Club Details
East Cornwall Harriers is a very friendly club which welcomes runners of all abilities. The club has the following weekly sessions, which all go from Liskeard Sports and Social Club, Lux Park Sports Centre, Liskeard, unless otherwise stated.

Training Schedule
FRI
22 Nov

SAT
23 Nov
8am Minions Marks Run on the Moor 5-6 miles. Meet Hurlers Car Park, All welcome.
10am Brickfields Track session / 5k Park Series, Lanhydrock-Mt Edgecombe-Eden-Tamar Trails
SUN
24 Nov
8am Lux Park 8 Miles
MON
25 Nov
4-5 Juniors Training Session Lux Park
TUE
26 Nov
6.30pm Lux Park Adults/Juniors led by Paul, Lake Lane
5 - 6 Mile Run led by Jon 8pm Coaches Meeting (Junior Coaches Glenn/Tess - Back up loc Bus Park)
WED
27 Nov
6.30pm Lux Park - Run led by Ray/ Jog led by Karen/ Walk/Jog led by Sam
Run group under 11min miling - Jog group 11 to 13min miling - Walk/Jog 13+min miling
THU
28 Nov
6.30pm Menheniot for 6 miles led by Terry/Tess - Park by the church

Social Events/Races
FRI
22 Nov

SAT
23 Nov

SUN
24 Nov
Falmouth Mob Match
MON
25 Nov

TUE
26 Nov

WED
27 Nov

THU
28 Nov

Cornish Marathon 2019 Results

Well done to everyone who took part, the results of the race are now available here

Cornish Marathon 2019 - Triumph through adversity and heroic Marshals

Just a brief few words before we have a full de-brief.

In spite of appalling conditions over the weekend Lou Harding and her team managed to once again showcase East Cornwall Harriers at their best.

As many of you will know from Lou’s posting below, the dreadful weather led to flooding and closure of the Fowey Valley – a major section of the route.

However, undeterred, a last minute change meant that the race went ahead as a full marathon and was a great success.

As Chair I would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible.

As Head Marshal I would particularly to thank all the Marshals and those at the drink stations. Many of you stood out in the cold, wet and rain for many hours, but remained cheerful and encouraging throughout – a fantastic effort. It is really, really appreciated and I am proud of each and every one of you.

Finally of course well done to all those members who actually ran. Not only did you have to contend with dreadful conditions but also to run an unfamiliar route. There were some exceptional performances, but everyone who even attempted it deserves admiration. Congratulations to you all.

Thanks again,

Rob

Cornish Marathon Update

Latest update on the Cornish Marathon, the race is still going ahead however having just been and checked the course the Fowey valley is still closed due to flooding. As the road is still flooded after several hours of dry weather and with more rain forecast we are going with our contingency plan and changing the route to an out and back marathon. It will still be marathon distance. Even if the road was to open before the start tomorrow we need to have set the course out well before that and with the further rain forecast we can't risk it flooding again while runners are still out there. Please advise all supporters of the route change, it will not be going to Jamaica Inn. All marshals and helpers involved will be contacted in the morning. If you are travelling to the event please avoid the Fowey valley. Registration opens at 8am tomorrow and the race will still start at 10am as scheduled. We will give full details in the race briefing. See you all tomorrow. Lou Harding

Cornish marathon still on AND still a marathon

The Cornish Marathon is still on. As you may know, a significant 5 mile part of the course is currently flooded. If we have to implement a contingency it will still be using a large part of the course, and it will STILL BE A MARATHON. See you all tomorrow on the start line at 10.00

Race Days Instructions - Cornish Marathon 2019

Race day instructions were sent out to all runners last Sunday (20th October). I have had a few emails saying they were not received but they were sent out to all taking part. If you did not receive them my apologies, they can be found here. Race Day instructions and car parking map. See you on the 3rd November. Lou Harding

Harriers Report 29 October 2019.



EAST CORNWALL HARRIERS REPORT 29 OCTOBER 2019.

On Sunday 3 November it will be the 35th running of the Cornish Marathon.

