EXETER Harriers' Sam Talbot rounded the season off with a silver medal at the English Schools Combined Events Championships in Birmingham.
The 14-year-old competed in the junior boys' pentathlon and faced stiff competition from Hertfordshire's Max Price and Adam Jones, from Hampshire, for the title.
Talbot took the lead after the first event, the 80m hurdles, but Price got in front and didn't look back, winning with a final points score of 3,139 points to Talbot's 3,047 and Jones' 2,880.
Talbot, the English Schools' hurdles champion, was eager not to lose to Price in the hurdles, with the Hertfordshire athlete having taken silver behind the Blundell's School pupil in July. Talbot clocked a new personal best of 11.19secs to Price's 11.24 in an superb battle for the line.
A best shot putt throw of 11.51m was fractionally down on Talbot's best but he equalled his PB with a leap of 6.32m in the long jump to cut the gap to Price.
However, a below-par high jump best of 1.60m meant Talbot went into the final event, the 800m, 300 points short of Price. He led Price all the way through the two laps and finished in 2.13.12, leaving him just 92 points short.
Talbot will join Price, Jones and fourth-placed Alan Bennetts from Middlesex at the Schools' International Athletics Board Home Countries International in Glasgow in December.
Fellow Devon junior boys team members Tommy D'Cruz and Seb Ford, both of Newton Abbot AC, finished 35th and 37th with scores of 1,789 and 1,024 respectively.
Exeter Harriers duo Dominic Allen and Nicholas Smith finished 31st and 34th in the intermediate boys' octathlon with respective scores of 3,733 and 3,712.
Allen achieved new PBs in the 100m hurdles, 400m, 1,500m and javelin with 54.90m, the longest throw of the competition. Smith set bests in the long jump, discus and javelin.
Harriers' Anya Turner, competing for Somerset Schools, recorded a new best points score of 2,856 in the junior girls' pentathlon as she finished ninth and helped her county take silver in the team competition.
Turner was fifth after the hurdles and climbed to the top spot after a shot putt throw of 9.44m. She was second after a leap of 1.57m in the high jump and was in third going into the final event, the 800m.
Results, intermediate boys: 31 D Allen 3,733pts (LJ – 5.08m, disc – 27.38m, jav – 54.90m, 400m – 1.01.67, 100H – 14.67secs, HJ – 1.55m, SP – 10.16m, 1,500m – 6.01.98), 34 N Smith 3,712 (LJ – 5.61, disc – 20.09, jav – 25.05, 400m – 56.81, 100H – 15.65, HJ – 1.76, SP – 8.57, 1,500m – 5.00.04)
Junior boys: 2 S Talbot 3,047 (80H – 11.19secs, SP – 11.51m, LJ – 6.32m, HJ – 1.60m, 800m – 2.13.12), 35 T D'Cruz 1,789 (80H – 13.10, SP – 8.73, LJ – 4.89, HJ – 1.45, 800m – 2.57.34), 37 S Ford 1,024 (80H – 23.96, SP – 5.26, LJ – 4.23, HJ – 1.45, 800m – 2.39.10)
Junior girls: 9 A Turner 2,856 (75H – 11.91secs, SP – 9.44m, HJ – 1.57m, LJ – 4.72m, 800m – 2.47.32)
Harriers men's team have qualified for the national road relays after finishing 25th in the South of England Six Stage Road Relays in Aldershot on Sunday.
Each leg consisted of two laps over a distance of just under four miles each and new signing Berihu Tesfay ran a very fast time to put them in 34th place after the first leg.
Jake Waldron ran the second leg in 19.29 to put the team 24th, and they were 28th after Jonathan Atse Herrera's leg of 20.32.
Another recent signing Richard Edwards clawed back three places on the fourth leg as he finished in 20.13, and Ollie Berry gained another five places in 19.55.
James McLaren brought the team home in 25th place in 21.28.
The Harriers will now compete in the national competition at Sutton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday, October 12.
A group of young Exeter Harriers set new PBs at the Newquay & Par Last Ditch Throws Open.
Georgia Fewlass claimed new bests in the under-15 shot putt (7.47m) and javelin (23.65m).
