ATHLETICS Medals galore for Lewes AC at Sussex Champs

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AT the Sussex Track and Field Championships held at the K2 Stadium at Crawley over the weekend, Lewes AC athletes came away with 32 individual and team Championship medals.

There were eight gold medals, 12 silver and 12 bronze medals.

Those with gold medals included four gold medallists in the Pole Vault event.

Sam Brown, in the senior man’s category, had the unique experience of tying for first place with a vault of 4.20m.

In the U17M age group Bryce William-Watson cleared 3.50m, Remi MacDonald in the U20M age group vaulted 3.20m and Livvy Connor leapt 3.00m for the U15G gold medals.

In fact in the U15 girls vault Lewes AC athletes took the first three positions, with Vicky Warren winning the silver medal with 2.40m and Polly Saunders the bronze with 2.30m.

In the 300m race in the U15G age group Millie Cable ran 44.3secs to gain the gold medal and Angel Collins in the U20W age group ran 4mins 51.3secs to win the 1,500m race.

This took 12 seconds off on Angel’s personal best. Racing on Sunday in the 3,000m, Angel won a silver medal with a time of 10min 44.8 sec.

In the U15G triple jump Livvy Connor won with a jump of 10.27m and Naomi Lee in the U17W hammer won with a throw of 33.92m.

Of the silver medallists Rhys Camis in the U15B age group came away with two silver medals, one in the 400m race with a time of 56.2secs, and the other in the long jump with a leap of 4.80m.

To these medals must be added his bronze medal won in the 200m with a time of 24.1secs.

Adding to Livvy Connor’s bag full of medals is the silver medal in the U15G 75m hurdles race in a time of 12.2secs and the two bronze medals won in the 100m completed in a time of 13.1secs and in the long jump with a leap of 4.50m.

Also winning a silver medal were Sam Rogers in the U15B 800m in a time of 2mins 17.3secs and Emma Roberson in the senior women’s 800m with a time of 2min 34.7sec.

Further silver medals were won in the field events Ryan Fry U17M with 1.40m in the high jump Evan Carter U17M 11.02m in the triple jump and Claudette Povey in the SW pole vault with a vault of 2.20m.

The U15G team won the silver medal in the 4x100m relay in a time of 53.9secs.

The bronze medal winners included Aiden Briffett in the U15B 800m completed in 2min 17.5sec and Sam Rogers in the U15B 1500m completed in 4min 44.4sec.

In the U20W 1,500m Maddie Smith won the bronze medal with a time of 5min 05.3sec.

Continuing the good results for Lewes AC pole vaulters Luca Bish, as an U15B, leapt 2.10m to secure the bronze medal as did Hannah MacDonald as an U17W with 2.80m.

Connor Sullivan in the U20M triple jump leapt 9.70m and Aaron Guilford ran 11.5secs in the U20M 100m.

To round of the collection of bronze medals the U15 girls’ team picked up the bronze medal in the 4x100m relay race. In addition to all medals won at the Championship there were some near misses and good results by a large turn out of Lewes AC athletes.

There were six Lewes athletes with a fourth place in six events.

They are: Connor Sullivan (U15B 800m 2min 21.5sec); Aiden Briffett (U15B 1500m 4min 50.2sec); Evan Carter (U17M 400m hurdles 63.60secs); Aaron Guilford (U20M 200m 23.0secs); Ludo Goodliffe (U20M 800m 2.00.5sec) and Ella James (U17W 1.55m in the high jump).

Not to be outdone, Ella’s father set a personal best in the 5,000m, coming in fifth with a time of 15mins 29,5secs.

Not bad for an old un!

There was also much action at the Portslade five-mile race over the South Downs.

There were 21 runners from Lewes AC, with Pablo Ibarguren adding to his win at the Barcombe 10K with a fine fourth place in this tough Downland run in a time of 32min 41sec.

The top 10 finishers from the Lewes runners were Chris Hunt (12th 34.14): Colin Bennett (15th 34.58): Dan Ling (17th 35.05): Mauro Lazzati (19th 35.27): Lewis Sida (22nd 35.32): Mathew Homewood (26th 35.59): Jack Hodgson (34th 36.38): Ed Wheeler (37th 37.14): Dominic Osman-Allu (37.22).

The first two scoring Lewes AC women in the race were Carole Waters (110th 42.18) and Paula Taylor (112th 42.27).