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GALLERY: Tavistock Run Project and City of Plymouth enjoy success at Erme Valley Relays

CHRIS RIMMER produced a storming final leg to secure Tavistock Run Project victory for a second year running in the annual Erme Valley Relays on Friday night at Ivybridge.

Run Project, having got off to a great start with a good first leg from Jordan Andrews, found themselves trailing a strong Exmouth Harriers quartet with one leg to go. But Rimmer produced the fastest run of the night (12.37) to give his team victory by an impressive 28 seconds.

Run Project, who had Edward Smith and Edward Smart also in their team, finished the event, which sees four runners complete a two-and-a-half mile lap, in 53.22 minutes, with 2017 winners Exmouth taking second in 53.48. South West Road Runners were third in 54.03.

The performance of the night, however, went to City of Plymouth’s under-13 girls’ team. They not only won the junior women’s prize but were also first female quartet home, beating their senior team by 12 seconds.

Molly Shorey got the young City of Plymouth side off to a great start with a stunning 14.49 minute opening leg. Verity Tank, Molly Gilbey and Holly Reid then held on to that lead, finishing in 64.01 minutes.

Reid had to dig deep to hold off Great Britain international Victoria Weir, who made up a lot of ground running the final leg for City of Plymouth’s senior side. Weir clocked 14.32 minutes which was the fastest leg by a female. Hannah Blair, Annabel Denton and Hannah Paul made up the City of Plymouth’s senior side.

Tavistock AC’s under-18 girls’ team were the third female quartet home.

City of Plymouth’s Dan Newman, Thomas Jones, George Caruana and Oliver Woodman were the first junior team overall in 60.32 minutes.

A record 155 teams finished the event, which was 21 more than the previous year.

Full results can be found HERE.

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