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
THU
22 Feb
6.30pm Lux Park Pace 8 miles led by Chris - Inter 8 miles led by Glenn - Social 8 miles led by Mark
5 miles led by Tess
FRI
23 Feb

SAT
24 Feb
8am Minions Marks Run on the Moor 5-6 miles. Meet Hurlers Car Park, All welcome.
10am Brickfields Forum Coached Track session
SUN
25 Feb
8am Lux Park 20 miles
MON
26 Feb
4-5 Juniors Training Session Lux Park
TUE
27 Feb
6.30pm Lux Park Adults led by Mark Briarwood 800m Reps - Juniors led by Lou/Tess School Carpark
5 - 6 Mile Run led by Paul / 8pm Coaches Meeting
WED
28 Feb
6.30pm Lux Park Beginners/Novice Social group led by Karen

Social Events / Races
THU
22 Feb

FRI
23 Feb

SAT
24 Feb
5K Park Series Lanhydrock/Mt Edgecumbe
SUN
25 Feb
Looe 10
MON
26 Feb

TUE
27 Feb

WED
28 Feb

ECH race report 11 February 2018

13 February 2018
Written by: JAN SROCZYNSKI


ECH Race Report 11 February 2018.

Arc of Attrition Chris & Oli beat the conditions.

On Friday 9 February 2018 over 150 experienced Trail Runners set off from Coverack on the South of the Lizard peninsula to run over 100 miles of the South West Coast Path to Porthowan on the North Coast. The race covers the most brutal & difficult section of the South West Coast Path made even more difficult this year by the previous weeks of heavy rain.

In places the route had to be diverted due to coastal erosion & land slips meaning that the runners that finished covered over 106 miles.

The race is known as the Arc of Attrition because of the high percentage of runners that fail to make the finish by the cut off period. This year 64% of entrants failed to complete or make the cut off.

The race is Internationally highly rated and finishers are awarded 6 points toward qualification for the Blue Riband of Ultra Running the UTMB – the Ultra Race around Mont Blanc, which attracts the worlds finest long distance athletes.

As well as last years joint winners Steve Wyatt and Paul Maskell and ladies winner Maryann Devally, East Cornwall Harriers Chris Gilbert – last years winner of the 100 km Plague Coastal Ultra and Oliver Jones winner of Imerys Marathon & Dartmoor Ultra the crossing, started the race.

A t the start of the race a romantic touch added to the great atmosphere when one of the contestants proposed marriage to his partner which was accepted & then toasted with champagne as they set off.

Chris & Oli had family members & Harriers, Craig Vaughnley, Stuart Timms & Tim Gray…and Jane Gilbert ... acting as support crew. In addition Mud Crew the event organisers had a fantastic support crew of 150 marshalls & helpers with brilliant regular feeding stations to keep the runners calories & hydration levels up, as the runners would use about 15000 calories during the duration of the event. As well as covering 106 miles the race involved over 14000 feet of climbing.

The race started at midday in good weather conditions and the runners passed through the Lizard, Mullion, Praa Sands recahing Penzance after about 50 miles as dusk descended. At this point Oli had had a fall and was suffering almost to the point of having to retire – but thankfully after a rest & refreshment he was able to carry on.

The race require runners to be able to concentrate for long periods to focus on navigation especially in the dark & to avoid trips & falls. As the route continued through Porthcurno , Lands End and Sennen Cove the weather worsened with the wind picking up followed by rain. After 13 hours of running in the dark Oli & Chris were pleased to see daybreak as they headed on through Cape Cornwall, Pendeen and onto Hayle. They were able to pick up the pace as they passed through Gwithian & Godrevy to the finish at Portowan. Both runners spirits were lifted when their family members were there to cheer them on. The epic race was completed by them in joint 5th place in 26 hours and 24 minutes. The joint winners Steve Wyatt and Paul Maskell came home in 23h 44 m. Last years ladies winner Maryann Devally repeated her success coming home in 32h 26m.

The times recorded by all the finishers represent unbelievable physical effort over very difficult terrain.

East Cornwall Harriers are very proud of the achievements of both runners.

Mud Crew deserve tremendous praise for their organisation & providing ArcAngels who met the runners & guided them into the check points – which greatly helped them.