Wind and rain make it a battle for Chichester athletes

On a wild, wet, windy and cold day at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, a handful of Chichester Runners and AC’s athletes braved the weather to compete at the SETAFA open meeting.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 4:15 pm
Rachel Hopwood, Ellie Courtney and Fleur Hollyer of Chichester Runners / Picture: Lee Hollyer

The conditions meant the day was almost only a training session, instead of an actual athletic competition.

In the under-15s, Ellie Courtney had a baptism of fire but she won her first ever 100m race in 14.30sec and came third in the 200m with 30.50sec

There was drama in the 200m when Rachel Hopwood took a heavy fall crossing the finishing line.

However after treatment for her bruised shoulder, hip and leg, the pain was tempered by the knowledge she had run a new personal best of 29.31sec.

Earlier she had recorded 14.00sec in the 100m.

Fleur Hollyer (U20) ran a season’’s best 13.09sec for third place in the 100m, and went on to register 27.36sec in the 200m.

Rachel Laurie (U23) looked strong as she battled her way through the 400m to record 64.37sec.