Chichester athletes help Sisters do it for themselves

Competitors from the Worthing Running Sisters' Christmas Cracker race

Competitors from the Worthing Running Sisters' Christmas Cracker race

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Chichester’s women shone at the weekend with Helen Pattinson finishing a fine runner-up in the Worthing Sisters 10k on Sunday in a time of 42 minutes 12 seconds.

In the shorter 5k event Maria Wright kept up Chichester’s interest at the front of the field with a sixth place in 23.12.

Jane Harrop made the trip to Popham Airfield near Basingstoke for the third Hampshire League fixture of the season for another top-ten finish in ninth place.

James Baker and Tom Blaylock lined up for the very competitive men’s race to finish in 17th and 165th respectively.

Chichester’s junior indoor Sportshall athletics squad were involved in a new venture on the Sussex scene when they travelled the short distance to Worthing for a five-club match.

The event also involved Steyning, Brighton Phoenix, Lewes and host club Worthing Harriers.

Catering for the under-11 and under-13 age groups, it has given Chichester’s ever-increasing junior section another chance to hone their sprinting and jumping skills over the winter months.

For the under-13 girls, top sprinter Alyssa White was joined by Lucy Ashill making her first appearance for the club and both girls gave a good account of themselves in the two-lap race, hurdles and paarlauf.

In the under-11 age group Caitlin Brown, Tahlia Juggins and Jodie Collins all showed a steady improvement as a result of their training over the winter so far.

Sasha Malham-Anderson was a useful addition to the boys’ under-13 squad and excelled himself with an excellent winning vertical jump, the highest of the day in any age group. Then he showed good speed in the sprints with Lewis Hall.

Ben Collins showed good stamina in the six-lap and a fine turn of speed by winning the paarlauf with Malham-Anderson.

Completing the squad, the boys’ under-11 quartet were the strongest of the season so far with Jack Dean, Ned Potter, Harry Sage and Ethan Brown picking up good points in both sprints and jumps and combining at the end of the match for an exciting relay, just being pipped on the line having led for most of the race.

The Sportshall season continues this Sunday (Dec 9) with the second round of the Sussex League taking place at Horsham.