Athletics

Runners from the region enjoy success at Granite Way races and Yeovil Half Marathon

THERE was success for runners from the region at the Granite Way races and the Yeovil Half Marathon.

The 10 and 20 mile Granite Way races had previously been postponed due to the bad weather, but still attracted a good turnout for their new date.

Tavistock Athletic Club’s ultra specialist Adam Holland dominated the 20 mile race. He clocked 1:54.33 to win by nearly nine minutes ahead of South Molton over-50 veteran Steve Abell.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Alison McEwing enjoyed a good run. She finished eighth overall and was first women in 2:16.08. Second female was Teignbridge’s Tracy Elphick in 2:27.04.

Meanwhile, McEwing’s Erme Valley Harriers team-mates Cleo Perry and Sarah Hirons impressed in the 10 mile race.

Perry was first women and seventh overall in 1:09.09. Laura Wakeham was second female in 1:12.39, with Hirons finishing third in 1:13.06.

The men’s 10 mile race was won by Teignbridge’s Kevin Woodard in 59.51, with Robert Selway second in 1:00.26.

At the Yeovil Half Marathon, Tavistock Run Project athletes Jordan Andrews and Rachel Malthouse were both among the prizes.

Andrews came second in a competitive race. He clocked 1:12.16, with Medway’s Niall Stewart edging him out for the title in 1:12.02. Southampton’s Matthew Bennett was third in 1:13.12, with Ben Neale fourth in 1:13.34.

Malthouse was second women in the race. She clocked 1:27.20 to finish behind Ilfracombe’s Mary Menon.

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