ATHLETICS: Saltram return proves a success for Armada Summer 5k Series

THE return of the Armada Summer 5k Series to Saltram House proved a success with more than 100 runners turning up on Wednesday evening for the opening 2022 event.

Due to Covid the monthly summer run had not been held at the National Trust property since 2019. But it was back with a bang this week.

Tavistock Run Project’s Alex Peyton-Jones was first home, holding off the challenge of Plymouth Harriers’ James Wickett.

Peyton-Jones clocked 17.58 minutes for the multi-terrain course, with Wickett just six seconds behind.

City of Plymouth’s Isaac Lamerton was third in 18.13, with Plymstock Road Runners’ veteran Graham Bale fourth (18.40) and Plymouth Musketeers’ Scott Mansfield fifth (18.45).

There was a strong women’s field with two finishing in the overall top 10.

Tavistock AC’s Nikki Kelly was first women home and came seventh overall in 19.05 minutes. Her younger club colleague Charlotte Walker was second female and ninth overall in 19.48 minutes.

Erme Valley’s Emma Lake was third woman (21.26), with young club college Isabella Trowell fourth (22.23) and Plymouth Harriers’ Suzie Spooner fifth (22.52).

Full results can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, there was some more encouraging early season form showed by the region’s athletes at the Clive Marsh Spring Warm-Up Meeting at Par.

Tavistock hammer thrower Phoebe Milburn broke her PB to win the under-17 girls’ event with 47.14m, which ranks her second in the early UK rankings. It was the first time she had thrown over the 47m mark.

Club colleague Louisa Hess also set a new PB of 42.44m to finish second.

In the under-15 girls’ hammer, there was also a PB for Tavistock’s Tegan Brown with 36.40m, which puts her fourth nationally.

City of Plymouth multi-eventer Nicolas Maczugowski concentrated on field events at Par. He won the under-17 long jump with 5.60m, and came second in the shot and javelin with PB throws of 11.30m and 30.53m, respectively.

Tavistock’s Josh Tyler, who has just moved up to under-23 level, came second in a strong senior men’s shot event with 14.30m and came second in the discus with 37.94m.

On the track, new under-17 athlete Poppy Northcott had a second run in seven days over the 300m hurdles. She showed good consistency to back up her 46.19-second run at Brickfields the week before with a  46.5 run at Par. She is ranked sixth in the early national rankings.

Fellow City of Plymouth hurdler Adam Dingley, who is ranked fourth in the UK in the 100m hurdles, also showed good consistency by running 14.3 seconds at Par, having run 14.27 seconds at Brickfields last week.

Plymouth’s Leonie Dyer won the under-15 girls’ 75m hurdles in 13.4 seconds, while Ella Isaias took the honours in the under-20 100m hurdles in 18.3 seconds. Isaias also won the high jump with 1.60m.

Like at Brickfields last week, there was again some strong sprinting from City of Plymouth athletes in Cornwall.

In a joint senior men’s/under-20 top seeded race, Toby Clayden took second place behind Cornwall’s Micho Tao with a 11.3 second run. Under-20 athlete Connell McCarthy was just behind in 11.4 seconds and Brook Adnitt just 0.01 further back with 11.5.

Lili Fern finished as first under-20 women with a run of 12.8 seconds, while in the under-17 boys’ 100m, Andreas Isaias clocked 12.2 seconds and Dingley 12.8.

Omar Hammoudeh was first under-13 boy in both the 100m and 150m races with runs of 14.5 seconds and 22.1 seconds.

Team-mate Mollie Gray was also first girl in those two events with 14.7 and 22.7 seconds, respectively.

There was a quick senior/U20 men’s 150m which saw Plymouth’s Jacob Lamboll take second in 16.9, with McCarthy third in 17.2 and Brook Adnitt fourth in 17.3.

Under-20 athlete Lamboll also won the senior 300m in 35.4, with Adnitt second in 36.5. Andreas Isaias was first under-17 over 300m in 37.5 seconds.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Isabella Trowell finished as second under-15 girl in the 600m in 1:46.7, while Tavistock’s Harrison Shaw was first under-13 boy over the same distance in 1:50.2.

Ellena Hess, of Tavistock, was second under-15 girl over 1,200m in 4:29.9.

Plymouth youngster Lamara Hammoudeh produced an impressive long jump display to easily win the under-11 competition with 3.69m. She was also first in her age category in the 75m (11.3) and 150m (23.3).

Meanwhile, at the Nuneaton Season Opener, City of Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly finished as first under-20 woman in the hammer with a throw of 47.32m, while Tavistock’s Joely Bytheway won the senior women’s 400m hurdles in 66.66 seconds.

Away from the track, Tamar Trotters’ Jacob Landers came second at the An Res Hellys 10 multi-terrain race at Helston at the weekend.

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