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Hayle Runners Go Virtual
Hayle Runners were out and about running on Sunday in the strangest of circumstances. They were doing what they love and raising thousands of pounds for hard pressed charities.
The pandemic has changed many things and this years London Marathon was no different. The usual event in London, well known for its tens of thousands of competitors, fancy dressed fun runners and fantastic atmosphere was reduced to an elite only race around St James Park whereas thousands of runners ran the event virtually-running the whole 26.2 miles but closer to their own homes.
Hayle Runners have for more than 20 years sent strong teams of runners to the event. This year club members had to complete their marathons on their own routes closer to home.
Runners from the club ran around Copperhouse pool in Hayle,along the Bissoe cycle trail from Portreath to Devoran, backwards and forwards alongside Culdrose and along parts of the Cornish Coastal path.
As well as running for themselves they were also completing their marathons to deliver the sponsorship money they have been promised towards the charities they support which included cancer charities, disability charities as well as Hayle Runners nominated charity the Cornish Heart Unit Fund.
Hayle Runners women team captain Corinne Gerard was one of those running
"We were ready and prepared for the London marathon in April this year and it has been very strange waiting so long for the actual event. Even it it was described as virtual it was the real thing. 26.2 miles of running and the wind didn't make it any easier."
"Club members ran well, finished safely and delivered their commitment to raise funds for charities who have been hard hit by the pandemic. We are so proud of them all."
Hayle Runners who completed the Virtual London Marathon along with times where known:
Thomas Rosenfeld, 2:55 - Copperhouse Pool, Hayle
Andrew Paroissien, 2:57 - Copperhouse Pool, Hayle
Kirsty Medlock, 3:41 - Culdrose to Helston loops
Corinne Gerrard, 3:51 - Copperhouse Pool, Hayle
John James, 3:53 - Copperhouse Pool,Hayle
Sharon Lamerton, 4:02 - Bissoe Trail
Elaine Adams, 4:17 - Bissoe Trail
Steve Maclaren, 4:19 - Bissoe Trail
Frazer Humbles, 4:41 - Bissoe Trail
Melissa Nicholas and Neil Hayhurst , 5:19 - Cornish coast path
Jamie and Sam Chapple, 6 hours Bissoe Trail
Claire Stone, 7:34 - Bissoe Trail
Jo Lay, Bissoe Trail
Rebecca Tossell, Copperhouse Pool,Hayle
Members of Hayle Runners took part in their first actual event since lockdown began last weekend when they took part in the Classic Quarter event. The Classic Quarter is a 44 mile coast path race run from Lizard to Lands End. Normally run during the long days in June, the race was rescheduled for last early September.
Due to the current COVID situation, the race organisers started each runner off at 20 second intervals, starting at 5.45, so many runners started in the dark.
The weather was kind to all out on the course, including the stoic supporters.
Members of Hayle Runners took part in the event as solo runners tackling the whole course or teams of two or four with prearranged change over points.
Three members of the club competed the fantastic feat as solo runners:
Jeremy Stephens had a great result coming 11th overall and second in his V50 age category in 8hrs 37 mins 06 seconds, Corinne Gerrard, women's team captain, had a storming run coming first in the V50 age category in 10:13:55 and John James completed his first ultra run in 11:23:49.
Some club members took part as pairs splitting the distance. Melissa Poultney who nursed a twisted ankle from her first mile and her partner Lee Murrells finished in 09:59:35. Debbie Mitchell/Michelle Roskilly finished in 10:15:08, Frazer Humbles/Richard Collett finished in 11:00:21 and Naomi Astill/Nick Astill finished in 11:05:10.
Claire Gilbert and Melissa Nicholas both ran the first leg of the race for their teams of four.
Hayle Runners women's team captain Corinne Gerrard said "It's a great event and the fantastic weather and support from people helped the competitors on their way. We had a great turnout from the club as individuals and as teams and we very much hope that it will be possible to take part in other events safely before too long."
