Runners get under way in Bude (courtesy Bude RATs)

While some of the county’s runners were away at the Bristol Half, many travelled to Bude to attempt the Pirate Run on Sunday. Organisers Bude RATs promised participants “eight-ish” miles of tough scenic running on a single loop course that took runners north on the coast path and back through the countryside. The hills and terrain provided finish times that read more like a ten mile road race, with no one quite dipping under the hour; think mini-Grizzly and you’ll have a better idea, I think!


Bude RATs, organisers of the event (courtesy Bude RATs)

Conditions were glorious, so there were a lot of smiles despite the hills! There were eighty finishers in all, with local triathlete Glyn Collen taking the win in the male race, and unattached Bonny Collingborn winning the ladies race. Podium finishers can be found below, along with a link to the full results.

Upcoming Events

If the idea of some scenic autumn miles piques your interest, then there are quite a few upcoming races that will interest you. The first is the Carrick Cracker on 2nd November, a challenging and mostly off-road event around Falmouth, over several distances from 13k to 43k(!). The routes are kept secret until the day, with maps being handed out at registration, but usually include coast paths and several muddy fields! The event is organised by Falmouth Road Runners, who usually supply copious amounts of cake afterwards! You can find an entry form here.

The following week, there is the Mounts Bay Remembrance Run, on Sunday 9th November at Marazion. Organised by Mounts Bay Harriers, the race is a 4(ish) mile beach run (depending on the tide) on sand, shingle, pebbles etc. and includes a river crossing (footbridge optional). This race is also part of the Cornish Multi-Terrain Race Series 2014/15. Part of the entry fee will be donated to the Poppy Appeal, and organisers ask that you please wear something red. More information and an entry form here.

Other off-road events to look out for are the Race For Wildlife (7th December) in Penzance, and the now sold-out ‘Scrooge’ at Heligan on 21st December. Mud Crew Events are operating a waiting list for the Scrooge event, so it’s still worth getting your name down.


Bude Pirate Run Results


  1. Glyn Collen (Team Ironman) – 1:00:30
  2. Kelvin Groves (Bideford AAC) – 1:01:24
  3. Richard Fowler (Wootton Road Runners) – 1:01:56


  1. Bonny Collingborn (unattached) – 1:07:40
  2. Rebecca Mudd (Launceston Road Runners) – 1:10:31
  3. Isobel Waterhouse (Bude RATs) – 1:17:24

Pirate Run Full Results