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News Archive > Sport > Community spirit shines during road race

Community spirit shines during road race

By Tom Howe 14th June 2017

Community spirit shines during road race
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: The first race had 84 finishers with the registration and results being written down with a pencil and paper

FROM humble beginnings some 28 years ago, the ‘Cubert 5’ mile road race continues to be a favourite of the county racing calendar, this year contested by a near record breaking field.

Organised by the Newquay Road Runners (NRRs), with the support of Tileworld, this was the seventh race in the 15 event Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix series. They say that from little acorns oak trees grow, the same could be said of the Cubert 5.  The first race was held in 1989, organised by Peter and Jan Sargent as a fundraiser for the village’s table tennis club. The race headquarters was the now defunct Tree Tops Inn who, in the early years, sponsored the event. The first race had 84 finishers with the registration and results being written down with a pencil and paper. There were just five marshals.  

This year, however, there were just under 700 finishers. This year’s Newquay 10k holds the record for the most finishers in a Cornwall GP race with 769. NRRs had 78 competing, which is amazing when one considers there were 50 club members helping out on the course or behind the scenes to ensure the event was a success, a real team effort. The club was delighted also to see three competing from their ‘Introduction to Running Group’ which is held every Tuesday evening. For some it was their first experience of competing in an organised race and all have advised they loved the atmosphere and the encouragement from the hundreds of spectators out on the course.

The men’s race was won by Mile High’s Tony Brewer in 26 minutes and 43 seconds. He finished second in 26.01 last year, which clearly indicates that the very strong westerly wind was not conducive for the recording of personal bests for many in the field. Second home this year was Cornwall AC’s Jordan Clay in 26.47 with his club colleague Colin Snook third in 26.55, some 45 seconds slower than his third place last year. Leading the Newquay contingent home was Tony Wright in seventh with a very respectable 27.33, just 22 seconds slower than in 2016.

In the ladies senior race, the quality was equal to the men’s with Cornwall AC taking the top three places. Emma Stepto took the honours yet again with 29.14, placing her 22nd overall. Second home was Heidi Tregenza in 29.52 and Donna Raggett third in 31.43. Leading the Newquay ladies home was in-form Megan Davis who placed sixth lady in a time of 32.13.
The Newquay ladies team finished second overall and was made up of Davis, Jo Herd, Lydia Davis, Sarah Myford, Nikki Davies and Sophie Talling. The men’s team finished fourth and consisted of Wright, David Bartlett, Tom Luton, Oliver Passingham, Gregg Hooper and Matt Davies.

The Under-20 boys’ race was won by Hayle Runner Floyd Ratcliffe in a fantastic time of 27.42 which placed him 14th overall. Cornwall AC’s Sam Goodchild was second in 29.11. Third was NRR Tom Luton in 29.25. Launceston’s Ella Walters was the first lady Under-20 in a very impressive 35.25. Newquay’s Sophie Talling was delighted with recording a personal best and taking second place in 36.40. Seventeen seconds further back in third was Sophie’s team colleague Leigh Spencer who was also delighted with her performance.

The owners of Cubert’s highly popular fish and chip shop ‘Assalt & Battery’ put up a trophy for the first local male and female. To qualify for this award, the area in which those competing needed to reside in was Holywell Bay, Cubert, Crantock, St Newlyn East and Goonhavern. There are some very talented athletes who live in this area, as the winners’ times clearly indicate. The men’s trophy was won by NRR and Holywell Bay resident Matt Davies (30.48) and the ladies winner was West Pentire’s Kelly Keogh in 38.19.

There were category prizes for the following NRRs: Ladies: Megan Davis third U35, Nikki Davies third 35-39, Jo Herd third 40-44, Sarah Myford first 50-54, Eleanor Ellison second 60-64 Lynn Harvey second 65-69 Men: Davis Bartlett third U35, Tony Wright third 50-54, Peter Allen third 60-64 and Peter Sargent second 70-74

Paul Wright, president of NRRs, said: “Congratulations to all who took part and sincere thanks to all those who gave up so much of their valuable time to ensure that not only the five mile race was a success but also the two children’s events that took place earlier in the day. Well done to Jenny Bowden and Lesley Richardson for all the work they put into these two events, this was the 13th year that Lesley’s been involved and Jenny’s second.

“Newquay Road Runners has received a number of complimentary messages following the event and were thrilled to work closely with the local community to ensure the events were a success.  Any surplus money made from the two children’s events is going to numerous community projects including the Cubert Christmas lights, Cubert Village Hall and Holywell and Cubert Football Club. A special thanks from Newquay Road Runners to three pillars of the Cubert community Kath Harrison, Terri and Mike Smith.”

Des Evans, race director and current chairman of the host club, was delighted on how well the five-mile race went and wished to thank the sponsor and all those who gave up their time to ensure the event was an out and out success.

By Tom Howe 14th June 2017

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