ATHLETICS: Holland claims victory at Hameldown Hammer Half Marathon

TAVISTOCK’S Adam Holland took victory at the Hameldown Hammer Half Marathon, which was held at Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

The challenging trail race saw athletes ascend more than 600m on Dartmoor.

Holland won in 1:35.27, with Holberton Harriers’ Andy Norris second and first over-40 in 1:37.37. Truro’s Alex Marples was third in 1:39.22. Ilfracombe’s Mary Memon was first women in 1:42.54.

Holland’s success followed on from winning the Beat the Train race at Totnes the previous week.

Tamar Trails’ Jenny Nash took the women’s title in the shorter Hameldown 7even event, finishing 42 seconds ahead of Ilfracombe’s Hannah Murdoch in second.  South Devon’s Liam Lindan won the men’s title in that event.

Meanwhile, plenty of local runners were among the prizes at the Looe 10 Miler.

Tavistock Run Project’s Jim Cole finished second overall behind Mile High’s Tony Brewer.

Brewer clocked 1:01.13 for the tough run, with Cole coming home in 1:02.07 and St Austell’s James Oke taking third in 1:04.03.

Plymouth Harriers’ Alex Peyton-Jones came fifth, just ahead of Plymstock Road Runners’ Graham Bale, who took sixth overall and the first over-50 prize. Tavistock’s Bart Thomas was seventh, while Plymouth Tri Club’s Michael Gallacher was first male over-45.

Team H’s Claudia Serien was first women home in 1:16.00. She won by more than a minute, with Honiton’s Sherrie Hair second in 1:17.19.

The popular event, which this year was raising money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance, saw more than 500 runners finish.

Full results can be found HERE.

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