The Roseland August Trail (RAT), organised by MudCrew, is touted as the biggest running festival in the south-west and the 2017 RAT failed to disappoint. Comprising four coastal routes along the Roseland Heritage Coast, this is a test for any runner who can only fail to appreciate the difficulty until they have tried it.
Starting with the longest, the routes comprise the Plague (64 miles from Porthpean to St. Anthony's Head and back again), the Black RAT (32 miles from St. A
Round 12 in the Cornish Grand Prix Series, the St. Levan 10K takes runners on a 10K loop around country roads of the Land's End peninsula. Starting and finishing at St. Levan playing field, the course incorporates some hills but is fairly fast by Cornish standards with PB potential. Any thoughts of a nice scenic run were soon quashed though as persistent mizzle covered the Land's End peninsula on this miserable Friday evening, making it difficult even to see more than 100m in
Round 11 in the Cornish Grand Prix Series, the Indian Queens half marathon is a staple in the Cornish summer road running scene. Fast and (fairly) flat, the route encompasses a nice section of trail and some moorland between Indian Queens and Roche. The flattest half marathon in Cornwall and ideal for a PB or a first half marathon, although the significant portion of trail, with some notable potholes this year, and some tight twisty bends, do make it a little slower compared
The St. Ives Bay 10K represents a tough and challenging 10K along the beaches and through the towans around Hayle and Godrevy. Many races in Cornwall are challenging because of their often steep and unforgiving hills, but except for the "Dune of Death" (more on this later), hills aren't really the challenging feature of this race. The challenge and difficulty instead is found in the fact that most of the race is run on soft sand and it is amazing how much more energy that con