NATIONAL SUCCESS FOR CARN BREA CLUB:
Only a handful of Cornish swimmers make it to compete at National level, writes Sarah Mottart.
This year, however, Carn Brea and Helston Swimming Club was delighted to have 13-year-old Jacob Gibbons competing in the ASA British Gas National Age Group Championships in Sheffield for the second year running.
However, he was also joined by the newest CBHSC recruit, 13-year-old Renae Caddy.
Jacob qualified for the 100m Butterfly, having met the very tough qualifying times needed.
He went on to smash his own personal best time, pulling out a phenomenally fast swim at 1:03.98, placing him as the 14th fastest 13 year old in the country.
This was a fitting end to Jacob's 2014 swimming season as he is soon to leave Cornwall to take up a place at Kelly College, where he can readily combine his academic studies with his swimming development.
Jacob has been with the club for a number of years and it has been a pleasure to witness his developing skill.
Thankfully, Jacob will still retain his membership with Carn Brea, where he is such an inspiration for the others swimmers and is a hardworking, yet cheerful member of the squad.
Renae Caddy has recently joined Carn Brea and Helston Swimming Club, having qualified for the National Championships whilst swimming for Penzance Swimming Club.
She is an immensely talented swimmer who qualified for a staggering five different events in freestyle and backstroke, over different distances.
In addition to qualifying, Renae made the finals in four of these events, improving her times in most races.
To reach the finals at this level is such an impressive feat, considering there can be up to 30 other swimmers, all of whom are the country's finest, in the heats battling for a place in the finals. Renae came 10th in both the 100m and the 200m backstroke and her resulting personal best times (1:08.08 and 2:27.38 respectively) are incredible for a 13-year-old girl.
In the 100m freestyle final Renae came in 8th position, narrowly missing the sub 60 second mark with a time of 1:00.51.
The 200m freestyle produced Renae's best result, where she came in as the sixth fastest swimmer in the country, in a very fast time of 2:10.29.
To complete this busy schedule, Renae also swam an impressive 400m freestyle, in which she finished 13th.
The club is very pleased to have Renae joining the squad.
She has the potential to make British team selection, which will be a first for Cornwall, and hopefully the change in her training regime means she can keep moving forwards.
The range and capacity of swimmers at CBHSC ensures that there are sufficient swimmers to push her but also to help keep training fresh and fun.
Her achievements, combined with her power and strength provides such a positive example for other members of the squad.
While Jacob and Renae competed at the Nationals, other members of CBHSC took part in a long course meet specifically aimed at swimmers who do not have National qualifying times.
The Plymouth Leander Open Meet, held at Plymouth's Life Centre, allowed swimmers further experience at competing in a 50m pool.
A total of 41 CBHSC swimmers took part in this weekend meet, with five of the swimmers: Sian Court, Ed Cockerham, Ben Kent, Steven Lewis and Sam Trestrail making the finals of their prospective events.
There were a number of CBHSC medallists at this meet.
Swimmers did particularly well in the distance events with 13-year-old Jade Exell gaining two golds in the 1500 and 400m freestyle and nine-year-old Callum Jolly gaining gold in 400m free.
Silver medals went to 13-year-old old Sara Mazeo and 10-year-old Caja Rodda in both the 800m and 400m free, whilst 13-year-old Steven Lewis gained a bronze medal in the 400m IM.
Similarly the CBHSC backstroke swimmers did well including 11-year-old old Turaya Evans and 13-year-old old Emma Kendall (both gold), while Megan Edwards (13 yrs) gained a silver in the 50m backstroke and Ed Cockerham (19 yrs) a bronze in the 200m backstroke.
Sam Trestrail (18) had a superb meet, picking up two golds in her fly events and two bronzes in her freestyle, while reducing her personal best times in all races. Caja Rodda had also picked up a gold medal in her 50m fly event and made progress in all four of her events.
The biggest gains came from 13 year old Rosie Boulton who was clearly on top form.
She entered a gruelling nine events and produced good personal best times in every one, including picking up a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle.
Rosie is currently going from strength to strength and has a very exciting future ahead of her.
Similarly, 13-year-old Megan Edwards, who has recently joined the club, demonstrated that her training is producing dividends as she made five significant personal best times out of five events.
So 2014 has been a busy, yet successful season.
Swimmers are about to embark on a short break before restarting their training with new focus and vigour.
The club is optimistic that it will see further success in the 2015 season, with an increased number of swimmers making regional qualifying times and maybe even more National success.
BEST OF YEAR FOR HAYLE:
Hayle Runners are celebrating their best results of the year at the Indian Queens Half Marathon.
The Hayle Runners men's team defied the hot weather to celebrate their first win of the season with a strong performance and many personal bests for the distance throughout the field for once they outdid their female colleagues who took a creditable second place behind Cornwall Athletics Club.
