Athletics

Holland wins Exeter Marathon, while Swift is too quick for the rest in Armada 3k

TAVISTOCK’S Adam Holland secured victory in the Exeter Marathon at the weekend.

Holland clocked two hours, 35 minutes and 19 seconds to finish eight seconds ahead of Sidmouth’s David Knapman.  Third place went to Romsey’s Ryan Snell in 2:40.56.

Carly Kendall was first women in 3:29.13. East Cornwall Harriers’ Sharon Daw was fifth women overall and first over-55 in 3:47.02.

Meanwhile, Erme Valley Harriers’ Sam Swift was first home in Wednesday night’s Armada 3k run in Central Park.

However, the run turned out to be longer than 3k after a cone was removed and athletes went on a longer loop. The run was measured as 3.3k, but as well as offering actual times, organisers have also produced estimate 3k times.

Swift took victory in 11.18 minutes, which gave him an estimated 3k time of 10.17.

Second place went to Plymouth Musketeers’ Ross MacDonald 11.24 (10.22 3k estimate), with Tamar Trotters’ Finlay Allen third in 12.14 (11.08).

There was a good battle for the third to sixth spots. Isaac Lamerton came fourth in 12.19 (11.12), with Storm’s Daniel Westlake fifth in 12.26 (11.19) and Plymstock veteran Graham Bale sixth in 12.27 (11.20).

The University of Plymouth’s Ellie Robinson was first women home in 13.06 minutes (11.55), with Erme Valley Harriers youngster Isabella Trowell second in 13.58 (12.43) and University of Plymouth’s Georgina Russell taking third in 14.08 minutes (12.52).

The next Armada 3k will be held on December 8. Results on November’s run can be found HERE.

Elsewhere, Tavistock Run Project’s Oliver Smart helped the University of Birmingham to second place in the junior men’s race at the National Cross Country Relays in Mansfield.

Smart ran the first leg for his team and clocked 8:39.70 minutes which was the third fastest overall.

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