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15 Year Old Smart Smashes Tavy 5K Record

15 Year Old Smart Smashes Tavy 5K Record

Ben Neale 33 and Oliver Smart 15 at 5kool Feb 2019

Tavistock Run Project’s Oliver Smart continued his great season with an impressive performance at this month’s Tavy 5K. A closely fought race between Smart, and his club team mate Ben Neale, saw Smart edge out in the final 400m to take the win and achieve a new course record of 15m38s. Neale followed in a close second achieving a fantastic PB.

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Good Day at the Races for TRP

Last Sunday saw the penultimate race in the Charles Stanley Westward Cross Country League held at Stover School Newton Abbott.
Strong winds and squally showers made for tough running conditions. However the challenging course saw some exciting racing.
Oliver Smart continued his dominance in the Under 17 category with another emphatic victory to remain undefeated in all races this season.
In the senior ladies race Rachael Malthouse once again led home the TRP team in 14 th position supported as always by Jennifer Sabine in 23rd and Emma Dooney in63rd. They have Ben stalwarts for the club in this first season of competition.
The final race of the day was the senior men and this was hotly contested as always.The TRP team packed strongly to win the team event and elevate themselves to second overall behind Cornwall AC with one race to go.
Individually Ben Neale led the team home in5th place closely persued by Jim Cole (6th) and JordanAndrews (7th).Completing the team was Chris Rimmer(14th) and Ed Smart(16th).This Group were supported by Craig Howels(54th)Lewis Mill(58th)and Matt Teague(64th).
This was an excellent performance with the Senior Men recording the best team performance of the season.

Other results saw Corin Russel Run 1hr 42min at the Exeter half marathon on Saturday in his first race in TRP colours.

A date for your diary. On Sunday May 6th TRP will be staging their first race of the year, the Peter Tavy Trailblazer. A 5 mile off road run starting in the Village. For details checkout the TRP website

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Smart Scorches the Trails

The weather decimated the racing programme over the weekend and TRP runners were left to eke out some training miles.

One race to fall foul of the weather was the SW Schools Cross Country Championships at Bath racecourse where the organisers deemed it unfit for competition.

TRP had three runners taking part with high aspirations.

One of those, Oliver Smart who was favoured to figure prominently decided to have a run out on Saturday at the Tamar Trails Parkrun where he produced the second fastest recorded time over the course in unfavourable conditions coming home in 16:18 secs with a winning margin of over 3minutes.

Ollie and his coach Dave Chanter are now focussing on the England Schools Cross Country being held at Leeds on March 16th where he hopes to medal. Following that he will challenge for the London Mini Marathon over 3miles before moving down to the 1500 on the track.

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TRP Take to the Country

Last Sunday saw the 4th edition of the Charles Stanley Westward League Cross Country fixtures and athletes made the long journey to Westward Ho!
As in previous years numbers were generally down for this fixture but as always TRP were well represented with competitive teams in Both the senior men’s and ladies events.

A somewhat bleak landscape with a blustery wind whipping in from the sea provided an extra challenge for the runners however the TRP athletes made light of the conditions first in the senior ladies race where Rachael Malthouse led home the trio supported by Jennie Sabine and Emma Dooney for another excellent showing.

Later in the day, though somewhat depleted Jim Cole and Ben Neale figured strongly at the sharp end of the race supported by a resurgent Chris Rimmer and good showings from Brett Bassett and Lewis Mill.
It’s been an exciting first season for the club and many are taking note of its emergence as a power in the local running scene.
TRP meet twice a week for coaches sessions and if anyone would like to be a part of the experience they have the opportunity to join from January to March for just £25. You are assured a friendly welcome

Photos courtesy of Adam Holland

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TRP’s Smart wins South West Champs

Tavistock Run Projects precocious 15 year old Oliver Smart won the SW Inter Counties under 17 cross country title at Yeovil last Sunday.

On a hilly course the TRP junior showed maturity beyond his years as he sat off the ferocious early pace before moving to the front and applying pressure to break his opponents and move away for the win. Remaining undefeated throughout the winter Oliver will now set his sights on the English Schools cross country in March.

With an unprecedented 7 athletes from TRP selected to represent Devon across the events the club had a strong presence in the senior men’s event. Denied the services of Jim Cole and Ben Neale, the club still managed to finish 4th overall, led home by Jordan Andrews in 22nd place and supported by Chris Rimmer, Ed Smart (10th U 20), Jordan Channon and Charlie Gibbard (19th U 20).
Sadly illness forced the late withdrawal of Rachael Malthouse from the ladies race.

Once again TRP proved to be arguably the top club in the area reflecting on the culture they have built by working together on training nights.

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TRP in Telford

On the weekend of the 8th/9th of December saw Tavistock Run Project athletes make the trip to the Midlands to take part in the prestigious Telford 10k, and were rewarded with fast times and PB’s

In a high quality race on what is renowned as a fast course Jim Cole led home the team in a time of 31:26 to consolidate his recent good form. He was followed home by Jordan Andrews, Ben Neale and Jordan Channon. Sam Hortop was next to cross the line recording a new pb and was closely followed by Crispin Chambers who figured highly in the vet 55 category with a sub 40 minute clocking. In the ladies race Rachael Malthouse ran another solid race indicating a breakthrough performance on the horizon, while Emma Dooney ran superbly to demolish her pb by more than a minute.

This was another excellent showing from TRP who are turning heads on the road and the country during the winter months


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TRP at Devon X Country Championships – 2018

Success in Exeter

To celebrate their 1st anniversary Tavistock Run Project had a strong presence at the Devon X Country Championships at Exeter Arena last Sunday.

The first race saw the under 17 men and women combined with the senior ladies over a 5km course. TRPs Oliver Smart was once again the class of the field. Despite a recent injury which had curtailed his training he put in a dominant display to win the gold medal as county champion. The senior ladies race was a hard fought contest and unofficial results suggest TRPs Rachael Malthouse took overall bronze, and was well supported by Jenny Sabine and Emma Dooney.

Next up was the Girls under 13s and Holly Cole proved a chip off the block with strong run to place 22nd.

The final race of the afternoon saw the under 20 and senior men battle it out over tough 4 laps. This proved to be a great battle with Phil Norman eventually taking the title over Ronnie Richmond with Tom Merson taking bronze. TRP runners Jim Cole and Ben Neale took 6th and 7th respectively with Jordan Andrews cementing a strong top three runners. Great support from Ed Smart who himself has secured a place in the Devon U 20 team, Jordan Channing and Brett Bassett has put TRP in contention for a team podium finish. To show their strength in depth Sam Horton, Charlie Gibbard, Lewis Mill, Craig Howells Steve Watson and Chris Rimmer constituted a strong sextet that many clubs would love to possess.

The performance once more confirms that TRP are a major player in the running scene.