Athletics

Northcott storms up the UK rankings after smashing her PB at Exeter meet

CITY of Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott moved into the UK’s top 20 for the under-13 girls’ 800m on Tuesday night with a tremendous performance at the BMC meeting in Exeter.

Northcott knocked more than eight seconds of her previous best time to run 2:24.96 minutes to win the women’s C race on the evening.

That was a new City of Plymouth club record and ranks her 18th in the UK. She is actually the top performing first-year under-13 by nearly two seconds.

However, she was not the only athlete from the region to impress at Exeter Arena on Tuesday.

Tavistock under-17 athlete Natasha Farrington set a new 1,500m PB of 4:55.62 minutes on her way to third in the women’s A race.

In the men’s 1,500m event, City of Plymouth’s Jake Hughes came fourth in 4:03.88, while Erme Valley’s Liam Hallows set a new PB of 4:27.37.

Fellow Erme Valley runner Nathan Brown came third in the men’s 800m in 1:57.54.

There was a new PB over two laps for Tavistock’s under-15 athlete Joe Dix, who clocked 2:15.10 to win the men’s D 800m race. City of Plymouth’s Oliver Woodmason, also under-15, ran 2:15.84 in the C race.

Tavistock’s Emma Ryder came second in the women’s A 800m behind Cardiff’s Naomi Reid. Ryder, an English Schools’ finalist, clocked 2:17.05.

There was a PB for her club colleague Joely Bytheway, who ran 2:26.28 to finish second in the B 800m race, just ahead of Erme Valley’s under-15 athlete Ella Isaias, who also set a new lifetime best of 2:27.98.

Full results can be found HERE.

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