Sunday 9th July saw four junior’s athletics clubs, based in South Devon, meet at Churston Ferrers Grammar School, to compete for the annual Pearson Cup athletics competition, contested by boys and girls in the under 10, 11 and 13 age categories. South Devon Athletic Club, based at the school, hosted the event on a glorious hot sunny day, and were joined in competition with athletes from Dartmouth AC, Newton Abbot AC and Torbay AC – 109 junior athletes in total taking part.
The South Devon team was well represented by 35 junior athletes, competing in a range of sprint and middle-distance races, long jump, high jump, shot put and vortex throw.
Competition was tight throughout the day with South Devon AC taking an early lead. By early afternoon Torbay AC had taken over the lead by a small margin over South Devon, but there were many points still up grabs, with the sprint relays finishing off the day's competition.
South Devon AC acquitted itself extremely well, and enjoyed a very successful 2nd place overall, with Torbay AC taking 1st and Newton Abbot and Dartmouth clubs in 3rd and 4th respectively. The final points tallies were; Torbay AC 346, South Devon AC 303, Newton Abbot AC 264, and Dartmouth AC 137.
Notable performances for the South Devon AC team were provided with the following gold, silver and bronze medals –
Under 10 girls; Indie Pedrick Long Jump Gold; Rosie Campbell Vortex Throw Silver; Heidi Walker Long Jump Bronze.
Under 10 boys; Ben Hardwick 600m Track Silver; Harry Clayton 75m Sprint Silver & Long Jump Bronze; 4 x 75m Relay Gold – William Lugg, Luke Le Huray, Ben Hardwick & Harry Clayton.
Under 11 girls; Evie Rowe Long Jump Gold & Vortex Throw Gold; Hannah Carr 600m Track Gold & Long Jump Silver; Mia Taylor High Jump Silver (=) =)& 75m Sprint Bronze; Bethany Maer High Jump Silver (=); Maddy Brugge Long Jump Bronze.
Under 11 boys; Tom Hart Vortex Throw Silver; Alfie Harris High Jump Bronze & Vortex Throw Bronze.
Under 13 girls; Holly Langdon Shot Put Bronze.
Under 13 boys; Matt Langdon Shot Put Gold; George Jackson Greenham Shot Put Silver; Toby Singh Shot Put Bronze.
South Devon AC’s thanks, is extended to all the competing clubs, athletes, parents, coaches and volunteer helpers, for their generous support of the day’s events, and help in making it a memorable success.