FULL HOUSE OF 500 FOR SECOND GRAND PRIX RACE:
Some 500 runners will be in action in Sunday's Marazion 10k road race. The race is organised by Hayle Runners and sponsored By Duchy Hospital.
This year the race was once again heavily oversubscribed and full before Christmas. and, as in 2012, there will be no entries accepted on the day.
Hayle Runners chairman Alan Shepherd said: "We are delighted the Duchy are supporting us again because it allows Hayle Runners to deliver a quality race for Cornish Runners."
It is ninth time the race has been held and is, as in previous years, is one of the events in the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix series . It starts at 11am near Marazion Community Centre.
The race is run over the back lanes of Plain-an-Gwarry, St Hilary and St Erth before finishing up the testing hill at Gwallon Lane, Marazion. A road closure is in force part way up the hill.
In 2012 the race attracted a record field of quality runners from Cornwall and out of the county and was won by Peter Le Grice of Mounts Bay Harriers in a time of 32m37s, closely followed by Colin Snook of Cornwall Athletics Club, some 39 seconds behind.
The first Female runner for the fourth consecutive year was Emma Stepto of Cornwall AC in 34m52s.
Wendy Pascoe, the new Race Director, is confidently looking forward to race day.
She said: "Meticulous planning has been undertaken and as always the community of Marazion has been very helpful. The feedback on the race last year was very encouraging and for 2013 we have a capacity field of 500 competitors .
"We have been encouraged by the help we have received from local people and organisations. Marazion Town Council have once again offered their support and the race would not be possible without the continued help of the Community Centre, Marazion Surgery, Playing Fields Association, St John Ambulance, local farmers and the Football Club.
"Grand Prix races like the Marazion 10k are major events with safety being a top priority.
"We are grateful to the dozens of volunteers who will be helping on the day to ensure the event is trouble free acting as marshals, manning drink stations and helping with the timing and results."
LADIES CRUISE TO WIN:
Emma Stepto and Issy Steele led CAC's Senior Ladies' team to a resounding victory in the Brooks Westward Cross Country League fixture at Westward Ho! near Bideford.
Running over the flat, featureless course across the Northam Burrows, Emma was content to run alongside Newquay and Par's Miranda Heathcote until midway through the second of the three laps, before gradually increasing the pace and pulling away to win by eighteen seconds.
With Issy finishing fifth in the Senior race and retaining her unbeaten record in the U17 age group and Donna Raggett in eleventh place, Cornwall AC's fourth successive team win took them a step nearer retaining the team title with just two races remaining.
The club's Men's team continue to battle hard against rivals Exeter Harriers, with the Devon club clearly determined to mount a strong challenge in their attempt to win the team title, having lost the trophy by a narrow margin to Cornwall AC last season.
Victory at Westward Ho by 12 points saw the Devon club inch 14 points ahead of the defending champions, with the next race at Bovey Tracy being crucial for both teams.
Another strong run from Dan Rodgers, with a third fifth place in his four league races, saw him move into third position in the overall standings.
Success in the Young Athletes races for the U17, U15 and U13 age groups often depends on turning out a minimum of three runners each time.
This Cornwall AC managed to do in three of the five age groups, missing out in the U15 Boys and U13 Girls' age groups. Despite having only two runners in the latter category Katie Hughes (3rd) and Sarah Wilson (5th) did their best to make up for the lack of a third scorer, keeping the club in third place overall.
It was a similar situation in the U15 Boys' race, with Jonathan Wilson (9th) and Jamie Canavan (11th) doing enough to ensure this team also held on to second place in the overall standings.
Let's hope that full teams will be available for February's fifth Westward League race at Bovey Tracey and the runners at Westward Ho! will have more support from their team mates.
A winning U17 team was led home by Dale Triggs, who moved through after a cautious start and got the better of Matt Robinson towards the end placing fifth, with Matt sixth and Matt Wilson finishing eight, to propel them to first on the day and into first place overall. Tavistock AC are still favourites to take the title, having won the first three fixtures but Cornwall AC have a chance now if they can put out their best in the two remaining matches.
The U13 Boys are in second position and it will take a major effort to dislodge Newquay and Par AC from top spot but second is there for the taking with at least a three man turn out for the next race. Freddie Bareham got the better of Tom Fisher this time around, placing fifth to Tom's sixth, with Jacob Milligan having his best run yet in eighth.
