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Who Are We?

Who's behind the Imerys Trail Marathon?

The Imerys Trail Marathon is organised and run by St Austell Running Club, Cornwall College and Imerys.

Helen Stuthridge

Race Director
Email: Helen.Stuthridge@imerys.com

Becky James
Race Director
Email: beckyjjames@googlemail.com

Do you have general questions regarding the event?

Telephone: 07801304085
General Email: imerysmarathon@staustellrunningclub.co.uk
Website: www.staustellrunningclub.co.uk

St Austell Running Club
Tregorrick Park
St Austell
PL26 7AG

Cornwall College

Cornwall College is committed to enriching the lives and creating new opportunities for all members of the community.

The Cornwall College Group consists of seven campuses across Cornwall, offering the widest range of high quality academic and vocational training in the county, from entry level to post graduate study. One of these campuses is situated in St Austell overlooking the bay at John Keay House.

On the campus you’ll find all the resources you need to help you on your journey to success, including:

  • A newly refurbished fitness suite
  • Cafes and a restaurant
  • Dance studios
  • Keay Theatre
  • Hair, beauty and nail salons
  • Cinema and photography studio
  • Construction, engineering and motor vehicle workshops
  • IT suites and learning centres

There are three main eateries around the campus; The Bay, CJs and Cloisters, which means you can choose anything from a chilled bottle of water to a full blow three course a la carte meal. The Treg is the place to chill out, play pool or table tennis with your friends during study breaks and lunch.

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St Austell Running Club

St Austell Running Club (STARC) started in October 2007 to serve St Austell and the surrounding area and is still actively recruiting members. All levels of ability are welcomed and a weekly training schedule has been established to cater for experienced runners and newcomers / beginners. Each weekly training session is part of a structured plan geared towards certain races, and can be as intense as the individual wishes to make it. The training schedule is updated on a monthly basis and posted on the STARC website www.staustellrunningclub.co.uk so club members and visitors can see in advance what the session will be. The STARC website is constantly up-dated and includes all aspects of club and Cornish road running activities, with details of clubnight training, etc.

Based at Tregorrick Park (St Austell Rugby Club), we meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30 p.m. for a 6.45 p.m. training session. Experienced Group Leaders and qualified Coaches, take charge of running groups ranging from beginners through to established runners, ensuring that no-one trains alone. We have a ‘Foundation Group’, especially for beginners and these runners receive specialist support to gain confidence, before joining the main training groups. A ‘Progression Group’ was started in October 2010, where members from the Foundation Group can run further, but at the same pace. A rota of experienced Group Leaders and Coaches has been established to take the ‘Foundation and Progression Groups’ each Tuesday and Thursday. A ‘Run / Walk’ beginners group was started in April 2010 and meets at 6.30 p.m. on Mondays, at Tregorrick Park (St Austell Rugby Club) . This group is now a firmly established part of STARC, and there are regularly up to 40 partaking each week. Many have progressed to the ‘Foundation Group’ and mainstream running groups of the main club, and are now participating in local races. STARC are rightly proud of this Monday Run / Walk Group, which has been quite inspirational since it’s inception. Support and constructive help and advice is widely available throughout the club, so please ask if you have any questions.

We are very committed to training Coaches and Group Leaders and have invested in the qualifying of around 40 members in these capacities.

Throughout the year, we organise track sessions at the nearby Par Running Track where we hire the facilities for floodlit speed sessions. Our club coaches encourage members of all abilities to improve their fitness with shorter, faster training efforts. These sessions are carefully structured and proving popular on a Tuesday at 6.30p.m. There is a small charge for track hire with these sessions. Throughout the winter months the runs follow street lit routes around St Austell and Carlyon Bay, but when the lighter evenings arrive we go ‘off-road’ as much as possible, using the Pentewan Trail, cliff paths, clay trails, Rugby Club fields etc. Longer social runs on a Sunday morning are very successful in building up stamina base and commence from various locations around the area each week. Members run in groups depending on ability for longer distances than is possible on clubnights, which are invaluable to build up stamina for longer races such as half-marathons or marathons. It is much easier to run in company than on your own!! We now have around 290 paid-up members, with an average of 70-80 training regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The club take a very active part in the Cornish Road Running and Multi – Terrain Grand Prix series of races that are run across Cornwall, and encourage all our members to participate, even if it’s in the shorter races. We also have an active Triathlon section and supported the recent qualification of a Grade 2 Coach for training purposes. The Triathletes compete regularly at triathlons locally and further afield, with much success. STARC assists with the Sticker 5 (5 Mile Road Running GP Race on June 15th 2013), the Boconnoc 5 (5 Mile Multi-Terrain GP race on July 4th, 2013) and the Imerys Clay Country Marathon (full and half marathons on 19th May 2013). All these runs have accompanying 1 Mile Fun Runs which is important as it is an introduction to active sport for youth throughout the local community.

