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.

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NEWQUAY ''''VIRTUAL'''' 10K 2021


A message from Phil. Sign up now for the N10K

Info below.

“With only a few weeks until the NRR virtual NQ10k event please can I remind anyone interested in being part of the event on 07/02/21 to follow the link below to enter.

Remember it’s only £10 entry fee, there’s a medal and all money goes to Cornwall Air Ambulance & Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

https://newquayroadrunners.co.uk/nrr-events

TURKEY TROT 2020 STYLE!

Due to Covid restrictions it's not possible to hold our 'normal' Turkey Trot visiting the Liskeard pubs this year but don't panic....there's always a Plan B

We plan to have a mobile pub!

All meet, as in previous years, at Lux Park, 6.30pm, on Thursday Dec 17th wearing as much festive attire as possible. We will split into groups of 6 (approx) according to numbers. Bring your own drink....preferably alcoholic....clearly labelled in recognisable bottle and enough to last at least 6 stops! These will be put in mobile pub (Larry's van) and he will drive to each stopping/drinking place and we will run of-course. Only driver, co-driver and group leaders will know where the stops are.....get the idea? Last stop will be Liskeard Sports Club.

If you intend finishing at Sports Club please bring some food as we won't be organising a buffet as previously. Most of the run route will be in quiet lanes so bring a torch.

Pray the weather is kind to us....if atrocious we'll postpone to following Tues. Please message me via Facebook or text 07811 763607

The show must go on......Revis

Virtual Santa Event 2020 - Cornwall Hospice south west

2021 cancellations

So far the following races have been cancelled for 2021:

Stormforce 10

Newquay 10k

Looe 10

Shakespeare Half and Full Marathon (Stratford on Avon)

Officiallly licensed -a Cornish Race taking place in 2020

In amidst all the cancellations, on Dec 20th, the longest running race in Cornwall, the Indian Queens Half marathon is determined to take place. It is a new hilly course, heading out past the Screech Owl sanctuary, it is being supported by PB running - it's £19 unaffiliated runners and £17 for affiliated club runners (be aware unless you rejoined UKAA yourself, you are currently unaffiliated). It will be following strict covid guidelines (which do not forbid or prevent races, EVEN in tier 3 areas). The risk is that if it can't go ahead, there will be no refunds or deferments as the organising team have already incurred large costs. Enter online before November 30th here https://www.runbritain.com/RaceDetail.aspx?eventid=75b80ec8595e&raceid=74b40dcf595f and for more details go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IndianQueensHalfMarathon

New membership enquiries

Even in these difficult Covid times we are still accepting membership from new members. Any membership enquiries please contact me @ membershipech@gmail.com

Craig Vaughnley membership secretary

Virtual London Marathon



ECH Report for 4th October 2020.

EAST CORNWALL HARRIERS RACE REPORT 5 OCTOBER 2020.

A very difficult year for everyone so far and a very different London Marathon.

It would be impossible to replicate the atmosphere of a normal London Marathon with the crowds – the course the music and the support from the crowds and full credit to the organisers for establishing something new to replace the actual event and so allow the entrants to run the 40th London Marathon.

An actual race did take place for all the elite athletes in every category. Running with the Elite males was Dan Nash who after leaving to go to Cardiff University now lives there and runs for Cardiff AC. Jenny & Pete Nash will have been bursting with pride to see him competing at the highest level and he produced the result with a brilliant 2h 20 min finish.

For other Harriers they had to run a virtual London Marathon on a course of their choosing but still competing the full 26.2 miles. The training and build up was just the same as for the any marathon but the difference was having to choose their own course and the Cornish October weather had a final say with last minute changes having to be made again.

Oliver Jones last year was firmly putting his name in the Guinness World records for the fastest London Marathon run in full Scout Uniform this year it was thirteen 2 mile laps around part of the Cornish Marathon Course at Pensilva. With Craig Vaughnley. Oli added another challenge adding press ups at the end of each lap increasing by one for every lap. Oli's time was 4,51.42 and Craigs 4.54.14. For the whole marathon the weather was appalling with torrential rain and a biting wind.

For Clive Shute again running for the Roy Castle Foundation his chosen course was the Camel Trail from Dunmere Halt. Clive ignored the weather and ran a brilliant 3.52.07 as well as again raising money. Gail Cory also chose the Camel Trail and recorded a fine 5.21.40 in the awful conditions.

