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Father runs marathon for stillborn baby daughter

Stephen Hunt is running for his daughter Tallulah Credit: ITV West Country

As runners all over the country prepare to run the London Marathon tomorrow, a bereaved father from Devon tells us why this year's race means more to him than just getting a good time.

Stephen Hunt from Exeter is running for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands - which supported him after his daughter Tallulah was stillborn in 2011.

Stephen, who has already raised funds for the charity by completing the Great West Run in 2014, is hoping to reach his target of £2,500 with this 26.2 mile run.

Ever since we collected donations for Sands at Tallulah's funeral, the London Marathon is something that I have wanted to take on, in memory of my daughter, and now's the time. Sands is the only charity I would do this for.

– Stephen Hunt

Very first Rugby World Cup mascot is chosen

Archie Bryan was surprised with the news by Henry Slade from the Chiefs

The very first Rugby World Cup mascot has been unveiled - and he's from the West Country.

Archie Bryan, from Yealmpton was chosen after entering a competition in which he sung the national anthem and offered words of advice to the England team.

He was given the good news by Exeter Chiefs players Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade at Sandy Park, which will host three matches during the tournament later this year.


Student hopes to raise money for RNLI by running the Marathon in memory of her brother

A 25-year-old from Devon is running the London Marathon this weekend for the RNLI in memory of her older brother.

James Stott had an epileptic fit in the water while he was surfing off Watergate Bay in Newquay in 2006. He was pulled to the beach by two surfers where the RNLI attempted to resuscitate him before he was air-lifted to Truro Hospital.

Emily Stott is running the marathon in memory of her brother

Emily, from Stoke Gabriel, is now running the 26.2 miles as a thank you, and says the RNLI kept her brother alive on a ventilator while his family rushed to his side.

Emily is running in memory of her brother James

If it was not for the RNLI, I would have never have had the opportunity to spend time with him before the ventilator was switched off. The RNLI gave me and my family three days to spend with James and that to me is invaluable and time that I will eternally treasure.

– Emily Stott

She's hoping to raise £14,000 to put towards saving more lives for the RNLI to purchase a Rescue Watercraft (RWC), and name it Jimmi II.

Latest woe for Torquay United players

More players have been let go by Torquay United Credit: ITV News

Torquay United striker Elliot Benyon and right-back Dale Tonge are the latest players to be told they won't be offered a new contract next year.

The news from manager Chris Hargreaves follows the departure of young centre-forward Duane Ofori-Acheampong earlier this week.

The rest of the Gulls' squad are not expected to hear about their fate until after the final game of the season tomorrow, at home to Macclesfield Town.

West Country war veterans aim for world title

The team compete in the World Pilot Gig Racing Championships next month Credit: ITV West Country

A team of injured war veterans from the West Country have set their sights on the World Pilot Gig Racing Championships.

The six-strong crew are all being rehabilitated at Plymouth's Help for Heroes Recovery Centre. They've only competed in one race so far but they have high hopes for the competition off the Isles of Scilly next month.


Chiefs miss out on European Challenge Cup Final

Exeter Chiefs' Henry Slade kicks a penalty. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Exeter Chiefs have been beaten 30-19 by Gloucester in the European Challenge Cup semi-final.

Billy Meakes and Tom Savage crossed for the Cherry and Whites, and although Elvis Taione pulled one back for the Chiefs in the 76th minute, Jonny May immediately restored Gloucester's advantage.

Argyle and Grecians' play-off hopes dented

Today's local football results.

Plymouth Argyle's hopes of securing a play-off spot have suffered a setback. The Pilgrims lost 2-0 at Carlisle this afternoon, which guarantees the Cumbrians their League Two survival. Argyle occupy the final play-off place, but only on goal difference after Luton beat Hartlepool.

Exeter City's play-off ambitions look to be over after losing 1-0 at home to Southend. The visitors scored their winner in the final minute. The Grecians slip to 11th, 4 points behind Argyle.

In League One, already-relegated Yeovil won 1-0 at Swindon. James Berrett scored the only goal, to maintain Paul Sturrock's unbeaten start as Glovers manager.

And Torquay United won 2-0 at Halifax in the Conference, thanks to goals from John Campbell and Kadell Daniel.

Plymouth Albion relegated to National One

Plymouth Albion have been relegated after losing 29-0 at Moseley.

Plymouth Albion have been relegated from the Championship after losing at fellow strugglers Moseley.

Albion needed a win to have any hope of staying up, but a disappointing 29-0 defeat means they'll be playing in National One next season for the first time in 13 years.

Elsewhere, Cornish Pirates were thrashed 69-8 at home by promotion-chasing Worcester.

Torquay United confirms it is in formal discussions to sell the club

Thea Bristow has confirmed she is in formal talks to sell her share of the club Credit: ITV News

Thea Bristow has confirmed she is in formal talks to sell her share of the club.

Torquay United made the announcement following last night's 1-0 win against Lincoln City.

The club says they will not comment further until contracts have been exchanged.

There has been a lot of hard work to get to this point, and I travel hopefully that we will be able to conclude this deal.

It is a big decision to announce at this point, but we all know the way that football works and it is very difficult to keep anything under wraps once a few people know, so I felt it was important to inform you all of this milestone myself. That way you know that the work is continuing to find a solution.

It is safe to say that this does not mean we are over the line yet, but it is a major step in the right direction. I am also really pleased that the last few results have been positive and I look forward to the final two games of this season.

– Thea Bristow
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