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GALLERY: Tamar Trotters’ Landers and Tavistock’s Kelly claim Plymouth Half titles

TAMAR Trotters’ Jacob Landers and Tavistock AC’s Nikki Kelly continued their good form by winning Plymouth Half Marathon titles on Sunday.

The duo had both set personal bests the week before at the Bideford 10k.

Landers was just outside his PB as he took victory in the 13.1-mile race at the Britain’s Ocean City Running Festival with a time of 1:08.58.

Second place went to Tavistock AC’s 2018 winner Ben Neale, who came home in 1:10.28.

Simon Middleton was third overall and first M45 in 1:14.03, followed by Tavistock’s Sam Larkham, James Dwyer, Tamar Trotters’ Oliver Oldfield, Plymouth Musketeers’ Ross Macdonald, Plymstock’s Graham Bale, who was first M55, and Erme Valley’s Simon Fitze.

Kelly was the dominant runner in the women’s half marathon, winning by more than six minutes. She clocked 1:21.52.

Second place went to Ellie Robinson in 1:27.57, with Cornwall AC’s Rosie Gibbson third and first F45, Storm Plymouth’s Lauren Knox fourth, Looe’s Joanne Robinson fifth and Storm’s Charlene Matthews sixth.

Once again as part of the running festival, there was also a 10k and 5k event.

Josh Benford and Alex Sharkerley claimed the 10k titles.

Benford edged out Tavistock Run Project’s Jim Cole to win the men’s crown in 32.19, with Cole 16 seconds behind.

Third place went to North Devon’s Ben Di Salvo in 33.08, with City of Plymouth’s Matthew Bradley fourth in 34.42 and Ben Doonan fifth.

Shakerley also won by 16 seconds, claiming the women’s crown in 40.45 minutes ahead of Cornwall AC’s veteran Emma Stepto. Third woman was Fleur Peoples.

Plymstock Road Runners’ Rich Shelley and City of Plymouth’s Eleanor Webster won the 5k titles.

Shelley clocked 17.43 minutes to finish ahead of new City of Plymouth youngster Ben Marriott (18.18), with fellow City of Plymouth juniors Isaac Lamerton and Daniel Salmon third and fouth and Sam Evans fifth.

Webster won the women’s crown in 20.10 minutes, ahead of Agata Obidowicz in 20.14, team-mate Molly Gilbey (21.07), Jessica Godfrey (22.11) and Lydia Herbert (23.40).

Full results of all the races can be found HERE.

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