Athletics

Plymouth hurdlers impress at Lee Valley, while Plymstock pair win at Race the Tide

CITY of Plymouth’s Adam Dingley continued his rapid improvement in the under-15 boys’ 80m hurdles event with a personal best performance at Lee Valley.

Dingley ran under 12 seconds for the first time, clocking 11.86 seconds to take second in a strong race.

The Ivybridge Community College pupil has knocked a second off his sprint hurdles time this season and is ranked fourth in the UK.

City of Plymouth actually have two athletes in the country’s top four, with Nicolas Maczugowski sitting second with 11.78 seconds.

Dingley was one of three Plymouth athletes who made the trip to Lee Valley for the hurdles festival. Joining him in London were Henry Curtis and Kate Gray.

Curtis finally managed to get a legal ranking run under 15 seconds in the under-20 men’s 110m hurdles event.

He clocked 14.96 seconds to take fourth in a highly-competitive race, which ranks him 12th in the country.

He had run 14.6 seconds at Par just over a week ago but that run could not count for the under-20 rankings as it was not automatically timed. He had also run 14.81 seconds at the Devon Open Series meeting at Plymouth last month but the wind was just over the legal limit.

Gray came second in the under-17 300m hurdles with a 47.06 second run. She is currently ranked eighth in the UK.

Elsewhere, Tavistock’s Edward Fileman took victory in the men’s under-20 discus event at the BIGish Jump & Throws Fest at Bedford. Fileman is ranked second in the UK.

Meanwhile, Plymstock Road Runners’ Graham Bale and Carla Haines both impressed at the Race the Tide Half Marathon at Mothercombe.

Veteran Bale won the tough, multi-terrain 15.5 mile race, which includes coastal paths and beach running, in 1:56.35. That was nearly nine minutes quicker than anyone else.

Haines was first women home in the same event in 2:17.32.

There was also a 29-mile ‘marathon’ race and a 8.5 mile woodland trail race.

Holberton Harriers’ Andy Norris took victory in the marathon race in 4:32.47, while Tavistock’s Hannah Worth was second women, eighth overall and first over-35 in the trail race in 1:10.20. She finished just ahead of Tamar Trotters’ Michael Wunderle (1:11.24), while Plymstock’s Sean Doogan was first over-50 (1:15.33).

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