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Falmouth & Penryn Grassroots Sport

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 07, 2013

Paul Collins (centre) winner of Falmouth Golf Club's Winter League with club captain Bob Croft and Sandra Buller.

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Following the continuing success of the first three 'Zero to 3 Miles' run/walk programmes, a brand new course is being launched at the Dracaena Centre in Falmouth to encourage complete beginners to take up running in a friendly, no-pressure environment.

The eight-week programme has been designed to enable anyone, regardless of age or current fitness level, to complete a three-mile challenge at the end of the course.

Moreover, the course ends just in time for the Falmouth Race For Life, so is the perfect training vehicle in the run up to the popular event.

The organisers are now looking for recruits to sign up before the start date of Monday March 18.

Angie Tiller, programme designer and running coach, said: "This programme is perfect for anyone who finds the thought of joining a running club too daunting. There are so many benefits to running. It's a great way to meet new people, lose weight and boost your self-esteem and confidence."

The cost of the programme is £15, payable at the first session. Each hour-long session starts at 7pm and will be led by friendly, fully-qualified group leaders who will be on hand to give advice and answer questions.

Changing, shower facilities and lockers are available at the Dracaena Centre.

The project has been developed under UK Athletics' 'Run England' initiative aimed at encouraging more people into running as a recreation.

To date the courses have seen more than 60 new runners complete the three mile challenge, most of whom have continued running and some have even gone on to join a running club.

So if you are aged 16 or over and looking for a new challenge, reserve your place by contacting Angie Tiller on zeroto3miles@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 01326 316887.


Falmouth Road Runners were unusually only fielding a small team for Sunday's Duchy Marathon and Duchy 20 mile race (report page 110), writes Jules Evans.

Nine runners took on the might of the Marathon of the north of Cornwall coast on the chilly winter's day. Personal bests were once again tossed aside as many runners came in under their predicted and best previous times.

Some Marathon "virgins" were out as well and will be suffering the stiffness in the legs that only a Marathon can bring.

It really is a test of mental strength to be out on the course for that long and pushing your body to the limits. Steve Strachen was the first home for Falmouth in just over three hours. Emily Cook was the first female home in just over three hours 30. The Duchy is two races for the price of one, as in conjunction with the Marathon is the 20 mile race which a lot of athletes use as a warm-up race for the upcoming London Marathon in April. It gives them a chance to see how their training is going.

First home for Falmouth in the 20 was Dan Stevens and Tammy Jenkin was only 10 minutes behind him.

Falmouth results for the Duchy Marathon: 14 Steve Strachen 3.03.23; 64 Emily Cook 3.33.14;65 Ric Keefe 3.33.14; 79 John Allen 3.39.23; 90 Andrew Carter 3.43.27; 121 Jan Watson 3.57.20; 125 Phil Gill 3.58.13; 140 Jo Scrivens 4.05.56; 173 Brady Waite 4.30.21.

Results for the Duchy 20: 29 Dan Stevens 2.38.21; 49 Tammy Jenkin 2.49.22; 98 Sarah Choak 3.16.39; 104 Michael Leyshon 3.22.44

Youth rugby


Penryn College U16s 19 Truro School U16s 32

Penryn College's soon to be departing Year 11 rugby team will go down as its most successful ever.

During the course of the five years the Penryn boys did not lose once to a state school.

They reached the final of the Schools' County Cup every year, losing twice and drawing once with this year's final opponents – Truro School.

The boys also managed a cup final victory of their own as well as a tournament win and two runners-up medals in the county sevens circuit.

Unfortunately, their last performance together was a 32-19 defeat against Truro school in the county final at Newquay Tretherras.

Penryn took control of the tie early on as they went ahead after five minutes, but were pegged back immediately by an impressive Truro side on the day.

A try apiece was exchanged to leave the final delicately poised level at 12-12 come half time, before Truro pulled away. Two scores saw the private school outfit near enough home and hosed, but a spirited fightback from Penryn gave them a chance at 25-19.

Penryn had a chance, but the game turned when Penryn looked to be in for a score only for Truro to run away and score themselves, sealing the win.

Coach and Penryn College teacher Chris Willey said: "When you look back at the many terrific individuals and teams produced by the school over the years the achievements of this team must be among the best.

"The core learnt their rugby at the club from the age of six. They aspire to play open rugby, work hard for each other and their defence against Newquay Tretherras in the semi final was truly memorable.

"They are a great bunch of lads, a real pleasure to deal with, it's been a brilliant five years.

"The better side won on the day today, but that takes absolutely nothing away from what this group of boys have done in the last five years. They've been nothing short of superb."


Falmouth U12s gave a fantastic display at the Hayle Festival of Rugby on Sunday to win the Vase competition and lost only one match, to a very strong Newquay Hornets side.

The team was lead to victory by captain Billy and a great display of individual talent came from Theo, who won Falmouth man of the tournament award.

The boys wanted to pass a message to a team member Ben who couldn't take part as he has been involved in an accident, off the pitch, to get well soon and get back playing.

Congratulations to coaches Adam and Paul for their constant hard work with the team which has now paid off.

Results : Group games: Fal v Newquay 0-10; Fal v St Austell 15-0. Fal v Penzance 5-5. Semi final Fal v Bude 10-0. Final: Fal v Wadebridge 10-5

Penryn Under 9s v St Ives

St Ives opened the scoring straight from the kick off, only to be pegged back immediately by Ben Thorpe, scoring the first of his five tries.

Jack Bailey, making his debut for Penryn, was thwarted by some desperate defensive tackling, but on one occasion with Solomon Littlejohn having his best game of the season, Bailey's efforts did not go unrewarded with a well timed pass setting up Littlejohn for the first of his five tries.

