Enthusiastic parkrunners turned out in force to welcome parkrun to Cornwall, as almost 150 attended Lanhydrock House this morning. Runners of all ages came to enjoy the beautiful grounds and challenging course, left muddy by the recent rain.
Included among them were several Cani-Cross runners, two of whom took out the male and female wins in difficult conditions. Jason Pascoe led the males home in 18:52, with Sarah Pepper finishing second overall and first lady in 19:22. First finisher without a large dog helping on the uphills(!) was Rob Joules, who crossed the line in 20:16. [Full results can be found here]
Several juniors took part, with Chloe Pettitt of Newquay and Par AC leading home a large group of under-fifteens (she also posted a top 20 finish overall!)
As can be seen from the winning times, the course is slowish, especially in its present condition. Undulating throughout, and steep in places, it’s a mixture of rough track, paved paths and fields. The route feels more like cross-country, than some of the PB-friendly courses found elsewhere. But it is a lovely testing trail, that can only get faster as the weather warms.
The vast majority of participants were first-timers, as you’d expect in an inaugural race, but several parkrun tourists made an appearance, including half a dozen runners with over 100 to their name. With rumours of plans for another parkrun further west in Cornwall, the future, if not the weather, can only be bright!