Yes, you read that right – Newquay, Cornwall! Krysh and I were in Cornwall for our anniversary, spotted this event and decided it sounded pretty unique and better than just a training run.
It was billed as a flat 10k on the ‘Airside’ of RAF St Mawgan and Newquay Airport. It was in aid of the Cornish Air Ambulance and the route went in and out of their new hangar and all over the airport.
It was the first time they’d organised a race and as a consequence it started 45mins late. We registered on the day and had no queue to do so. Everyone who had pre-entered had to queue up to collect their race numbers and that took ages.
It certainly wasn’t flat and there was a pretty serious headwind to contend with from 1-3k. They had a lead off bike and one very fast runner. As gaps grew a few runners took meandering routes across the runways as they didn’t know where the best line was.
After the first couple of kilometres I settled in to 7th place with a couple of guys on my shoulder. One of them snook past at 7k but I managed to hold off the other guy to finish in 8th place, just dipping under 40mins. Krysh made it round (slowly). I had to contend with nearly getting taken out by a hand glider with 500m to go (a group were carrying it round the 4k fun run)?
They’ve promised results will be up in the week, so we’ll see how far ahead the speedy first guy was then! Apparently they had 550 runners, which for a new race they’ll be very happy about and raised funds for a very worthy cause.