MORE than 100 runners set off from the centre of Probus last Sunday, appreciating the cloud cover after the recent September heatwave.
They faced the challenge of the tough Probus 10k road race over an undulating route through the highways and byways of rural area around Probus, Grampound Road and Ladock.
The Men's race soon turned into a two horse affair between the winner of the previous Sunday's Treggy 7 mile Grand Prix race, Noel Kindon (Cornwall AC) and the Tamar Trotter, Chris Sabine, making a rare competition appearance in the west of the county.
These two ran shoulder to shoulder for the first four miles before Kindon made his move on one of the many climbs but still needed to fully concentrate on his race, as the tenacious Sabine was never far adrift, with Kindon eventually winning by just ten seconds.
Andrew Martin (Mile High) ran an isolated race from early on, finishing third, almost two minutes behind the winner and 18 seconds ahead of Tony Dunn (Cornwall AC).
Dunn was enjoying his first competitive outing for almost 12 months, having undergone an intensive rehabilitation programme after sustaining an injury running for the Royal Navy in the Washington Marathon last October.
The Navy man certainly showed that he is in reasonable shape, beating team mate Adrian Ball (5th) by 30 seconds.
St Austell Running Club were comfortable winners of the Men's team race, with Truro Running Club finishing second, well ahead of St Austell's 'B' team in third position.
It's not often that a Falmouth Road Runner climbs to the top spot on the podium but at Probus Falmouth's Jan Watson, not only won the Veterans 55-59 category but triumphed in a very closely fought Ladies race, with 16 seconds separating the first three across the line.
Rachael Thomas (Cornwall AC), another on the comeback trail after long term injury, led the way with one mile remaining but a very hilly final mile suited Jan down to the ground.
She said: "I usually run well on the hills and I noticed Rachael was beginning to tire in the closing stages, so I thought now is my chance to catch and pass her.
"I was surprised to win the race but very, very pleased with my first ever overall victory in a local road race."
Pat Coates (Newquay Road Runners) finished third, just four seconds behind Rachael. Some consolation for second placed Rachael was that she led the Cornwall AC Ladies to victory in the team race, with close support coming from Lesley Wright (4th), Caitlin Mulroy (5th) and Anna Trehane (7th).
Truro Running Club, not going to be outdone by their Men's team, also claimed a runner-up prize, with Newquay Road Runners in third position. Full results, Page 99.