There was plenty going on for county runners this weekend, starting with the Ivybridge 10K on Saturday. A lot of Cornwall runners decided to make a ‘double’ weekend of it, with this scenic 10K as the ‘appetiser’, and the 10 mile GP race at Trevornick the following day as the ‘main course’.
There was a massive turnout in Ivybridge, with almost 700 finishing the race. Dorset athlete and Kielder Marathon winner Ceri Rees won the race in 33:03, and first Cornwall runner home was Jacob Landers (Tamar Trotters) who finished fifth in 35:01. First female was Melanie Dunn (Teignbridge Trotters) who finished in 40:51. First Cornwall female looks to have been Jenny Nash of East Cornwall Harriers, who also won her age group (FV50). Jenny led a trio of Harriers to the top three places in that age category, with Revis Crowle and Di Roy finishing within a minute of her.
The following day, almost 250 runners took part in the fifth GP ‘road race’ of the season, the ten miler at Trevornick. Organised by Newquay Road Runners, the race is a tough course, comprising mostly off-road features, including rabbit holes! First runner home was Colin Snook (Cornwall AC), cementing his return to form by being the only athlete to get round the course in under an hour (58:52). Almost breaking the hour barrier was Ken Walker (Newquay RR) who finished second ahead of Phil Clelland (Truro RC).
In the ladies race, Emma Stepto showed she is recovering well from London by winning in 1:04:00, setting a course record and finishing sixth overall. Club mate Zelah Morrall‘s second place helped seal the ladies team win for Cornwall AC, and Rebecca Ezra (Tamar Trotters) completed the podium.
The day was a memorable one for Hayle Runners in many ways. First, it was the occasion for Scott Abraham to complete his 100th consecutive Grand Prix race, a feat that has taken him several years, and is a testament to being able to stay relatively injury free for a long time. Scott is only the second athlete to have achieved 100 consecutive finishes in the GP, and he looks set to eclipse club-mate Craig Tonkin‘s record of 101 finishes. Commenting on how far he was aiming to take his run streak, Scott said he would try to complete the season and think about alternatives for next year. That would leave him on 110 finishes, a very tough act to follow! Scott took the race fairly easy by his own standards, having tweaked his calf earlier in the week, and unusually missed out on joining the winning Hayle team. The ladies team had to settle for second after the strong performance by Cornwall AC and the withdrawal of Emma Schuck during the race. There was concern for Emma, who pulled up after eight miles and received medical attention. However, she is on the mend and expects to be racing again soon. Congrats to Scott, and best wishes to Emma!
As ever, there were Cornwall runners making their mark further afield, including at the Preseli ‘UltrabeasT’. Sharon Sullivan (Mud Crew / DDMT) completed 32 miles of tough Pembrokeshire trails with over 6,000ft ascent in 7:10:03 to finish third female – many congrats!