Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care attracted a record 636 entries for their half marathon ‘Run Falmouth’ this year. The event took place this morning (Sunday 12th March) with 581 runners actually making it to the start line. The 13.1 mile race, which is part of the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix Series, was won by Andrew Martin in a time of 1.17.30.  

The annual event was held in breezy but dry conditions and saw a host of affiliated and non-affiliated runners take on the demanding course. Starting below Pendennis Castle, the event follows a rural route out to Mawnan Smith and back to a finish line outside the Falmouth Hotel. Making seemingly light work of the half marathon was winner Andrew Martin who’s a member of the Mile High athletics club based in Penryn. First woman home was Amy Sole of the Cornwall Athletics Club who covered the distance in a time of 1.27.05.

Rowan Blewett was the Race Organiser for Cornwall Hospice Care, “it was such a relief to see the weather clear up in time for the race, and even the sun managed to put in an appearance by late morning. We‘ve been delighted by the record entry this year, which of course means a healthy sum will have been raised to help fund the specialist care we provide to patients in Cornwall with life limiting illnesses and to their families. We hope the final total will be more than £15,000.”

It takes an army of people to run an event like this popular half marathon and Rowan says the thank you list is enormous, “Of course the stars are the runners themselves who take on the challenge with such enthusiasm and goodwill, but behind the scenes there’s a host of people who deserve a thank you, including Falmouth Road Runners who do a huge amount to support the event, the marshals, time keepers, registration team, Cornwall 4 x 4, Lifestar Medical, Pendennis Shipyard, all our wonderful volunteers and the venue from which we all operate, the Falmouth Hotel. Without the help of all these people we simply wouldn’t be able to stage the race.”

Amongst the runners battling it out on the course today were a number of those who are competing in the 2017 London Marathon this year for Cornwall Hospice Care. One of them was Lollie Brewer, a Staff Nurse at St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle. She was delighted with her time of 2.27.10, “It was a tough course, but I’m really chuffed with the time and it tells me I’m on track for the London Marathon. Of course at that event I hope to be lifted by the support of the crowd right round the course, but this has been a good training run and has boosted my confidence no end.”

Another of the charity’s London Marathon runners out today was Gareth Rowett, Sports Editor of the St Austell Voice, “having suffered with a nasty calf strain all week I was pleased to have got round what is a tricky course. I was cheered on by excellent support throughout and this, along with my improving calf injury, allowed me to tackle the up-and-down course, which served as a great training race for the London Marathon now less than six weeks away. It really was a first class event run by Cornwall Hospice Care and they deserve all the credit for their hard work, roll on next year’s event!”

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures should be credit to Cornwall Hospice Care/Colin Higgs and are as follows:

  • The start of Cornwall Hospice Care’s Run Falmouth 2017.
  • The winner of Cornwall Hospice Care’s Run Falmouth 2017 Andrew Martin of the Mile High athletics club in Penryn, taken as he crossed the finish line.
  • The first woman home in the Cornwall Hospice Care Run Falmouth half marathon, Amy Sole of the Cornwall Athletics Club.
  • Cornwall Hospice Care Staff Nurse Lollie Brewer who works at St Julia’s Hospice and is running for the charity in the 2017 London Marathon.

A race report is also being produced by Alan Rowling. The race results will be available on the Cornwall Hospice Care website in the next 24 hours.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 66868 or 07442 533832 or email tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a charity that has touched the lives of many people across the county and beyond. Providing specialist care to people with life limiting illnesses, the nursing teams support patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and in the community. The charity also offers a 24 hour advice line for healthcare professionals. All the services are provided free of charge but it costs more than £8.4 million to run the two hospices so the support of the public is vital. As a charity Cornwall Hospice Care has to raise £7.25million of that total from public donations and this is done thanks to people supporting the weekly lottery, attending fundraising events, taking on challenges, volunteering in a range of roles, visiting the 31shops across Cornwall and remembering Cornwall Hospice Care in their wills.

Charity number: 1113140