Mick relives the Olympic dream with a run in stadium in front of thousands

Lewes AC Phoenix 10k
Lewes AC Phoenix 10k
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With the Olympics now a year ago, Lewes AC club member Mick Acott was determined to celebrate and keep his memories fresh and alive.

To this end he entered the Anniversary five-mile event at the Olympic Park.

This was a five mile run around the Olympic park with the last 300m finishing in the Olympic Stadium itself in front of several thousand spectators.

He was in the Red Group, the first wave of more than 12,500 runners with a predicted time of 43 minutes.

Beating his predicted time, Mick finished in 39 minutes 59 seconds and was 2,357th overall – and 49th in his 55-59 age group.

Mick’s said: “It was a great experience and certainly kept my memories fresh running with Paula Radcliffe, Mel B and Victoria Pendleton.”

Despite several forced withdrawals due to injury and circumstance, 12 Lewes Athletics Club turned out for a gruelling Brighton Phoenix 10k on Wednesday evening last week.

In blazing evening sunshine with temperatures still around 23c, there were some great performances.

Chris Gilbert finished 11th overall and broke the 36 minutes barrier for the first time. Allan Jackson was also under 38 minutes, and Jonathan Burrell under 39 minutes.

Sarah Healy, Lee Woodgate and Tony Deacon all achieved personal bests at the distance.

There were mixed fortunes for the Lewes AC team in the Sussex League at Hastings on Saturday.

With only two women able to be part of the team it was left to the men to keep the show on the road.

This they did with a particularly good performance from Chris Pilling, who competed in seven events and scored one fifth of the Lewes AC points, with 30.

He won the pole vault and triple jump and gained second position points in the 110m hurdles, high jump, discus and hammer – truly a renaissance man.

Other great and notable performances included Mark Rahman setting a new club record for the Veteran’s 100m in a time of 12.7 seconds and Matt Grant also setting a under 20 shot record with a shot of 12.77m.

The best record of the day however must go to Livvy Connor who not only won the pole vault but did so by setting a new league record with a height of 3.40m.

In the end Lewes AC, with 153 points, came third behind Hastings with 300.5 points, and Chichester with165.5 points – but in front of Invicta Kent with 122 points.

On the same day and evening as the Phoenix 10k, Lewes AC had 10 younger athletes competing in the open event at Crawley.

There must have been something in the air as the 10 athletes achieved 12 lifetime bests in their events.

This included a new club record for Sam Rogers who ran 2 minutes 07.20 seconds for the U15 boys’ 800 metres.