It was a fantastic weekend for running across the county and further afield, as local runners took part in races as far apart as Boston and Bodmin. With only a week to go before the London Marathon, it was a tricky decision for Multi-Terrain Series runners whether to risk their ankles on the off-road Five Tors, or tackle something flatter (and shorter).
As it turned out, almost 200 tackled the moorland run, with Dan Rodgers (Launceston) finishing the eight mile course five minutes clear of the field in 53:50. Newquay Road Runners Ken Walker, Olly Jose and Jonny Colaco took the next three places with only a second separating Jose from Colaco at the finish line. Only four minutes separated the ladies, with Lucy Hodgson (Newquay & Par AC) winning in 1:04:02, ahead of Sarah Morwood (Mud Crew) and Jenny Nash (East Cornwall Harriers).
For a longer run, several locals headed off to the Plymouth Half Marathon, where Hayle Runner Emma Schuck continued her winning form to take the ladies race in 1:21:53. Great Britain triathlete Neil Eddy (Mounts Bay Harriers) took second place in the men’s race, with Jacob Landers (Tamar Trotters) and Jordan Morant (Hayle) also finishing in the top ten. Anne Luke (Tamar Trotters) finished fifth overall in the ladies race in 1:30:23, comfortably winning the F55 category by over ten minutes!
At the Penwith Five in Penzance, a smallish field tackled the flat out-and-back course to Marazion. Cani-X runner Jason Pascoe and his canine assistant won the race in 27:06, with Emma Stepto (CAC) and Alex Daniels (Newquay) finishing second and third overall, and first among the unassisted runners.
Turnout at the Enys 10k in Penryn may also have suffered from the sheer number of races on offer this weekend, with 76 runners completing the event. With some of the faster athletes in action elsewhere it was an opportunity for others to shine, and it was local runner Ian Ferguson (Falmouth Road Runners) who stepped up to win the race in 38:02. First lady was Lucy Williams (Truro), who crossed the line in 44:52.
We are properly into the spring marathon season now, and there were at least two big city marathons featuring local runners over the weekend. At-Your-Pace Trail Team runner Loyd Purvis proved he can turn it on when it comes to road running too, completing the Manchester Marathon in 02:53:23! Much further afield, and in appalling conditions, Hayle Runners Richard Savage and Faye Toms ran the Boston Marathon, finishing in 2:58 and 3:28 respectively.
MTRS standings are starting to shape up after five events – we bring you the latest tables below.