This is the Blue Riband Event of the Cornwall Road Running Grand Prix and the final race in the series and the only all road marathon in Cornwall.

The race starts and finishes at Millenium House in Pensilva and follows a route through Crows Nest to Golitha Falls and then up via to Jamaica Inn, before before turning at about 16 miles for the return to Pensilva via the Draynes Valley. This is a very testing race. After the Marathon race leaves Millenium House there is a 1.1 mile Fun Run around Pensilva starting at 11 am. Registration is open from 10 15 am on the day and all finishers receive a medal.

For Sharon Daw it will be her 333 marathon a fantastic achievement and she will be joined by many of the South West's finest distance runners. There are many vantage points along the route and local support for the runners is welcomed.

Craig Vaughnley made the trip to Portsmouth on 19th October to compete in the Great South 10 mile run – part of the great Run series and capitalised on his hard work in training by posting a 1h 22 min , 5 minute Personal Best.

Sharon Daw was at Walton on Thames on 19th of October to run the Phoenix Running Man Marathon – done in 4h 21m and the next day the Phoenix 10 Marathon – completed in 4h 48 m and was 2nd lady finisher. Sunday 27 th October Sharon lined up for the Plymouth Trail Marathon – her 332 marathon and finished in 4h 1 min as first lady – a brilliant result.

Sunday 27th October 2019 and Marcus Wills was racing at the Dartington Sprint Duathlon. A 5 k run followed by a 25 km bike race and finished off with a 2.5 km run. An excellent time of 1h 12m was enough for 11 th place overall in very muddy conditions after Saturdays torrential rain.

Saturday 26 October saw 3 Harriers make the long journey North to race in the Snowdon Marathon a testing run around Mount Snowdon. Adam Lockton was first Harrier home in a very fine 3h 39 m. Shane Caughey was 2nd Harrier in 4 h 4 mins and Matthew Loughrey Robinson an excellent 4h 49m.

Sunday 27 October was the annual Tavy 7 race on Dartmoor starting at Plaster Down and passing Pew Tor and going through the village of Sanford Spinney. Kim Crowle finished in 1h 13 m and Deb Philips posted 1h 21m.

Harrier of the Month October 2019.........



After returning from injury, she is back to winning her age group on a regular basis (every race!) and all the hard work behind the scenes with coaching and organising the schools cross country. Congratulations to Revis Crowle, this months Harrier of the Month.

Sportshall Event 1 Results

Apologies for the delay but the first Sportshall Junior event results are now available on our Juniors Events page.

Calling all cake makers - The Cornish Marathon needs you!!

It's that time of year again when we put out a call to all the cake makers of ECH and request your baked delights for Cornish Marathon day. Any cakes, biscuits or sweet treats to sell in the kitchen on the day of the event are very greatly received. You can drop off early on marathon day (November 3rd) or on Saturday the 2nd (in the morning) when we are packing the goodie bags. Any questions please contact me. Many thanks in advance. Lou Harding

ECH London Marathon Ballot 2020 - Slight UPDATE



By now most of you will have found out that you DID not get into the London Marathon 2020.

Only 6% of ballot entrants get in - Well done to those that DID get in, you are very lucky !!!

So normally we get ONE place based on less than 150 UK Athletics members, this year we have driven this UP to over 160 members meaning we get 2.

TWO yes TWO club places, So how you I APPLY I hear you ask ??

1

I have never run the London marathon before

2

I have applied to run in the London Marathon for the coming year and have been rejected

3

I have been a paid up member of East Cornwall Harriers for 12 month and an England Athletics member for at least 6 months from the date of payment of my subscription.

4

I have trained or raced with the club on at least 12 occasions during the previous 12 months

5

I have attached my London Marathon rejection slip and confirmation of my England Athletics membership to this form

This is the CRITERIA above...

You need to fill in a form located http://www.eastcornwallharriers.com/pages/documents.php

Then hand into one of the COMMITEE members or ROB PICK

Then sit and cross your fingers !!

The odds on you getting in on this ballot is more than 6%

GOOD LUCK

Harriers Report 6 October 2019.



HARRIERS REPORT TO 6 OCTOBER 2019

Ironman 70.3 Weymouth.

