Emma Stepto‘s performance was the main talking point at yesterday’s Storm Force 10 race in Camborne. Finishing second overall, and beating her own ladies course record by over a minute in 56:09, she laid down a marker in the run up to the Virgin London Marathon in April. Can a Commonwealth Games qualification time of sub 2:35 be on the cards?

In the men’s race, Justin Thomas comfortably retained his title, with a 54:23 finish, beating Noel Kindon by over three minutes. The Cornwall AC club mates were joined by Steve Wherry, Ceri Whitmore, Adrian Ball and Mike Dowrick to win the club prize for the men, a good result for Mike in his new colours.

Ami Yetton of Plymouth Harriers, andĀ Eleanor Davis of Newquay Road Runners rounded out the ladies podium, with Jez Mancer, of St Austell Running Club taking third overall for the men.

The turnout was boosted by the weather failing to live up to the ‘Storm Force’ billing. The sun made a surprising appearance, and runners would have been grateful for the lack of wind on the long straight from Leedstown to Praze. Inevitably the cold and rain returned later on to catch the tail enders, but this didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of either the runners, or the superb marshals who kept everyone smiling.

Full results for the race can be found here.