BUSY MONTH FOR INTREPID CARN RUNNERS:
Over the last month Carn Runners have been out and about all over the British Isles, furthest north being Edinburgh and in the opposite direction as far south west as Land's End.
At the end of May nine of the club headed to Scotland for the annual Edinburgh Marathon, a regular fixture for Carn as each year a different group decide to take on the challenge.
Everybody completed in good time With three improving on previous times.
Meanwhile Mark Dorrell travelled to Devon for the Dartmoor Discovery 32 miles and completed the course in 4 hours 45 minutes and was very pleased with his time.
Craig Hall and Jason Richards cycled 106 miles in Winchester.
A team of four, two pairs and two solo runners entered and completed the Classic Quarter that started in thundery conditions and finished in hot sunshine two weeks ago, again a regular fixture for Carn.
Cubert, Bude and Sticker, all Grand Prix Series races and short speedy ones at that, have been loved and embraced at the club for many years and Bude in particular being a newer event and off road, has come back as a good race to enter. With all our newer members participating in a variety of races it keeps the club very active.
RUSSELL LEADS HAYLE HOME AT STICKER 5:
Hayle Runners had 43 competitors entering the Sticker 5 mile road Race on Saturday. The race, the 8th in the Cornwall Glass and Glazing grand Prix series is renowned for its undulating course.
The club were led home by another great run from Russell Turner, whose time of 27 minutes 46 seconds was only 26 seconds slower than his personal best, set 11 days earlier at the much flatter Cubert race, ran over the same distance.
Simon Knowles who came third in his 35-39 age category in 28:23 and Jordan Morant (28-58) were hot on his heels.
The men's team, which came fourth overall, also included a great run from Kieran Murrant (30-22), an amazing eight minute improvement on his 2012 time for the race from 17-year-old Daniel Costello (30-23) and a welcome return to the team for Thomas Humphrey, who achieved a personal best for the club in 30:53.
Jane Khan had her first competitive run since her fantastic second place overall in the Edinburgh Marathon and led the Hayle women's team home in a time of 29 minutes 41 seconds, taking third place in the race and winning the women's under 35 age category.
Jane was supported by team-mates Nikki Rudd (37:38), Lucy Paull (39:04) Andrea Spencer Smith (39:26) Helen Rule (40:02) and Kate Fitzmaurice (42:23).
The club also had a number of other individual prize winners with Ann Senior, building on her excellent season to take second place in the women's 55-59 age group, while Timothea Cardell once again won her over 70 age group and Richard Saundry came second in his 70-74 year group.
Hayle Runners results: 27:46 Turner, Russell; 28:23 Knowles, Simon; 28:58 Morant, Jordan; 29:41 Khan, Jane; 30:22 Murrant, Kieran; 30:23 Costello, Daniel; 30:53 Humphrey, Thomas; 31:19 Abraham, Scott; 33:04 Timms, Simon; 34:35 Kennett-Parsons, Joe; 34:51 Floyd, Rod; 35:39 King, Kevin; 36:35 Smith, Derek; 37:07 Tonkin, Craig; 37:12 Silver, Kevin; 37:24 Trenchard, Ben; 37:38 Rudd, Nikki; 38:11 Humphrey, Irwin; 38:28 Savage, Jon; 39:04 Paull, Lucy; 39:26 Spencer-Smith, Andrea; 40:02 Rule, Helen; 40:33 Bastian, Adrian; 42:22 Moore, Andy; 42:23 Fitzmaurice, Kate; 42:23 Burnell, Frank; 42:42 Fraser, Glen; 43:12 Senior, Ann; 43:13 Smith, Hannah; 43:13 Foreman, Michelle; 43:24 Roskruge, Martin; 43:55 La Brash, Angela; 44:01 Warren, Diane; 45:39 Martin, Kelly; 46:05 Gamble, Fiona; 47:43 Cardell, Timothea; 49:56 Rochford, Hayley; 50:46 Gunn, Ruth; 52:07 Saundry, Richard; 53:42 McGuire, Jo; 54:00 Brennan, Valerie; 56:26 Baldwin, Charlotte; 58:08 Wright, Mike.
MANDA FLIES THE FLAG AT OTTAWA MARATHON:
Hayle Runner Amanda Cheel is celebrating following her successful completion of the Ottawa Marathon, her debut for the distance.
Raising money for CLIC Sargent, Mandy ran the course which stretched over two Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec in a time of 5 hours and 2 minutes.
Mandy was pleased with her time and grateful for the training sessions with her club colleagues, which helped complete the 26.2 miles.
She said: "I was born in Ottawa and emigrated to the UK when I was six and I always said that the Ottawa marathon would be the first one I did, just in case it was also the last.
"Running conditions were good and the Cornish hills we ran in training helped me tremendously.I had hoped at one point to break 5 hours but I got some cramp at mile 18."
Mandy had another reason to celebrate her trip.Whilst in Canada her boyfriend, now fiancée, Jason proposed to her on the beach.
