GALLERY: Weir sets new PB at Plymouth’s Spring Open Meet


CITY of Plymouth Athletic Club’s Victoria Weir set a new personal best in the 1,500m at the Spring Warm-up Meet at Brickfields on Sunday.

Running with the senior and junior men, the 18-year-old clocked 4:30.4, which was six seconds inside her previous best time.

Her club team-mate Jake Hughes won the men’s race in 4:13.5, ahead of Erme Valley’s under-20 athlete Nathan Brown, who clocked 4:23.8.

Erme Valley Harriers’ multi-eventer Sammie Harris showed she is in good form by winning the 200m in 26.5 seconds, which was just two tenths of a second outside her PB and then setting a new lifetime best in the spot putt with a throw of 9.92m.

Harris was pushed all the way in the 200m by Torbay’s under-17 athlete Elyse Leech, who finished in 26.6 seconds. There was also a good run over that distance by City of Plymouth’s under-17 athlete Erin Spiller, who also went under 27 seconds with a time of 26.8.

City of Plymouth hurdler Jade Simson enjoyed a solid opener to the season after an injury-hit campaign in 2015. She clocked 15.3 seconds in the 100m hurdles.

Erme Valley’s Sam Peter was four seconds in front of anyone else in the men’s 400m, clocking 50.8 seconds.

The women’s 400m was a good race with Torbay’s under-20 athlete Lillian Goddard winning in a personal best of 58.7, ahead of Team Bath’s Katie Geddes and Plymouth’s middle distance specialist Poppy Tank.

City of Plymouth’s Jordan Blair had no real competition in the men’s 3,000m, winning comfortably in 9:47.4.

There was an impressive high jumping display from Erme Valley’s under-17 athlete William Bedford. He leaped to a new PB of 1.65m, while Tavistock’s Aimee-Leigh Clowes won the women’s high jump with 1.55m.

Newquay’s 13-year-old Lucy Allen put on an impressive display of pole vaulting, clearing 2.70m, while Newton Abbot’s Tommy D’Gruz was a long way ahead of the rest in the under-17 long jump with 5.92m. North Devon’s under-15 Emily Tyrrell also stood out in the long jump with a leap of 5.17m.

Full results of the meet can be found HERE

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