Records are set as Lewes teams shine at Herstmonceux Castle relay event

Group photo of Lewes AC relay runners
Group photo of Lewes AC relay runners

There was great and exciting racing at the Herstmonceux Castle Relays last week.

With teams of four each running a leg of something over 1.5-miles the Lewes AC men’s A team was just second behind a strong Hastings AC team.

The Hastings team completed the four laps in 29mins 22secs with the Lewes team less than 30 seconds behind in 29mins 49secs.

Josh Burgess ran the fastest leg for the Lewes team in 7mins 04secs, which was also the second fastest leg of the whole evening. The other team members were: Dave Bradford in 7 mins 33 secs, Matt Bradford in 7 mins 22 secs and Ben Pepler with a run of 7 mins 50 secs.

Lewes AC’s second men’s team followed the A team in and were the third senior men’s team home with a combined time of 31 mins 44secs. Toby Baker ran 7.54, Sam Rogers 7.56, Harry Strong 7.54, and James Martin 8.00.

Also finishing in second place behind a Hastings ladies team were the Lewes AC ladies team in a time of 36 minutes 12 seconds. The individual times were Gina Wilson 8.54, Amy Davila 9.14, Ruby Whyte-Wilding 9.05 and Caitlin Lloyd 9.00. The Lewes Ladies B team finished in a time of 40mins 28secs with Evie Rothwell 10.22, Lizzie Keep 9.05, Katherine Emery 9.44 and Helen Boloram 11.17. Just behind the Lewes Ladies B team were the Lewes Vet Ladies in a non scoring time of 42.00 mins.

On the same evening as the relays, Lewes had 15 runners competing in the Highdown Hike, a tough event that is part of the West Sussex Fun Run League. The group scored an excellent 71 points, which further consolidated the club’s seventh place in the league.

As part of a hectic period for Lewes AC members Livvy Connor was selected to represent Sussex in the Southern Counties under 20 Inter Counties Competition.

Livvy competed in the pole vault and cleared 3.50m to claim third place. This was a truly impressive performance considering many in the event were four years older.

Another impressive result was by Scott Staples who broke the club’s javelin record for the third time in eight days with a distance 45.60m at Horsham open meeting on Sunday August 4, followed by 46.51m at the under Sussex U15 league match at Eastbourne on Wednesday August 7 and 48.08m on Sunday August 11 at the inter counties meeting to take second place.

This puts Scott up into 11th place nationally for under 15 aged javelin throwers.

Continuing on a winning note the Lewes AC team in the Southern Athletics League at Carshalton won their match by more than 60 points. The team scores were: Lewes AC with Haywards Heath Harriers 277 points, Holland Sports 210.5 points, Sutton and District 167 points, Invicta East Kent 116 points and Poole Runners 82.5 points.

In this match Sam Brown set a new league record for the pole vault with a vault of 4.30m and Livvy Connor also set a new league and club record with a vault of 3.50m. Chris Pilling set a new club record for the triple jump with 12.23m. Ruby Whyte-Wilding tackled for the first time the tough 1500m steeplechase and won the A race in a time of 5 min 51.6sec, which puts her 35th on the UK rankings.

PICTURED: a group photograph of the Lewes AC relay runners at Hertsmonceux Castle.