Athletics

Battershill gains more international experience, while Macdonald is first home in Armada 3k

ERME Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill gained more international experience at the weekend as he represented England at the World Cross Country Tour Gold event in Elgoibar, Spain.

In horrible wet and muddy conditions, Battershill finished an impressive 14th in a strong senior men’s 10.8km race that was dominated by African athletes, who took the top three spots.

Kenya’s Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli won, with Ethiopia’s Addisu Yihune second and Uganda’s Rogers Kibet third.

It was Battershill’s third international competition in the space of six months, having represented England in the steeplechase at the Manchester International in August and Great Britain senior men’s team at the European Cross Country Championships in December.

His club, Erme Valley, recently presented him with an achievement award for becoming their first full senior Great Britain international (see top picture).

Tavistock Run Project’s Oliver Smart also represented England at the event in Elgoibar.

He ran in the under-20 race and enjoyed a great run finishing sixth in race won by his England team-mate Will Barnicoat.

Smart, who was denied the chance to represent England at the World Schools’ Cross Country Championships due to Covid, will be hoping for more international opportunities in the future.

Meanwhile, Plymouth Musketeers’ Ross Macdonald came home first in January’s Armada Winter 3k Series run at Central Park on Wednesday night.

Macdonald edged out Erme Valley’s John Cooper by six seconds with a 10.20 minute run.

Third place went to Tavistock Run Project’s Alex Peyton-Jones, who came home in 10.59 minutes, with Tamar Trotters’ Finlay Allen, who had won December’s run, in fourth and Storm Plymouth’s Daniel Westlake fifth.

University of Plymouth’s Ellie Robinson was first woman home in 11.49 minutes, with Erme Valley youngster Isabella Trowell second and University of Plymouth’s Katrin Higginson and Storm Plymouth’s Charlene Matthews enjoying a great battle for third. Higginson took the spot by just one second.

The next Armada Winter 3k Series run will be held on February 9.

Full results of January’s event can be found HERE.

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