The Cornish Marathon is Cornwall’s only all road marathon. It began in 1987 and originally started out from Saltash following the A38 and A390 to Lostwithiel. Relocating to Rilla Mill, taking in much of the present route, it presented competitors with 3 miles of steady climbing from the start.
Changing to Pensilva, the event starts from Millenium House, a much gentler introduction to the scenic circular out and back route which takes runners along the Draynes Valley, through the ‘Poldark’ country of Bodmin Moor, past King Arthur’s legendary Dozmary Pool, Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn at Bolventor and back along the Fowey Valley, taking in a climb to Foredown between miles 24 and 25, which most runners will remember for a long time, and not just for the fabulous views!
Taking part on Sunday were six super Bats who braved the torrential rain and strong winds to battle their way through in true Bat style to finish in fantastic times.
First Bat home and running an 18 minute personal best to finish well under 4 hours was Sally Dunn. Newest club member Chris Anthony was the first man home. The remaining four Bats also ran a great event and achieved marathon personal bests.
Team Bat – Cornish Marathon 2015 are pictured with their times: Dan Dooney 4.28.00, Chris Anthony 4.05.07, Sally Dunn 3.51.43, Mel Greaves 5.26.34, Fran Morgan 4.45.56 and Emma Dooney 4.28.00.
Big thanks go out to fellow Bats who went out to support runners throughout the course Pam, Janice, Julian, Tom and Julie.
Closer to home seven club members took part in the Plymouth 10k. This is a fast event and despite the blustery weather Bats ran their hearts out with Ben Neale achieving a personal best to finish 10th overall, Sam Lake ran a 2 minute personal best to finish 8th lady overall and 2nd in her age group, Steve Hill narrowly missed a personal best but finished 21st overall and 3rd in his age category. Lisa Birch and Hazel Bickley also ran PBs.
Team Bat – Plymouth 10k 2015 are pictured with their times: Ben Neale 35.47, Steve Hill 37.31, Samantha Lake 41.52, Lisa Birch 54.31 and Hazel Bickley 1.03.55. Not pictured Rebecca Mingo 49.35, Leigh Cossey-Haggar 49.54.