Sun shone on the Looe 10 Miler on Saturday February 23rd – with hundreds visiting Looe for the day and the weekend. The annual event had its first Saturday afternoon running, allowing runners from 22 different counties to enter, with many staying at either Tencreek or a local b&B or hotel.
This year the event was supporting Cornwall Air Ambulance and its Heli Appeal – initial figures suggest over £4000 has been raised for this vital service.
Andy the Airman was there for the day and began both the fun run and the main event. In the Calweton Vet fun run over 150 completed the 1 mile lap beside the river and quayside path with a strong fight in both the boys and girls competitions.
In the 10 Miler cycle marshal Kieron Jewell set off at the head of the race at 1.30pm followed by 531 runners. He was quickly followed by Tony Brewer who led the race from mile 2, pulling away from the field by mile 4 and finishing in a time of 61 minutes and 13 seconds. Jim Cole and James Oke followed in second and third place.
IN the women’s race Claudia Serien was victorious, plotting her way to victory after home favourite Mandy Gibson has led up the first hill. Sherrie Hair and Claire Mensing finished second and third, with Looe’s Mandy coming in 5th, and so winning a place on Cornwall Celtic trail running team. In a closely fought battle for top Pioneer Mark Deacon kept a strong hold on his position despite the best efforts of Dale Tedder – with Mandy outdoing Sally Crabb for the women’s team.
Looe and Cornwall Councillor Edwina Hannaford was amongst a team of Pioneers who completed the race only a year after having completed the Couch to 5K programme.
Looe 10 Miler would like to thank the support given from many local businesses and supporters including Looe Lions, Looe Fire Service, Gibson’s Ice Cream, Jays Removals, Cornish Tea and Coffee, Adrenalin Quarry, and so many more.
Looe Pioneer Ecstasy; Women's Team Placed First
At Ivybridge on Friday May 11th a team of 10 Pioneers took on the popular 10k course with Mark Deacon leading the team home in 16th place in 38 minutes and Jo Robinson leading home the women, and winning the Female Vet 40 category in 43 minutes and 6 seconds. Lots of pbs were achieved, with other runners including Mark Grassam, Sally Crabb, Tania Elliott, Jennine Fisher, Jon Jones, Andrew Elliott, Louise Bird and Guy Cooper.
On early Sunday morning a team of six took on the newly routed Trevornick 10k (formerly the 10 miler). Across rugged terrain and coastal paths Tania Elliott led the team home in a fantastic 58 minutes closely followed by husband Andrew Elliott. Mick Torres, Jon Jones, Mandy Kemp and Lynne Overd all quickly followed in a blaze of orange.
Whilst all this was going on Looe 10 Miler winner Oli Thorogood, aged 27, was tackling something slightly more hillish and hellish – in fact 20 times more hillish and hellish than the Looe 10 miler; the 50 mile Snowdonia Ultra. He conquered the 20,000 feet of elevation in 11 hours and 30 minutes- finishing 90 minutes ahead of second place and the rest of the field – which included international trail runners.
Full results for Pioneers:
Mark Deacon 48.00;
Mark Grassam 54.00;
Jo Robinson 57.36;
Kirsty Webb 1.03.01;
Martin Gregory 1.09.53;
Kirstie Maywood 1.11.46;
Nikki Williams 1.14.56;
Bryan Maywood 1.15.22;
Graham Foster 1.15.54;
Di Foster 1.15.55;
Mandy Kemp 1.24.38;
Julie Gregory 1.34.28;
Lynne Overd 1.36.54
There are too many people to mention individually but Mark Deacon ran all 3 mentioned races, was the first pioneer home at Redruth and Muddy Duck but also ran TWICE in the relay race - superb effort Mark!!! Jo Robinson was First Lady pioneer to finish at Redruth but lots of very good runs from others with Dale Staff, Mark Grassam and Gary Williams also very high up the field.