A busy weekend for Lewes Athletics Club

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THERE was much action over the weekend with two track and field league matches, a tough Downland run and two road races.

The senior athletes were at Bromley competing in the Southern Athletics league, and the junior athletes at Hasting in a UK Young Athletes League match. In the Bromley match Lewes held third position against some strong London clubs. Blackheath and Bromley took first position, with Croydon in second place. At the Hasting match there was much more of a local flavour with the competition including teams from Medway, Brighton, Hastings, Eastbourne and Worthing where again Lewes took the third spot.

In a good overall performance by the Lewes team at Hastings, there were 11 Lewes athletes taking first position in their events. Livvy Connor was first in two events, starting with winning the U15W 200m in a time of 27.5secs and winning the U15W pole vault with a vault of 3.10m. Luca Bish also won two events with a win in the U15B high jump with 1.35m and first in the U15B pole vault with 2.10m. Aiden Briffett won his U15B 800m race in a time of 2.19.5. Lewes athletes were particularly strong in the field events, with Ella James winning her U17W age high jump with a jump of 1.55m and Bryce Williams-Watson wining his U17M pole vault in a new personal best of 3.50m. In the throws there were two Lewes wins in the shot put, with Luke Staple winning the U17M event with 9.41m and Myles Bickmore-Vaughan his U13B event in 6.59m. There were also two wins in the javelin event with Scott Staples winning the U15M (A) with 31.28m and Connor Sullivan the (B) event with 20.10m. In the U17M hammer event Yash Rogers won with a personal best of 17.80m.

Turning to the Trundle Hill Downland Race at Lancing on Wednesday May 16, there were eight Lewes members competing in a race with 326 competitors. First for Lewes was Pablo Ibarguren who has recently hit fine form, finishing in 10th position in a time of 40mins 47secs. Next across the line was Colin Bennett in 26th position in 43.48, with Mat Haycock next in 38th in 45.34. Just missing out but finishing in the top 50 was Mat Homewood in 52nd in a time of 46.58, with Mick Acott in 133rd in 52.05. Making up the team of eight Lewes AC runners were David Foster in 167th in 54.15, Clare Anstee 202nd in 57.02 and David Feintuck 255th in 61.27. Altogether the eight Lewes runners brought the team home in ninth position out of the 17 competing teams. This result keeps Lewes AC creeping up the league positions in the year-long West Sussex Fun Run League competition. Lewes competitors for Sunday’s Horsham 10k were somewhat depleted, owing to a clash with the Bognor 10k, and with the other events. In the Horsham 10k Lewes AC’s David Bradford finished second, clocking 33mins 50secs, with which he was more than satisfied, given the undulating course and having begun to increase his training mileage in preparation for the Berlin Marathon in September. It was a lonely second place for Bradford – 45secs behind the winner, Horsham Joggers’ Andy Robinson (a former national-level steeplechaser), and more than two minutes ahead of third-placed Steve Nicholls (Horsham Joggers).

The other Lewes finishers were: 23rd Anthony Shaw 40:24; 31st Colin Bennett 41:12; 34th Matt Homewood 41:36; 53rd Tony Deacon 43:33 (PB); 78th Tim Monson 45:28; 126th Bob Hughes 48:22, 126th; 197th David Feintuck 53:47.

Down on the coast in Bognor, Ethiopia’s Tadele Geremew stormed to victory in 30mins 37secs. First home for Lewes AC was Allan Jackson, who notched up a personal best in 41:12 finishing 76th. The other Lewes finishers were: 126th Miles Seavill 43:07; and 802nd Andrea Campbell 55:50.

Always up for a challenge, Lewes AC athletes are also competing in the Sussex 10k Challenge. This is a team event that takes place during the year with teams having to compete in five 10k races across Sussex, with the best four results to count.

After the first race at Chichester, Lewes AC men’s team are currently placed in fifth position out of the 35 clubs taking part. The Lewes AC women’s team is currently lying in sixth against the 36 women’s teams competing. Both the men’s and women’s teams are looking to improve their positions in the remaining four races that will take place during the rest of the year. These will take place at Worthing, Hove Park, Brighton and Crowborough.