EXETER Harriers' senior men's team secured their place in British Athletics League Division Three for another season at the final meeting of this year.
They went into the match at Bristol knowing they could be relegated, with only a handful of points separating four teams.
They ended up finishing fifth in the final fixture and that left them fifth out of eight teams in the table.
The star of the day was Sam Petty, who finished second in both the 800m in 1.51.75 and 1,500m in 3.58.49 to score a lot of points. He then joined Richard Scott, Dan Petty and Sam Peters in the 4x400m relay to clock the quickest time by an Exeter team for five years as they won in 3.20.38 – just one second outside the club record.
Matt Smith won the javelin in heavy rain, which can seriously affect the run up, with one of his best throws of the season of 66.82m.
The team has been rebuilt over the past two seasons by manager Sonya Ellis, who has thrown in some youngsters, including the likes of Jordan Finch, Petty, Jack Webber and Todd Allen, who could represent the club for years to come.
Results, British Athletics League Division 3, Bristol, 100m: 7 Tyler Johnson 11.14 (A string), 4 Jordan Finch 11.16 (B string). 200m: 4 Tyler Johnson 22.99 (A), 4 Owen Styler 23.16 (B). 400m: 3 Sam Peters 48.74 (A), 2 Dan Petty 50.31 (B). 800m: 2 Sam Petty 1.51.75 (A), 3 Richard Scott 1.56.18 (B). 1,500m: 2 Sam Petty 3.58.49 (A), 1 Josh Trigwell 4.00.81 (B). 3,000m: 4 Jack Bancroft 8.44.33 (A), 5 Jake Waldron 9.18.58 (B). 110m hurdles: 8 Matt Parsley 18.71 (A), 8 Ashley Barker 27.20 (B). 400m hurdles: 8 Matt Parsley, 63.67 (A), 7 Ashley Barker 64.60 (B). High jump: 4 Ashley Barker 1.83 (A), 3 Todd Allen 1.78 (B). Long jump: 5 Josh Tunstall 6.20 (A), 4 Ian Allen 5.75 (B). Triple jump: 2 Josh Tunstall 13.47 (A), 4 Ashley Barker 11.03 (B). Pole vault: 8 Matt Parsley 1.70 (A). Discus: 2 Peter Howard 45.97 (A), 1 Dave Dawson 40.00 (B). Hammer: 6 Dave Dawson 33.32 (A), 7 Ashley Barker 17.41 (B). Javelin: 1 Matt Smith 66.82 (A), 1 Steve Turnock 62.13 (B). Shot putt: 4 Dave Dawson 12.69 (A), 4 Peter Howard 10.75 (B). 4x100m relay: 5 Exeter Harriers 43.99. 4x400m relay: 1 Exeter Harriers 3.20.38.
Final league standings: 1 Bristol & West 32pts, 2 Kingston 27, 3 Nene Valley 25, 4 Swansea 16, 5 Exeter Harriers 14, 6 Reading 13, 7 Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets 12, 8 Havering & Mayesbrook 5
Exeter Harriers' Sam Talbot won a silver medal at the National Combined Events Championships in Stoke.
The 14-year-old's age group usually compete in the one-day pentathlon but England Athletics have decided to introduce the athletes to different events before they move up to the next age group.
The nationals are now an octathlon over two days, with javelin, discus, pole vault, 100m, 400m and 1,000m added and excluding the long jump, shot putt and 800m.
Talbot opened with a PB of 11.68secs in the 100m, had a solid 1.71m in the high jump, ran the 400m in 54.31secs before throwing 29.61m in the javelin to leave him 44 points behind the leader at the end of the first day.
Day two started with the 80m hurdles and Talbot ran the fastest time of 11.42secs. He threw 24.51m in the discus, had a best of 2.45m in the pole vault and finished the 1,000m 13 seconds ahead of the overall winner Max Price.
That left Talbot to take the silver with 4,127 points, 147 points behind Price but 600 clear of third place.
"I was pleased to get silver as I have only been training for javelin, discus and pole vault for three weeks," said Talbot. "The 400 and 100 were also new and I was pleased with my 400 time."
Talbot and Price will meet again at the English Schools' Combined Events Championships in Birmingham in mid-September.
Three Harriers recently competed in internationals, with two of George Eccles' javelin squad celebrating after receiving outstanding results.
Jack Moncur represented Scotland under-16s at the Celtic Games in Colwyn Bay and the 14-year-old won the event with 52.37m, improving his personal best by four metres.
"I was just hoping to perform well and hopefully throw a PB," said Moncur. "I'm extremely happy, a big PB, my first time officially over 50m and maximum points for the Scotland team."
Steve Turnock was invited to compete in the javelin as a guest at the Welsh Senior International in Cardiff and won the competition with 68.65m.
"Because I wasn't competing as one of the internationals I didn't feel any of the usual pressure," said Turnock. "I was able to focus on myself and I warmed up feeling confident.
"I'm very happy with this performance, it showed I'm still in great form, which will hopefully lead to a new PB in the coming competitions."
Miranda Hardacre was unlucky following her selection for the 400m and the 4x400m relay in the under-20 Welsh team at the same competition. Due to a foot injury during the individual event she had did not finish and took no further part in the competition.
Senior athletes were thin on the ground because of National League commitments, leaving the younger athletes to battle with the wet and windy conditions at Exeter Arena for the South West League Cup match.
The star performer was Isobel Pinsky, who smashed her lifetime best in the under-13 girls' 70m hurdles, dipping below the 12-second barrier for the first time with 11.77secs to take first place. She also recorded wins and new best times in the 100m and 200m of 14.13secs and 29.42secs respectively.
