Youth Development League

Newly promoted Chichester have found things tough in Division 1 of the National Youth Development League so far this season and things were not helped by having to field an under-strength team in their latest fixture at Horsham on 19th May 2018.


With many of last year’s Division 2 champions having moved up into the higher age bracket this season, it was left to a largely inexperienced squad of 30 athletes to fly the flag for the club.


U15 Girls & Boys

It was two of the talented U15’s who made their mark and repeated the fine performances of the previous fixture in April. Newly crowned U15 Sussex discus champion Oliver Beach repeated his feat of the previous weekend with a winning throw of 33 metres 65, a new personal best throw and a distance which ranks him 15th in the UK. Oliver had earlier thrown over 10 metres again in the shot and showed his versatility by just being edged into second place in the 300 metres with a fast time of 40.6 seconds.


In the girls’ squad it was Millie Grant who took the honours with three well deserved 2nd places. In all three, shot discus and hammer the Chichester athlete was fighting for top spot but had to be content with runners-up spots on all three occasions. Elsewhere in the girls’ events, there was some good sprinting from Fleur Hollyer in the 100 and 200 metres with able support from Georgia Colston and Sophie Dudman. There was great strength in depth in the middle-distance races with Nicole Boltwood and Cerys Dickinson in action in the 800 metres including a 2.26 new best time for Cerys while Nina Moranne and Tamsin Anelay put in solid runs over 1500 metres.


Emily Weymouth and Imogen Hillman joined forces for the high jump while Skye Sadler was rewarded with another impressive pole vault at nearly 2 metres. Sophie Dudman ran well in a very competitive hurdles while Hannah Carmichael joined Emily Weymouth and Maisie Sadler in the non-scoring 800 metres.


For the boys, the most experienced quartet were the middle distance runners with Joe McLarnon and Archie Sadler producing consistent runs over 1500 metres while Gabryel White was joined by newcomer Findlay Taylor in the 800 metres with Bradley Holder a good reserve. Will Simmons led the sprints while Archie Sadler reached 2 metres 20 in the pole vault and the whole of the 7-athlete squad showed great team spirit in helping Oliver Beach in the throws and notched up valuable points elsewhere in the track and field.


U13 Girls & Boys

This was probably Chichester least experienced all-round under 13 squad for several seasons but the 10 athletes in action all played their part. Fionn O’Murchu and Josh Dunne formed the strongest pairing of the days in the boys 800 metres with both athletes recording sub 2.30 clockings. In the 1500 metres Hal Edgar and Barney McLarnon formed another good partnership while Josh Dunne was joined by Arthur Dearlove in the long jump with both athletes just under 4 metres. With Arthur Dearlove heading the 100 metres sprint and Finn O’Murchu showing his talent in both shot put and javelin, the rest of the squad supported well in the remaining field events.


For the girls, Gabriella Styles led the club’s sprints supported well by Lucy Hollyer and Grace Bishop while the latter was on more familiar territory in the 1500 metres with newcomer Alice Waterworth. Amelia McGurk showed good form over 800 metres and like the boys’ squad, credit must go to the five girls for scoring points in the remaining field events.


The next match in the National YDL League is on Sunday 17th June at the Ashdown track in Poole.