FALMOUTH RUNNERS RISE TO THE CHALLENGE:
Many Falmouth Road Runners travelled all the way to Pensilva on Bodmin Moor on Sunday for the Cornish Marathon.
Many seasoned road runners class this marathon as one of the hardest in the country. The gentle start around Pensilva village is the easy part. Once past the three mile mark you're out into the moors.
The hills and tors are vicious and unrelenting. Mile 15 brings you to the Jamaica Inn and the beautiful views around the lakes and valleys. Once past the Inn it's down from the high ground and along a lonely valley where you only have the sound of your heartbeat and foot fall for company.
This is a short lived pleasure as the climb to the finish is about to begin. When you run through a small village calls crows nest you know your heading a long way up. The hill or small mountain from mile 23 to 25 is huge and seemingly unending. If you make it this far then the welcome downhill run to the finish is fantastic.
Falmouth were able to field a team of a dozen with the first male home for Falmouth being Ric Keefe and Emily Cook being the first lady home for Falmouth.
The race was completed by some 274 runners.
Some great results from the race with some super PB's and for Sarah Webb this was the end of a gruelling 15 race Grand Prix season with Sarah competing in every race in the year. She is really flying the flag for Falmouth Road Runners. A special mention to all the hardy supporters who drove the 50 miles to support their team at the event. It really can make all the difference to see a friendly face or be cheered along when you're feeling low.
Judith Wilkes was able to take 21 minutes off her previous time for the course which is unheard of.
All in all another great effort from the best club in Falmouth, the Falmouth Road Runners.
Falmouth RR results: 15 Ric Keefe 3.06.28; 18 Steve Strachen 3.11.45; 51 Robin Watson 3.27.52; 90 Emily Cook 3.43.25; 109 Jackie George 3.50.17; 135 Tammy Jenkin 4.01.51; 151 Monica Longhorn 4.08.02; 165 Roger Brown 4.11.51; 167 Judith Wilkes 4.14.11; 172 King Keith Marshall 4.16.04; 204 Sarah Webb 4.28.03; 266 Terry Marshall 5.21.37.
The Greenbank Hotel has given Falmouth Gig Club £2,500 towards the cost of a new fibreglass training gig, to be named 'Greenbank'.
Sport England have matched this funding with a further £2,500. Club funds will pay the rest of the total cost of £8,775.
The gig is being built by Trevor Deakin and will be delivered on December 17.
The club is still fundraising to buy a new wooden racing gig, so donations or sponsorships are always welcome, especially as matched funding from a funding organisation can double the amount.
Anyone wishing to try gig rowing or to donate to the boat-building fund can contact the club via the club's website at www.falmouthgigclub.co.uk
The Falmouth Pilot Gig Club's 25th Anniversary Celebration dinner takes place tomorrow at the Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth starting at 7pm.
There will be a celebration of the club over the last 25 years with a meal, guest band Soul Sensations, a visit from the Kernow King, club awards, with guest speaker Alison Trickey, a former Olympic rower and Ladies' World Champion Pilot Gig rower.
Tickets are £27 from 01326 372308 or 372802.
Dress code is sparkly evening wear.
It would be delightful to see any former club members, especially founder members who they have been unable to contact, or members from other rowing clubs.
The second round of the Roger Mildren sponsored Winter League saw a good turnout on a very pleasant day at Budock Vean Golf Club on Sunday.
Keith Whitbread carded a superb 41 Stableford points to take first prize.
Keith had 20 points at the turn, including a birdie two at the sixth. He followed this with steady golf on the back nine before parring the last four holes to see him win by two points from David Stevens, who also played well.
Third was Keith Rashleigh with 38 points, including a back nine of 21 points.
The back nine twos jackpot was shared between Rod Butler and David Allen at the 11th and Tony Ramsden at the 18th.
On Wednesday the Ladies played a four ball better ball and this was won by Sue Parsons and Moira Hooper with 37 points. Runners-up were Ladies Captain Glenys Bateson and Tricia Blatter with 34 points.
The latest round of Falmouth Golf Club's Winter League took place on Saturday and attracted 80 competitors.
The top three pairs all had 44pts, and winning on the smallest margin, not the back nine, but the back one were M Lawden/L Hoban with A Acosta and L McGowan runners-up and in third Adam Pryor and P Brierley.
There were excellent racing conditions at Restronguet SC on Sunday with good club turnout of 32 boats, with 10-15kn of southerly breeze and sunshine.
A lengthy port-hand course was laid for race one, beating up towards North Bank.
The course was reduced in size slightly for race two. With the breeze from the south some reasonable waves built providing good reaching conditions.
Five Mirrors formed the slow handicap fleet with Esme and Scarlett Shepherd winning race one and Niamh O'Neill and Rebecca Stephens (MBSC/PzSC) winning race two.
