A huge well done and thank you to everyone that took part in this year's Run Falmouth! 

414 runners gathered in Falmouth, Cornwall on Sunday to take part in the town's ‘Run Falmouth’ half marathon, organised by local charity Cornwall Hospice Care. Now in its fourth year, the race was part of the town's Spring Festival, and was a guest event in the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix Series. It was well supported by local runners as well as many participants from further up the country.

The spring weather was cold but stayed dry for the runners to enjoy the stunning Cornish coastal and countyside scenery along the 13.1 mile route, which took in Pendennis Castle, Gyllyngvase Beach, through to Swanpool and Maenporth Beaches. Runners then headed inland to be cheered on as they passed through the villages of Mawnan Smith and Budock Water, before turning back through Penryn and into Falmouth town centre again where they were greeted by well-deserved cheers and refreshments.

Michael Birchmore from Newquay Road Runners was first over the finish line for the second year running, in just under one hour and fourteen minutes which is a new course record. Colin Snook of Cornwall AC was second and Ash Chambers also of Cornwall AC was third.

The first female over the line was Emma Schuck from Hayle Runners who completed the course in a record time of 1 hour 23min, followed by Isobelle Wykes of Truro RC in second, and Joanna Herd of Newquay in third.

Lindsay Opie, from Cornwall Hospice Care, was in charge of the event and said she was delighted with how many people had taken part.

She added that the charity had raised £12,000 from Run Falmouth last year, and with similar numbers of participants in this year’s race the event is expected to raise a similar sum for Cornwall Hospice Care, who provide adult hospice care to patients and their families in their two hospices, Mt Edgecumbe in St Austell and St Julias in Hayle.

"We would really like to thank everyone who supported the race, the Falmouth Road Runners and Falmouth BID & Town Council for allowing it to happen, all of the volunteers and everyone who came out to cheer the runners on," she said.



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