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GALLERY: Tavistock AC impress at annual Erme Valley Relays

TAVISTOCK AC impressed at the annual Erme Valley Relays on Friday night at Ivybridge.

The club won both the men’s and women’s events and also triumphed in the F45 category.

Despite a raining evening, some 89 teams of four took part in the relays, which see each athlete run two-and-a-half miles.

Tavistock’s men’s team held off the challenge of previous winners Exmouth Harriers.

The quartet of Ben Neale, Hayden Bond, Alistair Peers and Sam Larkham came home in an overall time of 54.13 minutes.

That was more than a minute ahead of Exmouth Harriers’, who clocked 55.16 minutes to take second place thanks to a strong final leg by Tom Merson.

Third place went to Teignmouth Trotters in 56.41 minutes.

Fourth team overall, and the under-18 winners, were Erme Valley Harriers’ U18s of Matthew Gilvear, Thomas Carter, Charlie Milward and Luke Hayes. They clocked 57.18, with City of Plymouth U18s just behind them in 57.24. Plymouth’s junior team were Finley Squires, Jacob Robinson, Douglas Richardson and Isaac Lamerton.

Tavistock AC dominated the women’s race, winning by nearly three minutes. Their quartet of Nikki Kelly, Miley Lake, Sam Lake and Charlotte Walker came home in 62.41 minutes. Kelly ran the fastest leg by a female with a 14.10 minute split, with Walker the second fastest with 14.57.

Second female team overall, and first under-18, were City of Plymouth Young Ladies, which was made up of Elsie Goodspeed, Abbie Chapman, Isabella May and Holly Reid, who ran the third fastest leg by a female.

East Cornwall Harriers Swifts were third female team overall and second senior side. Their runners were Lisa Picton, Ashley Elliott, Revis Crowle and Helen Morse.

Teignbridge Trotters had the first mixed team, while East Cornwall Harriers Falcons were first F35 and Tavistock Talkers the first F45. South West Road Runners dominated the men’s veteran team prizes.

Tamar Trotters’ Jacob Landers ran the quickest leg of the night, clocking 12.25 minutes, with Exmouth’s Tom Merson second (12.33) and Tavistock’s Ben Neale third (12.35).

Full team results can be found HERE


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