Personal bests galore for Rovers at South East comp

Adam Gemilli meets the Eastbourne Rovers
Adam Gemilli meets the Eastbourne Rovers

Sophia Cunningham celebrated a personal best in the 60 metres as the Eastbourne Rovers sprint squad travelled to London for the South of England Championships.

At the Lee Valley Sports Centre, Cunnigham,16, a first-year member of the under 17 squad finished second in her 60m heat in 8.02 seconds, finishing just outside the club record.

A false start in the semi-finals, however, robbed Cunningham of a final spot which would have been well-deserved. The young sprinter can take some comfort in being ranked the 15th best sprinter in the country for age group, despite being a year younger than most of her competitors.

Meanwhile, two of the least experienced members of the squad enjoyed a superb afternoon’s running. Issey Siggs from the under 17 squad knocked a full second off of her best in the 300m indoor race. She narrowly missed out on progressing as the fastest loser in her heat.

From the under 15 squad, Chloe Eyres is a year younger than she should be for her age group and she competed in her first ever 200m race. The fact that it was indorrs made her task that much harder as well and her fourth place finish in just over 30 seconds is in great credit to the young sprinter.

Elsewhere in the 200m, Jamie Eyres from the under 17s and Cunningham both qualified comfortably as runners up in their respective heats.

The pair managed a sixth-place finish overall and only missed out on an appearance in the finals as the the five fastest were the only ones to progress.

Cunningham recorded another huge personal best with a time of 26.35secs while Jamie finished in 23.62, just tenths of a seconds outside his best.

This was despite Jamie missing several key training sessions in preparation for the event and he would have been widely expected for a final appearance if fully fit.

Daniel Ogun from the under 20s broke 24 secs for the first time with 23.99 but his time was not quite quick enough to progress in a high quality field.

The club also found time to compete at the London Championships with sisters Millie and Mia O’Hara leading the way in the 60m.

Millie’s 8.35 sec finish was just narrowly outside her personal best, while Mia recorded her fastest personal time with 8.83.

In the 200m, Mia was delighted with her personal best time of 29.49.

Millie recorded an indoor personal best but just failed to break the 28 second mark due to struggling on the tight bends on the indoor track.

Her outdoor personal best is closer to 27 seconds and she is intent on beating that this summer. Sophia Cunningham also put her disappointment of missing the final at the South East Champs by making it this time .