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Falmouth & Penryn Grassroots Sport June 21

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

  • Flushing and Mylor Pilot Gig Club rowers who rowed in the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on the River Thames. Pictured, from left: Rodney Myers, Claire Jenkin, Bob Loveridge, Madeleine Tidbury-Thorne, Russell Hill, Sophie McGannity, Frances Coventry and Sandra Myers.

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Thames Pageant


The Flushing and Mylor Pilot Gig Club were one of a 1,000 craft taking part in the Thames Pageant to mark the Queen's Jubilee and the club's former chairman Rodney Myers and cox on the day reports on a memorable weekend

He writes: "The weather was grey and a reminder of home with a bit of "mizzle" and not at all warm for June. We did not have to be on the water until 11am, so we took advantage of staying in the dry in the Chiswick Boat Club.

"Eventually it was time to make a move and the helpful team got us down to the slipway, final boat checks to make sure we conformed before issuing us our special Jubilee Flag and clearance to participate.

"We rowed down the River Thames gently with many other man powered craft and eventually rafted up, just upstream of Hammersmith Bridge with other boats and gigs.

"The official start to the Pageant flotilla was at Albert Bridge and we set off about 2.30pm.

"Once we were under way we had the adrenalin run of being in something very special with all types of amazing craft decorated in many ways and a lot of superb outfits worn by different crews. FMPGC decided to stick to smart rowing shirts with the Pageant emblem on one sleeve in club colours and topped with straw boaters which later got rather wet.

"Many St Piran flags were being waved from various vantage points so we ended up nearly losing our voices singing "Oggy Oggy" hundreds of times.

"Ships hooters going off in all directions and we saw the grand old steam train Queen Elizabeth crossing the bridge ahead of us with its hooter going full blast.

"At the right place the man powered section tossed oars in salute to Her Majesty, which worked quite well but the timing from all craft was not perfect.

"After 19 bridges after starting we got to Tower Bridge and the parade of sail which was the end of the official passage and we then had three miles to row on down to Millwall where we were due to dock and get the gig out of the water."

"We got the gig back to Dukes Meadows by 7pm and re-parked her in the field and then headed for hot baths and a drop of warming whisky with friends in Richmond.

"An amazing exhausting day but fantastic to be part of such an historic occasion.

"With more than 4, 500 applicants to take part in this Jubilee event we felt very proud to be one of the 1,000 chosen to take part. Definitely one for the memory bank and tales for the grandchildren."

The Pageant rowers were: Frances Coventry, Claire Jenkin

Sophie McGannity, Sandra Myers, Madeleine Tidbury-Thorne, Rodney Myers, Russell Hill and Bob Loveridge.



Thirty-one runners from Falmouth were able to travel to Sticker Football Club, near St Austell for the Sticker 5 Road Race on Saturday evening.

The race was always going to be difficult in the high winds.

As the 6.30pm start time approached there was a break in the drizzle giving the runners at least a dry race. The course is all on road so conditions underfoot were never a problem.

Some of Falmouth's quickest runners were representing the club, but there were a few unable to compete owing to injuries and illness. Rich Dalton, Paul Gwynne and Jackie George to name a few.

There was some great competition between Falmouth runners and Steve Strachen is really going to have to watch over his shoulder for young Tom Carthy who is really coming up the rankings.

Well done to Ollie Evans, Rosie Evans and Hayley Watson for all taking part in the one-mile fun run.

Ollie was eighth in 7.13 with Rosie 32nd in 9.06 and Hayley 37th in 9.18.

Falmouth results: 21 30.08 Richard Keefe; 31 31.22 Steve Strachen; 32 31.24 Tom Carthey; 45 32.29 Mark Littlejohn; 48 32.37 Robin Watson; 83 34.51 John Allen; 111 36.31 Max Burrows; 122 37.05 Tammy Jenkin; 125 37.15 Ian Bosworth; 130 37.31 Roger Brown; 131 37.35 Daniel King; 150 38.17 Phillip Gill; 152 38.18 Jane Cable; 169 39.20 Damien Hall; 187 40.23 Darren Pascoe; 188 40.24 Brady Waite; 209 41.44 Judith Wilkes; 224 42.22 Keith Marshal; 243 43.11 Sarah Webb; 251 43.30 Roy Newton; 263 44.26 Dave Jepthcott; 287 46.08 Terry Marshall; 293 46.35 John Shallcroft; 295 46.39 Rosalyn Shallcroft; 306 47.28 Samantha Payne; 313 47.52 Peter Jenkin; 343 50.52 Kerrie Fox; 366 53.50 David Garrard; 394 1.00.01 Helen Brown; 395 1.00.06 Nic Percival; 399 1.01.58 Trudy Johns.



