BUDE, EXETER 10K & 37 MILE ULTRA

Many congratulations to all those who competed for the club over the past 5 days, some absolutely outstanding performances, particularly when one takes into account the extremely hot weather.

The report below has been forwarded to the local press and appears on the club’s Facebook page:

NEWQUAY ROAD RUNNERS ENJOY A SUNNY EVENING AT THE NINTH BUDE LIFEBOAT RUN by John Lillis

The 2017 Bude Lifeboat Run, sponsored by Outdoor Adventure and organised by the Bude Run and Triathlon Club (The Bude Rats), took place last Wednesday on a beautiful summer’s evening. This was the 9th running of this increasingly popular 6-mile race around Bude’s canal towpaths, cycle ways, footpaths and farm fields. The race was also Race 7 of 10 in the Cornish Multi Terrain Race Series (MTRS).

As with the recently held Cubert 5-mile race, Bude’s main event was preceded by a series of junior one-mile races for a variety of ages up to 15. Such warm-up events considerably enhance the atmosphere for all the competitors in the main race as well as fostering much enthusiasm for all the evening’s events amongst the host community. All profits from the evening are donated to the RNLI.

With a limit of 350 for the 6-mile race, the popular event was, for the second successive year, a sell-out. It started and finished at Bude Rugby Club and was held in almost perfect conditions, but perhaps a little too warm for some. There is a long hill at the 2-mile point up over farmland but the dry underfoot conditions made the climb much easier than in some previous years when the surface was very muddy and slippery.

The race for first place was a very close run thing with Dan Romeril (unattached) finishing in 34.15, winning by a margin of just one second to edge out Jacob Dobson of Falmouth Road Runners who was followed home in 3rd place by his teammate James Barnet in 34.51.

The Newquay Road Runners (NRR) were led home by the ever-consistent Peter Allen. Competing in his second race as a 60-year old, he was very pleased to finish 54th in the excellent time of 43.29 which earned him second place in the 60-64 Age Group. He was followed home by Glyn Edwards in 65th place in 44.21, with John Lillis the final NRR male runner finishing in 122nd place in 48.59, a time which secured him first place in the over 70s Age Group.

The first lady home was 23rd placed Hannah Astley (unattached) in 40.22 with Helen Newton (unattached) 43rd in 42.31. Sara Colvin (Bideford AC) completed the ladies podium places by finishing 60th in 44.07. Tracy Mckenzie was the sole female NRR competitor; despite finding the long hill rather testing, she ran well finishing a very creditable 139th in 50.02.

The full results of NRR’s runners:

54th Peter Allen 43.29
65th Glyn Edwards 44.21
122nd John Lillis 48.59
139th Tracy McKenzie 50.02

There were Age Group category prizes for Peter Allen 2nd 60-64 and John Lillis 1st over 70s.

EXETER 10K report by Paul Wright

Women’s Running UK organise a number of 5K & 10K races around the country, the latest was held in Exeter on the hottest day of the year and despite the unfavourable running conditions 306 managed to complete the 10K distance. Although the event started at 10.00 a.m. temperatures were in the mid-20sC and the course offered little or no shade. It was a flat course with elements of off-road which were stoney and very dusty. Newquay RR Sara Robins, who like most runners, hates running in the heat, ran her 2nd fastest 10K ever to take a richly deserved 3rd place, although she only achieved this by putting in a superb sprint finish to hold off 2 runners who were trying their hardest to steal her thunder. Sara was delighted with her performance and a 47.47 was only 16 seconds off her personal best. There were 5 other Newquay RRs competing Tracy McKenzie 52.11 (13th), Kelly Woodfine-Beard 55.44 (37th), Paula Osbourne 73.14 (207th) Sally Bowden 75.00 (227th) and Michelle Holladay 78.14 (251st). Michelle has only been running for 14 months and when she started with the Newquay RRs Tuesday Intro Running Group, she couldn’t run 200metres without having to stop, as a result of all the hard work she’s put in she’ll be running her first ½ marathon at Indian Queen’s in early August.

PURE TRAILS ‘THE TSUNAMI’ report by Paul Wright

Newquay Road Runner Sarah Hill loves a challenge and is becoming a very accomplished ultra-distance runner. Following Sarah’s epic 40 Miler a few weeks back at Mud Crews’ The Quest – last Saturday was the next biggie in her race calendar, the Pure Trails’ The Tsunami, A Tidal Wave of Trail Running! This is definitely not for the faint hearted. With massive ascents and descents, it is, without a doubt, one of the toughest marathons in the South West. Some of the most rugged, wild and remote sections of the North Devon and Cornish coastline – for some extreme fun along the clifftops and cliff trails between Westward Ho! and Bude – (Ultra-Marathon, 37 miles), Clovelly and Bude – (Marathon), Hartland Quay and Bude – (16 miles). The ultra-marathon took in almost 2,000m of ascent along the route. These events are undoubtedly some of the toughest trail running challenges in the South-West primarily due to the nature of the terrain, wild and isolated (no towns or villages along the route) yet Sarah thought the 37 mile event to be one of the most rewarding she has competed in although it was even a tougher challenge when having to compete on a blisteringly hot day. The winner of the Ultra was Matthew Hart in 7 hours 31 minutes 56 seconds the first lady home and 5th overall was Mud Crews Jane Allison in a very impressive 8.30.54, Sarah finished in a very respectable time of 11.37.06 which placed her 22nd overall. Following a long period of recovery from injury Sarah has decided to concentrate her training and efforts this year on coastal routes and distance as opposed to tarmac. Next up for Sarah is the popular Mud Crews’ The RAT 32 miler.

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