This weekend saw the 'virtual' Great North Run take place and Mike Baldwin flew the Hayle Runners flag to finish in a time of 2hrs 13 minutes.
A tale of two half marathons
At a time when a large number of sporting events across the country were being cancelled two half marathons took place in the South West and Hayle Runners were represented at them both.
The Bath half marathon has a reputation for being one of the largest and fastest half marathons in the country involving two overwhelming flat laps around the historic city. Much closer to home, the Falmouth Half Marathon, the fourth race in the Cornish road running grand prix series organised by Cornish Hospice Care is one of the toughest road half marathons in the south west taking competitors on a very undulating course around Pendennis Castle Road to Swanpool, climbing through Mawgan Porth and Mawnan Smith before returning to Falmouth.
At Bath, Hayle Runners Club Treasurer David Wilding just edged out Club Chairman Lee Burford to lead the team home with Nick Masters and Sarah Wilding completing the teams representation. All of them finished in very creditable times.
Hayle Runners times at the Bath Half Marathon.
Dave Wilding 1h 27m 32s
Lee Burford 1h 29m 34s
Nick Masters 1h 37m 34s
Sarah Wilding 2h 06m 36s
At Falmouth, there was a much larger Hayle Runners team representation with Simon Knowles leading the Hayle men home and taking third place in his 40-44 age category. Simon was closely followed by Neil Hayhurst who had another creditable run in his first season as a Hayle Runner. Hayle Runners women were missing some of their regular team members but a series of strong runs ensured they took third place in the women team competition.
Melissa Nicholas led the women home for the first time running a personal best for the half marathon distance. She was supported by women’s captain Corinne Gerrard, Fiona Hewett on her club debutee, Helen Knowles, Melissa Poultney and Karen Usher, whose strong run saw her feature in the Hayle Runners team for the first time.
As well as Simon Knowles individual prize there were prizes for Andy Moore, second in his 60-64 age category and for Mike Orchard, third in the same category with a number of personal bests and club debuts throughout the team.
If you go down to the woods today...
Whilst their colleagues were doing their marathon training a group of Hayle Runners took part in the Cardinham Woods 10 mile race.
The event near Bodmin is part of the Cardinham Woods winter series. The competitors were treated to an undulating course through the woods in unexpected fine weather with only one short shower. The Hayle Runners representatives at the race were Philip Johns, Kathryn Osborn and Mike Wright.
Further afield in Devon, Daniel Costello took part in the Bideford half marathon and had a fantastic run taking sixth place over in a time of 1 hour 14 minutes and 43 seconds, a personal best for the distance.
Very busy weekend for Hayle Runners
Hayle Runners have had a very busy weekend.
Saturday saw a number of members from the club taking part in the Cousin Jack series of runs of varying distance between Cape Cornwall and St Ives, along the coastal path.
Jon Savage, Gabby Hume-Rothery, David Bonar, Alice Gibson, Ruth Phillips and Andrew George all took part in the 'Classic' Jack 17 miles of undulating path from Cape Cornwall to the Island centre is St Ives, whereas their colleague John James completed the 'Ultra' Jack which involved running there and back from St Ives to Cape Cornwall and back a total of around 35 miles of coastal path. An amazing feat on a very tough course.
On Sunday the club was even busier organising its own race, the Duchy 20. A twenty mile road race from the Penventon Hotel in Redruth towards Illogan and then along the North Cliffs round through Coombe, running by Tehidy into Pool before turning to do a shorter loop to Tolvaddon before heading back to the Penventon. This is the second year the race has been held since it was revitalised by Hayle Runners after some years in abeyance.
Race Director Diane Warren was pleased with the event.
"It was a great day, we were fortunate with the weather given the recent storms and had strong support from our sponsors, our hosts the Penventon Hotel, Whirlwind sports who helped with the prizes and St Justin who produced for us a really attractive medal. Races like this would not be possible without the help of a large number of volunteers who help with the race organisation and the marshalling to ensure competitors are as safe as possible and to minimise inconvenience to the general public. The event went really well."
