Dan's the man as he makes history with Treggy 7 victory
Dan Rodgers (Launceston Road Runners) became the host club’s first ever winner of the Men’s race in the Treggy 7 mile event today, although he had to fight every inch of the way to secure his position at the top of the podium, writes Alan Rowling
The Ladies' race proved to be a clear cut canter, with Emma Stepto (Cornwall AC) cruising home to the applause of an enthusiastic crowd gathered in the sunshine on the Castle Green, surely the most picturesque setting for the finish of any Cornish Grand Prix event.
In all, some 345 runners set off from Launceston town square at the start of this race, round 12 of the Cornwall Grand Prix Series, sponsored by Cornwall Glass and Glazing.
Rodgers had thrilling victory overhauling Justin Thomas (Cornwall AC) with a final sprint across the Castle Green towin by no more than a thickness of a vest, with both runners sharing the same time of 38 minutes 34 seconds. Jim Cole (Tavistock AC) held on for third, 25 seconds behind the top two.
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Emma Stepto, who won her third successive Treggy 7 race, running a new personal best for the course of 39 minutes 52 seconds, 60 seconds faster than her own pervious course record, set in 2012.
She finished seventh overall and well over a mile ahead of the Ladies' runner up, Mhairi Saville (Mounts Bay Harriers), who was making only her fourth Grand Prix appearance of the year. Kathryn Burgess (Cornwall AC) continues her slow but sure recovery from injury, with a second successive third place finish, which lifts her from 13th to second in the overall Ladies' Grand Prix standings.
After the presentation Stepto's running day had not yet finished, as she jumped in her car and made her way to the Exeter Arena, where she turned out for Cornwall AC in the 800 metres at the club’s crucial South West League match, where Cornwall AC needed every point for victory, in their bid to be crowned the 2013 South West League Division One Champions.
Full report and pictures in this week's Cornish Guardian, West Briton and Cornishman papers.