North Devon athletes set records in the South West League

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North Devon’s athletes triumphed in Exeter yesterday (Sunday) against tough opposition in the second fixture of the second division South West League.

North Devon Athletics Club (NDAC) achieved a total of 756 points, finishing third out of six teams behind Cornwall AC with 1005 points, and Newquay and Par AC who won with 1494 points.

A one-member team from Torridge also gained 81 points.

In 25 degree heat, NDAC’s Megan Gallagher won the 300m Hurdles in a time of 45.63 seconds to set a new league record.

Erin Silvester also set a new personal best in a fierce U17 women’s 200m, winning in a time of 26.92 seconds.

On the field, Emma Sharpe’s tireless training paid off as she won the Women’s U17 Discus with a new league record of 34.69m.

However, it was in the middle and long distance races that the bulk of the points were won.

In the U15 boys category 800m, Jack Dutton was tactically astute as he overtook his rival in the home straight to finish in a winning time of 2:09.11 for a new personal best.

Adam Leworthy also excelled in the U13 boys 800m, smashing his personal best to win in 2:27.44.

In the U15 boys 3000m, North Devon had a one-two-three finish, with Sid Baldaro taking third, Finley Ball second and Hamish James winning in the time of 10 mins and 3 secs, despite it being his first time running the distance.

Steve Choules, NDAC team manager, said: “There were many good performances from the club and we scored big points across the middle and long distance events.

“We had hopes at the start of the season of gaining promotion to Division One, but we will need a big team performance at the next match at home in Braunton and then the final fixture in Yeovil to finish in the top two.”

Sunday’s meeting means that North Devon remain third overall in the league, 1,043 points behind Cornwall AC in second.

Do you love running? All are welcome to come along to the track in Braunton on training nights and give it a try. Find out more on the club website northdevonac.org

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