599 runners crossed the start line today (Sunday 13th March) at Run Falmouth, the popular half marathon run by Cornish healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care and the Falmouth Road Runners. First home was Tom Morton of St Dennis (427 pictured below) who’s a member of the Mile High Club in a time of 1.16.21. Now in its 10th year, the event was the fourth in the Cornwall Road Running Grand Prix Series, which is sponsored by Cornwall Glass.

For Tom it was his first win in a Grand Prix event; “That was a tough race, particularly the up-hill section to the finish”, he said. “I’m just glad the rain stayed away and I’m really pleased to have won.”  First woman home was Amy Sole of Roche (544 pictured above) from the Cornwall Athletic Club in a time of 1.32.12; “I’ve got the Manchester Marathon coming up so wasn’t expecting to do so well today. It was a very tough course with a lot of hill climbs and a hard finish.”

Watch Tom Morton post-race interview

“We weren’t able to run the actual event last year because of the pandemic,” says Race Director Jane Appleton from Cornwall Hospice Care. “It was so good to see everyone gathering on the start line at this year’s venue of Ships and Castles. It’s a tough course, something I truly understand having taken part in this event five times in the past. This year we changed the venue which meant a tough end to the run as competitors had to finish on an uphill pull. I hope they’ll think it worth it as together they’ve raised £20,000 to help fund the care we provide, thanks to entry fees and the many runners who organised sponsorship. As well as the serious club runners there were many taking on personal challenges and I take my hat off to them all. I’d like to thank our co-hosts Falmouth Road Runners, Ships and Castles, Devon and Cornwall 4×4, Omega Medical, AJ’s Refreshments and the army of volunteers who ensured the smooth running of the 2022 event. We couldn’t do this without everyone’s help.”

Amongst those raising money for Cornwall Hospice Care was David Thomas who’s a Postie from Hayle (586 below); “I’ve run a couple of ultra marathons but never a half marathon. I wanted to raise money for a local charity and Cornwall Hospice Care’s St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle helps people in their last days, which is very special.” David completed the course in a time of 1.58.20. Glen Winfield from Ashton (663 below) had already raised £450 when he crossed the start line. He finished in 1.59.19.

Several staff from the charity also took part. Dr Angela Netherwood (442) works at the charity’s St Julia’s Hospice and finished in a time of 1.52.58. Speaking afterwards she said; “There were times when the going got tough and it hurt, but that’s when I thought about our patients and what they go through. I was doing this for them.”  Dr Netherwood will also be running in this year’s London Marathon for Cornwall Hospice Care. Finishing just behind her was Oli Hoare (1), the Head of Fundraising who crossed the finish at 1.53.17.  Fiona Gamble (223) from the charity’s Hayle shop finished at 2.05.09 and Jenny Osborne from Cornwall Hospice Care’s St Agnes Fundraising Group was competing in the 70 to 74 age category and completed the 13.1 mile course in 2.57.07.

The full results can be found here – https://www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk/news-stories/run-falmouth-half-marathon-2022-results/

Angela Netherwood and Oli Hoare post-race interview