23.May.12 Record entry for first race in the Duchy Athletics Network 2012 5k Series
With a very busy road running calendar in the county which has very recently been supplemented by a new multi-terrain series offering some exciting off-road running opportunities, it was anticipated that it may have diluted the entry for the first race in this year’s DAN 5k Series.
The pre-entry was down on the previous year, but Emma Stepto of CAC, the Race Director had a number of pre-race calls from potential entrants asking if they could enter on the race day and fortunately the dry and sunny conditions drew a record entry on the race evening, to the relief of Emma and her team of event volunteers.
118 runners from all over Cornwall, including some holidaying runners from Canterbury Harriers and Garscube Harriers signed up on the night bringing the total entry to 130.
Colin Snook of CAC took top honours in the male category with Isabel Steele taking the honours as the fastest female finisher. Colin almost won the 2011 Series but was eventually beaten to top spot by Dan Alsop of St Austell Runners, but his good start at Stithians may very well set him on course to taking home top honours for this year’s Series.
Isabel competing in the under 17 female category was a good minute and a half in front of her nearest rival Alice Nicholas of Mounts Bay Harriers at the finish, and she could be on the way to complementing her success in the 2011 Series with a further top female placing for the 2012 Series. (Colin and Isobel pictured right)
The race also attracted some younger athletes, with some excellent competitive running provided by Charlotte Emsden (CAC), Martha Carlisle (CAC) and Sophie Talling (NRR) in the female under 15 category, who battled it out over the 5k course, with Charlotte Emsden eventually beating her contemporaries across the finishing line. In the male under 15 category, Oscar Chandler won his category and he was very pleased, as it was his first competitive run since taking up running.
Amongst the throng of club runners drawn from eleven clubs from Cornwall and beyond, was a good mix of independent and beginner/new runners, including mums and dads running with their sons and daughters, and couples running together. Nikki West (pictured right) may have been at the back of the finishers, but she’s not beaten and relished crossing the finishing line
Karl and Miranda Priest (pictured right) both crossed the finishing line in a very respectable time of 25:25 and commented they’d really enjoyed the evening’s proceedings and were looking forward to competing in further Series runs to qualify for a Series momento and to have the chance to run on another attractive course in the county over the summer.
The next race is being held on Hayle beach on 12th June, and a further three races at Tregorrick, Truro and Cape Cornwall on 5th July, 18th July and 8th August respectively, with the whole series being finished off with a Presentation run at Truro on 22nd August. Three races have to be completed to qualify for a race memento or win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd trophy in a Vet category. The Presentation race doesn’t count as a qualifying race but promises to be a fun and sociable event.
Ben Penberthy, county official and starter prepares the runners to start the race
For more details on the Series, please contact Rob Cockings, the Duchy Athletics Network club and coach coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org 07973 813550
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