The Cornwall AC U15 Girls were third on the day, maintaining their division lead, though they could still miss out on the medals altogether, with Tavistock AC, Newquay and Par AC and Plymouth AC ready to strike unless the colub gets get good teams out to the last two fixtures.
Tegan Elliott made an impressive start to her league career in sixth with Martha Carlisle having her best ever race in 7th, Ella Buzza finishing 11th and loyal team member Katie Jones, dreaming of the track season, in 12th.
CORNWALL AC POSITIONS: Senior Men: 5 Dan Rodgers, 10 Callum Jones (Under 20), 11 Tony Dunn (1st Vet), 14 Chris Harry, 16 Dave Buzza, 38 Darren Porter, 40 Andrew Eddison, 50 Adrian Mutsaers, 56 Chris Linthwaite, 59 Viv Bray. Team: 2 Cornwall AC. Vets Team: 1 Cornwall AC. Under 17 Men: 5 Dale Triggs, 6 Matt Robinson, 8 Matt Wilson. Team: 1 Cornwall AC. Under 15 Boys: 9 Jonathan Wilson, 13 Jamie Canavan. Team: 5 Cornwall AC. Under 13 Boys: 5 Freddie Bareham, 6 Thomas Fisher, 8 Jacob Milligan. Team: 2 Cornwall AC. Senior Ladies: 1 Emma Stepto (1st Vet), 5 Issy Steele (1st Under 17), 11 Donna Raggett, 21 Rachel Thomas, 31 Kirsty Mutsaers, 37 Emily Eddison (3rd Under 17). Team: 1 Cornwall AC. Vets Team: 1 Cornwall AC. Under 15 Girls: 1 Tegan Elliott, 7 Martha Carlisle, 11 Ella Buzza, 12 Katie Jones. Team: 3 Cornwall AC. Under 13 Girls: 3 Katie Hughes, 5 Sarah Wilson. Team: 3 Cornwall AC.
TRY-A-TRI IN HELSTON:
Trilogic Cornwall is offering a Try-a-Tri package for novice triathletes, starting in early March.
The 12-week programme is a great opportunity for people who want to challenge themselves to a sprint distance triathlon (400m pool swim, 20km cycle, 5km run) with the support of an experienced triathlon club.
Trilogic will provide a 12-week programme with coaching in all three disciplines. The club has qualified coaches who will plan weekly sessions, which include developing triathlon fitness, cycle analysis (supported by Cyclelogic), improving technique, nutrition advice and practice of the challenging transition.
Experienced club members will also offer support and advice throughout the 12 weeks.
Participants would take part in a coached swim, cycle and run session each week, with the possibility of joining more sessions with club members.
This triathlon package costs just £60 and this includes all coaching and training sessions, entry into Helston Sprint Triathlon and Trilogic membership for 2013. A basic level of swimming ability and a bike is required.
Places are limited to 25 athletes. Applicants must be over 18. Application forms can be found on their website at www.tri-logiccornwall.co.uk
The closing date for entries is February 18.
DOCKS PULL AWAY:
The West Cornwall Table Tennis League sponsored by Ignition Credit plc, continues as Falmouth Docks A strengthen their grip on the Premier Division title.
The gap between Docks and second placed St Austell is now 16 points, thanks to Docks gaining a 10-0 win over a depleted Palace B side, when St Austell could only manage a 5-5 draw when visiting Bridge B.
Three from Graham Lobb and two from Mike Credland took the points for Bridge.
Steve Hunt defeated Austin Chapman and Ryan Reed when Palace B visited Bridge A, but Reed rallied to gain a close final end 11-9 victory over Roger Jacobs.
This encounter ended 7-3 to the Bridge.
Docks C, having lost the services of Gareth Bufton who has left the area, have found a replacement in Rudi Dharmalingam, who defeated Martin Burley when Docks faced Palace A. Three each from Dave Waddington and Adam Tatlow ensured an 8-2 win for the home side.
In Division One Bridge C gained a valuable eight points when they entertained Docks E, Treeve Rowe beat John Menzel and a doubles victory took the only points for Docks.
The Docks F side drew a close away fixture with Palace C, thanks to three wins from Nick Peters including a first win over Paul Mallen. Docks F and Bridge C are now tied in second place with 66 points apiece.
