Truro Half Marathon 2019 Race Report

by Tony Berry

Mile High runner Tony Brewer spoilt an almost perfect Sunday outing for the men of Cornwall Athletic Club when he won the Truro Half Marathon in 1:20:36, only 20 seconds ahead of CAC’s Matt Yates with CAC runners Ryan Hanley, Abhik Gupta and Emil Pruden filling the next three places and the club taking out the team prize.

Honours among the large field of women runners were more widely spread with Ruby Orchard (Vegan Runners) crossing the line in 1:26:31, more than two minutes ahead of Rachel Bunting (unattached) with Katie Deards (Lonely Goats RC) only 25 seconds behind in third place.

And although not taking any of the leading individual places, it was the women from Hayle Runners (Debbie Harrison-Webb, Melodie Manners, Rebecca Tossell, Debbie Mitchell, Corinne Gerrard and Julia Burns) who won the female team prize.

A total of 468 athletes from all over Cornwall and further afield completed the 13.1 mile race, run over a testing hilly out and back course around Calenick, Porth Kea, Playing Place, Feock and Cowlands.

The men were still bunched tightly together after two miles at the end of the Newham Trail with CAC’s Justin Thomas, Matt Yates and Ryan Handley all in the mix. At the same stage, the winners of the women’s race were already spaced out in their eventual finishing positions.

At the halfway point, Brewer had moved into second place behind Yates with Hanley and Abhik Gupta (also CAC) within striking distance. The women’s positions remained unchanged with Orchard gradually widening the gap to Bunting.

The leading men remained closely bunched at nine miles with Yates, Brewer, Hanley and Gupta all in the lead pack. The women kept their positions with the gaps between them much the same as earlier.

As the men took the hill to turn back on to the Newham Trail Gupta was dropped and the leading three surged ahead. By now, Orchard had opening up a substantial lead and Deards had overtaken Bunting only to drop back into third place over the final two miles into Truro.

The race, sponsored by Duchy Plant Hire, attracted a large crowd of supporters and other onlookers on to Lemon Quay and proved to be another successful staging of this major event in the Cornwall Grand Prix series.

Conditions were made all the more challenging by an unseasonably hot sun that ensured the volunteers manning the several water stations were kept busy throughout.

Race director Sue Mansfield praised the almost one hundred volunteers who gave hours of their time to ensure the race ran smoothly both in the pre-race organisation and on the day.

Results:

Women – 1, Ruby Orchard (Vegan Runners) 1:26:31; 2, Rachel Bunting (Unattached) 1:1:28:55; 3, Katie Deards (Lonely Goats) 1:29:20.

Men – 1, Tony Brewer (Mile High) 1:20:18; 2, Matt Yates (Cornwall AC) 1:20:36; 3, Ryan Hanley (Cornwall AC) 1:20:59.

Age groups – women: 17 to 34, Katie Deards (Lonely Goats, 1:29:20); 35 to 39, Ruby Orchard (Vegan Runners, 1:26:31); 40 to 44, Rachel Bunting (Unattached, 1:28:55); 45 to 49, Debbie Harrison-Webb (Hayle Runners, 1:40:32); 50 to 54, Tamsyn Harris (Unattached, 1:51:55); 55 to 59, Revis Crowle (East Cornwall Harriers, 1:38:11); 60 to 64, Eleanor Ellison (Newquay Road Runners, 2:13:09); 65 to 69, Janet Watson (Falmouth Road Runners, 2:01:04); 70 to 74, Jenny Osborne (Unattached, 2:53:24); 75-79, Timothea Cardell (Hayle Runners, 2:33:46).

Men: 17 to 34, Matt Yates (Cornwall AC, 1:20:36); 35 to 39, Tony Brewer (Mile High, 1:20:36); 40 to 44, Carl Murphy (Mile High, 1:23:17); 45 to 49, Ken Walker (Newquay Road Runners, 1:22:18); 50 to 54, Graham Bale (Plymstock Road Runners, 1:21:59); 55 to 59, Glyn Davis (Carn Runners, 1:31:32); 60 to 64, Barrie Cardew (Carn Runners, 1:36:38); 65 to 69, Richard Morton (Tamar Trotters, 1:58:11); 70 to 74, Brian Wiles (Launceston Road Runners, 1:51:07); 80 plus, Tony Berry (Truro RC, 2:20:43).

Full results are available here (opens a PDF in a new tab).