Well done to Sarah, Frazer, Tim, and Toby in completing the tough Fordh Sen Mighal 11 mile trail run and hard luck to Craig who travelled to compete in the MK 1/2 marathon, tne race was cancelled on the morning of the event.
Fordh Sen Mighal Trail Race
The event is described as offering some exquisite trail running with a few road crossings across the inland of the West Cornwall Peninsula taking in the breathtaking views of St Michaels Mount where the race started near to,Trencrom,Ninnes Bridge,Knill’s Monument,St Uny church and St Ives Bay,Mounts Bay and ‘Bowl Rock’.
The route offers wonderfully undulating sections such as Trencrom which stands just over 550ft and farmland that creeps toward the 600 mark. St Michael’s Way is the only designated European Cultural Route and finishes at Camino to Santiago de Compostela,although we will be running the Cornish leg of course. The path has been used since prehistoric times, to cross the Cornish Peninsula and provided safe passage for missionaries who brought Christianity to Cornwall. These missionaries, who followed the Saint Michael’s Way, and similar paths, are commemorated as saints in place names throughout the County.
The runners had to contend with cold, wintery and seasonally bracing conditions for the second ‘Fordh Sen Mighal’ trail race from Lelant near St Ives to Mounts Bay at Marazion. An 11 mile point to point race, runners raced over land from coast to coast following the St Michaels Way. A technically challenging route conditions were often wet and muddy under foot. The route also included some significant hill climbs with runners being rewarded with some of the best views that Cornwall has to offer with the view of St Michael’s Mount on summiting Tremcrom Hill being described as breathtaking. Representing Newquay Road Runners (NRR) were Toby Lowe, Sarah Hill, Frazer Mountford and Tim Leadsford.
There were 154 finishers, the event was won by Tristan Sellors, Bys Vyken Race Team in 1 hour 23 minutes 43 seconds, leading the NRR home was Lowe whose 1.40.00 placed him 18th. The ladies event was won by Mud Crews Isobel Wykes whose 1.34 57 placed her 7th overall. Hill was in 58th place in 2.01.31. Mountford came home in 1.57.18 placing him 51st and with Leadsford 61st with a time of 2.04.26
Milton Keynes ½ Marathon – Race Cancelled
Craig Webster, one of NRR top athletes made the long journey to compete in last Sunday’s Milton Keynes ½ Marathon, unfortunately for him and the thousands of others who had entered the race was cancelled on the day as a result of the heavy snow and icy conditions. It’s very rare for a UK road race to be cancelled but considering the conditions underfoot and no improvement in the forecast the organisers had no alternative but to make this decision as the athletes safety is of paramount importance.