Hollyer and Laurie fly indoor flag for Chichester

Two Chichester Runners & AC sprinters got their 2017 campaign under way at the South of England Indoor Championships at the Lee Valley Athletic Centre in north London.

Tuesday, 17th January 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:45 pm
Fleur Hollyer (No 93) in action at Lee Valley / Picture by Lee Hollyer

For Fleur Hollyer, it was her first major competition as an under-15 and on her 13th Birthday, and she celebrated it in fine style.

A confident start along with a good drive and finish phase saw her set a sparkling new 60m personal best time of 8.89sec – taking nearly half a second off her previous mark.

Rachel Laurie, better known for her stronger 200m and 300m events - and competing indoors for the first time - decided to forego the tight bends of the indoor track and focus on the shorter 60m sprint.

Competing in the under-17 age group and drawn in the strongest heat, she recorded 8.52sec which was enough to take her through to a high-quality semi-final.

Despite an indifferent start, her strong pick phase saw her record a new personal best time of 8.49sec for a creditable fifth place.

Rosie Compton (under-17) had to withdraw due to illness.

The athletes return the same venue later this month for the London Indoor Games.


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