Rovers on a roll

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Eastbourne Rovers continued their good start to the athletics season by coming a close second in their league meeting in Hastings on Saturday.

They took on teams from Bracknell, Poole and the hosts Hastings in the second fixture of the Southern Athletics League season.

Emily Jones competed in a staggering seven events, the highlight being a win in the triple jump (B). Stuart Pelling in six, with wins in three events the 400m hurdles, high jump and the 3000m. Di Farmer also did six events, with wins in the 3000m and triple jump (A), and Jon Dennis five events, winning the 400m hurdles and the B Javelin. In the throws, Joe Morris had an excellent day with three wins, including some impressive new personal bests in the Javelin (46.50m) and Shot (11.42m).

Angela Morgan threw well to win the Hammer with 22.39m, while Brian Slaughter came a consistent second in all three of his events.

Andy Payne’s middle distance group were impressive as usual, with wins for Ed Dodd in both the 1500m (4:11.1) and the B long jump (5.23m), Rich Jones the 3000m (9:54.2) and the B 800m, Mylene Schuwey the 3000m (11:23.6) and Ed Hickman Casey the 800m (1:56.4). Siblings Heidi and Rory Burgess took on the 400m, with victory for Heidi and Rory breaking the 60 second barrier for the first time with a time of 58.2s.

In the sprints Lisa Freeman came third in both the 100m and 200m despite being only two tenths of a second behind the winner in both races. Laurie Hughes and Sue Keen also brought in useful points for the team in the B string 100m races.

Athlete of the day though would definitely go to sixteen year old Bradley Eisnor, who took on much older athletes to win all three jumps, the most impressive being the 6.25m he recorded for victory in the long jump.

Eastboourne had a total of 255 points in second place, behind the hosts Hastings with 295. This leaves them one point behind leaders Crawely, so chances of promotion this season are looking bright.