Runners Turn Out At Last Minute For Scilly Ten Run

Duncan Graham heads for the finish line

The Scilly Ten 10 mile run and 5 mile walk around St Martin’s exceeded all expectations yesterday.

There were concerns that the event, which had previously been held on St Mary’s and outside the Easter weekend, wouldn’t attract the previous level of support.

But islanders lived up to their reputation of turning up on the day and not registering for events in advance as over 100 people took part and were supported by another 400 people who travelled over from St Mary’s, Tresco, Bryher and St Agnes.

All the proceeds from the event are going towards the Little Harbour children’s hospice appeal.

The charity needs £8m annually to run its St Austell, North Devon and Bristol hospices.

Angus Spencer crossed the line first for the second year running, while Ben Ticehurst was second and James Morton was third overall.

Angus completed the 2 circuits in 1 hour 9 minutes and 48 seconds.

Duncan Graham was the fastest senior in 1 hour and 14 minutes and Dee and Michelle of the Atlantic Hotel won the team event, with Hannah and Rachel Pearce gaining the Juniors’ Trophy.

From Radio Scilly

Report from the Scilly Ten on St Martin’s

Organiser Dawn Bradford thinks that the amount of support means the event could be held on her home island again.

She says if they hold the events on St Martin’s next year, they’ll have more marshals and they’ll enlarge signs and arrows to A3 size. A number of runners took wrong turns as they missed directions.

Dawn says she’s grateful to Oriel Hicks who made trophies out of recycled bottles with a ST Martin’s daymark themed award for men and a flower design for women.

The cash hasn’t been counted yet and there will be an announcement on how much the event has brought in later in the week.