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GALLERY: Region’s athletes impress at South West Inter-Counties Champs at Exeter

THERE was plenty of success for the region’s athletes at the South West Inter-Counties Championships which were held at Exeter Arena on Sunday.

City of Plymouth’s Nubia Evans-Shields and Tavistock’s Harry Tomlin both claimed two titles each, while there were also gold medals for Tavistock’s Emma Ryder, William White and Natasha Farrington and City of Plymouth’s Molly Mather.

Henry Curtis, Edward Fileman, Lili Fern, Mali Heard, Jade Kinsey, Joely Bytheway, Estelle Hodges, Jed Hutchings, Oliver Smart, Nicholas Maczugowski, Ben Foster, Sam Lake, Charlie Shipton and Liam Hallows were also among the medallists.

Evans-Shields claimed her two titles in the under-13 shot and under-13 discus. She set a new PB of 8.78m in the shot, which moves her up to 23rd in the UK rankings, and threw 27.72m in the discus.

Harry Tomlin managed two new PBs to win the under-15 shot and javelin. He threw 12.26m in the shot, which ranks him 24th in the UK, and 40.64m in the javelins.

Tavistock team-mate Ryder continued her good season with victory in the under-20 women’s 800m. Two weeks after reaching the English Schools’ final, Ryder took an easy win at Exeter with a time of 2:17.74. She also nearly made the podium in the 400m, clocking a PB time of 61.45 seconds to finish fourth before her team-mate Jade Kinsey, who won bronze in that event with 61.08.

Also claiming an 800m victory for Tavistock was youngster White, who took gold in the under-13 boys’ race in 2:21.46. Plymouth’s Jed Hutchings claimed bronze it the same event in 2:23.70.

There was a great battle in the under-20 women’s 400m hurdles where Plymouth’s Mather took gold in 66.28 seconds, with Tavistock’s Bytheway third in 67.69.

Tavistock’s Farrington, meanwhile, triumphed in the under-17 girls’ 1,500m in 5:00.62 minutes.

City of Plymouth’s Curtis kept his recent good form going by setting new PBs in the under-15 boys’ 80m hurdles and 300m. He clocked a quick 11.66 seconds to take silver in a strong hurdles race. Curtis’ time moves him up to 18th in the UK rankings. Representing Cornwall, he then ran 40.29 seconds to win bronze in the 300m.

Tavistock’s Edward Fileman also claimed two medals. He took silver in the under-17 hammer with a new PB of 54.35m and also collected bronze in the discus with 28.75m.

There was also a new PB for City of Plymouth’s Lili Fern on her way to silver in the under-15 girls’ 100m. She clocked 12.78 seconds in the heats before running 12.85 in the final.

Club colleague Ben Foster won a silver medal with a throw of 13.36m in the under-17 shot.

Tavistock’s Nicholas Maczugowski also bagged a silver medal in the shot with a throw of 7.04m in the under-13 event. He came agonisingly close to making the podium in the high jump, where he finished fourth with 1.35m.

Tavistock Run Project’s Oliver Smart won bronze in a strong under-17 boys’ 1,500m with a time of 4:15.48.

Club colleague Sam Lake, representing Devon, picked up a bronze in the women’s 5,000m with a run of 19.13.05. Erme Valley’s Hallows was third under-20 man over the same distance.

There was a bronze for Tavistock’s Charlie Shipton in the under-20 hammer with a best throw of 39.79m.

Erme Valley’s Estelle Hodges also won the same colour medal in the under-17 triple jump with 9.43m, while Plymouth’s Mali Heard came third in the under-13 200m in 28.45 seconds.

City of Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott set a new PB of 5:11.15 for the 1,500m, but she just missed out on a medal in the under-13 race by finishing fourth.

Tavistock’s Lois Fileman, Ella Tomlin, Tilly McDowell and City of Plymouth’s Brook Adnitt and Tobias Clayden and Erme Valley’s Ella Isaias also frustratingly had to settle for fourth places.

Full results can be found HERE. (Gallery of pictures below).

Meanwhile, City of Plymouth’s Matthew Bradley continued his good form by winning July’s Tavy 5k Run.

Bradley had also won June’s race, but this time he set a new PB and age category record of 15.54 minutes to pull away from Tavistock Run Project’s Ben Neale.

Neale had been with Bradley until the last 500m, but the City of Plymouth man showed his finishing speed to open up an eight second gap. Cornwall AC’s Chris Sabine was third.

Launceston’s over-50 athlete Jeanette Johnson was first women home and set a new age category record of 19.08 minutes.

Second women was Swansea University’s Nikki Kelly in 20.49 minutes, with under-15 athlete Izzy Johnson third in 22.46.

Full results can be found HERE.

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