IT PROVED a disappointing weekend for Oxfordshire’s athletes in the Great Britain World Championship Team Trials in Birmingham, writes STUART WEIR.

Oxford City’s Nathan Douglas finished fourth in the triple jump, while clubmate Hannah England could manage only eighth in the women’s 1,500 metres.

Douglas, who still holds the British Championship record of 17.64m, set in 2005, could only register 16.27.

“In the fifth round I nailed it – it looked around 17 metres – but was a foul,” he said.

“That jump gives me confidence that it is in the tank, but unfortunately I did not manage to pull it out on the day.”

Douglas is hoping to find another competition to secure the London 2017 World Championship qualifying distance of 16.80.

England could never get on terms with the leaders and finished down the field in 4mins 13.15secs.

She admitted afterwards: “I am very disappointed.

“I gave it all I had, but it was nothing like good enough.”

Gemma Bridge (Oxford City) was disqualified in the 5,000m race-walk for the second year running.

However, she has already secured her place in London after winning the GB trials at 20K last week.

Alice Byles (Oxford City), who sat her final A Level exam at Cherwell School on Friday, finished fifth in her heat of the 400m hurdles.

Three Radley members took part in the women’s discus.

Kathryn Woodcock (47.60m) finished in sixth place, Luisa Chantler-Edmond (42.56) was tenth and Isobel Griffin-Morris (42.54) 11th.