Nikki Pritchard, Lyndsey Saunders & Sarah Steed chose a tough route around Liskeard after their initial route around Siblyback was closed by South west lakes due to unsafe conditions. They persevered throughout and completed their 26.2 miles in fine spirits although completely soaked . Recording 7.55, 7.51 and 8.03.

Ben Harding chose his own route taking in as many hills as he could around Liskeard and also picked up some local support from Harriers to help him on his way.

Matthew Loughrey Robinson completed his race in 7h 33m and Chris Nottle in an excellent 4.07 .

Sharon Daw on Marathon nr 356 recorded 5.13 and on a previous marathon a few weeks ago has already qualified for London 2021.

There are some Harriers who were unable to run the 2020 race who are already entered for 2021.

Many thanks to all the Harriers who came out and ran with and supported their team mates which was a massive boost to the runners.

Sorry if I have missed anyone but not all the results have been posted yet.

Club Training Sessions - Update

The club committee along with coaches and leaders have reviewed the club position in respect of restarting club training sessions.

The outcome of this is that the club position will stay as it is, with no formal return to club training sessions.

Whilst this may understandably be a huge disappointment, only a very few coaches / leaders felt confident to manage a session in the required Covid-19 secure environment manner at this time. We are also mindful of potential adverse reaction if the club is seen to be ‘flaunting’ in the public perception, Government guidelines.

We will review the situation once again at the end of October.

With the nights drawing in, running in groups becomes more important for safety reasons, since evening runs will be in darkness. Hence, although we greatly encourage members to keep running in their own informal groups (of no more than 6), ‘See and be seen’ (i.e. head torches & hi-viz) remains critical.

Thanks everyone, stay safe

Rob

ECH Race Report 13 September 2020



EAST CORNWALL HARRIERS RACE REPORT 13 SEPTEMBER 2020.

2020 is a year like no other for East Cornwall Harriers and all runners.

So many disappointments of race and series cancellations and of course the cancellation of the London Marathon. Many runners had put in many miles of training – but runners are nothing if not determined to pursue the sport they love.

With some ingenuity - determination and hard work of our team captains and committee members they organised virtual races and competitions. This provided the opportunity for runners to again be joined in competition whilst obeying all the social distancing rules. Both individual and team events provided the opportunity for maintaining fitness and competitiveness – both vital for a runners well being.

Now some three quarters of the way through the year some events are now again being staged observing all the necessary safety precautions.

The Plym Trail Marathon organised by First and Last running took place on Dartmoor and Sharon Daw our outstanding marathon expert in her 354th marathon had a brilliant race finishing as first lady in 3h 52m 31sec on this tough Dartmoor course starting and finishing in Clearbrook Village. Obviously the long lay off did not affect Sharon.

Meanwhile at Blenheim Palace the Sims family had a great day out competing in the Sprint Triathlon now a regular event on their race calendar. Karen Sims finished in 2.03.08 and Andrew Sims in 1.43.17. The race has an open water lake swim followed by the cycle race on closed roads and then the run around the Queens Pool. A brilliant event in a stunning setting.

Marcus Wills competed in the Croyde Bay Ocean Triathlon nr 1 in Red Bulls best UK Triathlon List. A 1.5 km open water swim followed by 38 km cycle race and then a 12 km run. After a very solid start with the swim Marcus powered his way to a great time in the cycle race. Just after the start of the run Marcus twisted and badly damaged his ankle but bravely persevered to finish the race in a na excellent 2h 44m 54 secs.

England Athletics Membership - URGENT

You would all have received via POST or Email a reminder to re-join England Althletics. This is normally covered by your club fees.

This year is very different and we are not currently reopening membership for this year due to COVID.

Therefore if you wish to still rejoin EA then you will need to cover the costs yourself, we currently have no electronic payment method set up for the club so if you wish to join, you will have to send payment to me and i will then use the secretary portal to pay for your EA membership. I am hoping Tess can add the payment card to the EA account, but in the meantime please email me if you wish to pay EA fees, I will then send you my payment details to BACS the money across to my account

DEADLINE 31st August 2020

I will only accept BACs payments. NO CASH CHEQUES etc.

Regards

Craig Vaughnley - Membership secretary.

Club training sessions

Hi all, just a brief reminder of the situation regarding club training sessions.

The committee, along with coaches and leaders met (in a socially distanced manner) in early August to consider whether we could contemplate a return to club training sessions.

The guidance on these matters from England Athletics can be read by following this link : https://d192th1lqal2xm.cloudfront.net/2020/07/EA-return-to-activity-guidance-coaches-leaders-170720.pdf

After reviewing the guidance, Government regulations, and after careful consideration of all the options, it was agreed that it was not desirable to reinstate any formal club training sessions. This applies to both adult and junior sessions.

