9 Harrriers braved this 7-mile multi-terrain race held on a mix of footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes. The race starts in the centre of Tywardreath, with registration taking place at The New Inn, where you collected your race number, tag and a choice of a can of Tribute or Korev (My Tribute didnt last long after the race!)
The race started at 6.15pm and the weather was dry and slightly humid although we did get a welcome bit of light rain at around the 4 mile marker.
There is a great buzz around the village with the race being organised by the local Village Fete Committee, the Tywardreath Trotter is part of the village’s summer celebrations. The race starts and finishes at the local pub and all finishers were welcomed back to the village by a large and enthusiastic crowd!
The course is a hilly one, with an initial lap around the village, before heading out into the local countryside. The first half mile attracts a prize for the quickest male and female, its a nice downhill start and a loop around the houses and back up the hill in front of the pub before heading off towards the single track trail down to the water side trail, dodging low hanging trees and muddy river banks. You are then in to a very steep hill and the runners start to spread out.
There is a mixture of narrow lanes and off road ups and downs with a couple of water stations along the way before one final hill, a lap around the corn field and then down towards the finish line where you are greeted by lots of noise from a super crowd at the finish line.
Since 2006 this race has been a firm favourite of the Cornish running calendar and is now part of the Cornwall Multi-Terrain Race Series, this race being the first in the new series.
All Harriers performed well over this tough course. Revis Crowle once again winning her age category (60-64) and a nice bottle of red wine. I (Ian Savigar) came second in my age category (60-64), unfortunately missing out on the sausages!! (If you know you know… Mary Mullarkey was also second in female (70-74) age group, Lisa Picton was third in her age category (45-49).
Our ladies team of Lisa Picton, Asley Elliott, Revis Crowle and Meeta Nicholls just missed out on the prizes but did extremely well to finish 2nd out of 12 ladies teams, two of these ladies Lisa and Ashley finishing 9th and 10th female runners overall. The men’s team of Liam Gallantry, Ian Littlewood, Ian Savigar and Nick Page finishing a respectable 9th out of 16 Male teams. Liam being our highest placed Male runner in 21st place.
Those that stayed on for a couple of beers / light refreshment were treated to some great live music in the beer garden at the New Inn.