Sussex Sportshall League

A squad of seventeen Chichester Runners' juniors travelled to Horsham on Sunday 9th December 2018 for the second fixture in the Sussex Sportshall League.


Again, having the face many track and field county champions, especially from two strong Crawley and Brighton teams, Chichester’s athletes stuck to their task and put up a stronger showing than in the previous fixture in November. The league provides a winter opportunity for track and field athletes to test their fitness and also for some who are new to the sport a first taste of club competition.


In fact, it was right at the end of Sunday’s match where the club had most cause to celebrate when the U11 boys’ quartet gained a thrilling victory. Sam Cato and Henry Court, together with new member Noah Collins had put Chichester very much in the mix after the first three legs and it was left to James Taylor to draw level and then pull away from his rivals on the final turn to bring the team home in first place by a couple of metres.


Earlier in the match, James Taylor had once again won the individual two lap sprint in fine form and was rewarded with a new Sussex record, improving on his previous best in November by a full half a second to record a time of 22.8 seconds. The U11 quartet also picked up good points in the field events together with reserve Ethan Cooper. In the other boys age groups, U15 duo of Toby Payne and Will Simmonds had combined well in the sprints and jumps as had James Carmichael and another newcomer Toby Applegarth for the U13’s, with James Carmichael once again on good form in the speed bounce.


For the girls, Fleur Hollyer has been Chichester’s most consistent indoor athlete this season and ran well in the two- lap sprint before just falling one point short of her best in the speed bounce and two points off the Sussex record. In her final year in the League, Fleur will have two more opportunities to match or beat the mark in the New Year.


Supporting well on Sunday in the U15 age group, Maya Solly and Clemmie Russell-Stoneman both ran well on the track as well as picking up useful points in the jumps and shot putt in the field events. Likewise, Alice McGurk, Lucy Hollyer and Grace Bishop put up a good all-round display for the U13’s.


Just two U11 girls were in action and both Catherine Dudman and Celia Mayne played their part well in the fine overall team performance.