EXETER Harriers' top sprint hurdler Rebecca Brown warmed up for this weekend's European Trials and UK Indoor Championships by reaching the final of the 60m hurdles at the Birmingham Games at the National Indoor Arena.
Brown and fellow Harrier Rosie Chamberlain will travel to Sheffield this weekend for the invitation-only competition. Brown will compete in the 60m hurdles and Chamberlain the 800m.
Although disappointed with her times last weekend, Birmingham University student Brown was competing against some of the country's top hurdlers as they sharpen up for the European Trials and UK Championships this weekend in Sheffield.
Brown, 19, has now moved up to the under-23 age group but, as this age group is not recognised in many competitions, she was up against senior athletes.
Her time of 8.93secs gave her the third spot in her heat, with a time of 8.96secs recorded for seventh place in the final.
Another promising young hurdler is Anya Turner, who claimed second place in the under-15 60m hurdles with a new lifetime best of 9.56secs.
Turner clattered her knee on a hurdle in warm-up so all credit to the youngster for carrying on with an injury. She also recorded joint first place in the high jump with 1.45m earlier in the day.
Alec Crowter was fifth in his heat of the senior 60m in 7.46secs and was third in his 200m heat with 23.55secs.
Jack Churchill had a good competition, recording two lifetimes bests in the under-15 60m and 200m, with times of 7.69secs and 23.93secs for third place in each.
Callum Wells also did well in the same event, recording 7.60secs to win his 60m heat.
Some Exeter Harriers athletes competed at the Cardiff Indoor Open instead of travelling to Birmingham, with excellent results.
Talented all-rounder Rebecca Chapman's performance in the senior women's 60m was the highlight of the meeting. Her time of 7.89secs in winning her heat took her through to the final, where she clocked a new lifetime best of 7.76secs to take the top spot.
Chapman also took first place in the 60m hurdles in a time of 9.36secs, just fractionally outside her personal best.
Vets athlete Ian Allen had a busy day, competing in four events, with his highlight being a 60cm PB in the shot with a putt of 9.24m. Allen also claimed fourth place in the 60m hurdles with 9.34secs, won the long jump with 5.78m and a 1.75m leap in the high jump earned second place.
Jordan Finch competed well in the senior men's sprints, with second place in his 60m heat with a time of 7.36secs and 7.33secs in the final for seventh. Finch also won his 200m heat in 23.80secs but, because of the busy schedule, there was no final.
Daniel Petty claimed second place in his 200m heat in 23.80secs in the senior men's age group and second in the 400m heat with 52.45secs.
The Exeter & District Schools' runners who travelled to Bristol for the South West Schools Cross-Country Championships as part of the Devon team now have an anxious wait to see if they have been selected to compete at the English Schools Championships in South Derbyshire on March 16.
Alice Kelly of Exmouth Community College was a superb seventh in the senior girls' age group, with Stacey Ford of Exeter College 27th.
In the inter girls' age group, Izzy Kidner of The Maynard School was 10th, with Kate Vine of Sidmouth Community College 13th, Martha Ellett of Exmouth CC 18th and Katie Olding of Exeter School 21st.
Madeleine Roche of Exeter School was 19th in the gunior girls' race.
The inter boys' age group was well represented, with Matt Dowell of Clyst Vale CC eighth, Tom McShane of Isca College 14th, Oscar Petherick also of Isca College 22nd and Grey Grierson of The Kings School, Ottery, 26th.
Matt Simpson of The Kings School, Ottery, was 17th in the junior boys' age group.
The under-13 boys' race saw Tom Jeacock of Kings finish 17th, with Livy Rubbra 14th in the girls' race, Josie Bennett of Colyton Grammar 28th and Sadi Hallam also of Colyton Grammar 29th.
haldon trail runners
Three Haldon Trail Runners took part in the Dawlish aquathlon last weekend.
Angus Mentor finished fifth and first veteran in 28mins 29secs – completing the 600m swim in 9.52 and the 5k run in 18.37.
Harvey Dann was 14th overall and third vet in 29.52, with a 10.05 swim and 19.47 run, and Karen Watkins was 29th overall and second female vet in 32.33 after finishing the swim in 10.12 and the run in 22.21.