ATHLETICS: Plymouth hurdlers win South West medals, while Neale is runner-up at First Chance 10k

CITY of Plymouth athletes Leonie Dyer and Adam Dingley both won hurdles medals at the latest round of the 2022-23 South West Indoor Championships at the weekend.

Dyer took the regional title in the under-15 girls’ 60m hurdles event in Cardiff with a personal run of 9.93 seconds.

It was her second South West indoor title, having won the 300m crown just before Christmas.

Dingley, meanwhile, took silver in a high-quality under-17 boys’ 60m hurdles event.

He clocked 8.54 seconds, which was just 0.03 of a second off his PB. He was only beaten by his Devon team-mate Joshua Taylor. The pair now sit in the top two of the early UK rankings.

Fellow City of Plymouth hurdler Henry Curtis also opened 2023 at the weekend. He took victory in the U20 men’s 60m hurdles event at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting.

Curtis clocked 8.30 seconds, which was the second fastest time of his career and puts him in the top five of the early UK rankings.

On the road, Tavistock AC’s Ben Neale took second place at the First Chance 10k at Exeter on Sunday.

Neale clocked 32.20 minutes in the wet weather to finish behind Bideford’s Shaun Ansell.

Tavistock Run Project’s Jim Cole was fourth overall and first M40 in 32.51 minutes, while Tavistock’s Sam Larkham was eighth.

Tavistock’s Mark West (M50), Allan Herdman (M70) and Helen Orme (F45) all won age group titles.

Erme Valley’s David Rayfield (M55), Plymstock’s Rachael Doonon (F50) and Tavistock’s Jenny Jeeves (F55) all secured age group second places, while Erme Valley’s Andrew Trigg (M60), Tavistock’s Andy Houghton (M75) and Caroline Stevens were all third in their categories.

Full First Chance 10k results can be found HERE.


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