ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Tavistock pair lead the way at Exeter Marathon

TAVISTOCK AC athletes Adam Holland and Jo Meek secured victories at the Exeter Marathon at the weekend.

Holland took the men’s title with a time of two hours, 50 minutes and nine seconds.

Meek, who will represent Great Britain at the IAU/ITRA Trail World Championships in Portugal on June 8, was eighth overall and first women in 3:04.43.

Meanwhile, there were two new age category records at May’s Tavy 5k run.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Steve Burrows set a new best time in the over-40 category with 17.51 minutes for fourth place overall. Plymouth Harriers and Tamar Trail runner Jane Allison set a new best in the women’s over-45 category with a 20.32 run.

Tavistock Run Project’s Charlie Gibbard was first home in 17.17 minutes, with Plymouth Harriers’ John Porter, who already holds the record for over-45 men, second in 17.39. Launceston’s Edward Horn was third in 17.50 minutes.

Tavistock AC’s under-17 athlete Elyse Kedzior-MacDonough was first women in 20.07 minutes, with Allison second and Kirsty Prowse third in 21.04 minutes.

Elsewhere, City of Plymouth thrower Jonathan Edwards claimed three out of three wins at the latest Southern Athletics League meeting at Swindon.

The Wales international set a season’s best of 59.94m in the hammer, 44.80m in the discus and 13.83m in the shot.

There were hammer personal bests for Plymouth team-mates Kayleigh Weston and Zoe Crutchley and Tavistock’s Charlie Shipton.

Weston threw 40.43m to take second in the women’s A event, with Crutchley first in the B competition with 32.69m. Shipton threw 38.00m to win the men’s B hammer.

Fellow Tavistock athlete Bradley Stevens returned home from Wiltshire with three personal bests. He won the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:34.58. He also threw 42.30m in the javelin and jumped 1.58m to win the B high jump.

City of Plymouth’s Matthew Gilbert was second in the A high jump with 1.73m.

There were some encouraging performances from under-17 athletes at Swindon.

Youngster Daniel Newman ran a PB of 2:02.84 to win the B 800m after older team-mate Dean Smith had taken second in the A race in 1:58.25. Smith also came second in the A 1,500m.

In the B 1,500m, under-17 Oliver Woodmason took victory with 4:30.59.

In the women’s 1,500m, Tavistock’s Natasha Farrington was second in the A race in 5:01.76, with Plymouth’s Hayley Harvey winning the B event in 5:11.36.

In the men’s 100m, Tyler Johnson was second in the A race in 11.51 seconds, with Aaron Miller claiming victory in the B event in 11:42.

Fellow Plymouth athlete Thomas Court, who is under-20, ran in the non-scoring 100m and went under 12 seconds for the first time, with an 11.91 second run.

Tavistock’s Jade Kinsey was second in the both the women’s A 200m and 400m in 26.68 seconds and 60.18 seconds, respectively, while Plymouth’s Molly Mather won the women’s 400m hurdles.

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