FOR the second year running over-50 veterans Simon Anderson and Peter Monaghan both finished in the top five at the Ivybridge 10k.
City of Plymouth’s world masters’ 3,000m champion Anderson went one better than last year by finishing third this time around, while Torbay’s Monaghan, a previous winner of the race, matched his fifth place from 2016.
Donald Brooks claimed victory on Saturday evening in a time of 34.28 minutes.
Second athlete home in the popular event, hosted by Erme Valley Harriers, was South Devon’s David Hampton, who had come third last year.
Hampton clocked 34.53 minutes, with Anderson finishing in 35.14 and Nathan Newton taking fourth in 35.29.
Monaghan was fifth in 35.44 minutes and he was followed home by three Plymouth Harriers athletes, which saw them claim the team prize.
Tom Humphrey was the first Plymouth Harrier home in 35.53, with Steve Fletcher taking seventh in 36.06 and David Beckenrager eighth and over-45 category winner in 36.29.
Plymouth Harriers actually had four runners in the top 10 as Steve Hill came 10th and first over-40 in 36.59.
Tavistock’s Martin Exley-Deane was first over-55 athlete in 40.15 minutes, with his team-mate Allan Herdman winning the men’s over-60 category in 40.41.
Torbay’s Charlie Arnell was first women home in 38.45 minutes, with Erme Valley’s Cleo Perry second, like in 2016, in 39.51.
There was a great battle for third place with South West Road Runners’ Ellie Dominey just holding off Plymouth Harriers’ Ami Yetton on the line. Dominey clocked 40.17 with Yetton 40.18.
Yetton, though, was part of Plymouth Harriers’ winning women’s team, along with Nicola Noble and Alicia Regan.
A record number of runners took part in the race, which finishes at Ivybridge Rugby Club. Some 800 athletes had entered with 765 finishers.
Full results can be found HERE