Big congratulations to Charlie Elsby-Hartman and Harvey Martin, both ten years of age, for completing the course and gybing their spinnaker downwind.
In the medium handicap fleet the GP14 continued to battle it out with the Europe of Lesley Taylor, taking wins in both races.
At the front of the Firefly fleet Peter and Dawn Langdon won both races, with close racing for the minor places.
The flask of tea the Langdon's supped between races may have had something extra to keep them warm. With four boats in the Fast Handicap fleet the RS600 and Contender 688 streaked away in both races, with the Contender winning both.
The Asymmetric fleet provided the days entertainment. In race one the RS800s dominated with the Warren's heading the Stackpoole's. For the second race the fleet swapped around with the B14 of Peter Knight taking the win followed by the Musto Skiff.
The RS800s gave themselves some challenges with Eddy Shelton taking a dive over the transom.
The Laser fleet saw Ian Thompson take wins in both races.
The only Dart 18 catamaran "Teacher's Pet" dominated race one.
In the second race another catamaran joined to give some competition but unfortunately capsized, throwing the crew into the cold water. The result was another first place for Adrian Bolton and Sara Dowler who keep their undefeated 100 per-cent success record. They are looking for a few more catamarans out there to challenge 'Teacher's Pet'.
PENRYN LOSE OUT:
Penzance U8s 130, Penryn U8s 105
Penryn U8s set sail for the home of the Pirates, and despite their best attempts came out second best in a very entertaining match, played in perfect conditions.
Despite the result Penryn played possibly their best game so far this season with many players again making a visible improvement.
Penryn opened the scoring, and led after the first period but only by two scores.
Penzance pulled back a little after the second period and trailed by one try.
Some would call this the end of game one, but Penryn treat each week as one long match.
So going in to the second half of the match, with a slender lead Penryn got the much needed opening score, but Penzance were to slowly narrow the gap again and in fact by the end, would take the lead.
The fourth and final period opened perfectly for the hosts as they ran in three tries without reply. Penryn were not to be beaten easily and came back once more but the Pirates youngsters finished strongly and took the spoils.
Player of the week: Kian.
Penryn: Owen, Toby, Joe, Matthew, Harry, Luke, George, William, Billy, Kian, Daniel, Gabriel, Sullivan, Jaleel, Cadan. Scorers: George (7), Kian (6), Gabriel (4), Billy (2), Owen, Luke.
Penzance U9s 10, Penryn U9s 6
On Sunday, the Penryn U9s travelled down the coast to Penzance to take on their Pirates counterparts on a glorious winter's morning.
With a reduced match day squad of only nine players, that was further depleted on the day by illness, Penryn were always going to struggle against a team with a squad of 12.
But as the first half unfolded it turned out that the two teams were evenly matched.
Penzance opened the scoring but from the restart Penryn hit back through Ben Thorpe with one of his trademark tries, after which the two teams swapped tries right up until the last few minutes of the half, when Penzance scored three unanswered tries to make the half time score 7-4.
The main difference between the two teams was the tackling of Penzance, but with Thomas Freeman scoring a brace and Ethan Weaver completing the first half scoring, the Penryn youngsters went into the break with high hopes for the second half.
With fresh legs, Penzance started off the second half very strongly by running in three tries in quick succession, but as the half progressed Penryn grew in confidence both in defence and attack, none more so than Ethan Weaver as he crossed the line for his second try and also put in several bone crunching tackles.
Another try from Ben Thorpe then completed the scoring just before full time to leave the final score 10-6.
Match squad (tries scored): Matt Badger, Jori Bennett, Thomas Freeman (2), Jack Caswell-James, Jack Martin, Mackenzie Munns, James Robertson, Ben Thorpe (2), Ethan Weaver (2).
Falmouth U10s 35, Camborne 0
Camborne were unable to get the ball out of their own half for the first quarter and just seven minutes into play Will was able to break away from the melee of rucks and scrums to score Falmouth's first try.
After another five minutes of play, Falmouth should have been another three tries up, but Camborne were putting up some good defence.
A couple of good runs by Jack, Hugo and Will were halted before they could claim a try.
However, Falmouth maintained the pressure, and Josh once again proved how strong he is and managed to drag several Camborne players with him across their own line to get a superb try, which was followed immediately by a second try by Will.
Will then managed to rip it from them yet again and scored with a magnificent run and try just before the half time whistle was blown.
One minute into the second half Josh literally pushed through the Camborne defence for his second try.
An excellent try followed by Mathew who exploited a mistake made by Camborne during their own scrum down.
More great team play continued with first class passing, the game continued to pick up, Falmouth giving themselves room to manoeuvre, and soon Aiden was able to make a fantastic sprint down the flank to then dive across the score line for the final try of the match.
Man of Match: Sam Norton.
Best Tackle: Joel Dorning.