Latest Newsletter – February 2019

February 22, 2019

Amber Anning U20 400m British Indoor record at the British Championships, Birmingham 10thFebruary
A massive well done to Amber Anning who set a new U20 indoor British record of 53.0 toppling a record that had stood for 49 years! Running strongly Anning did well to make the final where she excelled herself to take the silver medal behind Thames Valley’s Zoey Clark. Following on from her fantastic performance Amber has now been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Glasgow in August. This is her first selection for the senior team having only just turned 18. She is the youngest member of the GB team.

Well done Amber we will all be cheering for you so you should be able to hear us from Glasgow! You can watch Amber’s post race video here:


Sussex Cross Country League

February saw the end of this year’s cross country races at a windy Bexhill Common. Over 60 Brighton & Hove AC athletes competed in the match, with some excellent performances on the day. As this was the final match of the season team and individual medals for the league were also awarded, and those Brighton & Hove teams and athletes that received prizes are listed below. Well done to all who took part and made it another strong year for the club! (See Pete Witcomb’s full report on the results for the children’s races at the bottom of the newsletter)

Individual medals

U11-Boys silver: Thomas Matthews

U13-Girls bronze: Rosie Gasson

U15-Girls silver: Poppy Palmer-Mallins, bronze: Eadie Yelling. Boys silver: Archie Rowles

U17-Girls bronze: Lois Dooley

U20-Men gold: Tomer Tarragon

Senior men:Gold: Stephen Ferroni, Bronze: James Turner

VM40-Silver: Howard Bristow

Team medals

U13 Girls:Silver

U15 Girls:Brighton Hove ‘A’ silver and Brighton and Hove ‘B’ bronze

U13 Boys:Bronze

U15 Boys: Silver

Senior Men:Gold

Veteran Men:Silver

We were very close to winning a few more team medals but were sometimes short of runners. So please always try your hardest to make events as just by taking part you can win some valuable points for your team!

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Tomer takes bronze in South of England Cross Country Championships

Tomer Taragon has had an outstanding cross country season for the club this year. At the very competitive South of England race at the muddy Parliament Hill he took 3rdplace in the U20 race. Well done Tomer!

Sportshall results

The indoor Sportshall multi event league for U13 and U15 athletes concluded this month with the boys and girls teams both winning the team silver medals. The girls only narrowly being beaten by Crawley on match points. A massive well done to Mollie Barrett who took the new 6 lap record in the U13 girls.

Indoor track and field championships

The weekend of 16-17 February was a busy weekend of indoor competitions with athletes of all ages competing for the club.

The following B&H AC athletes were crowned the new Sussex Indoor Champs :

U20 W long jump: Francesca Walmsley

Senior Women’s long jump and triple jump: Georgia Coleshill

U17 Men triple jump: Torin Seagrove

U20 Men high jump: Harry Rienecker-Found

U20 Men Shot put:Noah Rees

U13 boys 60m: Noah Mason

U20 men 60m: Joshua Hawkins

Also competing this weekend in the British Masters Championship and South of England Masters Champs at Lee valley, Jo Wilding won a silver medal in the pentathlon, and Paul Howard won gold in his age group in both the 800m and 1500m!

Volunteer evening

We are always looking for new volunteers and so are holding an information evening at the clubhouse from-6.00 to 8.00pm on Tuesday 26thFebruary.

Please come along and have a chat to find out what you might be able to do to help the club keep running for the benefit of our athletes.

Refreshments will be available and we would love to see you there.If you would like to help but can’t make it, please contact Mike

Summer Fixtures

Looking forward to warmer times? Here’s a summary of the main events for athletes of all ages taking place over the summer can be found here:

Brighton and Hove AC compete in a number of different leagues so there should be plenty for everyone to take part in. You should receive emails from the team manager in your age group for each league inviting you to take part. If your not sure who the team manager is then talk to your coach.

Throws event: 10thMarch

Don’t forget to enter our throws competition in March. Also we are looking for more people to help out. Contact Bob Willows at the email address below.

Annual General MeetingThe Club 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will take place on Friday 1st March, 7. 30 pm. In the Club House, Withdean Stadium.Please come along to support your club. All athletes and parents/carers welcome!

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Report From Peter Witcomb on the Final XC league at Bexhill –

The final Sussex cross country league meeting was held at a very windy Bexhill common, however that did not stop over 40 of our youngsters from braving the tough conditions and as in the first two meetings there were again many excellent performances with 21 of the team coming away with team medals and 6 more receiving individuals medals.

The first race of the day in the u/11 boys Tom again had an excellent run finishing 2nd as he had done in the previous 2 races and he came away with the individual silver medal. Not far behind brother Freddie came 8th and Oliver 12th and they will all be moving up next year to the u/13 team.

In the u/13 girls race Dulcie led the team home in 5th place followed by Rosie 7th and Macy 8th and all 3 will be in the same age group next year. Not far behind and showing the depth we have in this age group Sophie came 9th, Maddy 11th, Mollie 14th, Xanthe 16th, Tilly 17th, Polly 21st, Esme 25th, Ilse 29th and Marnie having her 1st race for the club 32nd. On the day the team came 2nd the B team 4th, C team 5th, D team 10th. Overall over the 3 meetings are team came 2nd and B team were so close missing out behind the 3rd team by just 4 points. After her excellent season Rosie was awarded the 3rd place individual medal.

In the u/13 boys race the team produced their best performance of the season with Alexander having a great battle with Miles finishing just 2 seconds down in 2nd and with their best runs of the season Jude came 7th and Sam 8th they easily won the team race on the day. The B team were led home by Ruben who like Jude will have another year in the age group in 10th, Adam 14th and Eddie 25th and they were the 1st B team in 5th place. Overall the team having started 40 points behind the 3rd team in 5th place the team came away with the 3rd place team medals.

In the u/15 girls race like the u/13 girls we showed again the depth we have. As in the previous 2 meetings it was Poppy leading the team home with another excellent run in 3rd and with Eadie who will be in this age group next year in 4th and with Ella having her best run of the season in 5th they again easily won the team race. They were well backed up again with Bertie in 7th, Ciara 9th, Ruby 11th, Lara 12th, Lacey 16th, Jess 20th, Allanah 24th and Edie 27th. On the day the B team came 3rd and the C team 4th. Overall the team were beaten into 2nd place by just 6 points and the B team gained the bronze medals. In the overall league standings after there excellent seasons Poppy took home the silver medal and the smile of the day went to Eadie who took the bronze medal.

In the u/15 boys race it was Archie continuing his fine season led the team home in 7th and with Henry 10th and George having his best run of the season in 13th the team on the day came 2nd. They were also well backed up with Harvey 14th, Barney who just missed out on his first team medal in 15th and Will 19th completed the B team who finished 4th on the day and were the 1st B team. Well done to the ever present Kit in 34th. Overall like the u/15 girls the team came away with the 2nd place team medals and Archie was rewarded with the 2nd place individual medal.

In the u/17 women’s race who run with the seniors it was Lois again having an excellent run in 7th (2nd u/17) and with Alex are only other finisher in 75th (12th u/17) the team came 4th overall just 2 points behind the 3rd team. Lois had the consolation in taking the 3rd individual medal. Good news hopefully for next year 11 of are u/15 girls will be moving up to booster the team and combine with the senior team.

In the u/17 men Joe was are only runner finishing 22nd and team finished 6th overall. They will also have several u/15 moving up next year to add to the team.

Well done again to everyone who have competed this season, where we had 63 who ran at least once in the league which is a club record.