away.
Onto the beach for some of the sweariest running of my life. The firm sand of Lelant was a distant memory. Every footstep seemed to be swallowed by the sand and pebbles making running almost impossible.
The concrete steps and finish were a welcome relief and with a two hour target, I was very happy with my 01:58:51.
A very different race for me but thoroughly enjoyable with some truly stunning scenery along the way and one I'm glad that I've done.
Well done to all who completed the race from the club. See you at the next one.

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