HELEN WINS MALCOLM DATE HANDICAP CUP:
In October 2009, Malcolm Date – one of Hayle Runners most popular members – died suddenly. To commemorate his contribution to the running club it awarded a trophy for the winner of a handicap race in his memory.
The ten kilometre race which starts and finishes in Marazion gives every runner the opportunity to win, as their start time is based on their previous personal best over the distance.
Last Saturday, 27 runners lined up in fancy dress to take their chance to lift the trophy. The club's female runners again dominated the race and with the closest finish to date between two runners dressed as Father Christmas.
The winning Father Christmas was Helen Mills who just out paced Debra Coldrick in the final 200 metres. They were closely followed by Michelle Roskilly dressed as an Elf, fresh from her marathon debut, in third place, with Amanda Jones running strongly to achieve fourth place.
Helen, Debra and Michelle joined the club in 2011 as beginners with Amanda having joined the club earlier this year. A number of runners received a surprise when one of the Pirates of the Caribbean sprinted past them. Peter Ellis, the club's fastest runner, was the last to start, giving a head start of over half an hour to some runners and powered through the field up to fifth place – achieving a personal best time of 33 minutes 41 seconds.
Club captain and race organiser Craig Tonkin said: "The club handicap is a competitive race but has a significant fun element. All the runners have to compete in fancy dress and we had some brilliant outfits.
"We give a prize to the best costume, won this year by David Nancarrow and offer mulled wine to all the runners when they cross the finish line to reward them all for their efforts."
He added: "Helen had a brilliant run, improving on her personal best by nearly three minutes and there were great efforts throughout the field as runners wanted to win Malcolm's cup."
HAYLEY DOES IT BY HALVES:
Hayley Rochford is celebrating completing 13 half marathons in 2012 and in the process, raising money for the Cornish Heart Unit Fund.
A member of Hayle Runners, Hayley started her half marathon efforts in February, competing in the Bodmin Fire and Rescue Half Marathon at Lanhydrock before running the Bideford and Falmouth Half Marathons in March.
A busy May followed when Hayley completed races in Tewkesbury, Edinburgh and Plymouth. She also ran the Torbay half marathon in June, followed by races at Cheddar in July,Indian Queens in August, Truro and Bristol in September, Devizes in October and finishing with the Bath Hilly Half Marathon in November.
Hayley enjoyed the experience although she found it tough at times. She said: "I have had a great time and had a lot of encouragement from friends and family. My favourite race at Bath was rather surprisingly the one with the most mud and hills."
HARRIERS QUARTET PASS LEADERSHIP COURSE:
Four members of Mounts Bay Harriers have become the latest to undertake the new UKA Leadership in Running Fitness course.
Jeremy Marston, Simon Jones, Yvonne Turner and Adam Oliver all passed the course and are now qualified and insured 'Leaders' to help provide safe and enjoyable first running experiences to people of any level of ability, age, size and shape.
A number of Harriers are already leaders and coaches and these four are an addition to the team. Although Yvonne had already completed the old course a number of years ago she felt it was wise to update her skills and current good practice if she was to continue being a Leader of beginners.
More than 60 people have taken part in the first two courses for beginners and have all successfully achieved their goals, whether it be completing a 10k race or a two-mile fun run. The course is aimed at those new to running or returning after a long lay-off and starts off with walking and gentle jogging and focuses on good running technique to ensure no injuries occur.
A new 10-week beginners' course will start on Monday, January 7, 2013, and is free to all who wish to join. For further details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 07854 982191 or just turn up on the night, 7pm start at Mounts Bay School.
It's an ideal way to lose weight, get fit and meet new like-minded people. It doesn't matter if you have no-one to come with, there will be a warm welcome for all.
WEST PENWITH LEAGUE:
Charity Blind Doubles Knockout: This annual knockout in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care, was this year won by Stuart Rodda of RAOB A and Sue Rowe of Ludgvan SC B.
For this event all entries are drawn into pairs with all the winners going back into the hat and drawn to play with another player until the eventual winners are decided.
On his way to the final Stuart was first paired with Ludgvan's Andy Marshall , and they beat the Mexico's Pete Stevens and Ludgvan's Angie Bennetts. Meanwhile Sue teamed up with the Radjel's Peter Britton and they knocked out Graham Winterbottom (Longboat Steelers) and Julia Rogerson of The Alex Inn.
