FEAR OVER FUTURE OF DUCHY MARATHON:
Reigning champion Justin Thomas said the loss of the prestigious Duchy Marathon would be a big loss to athletics in Cornwall, writes Kevin Fahey.
It appears that the event, which was first held in 1977, will not be held in 2014 due to long-standing organisers Alan Rowling and Angela Burrows reluctantly stepping down due to pressure of time and health reasons.
Nobody has yet has yet stepped forward to help Cornwall AC put on the event and with just two months remaining for the 38th event in early March, the chance of it taking place seem to be very slim.
Thomas said: "The Duchy Marathon has a long history and is one of the oldest around so it would be a big shame if it didn't happen again.
"It certainly seems too late to hold it in 2014, but hopefully someone may step forward to organise it in 2015."
Thomas has developed a real love affair with the race having won it for the past three years and in 2012 ran the third fastest time of his career with 2:35.23.
Among those previous winners were 1982 London Marathon champion Hugh Jones and Ian Thompson, the 1974 European and Commonwealth champion.
Thompson earned the Duchy national headlines when he opted to race there rather than the inaugural London Marathon in 1981.
Thomas' name on that list is understandably a source of great pride to him and unless someone steps forward he may yet become known as the last ever winner of the Duchy Marathon.
MALCOLM DATE CUP:
In the closest finish in the history of Hayle Runners Club handicap race, Diane Warren dipped on the line to win the Malcolm Date cup, just edging out Jo McGuire, who had taken the lead at the mid-way point.
The cup is named after Hayle Runners club member Malcolm Date, who passed away suddenly from a heart related complaint and involves runners racing the Marazion 10k course.
They have staggered starting times taking into account their recent personal bests over 10 kilometres. The added twist is that all runners must compete in fancy dress.
Both Diane and Jo were given the same official time and achieved new personal bests for the distance.
PRAA SANDS NEWS:
Ken McIlroy and Nigel Waters won the Men's 'Secret Partners' Medal with a net 118.
Mike Hatch and Roy Hillyar were second with 122 on countback from Joe Hill & John Murrish and Ryan Semmens and Nick Watters were fourth with 125 on countback from Andrew Hadwin and Simon Phillips.
Linda Gale, Barbara Wilkins and Phyllis Williams won the Ladies' Texas Scramble with a net 52. Caroline Hardman, Sue Harvey & Carole Jones were second with 53, and Jennifer Chambers, Diana Kelynack and Judy Thomas third with 54.
The Boxing Day Stableford was won by David Prowse with a superb 47 points. John Murrish was second with 46, Gary Thomas was third with 40 on the last nine holes from Andy Hurrell.
Lee McGarraghy won the Men's Stableford with a terrific 46 points. Steve Strick was second with 42, Chris Parkinson third with 39 on the last nine holes from Mike Hichens in fourth place
Anne Griffiths won the Ladies' Stableford with 37 points. Anna Harry was second with 34 and Phyllis Williams third with 27 on the last nine holes from Ann Seabrook.
DENIS DRIVES IN:
The weather was ideal for Denis McQuillan's first day as captain of the Seniors' section at Budock Vean.
There was a good turn out to see him "Drive-In" for the Stableford competition, including some members who were not going to play.
The course was still very wet and only six managed to score 36 points or more. Charlie Averiss won, as he last year, with 40 points.
David Gibbons was second on countback from Malcolm Hooper with 38 points. Meat vouchers were given to these three and, appropriately, the new captain was one of four who shared the twos prize money.
The winner of the Christmas Cheer was Chris Mason with a creditable 38pts and the Winter League winner, with an even better 39 points, was Charlie Averiss.
Jean-Anne Evers won the Ladies' December Stableford with 34 points. Pat Crowson was second with 33 and Ruth Middleton third with 34.
Seniors' Captain, David Harrison, won the Seniors' Tuesday roll-up, scoring 40 points, six points ahead of second placed Steve Finch on 34. Stuart Skeplorn was third with 33.
In the final round of the Seniors' Winter Series, John Game beat Alyn Heath on countback. Both had 39 points. Joseph Scott was third with 38.
The overall winner of the series was John Crowson. Mike Cornelius was second and John Game third.
CHRISTMAS AT MULLON:
Mullion ladies' Christmas competition was played in lovely weather.
