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Sussex U15 Grand Athletics Final

A squad of 17 athletes produced a fine all-round display at Withdean Stadium, Brighton on Friday 30th August 2019 to retain their third-place trophy in the Sussex U15 Grand Athletics Final.

In a battling display over 26 events, Chichester were able to assert themselves for the 5th year in succession as one of the top three Sussex Clubs in the U15 age group. The winners were once again Crawley AC who were too strong for hosts Brighton & Hove but Chichester in third place had nearly 100 points to spare over fourth placed Horsham Blue Star with the remaining six clubs trailing in their wake.

Match result:

                                    1. Crawley AC                                 480 points

                                    2. Brighton & Hove                          453

                                    3. Chichester Runners & AC           346

                                    4. Horsham Blue Star Harriers        249

                                    5. East Grinstead                            170

                                    6. Lewes AC                                    150

                                    7. Worthing & District Harriers         134

                                    8. Eastbourne Rovers                       96

                                    9. Haywards Heath                           43

                                    10. Brighton Phoenix                        42

 Boys match:

With just a single A string first place of the entire match, Chichester’s success was down to the teamwork of the whole squad to support their leading athletes. Always important to get things off to a good start it was Ben Rose on the track and Hugo Martell in the throws who set the ball rolling with two fine second places.

On the track it was the 300m athletes who were in action first with Ben Rose starting quickly down the back straight to leave himself well clear of the field with only the Brighton athletes ahead. Despite a herculean effort over the last 50m Ben Rose was agonizingly pipped by a single stride and one tenth of a second at the finish in a fine time of 41.6s. Noah Campbell stepped up in the B string to gain another runners-up spot to set Chichester on their way with 18 points out of a maximum 20 for the event.

Meanwhile on the field, the club’s top thrower, Hugo Martell, was in the hammer circle and was just short of 30m for another second place. The pair continued to score well for the club later in the match with Ben Rose notching up another second place in the 200m plus anchoring both relays while Hugo Martell was second in the discus as well as having the club’s sole A string win with a 10.58m best in the shot putt.

Elsewhere on the track Nathan Ewins and Arthur Dearlove formed a useful partnership in the 100m while brothers Noah and Micah Campbell were effective in the hurdles. Toby Greatorex and Luke Cobden paired up in the 800m and the club’s sole gap in the team being the 1500m where none of the distance specialists were available for the match.

Nevertheless, the points kept coming with Cameron Wilson setting a new PB in the long jump with Luke Cobden winning the B string. It was the same story in the high jump with Nathan Ewins A string and Micah Campbell ensuring maximum B string points with the same height. Toby Greatorex finished the tally of individual events with a strong javelin throw while the 4 x 300m quartet of Noah and Micah Campbell, Arthur Dearlove and Ben Rose saved the best till last with a stirring win in just over three minutes to hold off the fast finishing Brighton athlete over the last 20m.

Girls match:

The theme of teamwork was repeated in the girls match with all eight athletes in action able to be versatile. As with the boys the range of ability across both track and field events was the key and nowhere was this more epitomized that at the start of the match with Erin Hobbs partnering Amelie McGurk in the 300m and then quickly changing out of her spikes to join Chloe Noble in the hammer circle.

Unlike the boys, the girls had a full quartet of middle-distance runners with Cerys Dickinson and Gemma Appleton battling over 800m while Amelie McGurk and Tamsin Anelay joined forces over 1500m with all four-showing promise for the forthcoming XC season.

In the sprints it was Cassie Bailey who stepped in to the 100m with Cerys Dickinson offering good support in the B string as well as joining Jaimie Gibb in the high jump with Jamie Gibbs and Gemma Appleton joining up for the long jump. With Chloe Noble the specialist thrower going on to the shot and discus after the hammer, it was the rest of the squad who ensured that the events were well covered  with Cassie Bailey proving to be a good partner in the shot as was Tamsin Anelay in the discus with the team completed by Amelia McGurk and Tamsin Anelay forming a new partnership in the javelin for more unexpected points.

 

All eight girls played their part either in the 4 x 100m or 4 x 300m relays at the end of the match to ensure that Chichester came home delighted with retaining their hard-won trophy of the previous year.

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