Race Date: Saturday 30th July
Race time: 18:15
Race Report by: Sarah Percival
At 7 miles, the Trotter can be a daunting distance, but it caters for everyone. It’s a massive village affair on a Saturday evening.
The start and finish is outside a local boozer – The New Inn. There’s a disco and BBQ for all and a fun run for kids.
The alcohol is flowing! The village draws runners from all over Cornwall and the village is bursting!
Tywardheath was the next village to where we were staying on holiday so I couldn’t resist! It marked their regatta.
On your marks – get set – GO!
I was off! It started at the top of an incline and I ran down hill. We/I then weaved round the village back to the start and out of the village. I thought it was going to be okay! However, I then went up another hill. I went on trails and through a tunnel – you couldnt be tall to be able squeeze through it! I had the relief of some flat as I went along a canal. This was short lived, because I then proceeded to go back on to a road and climb to the top. It seemed to go on and on! I passed a farm and then went downhill. I’m not good at going down hill on trails- so I was like Bambi! The locals zipped past like rockets! I wore my vest and got a shout from a runner who said “Are you a Sheffield Strider – you get around!”
Are we nearly there!
On the return route, I went back on a river path and then back onto a road. There was another hill. It was bad! At mile 5, I thought the worse was behind. We went across hay fields, down wonky steps.
The Finish Line.
Then there was a downhill to the finish. I kept thinking of Strider Kate Scott and blasted it. The crowd roared when you finished. It was so good. A banana, cups of water and a can of beer was received. I opted to buy a large glass of wine in the pub.
The first runner was a male Sam Stead in 40:17.
The first woman was Amy Sole in 50:19.
I was the only strider and came 123rd in 1:02:31.
There were 259 runners in total.
Full results can be viewed here.