Region’s athletes impress at Exeter’s Great West Run

A HOST of the region’s athletes picked up prizes at the rain-soaked Great West Run at Exeter on Sunday.

Tavistock Run Project’s Jim Cole finished fourth and first over-35 in a high quality field with a half marathon season’s best time of 1:11.31.

Cornish athlete Peter Le Grice, fresh from impressing at the Jersey Marathon, won in 1:06.23, with Belfast’s Conan McCaughey second in 1:09.16 and Exmouth’s Tom Merson third in 1:09.31.

Cole’s Run Project team-mate Ben Neale was eighth overall in 1:13.31.

Plymstock Road Runners’ Graham Bale was 18th overall and second over-50 in 1:19.40. Tamar Trotters’ Paul Gregg was third over-50 in 1:21.44, while Run Project’s Chrispin Chambers was first over-55 in 1:25.52.

In the women’s event, Tamar Trotters’ Bex Ezra was fifth in 1:24.36.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Cleo Perry was sixth women overall and first over-45 in 1:25.21.

Plymouth-based Rachel Bunting was seventh and second over-40 with a time of 1:25.31, while Tavistock AC’s Sam Lake was ninth overall and first over-35 in 1:27.17. Tamar Trotters’ Louise Gregg was second over-45 by finishing in 1:39.54.

Full results are available HERE. 

Meanwhile in America, Erme Valley’s Great Britain junior international Will Battershill, competing for Harvard University, finished 65th in a high-class White 8k Pre-National Cross Country race in Wisconsin, while Tavistock’s Tess Masselink finished sixth in the women’s challenge race at the Royd Challenge in Charlotte.

(Please note all times in the report are gun times and not chip times)

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