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GALLERY: Meek sets new course record at Neolith Fell Race

JO MEEK set a new female course record of 39 minutes and 33 seconds on her way to victory at the Neolith Fell Race on Wednesday evening.

It was the perfect way for her to warm up for her trip to America to compete in the TransRockies Run in Colorado, which sees athletes run in six stages over 200km from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek.

Meek, who is unbeaten this season in the Dartmoor Fell Race Series, has enjoyed a good week as on Thursday she was officially confirmed in Great Britain’s team for the 80km trail race at the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in November.

Her selection for the GB squad came after finishing second at the British Athletics Ultra Trail Championship, which was incorporated into the Lakeland Trails 100km event earlier this month.

Finishing behind the experienced Meek on Wednesday evening on Dartmoor were Tavistock youngsters Charlotte Walker and Tilly McDowell.

Under-17 athlete Walker came second, with her under-21 team-mate third.  Along with Kristyna Cade and Jodi Armstong they helped Tavistock AC to victory in the women’s team event.

The men’s race at Neolith was won by Exeter Harriers’ under-17 athlete Tom Perry, who finished the tough five mile run at Merrivale, which includes two big climbs to Great Mis Tor and Roos Tor, in 33 minutes and 44 seconds.

Second place went to Cornwall AC’s Ryan Hanley, with Exmouth Harriers’ Sam Kelly third.

The men’s race was close with 10 runners within two minutes of each other and Tavistock AC packed well to win the men’s team race. Adam Holland came fourth, with Joe Dix seventh and James Best ninth. James Armstrong made up their successful team.

The event was part of the Dartmoor Fell Race Series, which continues on Friday evening with the Yartor Fell Race.

Meanwhile, on the track there was success for City of Plymouth’s Victoria Weir and Tavistock’s Emma Ryder at the BMC Meeting at Exeter in mid-week.

Weir ran her fastest 3,000m time since 2016 to take victory in that event in 9:46.46. She managed to hold off the challenge of Cornwall’s Imogen Wood in a thrilling finish.

Club colleague Matthew Bradley set a new PB to finish sixth in the men’s 3,000m A race in 8:55.00.

Ryder took victory in the women’s A 800m in 2:13.83, which was just outside her PB that she set last month.

Plymouth youngster Holly Reid clocked 2:26.54, while in the men’s 800m, City of Plymouth’s Dan Newman clocked 2:02.01 and Tavistock under-13 athlete Harrison Shaw ran 2:32.50.

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