Scrum half Matt Badger then had his hand trodden on and forced him out of the game.

Luckily for Penryn, James Robertson was able to come on as a replacement, and despite suffering from a stomach bug and a bout of travel sickness, was able to make several strong runs and made some great tackles.

Jack Martin also had his best match of the season was unlucky not to get on to the score sheet, but Ethan Weaver, who made several breaks, did manage to cross the line for a well deserved try.

In defence Littlejohn made several well timed tackles alongside Thomas Freeman who got a black eye for his efforts in preventing a sure try, but in the best traditions of rugby he rubbed his eye better and sent one of the opposition flying with a perfectly timed shoulder charge the next time he got his hands on the ball.

The final score of the match ended up 17-15 in St Ives favour, with Thomas Freeman finishing off the scoring for Penryn with four tries.

Match squad (tries scored): Matt Badger, Jack Bailey, Thomas Freeman (4), Solomon Littlejohn (5), Jack Martin, James Robertson, Ben Thorpe (5), Ethan Weaver had a few strong runs was playing his first match



There was a terrific a climax to the ten leg Ted Hichens Winter League, an event that started back in October, at Falmouth on Saturday, writes Brian Shovlin. All credit to Simon Johnson and his green staff for a 10 out of 10 starts an unbelievable achievement after all the rain.

Winners of the final day were Ian and Rob Churcher with 49 points, with the next three pairs all finishing on 46.

Results were: 2 S Hirst/D Kemp; 3 C Merrit/R Perrin; 4 DPickard/N Morrison.

On a day of perfect conditions the overall leaders could only be separated by going back to the 7th card, Richard Marsh losing out by the narrowest of margins to Paul Collins. Paul thanked all his partners in this Better Ball format competition to a packed Clubhouse.

Overall results: 1 Paul Collins 263; 2, Richard Marsh 263; 3 Crispin Merritt 262.


The Keith Penrose & Sons sponsored Monthly medal attracted a very strong entry on Sunday at Budock Vean Golf Club.

It produced a "blanket" finish with no less than three players returning equal net 65s with plenty of drama thrown in over the closing holes.

Third was Rob Gibson who did a "Devon Loch" finish (for those of you who remember that famous Grand National) by carding a double bogey 7, par 4, double bogey 5 finish over the last three holes. Runner-up David Tippett could also consider himself unlucky as he finished double bogey 7, birdie 3, double bogey 5.

Kevin Bate however, produced a brilliant finish of par 5, birdie 3 and a par 3 to snatch the crystal glass. David Gudzij returned the best gross of the day 77. The back nine twoss were shared between Charlie Averiss. Tony Grace. Roger Mildren, all at the 11th, while Rod Butler claimed his share at the eighteenth.

On Saturday Vean take on Cape Cornwall at home in the Daily Mail Team Classic.

The selected team is. Paul Upperton, Geoff Mills, John Rule. Martin Rule and team captain Tony Ramsden. The first singles match tees off at noon.

This Sunday is the final round of the Roger Mildren-sponsored Winter League.

On Wednesday the Ladies played a 1-2-3. The winners with 77 were Tricia Blatter. Fay Joffe and Denise Power. Runners-up with 76 were Glenys Bateson. Mae Brown and Sue Parsons.

Gig rowing


Months of intense off-water training was put to the test on Sunday when Devoran Pilot Gig Club sent two crews to compete in the Three Rivers Race hosted by Caradon Gig Club.

The races started and finished underneath the Tamar Bridge as the gigs competed over a six-mile course. This year's entry saw an impressive 56 boats entered in the ladies' race and 54 in the men's competition.

First race of the day saw the Devoran Ladies' Veterans' A Crew seeded in the second heat. An excellent start gave the crew an advantage on the first leg and they maintained good form on the lengthy second leg as they turned back down the Tamar and under the bridge once more.

A strong challenge from a Dart gig for almost the entire race meant the Devoran crew had to keep the powerful stroke rate going and consequently crossed the line in a superb 16th place.

The Devoran Men's B crew's performance was equally impressive especially as the tide and wind had changed significantly since the ladies' race and presented a real challenge.

Despite the already bitter temperatures, being exacerbated by an increasing breeze, a good start meant the crew was able to maintain a good position within their heat and a strong row over the following 50 minutes saw them power over the line in an excellent 29th position.

Devoran Gig Club Press Officer, Gail Henderson, said: "Both crews were delighted with their result which is a reflection of the hard off-water training over the winter.

"The Ladies' Vets crew has been doing kettlebell work at Tremough Campus with coach Rob Smaldon and it has really paid off.

Today's results are a great boost for the Club as we approach the World Championships in May."

The next competitive meeting for Devoran Gig Club is on Saturday March 16 as Helford Gig Club host a 'mini-Scillies' competition on the Helford River.



A League:

P W LP B/T Woodlane SC 12 9 76 24 Buff's A 13 7 69 27 Buff's C 12 6 69 23 Prince of Wales A 12 7 67 19 Falmouth Tn FC 12 6 66 21 New Inn A 12 8 65 24 Prince of Wales B 13 5 55 18 St Gluvias A 13 5 54 19 Wendron CC 13 3 53 21

B League:

P W LP B/T Star & Garter 14 10 71 17 Lemon Arms 14 8 69 18 Clipper Way 14 9 66 24 Killigrew 14 8 60 22 Buff's B 13 6 60 23 St Gluvias B 13 7 58 21 New Inn B 12 7 55 19 Boslowick Inn 11 6 45 16 New Inn (Wendron) 11 2 40 16

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