ATHLETICS: Malthouse and Yetton finish first and second at Eden Project Half Marathon

TAVISTOCK Run Project’s Rachel Malthouse and Plymouth Harriers’ Ami Yetton enjoyed a good battle at the Eden Project Half Marathon on Sunday.

Malthouse took victory in the women’s race on the hilly and muddy course around the world famous biomes in one hour, 33 minutes and 21 seconds. Yetton, though, was not far behind, finishing second in 1:34.03.

“It’s a great event – a mixture of roads and trails and loads of mud,” said Malthouse after her win.

Third women home was Cornish-based runner Lorna Ni Cheallaigh, who was making her half marathon debut.

In the men’s race Tavistock Run Project’s Marc Smerdon took third place behind course record-breaking Kenyan Benard Rotich and North Devon’s Kyle Darragh. Smerdon, who previously ran for East Cornwall Harriers, clocked 1:20.58.

Plymouth Harriers’ Alex Peyton-Jones was fourth in 1:21.22, with Plymstock Road Runners’ Graham Bale fifth and first over-50 in 1:22.07.

Nearly 1,000 runners completed the half marathon while nearly 300 people finished the full marathon, which was won by Mile High’s Jamie Stephenson in 2:53.50. Bournemouth’s Stuart Nicholas was second, with East Cornwall’s Oliver Jones third. Crawlyey’s Anne Matthews was first women in the full marathon.

Meanwhile, Tavistock Run Project’s Jordan Andrews finished second at the Great West Run, which was held at Exeter on Sunday.

Andrews finished behind in-form Exmouth runner Tom Merson, who took victory in 1:07.04. Andrews clocked 1:12.49m, with Michael Sandiford third in 1:14.52.

Tavistock Run Project’s Crispin Chambers was first male over-55, while Tavistock AC’s Jenny Bryant was second female over-50.

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