Lewes AC count the county track and field medals

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Lewes AC is not just a running club. Summer reminds us that athletics is not just running but jumping and throwing as well.

So Lewes athletes of all ages and different skill sets descended on the K2 stadium in Crawley for the Sussex County Track and Field Championships. Gratifyingly the club came away with nine bronze, 12 silver and 11 gold awards. The breadth of disciplines where Lewes won these awards bodes well for the future.

Some golds went to runners who are no strangers to success. Under 20 women’s 400m gold went to Grace Tuesday with a time of 58.32. In U17W 800m Ava James took gold in an outstanding 2:11.45.

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There was success for vets with Andrea Sansottera taking the VM35 5000m gold in 16:39.05 as well as 1500m silver. Jonathan Burrell, one of the club’s foremost vet internationals, took gold in the 800m in the VM60 category in a time of 2:22.59.

Emilia Singer took 300m gold.Emilia Singer took 300m gold.
Emilia Singer took 300m gold.

With regard to silverware – figuratively speaking alas - Esme Stephenson came second in the U17 1500m competition in a time of 4:51.83. Also in the U17 category Thalia Witham achieved a double silver in the 80m hurdles (13.07 secs) and 300m hurdles (51.32). In the second race she was pipped at the post for gold by Emilia Laura Singer (48.68 secs).

Bronzes include Henry Crook’s Under 15 100m in 12.27 which was matched by Maria Breeze’s bronze in Girls’ version of the sprint (13.41 secs). Archie Besely focused on endurance and it took him rather longer (17:26.5)– how does that compare with your parkrun time? - to get his bronze in the Under 17 5000m. Meanwhile, as well as the gold in the 300m hurdles Emilia Laura Singer won Under 17 long jump bronze with a neat 5m.

Another Under 17, Fred Gander, won bronze with 10.38m in the men's triple jump. But Emilia had not finished: she took to the triple jump and won yet another bronze (with a 10.16m jump) to add to the gold.

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An example of the breadth of athletic techniques the club can call upon is race walking. In the U13 2000m race walk Seth Muddle took gold in 13:32.02 followed by Rainbow Love’s silver with a time of 16:28.61. In the U15 3000m Race Walk, Charlie Perry took gold with a time of 17:21.19 and Thomas Muddle came second in 21.41.46. Finally Beverly Sheridan took silver in over 65 women’s 3000m race walk with a time of 22:19.69.

Jia Atkins throwing a hammer for goldJia Atkins throwing a hammer for gold
Jia Atkins throwing a hammer for gold

Lewes AC is lessening its reliance on track, as field is beginning to assert itself. Jia Louise Atkins took the hammer throw Under 20 gold with a throw of 28.35m and U20M javelin throw gold went to Hugo Mason with a throw of 47.59m.

But the fastest-growing off-track Lewes development has been pole vault. The club has a reputation as a centre of enthusiasm and excellence in pole vaulting to the extent that its home pole vault run-up track is getting worn out. So here are pole vault's county medals: U13B (Under 13 Boys) Tarn Allan 1.80m Bronze, U15B Bill Scott 3.20m Silver, Luca Mindel 2.70m Bronze, U17M Ivan Wray 3.00m Silver, SW (Senior Woman) Emilie Oakden 3.40m Gold, · U13G Milly Pile 2.10m Silver, U15G Beth Boyes 2.90m Gold, Sylvie Ward 2.60m Silver, Imogen Taylor, 2.60m Bronze, U17W Imogen Clarke 3.20m Gold and Ava Hayes 3.00m Silver. That is three golds, five silvers and three bronze for the one discipline!

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