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GALLERY: Hundreds of pictures from the penultimate Westward Cross Country League meeting

CITY of Plymouth dominated the under-15 girls’ race at the penultimate round of the Westward Cross Country League at a wet and windy Redruth on Sunday.

The club had the top four finishers in the race and filled six of the top nine spots.

The under-15 athletes got the short straw on Sunday by having to run last on a course that became heavily churned up after the senior men had run.

However, Molly Shorey made light of the conditions to win by 13 seconds. Club colleague Molly Shorey was second, with Abbie Chapman third and Madeleine Jones fourth. Fellow City of Plymouth athletes Phoebe Timson and Isabella Morris were also in the top nine.

With one race to go, Plymouth’s under-15 A and B sides sit first and second in the team event.

There was another good battle between Tavistock’s Zoe Bigham and City of Plymouth’s Elsie Goodspeed in the under-11 girls’ race.

Bigham took victory by four seconds, with Goodspeed second.

In the same event, Tavistock’s Eloise Patrick came fourth, City of Plymouth’s Margot Goodspeed sixth, Erme Valley’s Isabella Drew seventh and City of Plymouth’s Isis Morris eighth.

Barnaby Hutchings, of City of Plymouth, finished strongly as he took second place in the under-13 boys’ race. He was only beaten by Exeter Harriers’ William Birchall.

There was also a second placed finish for Tavistock’s Charlotte Walker in the under-17 girls’ event.

The under-17s once again ran with the senior women and Walker was not only second in her category but eighth overall. Team-mate Nickki Kelly was 10th overall and eighth senior woman as Tavistock sit second in both the senior women’s and veteran women’s team events.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Matthew Gilvear was third under-17 man. He finished behind Cornish athletes Zak Clemens and Blake Williams.

Gilvear’s club colleague Isabella Trowell had a strong run in the under-13 girls’ race, finishing fifth, just a pace ahead of Tavistock’s Anya McAulay.

Plymouth Harriers’ Johnny Gilby enjoyed a good battle with Cornish athletes Jon Dry and Ben Foyle and Exeter University’s Tom Crockett at the front of the senior men’s race.

Gilby had to settle for fourth in the end in a race that produced a brilliant finish, with Dry winning, Crockett taking second and Foyle third. Gilby was once again the first over-40.

There were also top eight finishes for City of Plymouth’s Finley Eales and Lucas Sweeney in the under-11 boys’ race and team-mate Finley Squires and Tavistock’s Noah Reid in the under-15 boys’ event.

Full results can be found HERE.

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