Ella Crouch threw new best distances in the under-13 shot (8.54m) and javelin (18.65m) and Josh Tyler also had PBs in the under-13 discus (15.84m) and hammer (19.07m). Jed Dove threw a PB of 7.51m in the under-13 shot putt.
Cathy Newman finished eighth overall and first woman in the Woodbury 10k road race on Sunday.
She was one of 10 Harriers who took part in the race and crossed the line in 41.06.
The first Exmouth Harrier home was Chris Dupain in seventh place in 40.51, with sister Hannah Bown 10th in 42.48, younger sister Emma White 35th in 47.59 and dad Nigel 50th in 50.58.
Other Harriers finishers were: Andrew Johnson 15th in 43.20, Scott Jordan 19th in 44.12, Lisa Broad 56th in 51.40, Roger Riggs 73rd in 56.39 and Alison Wilkinson 75th in 56.52
Rob Orton works in France for most of the year and raced in the Annecy 10k, finishing 15th in 33.09.
Several Exmouth Harriers have taken part in the Killerton parkrun 5k in recent weeks.
Tony Hatchard had two wins in succession in August, setting a new PB of 16.59 in the process.
Newman also ran a PB of 19.06 and finished as high as ninth overall while winning the female over-50 age group.
Adam Miller had a best of fourth in 17.31 and his next parkrun race will be his 100th and Andy Kennedy came within two seconds of his PB last month.
Roger Rowe won the male over-65 category on both occasions he ran recently, Hugh Marsden set a new event PB of 18.39 and Dawn Teed won her over-50 age group.
Mike Musgrove finished seventh overall and second male over-40 in 18.17 and Dave Eveleigh (over-55) and Les Turner (over-70) ran once and were both in the top three of their age groups.
AXE VALLEY RUNNERS
Four Axe Valley Runners won their age categories in Honiton Running Club's Cotleigh Canter races on Sunday.
In the 5k event, Rick Wood made one of his rare running appearances to take the male over-55 award, finishing 17th overall in 25.43.
Junior AVRs also did well in the 5k, with Bobby Simpson fifth in 20.26 and Mia Bartlett 14th in 24.08.
In the 10k, Rupert Pady was the first AVR home in 41.32, which put him seventh overall and first male over-35.
Robin Britton took the male over-55 prize in 44.37 and Eleanor Wood was the first lady over-55 and 15th overall in 44.43.
Other AVR finishers were: Paul Johns 11th in 44.18, Ian Apps 17th in 45.05, Geoff Woodward, 21st in 46.46, Andy Sayers 25th in 50.27, Stephen Morbey 26th in 52.01, Alan Morbey 26th in 52.52 and Tracey Anning Beckett 32nd in 57.11
Alex Todd, Garry Perratt and Phil Bayliss travelled to the New Forest on Sunday to take part in a half Ironman triathlon.
Mist sitting over the lake caused the swim to be shortened to one mile, followed by a 56-miles bike ride and a 13.9-mile run.
Todd finished 26th in 5:00.10, with triathlon first-timer Perratt coming home in 5:50.11 and fellow first timer Bayliss taking the over-60s in 5:51.39.
Also on Sunday, Exmouth Harriers staged the Woodbury 10k in the lanes around Woodbury and Woodbury Salterton. Sam Wickins finished in 48.27.
Tim and James Sibley competed in the Aberystwyth 3k parkrun on Saturday, with Tim seventh in 20.20 and James 17th in 22.35.
HALDON TRAIL RUNNERS
Two Haldon Trail Runners took part in the inaugural Plymouth Armada half marathon on Sunday.
Martin McEneny crossed the line in 19th place in a time of 1:28.35 and Ben Epps finished 76th in 1:40.48.
Tom Bates raced in Surrey as he competed in the Ashtead 10k and finished 10th on his return to full fitness in 40.44.
SOUTH WEST ROAD RUNNERS
Two members of South West Road Runners finished in the top five of the Cotleigh Canter 10k on Sunday.
James Reeves was second in 38.25 and Graham Reeves was fourth in 39.31.