Cornwall Fire & Rescue Half

Mike Birchmore and Rebecca Ezra Win in Muddy Conditions

Despite challenging conditions, there was a record turnout for yesterday’s Cornwall Fire & Rescue Half Marathon in Bodmin. Over 300 battled through rain and mud with some cracking times being set at the front of the field.

Triathlete Mike Birchmore (Newquay Road Runners) won the race in a cracking 1:15:33, knocking nearly ten minutes off last year’s winning time and almost equalling his road PB set at Falmouth last year. Sam Stead of Keswick AC was second in 1:16:10 and George Prewett (Tamar Trotters) was third in 1:20:09.

Last year’s winner Nick Loewendall (St Austell RC) improved on his winning time by over four minutes, but it wasn’t quite enough to put him on the podium.

The ladies race was won by Rebecca Ezra (Tamar Trotters) who finished in 1:36:26, with Shelley Richardson (unaffiliated) second and Delphine Watwood (Plymouth Harriers) third.

First firefighter was Richard Clemow who usually runs for Newquay, but represented Cornwall Fire & Rescue on this occasion.

Well done to all who turned out in difficult conditions!


We weren’t able to attend  this events, but are hoping to bring you some photos soon — watch this space!.



  1. Mike Birchmore (Newquay RR) – 1:15:33
  2. Sam Stead (Keswick AC) – 1:16:10
  3. George Prewett (Tamar Trotters) – 1:20:09
  4. Nick Loewendall (St Austell RC) – 1:20:35


  1. Rebecca Ezra (Tamat Trotters) – 1:36:26
  2. Shelley Richardson (unaff.) – 1:38:30
  3. Delphine Watwood (Plymouth Harriers) – 1:45:12
  4. Lynn McGonagh (Hardley Runners) – 1:46:52

Link to full Cornwall Fire & Rescue Half Results


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