Frantic weekend for both junior and senior athletes

It was a frantic competition weekend for both junior and senior Lewes Athletics Club club members.

The junior members were in competition with all the other Sussex track and field clubs in the under 15 league final at Crawley and the adults were in competition with athletes from all Sussex clubs at the Hellingly 10k road race.

In both events there were some outstanding performances from Lewes athletes.

In the under 15 league final at the K2 Arena at Crawley there were a stack of first and second positions across many event to help the Lewes AC team take a very creditable fourth team position in the final up against 10 teams.

In first position in the boys’ track events were Will Sutton in the 300m in a time of 41.3sec, Luca Bish in the 80m hurdles (14.5s) and Sam Rogers in the 800m (2m 07.1s).

In the field events the athletes winning their events were Jay Sinden in the long jump with a leap of 4.65m, Scott Staples in the Javelin A with a throw of 42.86m and Jordon Bowman in the B Javelin with 33.79m.

The girls winning their events were Grace Salter in the long jump with 4.14m and Lucy Thompson in the B pole vault with a vault of 2.40m.

The many second place finishes by Lewes AC athletes included Ethan Bickmore-Vaugh, who was second in both the 100m and 200m with times of 12.1secs and 24.4sec.

Bish was second in the high jump with 1.45m and Scott Staple was second on the pole vault (B) with 2.90m. Also second in their events were James Linington in the A discus with a throw of 24.43m and Cameron Northcote-Green in the B event with 20.74m.

The boys’ 4x100m relay team also secured second place with a run of 49.1secs. The girls coming second in their events were Polly Saunders with 4.62m in the long jump and Millie Hemsley with 2.70m in the pole vault.

The adults were in action at the Hellingly 10k road race and Lewes AC runners took up three places in the first 10 in a race with nearly 300 runners.

First club member, in fourth place in a time of 34m 07s was Dave Bradford, followed closely by Tom Morris, sixth in 35.30 who in turn was followed by Chris Gilbert, ninth in 36.11. Chris was also the second veteran runner to finish in the race.

The Hellingly 10k is one of four races that make up the Harvey Curtis-sponsored Sussex Road Race Challenge. Currently Dave Bradford lies second in the challenge followed by his brother Matt in third, with the Lewes AC team lying in third behind teams from Hastings and Brighton and Hove. The great results achieved at the Hellingly 10k will add great points to both the individual and teams scores leading into the final races in the Challenge series.

Another great performance at Hellingly was that by Lara Barazzuol who, in one of her first races for the club, finished in a time of 44mins 58sec. This gave Lara not only an overall finishing position of 99th but also made her the 11th female to finish. The club had 22 runners competing.