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GALLERY: Encouraging displays from Armada athletes at Brickfields

THERE were some encouraging debut performances at the latest South West Athletics League meeting at Brickfields on Sunday.

Nicolas Maczugowski enjoyed an impressive first competitive run out at 300m. The City of Plymouth under-15 athlete is already ranked in the UK’s top six at 80m hurdles, discus and pentathlon and he added the 300m to that list with a 37.41 second run.  He is also ranked in the top 22 at long jump and shot and he won the long jump at Brickfields on Sunday with a 5.22m leap.

Erme Valley Harriers under-15 athlete Bella May made an impressive debut at the 1,500m steeplechase. She clocked 5:51.19 to win the combined women’s race over the barriers.

There was also an eye-catching debut in the steeplechase for City of Plymouth’s Gregor Norster. The under-17 athlete clocked 4:57.69, which would rank him in the UK’s top 17, although it remains to be seen if it will count for the rankings as there was a problem with the first barrier.

Although some events were not as strong as usual due to the school holidays, there was some impressive 400m running on show on Sunday.

Joe Bacon, making his Armada debut, ran under 49 seconds for the first time in his career. He clocked 48.94 seconds to win the senior men’s race, with team-mate Dan Pearce third in 51.57 seconds.

In the under-17 race, fellow Plymouth runner Thomas Elliott also ran 51.57 seconds to take victory.

In the women’s 400m, City of Plymouth’s Harriet Beardsmore ran 59.85 seconds. That was the fourth time this season she has gone under the 60-second barrier.

Pearce again showed his versatility to win the senior men’s 110m hurdles in 16.73 seconds, triumph in the discus with 34.59m and come second in the long jump with 6.00m.

The under-20 110m hurdles was won by Henry Curtis, who clocked 14.56 seconds, which was his third fastest time. City of Plymouth team-mate Toby Clayden was also very close to his best with a 15.74 second run.

In the under-13 girls’ 70m hurdles, Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell ran a new PB of 12.90 seconds to comfortably take victory in her heat.

In the boys’ under-13 75m hurdles, Tavistock’s Josh Allott, who is ranked sixth in the UK, claimed a convincing win in 13.09 seconds.

Allott also won the long jump with 4.43m and came third in the 200m in 29.01 seconds – an event where his club colleague Joe Wake triumphed in a PB of 27.51, which puts him in the country’s top 30.

Wake also won the 100m in 13.63 seconds, with City of Plymouth’s Omar Hammoudeh second in 14.26.

Tavistock’s Rory Summers won the under-15 100m in 11.98 seconds. He was also second in the long jump with a leap of 5.16m.

City of Pymouth showed their strength in depth in the under-17 100m with Thomas Elliott (11.79), Mackenzie Pike (12.07) and Jacob Michaelides (12.13) finishing second, third and fourth in the boys’ event and Lili Fern (12.77) and Kinga Kudzia (13.12) first and second in the girls’ event.

In the under-13 girls’ 200m, Tavistock’s Charlotte Doney (29.16, PB) and Plymouth’s Leonie Dyer (29.22) both ran under 30 seconds. Doney also set a PB to take third in the long jump (3.85m) while Dyer won the javelin.

City of Plymouth teenagers Jacob and Ben Harrison had a great battle in the combined under-20/senior men’s 1,500m. They finished first and second in 4:08.22 and 4:08.98.

Tavistock’s under-13 athlete Claudia Jones ran a new PB of 5:27.24 in the 1,500m, while there was a new PB for team-mate Harrison Shaw who came second in the under-13 boys’ 1,500m in 5:06.25.

In the field events, Tavistock’s English Schools’ medallist Phoebe Milburn came close to her PB in the under-15 girls’ hammer. She threw 45.06m. Milburn also won the javelin event with 20.03m.

There was a new PB for club colleague Harry Tomlin in the under-20 men’s javelin. He managed 47.70m, which ranks him 36th in the country. He also took second in the shot with a throw of 11.92m.

Plymouth’s Matthew Newton triumphed in the under-17 triple jump (11.56m) and took second in the shot (9.34m), while team-mate Noah Jones took victory in the under-17 pole vault (3.40m) and came second in the javelin (30.01m).

Tavistock’s Katelyn Milburn won the under-15 long jump with a PB leap of 4.46m.

There were also valuable field points for Tegan Brown (1st, under-13 shot), Bradley Divall (2nd under-13 javelin) and Olivia Divall (3rd high jump).

Results can be found HERE.

Meanwhile away from the track, Ceri Rees took victory ahead of Tavistock’s Adam Holland at the Yar Tor Fell Race.

Rees triumphed in 31:04.5, with Holland second in 32.09.7. Third place went to Simon Fox (32.17.6), with Tavistock’s James Best fourth (32.26.8) and Plymouth Musketeers’ Ross Macdonald fifth (33.56.0). Tavistock’s Joe Dix was sixth overall and first under-18 in 34.20.1.

The women’s race was won by Charly Hicks in 41:23.7, with Ellie White second (42.38.5) and Naomi Shaw third (46.03.4).

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