Race Report by Ian Ringer and photos by Claire Barlow
The annual Race for Wildlife took place on Sunday. It is organised by Mounts Bay Harriers with the aim of raising funds for Cornwall Wildlife Trust. It is number 5 in the Multi-terrain Race Series.
To use a cliche, it’s a race of two halves: on road up through Madron then footpaths and fields (very muddy) up to Madron Moor. Here the stoney track takes some concentration but, if you are so inclined, the view out to St Michael’s Mount is breathtaking.
At about 4 miles you hit the tarmac again and from then on you gradually loose height making for some quick and sustained running – a delightful canter to the finish, 7.5 miles in all.
Nine BRRs were out with Damian and Antony coming in under the hour. Here are the times:
Damian Philp: 56.12 (45th)
Antony Boardman: 59.39
Andrew Vosper: 1.01.37 (3rd in Age Group)
Jane Stephens: 1.06.40
Julie Oxenham: 1.07.52
Claire Barlow: 1.11.30
Ian Ringer: 1.12.51 (3rd in Age Group)
Katrina Verran: 1.15.11 (with a nasty cold)
Nichola Sinclair: 1.16.04
Dee Smith: 1.23.17
Although it was chilly at the start, it was a bright sunny morning making the running conditions ideal. The muddiness is to be expected and the pools on the high ground made for some pretty dancing. All in all, a delightful race. A fitting end to the MTRS year.
Here are the final Grand Prix Tables for the year. Listed are those top guns who have done at least 8 races:
Rachael Wilsher: 3840 Open points and 2nd in her Age Group with 1593 points. 9 races
Claire Barlow: 3609 Open points 10th in her Age Group with 1515 points. 11 races
Lesley Taphouse: 3141 Open points and 7th in her Age Group. 12 races.
Ian Ringer: 3017 Open points and 3rd in his Age Group.12 races.
So Rachael wins it with the highest score. Well done Rachael. A few stats: BRR’s average race entry is 11/race. The biggest was Cubert and Trevornick with 20. The female team finished 15th of 17, The male team: 12th of 18.
Results: the 2019 Remembrance Run:As always, it was a very atmospheric event with all the red and the two minutes silence – lest we forget.The conditions were as benign as they could be; sunshine and low tide making the under-foot going easy. It could be years before a repeat of this!There was a lower turn-out this year, 344 runners (and 10 dogs). For BRR, 15 made the journey west. Top dogs for us were: Gail Hartill 2nd in A/G and 60th in 34.52: Damian Philp: first home in 39th in 33.13; and Andy Vosper**, 2nd** in A/G, 84th in 36.37. Big shout out to the ladies for getting 3rd Team.
Antony Boardman: 73rd in 36.12
Rachael Wilsher:122 in 38.49
Michael Reed: 124 in 40.01
Julie Oxenham: 143 in 41.37
Jane Stedman: 148 in 42.14
Jane Stephens: 152 42.32
John Tilley: 158 in 42.48
Clare Barlow: 161 in 43.08
Katrina Verran: 178 in 44.50
Kerry Parker: 182 in 45.14
Dee Smith: 204 in 47.03
Nicola Sinclair: 225 in 49.17
John Stedman 285 in 57.52
Lord of the Rings: 218 in 47.54
Very well done to everybody. Mob Match next then Race for Wildlife.
Race Report by Ian Ringer, photos by Ian Ringer and Julie Oxenham
Well that’s 11 from 12 for Nic Vosper, Knaresborough Half Marathon – Mother Shiptons Shuffle. A crisp morning next to a chilly looking river Nidd. Four different races, ultra, marathon, half marathon and a 10k. I opted for the 10k as my ribs still hurt. An out and back two loops along an old rail track, woodland trails and minor roads. Well organised and friendly including lush cakes, chocolate and beer for all runners.
Thank you to those who have already commented on Runway Runaround in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance. As far as I am aware there was just myself, Jacky Tyler and Karen Sully doing this race. Certainly not as scenic as the Cornish Marathon, lots of tarmac, Thomas Cook aircraft, and no shelter from the wind…..there was a slope though !!!. Jacky Tyler finished in 57:22 Karen finished in 1hr 08m and myself 49:20. There was no age groups but with most of Cornwall’s elite athletes elsewhere hopefully we would have done OK.
Well it started as a pleasant day in the sunshine when the 390 runners started off on the Cornish Marathon. After the worry of Saturday’s weather, it was a blessing that it took place at all. As it was, the course was hastily re-routed to take out the flooded Fowey valley. So it was an up-and-back to Dozmary Pool. Because of the last minute decision to go ahead, it was not possible to re-measure the route officially and most measured it with their watches as about 25.5 miles. From a GP point of view this doesn’t matter. However, if you have to provide evidence of having run a marathon, it may. Ho hum.
It was grim out there when the rain came, wet, windy and cold. Many suffered, with the last runners finishing in 6.5 hours. Hats off to the marshals, timekeeper and helpers for standing out for so long.
Our brave members of course did very well indeed. Here are their times:
Gail Hartill: 3.50.27 (second in age group)
Rachael Wilsher: 4.13.31 (third in age group)
Gemma Vare: 4.31.03
Jane Stedman: 4.31.03
Rebecca Bateman: 4.31.48
Michael Reed: 4.31.48
Helen Stephenson: 4.42.44
Kerri Rowe: 4.43.05
Nic Vosper: 4.43.05 (third in age group)
Zoe Buse: 4.44.29
Claire Barlow: 4.46.03
Sabrina Hicks: 5.33.36
Very well done all. That’s the GP races completed for the year.