The event is called the Trepolpen Seythin 10K in recognition of the mix of village (Tre), coast (Pol) and hills (Pen) included in the course which is based at the Seaton Countryside Park. The name of the village in Cornish is ‘Seythin’.
The race is a challenging route with a mix of unmade paths, woodland, road (with a particularly tough ascent), lanes and a sting in the tail along the beach from Downderry.
We couldn’t have hoped for better conditions for the second running of the Trepolpen Seythin. A race which started up in 2019 and was subsequently cancelled for two years due to Covid took place on Saturday the 26th March 2022 and I think it’s safe to say it was a great success.
With 92 runners taking part there were a number of Cornish clubs well represented, the greatest contingent from Truro running club, who also took a number of the prizes back with them.
Whilst many Harriers along with family and friends did a sterling job getting the event up and running and marshalling the course under the fantastic guidance of Rob Pick, 11 members took part in the gruelling race.
Many runners struggled to raise a smile on the last stretch of the run along the sea wall, but there were lots of happy runners at the end of the event.
The overall winner was Tim Van Berkel from Truro running club in an awesome time of 41.07, closely followed by team mate Alex Marples. The first Harrier home in a time of 42:32 was Dave Hannah, placing him second in his age group.
Liam Gallantry was the second Harrier home in 43:32, placing him first in his age group and third Harrier in 10th place overall was Ben Harding (4th in his age group) with Matt Davies the 4th Harrier in 49:09 which made him third in his age group.
Our first lady home was Sharon Daw in a superb 49:15, Sharon being 4th lady overall and first in her age group.
Revis Crowle wasn’t far behind in a time of 50:26 also placing her first in her age group
with Helen Morse in 51:38 and Hannah Matthews 51:48 placing them second and third in their age group.