Division Two saw a top of the table clash between leaders Cape Cornwall A and second placed Mounts Bay C, the Cape coming out on top 6-4 despite three wins from Mark Cock, two each from Scott Meagor and Rob Fuller plus one from David May ensured the win for the Cape.
Palace E lifted themselves out of the relegation zone thanks to a 7-3 win over St Ives B, three each from Ian Riley and Simon Jacobs plus a tight doubles victory gaining the seven for the visitors. Docks J fell a place after achieving a 5-5 away draw at Palace D. Andy Parker took three for the home side, with one each from Chris Buckingham and Sam Skinner.
In Division Three the youngsters of Palace H impressed with a 7-3 win when they entertained Docks L, with three from Jamie Noble and 2 apiece from Jared Harris and Liam Vinson. Chloe Parsons was unlucky not to come away with more after performing well against all three Palace youngsters.
Mylor C wasted the chance to go a clear second when they lost at home 8-2 to Mounts Bay D, 3 each from Nigel Cock and Neil Pinkett, including an 11-8 final end win over Matthew Bassett.
Matthew regained form however, and took three singles wins in straight games when Mylor visited struggling Palace F, two each from David Jenkin and David Marshall keeping Mylor just one point behind Docks K.
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FOUR WOOD PAIRS:
Over the weekend, 60 pairs competed in the qualification competition for the County Four Wood Pairs at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club, with 30 on each day split into a group stage with one group of six and six groups of four giving seven group winners and one runner-up to go forward to play a single knockout round.
Saturday's play saw Withiel's Henry Kendall & Tony Liddicoat unbeaten to win Group One with 6 points +31 shots. Illogan's Richard Brown & David Studden were the weekend's top performers scoring 6 +47 to win Group Two.
Group Three produced two qualifiers, Wadebridge's Margaret & John Menhenick as group winners with 6 +14 and Helston's Fran Phillips & David Hickey as the best runners up with 4 +11.
Saltash's Margaret Goodwin & Graham Reeves claimed Group Four win 6 +18. Newlyn Trinity's Margaret Jenkin & Nigel Nicholls qualified from Group Five on 4 +8 despite winning only one game and drawing two.
Holmans Derek Elliott & Mark Eddy claimed Group Six with 5 +36. Group Seven finished with three teams on four points with Penlee's Tom Lapworth & Howard McCormack progressing on +11 shots. In the knock out round Margaret & John Menhenick defeated Richard Brown & David Studden 11-10. Margaret Jenkin & Nigel Nicholls were 14-4 winners against Tom Lapworth & Howard McCormack.
Derek Elliott & Mark Eddy defeated Tony Liddicoat & Henry Kendall 9-4 and the final game was won by Margaret Goodwin & Graham Reeves defeating Fran Phillips & David Hickey 12-5.
On Sunday Group One was won by Penlee's Diane & Martin Williams on 6 +19. Illogan's Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher claimed Group Two with 6 +12.
Group Three produced two qualifiers, Group Winners Camelford's Stewart Hambly & Wadebridge's Derek Swaby on 5 +21 and best runners up David Topliffe & Alan Rathbone (St Minver). Group Four went the way of Dobwall's Brenda Sleep & Max Burden with 5 +6.
From Group Five Withiel's Joe Dixon & Blisland's Keith Matthews were easily the days top scorers with 6 +35.
Group Six which contained both of last years finalists was won by Ladock's Patsy Wakeley & Chris Roberts with 5 +28. Landrake's Des Pengelly & Alan Holden were unbeaten with 6 +24 to take Group Seven.
The knock out round saw Joe Dixon & Keith Matthews need an extra end to defeat Brenda Sleep & Max Burden 9-8.
Diane & Martin Williams were 14-3 winners against Stewart Hambly & Derek Swaby. Des Pengelly & Alan Holden defeated Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher 8-6 and Patsy Wakeley & Chris Roberts defeated David Topliffe & Alan Rathbone by the same scoreline.
On Sunday the first County finals of the season will be played at Carnmoggas IBC.
First up will be the County Mixed Fours with eight teams playing a knockout competition starting at 9am.
Starting immediately after, at around noon, will be the County Champion of Champions competition.
FALMOUTH BACK ON TOP:
The final six matches in the first round groups of the Cornwall Cricket Board Indoor Six-a-side League, produced few surprises and just the odd change in league placings, but St Austell stormed to yet another resounding victory and Falmouth 1 reclaimed top seeding from Group B, writes Michael Weeks.
