Sussex County Champs 2024

This weekend saw the Sussex Championships taking place at K2 in Crawley. With the sun shining and a packed two days of events, we had a number of members competing across the two days and some fantastic results.

Fresh from a new personal best at the last U15s match, Grace Bleach was the first East Grinstead athlete competing, continuing her fine form with further improvements to her personal best to finish with 7.18m and claiming the bronze medal for 3rd place.

On the track, Eddie Rew ran his first U15 100m, clocking 14.10s and coming 7th in his heat whilst George Brewer achieved a new personal best 14.32s with 8th in his heat.

Out on the field, Aidan Gallagher collected the clubs second medal, extending his personal best by almost 6m with a huge throw of 27.69m to secure silver in the U15 discus and then narrowly missing out on a medal in the shot put with 7.50m and finishing 4th.

In the long jump, Zara Caccavone was jumping a personal best in the U15 long jump with 3.62m, finishing 15th, beating her previous record 3.00m. Switching to throwing a javelin next, Aidan threw 24.21m to finish 6th and Eddie Rew threw 19.02m to finish 8th.

In the U15 high jump, Nate Hope came 4th with a new personal best of 1.40m, narrowly beating Morris Kane in 5th at the same height on count back.

The final event of day one at the Championships, saw our U15 boys team claim a fantastic bronze in the 4x100m, beating Crawley into 4th place. The team was Eddie, Nate, Rowan and Aidan.

Moving into Sunday, the second day of competition, Zofia Gryczewska was our first athlete on the track running a new personal best in the U15 100m with 14.74s to come 5th in her heat with Grace also coming 5th in her heat in a time of 14.89s.

The club’s final medal of the weekend was secured by Cadan Mackenzie. In a very close race for the medals, Cadan won bronze in the U15 80m hurdles in a time of 14.81s, a personal best by over a second on his last run in the league match the previous week.

Meanwhile in the sand pits, Ralph Harris was competing in the U17 triple jump. In a close competition where 57cms was all that separated 1st and 4th, Ralph was agonisingly close to a medal with a jump of 10.27m. Next up was Rowan Kirby running the U15 200m, narrowly missing out on a place in the final, finishing 4th in his heat in a time of 26.74s and a new personal best.

On a busy day, Rowan next jumped 4.64m in the U15 long jump to finish 6th and completed his afternoon running the U15 800m in 2m26.4s to finish his race in an excellent 6th place.

As the day drew to a close, Maribelle La Cock, Zofia, Grace and Zara competed in the U15 4x100m relay, coming in 6th in a time of 58.08s and unlike the last league match, got the baton around without it touching the floor!

Looking back over the weekend, it was great to see so many great performances from our athletes and medals. Congratulations to all those athletes that took part and represented the club so well. Finally, thanks also to Lester Medcalf and Eddie Vermeer who were judging field and track events on Sunday to help the Championships take place.