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Three golds in track and field

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

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ATHLETICS

THREE athletes from North Devon clubs won gold medals at the South West Veterans Track and Field Championships in Exeter.

John Shapland, of Bideford AAC, set a championship record at 5,000m, winning the M60 race in 17mins 59secs. That result completed a double after he had won the 1,500m title in 5-06.51.

In the same age category, Ian Snow, of Torrington AAC, won the 300m hurdles in 59.13 and the 2,000m steeplechase in 8-42.50. He took silver in the 800m in a time of 2-46.89.

Marilyn Blair, of Torrington AAC, is a South West champion over 5,000m after winning the women's over-50 category in 21-10.74.

She claimed three medals overall with silver in the 1,500m in 6-07.46 and bronze over 3,000m in 12-33.59.

The 3,000m race was won by former Bideford athlete Cathy Newman, of Exmouth Harriers, in a championship record of 10-49.70.

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