Athletics

Smart claims South West Schools’ senior title, while Rimmer wins Exeter Half Marathon

OLIVER SMART became senior boys’ South West Schools’ cross country champion on Saturday at King Park in Bournemouth.

Mount Kelly pupil Smart, who won last year’s English Schools’ intermediate boys’ title, took victory in Dorset by 20 seconds.

Second place went to fellow Devon athlete Johnny Livingstone, who just edged out Severn’s Alex Rawlings on the line.

There were bronze medals in Bournemouth for Plymouth College athletes Molly Shorey and Chloe Olford.

Shorey finished third in a highly-competitive junior girls’ race. She was only beaten by older athletes Sophie Nicholls, of City of Salisbury, and Exeter Harriers’ English Schools’ international Scarlett Livingstone.

In the same race, there were also top 15 spots for Shorey’s City of Plymouth team-mates Holly Reid (8th), running for Cornwall, and Devonport High School’s Molly Gilbey.

Olford took third place in the senior girls’ race behind Exeter’s Courtney Howard and Millfield’s Amelia Willis. Fellow Plymouth College athletes Talia Sullivan and Annabel Denton were also in the top 20.

Ivybridge Community College’s Thomas Jones just missed out on a medal with a fourth-placed finish in the junior boys’ race, where he was the first athlete from Devon or Cornwall.

Tavistock’s Fynn Baker just missed out on a top 10 finish in the minor boys’ race by one second, finishing 11th.

Full results can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, there was success for Tavistock Run Project’s Chris Rimmer at the Exeter Half Marathon on Saturday.

Rimmer took victory by nearly a minute, with a time of 1:11.43. Second place went to Finn Arentz in 1:12.40, with Donald Brooks third in 1:23.05.

Plymstock Road Runners’ Graham Bale was sixth overall and first over-50 in 1:17.04, with Plymouth Harriers’ Steve Fletcher just behind him in seventh (1:17.09).

Full results can be found HERE.

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