ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Tavistock’s Neale claims victory at Eden Project Half Marathon

TAVISTOCK AC’s Ben Neale was a dominant winner of the hilly Eden Project Half Marathon at the weekend.

Neale claimed victory at the iconic Cornish venue by more than seven minutes.

He clocked 1:15.00, with PB Running’s David Tregonning taking second in 1:22.14.

Neale’s club colleague Mark West claimed the M50 top prize with a 1:33.18 run, while Erme Valley Harriers’ Alison Engledew was first F60 in 1:53.09.

East Cornwall Harriers enjoyed success in the Eden full marathon, with M45 athlete Oliver Jones winning in 3:03.03 and club colleague Simon Morse second in 3:08.05.

At the Bath Half Marathon, Tavistock AC’s Heather Fell finished as first F35 in 1:24.12, with club team-mate Sam Lake fourth F40 in 1:25.50.

Tavistock AC dominated the Tavy 5k on Saturday. Sam Larkham was first home in 15.43, with Nikki Kelly second and first woman in 18.04 and Connor Duffin third and first U15 in 19.24 minutes.

Storm Plymouth’s Daniel Westlake, East Cornwall Harriers’ Diane Roy and Sharon Daw and Plymouth Falconers’ Neil Williams were among the winners at the Plym Trail Autumn Marathon Weekend.

The weekend saw two half marathons, two full marathons and two ultra marathons over two days from Clearbrook village on Dartmoor.

Westlake won the half marathon on the second day of the event by 20 minutes. He clocked 1:24.40.

Williams won the full marathon on the same day in 3:55.14, with Daw second overall and first woman on day two in 3:57.09.

Roy was first woman and second overall in the marathon on the first day of the event with a 3:27.00 run. The men’s winner was Tom Wright.

Meanwhile, Truro’s Julian Spence won both ultra marathons over the weekend. He clocked 4:48.52 on the first day, then clocked 4:44.44 on day two.

Further afield, City of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank set a new road 10k PB this month as she ran 33.07 minutes to finish seventh in the prestigious Boston 10k for Women in America.

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