As Lee is no doubt enjoying the first day of his honeymoon it’s fallen on me to do some race reports this weekend.
Well done to all those who competed, the report below has been forwarded to the local press:
RACE REPORTS by Paul Wright
POLZEATH – FREEDOM RACING 10K
This amazing scenic run offers the unique experience of running on the ridge-line of the Rumps Headland, you certainly need to watch where you’re placing your feet and there’s also a need to rock scramble in places. Despite the challenging nature of the event over 230 runners managed to finish of which 5 were representing Newquay Road Runners. The club also provided some marshals one of whom was ultra distance runner Toby Lowe who advised that all he kept shouting to those competing when approaching his sector was “steep technical slippery section, take it easy”. The event was won by Mile High athlete Floyd Ratcliffe in an impressive time of 39 minutes 37 seconds, the first lady home was Freedom Racing’s Wendy Chapman in 46.48. Leading the Newquay contingent home was Ian Leedham whose 54.47 placed him 40th overall. Leading the ladies home was part-time photographic model Mele Kent in 65.08 which placed her 110th overall. Mele’s son Cody Brobin continues to improve as his 68th position in 58.53 clearly shows. Megan Schmid and Ariane Odessy still recovering from their exploits in last month’s Edinburgh Marathon decided to have an easy run together crossing the finish line together in 80 minutes which placed them joint 202nd.
NORTH DEVON AONB ½ MARATHON
On a very hot sunny day, Newquay Road Runner Elliot Walker managed to finish what is described by the organisers as the toughest and most beautiful race in the UK in a very respectable time of 1 hour 59 minutes. The event starts and finishes in Woolacombe. Those competitors who managed to cross the finishing line were delighted with their richly deserved complimentary Devonshire Cream Tea. Full results at the time of writing were not available.
STICKER 5 MILE SATURDAY 23 rd June 2018
Yet another large entry for a Cornwall Glass & Glazing Grand Prix event, after an astonishing 770 plus finishers at Cubert earlier in the month, this was followed up by field of 363 finishers. The tough Sticker 5 is a race that supports the village’s Carnival Week.
The finishing times of most competitors would suggest that the Sticker course is considerably tougher than the Cubert 5 mile. The weather was just the ticket for going to the beach but not for racing, most described conditions as very hot, very hilly and very hard.
Competitors were most impressed with the relatively recent refurbishment, to the Sticker Football Club House, that had taken place providing much improved changing facilities, showers, toilets and the bar was a real delight, especially after the race.
This was the 2nd race in 4 days for a number of those taking part of which 28 were representing Newquay Road Runners.
The conditions, tough for most in the field, certainly seemed to suit the front-runners in both the men’s and ladies races as there were some excellent times recorded. Mile High’s Tony Brewer, and Cornwall ACs very talented under 20 athlete Sam Goodchild and Colin Snook set a pretty brisk pace from the off and they were still together at the 4 mile marker, Brewer upped the pace with just 800 metres to go and held on to win the race in a very respectable 26 minutes 56 seconds, which was 2 seconds faster than his winning time last year. with Goodchild closing fast at the finish to take 2nd just 9 seconds back, Snook held on for 3rd place just 5 seconds further back. Leading the Newquay contingent home was fast improving Jonny Colaco who was thrilled with his performance finishing in a most impressive 28.42 which placed him 8th overall. The Newquay Men’s team, made up of Colaco, Phil Midgley,Paul Booty, Peter Allen, Lee Carter and Gareth Rowe were 9th.
The ladies race saw Cornwall ACs in form Heidi Tregenza win the ladies race in an impressive time of 30.29 which placed her 13th overall, 2nd home a minute further back was Tamar Trotter Rebecca Ezra and in 3rd was Heidi’s teammate Imogen Ward in 33.03. Leading the Newquay ladies home was super triathlete Mel King whose time of 36.00 placed her 67th overall. The Newquay Ladies team were 2nd and consisted of King, Colette Clements, Eleanor Dixon, Leigh Spencer, Michelle Steele and Ali Potter.
Newquay Road Runners – Category Placings
Ladies: Spencer 3rd U20, Clements 1st 35-39, Dixon 3rd 40-44, Lynn Harvey 2nd 65-69
Men: Colaco 1st 45-49, John Lillis 2nd 70-74
STICKER NEWQUAY RR – 2018