THERE was disappointment for the three Exeter Harriers athletes who competed at the UK Senior Championships & European Indoor Trials at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
Stepping up to national senior competition Rebecca Chapman, 20, Rebecca Brown, 19 and Rosie Chamberlain, 17, gained valuable experience competing with some of the top names in the sport but ultimately fell short of what was required.
Former English Schools long-jump champion Chapman was competing in her specialist event with her best jump of 5.61m recorded in the second round. Looking for a good third round jump to hopefully place her in the top eight competitors to qualify for a further three jumps, Chapman failed to make any further headway.
Brown was disappointed with her time of 8.89secs in the heats of the 60m hurdles. The English Schools silver medallist will next race at the BUCS Championships.
Chamberlain was fifth in her 800m heat with a time of 2mins 12.67secs. Being the only under-20 athlete in her race, it was always going to be tough. Her time places her fifth in this year's UK under-20 rankings as she prepares for the National Indoor under-20 Championships, where she will again contest the 800m.
Rob Grew continued his countdown to the European Vets Indoor Championships in San Sebastiàn, Spain, in six weeks' time with another season's best performance in the 400m at the Midland Indoor Championships.
Grew, who competes in the over-50 age group, clocked 54.91secs for sixth place in his heat of the senior men's race.
Ian Allen, also aiming to peak in San Sebastiàn in the over-45 age group, recorded a couple of season's bests with 25.03secs for fourth place in his 200m heat and 9.26secs in the 60m hurdles. He ran the 60m in 7.89secs.
Richard Scott won his heat of the 800m in 2.01.49 and was fourth in the final with a season's best 1.58.24.
Dan Petty was third in his under-20s 400m heat and Dominic Allen was third in the under-17 shot putt with 10.19m and eighth in the 60m in 8.02secs.
Sam Dove was second in the under-15 60m hurdles in 10.23secs and fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 1.50m.
Callum Wells was third in the under-15 60m in 7.60secs, having won his heat in 7.59secs.
Aggie Purser-Mountford was fourth in the junior quadrathlon after clocking 9.12secs in the 60m, clearing 1.31m in the high jump, a long jump of 3.95m and throwing 4.85m in the shot putt for a score of 1,192 points.
James Denne led the Harriers home in the fifth fixture of the Westward Cross-Country League at Bovey Tracey.
He was second in 35mins 27secs, with Josh Trigwell fifth in 36.32 and Howard Bailey 17th in 38.16.
Simon Minting was 21st in 38.55, David Wilkinson 22nd in 38.57, Adam Stobbs 29th in 39.40 and James Haskill 40th in 41.28.
The under-15 boys again dominated their age group. Tom McShane won in 12.33, with Archie Stoneman second in 12.38 and Patrick Livingstone third in 13.08.
Matthew Dowell equalled his best performance of the season in the under-17 men's race to finish fourth in 18.01. Shaun Johnson was fifth in 18.16.
Katherine Humphreys was the first Exeter athlete home in the senior women's race in ninth place in 20.58. Catherine Harman was 25th in 23.53 as Harriers are second in the standings behind Cornwall AC.
In the under-15 girls' race, Madeline Roach was seventh in 15.40, with Josie Crosby sixth in the under-13 girls' event in 12.44.
Craig Moncur was third in the under-11 development race in 5.42m, with William Penney fourth in 5.45.
The final fixture of the season is on Sunday, March 17 at Plymouth.
Adam Miller was second in the Exeter Half Marathon on Sunday and ran a personal best – even though the course was further than planned.
The three-lap loop around the canal basin had to be changed due to flooding so the route was closer to 13.3 miles, as opposed to 13.1.
Teignbridge Trotter Dave Tomlin won the race but Miller was next home in 1:16.41.
Ellie Sutcliffe was more than two miles clear of the next female in winning the women's section in 1:23.43. She was ninth overall and also ran a PB.
Emma Dupain was fourth woman and 59th overall in 1:40.39.
Carly Audritt and Dawn Teed continued their record of competing in all five of the Westward Cross-Country League fixtures at the latest event at Bovey Tracy on Sunday.
Audritt was 23rd in the 5k women's race in 23.45, with Teed 36th in 26.05.
The men ran over 9.3k and Marc Cox finished 35th in 40.16. Dave Eveleigh was 89th in 56.36, Jim Wyatt 93rd in 58.37 and Kurt Margison 94th in 59.39.
axe valley runners
Luke Reed and Richard Easton took part in the extended Exeter Half Marathon on Sunday.
Reed finished eighth in 1:23.40 and Easton was 12th in a PB of 1:26.14.
Liam Roberts raced in both the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) cross-country championships in Leeds and a Birmingham cross-country league fixture.
He raced in the men's B-race at BUCS and struggled on the churned-up, multi-lap, 7.5k course, finishing 63rd in 30.21.
At the Birmingham League race the conditions were slightly better and he completed the 10k course in 34.56 for 27th place, his highest position by 10 places as he continues to regain fitness.
Lesley Adams ran the Stourbridge Ladies 7k and finished 26th in 44.37. That was also good enough to be second in the female over-55 category – the first she has won. She also beat her 2008 time by three minutes.
south west road runners
Nine members of South West Road Runners took part in Sunday's Exeter Half Marathon.
The first road runner home was Matthew Bellamy, who achieved a new PB at 13.1 miles of 1:19.35 before coming home in sixth place in the 13.3-mile extended race in 1:20.38.
The second club member home was Michael Pearce in 19th in 1:30.19, with Barry Frost the third club member home in 34th in 1:35.54.
Other SWRR finishers were: Jonathan Major 38th in 1:36.09, Amanda Perry 53rd in 1:39.34, John Caswell 58th in 1:40.26, Graham Partridge 70th in 1:42.40, Catherine Hilton 75th in 1:43.03, Andrew Hattersley 105th in 1:50.14 and Tracey Bennett 120th in 1:53.18
haldon trail runners
Emma Hitchins was the first woman in the gruelling 16.4-mile Four Trigs race on Sunday.
She finished 11th overall in 2:57.00, with Gareth Hurst fourth in 2:33.43.
Tom Bates ran the inaugural Wild Night Run on Saturday and was ninth in 1:36.23