A warm, still evening at Eastbourne Sports Park provided the perfect setting for Eastbourne Rovers young U15 athletes league match.
It was also a chance for new athletes to put on the Eastbourne Rovers vest as others were on holiday.
Marcus Hinchon was as surprised as UK Athlete Greg Rutherford as he stepped on to the long jump run way and leapt into first place with a distance of 4m 44cm.
This set the stage for some rivalry with team mate Mitchell Dennis, who improved his personal best by a massive 40cm jumping 4m 40cm for a first place in the ‘B’ string to secure maximum points.
Marcus then sprinted into second place in both the 100m and 200m races clocking 13.1secs and 27.8secs respectively.
Tommie Brown backed him up well in both sprints to win the ‘B’ strings in 13.7 seconds and 28.5seconds.
Jorden Penny is new to the club competition but took the 800m in his stride dipping under 3 minutes with 2minutes 56.7seconds and a third place.
Conor Barnaville was a very last minute selection and proved a valuable member of the team, sprinting from the gun to glory in the 400m in 70.6 secs.
Tommie, Jorden, Marcus and Mitchell teamed up well to gradually build up a lead in the 4x100m relay to finish the meeting in style.
In the girls team Charlotte Tester showed her strength in the technical throwing events.
It was her first hammer competition so she was thrilled to get second place and throw 21m27.
She then put the shot 6m 25cm before hurling the discus 16m 56cm for first and second placings in the ‘B’ strings.
Jessica Lamb made her debut for the club throwing consistently well through the rounds for third in both the discus and shot with 16m84 and 7m69.
Lucy Zeechen continues to add centimetres to her personal bests in the long jump with 3m 32cm.
Hayley Dyer was up against some tough opposition in the 100m and was pulled into third place with 14.5 seconds.
Next week is the ‘Star Track’ athletics week when many young athletes in the town will be trying out the Olympic track and field events all wanting to emulate the performances seen during the week of Olympics.