Tavistock Run Project end Exmouth’s hold on Erme Valley Relays title

THERE were new winners at the popular Erme Valley Relays on Friday night at Ivybridge.

Tavistock Run Project denied Exmouth Harriers a hat-trick of consecutive title on a hot evening in the South Hams.

The Tavistock Run Project quartet of Jim Cole, Jordan Andrews, Oliver Smart and Ben Neale managed to finish 33 seconds ahead of 2016 and 2017 winners Exmouth.

Their winning time of Friday was 51 minutes and 33 seconds, which was a new course record.

Their lead-off man, Cole, clocked their fastest time at 12.43 minutes for the approximately two-and-a-half mile lap. Only Exmouth’s Tom Merson (12.09) ran faster on the night.

Youngster Smart was Tavistock Run Project’s second fastest athlete with 12.48 minutes. That was fourth fastest of the evening and he was the quickest junior. City of Plymouth’s Matthew Bradley was third quickest overall in 12.47.

Torbay Tri Club finished as third team and first male over-40.

Host club Erme Valley Harriers won back the women’s team title that they had last claimed in 2016.

Their quartet of Emma Lake, Rebecca Lee, Cleo Perry and Alison McEwing clocked 65.16 minutes, which was 30 seconds faster than second-placed Tiverton Harriers, with Exmouth Harriers finishing as third female team.

McEwing ran the fastest leg by a women, with a 15.10 minute run.

Tavistock AC’s juniors had a good night. They won both the girls’ and boys’ titles.

The Tavistock winning under-18 boys’ quartet were Euan Botham, Dan Luckham, Joe Dix and William Russell, while Carolin Vorbeck, Kristina Cade, Amelia Riggott and Natasha Farrington made up their successful under-18 girls’ team.

An impressive 134 teams finished the event, which was 13 more than last year.

Full team results can be found HERE.

Individual times can be found HERE.

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