Athletics

Shipping and Gentry impress at Mad March Hare 10k, while Erme Valley pair shine at Bath Half

MATTHEW SHIPPING claimed victory in the Mad March Hare 10k by more than a minute on Sunday at Plympton.

Shipping clocked 36.09 minutes for the multi-terrain run, which starts and finishes at Marsh Mills and takes runners into the Saltram House estate.

Second place went to Tamar Trotters/Pontypridd runner Billy Hayton, who finished in 37.10 minutes.

Plymouth Musketeers’ Scott Mansfield took third place in 37.29 minutes, with Tamar Trotters’ Steve Wilsmore (37.35) fourth and Lloyd Milbourn (38.03) fifth.

Louise Gentry was first women in 43.42 minutes, with Torbay Tri Club’s Naomi Flanagan second (44.27), Gemma Body third (45.25), Nikki Kelly fourth (46.28) and Plymouth Striders’ Jennie Kingdon fifth and first F55 (47.53).

Meanwhile, Erme Valley Harriers athletes Cleo Perry and Alison Thorn claimed age category prizes at the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday.

Perry was second F45 in the popular event. She finished in a time of 1:23.22, with club team-mate Alison Thorn third in the same category in 1:25.27.

Tavistock Run Project’s Rachael Malthouse was fourth F35 in 1:27.25, with Tavistock AC’s Heather Fell fifth in the same age group in 1:32.28.

Elsewhere, Adam Holland won March’s Tavy 5k run at the weekend in 16.24 minutes.

Plymouth Harriers’ Liam Nicholls was second (17.01), with Tavistock’s Edward Horn eight seconds behind in third.

Tavistock’s Jodi Fish was first women in 18.52 minutes, with Okehampton’s Joanne Page second (20.01) and Run Project’s Claire Fraser (20.21).

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