29th May 2012
Cubert, near Newquay, is a popular Grand Prix event offering a race on a two lap course around the lanes of the village. Many people choose it for one of their first races because at just 5 miles it’s a relatively short distance, but the race also has a reputation for being fast due to it’s ‘flat’ terrain, so many people run it for its personal best potential. This mix was well represented by the 20 strong TRC contingent with Greg Hunt running his 2nd race for the club and Isobel Wykes taking another personal best, coming home 7th lady overall (she doesn’t like short races!!). Pete Sowerby stormed home first for the club in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him time of 0:28:40, taking 2nd prize in his age group and 23rd overall in a field of 646 finishers. Congratulations also go to Adrian Tyas and Izzy for winning 3rd prizes in their age groups in the sultry evening sunshine.
A first Report from Greg Hunt
(Unashamedly stolen from Greg’s own blog!)
Picked up a post on the running club Facebook page, about the Cubert 5 mile road race there was a empty spot for the event being run the following evening, so thought it would be a run out, better than training alone.
But of course you can’t go to a race and not try to compete, always a chance for a win, although unlikely, it was a very pleasant evening, but the heat was intense very little wind, was impressive seeing over 650 people on the start line in a tiny Cornish village, had a sore calf still from the tri two days before, but managed to get a good start and was fairly close to the front, and just settled into my own pace got passed by a lot of people, I mean a lot.
Nice flat course and we were soon around and onto the second lap luckily there was a water station at around 3 miles, because my body was unsure if it wanted to vomit and or collapse, but a few sips of warm water and the rest over the head made things feel better gave myself 45 seconds of power walking after the aid station then pushed on, around the second lap, soon was on the way back to the field and time to turn on the sprint finish, the best part of my race however sick and hot I feel, overtook around ten plus people and could hear the crowd cheering on. Luckily I had been down before the start to find the finish line so timed it just right, pretty much ready for my lungs to collapse, over the line, gave it my all.
The race is described as flat, but definitely a very Cornish flat, should really be described as “flat for Cornwall”, managed 398th place out of 649 finishers, in a time of 42:57 that is 8:35 miles. Would have liked to get under 40 minutes, but on tired legs, with weather not ideally suited to the larger gentlemen, I am very happy with this time.
Well done to the rest of Truro runners and everybody for giving me another great evening, got a nice rucksack, and a goody bag, all for a tenner if you have not tried a running race, just do it, you might just love it.
Great to see some familier faces from Imerys and Boconnoc, so it was nice to catch up with them.
- 25:21, Pete Le Grice, Mounts Bay Harriers
- 25:49, Dan Nash, East Cornwall Harriers
- 26:01, Hobie Martin, Bristol and West AC
- 27:23, Annabel Gummow, Bristol and West AC
- 28:03, Emma Stepto, Cornwall AC
- 28:18, Miranda Heathcote, Newquay Road Runners
Download Cubert 5 2012 results .xls