Chichester athletes’ combined effort is splendid

Alyssa White / Picture by Lee Hollyer
Alyssa White / Picture by Lee Hollyer

Four Chichester Runners & AC members gave a good account of themselves at the Sussex combined events championships held at Sutton in parallel with the Surrey equivalent.

Alyssa White concluded her very long and successful season in impressive style, winning silver in the under-15 girls’ pentathlon with a string of fine performances - missing the gold by 26 points to Crawley`s Natasha Purchas.

With her main focus always being the sprints, this was a fitting way to end her under-15 career before moving up to the under-17 age group next season.

She took the lead in the first event, with a fabulous new personal best 5.00m long jump, followed by another new PB winning time of 12.48sec in a very exciting and close 75m hurdles.

Her 6.80m shot putt was just below her PB, but was enough to maintain her overall lead of 81 points. The high jump saw her equal her PB of 1.35m, but this was Purchas` strongest event and her clearance of 1.56m saw the overall lead change.

Going into the final event, the 800m, the points difference required for her to regain the gold position equated to 14.8sec.

A fine, valiant PB run of 2min 44.35sec saw her beat her rival by 12.2sec – just 2.6sec short of closing the gap – and her overall points tally rise to a personal best 2,487 for silver.

With her main focus always being the sprints, this was a fitting way to end her under-15 career before moving up to the under-17 age group next season.

The under-13 girls’ pentathlon saw the trio of Maya Shankar, Tatiana Reed and Fleur Hollyer all make their debuts in the event – achieving some good performances and gaining great experience along the way.

Shankar posted figures of 4.08m in the long jump, 15.44sec 70m hurdles, 6.44m shot, 1.20m HJ and 3.06.57 800m to finish a good ninth with 1,538 points.

Reed recorded a 2.98m LJ, 14.30sec hurdles, 5.23m shot, 1.23m HJ and 2.54.68 for the 800m to score 1,459 points and finish 11th.

Eleven-year-old Hollyer overcame early run-up problems to leap out to 3.10m in the long jump, then record 16.29sec for the hurdles, putt the shot an impressive PB 3.98m and jump a 1.11m PB high Jump, before finishing off with a well-judged 3.08.81sec run in the 800m to total up 1,033 points and secure 16th position.

DAVID CHURCHER

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