Athletics

ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Holland and Sullivan impress at Exmouth 10k

TAVISTOCK AC’s Adam Holland stormed to victory in windy conditions at the Exmouth 10k on Sunday.

Holland clocked 34 minutes and 12 seconds to finish more than a minute ahead of the second placed athlete, who was Mark Taylor.

The day before Holland had also been fastest at the Teignmouth Promenade Park Run.

City of Plymouth teenager Talia Sullivan was second women at Exmouth with a 41.35 minute run.

At the Barnstaple Marathon, which also took place on Sunday, Team H runner Matthew Shipping finished third in a gun time of 2:51.32, with Plymouth Harriers’ Rob Williams taking fifth in 2:58.57. There was also top 12 finishes for Team H’s Jason Carr and Plymouth Musketeers’ Scott Mansfield. Team H’s Charlotte Gribble was second women in 3:17.38. Tavistock’s Andy Houghton was third male veteran over-60.

In the Barnstaple Half Marathon, City of Plymouth’s Matthew Bradley was fourth in 1:17.19. Victory went to Royal Navy runner Adam Stokes, with his team-mate Bryn Phillips third in 1:15.09. Tavistock’s Peter Bazeley was second male over-60.

Elsewhere, Tavistock’s Helen Orme and Erme Valley Harriers’ Alison Engledew were age category winners at the Newton Abbot Ladies’ 10k at Dornafield.

Away from races, Tavistock’s Judy Cuckston was a prize winner at the England Athletics South West Athletics Awards.

She took the award for inclusion for her work in breaking down barriers to fitness so that adults who cannot manage mainstream beginner groups have a place to run. She has helped participants from the ages of 16 to 85 with a range of disabilities by creating a safe and secure environment that encourages them to get involved. She is also a voluntary ambassador for Active Devon.

Part of her award citation read: “Judy believes in everyone and has the ability to make everyone believe in themselves too.

“She takes the time to listen and understand your particular circumstances, what is important to you and helps you set achievable goals. She understands and recognises we all have personal barriers to fitness and life in general, and she embraces you as an individual.

“Judy is a true inspiration to all. Those that have the pleasure to meet her believe they can achieve anything and go on to do so.”

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