THE rain relented just in time at Truro Rugby Club last week, as the record field of 222 runners set off in the Meet Your Max 6.7 mile multi-terrain race – round five of the Cornwall Multi Terrain Series, sponsored by the Personal Best Running Store at Carlyon Bay, St Austell.
An interesting men's race soon developed between 19-year-old Scottish Junior Cross Country international James Waldie (Cornwall AC), Mile High's Tony Brewer, the previous Saturday's Sticker 5 mile winner, Dan Rodgers (Launceston Road Runners) and the current Cornwall Grand Prix Men's champion, Dan Alsop (St Austell Running Club).
This quartet ran together over the first couple of miles before Edinburgh University student Waldie, moved ahead along the flat path bordering the Tresillian river.
Safely negotiating the steep woodland paths, the stream crossings and even the climb up the 100 slippery steps in Malpas, all of which provided a test of stamina for all the runners, Waldie coping better than most, extending his lead in the latter stages across the farm fields to win by 44 seconds, with Brewer hanging on for second place, six seconds ahead of Rodgers.
Alsop, who has been enjoying a break from serious training since the London Marathon, was more than content with his performance in finishing fourth. The winner Waldie said afterwards: "I felt a little tired, as I raced in the Scottish Fell Race Senior Championships in Abington last weekend and I also had to be a little careful, as I have been nursing a slight calf problem in recent weeks.
"But the race was certainly a tough and interesting challenge, which generally went well."
In the Ladies' race Newquay Road Runners Lucy Hodgson set the pace, with Isobel Wykes (Truro Running Club) following her muddy footsteps for the first four miles, before Lucy stopped at the infamous steps in Malpas to do up a shoe lace. Isobel was quick to take advantage of poor Lucy's mishap, bounding up the steps and establishing a lead which extended over the final couple of miles to win by one minute.
In the team competition, the up and coming Mile High squad were never seriously threatened, winning their second Multi Terrain Series race of the year, ahead of the current team leaders, St Austell Running Club, who will have their work cut out to challenge the Penryn-based club, if Mile High continue to target the remaining races in this series. Newquay Road Runners finished third.
With three runners in the top ten, the host club, Truro Running Club finished six points ahead of East Cornwall Harriers in the Ladies team race, with Newquay Road Runners again in third place, but only one point behind East Cornwall.
KEY FOR CLUBS: BR Bude Rats, CAC Cornwall AC, CR Carn Runners, ECH East Cornwall Harriers, LRR Launceston Road Runners, MBH Mounts Bay Harriers, MH Mile High, NRR Newquay Road Runners, STA St Austell Running Club, TL Tri Logic, TRC Truro Running Club, U Unattached.
Men: 1 James Waldie CAC 42.39, 2 Tony Brewer MH 43.13, 3 Dan Rodgers LRR 43.19, 4 Dan Alsop STA 44.09, 5 Andrew Martin MH 46.14, 6 James Stevens ECH 46.48, 7 Peter Sowerby TRC 48.58, 8 Darren Varker STA 47.42, 9 Craig Webster NRR 47.51, 10 Mark Budge ECH 48.09. Veteran Categories: 40-44: 1 Simon Truscott NRR 51.34, 2 Tim Adams STA 52.23, 3 Jeremy Warren STA 53.00. 45-49: 1 Peter Sowerby, 2 Glynn Davis CR 50.43, 3 Duncan Oakes STA 51.43. 50-54: 1 Gary Pascoe TRC 50.07, 2 Martin Davis NRR 51.26. 55-59: 1 Malcolm Roberts STA 54.57, 2 John Thompson NRR 56.46, 3 Gareth Rowe U 64.23. 60-64: 1 Dave Morgan TL 56.21, 2 Doug Alsop STA 56.55, 3 Stephen Hutchinson LRR 59.28. 70+: 1 Nick Jeans TRC 73.48. Teams: 1 Mile High 32 points, 2 St Austell Running Club 44 points, 3 Newquay Road Runners 62 points, 4 Truro Running Club 100 points, 5 St Austell Running Club 'B' 102, 6 East Cornwall Harriers 110 points.
Ladies: 1 Isobel Wykes TRC 50.33, 2 Lucy Hodgson NRR 51.32, 3 Revis Crowle ECH 55.56, 4 Samantha Westlake TRC 56.26, 5 Sharon Daw ECH 57.07, 6 Amy Sole U 57.33, 7 Emma Murray STA 57.52, 8 Helen Heard BR 58.57, 9 Sue Ogilvy NRR 60.00, 10 Tabatha Allen TRC 62.10. Veteran Categories: 35-39: 1 Lucy Hodgson, 2 Helen Heard, 3 Helen Dodwell TRC 65.12. 40-44: 1 Sally Rowse NRR 63.00, 2 Emily Young ECH 63.37, 3 Becky Healey BR 66.39. 45-49: 1 Samantha Westlake, 2 Sharon Daw. 50-54: 1 Revis Crowle, 2 Lesley Richardson NRR 62.15. 60-64: 1 Sue Taylor MBH 66.09.
Teams: 1 Truro Running Club 15 points, 2 East Cornwall Harriers 21 points, 3 Newquay Road Runners 22 points, 4 St Austell Running Club 40 points, 5 Bude Rats 54 points, 6 East Cornwall Harriers'B' 59 points.