The sun shone and so did the performances of the young Brighton athletes who were amongst the 250 competitiors to descend on Withdean Stadium for the Under 13 and Under 11 QuadKids Championships on Saturday.
It was the perfect weather for athletics and the youngsters did not disappoint. There were two Championship Best Performances and an additional six new CBP’s by virtue of the 100m, 200m and 1500m being contested for the first time.
Clubwise it was a great day for Brighton & Hove AC on the field. Apart from High Jump and the boys Long Jump, every other field event was won by a B&H athlete and the club achieved a 1-2-3 in both the boys’ and girls’ javelin. Dulcie Yelling and Eloise White were the gold and silver medallists with 34.28m and 30.83m for UK rankings of three and six respectively with Hetty Korczak third with PB of 23.06m. Yelling also won the inaugural 1500m. They both have another year in the age group.
Theo Lilly added six metres to his personal best with a winning throw of 34.99m. He was followed by Josh Clarke with 33.59m and Charlie Partridge with 31.59m.
Kathleen Kearney won both the discus and the shot with 22.83m and 9.08m and Alex Riley was a triple gold medallist with wins in the hurdles (wind assisted 13.57s ), shot (9.33m)and discus (22.50m).
Amber Purcell jumped a 46cm personal best in the Long Jump flying out to 4.70m – just 4cms off the CBP – to take gold. Miles Waterworth was second in the boys’ Long Jump (4.42m) and the bronze medallist over 800m with 2:28.6.
Mollie Barrett ran a fine personal best of 2:26.72 for the silver medal in the 800m, Jess Bliss ran 13.13s (after a 12.88s heat) for silver in the 70m Hurdles and Brighton boys were first and third in the relay.
QuadKids Under 11 Championships
The girls competition was a battle between two Brighton athletes and it went right down to the wire, with just one point separating the closely matched Stella Kalman and Elodie Bradley for gold and silver medal positions. Both were strong all-round recording the following performances; 11.2 over 75m, 1m59secs and 1m54secs for 600m, 2.14m and 2.07m Standing Long Jump and 21.2m and 20.3m howler throws. They ended with point scores of 237 and 236 The winner, Kalman was just one point below Amber Anning’s CBP which dates back to 2011.
For the boys Louis Orrow was the silver medallist who with 232 was just one point in front of Sidney Aparo.
There were many excellent performances and personal bests from our youngest athletes. View all the results on the Sussex AA website
None of this would have happened without the many volunteers who coach, manage, officiate and help at the club and county events.If any of you are interested in officiating and helping your child’s club and the county, please contact Sussex Athletics Officials’ Secretary Peter Kennedy by email: email@example.com