Thanks to ladies' captain Roseta Simmons, 'Father Christmas' (Gerald) and his 'little helper' (Henry) drove around the course, providing mulled wine, sloe gin and lots of nibbles. This was followed by Christmas lunch in the club.
As it was a bring and win event everyone went home with a present.
Results: 1 Marianna Gush, Lydia Gilbert, Marian Neale 54pts; 2 Sally Markham, Margaret Thomas, Caroline Hills 53pts; 3 Jill Ross, Rosie Ellison, Ann Griffiths 52pts.
Christmas am-am: 1: Pete Child, Tom Child, Roger Oakes and Simon Collinge 79 points; 2 Killian Feeley, Andy Parkin, Dave Dilleigh and Jack Andrew 76; 3 Steve Caruana, Malcolm Aveyard, Steve Ivey and Ian Follett 75 points; 4 Dave Kneebone, Andy Ring, Andy Beazley and Mike Reynard 75 points.
VITAL WIN FOR CLINTON:
It is the half way point of the season for all Divisions in the Mining League and STR Clinton have eased into a six point lead at the top of Division 1 by beating nearest rivals Illogan HI A 4-1.
After Chris Isaacs had given Illogan A the lead by beating Steve Downing in the first frame, STR took the last four, including a fine comeback by young Carl Mitchell and a 32 break from Rob Johns.
Third-placed Penponds failed to make any inroads on Illogan A by losing 4-1 to the Godolphin Club, the latter aided by two fine breaks, a 66 from Chris Timmins and a 60 from Antony Connor.
Godolphin are now only a point behind Penponds in fourth place. Below them both British Rail teams won 3-2, the A team against Breage and the B at Illogan B.
Two other breaks of note were a 48 clearance by Martyn Bawden in Playing Place's 4-1 victory at Illogan C and a break of 47 By Bobby Southworth, playing for St Rumons at St Day, where the home team won 3-2.
With top team Lanner beating bottom team Radnor 4-1 last week, Lanner have now opened up a clear six point lead in Division 2 from three chasing teams comprising Park Bottom, Penponds and Playing Place. Park Bottom emerged narrow 3-2 winners over Playing Place (the latter's third consecutive defeat after an unbeaten start) and Penponds also went down 3-2 at Camborne Conservative.
Four Lanes continued their move up the table by beating Illogan HI 3-2, with Andrew Phillips for Four Lanes making breaks of 37 and 22 in a great display of potting, narrowly missing a black when poised to beat the highest break.
Porthleven (Nigel Cowls 27 break) beat St Day 3-2 to complete a poor half for a team that are usually strong contenders.
St Ives have built up a potentially winning lead of nine points in Division 3 after beating Redruth British Rail B 5-0, the latter having shaped as possible contenders for honours in recent weeks.
Their position was further strengthened by the defeat of one of last week's second-placed teams, St Day 3-2 at Stithians.
St Day were 2-0 up through Simon Odgers and Mike Johns before Stithians replied with wins by Rob Buckingham, Garth Bale and Peter Williams.
Redruth British Rail A moved above them into clear second place after a 3-2 win over Camborne Conservative. Park Bottom, having won only one match all season, are well adrift at the bottom.
Illogan HI A
Reduth B Rail A
Redruth B Rail B
Illogan HI B
Illogan HI C
Results: Illogan HI B 2 Redruth B Rail B 3; St Day 3 St Rumons 2; Redruth B Rail A 3 Breage 2; Penponds 1 Godolphin Club 4; Illogan HI C 1 Playing Place 4; STR Clinton 4 Illogan HI A 1.
Highest Break 77: P Davey (Playing Place).
Results: St Day 2 Porthleven 3; Park Bottom 3 Playing Place 2; Cam Conservative 3 Penponds 2; Lanner 4 Radnor 1; Four Lanes 3 Illogan HI 2.
Highest Break 42: J Opie (Park Bottom).
Redruth B Rail A
Redruth B Rail B
Results: Playing Place 3 Park Bottom 2; Redruth B Rail A 3 Cam Conservative 2; St Ives 5 Redruth B Rail B 0; Stithians 3 St Day 2; Radnor 4 Four Lanes 1.
Highest Break 54: R Anderson (Redruth B Rail B).
