Launceston Road Runner Dan Rodgers took his third GP win of the season to lead home over 500 runners at the Newquay 10k road race yesterday. His PB performance of 32:10 was a show of strength, as he lead from the front, eventually beating visiting Ash Chambers (Liverpool Harriers) by almost a minute and a half. He threatened Kevin Toher’s course record for the first five miles, but just couldn’t hang on for the 31:41 target.In perfect running conditions, host club’s Miranda Heathcote returned from a summer lay-off to win the ladies race in 36:50, showing second place Emma Schuck (Hayle Runners) that Eleanor Davis is not the only Newquay Road Runner to keep an eye on. In Eleanor’s absence, Emma’s result leaves the two tied behind Emma Stepto in the overall Cornish Grand Prix rankings. The Cornish marathon could turn out to be a very exciting race indeed! Justin Thomas (Cornwall AC) completed the podium for the men, and Emma Schuck’s club mate Jane Khan finished third for the ladies, helping them to second place in the ladies team event.
Kevin Sharp Memorial Trophy
Within the main race, a separate battle was being fought for the Kevin Sharp Memorial Trophy, awarded to the leading under 20 runner, in memory of keen club runner Kevin Sharp, who went missing in a climbing expedition in 2007. In the male competition, 17 year old Samuel Lane de Courtin (Tavistock AC) repeated his win of last year, finishing in eighth place overall, with a time of 34:39. The first female under 20 was Charlotte Cayton-Smith (Cornwall AC), finishing 17th in the ladies race in 44.04.
Cornwall AC showed their strength in depth, winning the male team event with all six male team members finishing in the top 25 places. Mile High, in second, showed some outstanding group running finishing in places 10-13! Cornwall AC also finished top in the ladies team event, with Hayle second. Newquay Road Runners, despite organising and marshalling the event managed enough ladies to not only finish third with their ‘A’ team, but finish sixth with their ‘B’ team!
Later we’ll be feature how this race has affected the Cornwall Glass & Glazing Road Running Grand Prix rankings, with only one race to go in the season.
Featured photos this week were taken by Keith Hill, who has kindly shared them with the Cornwall Running News community. You can check out the full album here.