Only a small number of coaches or leaders felt comfortable enough to be prepared to take on the additional demands and responsibilities that would be needed, and indeed the protocols that would be needed would make sessions both difficult to manage and may not be enjoyable enough to attract sufficient support.

It was also agreed that the situation would be kept under review and will re-assess when there are any significant changes to circumstances, including a settling in period after schools have returned.

Obviously we all hugely regret this situation but hope that everyone continues to run and in the best way they, be it individually or in small self-organised "bubble-groups".

Thanks everyone, keep safe

Rob

Running Report 16 August.



After a very long lay off from official races - at last something to report.

EAST CORNWALL HARRIERS WEEKLY REPORT . 16 AUGUST 2020.

It has been a very long 7 months for Cornish runners due to the extraordinary shut down due to Coronavirus. It has been very frustrating for many runners as the list of cancelled races started to grow and accelerated over the months with many races cancelled at short notice.

For all athletes any race is not a single day event it is the culmination of weeks of specific training for the races entered.

Both Grand Prix series were cancelled and many special club events as well.

The London Marathon was cancelled & those Harriers lucky enough to get places were very disappointed. Our own Cornish Marathon was also cancelled. As a responsible club we have followed the Guidelines from England Athletics and taken special note note of the danger of club members who could maybe catch the virus and then pass it on to someone much more vulnerable to the effects than they are. The club has adopted a safety first policy.

Obviously for all sports clubs the effect of the shutdown has had both a social and financial effect. Normal subscriptions were stopped as the club was not functioning as normal.

Of course as a running club it takes a lot to stop our members from running and thus virtual competitions were introduced using available technology to keep the members in contact with each other and to keep competition alive including team competition by posting their performances recorded on Strava & other running apps. Some small group running has taken place using social distancing. Many Harriers have also taken to 2 wheels to maintain their fitness levels an added bonus for our triathletes. Special thanks to Lyndsey Saunders for her brilliant efforts with this all the info and also Chris Ullman & Glenn Wood.

Events have now started to slowly resume where the organisers can ensure safety measures can be put in place successfully.

Last week Oliver Jones successfully ran 7 marathons in 7 days – accompanied on some days by fellow Harriers observing social distancing – a great effort. On the last marathon along with fellow Harriers Oli & his supporters collected a pile of discarded rubbish - so a double bonus.

Drew Clark entered his first Half Ironman – the Cotswold Classic on 2nd August and posted an excellent time of 4h 24m - 7th overall and 1st in age group.. The event took place at Ashton Keynes Water Park in the Cotswolds. A 1.2 mile swim completed in 26m 41sec, 56 miles cycle race completed in 2h 25m and a half marathon completed in a brilliant 1h 31m.

Sharon Daw was very pleased to be back in action at the Badger Trail Events Ooser Marathon in Dorset. This is a tough trail marathon noted for its 3000 feet of climbing – mud – streams and stiles. The race takes place on some of Dorset's finest trails . The Ooser is a wooden Medieval Face mask used in rituals since Roman Times and coming from the the village of Melbury Osmond. Sharon finished in 4h 56m and was 1st FV 50 – more important for Sharon is that it was her 350th Marathon. Congratulations to her on this massive achievement. That is 9170 miles of marathon running. Only 32 marathons to beat 10000 miles and I have no doubt that will be achieved..

In September The Harriers will be holding the annual Club Handicap race which can be done using advised precautions.

NON-RUNNING event (featuring ECH connection)

For all Shakespeare fans, Joel Nash is performing as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Sterts theatre on Weds August 19th for both a matinee and evening show. This is a show that he was touring around schools before lockdown with Box Clever Theatre Company aimed at GCSE students, and they have been able to bring it to Sterts just for this day. The show is an hour long. Sterts have all Covid measures in place so tickets are limited and have to be purchased on line through their website beforehand. There are no tickets on the door.

MOB MATCH 2020

Follow a meeting last evening of our club committee it is with considerable regret that we have decided to cancel the running of this year's Mob Match.

It is not a decision taken lightly as we had already booked the venue, applied several weeks ago for the road closure, sourced a technical "T" as the memento (on the basis that the race would possibly be the only or one of a few races this year) and carried out extensive risk assessments with various scenarios for the event on the day.

