After the ballyhoo of the London Marathon, it was back to (more or less) local events for Cornwall’s runners and triathletes. You still needed to travel out of county for a half marathon or longer, but almost 100 runners opted for the Rotary Club Enys 10k in Penryn.
Mike Birchmore (Newquay RR) showed he is still in good form, edging out Emma Stepto (CAC) to take the race outright in 35:08, with Emma winning the ladies race just seventeen seconds behind, and taking second overall. The podium finishers in the relatively small field (97 took part) looked like this:
1. Mike Birchmore (Newquay RR) 35:08
2. Peter Devonport (Bude Rats) 36:01
3. Martin Andrew (Mile High) 36:08
1. Emma Stepto (CAC) 35:25
2. Julia Pearce (CAC) 44:57
3. Heather Barnes (unaffiliated) 45:55
Probably the biggest event in the region though, was the Plymouth Half Marathon, with over 4,000 taking part. Peter Le Grice (Mounts Bay Harriers / Bristol and West AC) took third overall in 1:10:31, a half marathon PB to improve on his time from last year. Mike Robinson (Tamar Trotters) showed that all the trail running is paying off, with a 1:16:55 finish to take 7th overall. Paul Whear (Carn Runners) also placed in the top ten with his 1:18:09 performance, taking two minutes off his time from Indian Queens last year. Anne Luke, of Tamar Trotters was second lady overall in 1:27:59, slightly off her time at the Taunton Half, where she posted the best half marathon time by a V55 lady in Britain this year (1:27:08).
Further afield, several Cornish runners took part in another popular spring marathon, the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford, where Shakespeare’s 450th birthday was being celebrated this week. First Cornish runner to finish was Marc Bayly (Newquay Road Runners) in 2:56:29, with Craig Hall (Carn Runners) hard on his heels, just over the three hour mark in 3:02:35. For the ladies, Maria Williams (Hayle Runners) was first home for Cornwall, in 3:57:48.
Stepping up the distance stakes were those taking part in The Oner over both days of the weekend. Remember the three back-to-back marathons along the Jurassic Coast a month ago? Well this event simply removes the comfort of a night’s rest between each leg! This didn’t seem to effect Nicky Taylor (Mud Crew Ultra Team) who repeated her win in the Jurassic Coastal Challenge by winning the ladies race in 18:40:10, finishing third overall, and crossing the line with partner and second male Tom Sutton (also Mud Crew). Paul Frost (Mud Crew again), made it a successful outing for the club, finishing in the top twenty with a 22:41:52 finish.
This weekend saw the first of the brand new series of ‘mini’ triathlons, hosted by Tempus Leisure at Liskeard, with 166 8-14 year olds taking part on Saturday. That is a great turn out for an inaugural event, and there are a further four events in the series, at different venues across the county:
Bodmin – 17 May
Wadebridge – 28 June
Siblyback – 13 September
Helston – 11 October
For more information about these events, click here.
The Cornwall Triathlon Series hosted by Tempus also kicked off this weekend, with the pool sprint triathlon at Liskeard. CycleLogic and GB athletes battled it out for a close fought podium, with David Bartlett edging out Neil Eddy and Michael Birchmore to win in 00:51:12.
In the ladies race, Melissa King (Newquay) comfortably beat Debbie Starkey (St Austell) and Lisa Crawford (unattached), winning the series opener in 01:04:08.
Enys 10k (.xls – hosted at Cornwall AC)
Plymouth Half (web)
Shakespeare Marathon (web)
The Oner (.pdf)
Liskeard ‘Mini’ Tri (web)
Liskeard Pool Sprint Tri (web)