On 22 September in tough windy conditions Marcus Wills completed his Triathlon Season with the Ironman Weymouth race. The event starts starts with a 1.2 mile open sea swim around Weymouth Bay made difficult by the choppy waves. Following on from this a 56 mile cycle race and then on to complete a tough Half Marathon. Marcus posted a very fine 5h 36m.

Atlantic Coastal Challenge.

Over the 4th, 5th and 6th of October it was the 14th running of the Atlantic Coast Challenge from Padstow to Lands End on the very challenging North Cornwall Coast. The race is essentially 3 marathons back to back although the final day was actually an ultra marathon. The competitors are taken by bus to the start each day & collected at the end of the day. Mel Handford bravely took on this tough race and produced an outstanding performance a great credit to her and the Harriers bearing in mind the difficult nature of the trails and climbs & technical descents. A total time of 15h 55minutes put Mel in 12 th place overall and 3rd female finisher. Superb determination.

London Ultra 55 km race.

On October 5th Sharon Daw lined up to tackle a unique new race – the London 55km ultra starting at the entrance to the Woolwich foot tunnel and finishing in Richmond – crossing 9 London Boroughs – ascending London's two highest points Shooters Hill and Crystal Palace and run mostly off road. Taking in Wimbledon Common & Richmond Park the race provided many access points for supporters – using the southern part of the Capital Ring. Sharon came home in 6h 2m a fine performance.

Plymouth Ocean City 10k.

Sunday 6th October saw 10 Harriers make the short trip into Plymouth for the Ocean City 5k and 10 k. In the 5 k race Ben Harding sprinted around in a very fast 21m4secs.

The 10 k race saw Darren Harvey as 1st harrier in 38m 27sec followed by David Robinson in 39m 48sec and Marcus Wills in 41m 3 sec. Aimee Turpee was 4th Harrier and 1st lady Harrier in 47m 52sec. Gemma Woolfe 55m 14 secs was next just ahead of Liz Egginton 58m 4 secs. A clutch of Harriers led by Sam Snell 59.24, Gail Cory 59m 49 secs and Sandra Haynes 59m 56 secs all beat the magic 60 mins for the 6.2 miles – very fine running by the ladies.

ECH RACE REPORT 1 OCTOBER 2019



ECH RACE REPORT 1 OCTOBER 2019.

Cubert 5 mile. Round 14 Cornish Grand Prix Series. Sunday 29th September

Cornwall offers very little in the way of flat running, and the Cubert 5 miler a little way to the northwest of Newquay is consequently one of the most popular races on the Cornish Grand Prix calendar. It's five miles round a two lap route that starts in Cubert village and finishes in a muddy field opposite the school. 648 runners from mainly Cornish clubs lined up and on a very blustery and wet Sunday morning to contest it, and there were 15 Harriers who made the short hop over from Liskeard, ranging from the very experienced veterans, to a group of ladies from the Wednesday jog walk group taking part in their very first race.

At the top of the leaderboard it was a battle of two of ECH's notable tri-athletes vying to be first Harrier back. Despite playing down his chances before the start Marc Doyle took the honours in 32.08 his first time over this course. Marcus Wills had another strong race despite being overtaken by Marc a mile in, to finish in 66th place in 33.03, a new pb. Chris Ullman was third back in 86th, tracking Marc and Marcus for much of the route before fading to finish in 34.02. Joe Kearns had a very solid race in 35.29, hoping to hold on to his second place in the male vet 55-59 category, but was disappointed to be 8th on the day, and will need to see what happens after the Cornish marathon now.

First lady back for the Harriers was Aimee Turpie, with a strong run just managing to crack 40.00 in 39.59. The weather took a turn for the worse, the wind increasing and the showers returning as Sarah Steed was next in 45.19. Holly Garbett won a spot prize for sharing her birthday with one of the announcer's favourite athletes and was smiling as she finished in 48.53. Kim Crowle was making her first race back since injury and was pleased with 49.32. Next saw a two debutants, Judy Gluyas in 53.15 and Sarah Marsh in 53.18 braving the increasingly muddy finish, accompanied by Alex Putna in 53.25, a sterling effort by all three. Geri Cullen was not far behind 53.25, her first race in a year. Sally Cox has had a long break from racing, and made a good return in 58.05. Claire Jones was another doing her first race and was delighted to get round in 58.25, accompanied by Lucy Oldham who had run 12 miles the day before and was completing her 14th race in the Cornish Grand Prix, and only needs 1 more for the full set of Grand Prix races.

