ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Cole claims victory in First Chance 10k

TAVISTOCK Run Project’s Jim Cole stormed to victory in the First Chance 10k at Exeter on Sunday.

Cole clocked 32 minutes and 29 seconds to finish 46 seconds ahead of second-placed Tim Gordon of Exeter University.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Joanna Edwards took first place in the female over-50 category at the same event, while club colleague Alison Engledew was first over-60 and David Engledew took second place in the male over-55 category.

Tavistock AC’s Anthony Shearer was third over-65 and team-mate Andrew Houghton was second over-70.

There was also success for Tavistock AC athlete Heather Fell at the weekend. She finished third women in the Gloucester Winter Half Marathon in a new personal best time of 1:26.04. That was 12 seconds faster than her old best mark set in 2013.

Meanwhile, Tavistock Run Project’s Chris Rimmer was first home in January’s Tavy 5k on Saturday.

Rimmer clocked 16.47 minutes to finish well ahead of anyone else in the run. Second place went to Plymouth Musketeers’ over-50 veteran Alan Ryder, who clocked 18.06 minutes, with Ian Trice third in 18.56. Tavistock AC’s under-17 athlete Tilly McDowell was first women in 20:37 minutes, with veteran club colleagues Tracey Oxborough and Jenny Bryant second and third.

On the same day, Tamar Trotters’ James Blight won the marathon on day one of the Plym Trail Marathon Weekend. Blight clocked 3:16.26 to finish ahead of Tom Murrin and Okehampton’s Roger Voaden, with Debbie Burnman first women.

Voaden was also third in the marathon on the second day, but that was won by Teignbridge’s Allen Taylor in 3:06.36, with Riviera Racers’ Matthew Dalton second. Jane Hemsworth was first women.

In the half marathon runs, Team H’s Mark Lynch won the day one race in 1:23.03, with Sophie Auster second and first women in 1:33.12.

Okehampton’s Andrew Vernon won the day two half marathon in 1:29.47, with Plymouth Musketeers’ Alison Caldwell first women in 1:51.40.

Elsewhere at the weekend, Great Britain junior international Victoria Weir was back in action on the track. She clocked 4:43.07 to finish seventh in the women’s 1,500m at the Cardiff Met GP2 Indoor Meet.

At the same meet, Erme Valley’s Nathan Brown clocked 2:02.69 for the 800m, while Tavistock’s Charlie Shipton set a new PB for the 7.26k shot of 8.77m, while Lee Shipton finished third in the under-20 shot (6k) with 8.36m.

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