Rovers end Sussex Athletics Championships on a high

Eastbourne Rovers
Eastbourne Rovers

Four gold medals in the last few track events for The Rovers assured the club and it’s athletes finished the meeting on a high.

Ellen Humphreys was in the under 20, 3000 metres race. With 400m to go Ellen took the lead and pulled away to win in a new personal best (p.b.) of 11.12.9 minutes.

This was quickly followed by the under 17 men’s 1500 metres with Eastbourne’s Daniel Stidder leading for the most part but with 200 to go the Brighton runner took the lead by a couple of metres.

Daniel waited and made his move with 50 to go but the Brighton lad moved across the track clearly blocking Daniel and as he tried to go around a collision inevitably ensued.

As they both stumbled over the line the Brighton boy was just ahead but the judges disqualified him and Daniel was correctly awarded the race. Daniel’s time of 4.11.0(p.b) was only just outside of the English schools qualifying time.

Last up were the relays and The Rovers under 15 girls recorded a surprising but pleasing win in the 4x100 metres.

All four are relatively new to the sport Shania Martlew(28.5), Georgia Truman(28.8) and Chloe Eyres(28.8) had all recorded p.b’s in the 200 metres earlier in the day.

They were joined by Calysta Morris who made the final and placed fifth in the 75 hurdles the day before. Perhaps she should of ran the 100 instead, receiving the baton on the last leg in second she stormed past the Chichester girl who had won the 100 metres the day before.

The last event of the weekend was a full race with a mixture of under 17 teams and under 20 teams.

The Rovers were clear favourites to win the under 17 race having broken the club record only two weeks earlier.

The team of Millie O’Hara - Rebekah Morris - Issey Siggs and Sofia Cunningham did not disappoint winning by a clear 50 metres (including the under 20 teams) in another new club record of 49.8 seconds. This also equalled the championship record which has stood for 21 years.

Earlier in the day Sofia took bronze in the 200 metres behind two of the best runners in this age group in the country with all three girls inside of the English schools qualifying time. Rebekah placed fifth and Millie(26.9 p.b) seventh. The day before the girls enjoyed a one, two, three in their 100 metre heat.

In the final Sofia Cunningham(12.3) was narrowly beaten by Sofie-Ann Haigh also 12.3 with Rebekah Morris(12.7) fourth and Millie O’Hara(13.0 p.b) sixth.