Falmouth Town will face Bodmin Town in the Charity Bowl on Sunday August 5 following Buckland Athletic's decision to to stand down from the game.

As the Western League starts on Saturday August 4, Athletic, the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League champions will not be able to play the fixture.

League secretary Phil Hiscox said: "The officers have considered who should be invited instead and as the match is league winners v cup winners, we looked at the semi-finalists of the Throgmorton Cup.

"These were Falmouth Town and Liverton United and as Liverton are already playing in the Charity Vase against Newquay the same day we decided to invite Falmouth Town to take their place and they have duly accepted the invitation."

Charity day fixtures (at Callington Town FC): Charity Vase: Liverton United v Newquay (12pm); Charity Bowl: Bodmin Town v Falmouth Town (3.30pm).



Budock Vean Golf Club had the biggest entry of the year on Sunday for the Presidents Putter played in medal format for both Ladies and Gents.

The Ladies' Captain Glenys Bateson certainly putted well on them and deservedly won the putter with a superb net 66 to record a popular win. Ladies runner up was Maureen Salome with a fine net 67 and Sue Parsons was third best Lady with a determined net 69.

Stephen Crouch was top of the gents' list with another good score of net 67 just pipping David Towsend who also played well on the countback.

The prizes were presented by Club President John Loughnan who clearly appreciated the large number who entered. He also presented David Houldsworth and Marlene Williams with the jubilee medals they won earlier in the month.

On Wednesday the intrepid Budock Vean Ladies were again unfortunate with the weather as they played their Champion of Champions competition. Tricia Blatter battled the elements to great effect as she carded a net 70 to win by ten strokes from runner up Lesley Upperton and third-placed Moira Hooper.

On Sunday the gents compete for the coveted Bill Rowe Memorial Trophy. W.C. Rowe always generously supply the entrants with pasties and a buffet which is most appreciated by the entrants.


The Ladies' three-ball Open competition, sponsored by the March Hare Ladies Fashion shop, owned by Angela Cortis, was a very successful day with many worthy winners and even the weather stayed largely dry.

One of the main events of Falmouth Golf Week, much preparation and hard work was justly rewarded as one of the highlights of the ladies calendar. The prizes were donated by March Hare Fashions.

There were three twos recorded, Jane Henderson on the fifth and Kathy Wells on the second and 11th.

The on course entertainment saw four prize winners, with nearest the pin being won by Kathy Wells on the fifth and the 11th, nearest the pin with the second shot was won by Kath Kelly on the 12th, the longest drive was won by Anne Stevenson in bronze division and by Jane Barrington in silver division.

With two scores to count the competition was won by Debi Hunt, Lynne Dickinson and Mo Hammond with 77 points; second Kathy Wells, Alison Samuel and Kay Healey with 74 points; from Tehidy Golf Club L Eslick, M Richards and S Knuckey came third on countbackwith 73 points; fourth were Rose Bailey, Chris Drummond and Jeanne White with 73 points; fifth Brenda Arch, Wendy Plummer and Anne Stevenson with 72 points and sixth Jenny Storey, Rebecca Beer and Angela Hunter with 69 points.



An exciting new sporting event is coming to Cornwall – two new triathlons that are unique in the south west.

Hosted by Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving and Triathlon club, there will be two events on August 19. A 4x1 Relay (17+) and a 12-16 Junior event.

The 4x1 relay entails all team members completing a Super Sprint triathlon based at Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth.

They each swim, bike and run, and then tag the next team member with the winners being the first team to have all four members completing the race.

On the back of the relay triathlon, there will be a Junior Triathlon (12-16). This is a great opportunity for junior triathletes to try real racing on the road.

For both events the roads will be closed to allow safe racing and the routes will be based at Gyllyngvase Beach, the Pendennis Castle Road and the Falmouth seafront.

Times: 4x1 Relay Triathlon 7am; Junior Triathlon 8.30am at Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth. For further information and to register, please contact Allan Reid (allan@gyllysurf.org.uk) or visit www.gyllysurf.org.uk.

Ladies Rugby


Penryn Ladies RFC have received a financial boost, thanks to the help of the Cornwall Community Foundation.

Anna Penrose, from Penryn Ladies RFC explained: "We applied for help with transport, equipment and coaching, all crucial for recruitment and retention in ladies rugby. CCF were really helpful in the application process and we were granted £2,225.

"As the only women's team in Cornwall transport is our main issue, we have to go to Devon for every league match (apart from home games) and last season we were playing Bristol based teams. That's a big commitment for a reasonably new team (we were only formed in 2009) and a massive cost to the club.

"The money will be really useful going forward into our next season. It will also be great to have some of our own equipment instead of borrowing from the youth section."

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