Athletic Reports

Chichester’s U17’ and U20’s have been in League action as well as contesting open meetings in recent weeks resulting in numerous personal best performances as well as several high positions in the national rankings.

Top performance so far this season has come from Leo Stallard who is also making his name in the triathlon ranks. In a recent British Milers Club meeting in Eltham, Kent, the 16-year old smashed his previous best in the 5k by over half a minute to record 15 minutes 43 seconds to climb to 18th in the UK rankings. At the same meeting, Ben Collins also made a breakthrough in the 800m to cross the line in 1 minute 58 seconds. Ben Morton has also got in on the act with a new best of 9.06 in the 3k at Brighton a week later, a 15 seconds improvement on his 2017 best. 

Also, in action in a League match at the Withdean Stadium was Brandon Bell who was back to form in the 100m and 200m as was Ethan Hartley who once again showed his versatility over distances ranging from 400m to 1500m.
For the women’s team, Alice Cox-Rusbridge had her first track meeting of the season after a fine winter of cross country and road running. She started the day with a speedy race over 1500m in just over 5 minutes and then proceeded to dominate the steeplechase later in the programme to romp home in 5.36.4 to stand 21st in the UK rankings in her first ever attempt at the event.

The top performances at Brighton in the men’s U17 match were from Max Lambkin who set no less than 3 personal bests in the day. A speedy 62 seconds clocking for the 400m hurdles was followed by 11.8 for the 100m and 23.6 in the 200m for his first official times under 12 and 24 seconds respectively. Cellan Robinson supported well in the sprints as well as posting a good mark in the discus while Liam Dunne showed a good turn of speed with a 53.6 in the 400m although a recurrence of slight twinge prevented him from running in his best event, the 800m later in the programme. 

Niall Mears and Alfie Spurle formed a new partnership in the 800m with both athletes just outside 2 minutes 20 seconds and Alfie also competing well over 400m and triple jump. 

Gymnast Ethan Brown was in action for the first time this season and was rewarded with a new best of 37.81m in the javelin as well and clearing 2.80m in the pole vault and coming close with good attempts at a new best height of 3m. 

In the women’s events, Worthing based Eloise Longhurst was making her first appearance in a Chichester vest and showed great form over 200m and 300m as well notching up a good mark of 10.34 in the triple jump. Emily Russell backed up well as “B” string in the two track races, scoring good points for the club while Phoebe Pontet continued her good season’s form in the 80m hurdles. Finally, thrower Lucie Munday gained two runners-up spots in discus and hammer against some fierce opposition.