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British Athletics Championship: Hague edged out but glory for Barrett and Dobbin

Sheffield's Grant Plenderleith in action at the British Athletics Championships. Picture: B&O Press Photo
Sheffield's Grant Plenderleith in action at the British Athletics Championships. Picture: B&O Press Photo
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Adam Hague was edged out in the pole vault at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham on Sunday.

The City of Sheffield and Dearne vaulter cleared 5.45m which was enough for second place behind long time rival Charlie Myers of Middlesbrough.

Myers’ 5.55m clearance was enough to secure European Championships qualification alongside Hague, who previously bested the standard.

Hague’s team mate Luke Cutts was pushed into a disappointing fourth with 5.35m.

Chesterfield’s Alicia Barrett retained her 100m hurdles title.

The 20-year-old got off to a good start to edge away from Megan Marrs, who had looked threatening in the heats.

Barrett has yet to attain the qualifying time for the European Championships but has three weeks remaining to do so.

Doncaster’s Beth Dobbin broke the Championship best to win the 200m. Dobbin represents Scotland and claimed the new national record and will be seen as a genuine medal prospect in the European Championships.

Dobbin’s athletics career was shaped as a schoolgirl by Doncaster Athletic Club. A prominent but not outstanding athlete, she went to Loughborough and then moved to Edinburgh where she has gone from strength to strength.

City of Sheffield’s Joe Dunderdale finished second in the javelin with a throw of 67.53m while Sheffield’s Natalie Myers claimed bronze in the 5,000m walk (26:39.76).

Grant Plenderleith reached the 400m final and finished seventh overall while Sheffield’s Tyler Campbell was fourth in the hammer with a 69.97m throw.

Deo Milandu and Michael Copeland ran personal bests in the hurdle heats.

n Philip Hoole, Rotherham Harriers & AC, was the winner of the Dronfield 10k in scoring temperatures, with a time of 34:29.

He was ahead of Sam Allin, Totley AC and Phil Skelton, Steel City Striders RC in third.

First female home in 29th spot was Jane Batty.