Bude Lifeboat Run and Junior Run

By Chris Gill in Athletics

FOR the second year in nine the Bude Lifeboat Run was sold out well before race day for both Junior and Senior races. 250 Juniors of 15 years and under raced a one mile course around Bude’s cycleways and canal towpath. The 400 Seniors ventured farther afield over the Whalesborough estate on a six mile course. Staff of both Town Council and Cormac should be thanked for ensuring the route was in such good condition. Competition was at its very best and the evening was a resounding success for organisers, volunteers, participants and sponsors alike.

Main sponsor Outdoor Adventure and organisers Bude Run and Tri saw two strongly contested races in this RNLI fundraising event. The first race starting at 6.30pm was the one mile Junior race. This year’s School Year 7 and above winner for the third year running, 15 year old Samuel Yearling, Ivybridge Community College, finished in an impressive 5 minutes and 36 seconds, yet again reducing his course record by a further second. The first girl was Holsworthy Community College’s Issy Edworthy aged 14 who finished in an excellent fifth overall in 6 minutes 27 seconds. Other winners were: School Years 5&6: Boys Saul Barraclough Bradworthy PS 6m 27s, Girls Ella Shaw St Joseph’s 6m 46s. School Years 3&4: Boys Liam Higgins Jacobstow CPS 6m 51s, Girls Eleanor Foster, Bradworthy PS 7m 27s. School Years 2 and under: Boys Harrison Shaw St Joseph’s 7m 04s, Girls Alexa Lyon Bude Infants 9m 00s.

The youngest finisher, three year old Evie Bickle, demonstrated the Lifeboat Run is a run for all. The School’s Trophy, donated by Bude Run and Tri, was presented to Warbstow Community Primary School with the highest percentage of school pupils taking part, 41%.

The Senior Race, part of the Cornish Multi-Terrain Race series, is a six miles, single lap course using two miles of flat cycle-ways for the route out, three miles of flat canal towpath for the route back and a connecting one mile hilly cross country footpath around the Whalesborough estate.

Spectators watched an exciting sprint to the line won by Dan Romeril in 34 minutes and 14 seconds with 2nd placed Jacob Dobson of Falmouth Road Runners just 1 second behind. Fellow Falmouth RR, James Barnet, was 3rd in 34mins 51secs. The Ladies winner was Hannah Astley in 40mins 22secs with Helen Newton 42mins 31 seconds in 2nd place and Marilyn Blair in 3rd. The first three in both male and female races were presented with amazing hampers kindly donated by Lidl. Lidl also donated wonderful cakes for all the category winners as well as bottled water for every runner.

The Men’s Team prize was awarded to a very strong foursome from Falmouth RR comprising Jacob Dobson, James Barnet, Stephen Strachan and Robin Watson. The Ladies Team prize went to Revis Crowle, Helen Morse, Tracey Brown and Hayley Stacey of East Cornwall Harriers and the Non-Running Club Team trophy went to Liam Reynolds, Kevin Rowe, Laura Frank and Jack Coleman with the rather inventive name Hartland Hillbilly Gruffs.

After our eighth year the Bude Lifeboat Run has raised equivalent funds to pay for an Inshore Safety Boat for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Local businesses are tremendously supportive to whom grateful thanks are extended. Stephen Hutchinson Race Director said, “A special thank you must be given to the 112 marshals around the course and Race Centre, RNLI Lifeguards who provide first aid cover and the Lifeboat Crew who provide the barbecue.”

For information about the race next year on 13 June 2018, contact the Race Director Stephen Hutchinson at budelifeboatrun@yahoo.co.uk

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