Lots going on

Sussex Schools Championships on Saturday June 19

Having thrown a pb at June 12’s Sussex Schools Championships Ella Kessell had another opportunity to compete on the second day of the schools champs. And another pb, but this time an improvement of some 5 metres with the 3k hammer going out to 30.75 metres.

Match for senior athletes as well as under 20s and under 17s on Sunday June 20

To the surprise of many of us who thought we’d probably come last in the first senior match of the summer, the provisional results of our match at K2 on Sunday June 20 see us coming second. It was a long long way behind Crawley but a few points ahead of Horsham and Chichester.

We were very much helped by 4 of our under 17 athletes – Beth Currie, Abigail O’Shaughnessy, Chloe Grantham and the above mentioned Ella Kessell – making their first appearance in the senior league. Ella and Chloe were of course having to throw the heavier senior weights in the hammer and javelin – Chloe’s 26.54 metres giving her second place in the A string javelin.

It was also great to see Ellie Killick-Bird again – she last competed in 2014 – and with older sister Sarah (who has been competing regularly for many many years now) they produced a number of great points. In particular they paired up in what sounds like an unusual pairing of events – both of them doing the high jump and then the steeplechase (as well as a range of other events when they didn’t double up). In fact in the 1500 metres steeplechase Ellie set a new club record beating the time held by…yes you’ve guessed right ……. sister Sarah. Add in Lucy Rogers and Amelia Barton (and Amelia’s mum Sarah helping with the field event judging) and the ladies did well.

The senior men could have done with a few of our younger athletes. Wayne Gadd – stuck in Istanbul for much of the recent lockdown – and Phil Rogers had their own private battle. Both turned 50 earlier this year and were therefore hoping to set new club records for over 50 athletes. For example in the high jump first one of them would set a new record, only to lose it straightaway and then regain it etc etc. Eddie Vermeer also threw a couple of implements and the only youngster in the mens squad, Dorian Szatmari, had lots of problems with his run-up in the long jump but still managed a 6 metre jump with 6.05 metres his best on the day – he does have a best of 6.20 from a couple of years ago.

The next senior match comes along pretty quickly – on Sunday July 11 and it’s again at K2.

Match for under 17s and under 20s on Sunday June 27

Our under 17 and under 20 athletes have the opportunity to compete this coming Sunday down in Lewes. But at the moment we only have athletes competing – all throwers. School exams have got in the way, although the restricted number of events has also meant that some athlete’s events are not taking place on Sunday afternoon.

Sussex County Championships coming along in the first couple of weeks in July

The County champs are taking place soon and we’d like to see a good turn-out of athletes. Especially if you still haven’t competed so far this summer. Sunday July 4 sees the championships for under 15s and upwards at the Withdean Stadium in Brighton with the under 13s and the academy under 11s having their championships a week later on Saturday July 10, again at the Withdean Stadium.

Entries for the July 4 championships close on Sunday July 27, while for the July 10 event the entries close on Sunday July 5. But don’t wait to those end dates – ENTER NOW.

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