Athletics team finish fifth in first season after promotion

Matthew Bradley

AN athletics team representing the region finished a creditable fifth in their first season in Division Two West of the Southern League.

The side, made up of athletes from City of Plymouth AC, Erme Valley Harriers and Tavistock Athletic Club, were promoted into the 16-strong league last season.

They could have easily finished in the top two had they not been under-strength for two of the five meetings.

They were just two league points behind second-placed Radley AC. Harrow topped the league with 20 points, with Radley and Woking on 17 points and Newbury and the Plymouth team on 15 points. When clubs have the same amount of league points, the positions are then decided on match scores.

Plymouth, who won their opening two fixtures, were not at their strongest for their final match of the season at Woking, where they finished third behind host club and Highgate Harriers.

However, City of Plymouth’s Matthew Bradley (pictured) made it five wins out of five in the steeplechase events in the league with victory at working in the 2,000m race. He clocked a season’s best time of six minutes and 34.1 seconds.

His team-mate, 18-year-old James Blackford, ran a personal best to claim victory in the B string in the same event in a time of 7:03.6.

Hannah Blair won both the senior women’s 800m (2:27.8) and 1,500m (5:08.2), while club colleague Jenna Bierton triumphed in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 10.34metres

The Edwards family made their mark in the throwing events. Chloe and Liz Edwards won the A and B women’s discus with throws of 28.64m and 26.34m, respectively, while Jonathan Edwards came second in the hammer and discus with distances of 58.77, and 47.01m.

Kerry Smith-Wrightman won the women’s hammer with 35.11m, having claimed victory the B string shot putt, while Chloe Edwards secured maximum points in the B hammer.

Full results from the meeting HERE


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