QUEST & EXETER 1/2

Well done to those who represented the club over the weekend, the report on the Quest & Exeter 1/2 has been forwarded to the local press and appears on our Facebook page:

RACE REPORTS by Paul Wright
EXETER MARATHON
Newquay’s Nigel Swift competed in Sunday’s very warm Exeter marathon and was delighted with his time of 3 hours 17minutes. This is 13 minutes quicker than his last marathon and a massive personal best.
THE QUEST
Last weekend saw the coast path running festival covering some of the most spectacular and challenging coast path Cornwall has to offer, events open to runners were:
Quest – Castle to Castle 10 miles described as a great introduction to coast path running.
Quest 40 – 40 mile ultra-marathon – complete solo or as a relay pair
Quest 24 – 24 hour endurance event

Out of the 85 finishers in the Castle to Castle event Newquay Road Runners (NRR) had 4 ladies competing:

Position Name Time
Joint 49th Tracy McKenzie 2.19.33
Joint 49th Mele Kent 2.19.33
54th Ali Sutton 2.22.12
84th MichelleHolladay 3.52.49

Quest 40
Last Saturday saw the 2nd running of The Quest, a 40 mile Ultra Marathon covering some of the most challenging coast path Cornwall has to offer including High Cliff – the highest point on the Cornish coast. The two options were to run on a solo basis or as a relay team of two runners. The 17 mile first leg of the race started at Tintagel Castle and followed the North Cornwall Coast Path to Port Gaverne where runners turned to return to Tintagel. Solo runners continued on to run the second leg northeast to Crackington Haven and back to Tintagel. Relay runners handed over to their partner to run the 23 mile second leg. This is probably the most challenging section of the Cornish Coast Path and the elevation gain/loss was the equivalent of going up and down Snowdon approximately 2.3 times! The challenge was increased by mixed weather conditions.

First solo runner home was Chris Gilbert in a very impressive 7:35:57 this was only 5 minutes behind the first relay team. There were 4 NRRs competing plus Pat Coates another NRR who had the very important job as the sweeper runner and was out on the course for over 13 hours. Nick Whittaker led the NRR contingent home in a very credible 9:40:57 which placed him 14th, Sarah Hill also performed brilliantly to finish in 12:50:00. Roger Menzies and Richard McAvoy combined to complete the course in 12.37.01

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