Athletics


The West Country will have a new marathon in 2018 with the decision to launch an event in Somerset. The Weston-super-Mare marathon and half-marathon will be held on Sunday, March 18 and is being backed by double Olympic rowing gold medallist James Cracknell. “I started with a blank piece of paper, an inkling that Weston …

Molly Caudery spoke of her pride at being named as the youngest athlete to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia next year. The 17-year-old Cornwall AC pole vaulter from Illogan, near Redruth, will have just celebrated her 18th birthday when the Games commence in April. “I honestly can’t quite believe it!” said …

Devon and Cornwall have scooped team golds in the inaugural 2017 England Athletics South West Road Running Championships 2017 The championships were decided over two events – the Glastonbury 10k and the recent Great West Run Half Marathon in Exeter. Although Wiltshire’s men won at Glastonbury, a particularly strong showing in the half marathon clinched …

Devon took the honours on home soil at the South West Inter Counties Half Marathon Championships, which was incorporated into the Great West Run. The event attracted strong teams from the hosts plus Cornwall and Wiltshire and while Devon were far from at full strength, team manager Dave Phillips was delighted to secure both prizes. …

The Exeter Harriers’ under-13 boys’ squad have enjoyed a fantastic start to their winter season. The trio of Charlie Hague, Oliver Capps and Sam Mills followed up their win at the Midland Road Relay Championships last month with a battling fifth place in the National Relays over the same Sutton Park course in Birmingham last …

Hannah Claydon has shot to the top of the Wiltshire Rankings after smashing her personal best in the Chester marathon. The 23-year-old Swindon Harrier from Marlborough, who is coached by Taunton’s Charlotte Fisher, wiped away the nightmare of her debut in the London Marathon earlier in the year when she dipped under three hours with …

Clevedon-born former international runner James Thie has won a leading award for his work as a coach. While Thie, who was formerly a member of Westbury Harriers, still competes, it is for his work as a middle distance coach, now based in Cardiff, that he has received considerable acclaim in recent years and it has …

Sports student Katie Robbins is looking to build a career as a professional athlete after winning the Target Sprint National Final. Robbins, who won the junior women’s category, is new to Target Sprint, an international sport which combines running with shooting – running 400 metres three times and shooting five targets twice. In her first …