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Imerys Half Marathon

By Sarah Bazely

3rd June 2013

After several months of very hard work and preparation by certain members of Starc, the big day had finally arrived. I had taken the easy option of running and left the hard work of organising it to Geoff Bate, Helen, Becky, Doug, Geraldine and my Geoff, who before I say anything about the race, need thanking for all their time and efforts. I was treating the run, together with Mel, as a training run and was under no pressure whatsoever to achieve any time, but just wanted to enjoy it - and enjoy it we did.

We had already decided that as we were training for ultras it was perfectly acceptable to walk all the hill - and hills were definately the order of the day. Strange lunar type landscapes with beautiful views unfolded before us as we plodded along putting the world to rights. Every so often a Starc marshall would warmly cheer, giving great encouragement. Claire and Ellen Budge were wrapped up like they were at "Everest Base Camp" to quote Emma Watkins but still gave a cheery shout.

Michelle Frank and George Speak treated us to some motivational music and further down the line there was Dani and Carl with their high fives and Nadia Wilson and her daughter with their welcome jelly babies.

This race for me was all about enjoyment. Memorable moments were Mel losing her trainer in the mud and me having to retrieve it for her, Dan Alsop running past us on his way to victory in the full marathon, leaving a cloud of clay dust in his wake. Amazing!

There were some fantastic results from the St Austell men, with Jamie Youlden coming 3rd. I know this is the kind of race that Jamie loves, so we hope to see more of Jamie in the off road grand prix. Stephen Hands and Simon Williams put in some great performances, coming 6th and 7th respectively and Deb Grills was 1st st Austell lady home. Today for Mel and I though this race wasn't about time, it was about what Starc do best - organisation and friendship.

The day was rounded off by a lovely evening meal and a well deserved pint, by not only the runners, but all the unsung heros who made the day the success it was.

Thank you.x