East Cornwall Harriers’ 5 Tors Race is the only proper fell race west of Dartmoor. It has been going for well over 30 years and was originally organised by the residents of Common Moor to raise funds for the village. The route was different then – it started and finished at Siblyback and was four miles longer. ECH took it over and moved the start/finish to Minions and eventually changed the route to make the course more obvious from the tors perspective. Now 8.5 miles and, surprisingly, not that hilly. There are climbs up Stowe’s Hill and Kilmar, but otherwise gently up and down.
April on the moor can be blazing hot or snow, but Sunday’s run was about as good as it gets – a chilly breeze to start but sunny and surprisingly warm toward the end. The going was dry underfoot which made for quick times; seven men were in under the hour with Dan Nash of Cardiff AC coming in at 53.37. Dan is at university in Cardiff but is a local boy and came up through the junior ranks of ECH. The first lady in was a visitor from Bristol AC, Lucy Macalister who was home in 1.01. (Ian asked her about her time and she said she didn’t know as she never runs with a watch – hmm).
There were 14 BRRs out for the race and trophies were had by some: After some doubts about competing, Pam Solomon had a blinder and was second in her age-group. Also, doubting his abilities after the Parkrun on Saturday, was John Tilley, second in his AG; and Ian Ringer 1st in his. So, good results for the club.
The undoubted stars though were Phil Dawber who came in 18th place and James Brydon 21st. Both had good runs and deserve great praise. Well done boys.
A trio of BRR ladies finished together which must have been a sight to see: Pam, Gail and Jackie all come home together in 1.21.55, an excellent result for the club.
A special mention should be made of Zoe Buse who braved the tricky off-road course prior to the London Marathon. She came away unscathed and lives to tread the capital’s roads. Finally, it was great to see Paula Osborne taking part. Well done Paula.
A few thanks: Firstly, to Martin Morgan who, as you know, had a nasty accident at this race last year. Martin played safe and did the essential number checking for the race organisers. Thanks Martin, an important task. Secondly to Jackie and those who brought cake for the coffee and tea. Most welcome after a thirsty race, and it is so good to have that social element where there is time to chat and compare stories. Lastly to Annie, Andrew and Phil’s dad for your support, always appreciated.
Cornwall Search and Rescue were out in force and it is always reassuring to know that if one keels over they will be there to scrape one off the rocks.
It was a record turn-out for the race – 267 finishers! Many thanks to ECH for a great event.
The next MTRS race is the Imerys Half Marathon, very often hot and dusty, but a very good race. Have a go, or do the marathon! There are four race left in the MTRS. Competition is hotting up.