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For many athletes at the Devon Open in Plymouth it was an opportunity, having moved up age groups, to compete for the first time at new events on Sunday.

This was true for Olivia Dobson, bronze medallist at last year’s English Schools heptathlon, as moving up to U20W means new hurdles height and spacing. Her objective was a clean 1st run at the event, which she achieved admirably in a time of 16.05s. Olivia also competed in the 200m and now looks forward to her 1st heptathlon, of the year, next weekend as a guest at the Somerset Schools Combined Events in Street.

Isabella Peyton Jones competed for the first time in the U13G 70m hurdles (12.81s) and 150m (23.25s) winning her heat, she also jumped 3.58m in the long jump . Imogen Bond came looking for another greater than 4m Long Jump, and was rewarded with 2nd in the U13 Girls competition, with a jump of 4.07m, and came 2nd overall in the 150m (20.79). She achieved a new PB in the 100m of 14.06, into a significant headwind, winning her heat and coming 2nd overall.

U15G Emily Adcock and Jasmine Stone both achieved new PBs in the high jump with 1.35m and tried the 300m for the first time, Emily in 50.43s and Jasmine 47.12s. Emily also achieved a PB in the shot putt of 7.43m and Jasmine ran the 200m (31.1s). Jess Courtney ran the 800m (2.41.54m) and in Javelin threw 18.03m just short of her first throw of the heavier 500g javelin at the Great West Open. Chloe Harris had a good day with PBs in the Long Jump of 5m placing her first in the age group, and a new PB in the TripleJjump of 10.31m , 37cm above her previous best last year. Chloe also competed in the 75m hurdles (15.86s).

U17W, twins, Isabella and Jemima Kerley were also looking for PBs but a strong headwind made this difficult in the sprints. Isabella achieved a new PB in the 400m of 65.99s, shaving off 1.5s from her first run at this event 2 weeks ago, at the Southern Athletics League match. Jemima ran the 200m (28.14s) and 300m, winning the latter in 44.05s.

U15B Cameron Bryson competed in his first 800m race of the year achieving 2.22.13m.

Senior Men athletes Sam Crowter competed in 100m (14.36s) and 200m (30.94s), Mark Palmer in 100m (15.69s), 200m (33.52s)and 400m (81.3s). Darren Thomas V45 had no jumps in the Long Jump but came back in, his main event, the Triple Jump to gain a PB of 11.44m and another PB in the 100m of 13.29s.

U11 athlete Joshua Smith reduced his 600m time by 2 seconds to come home in 2.16.48m and achieved another PB in the 150m (27.72s). Toby Vernon was close to his PB in the 150m (25.71s), in Long Jump 3.07m and 75m (12.48s). Winner of the U11 600m was Stanley Wood in 2:08.83 in a well run competitive race, overtaking the race leader at the start of the home straight to come in well ahead of the 2nd place runner.

Full results here

The Devon Open Series provides an ideal opportunity for U11 and U13 athletes to compete enabling them to improve their PBs and try new events.  Exeter Harriers participates in The English Schools Athletics Association Award Badge Scheme and performances in competitions, such as the Devon Open, can enable them to earn badges.  If you’re an U11 or U13 athlete and interested in competing in the Devon Open, including being part of an Exeter Harriers Relay Team, then please email Emma Vernon on devonopen@exeterharriers.org.uk