Thank you all for a great event.
11am Sunday 3rd October 2021
This is a new Truro Running Club trail race for 2021. Starting from Mount Hawke cricket club, the race takes in some coast path around Chapel Porth and back towards Porthtowan before a loop around Tywarnhayle mine.
Updated Race Info
We’ve very excited about seeing you for the inaugural Tywarnhayle 10K this coming Sunday 3 October at 11 am. Here’s the lowdown.
As you probably know, it’s the first time this race has ever been put on, so it’s a test event this year. If it all goes well we will form part of the MTRS series for next year. So we hope you’ll cut us some slack if anything goes wrong – but if you have any comments or feedback for next year we’d really appreciate it.
Parking is going to be on the tight side, so please lift share if you can. The only parking is at the Cricket Club itself (Towan Cross, Mount Hawke, TR4 8DA – what3words reference: before.typified.crisps). The race goes through the entrance to the car park, so you may have difficulty getting out of the car park while the race is still going on – please bear it in mind if you need to rush off straight afterwards. Also please be aware of people warming up on the road, particularly if you are arriving close to start time.
Your numbers will be available to collect on the day between 9.30am. Registration closes at 10.30am so please make sure you arrive in time to pick up your numbers by then. As it’s a test event we haven’t had our own numbers printed, and are recycling chip timing numbers from previous events. However they will still have your names on, so we can’t handle any more transfers after Friday 1 October.
We will have a very quick briefing at the start line at 11 and will set you off in one group. We do have chip timing so if anyone wants to keep their distance and set off after the group, they will still get timed – but race results will be based on gun time not chip time.
THE ROUTE AND COURSE BRIEFING
We know lots of you have already recced the race but if you haven’t, there’s still time – there are route plans at https://www.strava.com/routes/2853117112395182616 or on OS maps at: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/9203149/Tywarnhayle-10K. It’s not the easiest route, and although it will be fully signposted and marshals, there are still a few particular warnings we wanted you to bear in mind:
- The first 400 metres of the course is on main road so please be aware of vehicles and appreciate that whilst marshals are there to assist the road will not be closed. You take a sharp right onto a narrow downhill trail – with the full field reaching this early it is likely to get congested and overtaking is not going to be possible so please try and use the first 400 metres to establish yourself in a safe place in the field.
- 2.5 miles in, half a mile after Towan Cross Farm, you will briefly join a section of coastal path above Porthtowan which becomes a sharp narrow and technical descent. This restricts overtaking and faster running. Please be careful on this section.
- After climbing out of Porthtowan you reach the main Coast Road, which can be busy. You will run along it for 100 yards. This will be marshalled, but please be aware of vehicles here.
Half a mile further on you will see the engine house of the Tywarnhayle mine. This is the start of a narrow, fast and technical descent where again over taking will not be possible and caution will be needed. You exit this section onto a main road and, again, whilst it will be marshalled, care is still needed. Please run on the right of the road, as the visibility around bends is better for vehicles and runners and there are also several sections of verge that can be run on should the situation require.
WHAT TO WEAR
Definitely trail shoes. There are very shaley uneven paths, there’ll be lots of mud, and you will be running through a river. Do not expect PBs.
The weather is looking a bit iffy at the moment… it’s pretty exposed at Race HQ and on the course so dress appropriately!
After the race you get a buff, and a medal (courtesy of our sponsors Goundry’s estate agents) AND a beer (courtesy of the Tywarnhayle Inn). We’re having a bit of last minute panic on the medal front, and we can’t absolutely guarantee them to late entrants – but fingers crossed it’ll all be OK.
We’ll also be doing a prizegiving – and there are trophies for the first second and third men and women home. No age cat prizes this year – there are only 100 of you after all – but maybe next year!
It’ll be lunchtime so the Cricket Club will have a few pasties on sale if you’re hungry, as well as limited refreshments/bar. As above you may find it difficult getting out of the car park if the race is still going, so you may have to wait a little bit.
See you on Sunday!
All enquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the first time we’ve put the race on, so as a test we are limiting numbers to 100 this year.
We’ll only cancel if we are forced to by the law or by landowners refusing permission. If so we will offer you a refund or a deferral until we can get the race back on.
The race route has been in the planning for 5 years! It can be found on Strava here or on OS maps here. These are all footpaths that are generally open (although we need to do some clearing on some of it) so feel free to recce it.
It’s not for the faint hearted – there are some technical descents and lots of mud – but the views will be worth it if you are brave enough not to concentrate on where you are putting your feet!
There will be a full runners’ briefing coming out by email the week before the race. Please also monitor our Facebook group for updates.
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