Barnstaple Marathon

Out in North Devon is one of the flattest marathons in the South West following a disused rail-line and three harriers made the trip up. Shane Caughey was first back in a splendid 3.37.47, and Rachel Young who has racked up all manner of marathons and ultras put together another fine performance in 4.33.11. It was heartbreak though for club secretary Meeta Nicholls who has trained hard for this event and had to pull out at 19 miles with an injury

Jurassic Coast Whitestar Marathon

Sharon Daw had one aim this year, complete 100 marathons in 52 weeks, and with the Jurassic Coast whitestar marathon, she made it a superlative 101 in a tough outing taking 5 hours 25.

Harriers Report 22 September 2019



ECH RACE REPORT 24 SEPTEMBER 2019.

Lanhydrock 10 mile. Round 3 MTRS Series. Saturday 21st September

Saturday afternoon saw 12 Harriers line up at the start of round 3 of the Cornish MTRS series.

This is a very tough course around the grounds of the Lanhydrock Estate with the course meandering through the grounds and up & down many hills.

Doug Stacey had a brilliant run to finish 3rd overall and 2nd in his MV40 age category in1.07.08.

Second Harrier was Matt Davies 5th in his age category in 1.14.53. Jason Crossman was 3 rd Harrier home in 1.15.27..

Revis Crowle was first lady home in a brilliant 1.18.05, 3rd lady overall and 1st in her FV 55 age group. Shane Caughey had a strong run to finish in 1.19.47. Jenny Nash 1.23 32 was 2 nd lady Harrier and 2nd in her FV55 age group.. Hayley was 2nd in her FV 40 age group in 1.26.14. Amy Williams had a great run to finish in 1.33.48 and complete a winning team performance for the 4 lady Harriers – a very good days work and points recorded towards the overall championship.

Our men's team of Doug Stacey, Matt Davis, Jason Crossman and Shane Caughey scored a very impressive 3rd place in the team event – underlining the point that if we have enough Harriers at the Grand Prix races we can get Podium Places & overall season points. Well done to both teams.

Liz Egginton and Dave Lean 1.48.46 finished in the same time. Jon Sudell 1.52.43 and Emma Dales 1.55.33 completed the Harriers performances.

Saints Way Challenge Sunday 22 September 2019. 28.5 mile Ultra Marathon.

The first running of a new race from St Petrocs Church Padstow to St Fimbarrus Church Fowey on trails & country lanes passing through St Breock downs, Lanivet over Helman Tor and through Lanlivery was a tough event on a stunning course - staged by Purple Gecko Events.

Six Harriers took on the challenge. Oliver Jones and Chris Gilbert came joint first in an amazingly fast time of 4.10 43 and laid down a strong marker for future events – even after taking a slight detour on this self navigating event. Sharon Daw – running closer to home than usual finished in an excellent 5.36.45 and was 1st lady in her FV 50 age group a brilliant result. Nick Page 6.49 09 had a good race to be 1st MV 50. Michael Palmer 6.59.20 with a very brave run was 1st MV 70 a tremendous result. Another very brave determined race from Charlotte Bunt to finish in 8.41.49. An excellent but long days work for the Harriers returning with some excellent trophies.

Killerton Half Marathon Sunday 22 September 2019.Exeter

Darren Harvey made the trip to the lovely National Trust Killerton Estate near Exeter to compete in the Killerton Half Marathon.

The race was run on off road trails on the farm estate mostly never used for racing before in an event promoted by Relish Running. Darren finished in a brilliant 1.38.24 – overall third place and 1st place in his MV 40 age group a very fine performance.

