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Falmouth Half Marathon 2013

By Paddy

20th Mar 2013

With an earlier than usual alarm call it was time for the runners from STARC to make the journey to the mountain ranges of Falmouth for the 1st half marathon, now forming part of the Grand Prix2013 series. With the runners all signed in and registered at race HQ and with Claire Budge tasking me with doing the race report its was time for us to all make our way down to the square for the Jayne Fonda warm up to some tunes courtesy of Falmouth Road Runners.

With all the talk of how many hills we had to tackle out on the course I can say for the first time some pre race nerves started to kick in but once the warm up was completed, pre race rituals done and after a short race briefing it was time to focus on what lay ahead and in a blink of an eye we where under starters orders and set on our way.

Leading out from the front were the usual suspects including Stuart, Stephen, Phil, Tim and Jez Mancer quickly followed by the rest of the field.

With a few ups and more ups in the early stages of the race under my belt the weather began to change with some drizzle and a very brief hail shower out of the way the sun began to make an appearance all just in time for the first major ascent at mile 6. The almost vertical climb seemed like a big ask to run all the way, but with the training done on the club nights I was soon at the summit and on my way again.

Checking my Garmin constantly I couldn't believe that I was looking at getting very close to my Cardiff Half Marathon PB but it would mean keeping my head down and trying to keep at the pace I had set. The only thing now standing in my way was the final 3 miles and the final climb at mile 10 which from a distance resembled Everest! With Charmaine Scrace's encouragement at the water station ringing in my ears I started the climb only for my legs to give out at the midway point, still I always enjoy a nice stroll up a hill on a sunny day. Once at the top I managed to get going again just in time as I could see Doug, Geraldine and the STARC flag flying high in the distance which spurred me on again.

With the finish line, pasty and champagne only a mile away and my legs starting to get heavy I could see in the distance another set of STARC supporters consisting of Sarah Bazeley, Nic Hoar and Mrs Alison Talen all cheering and shouting encouragement, that was until I had a “toys out of the pram moment” due to the fact that there were, for my liking, to many people overtaking me, to which my wife kindly replied “ Well pull your bloody finger out”!, which I certainly did.

Sensing the imposing presence of Steve Martin who was having a great race , Jess Buscombe and Jamie Masters in his first race for the club all closing in I put my foot down to cross the line in a time of 1.38.42 which I was well chuffed with and secured my place in the men's B team.

The men's A team which included Jez Mancer (3rd overall& 1st Vet 40)S Nicholas, S Hands (3rd Vet 40), P Monty-Smith, L Lee & A Jarvis took 1st team place.

The ladies A team which included J Buscome (3rd Female under 35) R Builder, C Thomas, J Appleton, C Budge & G Speake

PB's on the day came from Gemma Pateman, Jess Buscombe, Phil Montgomery-Smith, Laurie Lee & Shaun Scrace. PBs in new age group went to R Builder, D Endean & C Hoult (2nd Vet 60)

Runners completing their 1st half marathon in the Purple & Gold vest included J Mancer, J Masters, J Kempny, J Appleton, C & M Tretheweys, R Trudgeon & M Tagney.

Keeping her great run of form going Sue Mellis collected 3rd female vet 60

It was a fantastic day to be in the purple and gold as the results proved with fantastic achievements for individuals, the team and everyone who pulled on the vest for the club. The full results, team standings and GP placing are available on the website.

Falmouth Road Runners can be very proud of their efforts as it was a well organised, well marshalled race with great support along the way from cyclists, supporters from all of the other clubs taking part and the general public with the added bonus of a pasty, glass of champagne and medal as reward for the effort put in to complete a tough but enjoyable race.

Bring on An res Hellys and hopefully another successful race for the club.