Mullion Res 1 Redruth Utd Res 2
This was another well deserved three points, which helped Redruth climb the Trelawny Two table.
Returning after two seasons away and back in the team with his three brothers, Dale Adams, chipped the ball through to captain Nicky Adams, who in turn crossed for Adam Williams to head in on ten minutes.
On 30 minutes Redruth had their second when Brett Adams passed to Nicky Adams to once again assist for Man of the Match Gareth Fulcher to strike.
Ten minutes after the break, Mullion broke through to get their only goal but keeper Chris Bolitho was alert later with two saves to keep Mullion at bay.
The home side had the better of the attacks in the second half but the Reds had three chances also with the best from Williams and two more efforts for Morow Sanneh and Brett Adams.
WENDRON LEAD BY ONE:
Wendron CC won 8-1 against St Keverne Band Club last week in Division One of the West Cornwall Winter Pool League and hold the lead by a point from Helston FC A, going into the new year.
Helston FC A had a 7-2 victory against the Coach & Horses and both teams currently have a healthy lead in the division from the chasing pack.
The Killigrew Inn also had an 8-1 victory against Atlantic Inn A and White Hart B are enjoying an excellent run after a tough start at the beginning of the season and gained another victory winning 6-3 against Rodney Inn B. Wins from Steve Williams, Kev Bosustow, Paul Williams and Ben Evans helped Lizard FC A to a 6-3 win over Helston RBL A.
Helston RFC A ended 2013 in fine style with an 8-1 win over White Hart A in Division Two but still remain in second spot behind Mullion FC A who defeated Helston RBL B 7-2 to remain at the top.
Godolphin Club B edged out the Bell Inn A team 5-4 and wins from Steve Tremayne, Ed Savage, Alan Thomas and Tom Retallack helped Helston RFC B to a 6-3 win over White Hart C.
Lion & Lamb A also gained a 6-3 victory over Helston RFC C.
Helston CC take a big lead in division 3 into the new year ending their last game of the year with a 5-4 win over the Black Swan.
Wins from Arthur Bowyer, Simon Thomas, Sarah Tresidder and David Miller helped Breage SC to a 6-3 win over the Mounts Bay and Wendron CC B edged a 5-4 win over Mullion FC B.
The Harbour Inn edged a 5-4 win over the Angel and Helston RFC D won 6-3 against the Lion & Lamb B team. The Queens Arms came back from 3-1 deficit to defeat Division Four leaders, Helston FC B 5-4 thanks to singles wins from Jack Williams, Dan Jeffers and Rich Trewern and second placed team Red Lion A came back from 4-3 down to defeat Paris B 5-4 and they hold second spot.
Atlantic Inn B won 6-3 against the Bell Inn B team and Potters Bar B won 7-2 against Constantine SC B. Tables page 101.
Short Mat Bowls
Cornwall now know their opponents in the first stages of the Consolation Knockout Competitions of the ESMBA Inter County Championship.
The Premier Team face a preliminary round match on scheduled for the weekend of 25th/26th January with Surrey providing the opposition at an as yet unconfirmed location.
The A Team, by virtue of a third place in the group, will go straight into the quarter-finals on February 15-16 with Suffolk providing the opposition again at an as yet to be confirmed location.
ILLOGAN & DISTRICT LEAGUE
Heathcoats SC B
Pendarves Arms A
Albany RFC A
Heathcoats SC A
Green Room A
Holmans SC A
Collins Arms A
Holmans SC B
Highest finish – 160: Dave Hughes, Britannia; 119 – Kathy Curnow, Holmans.
St Rumons A
Albany RFC B
Collins Arms C
Green Room Greens
Red Jackets A
Pendarves Arms B
Highest finish – 120: Michael Andrew, Vyvyan Arms; 103 – Tracey Stevens, Albany.
Collins Arms B
St Rumons B
Red Jackets B
Highest finish – 124: W Vicary, Railway Inn.
TRURO CRICKET CLUB : Winter Nets at the Cornwall Cricket Centre commence on Monday evenings from January 6 (8 -10pm). All new players welcome.
THE CORNWALL RUGBY SAGES SOCIETY: ill be holding their monthly meeting at Camborne Rugby Club on Thursday January 9 starting at 2pm.