WALDIE PERFORMS TO THE MAX WITH TRURO TRIUMPH:
Penzance's James Waldie saw off a record field of 222 runners to comfortably win last week's Meet Your Max 6.7 mile multi terrain race at Truro, writes Alan Rowling.
The rain relented just in time at Truro Rugby Club, for round five of the Cornwall Multi Terrain Series, sponsored by the Personal Best Running store at Carlyon Bay, St Austell.
An interesting men's race soon developed between 19-year-old Scottish Junior Cross Country International Waldie (Cornwall AC), Mile High's Tony Brewer, the previous Saturday's Sticker 5 mile winner, Dan Rodgers (Launceston Road Runners) and the current Cornwall Grand Prix Men's champion, Dan Alsop (St Austell Running Club).
This quartet ran together over the first couple of miles before Edinburgh University student Waldie moved ahead along the flat path bordering the Tresillian river.
Safely negotiating the steep woodland paths, the stream crossings and even the climb up the one hundred slippery steps in Malpas, all of which provided a test of stamina for all the runners, Waldie coping better than most, extending his lead in the latter stages across the farm fields to win by 44 seconds, with Brewer hanging on for second place, six seconds ahead of Rodgers.
Alsop, who has been enjoying a break from serious training since the London Marathon, was more than content with his performance in finishing fourth.
The race winner, Waldie, said afterwards: "I felt a little tired, as I raced in the Scotish Fell Race Senior Championships in Abington last weekend and I also had to be a little careful, as I have been nursing a slight calf problem in recent weeks, but the race was certainly a tough and interesting challenge, which generally went well."
In the Ladies' race Newquay Road Runners Lucy Hodgson set the pace, with Isobel Wykes (Truro Running Club) following her muddy footsteps for the first four miles, before Lucy stopped at the infamous steps in Malpas to do up a shoe lace. Isobel was quick to take advantage of poor Lucy's mishap, bounding up the steps and establishing a lead which extended over the final couple of miles to win by one minute.
In the team competition, the up and coming Mile High squad were never seriously threatened, winning their second Multi Terrain Series race of the year, ahead of the current team leaders, St Austell Running Club, who will have their work cut out to challenge the Penryn-based club, if Mile High continue to target the remaining races in this series. Newquay Road Runners finished third.
With three runners in the top ten, the host club, Truro Running Club finished six points ahead of East Cornwall Harriers in the Ladies team race, with Newquay Road Runners again in third place but only one point behind East Cornwall.
KEY FOR CLUBS: BR Bude Rats, CAC Cornwall AC, CR Carn Runners, ECH East Cornwall Harriers, LRR Launceston Road Runners, MBH Mounts Bay Harriers, MH Mile High, NRR Newquay Road Runners, STA St Austell Running Club, TL Tri Logic, TRC Truro Running Club, U Unattached.
Men: 1 James Waldie CAC 42.39, 2 Tony Brewer MH 43.13, 3 Dan Rodgers LRR 43.19, 4 Dan Alsop STA 44.09, 5 Andrew Martin MH 46.14, 6 James Stevens ECH 46.48, 7 Peter Sowerby TRC 48.58, 8 Darren Varker STA 47.42, 9 Craig Webster NRR 47.51, 10 Mark Budge ECH 48.09. Veteran Categories: 40-44: 1 Simon Truscott NRR 51.34, 2 Tim Adams STA 52.23, 3 Jeremy Warren STA 53.00. 45-49: 1 Peter Sowerby, 2 Glynn Davis CR 50.43, 3 Duncan Oakes STA 51.43. 50-54: 1 Gary Pascoe TRC 50.07, 2 Martin Davis NRR 51.26. 55-59: 1 Malcolm Roberts STA 54.57, 2 John Thompson NRR 56.46, 3 Gareth Rowe U 64.23. 60-64: 1 Dave Morgan TL 56.21, 2 Doug Alsop STA 56.55, 3 Stephen Hutchinson LRR 59.28. 70+: 1 Nick Jeans TRC 73.48. Teams: 1 Mile High 32 points, 2 St Austell Running Club 44 points, 3 Newquay Road Runners 62 points, 4 Truro Running Club 100 points, 5 St Austell Running Club 'B' 102, 6 East Cornwall Harriers 110 points.
