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Marazion 10K 2013

By Holly Payne

6th Feb 2013

Race day was met with great trepidation and uncertainty for most of us – mainly concerning the weather, which for the last week had quite frankly been diabolical. Luckily the weather gradually improved on the journey westwards from St Austell down to Marazion and the rain even managed to hold off for the start of the race.

After the obligatory - and I must say, particularly radiant pre-race team photograph, we all made or way to the start line – a considerable jog (or in my case ‘walk’) up the road.

After congregating in an enormous huddle at the start line, the other 480 runners and I were eager to get going. Annoyingly, there was a slight hold-up and scramble as a car very inconveniently decided to plough its way through us just as we were about to commence the race. Following a friendly pre-warning about the mud and rocks on the road at mile 4 to beware of, the claxon blasted and we were off!

Being just the 2nd race in the Grand Prix series, everybody was keen to get themselves off to a good start; that combined with a nice fast course, PBs were the order of the day for many, including myself! Although not the most interesting of courses, consisting mainly of country lanes and rural landscapes, it had a nice balance of up hill, down hill and flat. Thankfully the conditions stayed good throughout the race, with the exception of a slight scattering of mizzle, which was actually quite welcoming and refreshing at that point!

In sight of ‘the bridge’ and safe in the knowledge that the finish line was less than half a mile away, I was keen to pull out the stops and really go for it. Unfortunately I had forgotten how much of a slog that last hill was – it literally seemed never-ending! However, the encouragement and support of spectators, fellow runners and marshals up that final hill was fantastic and kept me (and no doubt every other runner) going right up to the finish line. A quick look at my watch and I was delighted to see I had got a 2.5 minute race PB, but frustratingly just 3 seconds off my 10k race PB, grrrrr!

Although there were no particular noteworthy sites of interest along the way, there has since been an accusation that Gary Jane was being stalked by Julia Nadaud at mile 4 – incidentally Julia beat Gary by a minute in the end! Further accolades were won in the pub after by all accounts – the honour of which can be hailed to Geoff Bazely!

Looking at the results, an amazing race was had by all and some excellent times were achieved. PBs (including both Race and 10K) were had by Patrick Vander Talen, Julia Nadaud, Claire Budge, Rachel Waters, Emma Watkins, Debbie Marshall, Tim Adams, Georgina Speake, Tom Howell, Dave Hampton, Philip Lean, Phil Montgomery-Smith and Simon Williams. First in for St Austell was Phil Montgomery-Smith, in overall 13th place with an excellent time of 36:35, closely followed by Stuart Nicholas in 18th place with a very respectable time of 36:54. Susan Mellis scooped an award for her age category; meanwhile the STARC lads earned themselves a well deserved bottle of Doombar each for the 5th Mens’ team prize.

Big well done to everybody who took part in the race, especially to anyone who had never done it before. Judging by the carpet of royal blue hoodies in the community hall at the end of the race, it would seem that everybody was very pleased with their

race mementos – cracking colour this year I thought! For those who didn’t get a PB on this occasion, do not despair - the 2013 Cornwall Road Running Grand Prix Series is just getting started!