10 May

Brooks Flows Through Ivybridge

Donald and Mel Brooks

GB international triathlete Donald Brooks (Maverick Runners) left his bike and wetsuit at home to win the Erme Valley Harriers Ivybridge 10K on Saturday evening (6 May). Brooks ran 34:28 to ace a field of nearly 800 runners for his first win in a purely running event and his wife, Mel, took the W40 prize to cap a good morning for the Brooks couple. 

Donald Brooks won the silver medal in the M35-39 age group European Triathlon Championships in Lisbon twelve months ago, finishing with a 34:04 10k run. 
The Ivybridge 10K course in South Hams, Devon is a tough proposition with a notoriously steep climb between Bittaford and Moorhaven after the first mile.
Brooks used this hill to test the opposition and, having broken clear of the pack, maintained pace to cross the line at Ivybridge Rugby Club some 25 seconds clear of David Hampton (South Devon, 34:53), with M50 master Simon Anderson (City of Plymouth, 35:14) third.
Despite the early hill this is a quick course with the second half predominantly downhill. Just under 40 athletes went inside 40 minutes, including the leading women Charlie Arnell (Torbay, 38:45) and Cleo Perry (39:51) from host club Erme Valley Harriers. Ellie Dominey (South West Road Runners, 40:17) was just outside that threshold in third place.
With Cleo Perry (W40) taking an individual award, the over-40 prize went to Melanie Brooks (pictured with husband Donald).
John Selwood (M50 Plymouth Harriers, 54:46) marked the halfway point and the Harriers also completed the finishers with a group of four on 1hr45min.
Full race details and results are on the runABC South race listings page.
Photo courtesy Maverick Runners