Newquay race breaks record
NEWQUAY Road Runners have written themselves into the history books with a record-breaking 10K extravaganza.
The decision to move the event from its traditional October slot was justified as a Cornwall Grand Prix record of 768 runners crossed the finishing line.
There has been nothing but positive feedback following the event which, once again, confirms that the road race remains one of the most popular in Cornwall.
This is the largest number ever to have finished a Cornwall Grand Prix event, beating the record held by another Newquay race: the Cubert Five.
Road Runners chairman Des Evans said: “What a fantastic club we have. I’ve had messages from all over the country. It was a successful weekend where the whole club pulled together to create the most fantastic event ever seen in Cornwall.”
Storm Doris abated as a quality field of runners left Newquay Sports Centre, heading out alongside the River Gannel and towards Crantock, before following the same outward route back to the Sports Centre.
There was a stunning climax to the race as Colin Snook (Cornwall Athletic Club) edged out Tony Brewer (Mile High) by just two seconds, finishing in 33 minutes 29s. Colin’s teammate Justin Thomas was third in 33.38.
A memorable day for Cornwall Athletic Club continued with Emma Stepto (37.03) taking her first Newquay 10K win since 2010. Zelah Morall (37.58) and Heidi Tregenza (38.28) made it a clean sweep of podium positions for the county’s club.
David Bartlett led the Newquay contingent home in 13th place with 35.15 while Joanna Herd was the first local lady in a personal best of 40.46.
The signs are good for Newquay with a whole host of positive messages posted on the Road Runners Facebook page.
One such comment, from Mr Stephen Hick, read: “I don't know who the running club in Newquay are but a big thumbs up - just had to cross and walk right through the run/race down by the Gannel and there was a lovely atmosphere.
“The marshalls were doing a fine job letting traffic and runners past safely and the drivers I saw were all waiting patiently. I noticed from their club colours a whole lot of visiting runners from all over the area - what a great way to show off our lovely home and leave a really good impression.”
Evans concluded: “Thank you to the Newquay residents who were there and hung on for us - hopefully they enjoyed it. Thanks also to the mammoth amount of volunteers and all the staff at the Newquay Sports Centre.”
Turn to P46 for a full race report and visit www.cornwall-photos.com to view images captured by Voice photographer Phil Bunt.