City of Plymouth duo claim top three finishes at final Westward Cross Country League race

CITY of Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott and Kate Sotheran both claimed top three placings in the under-11 girls’ race at the final Westward Cross Country League meeting of the season at Redruth.

Exeter’s Isabella Peyton-Jones won the race in 5:26 minutes, with Northcott second in 5:31 and her club team-mate Sotheran third in 5:36.

However, Sotheran’s third place was enough for her to secure the overall under-11 series title.

Tavistock’s Jim Cole finished second overall in the senior men’s series competition behind Bideford’s Ronnie Richmond.

Cole was fourth at Redruth on Saturday, with Cornwall runner Peter LeGrice, back from a spell training in Africa, winning the race in his first appearance of the series.

Fellow Tavistock runner Martin Exley-Deane (pictured) won the men’s over-55 series title, with City of Plymouth’s Stephen Blackford third.

Plymouth Harries’ David Beckenkrager was second overall in the over-45 category, Plymouth Musketeers’ Bryan King second in the over-60 section, Tavistock’s Bob Chapman runner-up in the over-65 age group and Stephen Burns third overall in the over-50 competition.

Plymouth Harriers were third in the men’s senior and veterans’ team categories, while Tavistock were second best team in the under-15 boys’ age group and third in the under-13s.

Tavistock also took two ladies’ team awards. They finished as runners-up in the veterans’ team category and came third in the under-13 girls’ section.

City of Plymouth’s Hannah Blair was second overall in the senior women and under-17 category, despite not running at Redruth.

She was first senior women, as the overall winner was North Devon’s under-17 athlete Eevee-May Banbury.

Tavistock’s Sam Lake was the overall winner of the women’s over-35 category, while City of Plymouth’s Paula Simson took second in the over-40 series.

There was also overall second places for Tavistock’s Tracy Oxburough in the over-50 section and Plymouth Harriers’ Karen Eccles in the over-55 competition.

Full results from the Westward Cross Country League series can be found HERE.

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