Race set to be first to take place without restrictions

Race set to be first to take place without restrictions

The Tywardreath Trotter, last held in 2019, will return on Saturday, July 24 PICTURE: PAUL WILLIAMS

14th July 2021

By Gareth Davies

The popular Tywardreath Trotter running event taking place without restrictions has been welcomed as ‘good news’ by race director Matt Ward.

Since March 2020, the running calendar has more or less been put on hold due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The Indian Queens Half Marathon did go ahead in December 2020, although organisers were criticised by non-participants for an apparent lack of social distancing measures.

A number of virtual events have been held since although the recent Meet your Max race in and around Truro passed with no problems last month.

Now, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing that all remaining legal coronavirus restrictions will end on July 19, the Trotter, scheduled for Saturday, July 24 will be held in front of spectators and with only some precautionary measures in place.

“It is really good news that we can go ahead with restrictions eased as we have organised this race every year since 2006,” Ward told the Voice.

“We couldn’t put the race on last year even though we did consider postponing it and running it later in the autumn. After much deliberation we decided that this wasn’t possible.”

“The race is a real highlight of the running calendar and we raise a lot of money for charity so we are delighted that we will be able to get it on this year. In terms of timing, with the restrictions hopefully being relaxed on July 19, the following weekend will be the first time since last March that we can do things a little bit differently. “

“People have been carrying on running and training, but they haven’t had the chance to compete. That means that the race will be more popular than normal which is good news for us.”

However, Ward was keen to stress that if rising covid cases cause a surge in deaths and hospitalisations that mean restrictions don’t ease, the Trotter will go ahead as Meet your Max did with no supporters.

He added: “Races have been taking place and I went down to Truro to see the Meet your Max event the other day. They couldn’t accommodate any spectators and they just did things a little bit differently by keeping people apart.”

“Even if the restrictions aren’t lifted, we will still be able to go ahead, but it will be great if the restrictions are lifted because it will give us a little bit more freedom to see local people come out and support the competitors.”

Some runners, will, understandably, still be wary of the threat posed by coronavirus, but Ward says that measures will be put in place to keep risks to a minimum.

“We would normally have registrations inside, but that will happen outside this year,” he revealed.

“They will be out in the fresh air and I plan on recording a safety briefing instead of everyone being grouped together and listening to me.”

The 2021 Trotter will be the 15th staging of the event. In 2019, over 500 competitors took part, raising £30,000 for local charities. Although unconfirmed at this stage, it is likely that the Trotter will count as round one of the Cornwall Multi-Terrain Race series comprising of 10 off-road races across the Duchy.

The format of the race will be unchanged from previous years as a one-mile fun run will set off at 5.00 pm. The fun run is aimed at under-16s, but runners of any age can take part and all finishers receive a medal.

There are prizes for the fastest three boys and girls in the under-16, under-12 and under-eight categories.

The main seven-mile race starts at 6.15 pm and entrants must be 16 or over. Both races are approximately 50 per cent off road and are run on quiet country lanes and footpaths.

The races start and finish at the New Inn public house in the centre of Tywardreath. Entries can be made in advance via the race website or on the day from 3.00 pm. To enter the race or to find out more information, see www.tywardreathtrotter.co.uk Ward is also looking for marshals to help with the race and any volunteers are asked to contact him on 07711 037343 or mattward234@gmail.com