TAVISTOCK Athletic Club hosted a highly successful Tavistock Town Relays on Thursday evening as part of Carnival Week and in aid of the Lions Club Charities. Glorious conditions set the scene for a record-breaking event. Once again sponsored by local business Abbey Garden Machinery, the relays had something for the fun and serious runners alike. More than 100 youngsters, parents, brothers, sisters and even grandparents covered the approx 1.1 mile distance fun run through the Meadows and Benson?s Meadow - the largest entry in the run?s history. Top Ten Finishers were: Cameron Carpenter-White, Reece Worth, Kati Cox, Liam Bryant, Ollie Tugwell, Rhys Merriott, Aiden Bryant, Corey Hancock, Jordan Smith, Samuel Lloyd. The main Relay Races were contested over 4 laps of the same course. In the Junior Relay, the field was boosted by a large turnout from the primary schools in the local West Devon area. The most successful was Whitchurch, taking first in the under 12 Girls? category (Sarah Hornby, Fran Kelly, Laura Brown and Meg McCormick) and second in the under 12 Boys. First team home were an under 14 boys team, Tavistock Terrors who fought a close battle with the under 14 boys of East Cornwall Harriers and an under 16 boys team from Tavistock College until the final leg where in-form Nick Champion gave his team victory by 11 seconds. Junior Category Winners: U12 Girls: Whitchurch School (S Hornby, F Kelly, L Brown and M McCormick). U12 Boys: East Cornwall Harriers (C Crowle, A Tamblyn, J England, J Coles). U14 Girls: Eggbuckland CC (C Dram, S Lee, L Eason, A Armstrong). U14 Boys: Tavistock Terrors (S Straughan, B Brown, C Warren, N Champion). U16 Girls: Tavistock AC (L Aspen, C Smith, K Cox, C Herdman). U16 Boys: Tavistock College ( J Evans, O Drage, M McNamara-Waddington, S Straughan). In the Senior race, Tamar Trotters of Saltash came seeking revenge for their narrow 2 second defeat by Tavistock in last week?s Erme Valley Relay. Despite a strong showing, particularly from Michael Wilsmore who ran the 1.1 mile course in 4:59, Tavistock A C once again proved too strong on their home course, winning by 15 seconds from Trotters with Plymouth Harriers taking 3rd spot. As well as taking top spot for the 3rd successive year, the Tavistock A C quartet of Chris Champion, Ross Shaddick, Jim Cole and Adam Holland lowered last year?s course record from 20:58 to 20:46. Jim Cole ran the fastest leg of the event in an impressive 4:58. The Senior Ladies produced the most exciting category with Rebecca Mudd from Launceston Road Runners and Charlotte Thomas of Tamar Trotters finishing in identical times of 26:09 to share first place with Plymouth Harriers third. In the Veterans? Categories, South West Roadrunners went one better than last year, winning from Plymouth Harriers and East Cornwall Harriers. The Ladies was easily taken by East Cornwall Harriers with teams in the top 2 positions. In the local Sporting Clubs Categories, Tavistock Football Club fielded 6 teams, the best of which finished 10th overall in 24:39. Tavistock Hockey Club again took the Ladies trophy, defeating a team from Tamar Gig Rowing Club. In the local non-sporting category Capita Business Systems won from Chelfam School. Continuing his winning streak, on Sunday Jim Cole went on to record his first major race victory on the local circuit . Running in the gruelling Haytor Heller 6 mile race in South Devon, over a course with practically no flat ground, the Tavistock AC athlete tracked multiple winner Neil Holmes until the final ascent of Haytor where he surged past and pulled a 10 second gap which he maintained until the finish. It was just reward for Cole, who has improved all season, recording second places on a number of occasions before this.
Largest entry in event?s history
Wednesday 19th July 2006 10:00 pm