Jordan Finch again took his sprint PBs down another peg with second place in the senior 100m in 11.21secs and first in the 200m in 22.74secs. Ian Allen won the long jump with a season's best 5.97m and claimed second place in the high jump with 1.70m.
Lewis Burges won the under-20 men's long jump with 6.11m and took second in the 100m in 11.70secs. Jacob Law was second in the 200m in 23.54secs.
Dominic Allen claimed the under-17 boys' javelin with a new PB of 53.86m. Allen was also second in the 100m hurdles in 15.72secs. Matt Dowell smashed his 1,500m best by 13 seconds to win in 9.36.42.
Sam Dove won a close under-15 boys' triple jump by just 3cm with 10.83m, and Danny Martin had second places in the discus (28.44m) and shot (9.05m).
Sophie Inglis also recorded two new PBs with second place in the under-15 girls' 200m in 28.00secs and third in the 75m hurdles in 12.55secs.
Milly Bennett won the high jump with 1.50m and Phoebe Killen was second in the 1,500m in 5.17.34, with Georgia Fewlass second in the discus with 20.38m and fourth in the javelin with 20.67m.
Jed Dove threw a massive personal best in the under-13 boys' javelin with his winning throw of 33.70m being more than eight metres ahead of second place. Sam Pyne took second in the 1,500m in 5.07.79, a new best by 12 seconds.
Several Exeter Harriers gained new lifetime bests at the monthly British Milers' Club meeting at Exeter Arena.
Sam Petty won the 1,500m A race in a new best of 3.51.01, with Josh Trigwell second in 3.57.08. Sam Ley was sixth in the C race with a new best of 4.22.70.
In the E race, Patrick Livingstone was second in a new PB of 4.29.3, James Mclaren was third in 4.32.2 and Finley Mclear ninth in a PB of 4.47.7. Matthew Smith was 10th in the F race 5.19.59.
Josie Wilson took fifth place in the women's 1,500m C race with a season's best 5.01.38 and Florence Livingstone was ninth in a new PB of 5.07.20.
In the D race, Catherine Harman was fifth in a new PB of 5.16.86 and Lauren Coleman also ran a new best of 5.39.78 for 14th place.
axe valley runners
Tim Lenton overcame a nasty fall near the end to race to victory in the Great West Fell race from Meldon Reservoir on Dartmoor on Saturday.
He roared home in a new course record of 37.38, with Robin Carter the first lady and 17th overall in 49.34, taking two minutes off her winning time from last year.
Amy Greenhalgh raced superbly to be the first lady at the five-mile Shaves Cross mini marathon in 33.02. She was 10th overall.
Jon Blackledge was the first AVR home, finishing third in 31.56 and Eleanor Wood finished third lady and 19th overall in 34.46.
Jon's son William Blackledge, still a junior, was 26th in 36.00, Emma Kiernan was fourth lady, 28th overall, in 36.24 and Siobhan Reddy was 40th in 37.44.
Emma Kiernan ran the fourth of the Bristol towpath series, just squeezing under the 45-minute barrier, finishing 101st in 44.43.
Robin Britton ran the Totnes 10k multi-terrain race on Sunday and was second male over-60 in 46.53, putting him 81st.
haldon trail runners
Four Haldon Trail Runners competed in the Totnes 10k on Sunday.
Alex Watkins led the club home as he finished 12th in 40.02, with Harvey Dann 20th in 40.59, Angus Menter 25th in 41.15 and Steve O'Donoghue 170th in 52.57.
Three club members went to Killerton for the weekly parkrun 5k on Saturday.
Emma Hitchins finished first woman and fifth overall on her parkrun debut in 18.36, just behind fellow debutant Gareth Hurst who crossed the line fourth in 18.08. On his return from injury, Tom Bates was 28th in 20.59.
Martin McEneny travelled to Cornwall to take part in the Indian Queens half marathon and took four minutes off his previous best on the course as he finished 34th in 1:26.18.
Four of the 12 Exmouth Harriers who competed in the Totnes 10k on Sunday finished in the top three of their sections.
Marc Cox led the club home as he finished seventh in 39.07, with Dave Stone 11th overall and first male over-40 in 39.58.
Ellie Sutcliffe won the women's race in 34.31, finishing 37th overall, while Hugh Marsden was the first male over-50, and 24th overall, in 41.06 and Ray Elston the second male over-70 in 55.08, putting him 202nd overall.
Other Harriers finishers were: Chris Dupain 49th in 44.19, Scott Jordan 85th in 47.03, Ben White 126th in 50.31, Emma Dupain 134th in 50.56, Dawn Teed 167th in 52.41, Nigel Dupain 182nd in 53.52 and Claire Baxter 253rd in 57.47
Cathy Newman won the women's section of the Le Tour of Exeter.
Hannah Bown was the fourth female and second woman under-35, with Mike Musgove second in the male 45-54 section and Chris Dupain 11th of 20 senior men.
south west road runners
On Sunday 10 members of South West Road Runners raced in the Totnes 10k.
The first Road Runner home was Owen Evans crossing the line in 40.19 in 17th place.
Karen Cook was third lady and first female over-55 in 45.15, putting her 60th overall.
Other SWRR finishers were: Matthew Dominey 58th in 45.02, Lewis Jones 84th in 47.01, David Pittard 130th in 50.39 , John Kavanagh 143rd in 51.25, Robert Millward 148th in 51.35, Julie Hedges 195th in 54.41, Nicki Ashworth 223rd in 56.00 and Marc Waddicor 380th in 1:07.44
south west championship
The South West Athletics Championships take place at Exeter Arena on Sunday.
Around 500 athletes, from under-13s to seniors, will compete from 10.30am.