It was definitely a weekend for runners comfortable on trails, with lots of muddy running to be had around Lanhydrock, and further afield. Some intrepid runners even got as far as the New Forest to represent the county, with Mud Crew runners having some very successful outings.
Saturday saw the return of Lanhydrock parkrun after last week’s cancellation, caused by the terrible weather. The sun came out for the 70 runners who took part, and first timer Nick Loewendahl (St Austell) led the field home in 19:34, with Lucy Mancer (also of St Austell!) winning for the ladies in 21:04, and finishing third overall. Two juniors also finished in the top ten with Joshua Taphouse (Newquay and Par AC) the quickest under 20 runner, and Si-Am Juntakeret (St Petroc’s Dragons Triathlon Club) finishing 9th to lead the under 14 category!
Full parkrun results can be found here.
On Sunday, it was a slightly longer outing for 297 runners who turned out for the Cornwall Fire & Rescue Half Marathon. The course was re-routed around dangerous spots caused by the recent weather, yet remained boggy in places. This seemed to add to the enjoyment, and Nick Loewendahl‘s parkrun recce the day before obviously paid off, as he led the field home in 1:24:51. With less than a minute covering the first three runners, Richard Keefe (Falmouth RR) and Mike Musgrove (Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue) rounded out the men’s podium. Mike Musgrove also took the prize for first firefighter.
First three men: Nick Loewendahl (centre), Richard Keefe (left), and Mike Musgrove — photo courtesy of Cornwall Fire & Rescue.
In the ladies race, Jasmine Finney (Bude Rats) took the honours in 1:31:50, ahead of Isobel Wykes (Mud Crew) and Lisa West. With a win a last year’s ‘Scrooge’, Jasmine looks hard to beat at next month’s Mud Crew offering at Cardinham Woods, ‘The Dark’.
Ladies winner Jasmine Finney — photo courtesy of Cornwall Fire & Rescue.
Organisers praised the National Trust staff for the weeks of preparation work that went into clearing the route of fallen trees, and the staff of the Dragon Leisure Centre for their cheerful marshaling.
Further afield, several Cornish clubs were represented, with Mud Crew in particular flying the flag for Cornish mudhoppers. At the 10k multi-terrain Castle Hill Corker in Devon, Jane Allison won the ladies race in 47:13, not bad on a course that included a 1000’ of climbing!
Even as far afield as the New Forest, Cornish runners were still represented, with runners in both the Half and Marathon distances of the ‘Heartbreak‘ races at Sandy Balls. In the half, David Cox of Carn Runners posted a 1:42:00 finish, while in the full marathon, Steve Rawson (Truro), and both Steven Jackson and Sharon Daw of Mud Crew (again!) posted solid finishes in the difficult conditions.