This week, saw the Looe Pioneers making the most of the late summer sun, lets hope it last, as many of the athletes still have a lot of races left to run this session. The past week has seen the Pioneers taking part in runs all over the southwest. However with the dark evenings, most runs are now limited to the weekends only.
Sunday saw 10 Pioneers travel down to Truro to take place in the Half Marathon. This 13.1 miles route, is the 14th race in the Grand Prix series. The route is a hard and has two big hills to challenge athletes. The route takes the athletes from Truro town centre out to Feock, then the athletes loop back via on rural roads through Porth Kea. Mark Deacon came in first of the pioneers, with a time of 1:34:36, making him the 50th athlete to cross the finish line. Gary Williams completed the race in 1:35:35 which is a new personal best time for Gary. Mandy Gibson was the first female Pioneer who completed the route, with a time of 1:49:43. Just after the two hour mark was Rob Kernaghan (2:01:30), Clive Finnimore (2:02:00) and Helen Lawes (2:06:44). Followed by Tanya Elliott (2:18:04), Mick Torres (2:20:14), Andy Elliott (2:29:16) and Lynne Overd (3:08:42).
Saturday morning, saw Mick Visick compete in the Lanhydrock Parkrun. A beautiful 5K run, which takes place, like all Parkruns at 9 am on Saturday morning. Parkruns are free to enter and are mixed ability, so great for people who are new to running or returning post injury. Whereas Sandra Northcott and Jo Robinson took part in the Eden Parkrun.
Sunday also saw, an all female team consisting of - Donna Gundry, Jay Wagstaff, Angie Pengelly, Sandra Northcott, Sandra Haynes and Emma Collins travel to Plymouth to compete in the Race around the Plym. A 5 mile run organised by Plymouth Coasters. The race which started at Marsh Mills roundabout, took the athletes along the embankment, over Laira bridge and back via the picturesque Saltram house. Emma came in first for the club finishing in 43:55, shortly afterwards followed by Donna with a time of 48:38. After her came Sandra Northcott, 49:09 then Sandra Haynes just over 30 seconds after her, with a time of 49:43. Jay and Angie who ran the whole route together completed in 53:24.