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By Liam Moakes Monday 18 February 2013 Updated: 19/02 12:54
THE WEEK before the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham was taken over by the British Athletics Grand Prix which saw Mo Farah compete in his only indoor competition of the year, a number of Bromsgrove & Redditch Athletic Club athletes visited the arena to take part in the Midlands Championships.
Joshua Pearson was the youngest B&R athlete to take part and he competed in the U13 age category, finishing third overall in his four-event programme of 60m sprint (first, 8.39s), shot putt (11th, 4.80m), high jump (joint fourth, 1.27m) and long jump (third, 4.30m).
In the U17 men's competition Andrew Pearson placed third in his 400m heat with a time of 57.76s and ran the exact same time in the final which placed him sixth.
In the U20 men's age group Simeon Clarence finished second in his 400m heat with a time of 51secs as well as clinching third in the long jump with a jump of 6.17m.
Dewi Hammond took second in his 60m sprint in 7secs behind Taunton athlete Ronnie Wells, who also beat him in the final despite Dewi taking his finishing time down to 6.92s.
The senior men's competition saw Thomas Russell finish third in his 200m heat (23.99s) and David Mould third in his 400m heat (51.66s).
Richard O'Connor just missed out on a medal in the shot putt as he finished fourth with a throw of 8.51m.
The U15 ladies competition saw Candy Lockett finish third in the shot putt with a throw of 8.55m and Jessica Bennett come sixth in the 60m hurdles (10.45s) and fifth in the 60m heat (8.75s).
In the U17 category Rebekah Miller finished fourth in her 60m heat (8.42s) and third in the 200m heat (27.29s).
Izzy Billau placed third in the U20 triple jump competition with a leap of 10.94m and Jo Frost was second in the senior women's long jump competition with 5.34m.
A number of personal bests were attained to achieve these results in what was a good start to 2013.
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