Harriers women win league title – with just six athletes
EXETER Harriers are the Southern Women's League Division Two champions.
After having just six athletes available for the final match at Sutton, manager Dave Robinson heaped praise on his team's performance.
"We had a 56-point lead over second-placed Aldershot going into the final match so were already in a strong position to clinch the title," he said.
"However, with a small turn out, it meant we had a battle on our hands to make sure the title was ours."
With regular team members unavailable due to volunteering duties at the Paralympics or having other commitments on the day, he had a task to fill all the events on the teamsheet.
"All six athletes competed in their maximum number of events but this still left nine events not covered," he added.
Exeter scored well in the field events, with Beth Skinner claiming fifth place in the long jump with 4.80m, first in the B triple jump with 9.33m, second in the B javelin and third in the B shot and discus, all despite a foot injury.
Kerry Angila won the B long jump with 4.48m, took fifth place in the B 100m and third in her specialist event the triple jump with 10.25m.
Lucy Smith was second in the javelin with 34.78m, second in the shot with 7.92m, fifth in the hammer and sixth in the discus.
The middle distance events were all covered by Michelle Ellis and Anna Rust. Ellis was second in the B 3,000m in 11mins 53.8secs, third in the B 1,500m in 5.36.7 and sixth in the 400m and 800m.
Rust was third in the B 400m hurdles in 1.22.00 and fifth in the 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m.
Taylor Cleave volunteered to run the 400 hurdles for the first time and was fifth in 1.19.1 and was also fifth in both the high jump and 100m.
Ellis, Angila, Smith and Cleave teamed up for the final relay knowing the title could be theirs, and when Aldershot dropped the baton they knew they had done it.
"It was a great team effort from the magnificent six," said Robinson. "But winning a league championship is all about what happens over the whole season and with three excellent results in the bag the whole team deserve their win."
The women's team now hope to take part in the qualifying match at Abingdon on September 15 for selection into the UK Women's League.
Match result: 1 Dartford 153pts, 2 Herne Hill Harriers 146, 3 Newbury 125, 4 Aldershot 121, 5 Channel Islands 114, 6 Exeter Harriers 101, 7 Yeovil 80
Final league standings: 1 Exeter Harriers 591.5pts, 2 Aldershot 555, 3 Dartford 513.5, 4 Newbury 492.5, 5 Channel Islands 475, 6 Yeovil 446, 7 Herne Hill Harriers 318.5
Exeter Harriers' final South West League match saw three of their athletes smash Division One league records at Exeter Arena.
Josh Trigwell set a new record in the under-20 men's 800m with a time of 1.57.49, overtaking the leader in the final few metres to snatch victory.
Jeff Angila's triple jump of 12.41m set a new record in the under-15 age group and put him 11th in the national age-group rankings.
English Schools bronze medallist Dominic Allen won the under-15 javelin with a massive throw of 50.35m – a league best by over 6m.
Overall, the Harriers finished in fifth place, with the under-15 girls winning their section.
In the senior men's age group, David Wilkinson won the 5,000m in 16.45.17 and Matt Smith clinched the javelin with 69.71m.
James Berry did well to finish second in the 400m hurdles in a time of 59.64 on his return from injury.
Lewis Burges gained three second places in the under-20 age group, with a triple jump of 12.42m and times of 11.44secs and 24.04secs for the 100m and 200m, respectively.
Christian Gormley won the under-17 100m in 11.59secs and took third in the 200m in 23.68secs. Dan Petty took third in the 100m in 11.77secs but went one better in the 200m with a second place in 23.16secs, just pipping Gormley on the line. Newcomer Matthew Dowell won the 3,000m in 9.49.69.
Callum Wells remains unbeaten in the under-13 100m and 200m after recording times of 12.45secs and a PB of 26.05secs, respectively. He is fifth in the national rankings for the 100m.
Jed Dove was second in the javelin with 29.28m, adding more than a metre to his best. Kyle Hartnell was second in the 800m in 2.31.89 and Jack Turner equalled his PB of 1.42m to finish second in the high jump.
Anna Rust took second place in the senior women's 3,000m in 11.15.22 the day after her efforts in the Women's Southern League fixture.
Laurie Dawkins was first in the under-15 shot with 9.13m and third in the discus with 21.19m.
Rachel Underhay won the long jump with 4.33m and was third in the 100m and 200m in new best times of 14.01secs and 29.23secs, respectively.
Final league standings: 1 Yeovil 4,651.5pts, 2 Cornwall AC 4,373, 3 Taunton 3,736, 4 Newquay & Par 3,382.5, 5 Exeter Harriers 3,421.5, 6 Poole AC 3,309, 7 Newton Abbot 3,135.5
AXE VALLEY RUNNERS
Tim Lenton and Robin Carter were both in the prizes at the Oak Croak, a 10-mile self-navigated fell race organised by Okehampton Running Club.
Lenton won in 1hr 18mins 40secs and Carter was the second female in 1:49.35.
Andrew Watson, 17, won his age group and set a new personal best at the Queyrac 10k in France. He was seventh overall in 38.53.
Harry Moore was the first male over-70 at the Ash Fearsome, a five-mile multi-terrain race on the Somerset levels.
It was the second year running he was won a golden boot and finished in 1:30.
Chris Irving helped Wessex Orienteering Club finish second in the annual Dorset Coastal Path Relay race on Saturday in 7:44.27.
The 102k-race took competitors from Lyme Regis to Poole.
Eleanor Wood was the fourth female and first over-55 at the Lustleigh 10k.
Luke Reed was seventh in a one-mile sea swim challenge at Sidmouth, organised by the local N1 Tri Club, in 30.34. The event was won by Axminster's Richard Easton in 25.16.
The following day, Reed his best race of the season so far at the Cotswolds Sprint Triathlon, finishing 12th overall and second in his 30-34 age group in 1:02.37.
His splits were 12.36 for the 750m swim, 30.13 for the 20k cycle and 17.54 for the 5k run. Easton was fifth overall in 58.46.
HALDON TRAIL RUNNERS
Ian Lynch finished third in the Operation Reset four-mile charity run on Sunday in aid of returning servicemen from Afghanistan.
He came home in 29.45, with Steve O'Donoghue eighth in 32.40 and Helen Lynch ninth overall and third female in 32.50.
Martin McEneny finished the Bridgwater half marathon in 1:28.25.
Alex Watkins was 10th in the Lustleigh 10k last Monday in 44.00, with Nathan White 18th in 46.34.
Marc Cox was the first Exmouth Harrier home at the Forest Flyer in ninth place in 24.30.
Jon Garrity was 13th in 24.50 and Moira Glen was 35th overall, third female and first female veteran in 28.38.