The Sussex County Track & Field Championships held at K2, Crawley saw Blue Star athletes win a good haul of medals achieving a total of 34 medals, 11 Gold, 11 Silver and 12 Bronze., added to these 3 Gold medals were won at the Surrey Championships held at Kingston.
Cleo Tomlinson had an exceptional weekend, on the Saturday despite the cold and rainy conditions, she won the Under 15 Girls 300m, running 42.14s to set a new Championship best performance, she followed this up by running a personal best 12.69s to win the 100m, and then on the Sunday where totally different weather conditions prevailed Tomlinson leapt 5.40m to win the Long Jump and set another Championship best and a new personal best.
Matt O’Dwyer also had a good weekend firstly winning the Under 15 Boys Shot competition with a personal best throw of 11.47m, and then taking the Long Jump with 5.08m, with team mate Ed Crossman leaping 4.88m to take the bronze medal. Also in this age group Jake Hogton took the silver medal in the Hammer, with a throw of 15.83m. In the Under 17 Men’s events Leo Walker threw an impressive 38.54m in the Discus, another personal best, to take the gold and followed this up with another personal best in the Shot where his throw of 12.45m secured the silver medal.
In the Under 20 Men’s events Harry Baker confirmed his ranking as the top High Jumper in the County with a clearance of 1.95m, and both Alex Wadley (200m in 22.95s) and Bradley Burke (5000m in 17m25.73s) secured bronze medals, whilst in the Senior Men’s Pole Vault competition Calum Neil cleared 3.50m to take the silver medal.
The Under 13 Girls Minithon competition, where the athletes have to choose a jump, a throw and a run, the result is determined on a points system, saw Madeleine Way put up a tremendous performance to take the silver medal from a field of 54 girls. In the Under 15 Girls events, apart from Cleo Tomlinson, a gold medal was won by Ruby Walker in the Shot, where she threw 8.89m, whilst on the track Issy Hayes showed a clean pair of heels to all her rivals in the 1500m, where her time of 4m51.06s saw her win by over five seconds. The following day Issy returned to contest the 800m where she picked up a silver medal, running 2m24.13s, to set a new personal best. Renee Bassin jumped 9.26m to take gold in the Triple Jump and Emily Hutchinson cleared 1.45m in the High Jump for a bronze medal.
The Under 17 Women’s events saw Peanut Meekings take two silver medals, firstly in the Shot event, where she threw 10.05m and then in the Javelin with a throw of 38.44m, whilst Ella Hannyngton contested the 80m Hurdles and the High Jump where she took bronze medals in both events with performances of 12.50s and 1.50m respectively. The Under 20 Women’s events saw Catriona Jamieson throw 30.05m to win the Javelin, whilst the High Jump saw Arabella Beattie and Ellie Walker both clear 1.45m to take the silver and bronze medals, with Beattie beating her team mate on countback. Caroline Wirth, home from University, took the silver medal in the Discus with a throw of 25.95m.
The Surrey Championships, held at Kingston, saw a great run in the Under 15 Boys 3000m from Matty Smith who ran a personal best 9m36.55s to take the gold medal, whist, also at Kingston, Elliot Bayley won the Under 20 Men’s Javelin with a throw of 54.32m a new personal best and Dan Dearden secured the gold medal in the Under 15 Pole Vault with a clearance of 3.30m.
The 4x100m relays at the Sussex Championships produced medals in nearly all events. The Senior Men’s and Women’s teams both took silver, running 46.33s and 52.66s respectively, whilst bronze medals were secured by the Under 15 Boys team (51.96s), the Under 15 Girls team (51.88s) and the Under 17 Women’s team (51.74s). These were very successful championships for the Club with plenty of promise for the future.