Muddiman shocks Eddy in exciting finale at St Levan
THE Stephen Chapple Memorial Races, St Levan 10K and Children's 2-mile Fun Run, took place last Friday evening, starting from the St Levan Playing Field.
A large field of 200 runners gathered for the annual 10K race, with 60 youngsters lining up for the children's two mile Fun Run.
Stephen was the driving force behind these races from 1991 until last year when he lost his battle with cancer. His family kindly donated shields for the first parish male and female in the 10K race and for the first parish boy and girl in each age group in the children's run.
Steve's daughter Hannah kindly agreed to present the prizes to the winners of each age group. This year the races raised funds for St Levan Sports Club, Macmillan and St Julia's Hospice.
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Entries for the 10K came from all over the country including a sprinkling of holidaymakers from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, Rayleigh in Essex, Walsall in the West Midlands and St Martin on Jersey. It was also well supported by local clubs including Mounts Bay Harriers, Hayle Runners, Cornwall AC, Carn Runners, Falmouth Road Runners, Newquay Road Runners and Truro Running Club.
Tom Muddiman (Southampton AC) and local athlete Neil Eddy (Mounts Bay Harriers) soon led the way over the fast opening mile of England's most westerly road race and it was soon evident that no one else could follow their fast pace.
Little separated the two leaders on the long uphill climb to the three mile point, when Muddiman opened a small gap over the Penzance triathlete. As the route levelled off after four miles, Eddy got back on terms with the Southampton man but could not respond to a strong final mile, as Muddiman crossed the line in 34.37, with Eddy a further 21 seconds behind. Another triathlete, the Newquay Road Runner Jonas Gummerson, finished third (36.16) with fourth placed Paul Whear (Carn Runners) leading the large contingent of veterans home.
The Men's winner explained that he was very much a late entry. He said "I only came down for a long weekend to visit my dad, who lives in Penzance and saw the race advertised in the local paper on Thursday, so it was very convenient for me and made a change from my usual summer racing, which has tended to focus on the 3000m Steeplechase, competing for Southampton in the British Track and Field League."
The Ladies' race was won by one of the many local runners taking part, Carol Randall (Mounts Bay Harriers). Before joining Mounts Bay, Carol regularly trained over this course, which she knew like 'the back of her hand' and local knowledge certainly helped on this occasion. Carol moved into the lead from the start, with second placed Jenny Almey (Cornwall AC) always keeping the Mounts Bay Harrier in her sights but never able to close the gap to the leader.
In the overall standings, Carol finished 27th, with Jenny just one place and 27 seconds behind. There was also a close battle for third spot, with Donna Raggett (Cornwall AC),despite nursing an Achilles problem, holding off the challenge from Debbie Harrison (Hayle Runners), beating the Hayle runner by one place and 14 seconds.
In the closely fought team competitions, Hayle Runners won the Men's prize, beating Mount's Bay Harriers by the narrow margin of eight points but honours were shared in the Ladies' race, where Mount's Bay reversed the leading team positions, beating Hayle by 12 points.
Race organiser Yvonne Turner, commenting on behalf of St Levan Sports Club, said: "Everyone was really pleased with the turn out this year, especially as it raised much appreciated funds for such good causes.
"The whole of the Sports Week had gone really well and all the events had been well attended. The 10K rounded off a perfect week of sport in the parish."
MBH results: 2 0:34:58 Eddy, Neil (2nd male overall); 15 0:38:34 Prady, David (1st Parish Male); 16 0:38:37 Wood, Jacob; 20 0:39:42 Hickson, Andrew; 23 0:40:11 Sanger, Phil; 25 0:40:19 Letchford, Geoff (1st MV60-64); 27 0:41:19 Randall, Carol (1st female overall and 1st FV40-44); 30 0:41:55 Russell, Mark (1st MV50-54); 39 0:43:05 Matthews, Ian; 60 0:45:41 Angove, Paul 71 0:47:16 Waller, Anne; 73 0:47:22 O'Connell, Desmond; 74 0:47:27 Uren, Peter (1st MV65-69); 77 0:47:40 Tildesley, Daniel; 83 0:48:14 Oliver, Adam; 86 0:48:23 Kewn, Jeremey; 98 0:49:50 Greenaway, John; 104 0:50:31 Turtle, John; 108 0:50:59 Hibbert, Clive; 112 0:51:24 Randall, Gavin; 118 0:52:07 Kewn, Nicola; 122 0:52:18 Tregear, Sarah; 128 0:53:19 Bromfield, Terry (2nd MV60-64); 139 0:54:44 Backhouse, Eden; 140 0:54:51 Turner, Yvonne (3rd FV50-54); 145 0:56:05 Riggs, Paul; 155 0:57:31 Pullen, Tim; 156 0:57:39 Marston, David; 161 0:59:19 Matthews, Susan; 163 0:59:27 James, Joyce (3rd FV55-59); 167 0:59:43 Stone, Jackie; 171 1:00:14 Pascoe, Amy; 175 1:01:38 Milsom, Eileen (3rd FV60-64); 177 1:01:46 Uren, Penny; 182 1:02:42 James, Amanda; 191 1:05:17 Prosser, Amanda.
MBH team results: First ladies team – Carol Randall, Anne Waller, Nicola Kewn, Sarah Tregear; Third ladies team – Eden Backhouse, Yvonne Turner, Sue Matthews, Joyce James; Second male team – Neil Eddy, David Prady, Jacob Wood, Andrew Hickson; Third male team – Phil Sanger, Geoff Letchford, Mark Russell, Ian Matthews.
HAYLE Runners men won the team competition with a mixture of youth and experience bringing the team home.
The rapidly improving Kieran Murrant continued his fantastic summer by leading the team home supported by Mike Dowrick,Scott Abraham and Daniel Costello.
Debbie Harrison led the women's team to second place, supported by Helen Rule. Kate Fitzmaurice and Ann Senior. Debbie and Ann both picked up third place in the their age categories. Debbie was also third overall.
Howard Haynes won his over 70 age group and Richard Saundry was third.
Hayle Runners results: 0:37:28 Murrant, Kieran; 0:37:52 Dowrick, Mike; 0:38:13 Abraham, Scott; 0:38:16 Costello, Daniel; 0:42:51 Harrison, Debbie; 0:47:48 Humphrey, Irwin; 0:47:56 Rule, Helen; 0:48:55 Knowles, Simon; 0:52:48 Burnell, Frank; 0:53:24; Fitzmaurice, Kate; 0:53:51 Senior, Ann; 0:56:30 Osborn, Kathryn; 0:56:43 Pan-Huertas, Ana; 0:56:56 Billington, Mel; 0:57:06 Haynes, Howard; 0:57:25 Thomas, Paul; 1:02:19 Culley, Carol; 1:02:55 Carter, Nicki; 1:04:57 Saundry, Richard.
St Levan 10K and Fun Run results, Digest page 77.