Rovers in the fast lane at South England champs

From left: Chloe Eyres, Rebekah Morris, Issey Siggs, Seb Rodger, Sofia Cunningham, Millie and Mia O'Hara
From left: Chloe Eyres, Rebekah Morris, Issey Siggs, Seb Rodger, Sofia Cunningham, Millie and Mia O'Hara

Youngsters of Eastbourne Rovers sprint squad travelled to Lee Valley in North London over two weekends to take part in the South of England champs.

Sofia Cunningham, a first year under-17 got everything off to a great start finishing second in her 60 metre heat in 8.02. A personal Best (p.b.) and only just outside the club record.

A record she beat just two weeks later at the London games with 7.96 seconds. Unfortunately a false start in the South of England semi-finals denied Sofia a well deserved final spot.

Sofia is currently ranked 15th in the country despite still being a year young in the age group.

Issey Siggs, under-17, and Chloe Eyres, under-15, were the two least experienced members of the squad. Issey running in her first ever 300m indoors knocked a full second off of her P.B.

Only just missing out from progressing as a fastest loser. However two weeks later at the London games she improved by nearly half a second in a time of 44.4 secs.

Chloe like Issey is a year young in her age group was competing in her first ever 200 let alone indoors. So to finish fourth to in just over 30 secs was a great effort.

In the 200’s Jamie Eyres, under-17, and Sophia Cunningham both qualified comfortably in second place in their respective heats.

Both also finished sixth overall and only missed making their finals by fractions with only the five fastest progressing.

Sofia recorded another huge P.b. (26.35) and Jamie (23.62) was several tenths outside of his best.

However Jamie missed several key training sessions beforehand and had he been 100 per cent would of undoubtedly made the final.

Also in the 200 Daniel Ogun, under-20, broke 24 secs for the first time with 23.99 but unfortunately was not quite quick enough to progress in a very high quality field.

Sisters Millie O’Hara, under-17, and Mia O’Hara took part in the London games.

In the 60m Millie (8.35) was only fractionally outside her best while Mia recorded a P.b. with 8.83 secs.

In the 200 Mia (29.49) was very pleased with another huge personal best. Millie with an indoor P.b just failed to break 28secs but does struggle on the tight bends of the indoor track.

With her outdoor P.b. being closer to 27 seconds which is her target to break this summer.