There was also a close mid-table contest in this group, when Newquay went under by just one wicket to Wadebridge. Jon Hancock made a useful 30 not out in a losing cause and Alec Gill took two wickets for nine runs for Wadebridge.
Falmouth's top of the table clash with Camborne was well contested but, in reality, a comfortable run-chase for Falmouth, after they were set just 86 to win.
Top individual contribution, though, was Craig Johnson's 32* for the group runners-up.
In Group A, what looked like a very decent clash between two in-form sides turned out to be anything but as, in reply to St Austell's 115 for 3 (Mike Bone 32*), Beacon's batting was destroyed in just three overs by Scott Barrott.
One of the best Cornish bowlers in this form of cricket, Barrott completed an almost full set of dismissals (bowled, caught, lbw, stumped) in taking four wickets for nine runs in his two overs.
Shot out for 14, Beacon must now pull themselves together for the second group stage, where they will at least have the slightly more comfortable proposition of facing St Blazey and Ladock for a semi-final place.
In other matches, School of Mines were again routed, this time by Ladock (Alex Ridd 27 not out) and Team 21 recorded an easy win over Falmouth's second team, for whom Greg Stephens, dropped on 0, went on to make 39* out of their 58 for 4.
Joe Skinner was almost unplayable in his two overs, two wickets for five runs and Oliver Paull took the other two wickets to fall.
Jack Paull made 27 in Team 21's stroll to victory, but they now face Falmouth's first team and Grampound Road in the next two weeks. Finally, Truro 4ths couldn't quite grab their first win, going down to Chacewater, for whom Rob Monk (27* and 2-10) and Tom Armstrong (25*) contributed well.
Fixtures, tables etc pages 88-89.
NEW SENIORS LEAGUE:
Cornwall Cricket Board is pleased to announce details of a Seniors Indoor Six-a-Side League for 2013, which is open to any club, organisation or group of individuals in Cornwall. This will be an Over-45s competition, run on a similar basis to the main CCB Indoor League.
Initially, teams will be divided into groups, followed by a knockout second stage. Matches will be of 10 overs per side, maximum 3 overs per bowler, with a yellow leather ball.
There will be a much-reduced match fee for this tournament, as we have received some facilities funding from the ECB. The closing date for entries is Sunday February 17.
The first matches will be scheduled for Sunday March 10 and fixtures will be played in March and April, mainly on Sunday evenings, with some on Sunday afternoons or a midweek evening (probably Wednesday), depending upon the number of entries.
For further details contact organiser Mark Mitchell via email at email@example.com
HAWKS TO HOST FIRST EVER SOUTH WEST TOURNAMENT:
The Plymouth Life Centre is to host the first ever Wheelchair Rugby tournament held in the South West, hosted by the West Country Hawks, on Saturday from 3-7pm.
The Hawks are the first ever and only Wheelchair Rugby club in the South West with players coming from all over Cornwall and Devon & Cornwall. They train at the Life Centre every Monday evening from 6-7pm.
Three teams will compete in a Tri-Series Tournament. As well as the Hawks, the competition will feature the South Wales Pirates and players from London 2012, including GB Captain Steve Brown, Myles Pearson, Ross Morrison and David Anthony.
The afternoon will be free and all support is welcome.
A fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby, the game was founded in Canada in 1977 and was originally dubbed 'Murderball'.
It's not just about brute force though – tactically it's a very intelligent game to be involved in. Eight rolling substitutes make up squads of 12, with four players on court per team at any time.
The aim is to thunder across your opponents' goal line with two wheels in contact with the hardwood floor and the ball in your hands.
Players in possession have to bounce the ball or pass with within 10 seconds of receiving it.
The Hawks are sponsored by Considered Business Solutions who have made it possible for the team to have a brand new kit.
They are now saving up for two new specialist rugby wheelchairs as each one costs more than £3,000 and they currently have fewer chairs than members.
Any potential sponsors or fund raisers out there please get in touch.
For further information check out Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby's website: www.gbwr.org.uk
CORNWALL SUPER LEAGUE:
Would all teams who are competing this season please ensure that registration forms are received by league secretary Graham Toms, no later than Saturday February 9. Any entries received after this date will not be considered.