The Hayle men were led home by the consistent Jordan Morant who was third overall and won his under 35 age category.
He was supported by Daniel Costello, Scott Abraham, Rich Savage who came third in his 45-49 age category, Simon Knowles and Lewis Hill.
The women's team was led home by Emma Schuck who continued her fine performances in her debut season by finishing second overall and like Jordan won her under 35 age category.
Emma was supported by Charlotte Bennett who was third in her 40-44 age category, Faye Toms who was second in her 35-39 age category, Lucy Paull, Andrea Spencer-Smith and Helen Rule. There was also a first place for Stewart Townend in his 70-74 age category
Hayle Runners results: 1:17:30 MORANT, Jordan; 1:20:18 COSTELLO, Daniel; 1:23:09 ABRAHAM, Scott; 1:23:43 SCHUCK, Emma; 1:23:49 SAVAGE, Rich; 1:26:28 HILL, Lewis; 1:26:38 KNOWLES, Simon; 1:30:55 GILL, Stuart; 1:34:02 TIMMS, Simon; 1:34:21 KERSHAW, David; 1:34:30 CURTIS, Matt; 1:34:40 BENNETT, Charlotte; 1:35:56 COOLING, Steve; 1:37:51 ATTWOOD, James; 1:38:17 KING, Kevin; 1:38:28 MASTERS, Nick; 1:39:47 LEWIS, Martin; 1:40:11 TOMS, Faye; 1:43:34 PAULL, Lucy; 1:46:08 HUMPHREY, Irwin; 1:48:38 SPENCER-SMITH, Andrea; 1:49:40 MOORE, Andy; 1:50:43 TOWNEND, Stewart; 1:50:55 ORCHARD, Mike; 1:52:46 RULE, Helen; 1:53:38 BURNS, Julia; 2:02:07 FOREMAN, Michelle; 2:02:23 ROSKILLY, Michelle; 2:02:45 CURTIS, Martin; 2:04:19 WARREN, Diane; 2:05:31 MARTIN, Kelly; 2:06:47 CONNON, Naomi; 2:07:20 EVANS, Alun; 2:07:30 THOMAS, Alison; 2:10:04 JELF, Michelle; 2:15:46 BOWKER, Rachel; 2:16:00 WARD, Jody; 2:17:02 CARTER, Nicki; 2:21:17 CULLEY, Carol; 2:22:20 WILSON, Lucy; 2:22:20 PARKER, Deborah; 2:32:41 PAINTER, Sarah; 2:36:37 MACKINTOSH, Susie; 2:36:38 MILLS, Helen; 2:37:29 DUDDING, Debi; 2:39:52 ARMSTRONG, Maxine; 2:42:42 FRASER, Glen.
ST IVES BAY 10K AND FUN RUN HAILED A SUCCESS:
The St Ives Bay 10k race and the St Ives Bay Fun Run organised by Hayle Runners and sponsored by Hayle Town Council was held on Hayle Beach and Towans last Tuesday evening, attracting a range of runners from Cornwall and much further afield. At the 10k, Ben Price from Cheltenham Harriers returned to the race to retain his title with a clear lead over Lee Midghall from Liverpool Harriers with Duncan Oakes from St Austell Running Club the first Cornish runner home in third place.
Emma Schuck, from Hayle Runners, who lives in Hayle, won the ladies race, her first victory over the distance with a seven minute margin over Bethan Gay from Liverpool and Juliet Knowles from Carn Runners.
Councillor Graham Coad Mayor of Hayle gave trophies to all the competitors and to the first three boys and girls in the fun Run.
Race Director Andy Moore said:
"It was a fantastic evening which would not have been possible without the support of Hayle Town Council, Hayle Surf Life Saving Club, the RNLI and over 70 volunteers who ensured no one got lost across the Towans.
"It was great to see young runners giving the Fun Run a go and seeing the pride of their faces when the Mayor gave them their medal.
"It was also encouraging to see so many runners in the 10k who were on their holidays, some even planned their trips around the race. The course was particularly tough this year as much of the sand was soft but the runners seem to have really enjoyed their challenging run."
KIT BOOST FOR CAMBORNE:
Camborne have received a generous donation from Western Power Distribution for new kit for their U11s, U13s and U15s teams.
The club had to re-build their Youth Cricket section two years ago with several of their youngsters now representing the District and County teams.
This change within the club meant that new coaches had to be trained for each new team and they had to gather together a band of parent volunteers to help with transport, catering and organisation.
Each of these changes cost the club money so new kit for the players was not possible.
Neil Symons, the Youth Chairman for CCC said: "We just needed some help with making our young cricketers the smartest, to compliment the enthusiasm and dedication they show to this great team sport that gives them a healthier lifestyle and possibly a hobby for life."