TOM Gale admits it was an opportunity missed to win his first British senior title at the National Indoor Championships last weekend.

The Trowbridge international high jumper finished fifth on 2.17 with the top three jumpers all tied on 2.20m, a height Gale had cleared indoors only just last month.

“I was disappointed with my performance,” said Gale.

“I was quite confident I could have won that competition but I just couldn’t get into it.

“I think I wasted too much energy at the lower heights and was probably just too relaxed. When it got to the bigger heights I was getting a little tired.

“I let slip a really good opportunity to win that competition which is frustrating. On another day I could have won but it wasn’t to be.”

Gale didn’t have too long to dwell on his disappointment as he was flying to Dublin last night to compete in the Athlone meeting on Wednesday.

“I have also managed to get a guest spot in the England v Wales U20 match in Cardiff on the same weekend as the World Indoors (March 34) which should be good as it is a really nice, small meeting,” added Gale.

“I am trying to do as many competitions as possible to find some rhythm before flying to Australia next month for the Commonwealth Games.

“That is still my main focus and everything is geared towards doing my best in Brisbane.”

My name is Rosemary Barber from Southwick, member of Avon Valley Runners. Age 68.

Wondered if you would be interested in the above race I took part in last Sunday (18th Feb). It's organised by Relish Running and the 10k runs through both tunnels, which were railway tracks beneath Bath City. One of the tunnels is 400 metres long and the other one is 1 mile long. It was transformed into tracks to be used for cyclists, runners and walkers by The Sustrans Trust.

I was pleased to be 1st in my category (F60) despite being 68. in a time of 57.39 secs. There were apx 800 runners, - 11 in my class.