In the second round Stuart was again drawn to play with Andy, who threw a 180 in their victory over Ronnie Hart (Astro Arrows) and Steve Sedgeman (Ludgvan SC B).
Sue was drawn with Mike Bennetts of Ludgvan A and they defeated Jordon James (Longboat) and her first round partner Peter Britton.
In the semi-finals, Stuart threw a 180 with new partner Ryan Morris (Radjel) in their victory over Ludgvan's Chris Stephens and Astro Nomad Lee Thomas. Sue was paired with Stuart's previous partner Andy Marshall and they beat Matt Whittaker (Radjel) and Ludgvan's Mike Bennetts.
In the final the pairs were drawn against each other with Andy drawn to play Ryan and Sue with Stuart.
Andy and Ryan won he first leg only to fail to finish in the second, allowing Sue to level the match at 1-1 after she finished on double 10.
The final leg was tight all the way down with all four players having a pop at the winning double before Stuart hit double eight to win the first knockout of the season.
The night raised £94, with Treweellard's team, despite not entering donating £10 for the cause. The League thank all who entered and Caitlin Winterbottom who sold the raffle tickets on the night.
Tomorrow night, Friday 14th the second knockout of the season will be the Charity Cup 3-a-side with funny names, again in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care, with an 8pm start at Penzance Astropark.
Division Two: The only game in this division saw Longboat Vikings move to the top of the table and take an eight point lead over the Wellington going into the new year after a 12-0 whitewash against Astro Kings.
Both Paul Angove and Jerry Merrifield threw eight tons, Vernon Durrant seven tons and Paul Brown equalled the division's highest finish of 161 in his singles. This matched the Radjel's Shane Williams finish back in October, which ironically was also in their match against Astro Kings.
Division Three: The only game should have seen the Old Success play the Standard Gwinear B, but as the Old Success were unable to raise a team they awarded the points to Gwinear. The Standard were given an 8-0 win on average points, which moved them up two places and above the Old Success into sixth place.
NEWS FROM MOUNTS BAY ANGLING SOCIETY:
The President's Competition for the Greenwood Rosebowl was fished on Sunday December 2 and two fish were brought to the scales, writes David Cains.
Chairman Peter Maddern won the competition with a 5-3-2 (103.906%) pollack and Paul Robinson was the runner-up with a three bearded rockling 1-6-11 (81.027%). Paul also had the third fish, a 1-2-8 (57.813%) flounder.
Peter received the £13 optional pool money and will receive the trophy at the annual presentation in the New Year.
There were five specimen fish caught in November, one senior shore, one junior shore and three senior boat, one of which is a new club and county record.
The top three shore fish were all caught by Paul Robinson who will receive the fish of the month for a 2-0-11 (116.741%) three bearded rockling. His other fish were a shore rockling 0-11-12 (83.833%) and lesser spotted dogfish 2-4-0 (81.818%).
There were no Ladies' Shore Fish returned so Holly Vintner remains in the lead for the Ladies Shore Championship with 226.458% for three species.
Paul Robinson set two new Shore Best of Species with his shore and three bearded rockling. Ethan Gould had the Junior Shore fish of the month with a flounder 1-8-8 (76.563%) and Jamie Rowe was runner-up with a 1-7-8 (73.438%) flounder.
There were no Ladies Boat Fish, therefore Jackie Morse remains in first place in the Ladies' Boat Championship with 380.471% for six species and Ros Brooks is in second place with 154.948% for two and Latasha Hollins third with 81.25% for one.
Senior Shore Championship: 1, Paul Robinson 1013.571% for 10 species; 2, Peter Maddern 964.042% for 10; 3, Tim Gerrard 680.959% for eight.
Area Championship Trophy: 1, Paul Robinson 629.196% for 6 species; 2, Peter Maddern 493.658% for 5; 3, Dave Symonds 276.544% for 4.
Target Species Trophy: 1, Paul Robinson 969.547% for 12; 2, Peter Maddern 640.137% for 8; 3, Tim Gerrard 277.101% for 3.
R Whipp Trust Trophy: 1, Liam Faisey 4-15-0 (98.75%) ballan wrasse; 2, Mike Delbridge 1-14-0 (93.75%) golden grey mullet.
