Lewes at UK National Indoor Championships

A NUMBER of Lewes AC athletes were competing at the UK National Indoor Championships.

At the Championships at Birmingham, Livvy Connor became the top UK pole vaulter for her age. Clearing 3.30m, she set a new personal best and another Lewes Athletic Club record. Whilst she cleared the same height as the gold medal winner she had to settle for the silver medal on count back having failed a lower height earlier in the competition.

There were mixed fortunes for the other five club members competing at Birmingham. Millie Cable, in the U15 age group, produced her best indoor 200m to date, again tearing apart her own club record in finishing third in her heat in 27.82 – a time that meant she only just missed a place in the semi finals.

Ella James, in the U17 women high jump competition, continued her good start to the season by clearing 1.55m in the high jump. However, this was just a little below her personal best and placed her 15th nationally. If Ella had jumped her PB this would have placed her sixth in the UK. However, she is looking to improve on this height when competing at the Inter County Championships at Sutton this coming Sunday. (Photograph of Ella jumping at Birmingham).

Emilie Blackwell, in the U20 women’s pole vault competition, was a little disappointed with her height of 3.10m although this placed her eighth in the competition.

Vicky Warren cleared her opening height of 2,20m in the U15 girls’ pole vault but sadly that was her only clearance. However, just to compete at a national event is a tremendous achievement.

Rob Mullet, who is currently living in the USA, had some tremendous results when competing in Indianapolis. Competing in the Polar Bear three-mile and five-mile road races, he decided to run both races straight after each other in place of his normal training runs.

The first race, the three-mile race, started at 8.30am in the morning and Rob was the first across the line in a time of 15mins 50secs. At 9.15am the five-mile race started and Rob finished second in a time of 24mins 45secs. Not bad for what should have been a training run!

On Wednesday, February 22, it was the South Sussex area primary schools cross county event held at the Stanley Turner Ground. In the girls’ race Danielle Jacobs secured a very creditable fifth place and from this a place in the team to compete in the Sussex Schools event to be held at Bexhill.

Also well placed in the boys’ event was Ben Walter who came fourth overall and also securing a place in the Sussex County event.

On a sunny Saturday, February 25, Lewes AC had nine athletes competing in the various age groups in ‘The National’ at Parliament Fields in London. Pride of place must go to Angel Collins, who was 65th overall in the U20 women’s competition and the first Sussex runner in a time of 26mins 24sec. Lizzie Keep finished 89th in the same age group in a time of 29mins 06secs.

Catlin Lloyd also had a great race in the senior women category, finishing in 100th place in 32mins 34secs in race with 650 finishers. In the U15 girls’ race Eve Rothwell finished in 242nd in a time of 17mins 57secs and Faith Daughtery, competing in the U17 women’s category, finished in 163rd in a time of 24mins 24secs.

Not to be outdone, there were three finishers in the U15 boys’ event. with Patrick McManus finishing in 149th in a time of 17mins 08secs. Connor Sullivan was 247th in a time of 18mins 11secs, and Tom Lambert finished 322nd in a time of 19mins 41secs. In the U13 boys’ race Sam Rogers returning from injury had a really great run finishing 69th in 11mins 59secs.