Sat. 1st Oct. 2011:South Haven Point, Studland Bay

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Day 13 : Wed.14.9.11 Lamorna to Porthleven

St Michael's Mount

Despite the promise of a summery day, by the time I started running from Lamorna beach the heavens had opened up to present me with their normal pluvial calling triplicate. I had to go through the daily sartorial ritual of the Dance of the Seven veils; on/off,on/off,on/off, etc., until by mid-morning another miracle had occurred and September was re-positioned in the calendar from being sandwiched between November and December to its proper slot between August and October. Thank you, God. (Another of our regular bloggers).

The Coast Path from Lamorna to Mousehole  presented another challenge to anyone foolhardy enough to attempt  running on this section as the surface had all the attributes of a bomb site with rubble scattered everywhere. Also, this section probably has one of the most nostalgic heart-rending memorials to those volunteers who man the lifeboats for the RNLI. I would urge everyone to google “The Penlee lifeboat disaster” in the 1960s when the Mousehole lifeboat, “Solomon Browne”, was lost with all her crew. What a debt of gratitude we owe to these remarkable crews who are prepared to sacrifice their own lives in order to save others.

Mousehole,  Newlyn,  Penzance and Marazion (what  wonderful names) were traversed with relative ease as they were all located at sea level and offered flat running for Jack with his Dash and it was now that the sunny weather had completely transformed the sea-scape where the clarity gives a razor-sharp edge to the distant horizon. Although my achilles was still giving me jip, the return of summer boosted my spirits no end as I sped through  the remaining Coast Path via exquisite beaches and coves to Porthleven,  another of Cornwall’s traditional harbour villages.

This marked the end  of another caravan hire as we set forth to Falmouth where  Pat’s brother-in-law, Tim, was preparing a feast fit for a king (and a queen). For Pat, the day had also provided her with the chance to see a production at the famous Minack  theatre, fully air-conditioned and heated by  the solar system. And so to bed.


  1. Hello, hello a bit behind, had to catch with a few days read. Busy packing up with Anna and boys for their move tomorrow. You've certainly experienced a variety of weather and terraine, Jack. I remember visiting the tin mines back in the 1950's on family holidays. I bet it's changed a bit since then. I'd be interested - any idea how many miles you've clocked up so far? What did you see at the Minack, Pat?
    Keep dashing, Jack.
    All the best, Dave & Lorna

  2. hello from cyprus. yes we are still keeping up with you. hope you enjoyed theatre, pat. jill & john

  3. Hi Jack we are back from our hols and have been reading all your blogs what a star you are and you too Pat ! Well done so far -- also looked at your just giving account you have raised an amazing amount so keep on running and good luck chuck , look forward to the next installment !
    Luv Pam & Pete xxxxxx
    ps sorry to hear about Lucy; hope she gets on with her cast!