Junior Shore: 1, Ethan Gould 653.74% for 9 species; 2, Jamie Rowe 197.396% for 3; 3, Perran Willey 130.781% for 2.
Senior Boat Fish of the Month: Rob Chapman (new club and county record) small eyed ray, 13-5-2 ((148.003%); 2, Sam Narbett, small eyed ray 11-13-12 (131.771%); 3, Andy Richards, scad, 1-1-6 (108.594%).
Senior Boat Championship: 1, Sam Narbett, 1146.310% for 10 species; 2, Andy Richards 1061.073% for 10; 3, Liam Faisey 616.320% for 9.
November Boat Best of Species: Blonde ray, 13-4-2 (88.385%) – Sam Narbett, small eyed ray 13-5-2 (148.003%) – Rob Chapman; scad 1-1-6 (108.594%) – Andy Richards.
Junior Boat Fish: Will Richards (Fish of the Month) 1-2-2 (113.281%) Scad.
Junior Boat Championship: Will Richards 915.806% for 10 species; 2, Devon Thomas 392.380% for six; 3, Stephen Leonard 106.875% for one.
LOCAL CLUBS' ROUND-UP:
Former West Cornwall assistant professional Maria Tulley, who is now teaching pro at Wellshurst Golf and Country Club in Sussex, missed the cut by six shots in her attempt to win her player's card for the Ladies European Tour in Morocco last week, writes Peter Heyman.
The 24-year-old, faced with two rounds on each of two courses at Amelkis and Al Maaden Golf Resort, Marrakech, opened with a five over par 77, but hit back with her best round of the pre-qualifying tournament, a level par 72 containing three birdies that wiped out her one bad hole, a triple bogey at the par 3 sixth.
Rounds of 75 and 76 followed for a 72-hole total of 300, 12 over par and six shots outside the qualifying mark for this week's final stage of qualifying over five more rounds.
The fourth leg of this season's Cornwall Winter Golf Series is due to be played at Newquay on Sunday, with 42 of the county's top single figure handicappers in the starting line-up.
After the scheduled first round of the series at West Cornwall was cancelled due to poor weather, Matt Richards (West Cornwall) eased to victory in the second round at Trethorne in October.
In last month's event at Perranporth he finished in joint second place behind Trevose's Welsh international Ben Westgate, who shot a sparkling four under par round for 40 Stableford points.
However, Richards' high finish was enough to see him retain his No 1 spot in the Order of Merit, just over six points clear of Bowood Park's Josh Greenaway.
The renewed spirit of optimism merged with the festive spirit at Cape Cornwall on Saturday when the brightly decorated tree and clubhouse became even more attractive as it filled with lady members all beautifully dressed for their Christmas lunch.
The transformation from waterproofs to party frocks was wonderful to see as they had just taken part in their Saturday competition which was won by the popular Lancashire lass, Val Graham, with Sonia Cottle and Antoinette Richards close behind.
The ladies also played their 'nine holes' competition on Thursday with Janet Sproson and Lindsay Sawden taking first and second places in A Group and Lynne Doe and Marion Bailey doing the same in B Group.
The men's monthly medal lost a few of the early starters to a dramatic hailstorm but the later players enjoyed good conditions and Peter Fraser took first place with a net 68,with David James and Chris Williams following just behind.
The men's competition on Sunday was a three-man Stableford with two scores to count. Super sub John Cottle stepped in at the last minute to join Ray Blackburn and Chris Williams and score well enough to help them take first place, just one point ahead of the highly fancied team of Paul Byron, Brian Polgase, and Chris Lewis.
This Saturday evening the clubhouse will be buzzing once again as the members' Christmas party takes on the form of a buffet and disco.
David Phillips won the men's Stableford at Praa Sands on Sunday with 43 points. David Prowse was second with 42, Dave Miners third with 40 and Nigel Waters fourth with 39 on countback from Rob Gall.
Gail Hatch, Lily Hiscott, Di Lyons and Judy Thomas won the ladies' Texas Scramble on Saturday with a net 60. Jackie Quick, Chris Tonkin and Barbara Wilkins were second with 64 on countback from Linda Dunford, Anne Griffiths and Wendy Keys.
Judy Thomas won the ladies' Wednesday Stableford with 19 points. Linda Gale was second with 15 and Anne Griffiths third (13).
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