Tywardreath running event under starters orders again
Popular local running event the Tywardreath Trotter will go ahead this year in late July
7th April 2021
By Gareth Davies
Local running clubs returned to club training last week and this was marked with the announcement of six race events which will see athletes back in competition across the Duchy.
With guidelines loosening from March 29, St Austell’s two local clubs are once again able to congregate in groups of five to work with a club leader/coach, having been denied the opportunity since lockdown restrictions were put into place on January 5.
The first item pencilled in on their competitive card is the Meet Your Max event, organised by Truro Running Club, which falls on Wednesday, June 23, closely followed by the Tywardreath Trotter on Saturday, July 24. Newquay Road Runners’ Indian Queens Half Marathon returns on Sunday, August 1 with Launceston Running Club’s Treggy 7 falling on Sunday, September 5.
The Bude Pirate Run, organised by Bude Rats, follows on Sunday, September 12 before Truro Running Club complete their top and tailing of the current calendar with their Truro Half Marathon on Sunday, September 19.
“As far as all the clubs are concerned, as you know, we have been restricted to running with just one other person,” Cornwall Road Running chairman Ian Ringer told the Voice. “Everybody has been running but in pairs or individually.
“From last week though, we can run in groups of six which is really good news. Last week we had two training sessions and are back to our normal routine on Tuesdays and Thursdays but in groups of six only.
“A group of five people meet with one of the leaders or coaches and do a bit of training. That is much better than it was.
“There is no definite news on Parkrun’s yet but that is planned for June. Lots of us have been doing something called the Fly 5K which is similar really, you run a 5K anywhere you like and then submit your time. It is all recorded and that is a national thing. It’s just a nice alternative to the parkrun really but obviously it’s not the same.
“The first event we have got is in June and that is the Meet Your Max which is run by Truro Running Club. We have got one planned in July, the Tywardreath Trotter, which is part of the multi-terrain series. There is another one in Bude as well in July so there is a trickle of plans.
“We wouldn’t be able to do any kind of event yet and I don’t think it will be until May at the earliest.
“Even then I think it will be cautious and probably be into June [before events are more operational]. We’re just looking forward to the summer. There has been a lot of virtual running.
“You can sign up to do a half marathon or whatever and do it your local area but that’s not very exciting for runners really.
“The Newquay 10K we had was a real success though, they pulled out all the stops and had a proper list of results. They also sent out a lovely wooden medal so that was a good one for everyone that was involved.”