TAVISTOCK’S Emma Ryder set a new 1,500m personal best at the BMC Regional Meeting at Exeter on Tuesday evening.
Ryder clocked 4:38.41, which was four seconds faster than she had run before, to finish as first women.
She then followed that up by running 4:42.0 over the same distance 24 hours later at the Tavistock AC Summer Series meeting.
City of Plymouth’s Daniel Newman was another athlete to compete at both events in mid-week.
He clocked a new 800m PB of 1:56.54 on Tuesday evening to finish fifth in a strong field. Exeter University’s Ted Chamberlain won in 1:52.59, with City of Plymouth’s Joshua Blake running a new PB of 1:53.82 to take second, ahead of Lewis Cotterill, who clocked 1:53.95 for third, and Tamar Trotters’ Mike Wilsmore, who was fourth in 1:55.70.
Tavistock AC’s under-15 athlete Caleb Gifford-Groves dominated the 1,500m on Wednesday on his club track, winning in 4:36.5.
Under-15 female athletes Abbie Chapman (City of Plymouth) and Anya McAulay (Tavistock) both set new 1,500m PBs, clocking 5:19.6 and 5:19.8, respectively. Tavistock’s Zoe Bigham was first under-13 girl in a PB time of 5:20.2.
There was a strong hammer competition at Tavistock where home athlete Phoebe Milburn threw over 50-metres for only the second time to win the under-17 girls’ competition. Second place went to Louisa Hess with a throw of 41.55m. Both athletes will be competing for Devon at next weekend’s English Schools’ Championship in Manchester.
Fellow Tavistock athlete Tegan Brown, another athlete who is heading to Manchester next weekend, won both U15 hammer and shot. She threw 35.06m in the hammer and 8.49m in the shot.
Josh Tyler, who is ranked in the UK’s top 10 at U23 level, won the men’s shot with 14.22m.
On the track, Joe Wheeler, who will represent Cornwall in the senior boys’ 400m at the English Schools’ Championships, won the U20 100m on Wednesday evening in 11.5 seconds.
His twin brother, James, meanwhile, took victory in the 200m in 24.1 seconds.
There was a great race in the U17 boys’ 100m where Tavistock athletes Ashton Gifford-Groves and Seth Taopo both clocked exactly the same time – 12.5 seconds, although Gifford-Groves was just given the victory.
Fellow Tavistock athlete Joe Wake also ran 12.5 seconds to win the U15 boys’ 100m.
Club colleague Evie Palmer took the honours in the U15 girls’ 100m with a 13.8 second run. She was also first in the 300m in 45.4.
Tavistock’s Joshua Allott won both the U15 boys’ 80m hurdles and high jump. He clocked 13.5 seconds in the hurdles and leaped a PB of 1.40m in the high jump.
In the U15 girls’ 75m hurdles, Anya McAulay took victory in 16.4.
Meanwhile, at the BMC Gold Standard Meeting at Watford, Tavistock Run Project’s Oliver Smart set a new 1,500m PB 3:54.17.
Over the same distance at the Exeter BMC Meeting, Erme Valley Harriers’ Nathan Brown clocked 4:08.78. That followed on from running a new PB of 4:04.42 at the Loughborough Outdoor Meeting six days earlier.
Elsewhere, at the Duchy Minors Meeting at Carn Brea a number of young sprinters set new PBs.
Tavistock U15 athlete Charlotte Doney won the 200m in a PB equaling time of 28.1 seconds. She also clocked a new best of 13.5 seconds to finish second in the 100m and threw a new discus best to win that event with 20.60m.
City of Plymouth’s Mollie Hawken-Gray won the U13 girls’ 100m and 200m. She clocked 14.3 for the 100m and 30.2 for the 200m. Tavistock Isabelle Doney clocked exactly the same time for the 200m but was given second. However, she did win the discus and set a new PB 14.6 in the 100m.
Tavistock’s Grace Wonnacott came second in the U17 100m and 200m in 13.4 seconds and 28.5 seconds, respectively, while club collegue Ruben Ganfield took victory in the U15 boys’ long jump with 5.16m.
Plymouth’s Omar Hammoudeh won the U13 boys’ 100m and 200m, while Lamara Hammoudeh took victory in the U11 75, 150m and long jump. Team-mate Jazz Jackman triumphed in the U11 600m.
Fellow Plymouth athlete Thomas Sanders won the U17 boys’ 400m in 54.9 seconds.
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