Southern Athletics League

There was a good showing from a small squad of seven athletes at the Southern Athletics League match at Poole on 20th May 2018 with several personal best individual performances being set on the day.


Jacob Piper has been on good early season form for the U17’s this season and dipped under 12 seconds with an 11.9 clocking in the 100 metres. This was followed by a 24.8 in the 200 with fellow U17 Cellan Robinson giving good support on each occasion.


In the field events Andy Hall again threw well over 30 metres in the hammer but could not match his 38 metres effort from Andover in April which puts him just outside the top 100 in the national rankings and 3rd in his over 55 age-bracket.  Andy was also over 9 metres in the shot putt, again using the 7.26kg senior implement, heavier than the one used for his age groups in masters’ competition. Lending good support in the field were Cellan Robinson in the javelin and Jacob Piper with a 5 metres plus effort in the long jump.


In the women’s section, Jess Rayner was delighted to break through the 10 metres barrier for the first time with a best of 11 metres 18, a distance which puts her just outside the UK top 50 in her age group. Making Chichester strongest pairing of the day, Florence Smith was well over 9 metres as the club’s “B” string. The pair then combined in the high jump while Rayner opted for a sprint and Florence Smith chose the longer 800 metres partnering Maggie King. Maggie King also honed her sprinting speed in the 200 metres as well as tackling the 100 metres hurdles. One athlete who was returning to competition after a gap of several years was thrower Sharna Russell. Not having great expectations from her first match, Sharna was delighted with not only a second place in the discus but capping the day off with a win in the javelin.


The next league fixture in the Southern League is on Saturday 23rd June at Salisbury where Chichester will be looking to field a considerably fuller squad.