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Duchy Marathon & Duchy 20

By Patrick Talen. (Virgin Marathon Man)


After months of preparation and training the day had finally arrived and the Duchy Marathon was here. The weather conditions seemed almost perfect with blue skies, a few clouds in the sky and a slight breeze which in the later stages of the race turned into full blown gale force gusting wind stopping people in their tracks and almost blowing Helen Stuthridge off her bike.

The race was started with the firing of the starters gun and we where soon on the way from the Penventon Hotel grounds. After a short sharp hail shower the sky cleared and normal sunny service had resumed.

The race had a real good friendly feel to it out on the course and with some fantastic views of the coast on part of the route and views of fields full of flowering daffodils, which came to Mark Owens rescue. I will not go into details but clearly when you gotta to go you gotta to go!

The support out on the route was 1st class from the guys manning the water stations to the St Austell running club members not running who made the journey down to shout much needed and valuable encouragement to the people daft enough to take on the challenge of the marathon and 20 miler.

The marathon had a total of 204 runners, 10 of which wore the purple and gold of St Austell and the 20 mile race had a total of 171 runners of which another 10 raced for the club. The mens team consisting of Duncan Oakes, Phil Montgomery-Smith (PB TIME), Stuart Nicholls (PB TIME) and Tim Adams (PB TIME) won the shield for the marathon and Dan Alsop claimed 2nd in the 20 mile race. Our ladies also had fantastic results in the marathon with Claire Budge being the 1st St Austell lady across the finish line in a PB time and 2nd St Austell lady across the line was Katie Bullock also in a PB time.

Other congratulations go to Lynn Hawkins who ran her first race for the club, Emma Murray who ran her first 20 mile race, Steve Martin for doing the 20 under 2 hours 30 mins and without moaning about injures and finally to me for completing my first ever marathon in a time of 3 hours 56 mins.

With the race done and all the runners home safe it was time to turn attentions to the after race celebrations at the Harbourside and Rashleigh Arms. A great way to finish a fantastic day and this time everyone managed to hold on their dinner plates, well done Andy.

Well done to all the club runners who took up the challenge.

Bring on the next race................................