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GALLERY: Shorey, Baker and Jackman win at final Westward Cross Country League meeting, while Ezra-Ham stars at Bideford Half

CITY of Plymouth’s Molly Shorey and Jazz Jackman and Tavistock’s Fynn Baker were among the winners at the final Westward Cross Country League meeting of the season at Redruth on Sunday.

In good conditions, Shorey stormed to victory in the under-17 girls’ race to take the overall series title.

She finished 24 seconds ahead of her club team-mate Holly Reid, who came second on the day and also second in the series.

East Cornwall’s Georgie Gilbert had a good run at Redruth to finish as fourth under-17 girl, with City of Plymouth’s Molly Gilbey fifth and Tavistock’s Freya Page sixth. Gilbey took bronze overall in the series.

Newquay Road Runners and Exeter University dominated the final senior women’s race, but City of Plymouth’s Hannah Blair did win the overall series title and her club did take second team in the series, while Tavistock AC were second women’s team in the veterans category.

Armada athletes did also scoop a host of series medals in the senior women’s age group categories.

Plymouth Harriers’ Laura Goodspeed was first F35, with club colleague Nicola Noble third. Tavistock’s Samantha Lake took the F40 title, ahead of team-mate Alison Bigham, while fellow Tavistock athletes Jo Meek and Jenny Jeaves won the F45 and F55 crowns respectively. East Cornwall Harriers’ Sharon Daw was second F55, with Tavistock’s Caroline Stevens third.

Tavistock’s Fynn Baker claimed his second league win of the season at Redruth with a seven-second victory in the under-15 boys’ race.

His club colleagues Connor Duffin (6th), Noah Reid (7th) and Caleb Gifford-Groves (9th) all came in the top 10 as Tavistock took team gold in the series.

City of Plymouth’s Isaac Lamerton took the overall under-15 series title.

Meanwhile, Jazz Jackman continued her domination of the under-11 girls’ category with another victory at Redruth to easily win series gold.

Her team-mate Jess Gardiner was second on Sunday, with fellow City of Plymouth athletes Tilly Day and Margot Goodspeed fifth and sixth, respectively.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Matthew Gilvear continued his good battle with Newquay & Par’s Blake Williams in the under-17 boys’ race.

Williams took victory at Redruth with Gilvear taking second place. Both athletes had claimed two league wins and two top three placings, but Williams just claimed the overall title by just one single point.

Gilvear’s Erme Valley team-mate Charlie Milward was fourth overall in the series after a sixth-placed finish on Sunday.

Tavistock AC showed their strength in depth at under-13 girls’ level with two athletes in the top four at Redruth and by claiming second and third in the series team competition.

Zoe Bigham took second place on Sunday, with City of Plymouth’s Elsie Goodspeed third and Tavistock’s Lamorna Cox fourth and third in the series.

Another Tavistock athlete to claim a top three finish at Redruth was Anya McAulay, who came third in the under-15 girls’ race, with Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell fifth.

There was also a third place finish for City of Plymouth’s Finley Eales in the under-11 boys’ race. He was also third in the series.

Tavistock’s Tristan Bigham was fifth in the under-11 race on Sunday, with City of Plymouth’s Lucas Sweeney and Sebastian Travers seventh and ninth, respectively.

In the under-13 boys’ race, City of Plymouth’s Daniel Salmon was fourth on Sunday and came third in the series, with East Cornwall’s Eldon Young fifth at the weekend and City of Plymouth’s Freddie Blight sixth. Tavistock took silver in the series team event, with City of Pymouth third.

The senior men’s race on Sunday was dominated by Cornwall and Exeter athletes, with Sam Goodchild taking victory.

Plymouth Harriers’ Johnny Gilby did not run at Redruth, but he did take the series M40 title, while Tavistock’s Martin Exley-Deane claimed the M60 series crown.

Full results can be found HERE (gallery of pictures at the bottom of this page).

Meanwhile, there was an outstanding run by Tamar Trotters’ Bex Ezra-Ham to win the Bideford Half Marathon on Sunday.

Ezra-Ham smashed her personal best to take victory with a 1:17.41 run, which ranks her in the UK’s top 20.

However, not far behind was Erme Valley Harriers’ Alison McEwing, who took third place and first F35 in 1:19.01. That time was just one second slower than she had run at January’s Farnborough Winter Half Marathon. She is ranked in the UK’s top 30 and is fourth F35.

Tavistock’s Alan Heardman moved into the UK’s top three M70 rankings for the half marathon with a 1:34.43 run at Bideford to win his category.

Tamar Trotters’ Jacob Landers set a new PB of 1:08.31 as he took fourth place on Sunday, with his team-mate Oliver Oldfield 12th and Tavistock’s Sam Larkham 13th. Plymouth Harriers’ Steve Hill took third in the V45 category with a 1:17.58 run.

Full results from Bideford can be found HERE.

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