The sun shone and so did the performances of the 250 young athletes who descended on Withdean Stadium in Brighton for the Under 13 and Under 11 QuadKids Championships on Saturday.
It was the perfect weather for athletics and the youngsters did not disappoint. There were two Championship Best Performances and an additional six new CBP’s by virtue of the 100m, 200m and 1500m being contested for the first time.
The stand out performers of the day were Eastbourne’s Eleanor Strevens over 800m and Worthing’s Rio Williams in the High Jump.
Williams added 13 centimetres to his personal best with a CBP leap of 1.58m. He now tops the UK rankings. The youngster increased his medal haul with a silver in the ‘new’ distance of 100m in a time of 13.18s. Williams was behind his club mate, Chae Goff, who battled to the line to take the title in 13.10s. Goff had earlier run a 13.07s heat for a maiden event CBP.
Strevens, the reigning Sussex cross-country champion, front ran her way to a six second personal best and smashed the previous CBP by two seconds. Her time of 2.22.36 takes her to number five in the UK u13 rankings and she would also have won the boys’ race. Louis Goodwin (LEW) took this title in 2:23.07, despite being in the slower seeded race. Goodwin clearly combines endurance with speed as he had earlier won the 200m running a new CBP in his heat of 27.60s.
Horsham first year U13, Madeleine Way, shot up the UK rankings by almost 300 places after her 100m win in 13.65s. She also came second in the 200m behind Crawley’s Orla Edwards who ran 28.10s for victory.
70m Hurdles victor - Phoenix’s Amelia Kortens - achieved a second gold in the girls High Jump and Chichester’s Fionn O’Murch was gold medallist in the boys’ Long Jump.
Clubwise it was a great day for Brighton & Hove AC on the field. Apart from High Jump and the boys Long Jump, every other field event was won by a B&H athlete and the club achieved a 1-2-3 in both the boys’ and girls’ javelin.
Dulcie Yelling and Eloise White were the gold and silver medallists with 34.28m and 30.83m for UK rankings of three and six respectively. Yelling also won the inaugural 1500m. They both have another year in the age group.
Theo Lilly added six metres to his personal best with a winning throw of 34.99m. He was followed by Josh Clarke with 33.59m and Charlie Partridge with 31.59m.
Their clubmate Kathleen Kearney won both the discus and the shot with 22.83m and 9.08m and Alex Riley was a triple gold medallist with wins in the hurdles, shot and discus.
Amber Purcell jumped a 46cm personal best in the Long Jump flying out to 4.70m - just 4cms off the CBP - to take gold. The girls’ long jump was a high quality competition with Worthing’s Libby Froome in the silver medal position with 4.64cms and 100m winner Orla Edwards bringing home another medal with a 4.55m leap for bronze.
Crawley girls' team won the relay as did Brighton’s boys.
There were many impressive performances and this year Sussex’s leading under 13 athletes stand a real chance of a top three finish at the highly competitive Southern Inter-Counties fixture at the end of July. Team Manager Kate Matthews is presently selecting that team.
The future of Sussex athletics is looking good.
QuadKids Under 11 Championships
The girls competition was a battle between two Brighton athletes and it went right down to the wire, with just one point separating the closely matched Stella Kalman and Elodie Bradley for gold and silver medal positions. Both were strong all round recording the following performances; 11.2 over 75m, 1m59secs and 1m54secs for 600m, 2.14m and 2.07m Standing Long Jump and 21.2m and 20.3m howler throws. They ended with point scores of 237 and 236 with Crawley’s Damilola Atinaro in third place on 215 points. The winner, Kalman was just one point below her clubmate’s Amber Anning’s CBP which dates back to 2011.
For the boys Horsham’s Harry Long was dominant winning by 22 points with 254 ahead of Brighton’s Louis Orrow who with 232 was just one point in front of his club mate Sidney Aparo. Just like last year, when the eventual victor won due to his throw, Long gained his winning margin when he launched the howler out to 42.40 metres.
Sussex AA was delighted to once again welcome athletes to the open wheel chair races over 100m and 800m. Nathan Freeman and Martin Leppard from Worthing competed in both distances and recorded times substantially faster than last year. The finishing order was the same as 2017 with Nathan 23.49s/3:21.27 and Martin 24.37/ 3:35.99.
See the full results here: Latest Results
None of this would have happened without the many volunteers who manage, officiate and help at the county's events. Sussex AA thank them all for giving up their time for our sport. If any of you are interested in officiating and helping your child's club and the county, please contact Sussex Athletics Officials Secretary Peter Kennedy.