STARC also host a Duchy Athletics Network 5k race at the Rugby Club. This is a part of the DAN 5k series of races.

Club vests, in traditional St Austell purple, with the STARC logo are available and we also have t-shirts, hoodies and reflective t-shirts and bibs for the winter months, when it is a club rule to wear reflective tops for obvious safety reasons. This club kit is available at the local specialist running shop at Carlyon Bay, Personal Best Running Store.

If you are interested in coming along to a clubnight, bring your kit and trainers, with a reflective top for safety (in Winter only), and you will be welcomed on any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Changing and showering facilities are available at the Rugby Club. Annual Membership is currently £37 per year, from the Annual General Meeting in October. £7.50 of this is paid to the Rugby Club for use of facilities and Social Membership, with £10 to UK Athletics for an individual Race Licence. The remaining £19.50 goes towards general club funds. If you would like to join the club, please contact the Membership Secretary.

For further details concerning any aspect of STARC please contact Terry Wyatt, our Webmaster, via the website or any of the following Officers: Chairman Terry Wyatt 07801304085 terry.dactil@btinternet.com Secretary Darren Hambly 07977 247288 darrenphambly@yahoo.co.uk Membership Secretary Emma Watkins 01726 810875 emmamembershipstarc@gmail.com

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World leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, Imerys transforms a unique range of minerals to deliver essential functions (heat resistance, mechanical strength, conductivity, coverage, barrier effect, etc.) for its customers’ products and manufacturing processes.

Whether mineral components, functional additives, process enablers or finished products, Imerys’ solutions contribute to the quality of a great number of applications in consumer goods, industrial equipment or construction. Combining expertise, creativity and attentiveness to customers’ needs, the Group’s international teams constantly identify new applications and develop new, high value-added solutions, in line with its determined approach to responsible development.

With more than 250 industrial facilities in 50 countries the company has over 16,000 employees and mines 30 different minerals.

In the United Kingdom Imerys Minerals Ltd (IML) manages the extraction, processing and marketing of Kaolins, Ball Clays and Calcium Carbonate and its operations generate significant local and national economic benefits.. IML directly employs approximately 1200 people of which approximately 1000 are based in Cornwall.

IML’s kaolin operations, run by its UK Kaolin Platform, are centred on the Mid Cornwall area to the north of St.Austell. In this area IML operates 7 open cast quarries, 3 Refineries, 4 Drying complexes, 1 Secondary Processing complex, Engineering and Warehousing facilities and a deep water port at Fowey.

The Kaolin Platform has been designed to optimise the properties of Cornish kaolin for the worldwide market in paper fillers, ceramics, sanitary ware and tableware and specialities such as paints, rubber, plastics and pharmaceuticals. Around 85% of the output is exported.

IML also has significant research and development facilities near St Austell, which in addition to quality-control management, provides an important technical centre of excellence for its UK and global operations.

IML has an ongoing programme of reviewing how it can best reuse its redundant landholdings for the benefit of the local community, economy and environment, as well as for sustaining its core minerals business.

There are many examples of sustainability initiatives that have and are being developed by IML, including:-

  • The Heathland Project. This partnership project (partners included Cornwall Council, the Old Restormel Borough Council, Natural England) saw the recreation and restoration of 750 hectares of Heathland on IML’s sites. This accounted for approximately 15% of the UK’s Biodiversity Action Plan target for heathland creation at that time.
  • The Woodland Project. Another partnership project (partners included Cornwall Council, the Old Restormel Borough Council, Natural England, Forestry Commission) that saw the creation and management of 750 hectares of broad-leafed woodland, again all on IML’s land.
  • Trails: Approaching 40kms of Permissive Trails have been established on IML’s land for the benefit of the general public.
  • The Mid Cornwall Eco-town: This nationally acclaimed sustainable regeneration project was initiated and developed by IML. It was subsequently awarded “Eco-town” status and consists of a low carbon regeneration project that will produce new homes, jobs, restored green space for public enjoyment, leisure and tourism and community facilities. This project is now being taken forward by a new Joint Venture company, Eco-Bos, of which Imerys is a partner.
  • Waste Recycling: IML receives some recyclable waste materials onto its sites and uses them to create soils and materials that are used to aid its ongoing restoration programme.
  • Renewable Energy: IML is actively involved in a series of renewable energy initiatives looking at the potential to develop renewable energy sources on its sites.
Picture of Little Johns Pit A view of Little Johns Pit - part of the Imerys China Clay Works
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