Justin Thomas and Emma Stepto showed their spring marathon preparations were going well with comfortable wins at An Res Hellys and the Siblyback 10K yesterday.
At An Res Hellys, Justin, running for Cornwall AC, improved on his winning time last year by over a minute to finish in 57:15. He seemed to take the finish at a canter, taking the time to greet spectators as he approached the finish line. Tony Dunn (also CAC) ran his first GP event of the year to take second in 59:08, just ahead of Thomas Humphrey (Hayle) in third. With six finishers in the top twenty, Cornwall AC comfortably took took the team prize.
In the ladies race, Eleanor Davis (Newquay RR) took the win in 1:06:17, ahead of Carol Randall (Mounts Bay) in second, and Emma Schuck (Hayle) in third. Emma led the Hayle ladies team to their first victory of the GP series, with six finishers in the top thirty.
[For more photos from An Res Hellys, see our Facebook album here.]
In all, 386 runners completed the course, collecting their Tempus mug mementos. After the disqualifications at Falmouth, race starter Ceri Harvey gave a clear warning about use of headphones, which seems to have worked as there were no disqualifications yesterday.
At Siblyback, Emma Stepto (CAC) comfortably won the 10K race outright in 35:19, running at a slower pace than she ran for ten miles at the season opener Storm Force. Angus Menter (Haldon Trail Runners) was first male, just behind Emma in 36:00. After the race, Emma confirmed she is still confident of a sub-2:35 Commonwealth Games qualifying time at London in two weeks, and we wish her all the best as she begins her taper.
[Photo courtesy of Emma Stepto]
Back on the trails after winning at The Dark last weekend, Mike Robinson (Tamar Trotters) also won the Exe to Axe race yesterday, in 2:48:17. Second over the 20 mile course (complete with 4,000 feet of ascent!) was David Parrott in 2:57:15, with Patrick Devine-Wright (Axe Valley Runners) repeating his third place at The Grizzly to also finish third here. First lady was Linda Lascelles of Maiden Newton runners, in 3:17:35. Second was Amy Greenhaigh (Axe Valley Runners), and Mud Crew’s Jane Allison finished third, improving on her result at The Grizzly.
For those who went further afield for their running, you will find links to the results for the Bournemouth Bay Half and the Yeovil Half below. The Bournemouth results make it nigh on impossible to see what club anyone belongs to, so if you know any Cornwall-based runners that did well there, please let us know in the comments. We did notice that trail legend Jez Bragg finished 12th in 1:20:06, suggesting it might not have been a particularly flat course!
At the Yeovil Half Marathon, Lucy Macalister (Bristol & West AC) repeated her Grizzly win with the ladies win here, in 1:17:55, finishing 5th overall. Again, if any of our readers had a good result at Yeovil, please let us know below!
An Res Hellys (xls)
GP standings after four races (pdf)
Siblyback 10K (xls)
Exe to Axe (pdf)
Bournemouth Bay Run Half (web)
Yeovil Half Marathon (web)