ATHLETICS Bradford brothers’ one and two at HH 10-mile

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IN the Haywards Heath 10-mile race on Sunday, Lewes AC brothers Matt and David Bradford came first and second.

On this occasion Matt just pipped his brother to first place, winning in a time of 59mins 30secs to David’s time of 59mins 43secs.

In a race with a large field of runners, Neil Gower had a fine run, finishing in 32nd position in a time of 69mins 25sec.

Following Neil was Tony Deacon in 62nd place in a time of 74mins 56secs, Bob Hughes in 135th position in 83mins 31secs and Pat Cook in 356th position in 110mins 12secs.

On the Monday there was the Burgess Hill 10k race which is part of the linked three races held, the others taking place at Haywards Heath and East Grinstead. In the Burgess Hill race there were 430 finishers with Lewes AC Ian Fines finishing in 22nd position in a time of 44mins 01sec, and Miles Seavill finishing in 38th position in 45mins 25secs.

The club was also in action over the Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday competing in the Young Athlete’s League at Maidstone in Kent.

It was a disappointing result for the club as it was not possible to field a full team of athletes. As a result Lewes AC had to settle for fifth position out of the six teams competing.

There are two more league matches to go so still time to make up the points.

However, whilst there were depleted numbers in the team there were some very good individual results. In the pole vault events Lewes AC athletes won all the age group categories.

In the U17 men’s A event James Shackleton cleared 3.30m for first position and Bryce Williams-Watson cleared 3.00m to win the B event.

In the U15 men’s A event Luca Bish cleared 1.90m to win and Hannah MacDonald, in the U17 women’s event, cleared 2.30m to win her age category.

To complete the clean sweep, the U15 girls were not to be outdone and Livvy Connor cleared 3.00m to win the A event while Polly Saunders made 2.20m to win the B event. In other events there were some excellent Lewes AC results, including first places for Livvy in the U15 women’s high jump of 1.45m, Evan Carter in the U17 men’s 400m hurdles in a time of 68.6secs and Sam Rogers first in the 800m U15 A race in 2mins 22.2secs and Connor Sullivan first in the B race in 2mins 24secs. Samson Page secured a second place in the 200m U13 A race in a time of 30.3secs while Aiden Briffett was second in the U15 m 1500m A race in a time of 4mins 57.3secs. Luca Bish was second in the U15 m High Jump with a leap of 1.45m. To round off the list of second positions the Lewes AC U15 women’s 4x100m relay team came second of the six competing teams with a time of 55.5secs and the U15 men also came second in the 4x300m relay in a time of 3mins 10secs.

Locally on Monday there was the Barcombe Fun Run which raises funds for projects in Zambia. In the 10k race Pablo Ibarguren was the first Lewes AC runner home in a time of 38mins 41secs and in the 6k race Andrew Chitty was the winner in a time of 25mins 45secs.

Finally a word from across the Atlantic. Rob Mullett came second in a 1,500m race in Indianopolis on May 4 in a cracking time of 3mins 45.08secs. Rob also currently tops the 2012 UK rankings for the 3,000m Steeple Chase with a time of 8mins 32.80secs.

Adding to the run of first places for Lewes AC athletes Eloise Smetham in the U13 girls’ shot putt won her event with a putt of 5.01m and in the U15 women’s discus, Livvy Connor added to her victories with a throw of 21.49m. In the hammer event Naomi Lee came first in the U17 women’s event with a throw of 33.59m.