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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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Harriers report November 25th

03 December 2019
Written by: CHRIS ULLMAN

The traditional season ending race is the Falmouth mob match, which starts outside the Falmouth hotel takes a loop around the headland crowned by Pendennis castle, before heading out past Gyllingvase beach, laps around the Swanpool before heading back up to the finish at Falmouth hotel. Mob matches are unusual racing events where there is less kudos for the winning individuals than there is for the winning teams. The idea is every Cornish club gets as many of their runners to participate as possible, where your position is equivalent to an amount of points (1 for 1st, 2 for 2nd), and the team with the lowest amount of points wins.

As this kind of event favours the biggest clubs, there are three divisions, one for the largest clubs with over 200 members , those medium sized with between 100-200 and those with less than 100. East Cornwall Harriers competes in division 2, for medium sized clubs. Those competing in division 2, need at least 8 runners to make a team, but runners who finish outside their team's top 8 still count, because they can increase the totals of other competing teams by finishing above them.

Despite weeks of seemingly never ending rain, the clouds parted on a mild November morning and the treacherous coastal winds were non-existent leading to excellent running conditions. Cornwall AC as one of Cornwall's largest clubs, dominated proceedings by winning both the men's and ladies division 1 events, and their male athletes took 1st and 2nd place in the race. East Cornwall Harriers first athlete back was Doug Stacey, still recovering from a nasty fall in 17th place in an excellent time of 29.42. Next back was Ben Harding in a speedy 32.51 in 46th place overall. Debutant Jason Crossman was 33.20 for 58th place. There was an almighty tussle for the 4th, 5th Harrier positions between Chris Ullman and Patrick Munn, with positions changing in the last 100m, Chris finished in 34.01, Patrick in 34.03, just ahead of the first lady Harrier, Revis Crowle in 34.04. It wasn't long to the next Harrier Marcus Wills in 34.29, followed by lady's captain Kaye Patterson in 36.33. Hayley Marriot had a strong run in 38.42. John Sudell, one of the winners of the club's marathon places for London 2020 squeaked in just under 40 in 39.55. Club chairman Rob Pick claims each race will be probably be his last before his knees pack up on him, but got round in a solid 40.55, and was the 8th member of the men's team who came second place in the standings behind Falmouth Road runners, and narrowly ahead of Carn Runners, and excellent result given the large amount of missing runners from the men's team.

Cheryl Hanns made a welcome return for the club in 41.18. Club president Mark Andrews was next in 42.41. Lucy Oldham was next in 46.47 only 3 weeks after completing all 15 Cornish Grand Prix races, Sarah Steed was strong in 48.38, Lyndsey Saunders was back after an injury hit season in 49.25 and Nikki Pritchard was in 50.16, and these 8 ladies made up the 2nd place ladies team, another exceptional result. The club's oldest runner Alan Smith was a whopping four minutes quicker than last year 50.57, and Steve Beazley, himself a former veteran of all 15 Cornish Grand Prix races was a welcome returnee in 51.12.

Afterwards the prizegriving for the Cornish Grand Prix season took place. These are 15 races starting with the Stormforce 10 in Camborne in January and ending with the Cornish Marathon at Pensilva in November. A runner needs to complete a minimum of 8 races to qualify for a league placing, but there are special prizes for those who run all 15. The ladies ECH commanded the silverware and the most notable achievements. The ladies team captain Kaye Patterson was inspirational for the team, coming 3rd overall and 2nd in her age category, an astonishing performance, especially so given it was less than a year after giving birth! Revis Crowle wasn't far behind in 6th place overall and 1st place in the Vet female 55-59. Lucy Oldham ran all 15 races, the only member of the club to do so this season, and came 44th overall, and 8th in her age category while being tired after the tremendous effort is already entering races for next year. Sarah Steed was the 4th lady and completed 9 races and finished in 82nd place. The ladies team was 9th overall in the standings.

The men's team only had 3 finishers, Chris Ullman was the first placed Harrier in 37th place overall and 8th in the vet male 45-49 category, only overtaking Joe Kearns in the Cornish Marathon. Joe finished 38th was but was 3rd in the vet male 55-59 category. Simon Webber was 58th and clinched 3rd in the vet male 60-64 category. The men's team were 8th overall.