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Simon celebrates first ever race win

By Gareth Rowett 17th May 2017

Simon celebrates first ever race win
KING OF THE HILLS: Half Marathon winner Simon Williams

SIMON Williams won his first ever race as he stormed to victory in the Imerys Trail Half Marathon, clocking a 85-minute race.

The 44-year-old St Austell runner, took 11 minutes of his time to complete the testing course in one hour, 25 minutes and 57 seconds, to record his first ever victory in seven years of road running.

Speaking to the Voice, Williams said: “This is the first time I have ever won a race in seven years of running, so I have to say it’s my proudest running moment yet.

“The support was fantastic, and the event really well organised as usual. A tough route, made even tougher with the new sections this year.”

Williams beat James Barnet, from Falmouth, into second in 1.27.43 and Steve Fletcher from Plymouth third, in 1.28.02.

Emma Paull was the first lady home in 1.32.21 and the Hayle runner said ‘she’d be back’ after thoroughly enjoying her first attempt at the course.

For St Austell there were also age category prizes for Alexandra Payton (3rd overall and 3rd in age category –1.36.20), James Cutlan (3rd – 1.30.56), Jamie Youlden (1st – 1.35.52), Jez Mancer (3rd – 1.34.22), Andy Young (3rd – 1.50.37), Iain Walker (1st – 1.43.05), Claire Todd (2nd – 1.57.18) and Mandy Blight (2nd – 3.06.33).

Both St Austell’s male and female teams won the team prizes.

Other St Austell results: Andy Chase (1.42.37), Paul Johnson (1.43.38), Brett Jackson (1.43.40), Mark Owen (1.49.15), Dino De Zorzi (1.52.09), Kerry Sweet (1.53.15), Hannah Cutlan (1.55.11), David Speake (1.55.29), Mark Knight (1.58.42), Melissa Rowe (2.04.20), Darren Vicary (2.08.36), Jeremy Hill (2.09.35), Melanie Maskell (2.10.57), Stacie Marks (2.11.30), Mick Cutlan (2.11.57), Jo Skyba (2.14.23), Steve Tregidgo (2.14.55), Marie Blackbeard (2.16.14), Martin Trethewey (2.18.21), Julia Nadaud (2.18.38), Georgina Speake (2.24.49), Lyndsey McCullough (2.30.49), Barry Russell (2.30.51), Joanna Rodda (2.31.56), Alison Loosley (2.42.55), Michelle Dudley (2.43.19), Liz Wyatt (2.56.18), Wendy Poole (3.02.23), Sharon Webber (3.06.33).

In the main marathon, long-distance extraordinaire Duncan Oakes, from Mud Crew came from behind to see off Tim Adams and win the Marathon.

Duncan came home in three hours, 17 minutes and 22 seconds to finish nearly two minutes in front of Adams, from St Austell Running Club, who finished in 3.19.15.

Adam Johnstone finished in third place and Sarah Morwood from Mud Crew, was fifth overall, taking the ladies prize.

The team prize was won by Mud Crew, with Teignbridge Trotters second and St Austell third.

The only ladies team was Bodmin Road Runners.

There were also category prizes for Jodie Gauld (2nd female 18-34 – 3.56.20), Emma Murray (2nd female 50-54 - 3.50.17), Tim Adams (1st male 45-49 – 3.19.15), Jeremy Warren (3rd male 45-49 – 3.59.38).

Other St Austell results: Alan Wherry (3.50.17), Patrick Talen (4.00.41).

There was also a record entry for the fun run, with 122 taking part.

By Gareth Rowett 17th May 2017

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