This Sunday, up to 550 of Cornwall’s club runners will take to the lanes of Marazion for the Marazion 10k, organised by Hayle Runners. Even with an extended field, this year’s race sold out well before applications were due to be offered to the public. And after applications were counted, even some club runners had their entry forms returned, as oversubscribed clubs were asked to reduce their applications by ten percent. However, despite a few individual disappointments, and the awful weather yet again threatening the county, it should be a great sight to see so many toe the line in club colours, for the second race in this year’s road running grand prix.

Race Favourites

In the ladies race, it will be surprising if anyone beats Emma Stepto (Cornwall AC), recently confirmed for an elite start in the Virgin Money London Marathon. Emma is undefeated in this race since 2007, and over the years has improved her winning times from 43:57 to 34:35, the course record she set last year. However, Cornwall cross country champion Miranda Heathcote (Newquay and Par AC) may be hot on her heels following a second place finish at the South of England Cross Country Championships last Saturday.

In the mens race, the battle is likely to be between form runner Justin Thomas (Cornwall AC), and last year’s winner Peter Le Grice (Mounts Bay Harriers). GB triathlete Neil Eddy (Mounts Bay Harriers) should be in the mix, along with Noel Kindon (Cornwall AC), who finished second to Justin Thomas in the Grand Prix opener Storm Force 10 earlier this month.

Route and HQ

Race headquarters are at the Marazion Community Centre, just off the main road through Marazion, and well signposted on the day. The undulating route heads inland with a fast downhill start, then takes in Plain-an-Gwarry, St Hilary and St Erth. Runners will need to judge their efforts carefully, and leave a little in reserve for the 300m climb to the finish.