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ATHLETICS: Fletcher wins July’s Armada 5k, while youngsters look to impress at English Schools

PLYMOUTH Harriers’ Steve Fletcher was first home for a second month running in the Armada Summer 5k Series event at Saltram House.

Fletcher beat his younger club colleague Sam Yearling, who had won April and May’s runs.

In perfect conditions on Wednesday, Fletcher clocked 16.45 minutes for the tricky multi-terrain event, with Yearling taking second in 17.22.

Plymouth Musketeers’ Scott Mansfield was third in 18.32, which was just four seconds in front of Plymstock Road Runners veteran Graham Bale, who was fourth. Erme Valley’s Liam Hallows was fifth.

Plymouth Harriers’ Jane Allison was first women in 21.12 minutes, with Alice Robinson second in 22.07 and Tavistock’s Sophie Varcoe third in 23.44. July’s run saw 176 finishers.

Full results can be found HERE. (Gallery at the bottom of the page).

Tavistock athlete Joe Wheeler warm-up for this week’s English Schools’ Track & Field Championship by setting two new personal bests at the South West League match at Exeter.

Wheeler, who will run for Cornwall in the junior boys’ 300m at Birmingham on Friday, ran a speedy 23.28 seconds to win the under-15 200m at Exeter and 11.47 seconds in the 100m.

His 200m time ranks him eighth in the UK and he has moved into the top 15 in the 100m. He was already ranked sixth in the 300m.

City of Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly will also head to the English Schools’ on the back of a South West League win. She took victory in the under-17 hammer with a throw of 42.15m.

Fellow City of Plymouth athletes Victoria Weir, Toby Clayden and Rosie and Poppy Northcott were also among the winners at Exeter.

Weir, having run the fastest female leg at the Erme Valley Relays on the Friday, eased to victory in the senior women’s 3,000m. She was also fourth in the 800m – an event where team-mate Hayley Harvey took second in a new PB of 2:14.60.

Rosie Northcott set a new PB of 1.38m to win the under-13 girls’ high jump. She was also second in the long jump with 4.31m and ran a new 100m PB of 14.02 seconds.

Poppy Northcott took victory in the under-13 800m in 2:23.23. She also ran 28.65 seconds in the 200m. Team-mate Holly Reid was third in a PB time of 2:31.98. Clayden won the under-17 long jump in 6.18m.

Tavistock’s Amelia Riggott claimed victory in the under-15 girls’ 800m in a new PB of 2:22.08. There was also a new under-15 800m PB for Erme Valley’s Luke Crocket, who clocked 2:16.07.

The English Schools’ Championships take place on Friday and Saturday.

Joining Mount Kelly College hammer thrower Gellatly in the Devon team is Ivybridge Community College’s Lili Fern (junior girls’ 100m), Plymouth High Schools’ Mali Heard (junior girls’ 200m), Devonport High School’s Ella Isaias (junior girls’ high jump), Ivybridge CC’s Estelle Hodges (intermediate girls’ 80m hurdles), Plymstock School’s Sammie Harris (senior girls’ 100m hurdles), Plymouth High School’s Emily Bee (senior girls’ 100m hurdles), Plymouth College’s Chloe Olford (senior girls’ 1,500m steeplechase), Ivybridge CC’s Lois Fileman (senior girls’ hammer), Ivybridge CC’s Noah Jones (junior boys’ pole vault), Mount Kelly’s Oliver Smart (intermediate boys’ 1,500m), Lipson’s Danny Filewod (intermediate boys’ 400m hurdles), Coombe Dean’s Ben Foster (intermediate boys’ shot), Ivybridge’s Edward Fileman (intermediate boys’ discus) and Tavistock College’s Luke Cressey (110m hurdles).

As well as sprinter Wheeler, Torpoint’s Molly Mather (senior girls’ 400m hurdles) and Saltash’s Henry Curtis (intermediate boys’ 100m hurdles) are in the Cornwall team.

Bee (2018) and Harris (2017) have both previously medalled at the English Schools’ Track & Field Championships in the hurdles, while Smart won the intermediate boys’ English Schools’ Cross Country title in March. Edward Fileman has claimed a top sixth finish before and he will be hoping to challenge for a medal as he is ranked second in the UK under-17 discus rankings this year.

City of Plymouth’s Jones will be making his English Schools’ debut in Birmingham and it is believed he will become Devon’s first competitor in the pole vault for more than 30 years. He has been preparing for the event by making three trips to Cardiff in the past week to train and pick up some new poles for the competition.

Meanwhile, a previous English Schools’ medallist, David King continued his preparations for the World Championship trials by winning the B 110m hurdles final at the European Athletics Premium Meeting in Luzern, Switzerland.

Running into a head wind, King clocked 13.68 seconds to beat a strong international field. That time would have been quick enough to finish fifth in the A final ahead of American world indoor silver medallist Jarret Eaton.

King has run 13.55 seconds this season but is hoping to peak for the British trials at the end of August. The World Championships will not take place until the of September/start of October this year so many athletes have started their seasons later. To automatically qualify for the World Championships King needs to run 13.46 seconds and finish in the top two at the trials.

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