Christian Boyce and Mark Deacon travelled to Portsmouth to take part in the Great South Run, a 10 mile road run that hugs the sea front. Starting on the Clarence Esplanade, towards Old Portsmouth town, before the athletes get to take a brief look at the boats within Portsmouth Harbour. From here the athletes run past Victoria Park and along Winston Churchill Avenuene. Before looping back and heading towards Southsea Common, before heading on to the South Parade and East Parade. From here the athletes run to Eastney looping back along the Esplanade to the finish line. Christian smiling all the time, finished the route in 1:27:54. Christian completed a 5K Park run at Plym Valley only the day before. Mark Deacon completed the 10 mile route in 1:20:00, sadly having to jog the last 2.5 miles due to an injury in his achilles.
Emma Clark ran the Paris Marathon. Starting near the Arc de Triomphe, athletes run to Bois de Vincennes before looping back and following the River Seine, passing the Eiffel Tower. Before heading towards Bois de Boulogne to the finish line. Emma completed the run in 3 hours 42 minutes.
Keeping it local and for a good cause. Sara Gratton, Anne Libby and Ann Harry all took to Plymouth for the Race for Life 5K run. Starting on Plymouth Hoe, the loop around on to cliffe road, before heading out towards West Hoe Road. Turning when they get to Millbay park, and running back on Great Western Road hugging the seafront, until they reach the barbican. From here the runners take Lambhay hill on the promenade before looping back to Hoe road, around the war memorial to the finish line just past Drake's statue. Ann Harry completed the route in 36:30. With Anne Liby finishing in 37:11 and Sara completing the trio and crossing the finish line in 39:49.
Rob Kernaghan, is having an amazing month of running. At the beginning of the month he took part in the Man up, Man down challenge, a 20K coastal challenge, starting at Portreath and running along the rugged north Cornwall coast to Perranporth. Then last weekend saw him complete his 250th Park Run, demonstrating an amazing long term dedication to running.
Last weekend saw the local half marathon and marathon taking place at Eden. With many pioneers taking part in both versions of this multi-terrain route. With the two routes starting together, just outside of Eden athletes then run along the road to St Blazey, before heading towards Prideaux Woods. From here athletes follow the River Par and head towards Luxulyan, then continue on the road Roseney Mill then Corgee Farm before Tredinnick. Just before the 8 mile mark the half marathon athletes continue on the road, but the marathon runners turn off. Staying with the half marathon route, takes the athletes to the bowling green, then passes the Innis Inn campsite before returning to the Eden Project. The half marathon has an impressive elevation of 1145 feet, whereas the marathon boosts an incredible 2595 feet of elevation.
Returning half marathon Eden runner Nick Pope, finished the run in 1:54:37, followed by Jennine Fisher with a time of 2:08:31, closely followed by Jenny Cartwright with a time of 2:11:32. Next for the Pioneers was Becky Brewer, completing the 13.1 mile run in 2:39:32, with Lynne Overd finishing in 3:15:01.
For the marathon runners they keep to the same first 7 and a half miles as the half marathon runners, just before the 8 mile mark they head towards Helman Tor, before coming to Lanlivery and Colligree. For miles 15-17 the athletes return to Luxulyan Valley, enjoying some of the off-road running this route is known for. From here the marathon runners complete the initial loop around Roseney Mill then Corgee Farm before Tredinnick and complete the same route as the half marathon runners.
There were over 200 runners taking part in the Marathon, Emma Langstaff came back first for the Pioneers, and completed this hard hilly route in 3:49:40, making her the third female back for the race. Sally Crabb completed the 26.2 mile route in 4:46:53.
While Darren Hardwick took part in the Manchester Marathon. Starting on Chester road, and running past Old Trafford, from here the athletes loop around the city centre. Then on this flat route, athletes get to run alongside Manchester Ship canal, towards Wharfside. From this point, athletes rejoin Chester Road, for mile 8- 13. Running onto Timperley, and then Altrincham, before looping around and heading out towards Baguley and Sale Moor. For the last few miles, the athletes do one final loop of Edge Lane and Seymour Grove. Darren finished his 26.2 miles in 4:48:39.
Clive Finnimore, no stranger to marathon running, decided to push himself in October, and took part in Centurion A100. Where athletes have to run 100 miles in under 24 hours. This unbelievable test of endurance took place just outside of Reading. The route has 4 separate sessions, each being 12.5 miles out and back, starting each time from Streatley. The first leg is from Streatley to Little Wittenham, from then it is Streatley to Swyncombe Farm and back again. The third section takes the runners from the starting point to Chain hill before returning and starting the fourth and final leg, which takes runners to Reading. The final is the return to Streatley.
This is Clive's first attempt at Ultra running. Completed the staggering distance in 22:56:44. Putting him in 68th position, an incredible achievement.
The 3rd October is a very special day for athletes, this year saw a staggering 80,000 athletes taking part in either the virtual or running the route in London. This year marked the 40th Anniversary of the race. For the runners taking to the streets of London the route started at Blackheath in Greenwich. From here the athletes run towards the Cutty Sark, for mile 6. By mile 12 the athletes are next to The Shard and move straight on the Tower Bridge. Then the athletes run towards Canary Wharf, to reach mile 18, then along to the Embankment to see the London Eye, Westminster and on to the Houses of Parliament for mile 25. The final part of the route takes the runners to Buckingham Palace and the runners finish on The Mall.
Jo Robinson came back first for the pioneers, and achieved a personal best, finishing the route in 3:06:34. Followed by Emma Langstaff, who crossed the finish line in 3:22:03. Followed by Mandy Gibson with 3:38:03, finishing just before her husband and running partner Phil Gibson 3:58:26, who both ran for Wish for William charity. Alison Catnach finished the iconic run in 3:45:02. Cheryl Broas completed the run in 4:15:34, with Elysia Gregory the only member of the Gregory household to be running in London, with the other members of the family opting for the virtual run, completing the route in 4:35:29. Then came a flurry of Looe Pioneers crossing the finish line, with Brendan Palmer finishing in 4:42:36, Linda Cuff crossing the finish line at 4:45:59, Louisa Chisholm completing the route in 4:46:27, who raised over £6000 for her charity Action on Addiction. Helen Lawes came in next with a time of 4:49:06, followed by Sarah Barker with a time of 4:55:31.
For the virtual runners, who were allowed to run on any route, as long as they reached the 26.2 miles. Martin Gregory finished his route in 3:54:27, with his daughter Jas Gregory, looping multiple times around the Royal Veterinary College Campus finishing in 5:07:01. Julie Gregory, who had recently received medical advice instructing her to run, still competed by walking the distance in 9:03:34. Her dedication to finishing is incredible.
Clive Finnimore, a seasoned marathon runner, decided to take the opportunity to enjoy the coastal path, making his virtual run a multi-terrain route and completed his route in 4:30:45. Graham Mace completed his virtual route in 4:48:51.
Donna Gundry, who completed her first marathon in 5:20:39, was joined at the end by her family, who created a finish line for her to cross and received a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her achievement.
Lynne Overd, who is currently recovering from injury completed the route in 7:19:45
Many pioneers came out to support the virtual runners, cheering them on and in several cases joining them for a few miles.