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GALLERY: Smart and Reid among the winners at Westward League meeting in Newquay

TAVISTOCK’S Oliver Smart and City of Plymouth’s Holly Reid were among the winners at the second Westward Cross Country League meeting of the season at Newquay on Sunday.

Smart triumphed for the second race running in the under-15 boys’ category.

He always looked in control in cold and windy conditions and powered away in the closing stages to win by seven seconds. In the same race his team-mate Will Russell finished 10th.

Reid went one better than she had done in the opening leg at Stover in the under-11 girls’ category. That day she’d had to settle for runners-up spot behind team-mate Poppy Northcott, but the course at Newquay clearly suited her and she won by nine seconds.

In the same race, Tavistock’s Matilda Riggot finished third, like she had done at Stover, with Northcott fourth this time around and Tavistock’s Ella Shaw fifth.

Tavistock’s Amelia Riggot and Krystina Cade finished third and fourth in the under-13 girls’ event, which like all the events on Sunday was doubling as the Cornwall County Championships.

Club colleague Natasha Farrington was third under-17 girl in a race that was combined with the senior ladies.

City of Plymouth’s Hannah Blair was fourth overall in that race and third senior women.

In the under-15 girls’ category, Erme Valley’s April Oakshott finished fourth with Tavistock’s Tilly McDowell ninth.

There was a strong field in the men’s race, which saw 250 runners finish.

North Devon’s Phil Norman claimed a comfortable victory. The leading runner from the Armada region was Jim Cole, who came ninth running in a Plymouth Harriers’ vest. His colleague Jordan Andrews was 15th and Tavistock’s Adam Holland 17th.

Tavistock’s Martin Exley-Deane was first over-55 athlete home, finishing just ahead of his club colleague Richard Drage.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Derek Green was first over-60, with Tavistock’s Allan Herdman second.

There were top 10 finishes in the under-17 boys’ race for Tavistock’s Bradley Stevens (seventh) and Edward Smart (ninth), with team-mate Michael Barton just behind in 12th.

Another Tavistock athlete, Joel Lake, also claimed a top 10 finish in the under-11 boys’ race.

Plymouth Harriers, Tavistock, City of Plymouth, Erme Valley Harriers, Tamar Trotters, Plymouth Musketeers were all represented at Newquay.

Full results can be found HERE.

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