Ladies: 1 Isobel Wykes TRC 50.33, 2 Lucy Hodgson NRR 51.32, 3 Revis Crowle ECH 55.56, 4 Samantha Westlake TRC 56.26, 5 Sharon Daw ECH 57.07, 6 Amy Sole U 57.33, 7 Emma Murray STA 57.52, 8 Helen Heard BR 58.57, 9 Sue Ogilvy NRR 60.00, 10 Tabatha Allen TRC 62.10. Veteran Categories: 35-39: 1 Lucy Hodgson, 2 Helen Heard, 3 Helen Dodwell TRC 65.12. 40-44: 1 Sally Rowse NRR 63.00, 2 Emily Young ECH 63.37, 3 Becky Healey BR 66.39. 45-49: 1 Samantha Westlake, 2 Sharon Daw. 50-54: 1 Revis Crowle, 2 Lesley Richardson NRR 62.15. 60-64: 1 Sue Taylor MBH 66.09.
Teams: 1 Truro Running Club 15pts, 2 East Cornwall Harriers 21pts, 3 Newquay Road Runners 22pts, 4 St Austell Running Club 40pts, 5 Bude Rats 54pts, 6 East Cornwall Harriers 'B' 59pts.
CORNISH YOUNGSTERS WIN SURREY TOURNAMENT:
The Team Cornwall American Football youth squad, who are all aged between 14 and 17, have enjoyed a fine start to their first year competing in the national league.
After their victory against the Sussex Thunder back in May, they travelled to Surrey for their first away tournament to play against the Farnham Knights and two of the nation's strongest youth teams, the London Warriors and the London Olympians and managed to bring home the trophy.
Setting off from Mount Wise, Newquay at 6.30am for the journey to Farnham, with more than five hours travelling on the minibus, the team arrived in time to stretch and warm up for the first of three games.
Coach Sharon Smallworth said: "The team were thrown in the deep end against the London Olympians.
"In the first game nerves played a huge part as the boys came up against their first real opposition.
"It was a good physical game and it took some time for them to settle and although we lost 25-18, it was not really a fair representation of the game itself, as our nervous boys dropped four balls in the end zone.
"To say the boys were gutted at the loss would be an understatement."
Their next game was against the London Warriors who struggled against the running of Lewis Wells, as Team Cornwall won 18-12.
Going into the final round against the Farnham Knights there was still everything to play for.
Team Cornwall's defence proved to be really tough snubbing out the majority of Farnham's plays. Once the ball was back with Team Cornwall's offence they marched the ball down the field and scored three times. Another outstanding player in both the Warriors game and against the Knights was the defensive MVP, Jacob Wheal, whose open field tackling was textbook and he stopped the running backs in their tracks.
This meant that each team had only dropped one game. So the decider for the tournament was the best defence and Team Cornwall were named tournament winners, bringing the trophy and individual medals home to Cornwall.
This has now placed the juniors at the top of their division.
Cornish Sharks 44, Gloucester Centurions 0
It was the Cornish Sharks' seventh game of the season, the third against the Gloucester Centurions and with everything to play for to make the play-offs, the Sharks had to make it count.
The final score gave the Sharks a much needed win and their defence, their first season 'shut out'.
But the Oxford Saints game, due to be rescheduled after the Sharks sustained a number of injuries to its offensive line players, proved impossible and disappointingly the league awarded a 1-0 win to the Saints, having overturned an earlier decision to award a 0-0 tie.
Unfortunately, that means that the Sharks have now got to win every game to finish seven and three in order for them to have any chance of making the play-offs, so every game is crucial.
The Centurions had recently bolstered their squad with four recent signings from the Bristol Aztecs, a premiership team, that made the Centurions even stronger.
But disappointingly the Gloucester Centurions travelled with a reduced squad and the Sharks, although not fully manned either, were determined to make a point after the league's disappointing decision.
Offensively the Sharks kept the game plan simple due to the weather conditions – namely, a 70% running game.
They used a number of basic running plays with minor adjustments that awarded the team just under 400 yards rushing. The Shark's running backs performed really well, with great running from Matt Cann, Adam Kevern, Lee Ambridge, Ronan O'Neil and Robbie MacIntyre, who ran three touchdowns off some great runs.
Despite the weather, the passing game when used looked good with Dave Kriehn making a stunning catch in the end zone to score a touch-down and rookie Matt South showing the makings of a top receiver.
Meanwhile, the defence, led by Matt Henderson played with fire in their bellies – the hits were hard and the team tackles were plenty. Top tacklers were Matt, Craig Asling, Matt Cross, Phil Holby, Darryn Brookes and Alex Bonner.
Up front there were some great plays by Nick Trent, Samu Taukei and Lewis Bowns in what was a complete team performance.
CORNWALL CUP SUCCESS:
Cornwall's men played the second match of this year's Middleton Cup group stage, against Worcestershire, at the Culm Vale club on Saturday, knowing that they needed a good win to stay in the hunt.
Due to the absence of two first choice skips, Mark Read and Mark Foster, there had to be some positional changes from the team which beat Warks. with David Roe and Ian Ball moving to skip; Chris Stephenson was also unavailable.
