Gilvear and Kelly lead the way at Armada Summer 5k Series returns

ERME Valley Harriers’ Matthew Gilvear and Tavistock AC’s Nikki Kelly led the way as the Armada Summer 5k Series finally returned on Wednesday evening.

The opening run of the 2023 series at Saltram House had to be postponed a week due to Storm Noa.

Teenager Gilvear produced a strong run to come home first in 17.22 minutes, with Plymouth Harriers’ Ross Penny second in 17.35 minutes and Royston’s Peter Allen third in 18.10 minutes.

Kelly was fourth overall and first woman in 18.20 minutes, with Plymstock Road Runners’ veteran Graham Bale fifth in 18.39.

Plymouth Musketeers’ Chloe Anderson was second woman in 21.45 minutes, with team-mate Sarah Robinson third in 23.21 minutes.

Kelly had also finished as first woman and taken second overall at the Tavy 5k on Saturday in time of 18.02 minutes.

Tavistock Run Project’s Jim Cole came home first in that run in a new M40 age group record of 15.45 minutes. Tavistock AC’s Grant Harvey was third overall and second man in 18.10. East Cornwall Harriers youngster Benjamin Marriott was fourth overall and third male.

Tavistock’s Sam Lake was second woman and first F40 in 19.42 minutes, with East Cornwall’s Hayley Marriott third woman.

Lake did have a good run at the Run Exe 5k on Tuesday evening, clocking 18.59 minute to finish as first F40.

Results of the Armada 5k can be found HERE

Results of the Tavy 5k can be found HERE

Results of the Run Exe 5k can be found HERE

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