Ely Runner, Ross Payne was in the Cornwall/Devon area for Bank Holiday weekend. Whilst there entered the Bere Pen 10K – described as a scenic ‘3 down, 3 up’ road run around the Tamar Peninsular.
The race was very well organised & had a very local feel to it – there only seemed to be club runners from 3 or 4 local clubs, the lone black ER vest really was somewhat a foreigner! Nevertheless Ross felt very welcome.
The route starts in the village and winds its way down to Weir Quay, falling some 360ft in a little over 2 miles, has a short flat section along the quay, followed by the up approx. 430ft of climbing over the final 2.5 miles The downhill section was steep enough that Ross felt as if he were applying the breaks for long periods which made it easy for the runners to cover the ground in good time. The flat section along the quay provided just time to use the welcome water station before the hard work begins. The uphill return included some of the steepest hills Ross has ever ran… (Thank goodness for JT’s WBH sessions in the weeks leading up to this!)
All finishers received a medal and goody bag, which contained 5 pots of Devon’s Ambrosia rice puddings & custards, and the race only cost £8 to enter… Cambridge races take note!
1st – Jack Lawson – 36:02,
6th – Ross Payne – 39:25,
21st – Sara Collman – 45:50 (1st lady)