Olllie Bennett, Darren Mudge and Steve Jones filled the vacant spots.
In a match where the Duchy were never behind they managed to win on fve rinks, dropping two of the 22 points available.
The top rink was, once again, that skipped by Ian Drew, with Ian Ball and his team mates close behind.
Drew struggled in the early stages, being marginally behind at 10 ends, but gradually picked up to win by 12. Ian Ball never looked as if he was going to loose making steady progress to his 10 shot win.
David Roe and his rink stormed away to a 10 nil lead after five ends but went into the 19th end drawing. They managed, however, to move ahead again, to win by four.
In the early stages Alan Hawke's rink looked vulnerable (six down at 10 ends) but regained the initiative to win by two.
Norman Coad and his team mates had a similarly slow start but made steady progress to win by one After a good start Tim Phillips' rink faded, eventually losing by 3.
In the final Group game, to be played in two weeks' time, Cornwall meet Devon, who probably have the strongest squad in the country, at the Exonia club, knowing that nothing less than a win will get them through.
Scores (Cornwall first): K Butler, R Teague, O Bennett, D Roe 19; G.Burgess 15. S Jones, K Corris, D Drew, A Hawke 24; A McWhinnie 22. J Drew, D Parr, A Barron, I Drew 25; R.McCaughtrie 13. G Frost, D Mudge, C Binney, T Phillips 16; R Stanley 19. D Iddles, M Eddy, M Tippett, I Ball 24; I Jenkins 14. P White, A Laity, C Allen, N Coad 20; D Henning 19. Match score: Cornwall 128 Worcestershire 102.
Watersports enthusiasts from all over the country donned their wet suits and took to the water last Wednesday when Cornwall College hosted the 2012 British Colleges Sport (BCS) Watersports Championships.
The national event, which was held at Tolcarne Beach in Newquay and Stithians Lake, near Redruth, was a test of endurance, concentration and ability for all involved, as competitors battled their way through a series of gruelling heats to qualify for the finals in a range of activities: paddle boarding, surf lifesaving, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and gig-rowing.
Competitors came from Cornwall College, Exeter College, Bournemouth & Poole College, Richard Huish College, Truro & Penwith College, Gower College Swansea, Somerset College of Art and Technology, and Riverside College Widnes.
The day provided some fantastic competition and produced some very high levels of performance, which made the finals a really exciting climax to the event.
The overall winners were Gower College Swansea, followed by Bournemouth and Poole College in second place and Cornwall College in third.
At the end of the day all winners were presented with trophies and prizes to take home with them.
The event was organised in conjunction with BCS by staff and students from Cornwall College and Falmouth Marine School.
The next Dreamstore Academy angling coach training course will take place in Cornwall, beginning in September.
The three weekend course will be held at the Redruth Youth Centre and is being run in association with local Angling-School. There are a total of 12 places available for people active in the voluntary sector, with the course running over the weekends of 8/9 September, 22/23 September and 13/14 October.
Places are available on the course to anyone actively engaged in youth, education or community activity on a regular basis.
David Hoey of Dreamstore Academy said: "We're delighted at being able to work with Angling-School in running an Academy in Cornwall, particularly as it means we are likely to engage mostly with sea anglers in this part of the country.
"The Dreamstore coaching skills course has been designed with the voluntary sector in mind.
"At the same time, we worked towards and have had the course accredited to be to the best national standard for what is the equivalent of sports Level 2 outcomes.
"While UKCC standard, our course has an added module on disability and places added emphasis on people skills."
John Brooks of Cornwall's Angling-School said: "Being a teacher and having completed the Dreamstore Academy Level 2 course just last year, I would highly recommend this course for anyone working in the voluntary sector who uses angling as a activity within their programme, or a voluntary supporter to a youth, education or community group.
"We already have a number of people registered on the course, but there are a few places left."
An application to register interest in joining the Academy is available on the Dreamstore website at www.dreamstore.org/academy
ROSEVIDNEY OPEN DAY:
A warm welcome and a packed programme of demonstrations and displays offers visitors a great day out at the The Rosevidney Livery Stables Open Day this Saturday June 30, at the Rosevidney Arena, Ludgvan.
The first demonstration takes place at 11am and focuses on long reining and lunging. This is followed by a dressage to music display at 11.30am featuring the exciting young stallion Sandro Sun.
The momentum continues with a staff riding demonstration on how to school and climaxing in a quadrille to music.
The afternoon session kicks off at 2pm with a demonstration featuring Scott and Verity Perry's top horses Tis Not Otto and Armani.
Verity will continue this high level of horsemanship with a Prix St George display riding her prolific winning dressage mare Armani.