Youth Develoment League (LAG)

Match Result:

1. Winchester & District                    682 points

2. Chichester                                    435

3. Camberley                                    419

4. Woking                                         329

5. Aldershot, Farnham & District      319

6. Worthing Harriers                         272

6. Havant                                            81


Chichester Runners & AC made a strong start to their National YDL (LAG) campaign at a blustery Mountbatten Centre on Saturday 27th April 2019. Their Division on paper looks to be one of the strongest in Division 2 for many years but the 33-athlete squad coped well with the competition, especially with over half the team making their first appearances in this league.


U15 Girls

For once it was Chichester’s girls rather than their boys who had the stronger squad, and this was most clearly seen with the U15 girls. Of the 13 athletes in action, four were completely new to club competition, four more had progressed from last season’s U13’s and just five remained from the club’s league team from 2018.


It was one of these, Sophie Dudman, who gave the club the best possible start with a convincing and fluent hurdles victory with newcomer Chloe Noble gaining 2nd place in the “B” string for near maximum points. Sophie was then joined by Izzy Holcroft, Cassie Bailey and Eleanor Farquhar in the sprints with all four running well to keep up the club’s momentum. A new combination of Cerys Dickinson and Amelia McGurk doubled up firstly in the 800m and then, showing a good turn of speed in the 300m while Tamsin Anelay used her winter cross country fitness to good effect in the 1500m. In the field events, Cerys Dickinson and Jaimie Gibb formed a useful partnership in the high jump with Jaimie clearing 1.35 in tricky, windy conditions. She was then joined by Lucy Hollyer in the long jump. The four throws produced all round good points for Chichester with Cassie Bailey’s 2nd place in the shot with nearly 7m. In discus, hammer and javelin, Tatum Anwyl and Ruby Chandler joined forces with Chloe Noble to gain a number of top three placings while Maddie Byers joined with the rest of the squad for the relays at the end of the match.


U15 Boys

With many of the regular team unavailable for this first match, the six U15 boys in action did well to amass the points they did for a small squad. Callum Hale joined up with Arthur Dearlove in the 100m while Nathan Ewins and Joe Mclarnon were as impressive over 200m while Gabe White joined Callum Hale in the longer 300 after the 800m earlier in the match.  In a testing 1500m into a fierce headwind on the back straight, Joe McLarnon and Hal Edgar finished stride for stride in just outside 5 minutes.


In the field events, Nathan Ewins produced the best performance with a good 1.54 clearance in the high jump for 2nd place in the “A” string while Arthur Dearlove and Callum Hale scored well in the long jump and, in the absence of any specialist throwers. Arthur Dearlove and Hal Edgar picked up useful points in the shot.


U13 Boys and Girls

Of the 14 athletes in the U13 squad for the match, no less than 11 were making their first appearances for the club in a track competition. It was, however, one of last season’s team, Josh Dunne, who produced the stand-out performance in winning the 800m comfortably with a good turn of speed over the last 200m. He was supported by Seb Fenmor Collins, one of four Year 6 athletes in the 7-man boys’ team.


Another two were in action in the 1500m with Noah Collins and Digby Fulford both doing themselves justice in the challenging conditions. Josh Eaton and Ollie Meaby ran well in the sprints against some determined opposition for all six of their rivals while Sam Tonks, usually a middle-distance runner, showed his versatility by picking up good point in both high jump and javelin.


Just one of the U13 girls had competed in track league before and it was Grace Bishop who made her experience count by storming to a 2nd place in the opening event, the 70m hurdles. With newcomer Imogen Clifford-Brown winning the “B” string the pair mirrored their U15 counterparts in gaining near maximum points. The pair later picked up good points between them in the high jump. Sinead Jones and Louise Byers formed a new partnership in the 100m as did Carrie Anelay and Ellie Courtney in the 800m. Middle distance runner Florence Ingram paired up with Sinead Jones in the 1500m while the whole squad showed great team spirit in making sure that all four field events, the high jump, long jump, shot and javelin added vital point to the overall total.