Sam strides to glory again as Indian Queens race returns
Sam strides to glory again as Indian Queens race returns

The Indian Queens Half Marathon returned on Sunday PICTURE: PAUL WILLIAMS

4th August 2021

By Tom Howe

Cornwall AC runner and England under-20 international Sam Goodchild secured a dominant third win in a row at Sunday’s Indian Queens Half Marathon.

In cool conditions, Goodchild ran 1:15:02 to finish more than two seconds ahead of club mate Emil Pruden (1:17:30), with David Crawford of PB Running Club coming home third (1:20:08) after what was largely a scenic route through country lanes.

Ruby Orchard (PB Running Club) was the first female home in a time of 1:25:19 that was enough for 16th overall.

Cornwall AC's international athlete, Emma Stepto, was second in 1:27:50 with club mate Zelah Morrall third (1:30:52).

More than 50 volunteers, including marshals at every junction, representatives from East Cornwall Search and Rescue, and two ambulances from Lifestar Medical in Truro, ensured a reduced entry of 272 got around the course safely even avoiding an equestrian event between miles 4.5 and 5.5.

“I am disappointed with numbers but not totally surprised,” race director Alison Beare told the Voice after explaining the race ‘normally’ attracts between 500 and 700 runners.

“Apart from covid, the Grand Prix isn’t running this year so there is no incentive for club runners to take part in a hard race because they don’t get any extra prizes or extra points for doing it”

“Also, this is a very hilly course. Normally we would run on the Goss Moor Trail but we haven’t been able to use it this year and last year. We are hoping to get the flatter course back next year. Quite a few are old hands at it and will know this course. “

“Next year is the 40th anniversary which was an incentive to keep it going, [but we are seeing a] lot of clubs struggling to get their runners back. A lot of them haven’t rejoined and they don’t have the key people around to put the races on. Truro Half Marathon is one of them. “

“What we could do with now is a winter of not too many cases. We could do with it being quiet and people gradually getting back to normal. Hopefully then the numbers will be up.”

Steve Reynolds took part in the colours of his new club Truro, having recently left Bristol in favour of a move to Cornwall. Finishing fifth overall, he told the Voice: “I recently moved to the area having done lots of marathons in the area I came from. Everything is opening up again now and I just fancied getting some marathons done.”

Sarah Wilkinson, who finished 97th in the colours of Newquay Road Runners, concluded: “I haven’t run this since it was the new course it was a bit hillier this time. It always seems to be well organised. I’m doing a virtual marathon in October so this was a bit of a warm-up and a chance to get a distance in.”