North Devon Athletics Club members rubbed shoulders with some of Britain's top athletes when they competed at the Midland Counties AA Birmingham Games over the weekend. Because it is the Bejing Olympics this year a number of the well-known athletes used t

North Devon Athletics Club members rubbed shoulders with some of Britain's top athletes when they competed at the Midland Counties AA Birmingham Games over the weekend.Because it is the Bejing Olympics this year a number of the well-known athletes used the Birmingham Games as training events, making them extra exciting and the competition fierce. Famous sprinters Dwayne Chambers, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Ryan Mosely all came first in their heats of the 60m. North Devon athletes made sure they got autographs from Chambers and long jumper and pentathlon athlete Kelly Sotherton, who were both interviewed by ITV television. North Devon's middle distance runners are doing particularly well, with Michael Cole currently the fastest U20 800m runner.Results for the sprint and field event group was affected by several suffering from illness and lack of training this winter, but they still competed well.Saturday events: 800m U17 women, heat 1 - 2, Megan Andrew 2:25.72. 60m senior women, heat 2 - 7, Joedy Platt 8.56; 400m, heat 3 - 4, J. Platt 1:06.00. 60m senior men, heat 3 - 7, M. Linskill 7.56; 400m, heat 1 - 3, Mark Linskill 51.09. 200m U20 women, heat 2 - 2, Leanne Glover 28.67; 3, Natasha Wagg 29.26. 800m U20 men, heat 1 - 1, Michael Cole 1:53.20; 2, Phil Norman 1:56.74; 5, Davey Platt 1:58.16. Heat 2 - 2, Matthew Hill 2:08.25; 4, Nick Daniels 2:10.54. 800m U20 women, heat 1 - 1, Sophie Hunt 2:27.98. 200m U17 men, heat 5 - 5, Jake Parmenter 26.58. 400m semi-final 3 - 5, M. Linskill 52.47. Long jump U17 men - 10, J. Parmenter 5.20m (PB). Long Jump senior women -8, N. Wagg 4.64m.Sunday events: 200m senior women, heat 1 - 5, J. Platt 27.83. 200m senior men, heat 12 - 5, M. Linskill 23.72. 300m U17 women, heat 2 - 3, Caroline Parmenter 48.9 (PB); 400m U17 men, heat 2 - 3, J. Parmenter 57.38 (PB). 400m U20 women, heat 1 - 5, L. Glover 62.48. 400m U20 M, heat 1 - D. Platt 52.56. Pole vault U20 women - 3, Bethan Evans. Triple jump senior women - 8, N. Wagg 9.52m.