Mandy is one of more than 40 Hayle Runners who have ran a marathon in 2013, many of them for the first time. A record for the club which prides itself on the support it gives to people who have an ambition to run the distance.
The club holds its training nights at Hayle Rugby Club (behind M&S) on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, where runners of all abilities and speeds are supported by coaches and welcomed. Beginners are particularly welcome at the Tuesday night session where they are supported by a team of dedicated coaches and qualified leaders. Currently longer runs are also arranged on Sundays to help runners to prepare for half marathons at Indian Queens in August and at Truro in September. Structured coaching support is also provided at Carn Brea track sessions every Thursdays at 7pm with a programme suitable for all abilities supervised by Head Coach Simon Grose. Details on the club's website www.haylerunners.org.uk
TRAINING PROGRAMME HAILED A BIG SUCCESS:
The 12 week Tri-Logic train for a Tri programme proved a resounding success, with athletes completing the Helston Triathlon earlier this month.
Some 21 of the 24 initial applicants who signed up for the course registered on race day to undertake the sprint distance triathlon, comprising a 400m pool based swim followed by an undulating 22k cycle and 5k run. The 'newbie' athletes affectionately known as 'Tats' by established club members, put all the skills and knowledge acquired on the coaching programme into practice with some great times among the 317 entrants.
The programme organised by Tri-Logic Cornwall Triathlon club offered applicants a 12 week course of coaching in the three disciplines, focussing on technique and building fitness in a structured controlled environment. The club offered all sessions for free with the registration fee covering the cost of entry to the event and club membership.
The club coaches, families and friends assembled to cheer on the 'class of 2013' as they swam, cycled and ran their way to achieving their medals in the glorious sunshine that has blessed this event over the years.
Many have already entered their next events and are progressing to open water swims and triathlons locally and further afield.
Club coach Dave Cracknell said: "The enthusiasm and commitment at the coaching sessions made the experience enjoyable and rewarding for coaches and athletes alike.
"It's fantastic to see how people progress and achieve personal goals with smiles in a relaxed, fun environment."
The club received positive feedback on the structure of the course from the participants and this enthusiasm should serve the club well, with the new membership already active in the regular club sessions.
STORM CELEBRATE SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN:
Carn Brea Storm Netball Club celebrated another successful season with their annual Awards Party last weekend.
The club, based at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, has seen membership grow to 128 over the past 12 months. The U16 and U14 teams represented Cornwall in South West competitions this season with the U14s reaching the Regional Finals in Bath. The U12s came runners-up in the Cornwall League.
In the senior leagues the first team finished fourth in the first division, while the club's third
team had an unbeaten season on their way to winning the fourth division.
The club has also seen progression in its umpiring team with Sadie White gaining her 'B' Award. Assistant coaches Dani Ballard and Saira O'Dwyer both passed their Level 1 Award, while head coach David White was awarded Cornwall Performance and Development Coach of the Year at the Cornwall Sports Awards.
Storm's summer break has now ended and the club has gone back to training in preparation for the new season.
Training takes place every Monday at the athletics track at Carn Brea Leisure Centre. U14s train at 6pm while all players who are 15 and over train at 7.30pm.
The club also has two teams in the Cornwall Summer League and also runs a 'Back To Netball' session for anyone who hasn't played the game for a while.
Anyone interested in getting involved with Storm should visit www.stormnetballclub.com
CARN BREA SUCCESS AT REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:
A strong cohort of 12 Carn Brea and Helston swimmers took part in the South West Regional ASA Championships at Millfield over the past month.
With stringent qualifying times, five of the swimmers: Ed Cockerham, Tom Onley, Sam Trestrail, Jacob Gibbons and Hannah Reid all qualified for seven or more events – with Jacob topping the charts with a colossal 11 events at this high level competition.
The other Carn Brea competitors comprised Angus Bailey, Sian Court, Charlotte Hewitt, Emily Hoey, Racheal Wilson, Emma Kendall and Steven Lewis.
All swimmers were clearly on form with 32 out of the 52 events swum by the team resulting in personal best times.
Hannah Reid (14) reached the finals of the 200m Backstroke and finished the championships with a top ten BAGCAT position, which amalgamates her performances at the championships and compares them with others in her age group.
Jacob Gibbons (12) gained personal best times in 10 out of his total 11 events.
He reached the finals in both the 100m and 200m butterfly events, coming fourth in both races. Jacob shaved almost nine seconds off his 200m fly time and is clearly going from strength to strength.
Jacob has qualified for the National championships in July and looks in great shape for this competition.
While Jacob is firmly focussed on the National Championships, the other Carn Brea and Helston swimmers are setting their sights on next year's regional qualifying times, with the first long course qualifying event taking place in Plymouth in a few weeks' time.
With a number of swimmers falling just fractions of a second outside this year's qualifying times and with training at Carn Brea and Helston continuing, the 2014 regional championships should see an even bigger team building on the successes of the 2013 team.