Young Chichester athletes shine at Sussex championships

Emma Maynard, Rose Ellis and Hannah Croad  Picture by Kate Shemilt C131353-1
Emma Maynard, Rose Ellis and Hannah Croad Picture by Kate Shemilt C131353-1
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Sussex athletes endured a mixed bag of weather over the two days of the county track and field championships at Crawley.

That did not stop Chichester athletes coming away with a host of medals.

Sophie-Anne Haigh (under-17) completed a great sprint double, winning the 100m (12.6sec) and 200m (26.4sec). Her performances showed impressive starts and pick-up in the 100m, along with a fine display of bend running in the 200m.

Ollie Smith claimed his first senior title with a commanding sub 49-second run in the 400m, finishing well clear of his rivals.

First year under-15 Alyssa White – yet to turn 13 – was unlucky to miss out on the finals of the 100m and the 200m by just one place and 0.1 of a second in each case. But her disappointment was tempered with great new personal best 100m time of 13.5sec – outstanding for a 12-year-old.

Under-20 Nathalie Godden, still experiencing slight injury setbacks, did well to take the bronze in the high jump (1.50m) and in the long Jump, she tied on distance for third but just missed the bronze on countback.

She competed over 200m for the first time for two years, recording an acceptable 27.0sec in the final.

There was a bronze medal for Grace Wills in the under-15 girls’ 1,500m.

In the under-17 age group, Rose Ellis came away with two silver medals in the 1,500m and 3,000m while Charlotte Reading was just edged out in the 800m with less than a second between second and fourth.

In the under-20 age group Emma Maynard won the 3,000m. And there were fourth places from Alex Fryday in the 200m and Hannah Croad in the 800..

In the boys events, there was good middle-distance running from Leo Stallard, Sam Reading and Harry Pink in the 1,500m, Adam Croad in the 800m and another consistent run from James Baker in the senior men’s 5,000m in fourth place just inside 15.30.