ATHLETICS: Tank smashes her 5,000m PB while Smart wins Fast Friday 5k

CITY of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank ran the second fastest 5,000m time by a British female athlete this year on Friday in her opening track race of 2021.

Tank, fresh from claiming All-American cross country honours, finished second in the invitational race at the Hayward Premiere meet in Eugene, Oregon.

The Great Britain under-23 international clocked 15:45.07 at Hayward Field, which will be the venue for next year’s World Championships.

That smashed her previous personal best by 22 seconds and her time was quicker than Jennifer Nesbitt ran in midweek to win the Comeback 5000 at Battersea.  It was also the second quickest time ever by a Utah student.

Meanwhile, Tavistock Run Project’s 2019 English Schools’ cross country champion Oliver Smart showed his class on his return to competitive action by storming to victory in the Fast Friday 5k at Haldon.

Smart destroyed a strong field to win in 14.46 minutes, with Radley’s Alex and Rowan Miell-Ingram taking second and third in 15.21 and 15.22 respectively.

Ben Neale, also of Tavistock Run Project, was sixth in 15.33 minutes, with team-mate Rachel Malthouse finishing as first female over-35 in 19.55 minutes. Tavistock AC’s Charlotte Walker was first under-17 female in 19.42 minutes, with her sister Hannah Walker second in 22.54.

Erme Valley Harriers athletes were among the prizes in the Fast Friday 10k.

Alison Thorn was first F45 with a 40.24 minute run. Her club colleague Alison McEwing was third in the senior female category with a time of 38.28, while Nick Bristow was third M45 with a 38.39 run.

Plymouth Musketeers’ Jim Andrew was first M60 at the event, which was won by Exeter’s Ben Holmes in 32.29 minutes.

Fast Friday results can be found HERE

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