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ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Plymouth’s Tank and Shorey impress at prestigious events

CITY of Plymouth athletes Poppy Tank and Molly Shorey both claimed top 10 finishes at prestigious events over the weekend.

Great Britain under-23 international Tank made her professional road racing debut in America and came ninth in a high-class field at the Boston 10k for Women.

Tank, who has claimed a place in the Puma-sponsored racing team at Chapel Hill in North Carolina, clocked 33.44 minutes on her road 10k debut. That ranks her 12th in the UK standings.  She is also ranked in the top 12 nationally this year on the track at 5,000m (15:45.07) and 10,000m (32:50.57).

The women’s race in Boston attracted more than 2,300 entries.

Meanwhile, youngster Shorey came eighth in the under-15 race at the Cardiff Cross Challenge event in Wales on Saturday.

That result followed on from finishing 10th, and first South West athlete, at the recent Mini Marathon in London.

Elsewhere, Okehampton’s Hayden Jack Bond finished first in October’s Tavy 5k on Saturday morning. He clocked 17.22 minutes, with Tamar Trotters’ Mike Wall second in 18.09 and Tavistock’s Alistair Peers third and first over-40 in 18.14.

Eevee Banbury was first woman in 18.19, with Tavistock’s Heather Fell second (19.41) and Jasmine Gray third (20.06).

The Plym Trail Autumn Marathon weekend took place at Clearbrook, with half, full and ultra marathons held on both Saturday and Sunday.

Okehampton’s Roger Voaden won the standard marathon on day one in 3:11.08, with Yeovil’s Dave Tilsley second in 3:26.56. Julia Ebbrill was third overall and first woman in 4:05.10. Honiton’s Stephen Boyes was first ultra finisher in 4:10.08.

Storm Plymouth’s Daniel Westlake won the half marathon on day one in 1:31.52. Second place went to St Austell’s Richard Hosken in 1:34.34. Storm’s Lauren Knox was third overall in the half marathon and first woman in 1:40.08.

The day two marathon was won by Simon Morse in 3:05.15, with Honiton’s Boyes, who had run the ultra-marathon the day before, second in 3:56.29. Julia Ebbrill was again third overall and first women in 4:19.21.

Okehampton’s Chris Turner won the day two half marathon in 1:23.21, with Jack May second in 1:33.48. East Cornwall Harriers’ Helen Morse was first woman in 1:37.54.

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