A CROWLAS woman has been left "shaken, battered and bruised" after being knocked over by a horse while taking part in the Marazion 10K run on Sunday.
Helen Squire suffered a head injury after she was pushed to the ground when a horse took off among hundreds of runners just moments after the race had started.
The Mount's Bay Harriers runner was taking part in her ninth Marazion race when the incident happened.
She said: "I heard the horse and the next thing I was flat on the floor. The horse just rode through the runners and hit me. I don't know what happened."
Fellow runners came to the aid of Mrs Squire until paramedics arrived at the scene in Plain-an-Gwarry.
Although she hasn't been left with any serious injuries, Mrs Squire said she is in a lot of pain but, more than anything, she is upset that such an incident could have happened.
"I'm really shaken, battered and bruised. I just can't believe the arrogance of riding through 500 runners with no consideration for anyone on foot. It could just have been so easily avoided."
Helen's husband Mark was also taking part in the race and said they were lucky the incident was not more serious.
He said: "My wife could have been killed. The horse bolted and nearly took out 100 more runners.
"This is a very well organised race; there's no excuse for horses to be on the route."
A representative from Hayle Runners sent out warning notices to stables in advance of the race.
The horse and rider had come from Tregurtha Downs Farm, based in Penzance. Emma Richards, the manager there, said she had clearly displayed the letter for all riders.
"I always tell people what's going on. I can't do anything else other than put [the warning] on the notice board."
Ms Richards said the stable has no control over where individual riders choose to take their horses.
She added the incident was extremely unfortunate.
See page 68 for full report and photos from the race.