The Price is right as Ben wins Flat Lode run
The Great Flat Lode 5 mile Charity Run beat the storm forecast on Sunday morning, much to the relief of the 107 runners who lined up at the start near Redruth Cricket Club, writes Alan Rowling.
The winner was former Truro and Cornwall county cricketer Ben Price (Cheltenham and County Harriers), the runner-up of two years ago, who beat the winner of the last two years, Justin Thomas (Cornwall AC) by ten seconds, passing Thomas in the final few hundred metres.
One of a select group of visitors to race, with three finishing in the top six, was third-placed Aaron Burgess (Oxford City) who ran alongside the Newquay Road Runners, triathletes Dave Bartlett and Mike Birchmore, for most of the way, before edging ahead in the final mile, with Bartlett and Birchmore sharing the same time in fourth and fifth places respectively.
After missing most of 2012 through injury related problems, Cornwall AC’s Kathryn Burgess is now showing signs of regaining much of her old form, winning the Ladies race but not having things all her own way, beating surprise package, another triathlete Rhiannon Strickland, by 36 seconds.
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Louise Gore (Newquay Road Runners) finished third and 31st overall.
With six of the top ten finishers coming from Newquay Road Runners and Cornwall AC, the destination of the team trophy was always going to be a close run affair. Newquay, with Dave Bartlett (4th), Mike Birchmore (5th) and Alex Daniels (8th), did just enough to clinch victory on the day beating Cornwall AC by four points, with Carn Runners in third place.
Cornwall AC reversed the placings in the Ladies team competition with the race winner Kathryn Burgess, joined by the Veteran 40 winner, Rachael Thomas and Jess Hutchings, making her debut for the club, in the winning team.
Newquay Road Runners finished second, just 12points adrift with Truro Running Club close on their heels, finishing third six points behind the Newquay team.
Full report and pictures in this week's West Briton.