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GALLERY: Gilvear and Meek impress at new Ivybridge Three Tops race

ERME Valley Harriers teenager Matthew Gilvear produced an impressive run in hot conditions to win his club’s newest race.

Gilvear overcame far more experienced rivals to take victory in Thursday evening’s Ivybridge Three Tops race, which was the latest event in the increasing popular Dartmoor Fell Series.

The tough new approximately 10k fell race saw competitors start by running up Western Beacon, which towers above Ivybridge, before then heading up to Weatherdon and Glasscombe Ball and then up Ugborough Beacon before heading back down to Ivybridge Rugby Club, crossing a couple of streams in the process.

Under-17 athlete Gilvear, who came fourth at last weekend’s Totnes 10k, won by more than a minute on Thursday, clocking 48.40 minutes.

Second place went to South Hams Hash House Harriers’ Ross Porter, who finished in 49.42 minutes, with Wild Running’s M40 athlete Ceri Rees taking third in 50.22 minutes and Okehampton’s M50 runner Paul Crease fourth in 53.11.

Great Britain trail runner Jo Meek had another impressive run, finishing fifth overall and first women in 53.23 minutes, which was 10 minutes ahead of the next female athlete.

South West Fell Runners’ Lucy Walker was second women in 1:03.16, with Anna Carter third in 1:07.48.

Erme Valley enjoyed plenty of success as the home club, with Nick Bristow finishing as second M50 and Andrew Trigg first M60. They also won the men’s team prize.

The host club also dominated the junior races. Thomas Carter (U13) took overall victory in the over-11 race in 13.55 minutes, while Isabella Trowell was second U15 girl and Maya Rees Durham was first U13 girl.

Full senior results can be found HERE

Full junior results available HERE.

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