So, having entered the Scorrier House 5k after seeing it on Facebook, after dithering about entering Eden Half and leaving it too late, the drive to the venue started with Monsoon type rain heading down the A30, but on arrival it cleared with the occasional appearance of the sun.
Easy to find on the main road through Scorrier, the race day followed a Saturday night festival at the same site, but there was very little evidence of it.
The parking wasn’t very clear and seemingly not a lot of it so glad it wasn’t too busy, registration was in what seemed to be a sports therapy studio, no race bibs, just marker pen numbers written on your hand! And, for Hana’s benefit, just one toilet!
Set in a courtyard was the holding area, plus St John ambulance and a great coffee/tea truck. Communication prior to the event needed a little fine tuning as 2 little ones turned up for the fun run at the wrong time, timings stated start time ‘around’ 11 am.
There was the odd club vest, Newquay, CAC, Carn, and the race briefing was audible, clear and honest about the conditions.
The start was the only bit of ‘road’ come track of the whole race. After a ‘ready, steady, go’ we were off up hill for about 250m then it was all fields!
Boggy, muddy, if you like off road then you’d enjoy this, think Trelissick field and times this by about 5, down, across, up, repeat. Only a couple of confusions over course directions which cost about 30 seconds, but it was well marked with orange flags and arrows. 4 marshals on the course seemed enough and we were told to look out for the resident deer near the end which came around surprisingly quick after one of the few bits of flat on the course.
A cheering finish line with great support, a good quality t-shirt and excellent medal, and for me, good time on that terrain.
So, summary. If they get their maximum field of 300 and do a 5 and 10k next year, they need better parking, toilets, race bibs and registration area, can’t fault them on support team as they were all brilliant and so were the t-shirt and medal.
A great course, suitable for lots of people and quite quick, well laid out and planned, may need longer socks, quite a few stinging nettle stings! A great area to finish under the trees and a lovely hot drink to purchase as well.
Look forward to doing it next year.