News from the weekend’s County Championships

With the various County Championships taking place all over the country we had athletes competing in 4 different championships – most of them of course taking part in the Sussex Championships in Crawley.

Undoubtedly the best performances came from Chloe Hollamby. On Saturday she ran a very strong 300 metres, with nobody able to push her, to win the under 17 final (and retain the title she won last year) in a time of 41.0 seconds – inside the English Schools entry standard. Then later on Saturday she ran a pb in the heat of her 100 metres in 12.9 seconds but was not quite able to match this in the final where she was 5th in 13.0 seconds. Then back on Sunday for the 200 metres. Another excellent run in the heats where she was first in 26.2 seconds before doing even better as she ran away from the field to win the final by about 10 metres in a new pb of 26.0 seconds (another English schools entry standard).

Oh I nearly forgot – late on Saturday afternoon she also picked up a silver medal to add to the 2 golds with a discus throw of 24.66 metres.

Ryan Spivey again had an excellent weekend in the under 20 events – though it is fair to say that he didn’t have as much competition as Chloe did in her events. Ryan started in the javelin on Saturday afternoon. Going into the last round he was in third place but a final throw of 47.26 metres brought him the gold medal. On Sunday he started with the 110 metres hurdles where, despite a new pb of 15.8 seconds, he had to settle for second place. The high jump brought him another gold medal with a clearance of 1.85 metres and he finished his weekend in the last field event of the championships with another pb, this time in the triple jump, of 13.58 metres.

Our sixth gold medal came from Sarah Killick-Bird early on Sunday morning in the 400 metres hurdles. Sarah won the title last year and held on to it with a time of 70.5 seconds. She could have done with someone to push her harder.

Silver medals were spread rather more widely. Vicki Pellett, in her first outdoor championship, was second in the under 15 shot with 8.00 metres on Saturday afternoon. Another under 15 silver medal came from Lois Drummie in the Surrey championships at Kingston when she set a new pb and a new club record with a time of 11.97 seconds in the 75 metres hurdles. She will be looking to go a bit quicker at the Surrey Schools Championships in June to try and get a place in the English Schools Championships.

And from rather afield in Cambridge Elric Doswell was coming second in the under 17 triple jump at the Cambridgeshire Championships with a best jump of 12.01 metres.  To complete the silver medal count there was another triple jump medal when Sarah Rusling came second in the Surrey Under 20 event on Sunday with 10.26 metres.

Three bronze medals also came our way with Sarah Rusling the first on Saturday afternoon with her 4.71 metres long jump at Kinsgton. Then on Sunday Lois Drummie picked up her bronze medal, again at Kingston, with 1.45 metres in the under 15 high jump. And the third bronze medal came from our youngest competitor Oli Stuart In the 3-event minithon at Crawley. He started with a new pb in the long jump with an impressive 4.57 metres before running 21.2 seconds in the 150 metres. His discus throw was unfortunately not quite as far as he would have liked.

While not picking up any medals Abby Beswick beat her previous under 17 80 metres hurdles best twice on Saturday morning at Crawley. In her heat she hit the last hurdle but still recorded 12.6 seconds and then in a very tight final she was just squeezed out of the medals, but this time in 12.3 seconds – a new club under 17 record. And rather older than the rest of the athletes Colin King took part in the mens pole vault and his jump of 3.20 metres set a new over 50 club record – beating his own 3.10 metres from earlier this year.

And finally a mention for Phillip Hatch. He looked good winning his under 15 300 metres heat in 41.4 seconds – but he aggravated an old rugby injury and was unable to take his place in the final.

So all in all a great weekend. Very well done to all the medal winners and to all those who competed. The rather busy period continues this weekend with matches for our under 13 and under 15 athletes on Saturday and then our slightly older under 17 and 20 athletes on Sunday before the County Schools Championships take place the following weekend on Saturday June 8th. Warm sunny weather would be great.

What’s happening this week ?

Tuesday May 28th – training for all athletes at Imberhorne from 7

Wednesday May 29th – Sussex Schools Combined Events at Withdean Stadium in Brighton

Thursday May 30th – training for all athletes at Imberhorne from 7

Saturday June 1st – under 13 and under 15 match at Dartford

Sunday June 2nd – under 17 and under 20 match at Lewes



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