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  1. The Eastbourne Rovers Juniors competed on Saturday 10th July at the Withdean Stadium in the Under 13 Sussex Track & Field Championships. 

    Coach Jenny Brown was delighted with the squads results. The conditions were very wet but that didn’t stop the talented young athletes putting on fine track & field performances.  

    Particular outstanding achievements came from the girls relay team with very slick baton changes aiding them to snatch the silver medal. The team consisted of Chloe Atkin McCollin, Lexie McClean, Katherine Brown & Josie Usher.
    Silver medalists Josie, Chloe, Lexie & Katy
    Sprints coach Mike Thompson had lots to be happy about with his young squads performances. Josie Usher showed her incredible talent by also clinching the Gold medal in the 100m with a PB of 13.78 & then storming through for the silver & another PB of 28.50 in the 200m. Grasping her triple medal, Josie leapt at the chance with another Gold by a large margin in the high jump. We must mention talented team mate Jemima Scott who performed strongly in the 100m in 14.58 & narrowly missing out on a place in the final by just 1/100 of a second. Jemima also achieved a worthy PB in the 200m with 30.84. Chloe Atkin McCollin followed the PB trend with her 200m performance of 30.99.
    Freda Pearce ran a strong tactical race pacing well to comfortably claim her bronze place on the podium for the 1500m in 5mins28secs.
    Fry pushed through strongly once again to claim the bronze medal in the 1500m with an impressive 3 second PB of 5mins 8 secs.
    Oscar Mizen snatched the 200m Silver medal with a PB of 28.10. The talented star also got a PB of 2mins 32secs in the 800m.
    Katherine Brown claimed her place on the podium with the bronze medal with her final throw in the javelin. Her coach,  Angela,  was delighted at her performance as it’s a new discipline for Katy.  She was also in the silver medalist team for the 4x100m relays.
    Katherine Brown - bronze in the javelin & silver medal relay team

    In the quad kids event (75m, 600m, howler throw & standing long jump), Jacob Atkin McCollin gained 2nd place in the howler throw out of 40 competitors. He also sprinted very strongly in the 75m 
    Rising star Lexie McClean had a strong run in the 800m with a well deserved PB of 2.42. 

    Local young talented athlete Joshua Webster performed well in his first quad kids competition despite being the youngest by far in his age category. 
  2. Eastbourne Rovers Athletes came home with a haul of medals from the Sussex Championships in Brighton.

    Molly Swingler got the day off to a great start as she took gold in the 400m hurdles for U20 women recording a time of 65.8 secs which was good preparation and qualification for the English schools’ championships the following weekend. She also added a gold in the high jump with 1m50. Another gold came from Eleanor Strevens who took the lead in the U17 800m with another impressive time of 2m15.76. Finley Hobbs competed in the 100m for the first time and was thrilled to win his heat and qualifying for the final. Here he surprised everyone with his time of 12.4secs to clinch the gold medal. In the U23 men Liam Hennessey made his comeback to the field events with a 36.55m javelin throw, which although not nearer the 40m line as he had hoped for it still secured the gold medal.

    Sprinters Shania Martlew and Daisy Barrow were also in fine form. Shania soared across the line in the 100m in second place in 12.82 then kept with the leaders in the 200m to take the bronze in 26.81. Daisy reversed these positions with a 3rd in the 100m (13.09) and 2nd in the 200m (27.27), a new personal best. Cara Maker (V40) had the chance to concentrate on the long jump and it paid off as she leapt a fantastic 5m12 for a new personal best and the silver medal.

    Isabelle Chappell ran a new personal best in the U15 800m in 2m26.71 and brought home the bronze medal. Bryan Brett (V35) is continuing his good from in the 1500m running 4m07.85 for another bronze for Eastbourne.

    U15 Caitlyn spencer put all her energy into her heats winning in personal best times of 44.8secs in the 300m and 27.9 in the 200m and so qualifying for both finals. She was then unlucky to miss out on the medals. 

    Eastbourne athletes did well in the 1500m races. Ellie Mclean(U17) ran a superb personal best of 4m56.52 and was unlucky to miss out on the medals in 4th place. Kaleb Berhane ran a well-paced race keeping with the pack and sprinting for home in the final 200m. He was pleased with his first placing in the ‘B’ race. Ben Brown (U17) had to work hard in a strong field crossing the line in 4th with 4m 35.97. In the U15’s Ilya Korchev clocked 4m44.43 for 6th fastest.

    James Stephen first tackled the 800m where he came 3rd in the ‘B’ race with 2m14.25 and then sprinted to a personal best in the 200m with 26.11. Dermot O’Rourke came 5th in the U15 800m in another new personal best of 2m31,92.

    The U13’s are ready for action in their Sussex Championships next week.