57 Pioneers took part in this 5 mile course and Looe was the 4th biggest club represented at this popular annual event which is an amazing achievement. All athletes completed the course with quite a lot of new members running competitively for the first time. To see the whole squad over the finish line was a great achievement and some of the athletes who only started on the couch to 5k programme in the new year powered home beating many personal bests. Two years ago, only 1 Looe pioneer represented the town at this event, last year there 29 and with this years 57, we are hoping to continue the trend upwards for 2018 !
Dartmoor Discovery on June 3rd. Emma Langstaff and Sally Crabb represented the club/town at this ultra-marathon event around Dartmoor. The race is entirely on road and starts in Princetown, follows a route passing through Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Newbridge, Ashburton, Buckland in the Moor, Widecombe in the Moor and Postbridge before making its way back to finish in Princetown. The current distance is 52.115 km (32 miles 674 yards). Emma finished in 5:16:10 and Sally 5:33:54. A fantastic achieve by the Looe ladies!
A large number of the club members took part in the Plymouth half marathon on Sunday 23rd April with many of the athletes achieving personal bests over this distance and finishing in excellent times. Mark Deacon completed the course in 1:26:50s and came 38th overall from a field of approximately 2800 runners and Jo Robinson also continued her superb form which keeps her high in the rankings of the top female athletes in Cornwall. A huge well done goes to Kirsty Webb also who achieved an excellent time only a short while after completing the Brighton Marathon a few weeks ago.
Looe Pioneers were well represented at the Virgin London Marathon with Laura Rosser, Joe Arkley, Kelly Prutton, Peter Heywood and Victoria Thomas all with superb runs over this famous course.
Legend has it that in 490BC Philippides ran 26 miles in hot summer from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to announce the battle had been won; he then died. Five Looe Pioneers braved the scorching heat of an early summer to compete with the aptly named Philippides Shepley completing the Brighton Marathon as part of his preparation for the Five Marathon Challenge.
The Cornish Run; he will run with seven mates the length of Cornwall, completing 5 marathons in 5 days from May16th to 20th. Support him at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cornishrun
Philippides, Mandy Gibson led home the team with Laura Arkley just 15 minutes behind after jettisoning her husband who finished in 4 hours and 28 minutes. Philippides and Kirsty Webb crossed the line together, after mutual support through the torrid heat, to bring all the Pioneers home.
Mandy Gibson 3.58.31 (379th woman out of 8110)
Laura Arkley 4.12.25
Joe Arkley 4.28.45
Phillippides Shepley 4.39.48
Kirsty Webb 4.41.52
In Paris, Jordan Garaghon, Pioneers marathon record holder, couldn’t quite eclipse his previous record; sun stroke and near broken legs did not prevent him from reaching the Arc de Triomphe in an impressive 3 hours and 26 minutes.
Jordan was running for Macmillan Cancer Support https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jordan-Garaghon4
Pioneers run in the sun!!
A handful of Looe Pioneers braved the hills of Falmouth for its annual half marathon on Sunday. After a chilly start the sun came out and shone on the pioneers as they made their way round the picturesque course beginning near Pendennis Castle before heading west towards the Helford river and turning back to finish along the promenade of this lovely Cornish coastal town. A gentle northeasterly breeze was appreciated by all as the temperature rose sufficiently to result in a few pink faces!
Mark Deacon led the way with a superfast time of 1.27 finishing 26th out of a total 576 runners.
The remaining twelve runners completed the bakers dozen as follows with many personal bests achieved;
Chris Pawley 1.46
Mandy Gibson 1.49
Mark Grassam 1.50
Phil Gibson 1.56
Ali Catnach 1.57
Kirsty Webb 1.59
John Bowden 2.03
Peter Heywood 2.07
Kirstie Maywood 2.08
Emma Clark 2.10
Pete Catnach 2.17
Geraldine Bowden 2.21
Looe Pioneers resident superstar, Jordan Garaghon, made the long trip to Gloucestershire on Sunday to compete in his first marathon. In what was a stella debut performance, he completed the 26.2 miles in a superb time of 3hrs 23 mins, finishing in 21st place overall.
Garaghon now holds the Pioneers current marathon time record.
30 Looe Pioneers descended on Newquay for the ever-popular Newquay 10k, Race 2 of the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Cornish Grand Prix Series. In excellent running conditions, many Pioneers recorded personal best times, yet another indication of the meteoric rise of the club over the last 18 months. Special mention must go to 'Mr Consistent', John Gossam on yet another 3rd placed finish in his age catagory.
A twenty-five strong team headed down to Cambourne on Sunday for Storm Force 10, the first race in the Cornish Grand Prix series.
Looe Pioneers 10th largest club in attendance put in an incredible effort especially John Gossan who came in 3rd place in his category.
Club Chairman Bryan Maywood would like to proudly point out he finally beat Mike Visick.
An incredible start to the year and the race season.