Seenland Marathon Bavaria

Whilst away in Germany on secondment Marc Smerdon celebrated his birthday with a present from his German work mates, an entry to the Seenland Marathon in Bavaria. Mostly set on a route around Lake Brombachsee Marc had a brilliant outing to finish in 5th place overall in 2.52.41. A very well spent birthday indeed.

Harrier of the Month September 2019 is..........



Simon Coley. After overcoming a bad injury Simon has come back strong, had a really good run at the club handicap race and has been an inspiration to everyone with long term injuries. Well done, a well deserved award.

WESTWARD LEAGUE 2019/20

XC Season is coming so I need to register all possible runners including U11's by end September!
So if you think you may run, at least once, please let me have your name, DOB and EA Registration Number (registration not required for U11's)
Dates are; Oct 6, Nov 10, Dec 1, Dec 15, Feb 16 & Mar 1
Details will be found on ECH Website under 'Grand Prix'
Thanks
Revis

ECH Race Report 2 September 2019.



EAST CORNWALL HARRIERS RACE REPORT 2 SEPTEMBER 2019.

Dartmoor High Ground- Freedom Running.

Saturday 31st August saw 2 Harriers at Okehampton North Dartmoor to tackle two tough trail races the Dartmoor 50 and Dartmoor Highground Marathon.

Both races are organised by Freedom Running for runners by runners.

Both races take in the highest hills in the south West includingYes Tor and High Willhays. For the Marathon there is a total elevation of 5250 feet and for the Dartmoor 50, 10189 feet.

Dave Philp was first off at 6 am to tackle the Dartmoor 50. The route is tough but well marked and passes through the remotest parts of Dartmoor. Dave returned a fantastic time of 10h 45m to finish in 10th place overall. Pat Munn was next off to race the Highground Mrarthon. After completing the Dartmorr Crossing last weekend a 34 mile Ultra , Pat was in fine form again and finished in a very quick 4h 29m in 9th place overall. Superb stamina and fitness. Well done to both Harriers.

On 31 August our non stop Marathon specialist Sharon Daw was in Surrey to compete in the Phoenix Running Excalibur 12 race series. Saturday was Excalibur 8 run on hard trails along canal side and riverside paths . Sharon finished in 4h 31m. On Sunday 1st September Sharon started Excalibur 9 and finished the event in 4h 19m which are her best consecutive marathon times. Just 3 more races for Sharon in this series.

In Romania former Harrier Dan Nash running in the 50 km world championships picked up the Bronze Medal with an amazing performance of 2h 49m 1 sec., also smashing the UK 1981 record of Don Ritchie by 3m 28 secs. Truly amazing. Pete & Jenny Nash must be very proud of this superb achievement as are all the Harriers.

Sunday 1 st September saw round 12 of the Cornwall Road Running Grand Prix – the Treggy 7 hosted by Launceston Road Runners. The race starts in Launceston town square and finishes in the spectacular grounds of Launceston Castle. The race is a real up & downer starting with a steep down hill section into the country followed by a 1 mile climb out of the valley to Tregadillet, to return back into Launceston. First Lady Harrier was Revis Crowle in a very quick 49m 51sec and 1st in her FV 55 age category and 5th lady overall. Second Harrier and 2nd lady was Kaye Patterson in 50m 23s and 4th in her age group & 6th lady overall. Chris Ullman was third Harrier in 50m 56secs followed closely by Shane Caughey in 51m 5secs – a very fine race from both.

Joe Kearns 51m12secs was next home and a fine 3rd in his MV 55 age category.

Craig Vaughnley posted an excellent 58m 17 secs and Lucy Oldham 61m 58secs. Sarah Steed recorded 69m 46 secs just ahead of Nikki Pritchard 70m 53 secs. Alex Putna 75m 32 secs was next back ahead of Charlotte Bunt 82m 1 secs.

Some outstanding competition again this week from Harriers competing far and wide.

Cornish Marathon 2019 - Marshals

Today is 3rd of September. The significance of this is that it is now only 2 months until the most important day in the ECH calendar – the Cornish Marathon.

The Cornish Marathon is our flagship event and the state of our club can in many ways be measured by the success of the event.

