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GALLERY: City of Plymouth athletes claim Cornwall cross country titles

CITY of Plymouth’s Jed and Barnaby Hutchings, Holly Reid and Jacob Harrison all claimed Cornwall county cross country titles at the weekend in Newquay.

The Cornwall Cross Country Championships were run in conjunction with the second Westward Cross Country League.

Jed Hutchings was a dominant winner in both competitions in the under-15 boys’ category.

He finished 37 seconds ahead of Tavistock’s Fynn Baker, who took a good second place ahead of North Devon’s Chris Oliveria, while Hutchings was a full minute ahead of the next Cornwall athlete.

Barnaby Hutchings also won both events in the under-13 boys’ category. He finished 23 seconds ahead of Bodmin Dragons’ Lewis Trubridge in second.

Reid came second overall to Bideford’s Freya Woodhead in the under-15 girls’ league race but won the county title by 11 seconds. Club colleague Molly Gilbey was fourth overall and third in the Cornwall Championships, with City of Plymouth finishing as first team in both the county and league events.

Armada athletes did dominant the top 10 of under-15 girls’ race with Erme Valley Harriers’ Bella May sixth, City of Plymouth’s Abbie Chapman seventh, Tavistock Run Project’s Holly Cole eighth and Plymouth’s Madeleine Jones ninth.

Harrison claimed the Cornwall under-20 title after a strong run in a bumper senior men’s race. His brother Ben was second under-20 in the Cornwall event.

There was some controversy in the senior men’s race after Cornish athlete Sam Goodchild was apparently sent the wrong way.

He was reinstated for the Cornwall Championships, but the Westward League senior men’s winner was Exeter University’s Hugo Hewitt, with Plymouth Harriers’ Johnny Gilby having a good run in fourth place. Gilby was also first over-40.

Tavistock Run Project’s Jordan Andrews finished ninth, just ahead of Jacob Harrison, Tamar Trotters’ Jacob Landers, team-mate Jim Cole and Ben Harrison. Landers was fourth senior man in the Cornwall championship.

Tavistock’s Richard Drage and Martin Exley-Deane were once again first and second over-60 athletes home.

The senior women’s race was also strong in Cornwall, with Taunton’s Elle Twentyman comfortably winning ahead of Cornwall winner Megan Davis of Newquay Road Runners.

Tamar Trotters’ Bex Ezra, who had finished as first senior woman in the opening Westward League, was eighth overall in Newquay and fourth Cornish athlete. Tavistock’s Jo Meek was 11th and first over-40.

The under-17 girls also ran with the senior women and City of Plymouth’s Martha Wilson came fifth in that age category.

In the under-17 boys’ race, City of Plymouth’s Thomas Jones finished second in a strong field. He was only beaten by North Devon’s George Thomas. Cornwall AC’s Zak Clemens, who had won the last race, was third overall and first in the county event, while Erme Valley Harriers’ Matthew Gilvear was fourth. Erme Valley are doing well in the under-17 boys’ category. They are leading the team event with Sam Oakshott and Charlie Milward finishing in the top 11 in Newquay.

Another Erme Valley athlete Isabella Trowell ran well in the under-13 age group. She finished fourth overall, with Tavistock athletes Claudia Jones and Lamorna Cox also coming in the top 10.

Tavistock’s Zoe Bigham and City of Plymouth’s Elsie Goodspeed enjoyed a great battle in the under-11 girls’ race. Just one second ended up splitting them, with Bigham taking victory in 6.01 and Goodspeed coming second in 6.02. Tavistock’s Eloise Patrick was not far behind in fourth.

There was a top six finish for Tavistock’s Freddie Whybrow in the under-11 boys’ race.

The third Westward Cross Country League meeting will take place on December 5 at Exeter. That will also incorporate the Devon County Cross Country Championships.

The league results from Newquay can be found HERE.

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