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GALLERY: Region’s athletes impress at Central Park Westward Cross Country League meeting

Holly Reid, Nikki Kelly, Matthew Gilvear, Isaac Lamerton and Jazz Jackman were all among the winners at the penultimate Westward Cross Country League meeting at Plymouth’s Central Park on Sunday.

After impressing for Cornwall last weekend at the South West Schools’ Championships, City of Plymouth athlete Holly Reid produced another strong run to win the joint under-17 girls and senior women’s race.

She finished more than three minutes ahead of the next under-17 athlete.

East Cornwall Harriers’ Georgie Gilbert was third under-17 girl, with City of Plymouth’s Phoebe Timson fourth and Tavistock’s Hannah Walker sixth.

Tavistock’s Nikki Kelly finished second overall to Reid, but won the senior women’s race.

Her club colleague Jo Meek was third senior and first F45, while City of Plymouth’s Hannah Blair was fifth senior and Sam Lake (Tavistock) was eighth and first F40.

The under-17 boys also ran with the under-17 girls and senior women and Erme Valley Harriers’ Matthew Gilvear claimed his second race win of the series with a powerful run. His club colleague Charlie Milward also had a good run, finishing third.

City of Plymouth’s Isaac Lamerton also claimed another race victory in the under-15 age group. He took the honours by 15 seconds at Central Park ahead of North Devon’s Christopher Oliveria.

City of Plymouth’s Douglas Richardson was seventh in the same race, while East Cornwall’s Ben Marriott and Tavistock’s Ruben Sebag-Montefiore were also in the top 10.

City of Plymouth’s Jackman continued her dominance in the under-11 girls’ category. She stormed to victory in sunny conditions on Sunday by 23 seconds.

Her club team-mate Jenni Merrifield was third, Tavistock’s Mary Brogden fourth, Tilly Day (City of Plymouth) fifth, Margot Goodspeed (City of Plymouth) seventh, Fearne Brogden (Tavistock) ninth and Ruby Shattock (City of Plymouth) 10th.

Tavistock AC’s Thomas Hennessey, fresh from winning the minor boys’ title at the South West Schools’ Cross Country Championships, finished third in the under-13 boys’ race on Sunday. He enjoyed a good battle with North Devon’s Stanley Smith and Cornwall AC’s Joshua Peters at the front of the field.

In the same event, City of Plymouth’s Daniel Salmon was fifth, while Tavistock’s Freddie Whybrow (7th) and City of Plymouth’s Freddie Bright (8th) were also in the top 10.

City of Plymouth’s Finley Eales continued his consistent form in the under-11 boys’ category by finishing second on Sunday, with team-mate Lucas Sweeney just five seconds behind in third. Tavistock’s Tristan Bigham also made the top 10 in that race.

Elsie Goodspeed (City of Plymouth) had a good run to finish third in the under-13 girls’ race, with Tavistock’s Lamorna Cox fourth and Zoe Bigham sixth.

In the under-15 girls’ event, City of Plymouth’s Madeleine Jones was fourth and Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell was fifth.

The senior men’s race was dominated by Exeter-based athletes, but there was another good run by Plymouth University’s Zechariah Cohen, who came seventh, while Tavistock Run Project’s Chris Rimmer was 12th.

The final event in the series will be held at Redruth on March 5.

Full results from Sunday’s Plymouth event can be found HERE.

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