Having done all of this however we are still very concerned with regards to the "uncertainty" of holding events with large gatherings (our paramount concern is the safety of those competing and spectating) even under current guidelines which 15 weeks from now could be better or worse. Equally, but to a lesser degree, we have to consider the cost involved and also the current situation regarding the issuing of race licences and arranging suitable first aid cover-several organisations are not prepared to commit that far in advance.

We therefore felt that we should be in control of making the decision rather than be forced to do so due to circumstances beyond our control.

Harrier of the Month.........



Well done to Judy Gluyass for being voted Harrier of the Month for July 2020. Judy has progressed superbly since becoming a harrier. This month, with her 1 mile challenge and a great improvement. Well done Judy

The mile time trial league - Round 2 of 4

Quick reminder - you can still join in, just let Chris U know about this, so you get a handicap. ALSO these time trials will be used for the next club handicap race.

(Round 2 of 4 - Points are percentages - use your NEW handicap to beat by 16th August - any points/times look wrong, let me know)

Pos Name Points New handicap

1 Simon Coley 18 07:13

2 Judy Gluyas 15 07:58

3 Lyndsey Saunders 11 08:11

3 Mark Andrews 11 07:35

5 Craig Vaughnley 8 06:44

5 Marcus Wills 8 05:26

7 Gail Cory 7 08:19

7 Matt Davies 7 05:46

9 Ray Goodright 6 08:15

9 Deb Phillips 6 09:56

9 Lucy Oldham 6 07:45

12 Sarah Steed 5 08:23

12 Helen Morse 5 06:42

12 Ian Crowle 5 06:47

12 Aimee Turpie 5 06:56

12 Steven Sims 5 04:59

17 Arron Crowle 4 05:40

17 Leza Wall 4 07:49

17 Glenn Wood 4 07:02

20 Rhian Moxham 3 08:31

20 Nick Page 3 08:26

20 Chris Ullman 3 06:01

20 Jane Deary 3 08:39

20 Louise Littlewood 3 06:47

20 Hayley Marriott 3 07:05

26 Laurie Thrift 2 06:25

26 Ali O'Hora 2 08:12

26 Julie Frith 2 06:59

26 Nikki Pritchard 2 08:56

26 Kim Crowle 2 08:18

26 Darren Harvey 2 05:27

32 Revis Crowle 1 06:25

32 Sarah Marsh 1 08:31

34 Georgie Brown 0 07:31

34 Darren Arulvasagam 0 08:20

34 Shane Caughey 0 05:59

34 Liam Gallantry 0 05:26

34 Oli Jones 0 05:29

SOME FUTURE FIXTURES

The Westward Cross Country dates were discussed at the Zoom AGM last Monday. Obviously they are all provisional at present.

Sunday 11th October - Central Park Plymouth

Sunday 8th November - Newquay Sports Centre - includes the Cornwall Cross Country Championships

Sunday 6th December - Exeter Arena - includes the Devon Cross Country Championships

Sunday 14th February - Redruth School

Sunday 28th February - Stover School, near Newton Abbot

There will be a sixth fixture but this one still has to be confirmed, as fixture at Westward Ho will not take place next season. Will update you about this one later.

Summer Turkey Trot - Wednesday 7 July 2021

TREVORNICK 10K AND CUBERT 5

We are hugely disappointed to inform you all that the Trevornick 10K is cancelled for 2020. Also that Cubert 5 is cancelled for 2020. After long discussions including with National Trust we have delayed the decision as long as possible but we are sadly unable to hold the races with the present restrictions in place . For those who entered Trevornick 10k earlier in the year details of postponement/refund are posted on the Trevornick10k Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/482244142437678/

Primary Schools Cross Country League Final Results

The final results for the Primary Schools Cross Country League are now up on the web site and have been emailed to schools. You can find them at:

https://www.eastcornwallharriers.com/pages/xcountry.php

Erme Valley virtual 5k



Erme Valley Virtual 5k results...

First off individual performances, Oli Jones ran the 27th fastest leg & Doug Stacey the 29th fastest.

Team Speedy Gonzalez - 11th (4th in MV40)

Team Road Runner - 13th (8th M Senior)

Team Tasmanian Devil - 16th (9th M Senior)

Team Carry on Matron - 33rd (1st FV45)

Team Nurse Gladys - 36th (2nd FV45)

Team Wile E Coyote - 44th (1st MV60)

Team Carry on Nurse - 45th (3rd FV35)

Team Dash - 49th (9th MV40)

Team Looney Tunes - 51st (5th MV50)

Team Nightingale - 56th (2nd FV55)

Team Angels - 58th (4th FV35)

Team Nurse - 60th (5th FV35)