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Truro Half Marathon 2013

By Deb Grills

16th September 2013

It was a day of seconds for Jonathan Brownlee and Mo Farah. However, for Cornish athletics, first place was the place to be. Not only did CAC’s Emma Steptoe win the Bristol Half Marathon but also STARC’s very own Tom Joyce (1hour 18) was victorious at the Truro Half.

Tom led home a strong men’s team with Stewart (7th), Duncan (15th) Simon (19th), Phil (25th) and Tim (26th). The team were squeezed into second place by CAC but they retain their overall 2nd in the GP Teams for the season. The men’s age category prizes were well earned by Duncan (2nd) Laurie (1st) and Doug (1st) with some nice wine as a going home prize!

Jess Buscombe led the ladies home with a great run into 7th place overall (1hr 39). Jess was also 2nd in the under 35 age category pushing her up to 3rd place in the overall GP. Additionally, she leads in her age category and hopes now for a blistering Newquay 10k and Cornish Marathon to finish her brilliant season. Well done Jess! Other ladies age category prizes went to me (Deb Grills) for 2nd place in Vet 50’s and to Sue Mellis 1st (Vet 60’s). Sue remains undefeated with an unbeaten season record. The ladies team was strong on numbers but sadly their 5th team place today meant no bottles of wine for the girlies today.

Truro RC periodically review the course for this race and 2013 proved to be time for a new route. The memorable bits were the slopes, hills, ascents and generally “ups” making for a tough course. Personally, I thought it was all the more challenging for the added off road link sections making for an enjoyable rural touch. Looping through Playing Place more than once made for good spectating and supporting locations, and as ever, Geraldine and the purple and gold shone brightly. Starc never fail to whoop, cheer and enthuse, and today was no exception. Helen Struthridge took on a new role behind the camera lens and captured many of our smiles and a few grimaces too!

The weather forecast was not great but the early 9.30am start meant that when the rain did come all the runners were home and dry (ish). The race HQ on Lemon Quay provided a good place for catching up with other runners, receiving post race massages, enjoying your pasty in the open air and discovering the contents of two quite heavy goodie bags! For some, Weatherspoons was a handy post race location. Though I fear a few may have been trapped there for a long while in the downpour!

Many thanks to Truro RC for a really well organized event and a special thank you to all the officials, timekeepers and every smiling and encouraging marshal, of which there were many.

Deb Grills