On the day it was a very close race between Carl Murphy and Arron Benny of Mile High running club. Carl just beating Arron with only a second between them. Emma Steptoe of Cornwall Athletic Club (CAC) took advantage of her home turf to ensure she was the clear winner of the women race.
Hayle Runners had significant success in the team competition with their women's team taking first place. Led home by Kirsty Medlock who was supported by Becky Tossell, Charlotte Bennett and Melissa Nicholas. Emma Steptoe's CAC team took second place but Hayle Runners B team took third place led home by Debbie Mitchell and supported by Sharon Lamerton, Melissa Poultney and Maria Williams.
Hayle Mens team took second place in their competition close behind Falmouth Road Runners. The team was led home by Tom Rosenfeld who was supported by Steve Wherry, Neil Hayhurst and James Manning.
The club also gained a number of individual prizes. Melissa Nicholas took third place in her under 35 category and Kirsty Medlock took third place in her 35-39 category. For the men Tom Rosenfeld's fantastic run leading the club home earned him 3rd place in his 35-39 age group, Steve Wherry won his 55-59 age group and Andy Moore took third place in his 60-64 age group.
Some photos can be found here.
Full Hayle Runners results at the Duchy 20 (chip times in finishing order)
Thomas ROSENFELD - 2:14:37
Steven WHERRY - 2:17:34
Neil HAYHURST - 2:17:55
James MANNING - 2:30:52
Will LUCKHURST - 2:36:58
Kirsty MEDLOCK - 2:44:23
Rebecca TOSSELL - 2:45:12
Charlotte BENNETT - 2:48:45
Scott ABRAHAM - 2:40:03
Melissa NICHOLAS - 2:50:45
Debbie MITCHELL - 2:53:48
Steven MACLAREN - 2:53:45
Sharon LAMERTON - 2:56:13
Melissa POULTNEY - 2:57:34
Maria WILLIAMS - 2:58:01
Naomi ASTILL - 3:00:05
Elaine ADAMS - 3:00:10
Oisin CURTIS - 3:03:06
Richard COLLETT - 3:02:55
Andy MOORE - 3:03:22
Frazer HUMBLES - 3:13:14
Laura HAGHANI - 3:31:32
Toby DREWETT - 3:48:09
Stacey HOCKING - 4:25:48
Laura WILLIAMS - 4:25:49
Hayle Runners tackle the hills of Looe
Members of Hayle Runners took a trip to Looe in east Cornwall to take part in the Looe 10 mile road run, an increasingly popular race which reputedly has more steep climbing per mile than any other race in the Cornish Grand Prix series.
On the day Simon Knowles led the Hayle team home as well as taking third place in his 40-44 age group. He was closely followed by Neil Hayhurst who had a great run on his club debut.
Melody Manners led the Hayle Women taking second place in her under 35 age group and just ahead of her mum, Debbie Harrison Webb who won her 50-54 age group.
Simon Knowles was pleased with the days work, "Although we were a smaller team than usual due to marathon training runs the team did really well on the hills around Looe and the weather was good to us. So a good day all around. Next up is the Falmouth Half Marathon on 15th March when we are expecting a large turnout from the club."
Full Hayle Runners results at the Looe 10
Simon Knowles - 1h 09m 09s
Neil Hayhurst - 1h 10m 07s
David Wilding - 1h 18m 13s
Melodie Manners - 1h 21m 03s
Debbie Harrison-Webb - 1h 24m 24s
Andrew Ellis - 1h 27m 24s
Steve MacLaren - 1h 28m 34s
Melissa Nicholas - 1h 29m 15s
Sean Webb - 1h 32m 09s
Helen Knowles - 1h 36m 13s
Richard Boucher - 1h 41m 13s
Trevor Cornish - 1h 55m 42s
Sam Edmunds - 2h 03m 00s