Some outstanding performances by the penguins in the 4 events where the club was represented over the weekend. The report below will appear on the club’s Facebook page and be forwarded to the local press:

RACE REPORTS by Paul Wright
The Bideford 10K is one of the most popular 10K’s in Devon which offers some outstanding scenery. The weather was mixed, with a lot of sunshine on offer and a strong westerly wind managed to keep the runners a little cooler. The race was won comfortably by Woodford Green’s Phil Norman in a respectable 31 minutes 18 seconds. The first lady home was Ruth Barnes, Avon Valley Runners in 36.04 which placed her 8th overall. Leading the Newquay RR contingent home was Rich Grimes in 42.15 which placed him 59th out of the 911 finishers, Jim Murray was next home in 42.35, Mandi Brooks was pleased with her 54.26 which placed her 749th overall and Nick Savin was pleased with his day’s work finishing with a 55.50. The athletes praised the organisers and spectators who created a wonderful atmosphere as did the samba band at 3.5K & 7K.
The Imerys Clay Country Marathon and ½ Marathon are 90% off-road and offer a very tough challenge no matter what the runner’s ability. The races are predominately run on Imerys sand roads and trails. Imerys Minerals kindly authorised the use of not only some of their clay trail network, but many other areas which are not normally accessible to the general public. The event was organised by St Austell Running Club.

The course delivers on its promise of being challenging and rugged, especially the brute of a hill that meets all the athletes at 10 miles and the full marathon competitors again at 24 miles. The one plus side is that there are some spectacular views on offer and the chance to pass through a number of disused clay pits in addition to restored and operational areas.

The weather was not that conducive to fast times as it was quite warm although there was a light breeze to cool the runners a little.

The marathon saw 121 start of which 102 managed to complete the 26.2 miles of which 7 were running for Newquay Road Runners. The overall race was won by Mud Crew’s Duncan Oakes in 3 hours 17 minutes 22 seconds. The ladies race was won Duncan’s club colleague Sarah Morwood which placed her 8th overall. Leading the Newquay contingent home was Steve Babb whose 3.23.58 placed him 4th. There were category prizes for the following:

Pat Coates 2nd F55-59, Steve Babb 2nd M50-54, Ben Heiber 1st M55-59, Pat Lockett 1st 65+

Overall positions and times of the Newquay contingent were as follows:

Position Name Time
4th Steve Babb 3.23.58
17th Ben Heiber 3.43.26
49th Nick Whittaker 4.09.59
62nd Phil Ciano 4.18.51
76th Pat Lockett 4.36.58
89th Frazer Mountford 4.49.55
92nd Pat Coates 4.52.28


There were 329 finishers in the ½ marathon of which 13 were representing Newquay Road Runners.

The men’s race was won by host club’s Simon Williams in 1 hour 25 minutes 57 seconds with the first lady being Emma Paull from Hayle Runners placing 11th overall in 1.32. Leading the Newquay RRs home once again was men’s captain Steve Rendle whose 1.37.16 placed him 20th overall with Megan Davis having a solid run to lead the Newquay ladies home in 44thith a 1.44.34. Both Newquay teams were placed 5th with the ladies made up of Davis, Katie Bullock, Sarah Hill and Amy Gregory; the men’s team consisted of Rendle, Richard Davies, Peter Allen and Dylan Pierotti.

Overall positions and times for the Newquay Road Runners were as follows:


Position Time Name
20 1:37:16 RENDLE, Steve
44 1:44:34 DAVIS, Megan
56 1:46:39 DAVIES, Richard
78 1:50:41 ALLEN, Peter
95 1:53:38 PIEROTTI, Dylan
163 2:06:39 BULLOCK, Katie
172 2:07:51 HILL, Sarah
193 2:12:30 GREGORY, Amy
249 2:24:46 DAVIES, Sarah
260 2:27:43 CAFF, Wayne
295 2:37:22 SUTTON, Ali
304 2:43:56 WEBB, Tabi
305 2:45:00 MENZIES, Roger

Hope 24 is a 24 hour 5 mile loop endurance race which started at 12 (noon) last Saturday and finishing on 24 hours later at 12 (noon) on the Sunday. The event is set around the Newnham estate in Plymouth. The course is very demanding with the 1st mile covering a flat grassy trail, mile 2 is all uphill, and the 3rd & 4th miles are mainly downhill through woodlands the majority of which is single track, the last mile raises up again before descending back down to the start/finish area. 750 competitors of which was made up of approximately 350 soloists the remainder were in teams of varying sizes. When the event started the weather was ideal as it was dry and bright, by 6.00 p.m. the rain had made an appearance this became torrential 2 hours later, at 10.00 p.m. the organisers sensibly called a halt to the proceedings, at midnight the decision was taken to completely close the route until conditions improved. The race was restarted at 5.00 a.m. and continued until its original finish tome of 12 (noon).
The lead soloist covered 100 miles. Representing Newquay Road Runners were Marc Bayly who covered 75 miles, Steve Dale 65 miles, Kay Middleditch and Paula Osbourne each ran 30 miles and representing the resorts Intro to Running Group was Nicola Dale who signed up for the single 5 mile lap option.

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