Our Race Director, Louise Harding, has already been working hard for several months (assisted by treasurer Tess Mason and IT guru Chris Ullman) and as you may know the race is fully sold out – this is a fantastic indication of how highly the event is rated by the running community both locally and indeed nationally.

However, the day can only be a success if everyone in the club takes their own share of the burden. Louise will need many helpers on the day at the Millennium centre in Pensilva, but the key to making it a great day is always Marshals.

For many years our club President, Mark Andrews, has taken on the huge task of coordinating the marshals, but he is now taking a well-earned rest and I have taken it on.

We need at least 70 Marshals to effectively and safely manage the runners on the day.

I am therefore asking that every member of the club confirm to me that they can make themselves available to help out.

The only valid excuse for not doing so is if you are actually running. Even then it is your responsibility to get a friend or relation to do it on your behalf – they will not only be able to support you but also every other runner and your club as a whole.

There are more than 30 locations where Marshals are needed, with many of them needing a few people to work as a team. Why not get a group of friends to do this and have a fun day together.

You can either do any early stint or a later one depending where on the course you are, or you can do both.

Please let me know as soon as you can that you are available – first come first served for the best places.

Anyone who hasn’t contacted me within a couple of weeks will get a call from me as a chase up. Remember it isn’t a chore, it’s a fun and enjoyable way to spend a few hours. The reward will be the thanks from the runners, your club – and a pasty back at race HQ !

Thanks all in advance.

Rob

robpick1956@outlook.com

07971 224476

Harriers Race Report 26 August 2019



EAST CORNWALL HARRIERS RACE REPORT 26 AUGUST 2019.

The Big Day Out on Dartmoor and for two Harriers it certainly was.

Pure Trail Running organised the Crossing a 37 mile Ultra Marathon race across Dartmoor from North at Belstone near Okehampton to Ivybridge on the South. This iconic race followed a new route this year 2.5 miles longer than in previous years.

Distance specialists Pat Munn and Sharon Daw lined up for the challenge across the moor – passing through Princetown and following trails, paths and open moorland. At times there are various obstacles to counter including stream crossings and boggy sections.

Pat completed the race in an amazing 6h 21m , 8th overall and 1st MV50 another excellent run from Pat. Sharon Daw familiar with running on Dartmoor and having run 39 miles last year on the moor was home in 7h 6mins , 4th lady and 1st FV 50 a brilliant run.

On Monday 26 August Triathlon came to Bodmin with 2 races centred at Bodmin Leisure Centre organised by IntoTri events. The Big Dragon – a 400 metre swim , followed by 26 k cycle race and 5.6 k run. Drew Clark currently leading the overall series put in a brilliant performance to come second overall in 1h 8 m. narrowly beaten by Michael Birchmore the world 25 -29 Ironman 70.3 champion. Drew is leaving us to go to University in October and his contribution to the Harriers will be missed – not forgetting his help at the Schools Cross Country Events – in all weathers. We wish him luck as he pursues a career in Sport. Marcus Wills put in another excellent Tri performance to finish as 8th Male in the open category in 1h 15m.

Craig Jamieson in only his 3rd Triathlon Event entered the Little Dragon Event , 200 m swim, 13k cycle ride and a 2.5 k run – and completed this in 50m 39s. Which was good enough for him to win the event, an outstanding performance for a senior male vet.

August Harrier of the Month - Marcus Wills



The August Harrier of the Month award has gone to Marcus Wills Marcus has been racing and training superbly recently, not just in the usual races but also his triathlon, with a fantastic showing at the Cotswold mid distance triathlon.

Question Time: Social evening with your coaches.

At last nights coaches meeting the coaches came up with an idea to have an 'Question Time' evening with the coaches. The idea would be to have a social evening where coaches would give a little talk about coaching, running in general and basically imparting their knowledge gained through coaching courses and training together with many years of experience in running, for some at a high level.

Before we make any plans we would like to know if this is something that our club members would be interested in. So please leave feedback via the feedback email, or just by telling your coaches and leaders if you would be interested in such an evening.

It would also be a chance to tell your coaches what you would like from us.