The third 'Race for Wildlife' organised by Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Mounts Bay Harriers has been called a 'great success' with nearly 200 people taking par.
The event was a fundraiser for Cornwall Wildlife Trust with proceeds going towards helping to protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places.
The Fun Run for children was first to start and took place in the grounds of Penwith College. Over 40 children, many dressed up as animals, raced around the one mile circuit. Joseph Railton won the boys’ race with Reef Slack and Elis Rusden taking second and third. The girls’ category was won by India Buchanan with Libby Kingston and Sophia Hosking coming in second and third respectively.
The seven mile race later that morning saw over 140 entrants representing running clubs across Cornwall. Starting from the main entrance of Penwith College, competitors ran a challenging first half of the race up hill through the villages of Heamoor and Madron, and on to Ding Dong mine, before heading down to Mount's Bay and back to the college.
The overall race winner was Jamie Youlden of St Austell Running Club with Tom Howell of Newquay Road Runners and Rich Savage of Hayle Runners taking second and third respectively. Eleanor Davies of Newquay Road Runners took first in the ladies with an impressive run whilst Heidi Tregenza of Cornwall A.C was second and Jenny Nash of East Cornwall Harriers took third place. Overall winners were treated to prizes kindly donated by At Your Pace running shop in Helston.
Ian Ringer of East Cornwall Harriers said: “Thank you to all who were involved in organising Race for Wildlife. It was very enjoyable and a real challenge. The new course was a great improvement – nice and varied. The marshals and other staff were great and very encouraging. Everyone agreed that the venue was the best of all the races in Cornwall. I’m looking forward to next year.”
Cornwall Wildlife Trust said they would like to thank the host of enthusiastic runners and the ever-cheerful marshals and supporters, especially Yvonne Turner, Geoff Letchford and their colleagues from Mount's Bay Harriers, and At Your Pace, Eat Natural, Barefoot Wine, Vegware, Thirsty Work, Pure Blue, The Old Coastguard Hotel and Skinners Brewery for their support and kind donations.
Full race results and event photographs can be seen at www.raceforwildlife.org.uk.