Weir siblings secure another county double
THERE was another family double for David and Victoria Weir at the Devon Schools' Cross Country Championships, which this year were held at Central Park in Plymouth.
In December the pair had both triumphed at the Devon AA Championships at Exeter and they matched that achievement at the weekend in their own city.
Victoria, running for Plymstock School, won the intermediate girls' race by 17 seconds.
She triumphed over the muddy course in a time of 16.08 with her Plymouth Athletics Club team-mate Emily Ackford (Plymouth College) finishing second in 16.25.
Fellow Plymouth College and Plymouth AC runner Poppy Tank came third in 16.48.
David claimed victory in the senior boys' race, finishing eight seconds ahead of Ivybridge Community College's Luke Honey, who is his club team-mate.
Devonport High School's James Best finished fourth in that race
There was a victory for Devonport High School for Girls' Emily Alfield in the junior event.
She finished four seconds in front of Kelly College's Sian Temple, with Plymouth College's Karenze Bryson fourth.
Kelly College, Plymouth College and Ivybridge Community College did all claim one win each as Plymouth & West Devon dominated the boys' races.
Lachlan Fulton of Kelly was a clear winner in the minor boys' race. He came home in a time of 11.13, which was 25 seconds in front of the second-placed runner, which was Ilfracombe's Miles Rees.
Frankie Alred triumphed in the junior boys' event. He was 14 seconds in front of Kings School's Matt Simpson.
And Plymouth & West Devon boys continued their good form in the intermediate event with Ivybridge Community College's Will Battershall producing a truly dominant run to win by more than half-a-minute.
The leading athletes will now all turn their attentions to the South West Schools' Championships on February 2 in Avon and the English Schools' Championships in Derbyshire on March 16.
Minor Girls: 1 Holly Martin (Holsworthy) 9.51, 2 Erin Silvester (Park) 10.02, 3 Amy Smart (South Dartmoor) 10.04, 4 Megan Webber (TGGS) 10.10, 5 Adelle Murie (Ivybridge) 10.17, 6 Livy Rubbra (Okehampton) 10.21, 7 Anna Downs (Chulmleigh) 10.25, 8 Olivia Sayer (Park) 10.26.
Junior Girls: 1 Emily Alfield (DHSG) 11.36, 2 Sian Temple (Kelly) 11.41, 3 Martika Gallagher (Park) 11.43, 4 Karenze Bryson (Plymouth College) 11.54, 5 Phoebe Killen (Uffculme) 11.57, 6 Evie-May Banbury (Shebbear) 12.00, 7 Annabelle Heath (West Buckland) 12.03, 8 Madeline Roache (Exeter School) 12.05
Intermediate Girls: 1 Victoria Weir (Plymstock C) 16.08, 2 Emily Ackford (Plymouth College) 16.25, 3 Poppy Tank (Plymouth College) 16.48, 4 Izzy Kidner (The Maynard) 16.49, 5 Kate Vine (Sidmouth) 17.27, 6 Dani Jewell (Bideford) 17.36, 7 Martha Ellett (Exmouth) 18.03, 8 Zoe Kuyken (Colyton) 18.05
Senior Girls: 1 Rosie Chamberlian (Exeter C) 16.47, 2 Lucy Campbel (Petroc) 17.07, 3 Alice Kelly (Exmouth) 18.12, 4 Ellen Riis-White (Kelly College) 18.30, 5 Laura Worthington (West Buckland) 20.14, 6 Jessica Bennett (Petroc) 20.18, 7 Stacey Ford (Exeter C) 20.31, 8 Lilly Battershill (Ivybridge CC) 21.14
Minor Boys: 1 Lachlan Fulton (Kelly) 11.13, 2 Miles Rees (Ilfracombe) 11.38, 3 Tom Jeacock (Kings), 4 Kai Croft (Lipson) 11.42, 5 Andrew Doran (TBGS) 11.46, 6 Lewis Eason (St Boniface) 12.01, 7 Rhodri Williams (St Peter's) 12.03, 8 Travis Menhenick (Eggbuckland) 12.04
Junior Boys: 1 Frankie Alred (Plymouth College) 15.13, 2 Matt Simpson (Kings) 15.27, 3 Cameron Tapp (Tiverton) 15.36, 4 Nathan Brown (Ivybridge) 15.41, 5 Tom Blackford (DHSB) 15.49, 6 Robbie Nielsen (Kelly College) 15.56, 7 John Morgan (West Buckland) 16.19, 8 Joe Hallam (Hele's) 16.22
Intermediate Boys: 1 Will Battershall (Ivybridge) 18.57, 2 Matthew Dowell (CVCC) 19.33, 3 Ned Oliver (Holsworthy) 19.35, 4 Scott Braunton (Bideford) 19.37, 5 Sam Leary (Hele's) 19.41, 6 Oscar Petherick (ISCA) 19.46, 7 Callum Hall (Hele's) 19.49, 8 Grey Grierson (King) 19.51
Senior Boys: 1 David Weir (Plymstock) 23.58, 2 Luke Honey (Ivybridge) 24.06, 3 Harrison Baker (Exeter C) 24.18, 4 James Best (DHSB) 24.24, 5 Mike Gaunt (Petroc) 24.45, 6 Matt Bull (Petroc) 24.59, 7 Josh Carnell (Kelly) 8 James Smith (Ivybridge) 25.59