Aircrew Andy, the Air Ambulance mascot, is pictured with some of the children who helped raise more than £4,000 for Cornwall Air Ambulance alongside over 500 competitors in the revised format Looe 10 Miler held in the pretty Cornish fishing village last month.
Organisers, Looe Pioneers were delighted with the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the change to a Saturday race date (23 February) as runners from 22 different counties turned out on a beautiful sunny day. Thanks to generous sponsors all runners received a medal, rucksack, travel mug, teabags and snacks and there was excellent feedback on the goodies, marshals and overall race on social media.
The main race winners were Tony Brewer (Mile High, 1:01:13) from Jim Cole (Tavistock Run Project, 1:02:07) and James Oke (St Austell RC, 1:04:03). Claudia Serien (Team H RC Plymouth, 1:16:00) took the ladies top prize from Sherrie Hair (Honiton RC, 1:17:19) and Claire Mensing (Truro RC, 1:19:18) as 517 finished in 2:47:18.
The race was started by Aircrew Andy, who was unable to run due to the rules on wearing headphones! On course cheerleaders whipped up the crowds. Many runners joined 150 youngsters for a 2K Kid's Fun Run immediately prior to the main event for a warm-up.
Visitors were able to spend the whole weekend in Looe through a brilliant deal with Tencreek Holiday Park, with four sharing a Tencreek 6-berth mobile home. The deal included race entry, two nights accommodation plus a disco and band on the Saturday night.
Looe Pioneers will be helping to raise money for the Air Ambulance again next year as their Heli Appeal continues until 2020. The race carries Cornish Grand Prix status and the course is challenging, with three climbs of at least 120m and a steep descent to the finish at Millpool Centre on the seafront.