Weekend Exploits by Lewes AC Athletes.
On Saturday 12th May in Spain Tom Evans won a superb individual Bronze medal and led the British men’s team to the silver medal at the World Trail Championships
Competing over the Penyagolasa trails in Castellon-de-la-Plana Tom clocked 8:49:35 for the 85.3km (53 mile) race which included challenging 5000 metres worth of ascent.
Tom was followed over the finish line by his England team mate Jonathon Albon who recorded 8.53.41 for fourth position. Ryan Smith’s 16th-place finish in 9:25:50 secured the men team silver.
Tom was quoted as saying after the race “I came here hoping to challenge for a podium finish and I am delighted not just to get the bronze medal, but see us claim the team silver medals too”
Also competing over the weekend but not travelling so far as Tom were the Lewes AC athletes taking part in the Sussex Track and Field Championships at Crawley. There were some excellent performances across all age groups from under 15 athletes up to and including the seniors.
Starting with the under 15 girls there were some great results in the 300m race. Tracey Linus was the Lewes star in this event by winning the bronze medal in a time of 43.02. Anouska Fairhurst was second in her heat in a time of 43.99.
It was in the Pole Vault that Lewes AC girl power showed up in a remarkable way with Lewes AC athletes taking 8 of the top nine places with first seven all securing life time best heights.
Leading the way with the gold medal was Emilie Oakden with a vault of 2.80m. On the 17th May at K2 in Schools Track & Field Cup Emilie again increased her personal best height with 2.90m to go third in the UK U15 girl national rankings
Second with the silver medal was Natasha Clarke with 2.70m and in the bronze medal position was Amelia Hatchard with 2.60m. 4th was Mena Powell with 2.60m, Hannah Russell whilst still an under 13 athlete was competing up an age group and secured a great 2.30m vault, Maddy Bullen was 6th also with 2.30m vault, 7th Charlotte Sida 2.30m and 9th Beatrice Osman-Allu with 2.10m
Gemma Tutton currently living in Malaga in Spain has over the past two weeks competed twice and broke the club’s U15G outdoor Pole Vault by clearing 3.40m. This reinforces her place as top of the UK rankings. She has also broken the club’s U15G shot record with a 9.33m putt and the U15g High jump record clearing 1.59m
Moving up to the under 17 women there were further pole vault successes with Ivy Spencer taking the gold medal with a vault of 2.70m. Frances Osman-Allu was second with 2.50m
Chloe Kornevall just missed out on medals. Whilst she was first in the first heat of the 300m in a time of 42.80 Chloe came 4th in the final with a time of 43.32. It was the same story in the 800m with first place in heat one with 2.24.40 but 4th in the final with a time of 2.26.75
There were only two Lewes AC under 20 women competing in the championships. Larissa Carter competing in the hammer event and Ruby Whyte-Wilding in the 800m and 1500m. Larissa won the silver medal with a throw of 42.09m and Ruby was also second with a silver medal in the 800m with a time of 2.19.55. In the 1500m Ruby was the only competition so finished first with a time of 4.46.85.
In the under 15 boys Aaron Duncan was the star with gold medal performances in the 300m and 800m races. In the 300m race Aaron’s time was 38.36 and in the 800m 2.06.09.
In the shorter 100m race Adam Lawson was 3rd in heat one with 12.72 and Ori Bartle 5th in heat two with 12.23. Both made the final and finished with Ori in 6th place in 12.27 and Adam in 8th place with 12.55.
It was in the pole vault that Ori shone gaining a silver medal with a vault of 2.90m. Otis Schorr-Kon was 4th with a vault of 2.60m. In the Long Jump Jack Palmer was second with a leap of 4.99m and in the shot putt Jared Seabrook-Wafer was 3rd with a putt of 9.42m
Continuing to move up the age groups to the under 17 men Ben Goode competed in both the 200m and 400m events. In the first Ben made the final with a time of 24.59 in heat two but just missed a medal in the final by finishing 4th in a time of 24.12. In the 400m final Ben finished 5th with a time of 53.67.
Again in the under 20 men’s age category it was a Lewes AC pole vaulter that won the gold medal. Jack Harris claimed this prize with a vault of 4.20m. James Linington in the 200m was 5th with a time of 11.54.
In the senior men’s events it was probably Ben Savill that had the toughest and most challenging race with 18 of the best 5000m runners taking part. In a race stacked with last year’s gold and silver medal winners it was both a tactical and a hard race. In the front group from the start it was in the rush for the line that Ben claimed a really well earned bronze medal with a time of 14.59.36. Josh Burgess in the same race came a very creditable 8th with a time of 15.36.85
Patrick McManus in the 800m had a great race to win the bronze medal with a time just outside the magical 2 minutes with a time of 2.02.21. In the 1500m race Patrick was 4th with a time of 4.19.59. Owen Wells in the 200m race was 5th with a time of 25.38.