A letter from Hana – Runner and Race Reporter Extraordinaire

For the last 8 years I have been a member of Truro Running Club and have worn the blue and yellow vest with pride in Cornwall, out of county and in Europe. I have been mistaken in the Midlands for Sphinx AC runner who share the same colour way, but the word “TRURO” has always brought positive comments…….or “You’re a long way from home”. It has made me feel part of the running community with strangers always willing to chat with me on the start line of all the races I have entered.

I have run 169 races.

8 of them being Marathons

74 Half marathons

The rest varying from 4 to 20 miles in length.

I have pounded tarmac, trudged through mud, waded through and sat in water, climbed stiles, dodged spittle, snot rockets and traffic. I have offended a few and amused the many by my tongue in cheek race reports, where I have almost cost the club a visit to court for trademark infringements when reviewing the toilets provided which are portable.

I have spent somewhere in the region of the cost of a small car (second hand and in very good condition) in entry fees, flights x 4 European destinations plus hotels stayed in. Oh and then there are the running shoes, on and off road, good fit, poor fit, not cushioned enough, leggings, shorts, longer shorts, socks too large then smaller, kit to meet race kit lists and never really used. Massage tools of torture and toe nails that have protested and fallen off.

I have taken home copious amounts of race mementoes including a garden folding chair, a calculator for the visually impaired, rice pudding, custard, towels, umbrellas, china mugs and many T-shirts some of which I cannot part with.

I have won or come runner up in my age category numerous times and have I am sorry to say, thrown away all but a couple of the trophies I received into recycling. Things improved though, when the plastic/wooden trophies turned into bottles of wine (apart from the first Falmouth Half Marathon where the wine wasn’t even fit for cooking).

My very last Race the Worcester Half Marathon gave me my first cash prize, which was amazing.

So what is the point of this post I hear you ask? Has the “old Croc” decided to come out of “race report” retirement? Sadly the answer to this is “No”. The “Old Croc” has been informed that she requires a NEW HIP, a new right hip, so running has ceased! Running retirement has started.

A new hip is not a viable option for me at the moment so I am trying to retrain my thoughts when looking out over beautiful countryside from “wouldn’t that be a great place for a run” to “maybe I should walk there sometime”.

I am gradually working through my large collection of “CD’s” (for the younger readers, these are round plastic discs with music stored on them that you insert into a CD player….ask your parents to explain further) whilst utilising a static bike in the works Gym. Maybe if I can get my leg over the large frame of my hybrid road bike (I’m trying to persuade my husband I need a new better fitting bike) I might cycle around Cornwall and beyond to get my endorphin kick that I am missing so badly.

So I donate to the club, my two well used but in good condition TRC running vests that have covered many miles in, as an aged, bad tempered, menopausal Old Croc, who will not be renewing her membership in the New Year. I wish you all continued success and may your hips, knees, toes, backs serve you well.

Cheers Hana

Marazion 10k 2015 – Hana’s report!
Plymouth Armada Half Marathon 2014 – Hana’s report
Truro Half Marathon 2014 – Hana’s report!
Hana’s Back! Treggy 7 report and results 2014
Imerys Half Marathon 2014 – report from Hana
Mob Match 2012 – Hana reporting!
Cannon Hill Park 10k – Hana reports from afar!
Truro Half, the Hana Report
A tasty morsel from Hana
Hana not reporting
Hana Drinks Again!
Hana Shakes it Up
Hana likes wine!
Hana’s Ironman Bar
Birmingham International Marathon 2017
Truro Half Marathon 2017
THHN City to the Sea Marathon 2017
Indian Queens Half Marathon 2017
Turkey Trot 2017
2 halves in one Week
Woman Can Marathon Tipton St John Devon 2017
Imerys Half Marathon 2017
Saltash Half Marathon 2017
Kernow Vertical KM 2017
Solihull Half Marathon 2017
Falmouth Half Marathon 2017
Looe 10 2017
Race Report Newquay 10K 2017
Cornish Marathon 2015
Dartmoor Vale Half Marathon 2015
Eden Project Half Marathon 2015
Newquay 10K 2015
Barnstaple Half Marathon 2015
Truro Half Marathon 2015
ROSELAND AUGUST TRAIL 2015
Indian Queens Half Marathon 2015
Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon 2015
Lanhydrock 10 2015
Ruby Run 2015
Cubert 5 2015
Imerys Trail Half Marathon 2015
Trevornick 10 2015
Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Half Marathon 2015
Budapest Spring Half Marathon 19th April 2015
Tavy 13 2015
Falmouth Half Marathon 2015
Bideford Half Marathon 2015
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Half Marathon 2015
Exeter Trails Half Marathon, 2015
Storm Force 10 2015, report
The Cornish Marathon 2014 – report and results
Tavy 7 – report
Palma Half Marathon 2014 – report
The Ruby Run 2014
Cubert 5, 2014 – report and results
Saltash Half Marathon 2014 – report
Plymouth Half Marathon 2014 – report
Prague Half Marathon 2014 – report
Tavy 13 2014 – race report
Falmouth Half 2014 (GP) – report and results
Looe 10 Miler 2014, Hilly and Hellish – report and results
Lanydrock Fire and Rescue Half Marathon – report
Marazion 10k 2014 – report and results
Storm Force 10 2014 – report and results
Mob Match 2013, report and results
Drogo 10 2013, report
Redruth Rotary Great Flat Lode report 2013
Eden Half and Marathon, report and results 2013
Race for Wildlife 2013, report and results
Newquay 10k 2013, report and results
Plymouth Armada Half Marathon 2013 – report
Truro Half Marathon 2013, report and results
Treggy 7, report and results 2013
Indian Queens Half Marathon 2013 (GP), report and results
Tywardreath Trotter (MTRS), report and results
Mag 7 (GP), report and results
Turkey Trot 2013 (GP) report and results
Boconnoc MTRS 2013, results and report
Lanhydrock 10, MTRS, 2013 – report and results
Meet Your Max 2013 – report
Sticker 5, GP – Results and Report
Cubert 5 (GP), 2013 – report and results

Ok, I gave up finding links to old race reports at this point. There are loads more for you to find on this site if you search hard enough.

Thank you Hana for all the race reports, your company and the joy and enthusiasm that you brought to the club. You will be missed.

– Colin Bathe – TRC Chair