Athletics: a feast of personal bests for Lewes at Sussex Schools Championships

Arron Guilford
Arron Guilford

At the Sussex Schools Track and Field Championships held at the K2 Stadium in Crawley at the weekend, 26 club members competed for their respective schools and secured 17 personal bests in their events

The star performer has to be Scott Staples who won the junior boys javelin with a personal best throw of 43.20m. This not only won the event but also exceeded the qualifying distance to compete at the National English Schools Championships later this year.

Another significant performance was that by Arron Guilford in the senior boys’ 200m, which he won in a personal best time of 22.1sec. This time also broke the Lewes AC club record and qualified him for English Schools. Livvy Connor, in intermediate girls’ pole vault, made 3.30m and also qualified for English Schools. James Shackleton in the senior boys’ pole vault got a PB 4.00m.

The host of club members finishing in silver included: Ethan Bickmore-Vaughan, in the junior boys’ 100m with a time of 11.9sec; Izzy Osbourne in the junior girls’ 200m with 27.01sec; Sam Rogers (junior boys’ 800m with a personal best of 2min 09.8sec); Matt Dingle (a PB throw of 47.63m in the intermediate boys’ javelin); and Luke Staples (again with a life time best throw in the intermediate boys’ hammer event with a throw of 47.23m), while in the intermediate girls’ hammer event, Millie Cable came second with a personal best throw of 27.39m.

In the senior boys’ events Tim Caliafas came second in the 3000m with a personal best time of 09:32.0 while Remi McDonald, in the same age group, claimed second with a personal best vault of 3.70m.

Other clubs members competing with these results include Luca Bish, fifth in the junior boys’ high jump with 1.45m and, in the junior girls’, Grace Salter, fifth in the 100m with a PB of 13.02sec. Ella Mundy was ninth in the 1500m with PB of 5:35.8.

Polly Saunders got 10th in the high jump with a jump of 1.25m: Larissa Carter was fourth in the discus with a 9.61m PB and Millie Hemsley, also in the discus, was eighth with a throw of 16.76m.

In the intermediate boys events results included: Hugo Sharkey (3rd in high jump with 1.70m); Sam Jackson (7th in same event with PB 1.60m); David Thomas (6th in shot putt, PB 8.57m); Connor Sullivan (7th in 800m, PB 2:19.01); James Martin (11th in 1500m, PB 4:51.02) and Patrick McManus (4th in 1500m steeple chase, 5.11.3).

The intermediate girls 800m saw Ruby Whyte-Wilding third (2:28.4) and Amy Davila fourth (2:28.9). Hannah McDonald was third (2.80m) in the senior girls pole vault.

Finally, in the open competition at the Lewes track on Sunday, Jack Harris moved up to fifth on the UK all time list for under 13 boys in the pole vault with a vault of 2.95m.

This height is also a UK age group record, beating the old national record of 2.90m for the under 12 age group.