Athletics team on course for promotion after impressive display at Swindon

THE combined City of Plymouth, Erme Valley Harriers and Tavistock team are on course for promotion in the Southern Athletics League.

The side has impressed in their opening four Division Three South West meetings.

If they can continue their form in their last remaining match at Par next month then they will be heading back to Division Two West.

Despite missing some key athletes at the weekend due to the English Schools’ Championship, the team pulled out a big result at Swindon.

City of Plymouth thrower Jonathan Edwards was once again influential. He won the men’s A shot (14.69m), the discus (46.20m) and the hammer (62.12m) and came third in the javelin (34.75m).

Club-mate Dean Smith triumphed in the men’s A 400m in 52.5 seconds, took second in the 800m A race in 1:56.9 and came second in the triple jump (12.36m).

Erme Valley Harriers’ Nathan Brown easily won the B 800m in 2:00.1 and came second in the 1,500m in 4:22.0.

City of Plymouth over-50 veteran Simon Anderson ran a season’s best of 4:27.0 to take second in the B 1,500m.

Hannah Blair triumphed in the women’s A 1,500m in 5:05.8 and also came second in the B 800m in 2:24.8.

Tavistock’s Emma Ryder came second in the A 800m in 2:21.9.

Erme Valley’s Owen Parkin followed his good run at his club’s relays the night before by winning the men’s A 3,000m in Swindon in a time of 9:04.8, while City of Plymouth’s Matthew Bradley finished first in the 3,000m steeplechase in 10.05.9 and came third in the 400m hurdles.

Young City of Plymouth sprinter Brook Adnitt triumphed in the men’s A 200m in 23.3 seconds, while also finishing second in the 100m in 11.7 seconds.

Other notable performances came from Matt Gilbert, who came joint first in the high jump with 1.73m, and Maisy O’Leary who ran a PB of 62.7 to finish second in the women’s A 400m and also picked up valuable points in the 400m hurdles and 1,500m steeplechase.

The team also won both men’s and women’s 4x400m relays.

Full results can be found HERE.

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