Athletics: Livvy’s incredible five lifetime bests helps Sussex Girls to heptathlon gold

Livvy Connor in the high jump
Livvy Connor in the high jump

Lewes had two athletes selected to compete at the South East Region Inter County Schools combined events championships at K2 Crawley.

Livvy Connor, in competition with the best 28 school athletes from the eight counties that make up the south east region, won the gold medal and helped the Sussex County Intermediate Girls team to win the heptathlon event.

Livvy started her competition with 12.3secs in the 80m hurdle, the fastest time of the day, then added five centimetres to her high jump personal best in clearing 1.59m.

She followed this with another personal best in the shot putt with a putt of 7.83m and rounded off the first day by knocking 7/10ths of a second off her 200m lifetime best in clocking 26.8. This left her lying second overnight.

Sunday started with five metres in the long jump and a javelin personal best of 22.53m and with just the last event, the 800m, to go Livvy was lying in third place. Never one to duck a challenge, Livvy finished with another personal best of 2.33.6 which proved enough to overtake her rivals, finishing on 4,123 points beating one of the oldest Lewes club records by 422 points

The Sussex Intermediate girl’s team now all travel to the English Schools finals at Birmingham in September as favourites, the Sussex team having finished first, second, third and fourth in the SE regional championships.

Polly Saunders, the second of the Lewes AC athletes, competing for Sussex in the Junior Girls team and started well on Sunday with a PB in the 75m hurdles of 12.6. This was followed by a further PB in the second event the shot.

In the high jump Polly then picked up a foot injury which left her with a jump of only 1.27m and then a below par 4.34m in the long jump. The injury meant Polly had to pull out of in the 800m.

Continuing the club’s winning streak the Lewes AC men’s team at the Heathfield 10k won both the individual prizes and also the team event. David Bradford won the overall event in a time of 34m 23secs, with David’s brother Matt finishing in third place in 36mins 32secs.

Closely behind were Chris Gilbert in sixth position in 37mins 45secs and Lewis Sida in 15th in 40mins 12secs.

The close packing of the Lewes AC runners meant they claimed the men’s team prize by a massive margin of points.

Pictured: Livvy Connor in the high jump.