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Just champion day for the budding Grinstead athletes

By This is Sussex  |  Posted: July 29, 2010

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YOUNGSTERS from East Grinstead Athletic Club have been taking part in their own club championships.

The championships, held at Imberhorne School, saw each age-group doing three events on the first evening – a run, a jump and a throw - and another three events on the second evening.

On the first evening all age-groups started with the 800 metres.

The under 13 girls race saw Natasha Barnes take an early lead which she maintained to win in 3 minutes 12.9 seconds.

Sophia Gabrielides was closing the gap over the last 150 metres but couldn't quite make it up as she came second in 3:15.1.

Abby Beswick was third in 3:17.4, just ahead of Katie Byrne's 3:17.7.

The under 13 boys 800 metres saw a very strong front run from Joseph Domingues which he maintained all the way to win in 2:42.4 seconds. Some 13 seconds later James Telfer was second with Joe Trigg third in 3:03.2.

The under 15 800 metres girls race was actually won by the only under 15 boy taking part – Matt Rieley in 2:39.3. First for the girls was Izzy Turnbull in 3:42.2, with Ellie Killick-Bird next some three seconds behind with Chloe Hollamby just ahead of Sarah Rusling.

The second evening saw the sprint races for all the age-groups and they all needed heats to see who the six fastest runners were. The first final was the under 13 girls 75 metres and it was no surprise to see Abby Beswick storming home in a very fast 10.9 seconds. Natasha Barnes in 11.6 just held off Rachel Didon (11.7) for second place.

The under 13 boys race also saw a clear winner when Joseph Domingues took first place in 11.2 seconds. However there was very little to separate the next four runners.

Indeed Michael Turnbull in second place and Joe Trigg in third place both had times of 11.7 second with Peter Jenkins next on 11.8 and James Telfer on 11.9.

And the under 15 girls 100 metres race again saw a clear winner as Chloe Hollamby won in 13.6 seconds with Sarah Rusling next in 14.1 and Gemma Akehurst third in 14.7.

Around these track races the various field events were taking place. The under 13 girls long jump had only five jumpers, but 4.28 metres from Abby Beswick gave her a clear first place with Lois Drummie second with 3.78.

The javelin saw an outstanding throw of 24.93 metres from Natasha Barnes – this is the best throw in 2010 by a Sussex under 13 athlete. Lucy Hatswell was a little behind in second place with 12.34 metres.

The discus also saw a win by Natasha Barnes with 16.65 metres. Three metres behind came Abby Beswick with 13.65, just ahead of Cydney Richardson's 13.57.

The last event for the girls was the high jump and this produced one of the best competitions in the championships. As darkness closed in there were many near misses and at the end it was third place for Lucy Bycroft's 1.20 metres, second place to Lois Drummie with 1.23 and 1.28 metres gave Abby Beswick first place.

The under 13 boys throws saw two very good performances. 18.67 metres in the javelin gave Thomas Beswick first place. Not far behind with 17.92 was James Telfer and Joe Trigg produced a good 15.27. The discus was a bit of a surprise with another 18 metres throw – Conall Freeman's 18.91 metres giving him a clear win from James Telfer's 14.82.

The under 13 boys high jump saw James Telfer first with 1.30 metres, Josh Drummond second with 1.25 metres.

And the final under 13 boys event produced a dramatic finish as athletes produced their best in the last round. Joseph Domingues was in the lead after round two but was then overtaken by Peter Jenkins' third round jump of 3.84: however he responded with a jump of 4.02. Even then victory was not secure as James Telfer still had to jump however Telfer's jump did not count as he took off from over the line.

The under 15 girls meanwhile saw a big win for Sarah Rusling in the long jump. Her 4.56 metres jump was well ahead of Izzy Turnbull's 3.87 metres and Ellie Killick-Bird's 3.81 metres. However the high jump saw Ellie gaining a win with 1.35 metres just ahead of Sarah's 1.30 metres.

The discus throw was very close with little separating the first three athletes; 13.18 metres gave Sarah Rusling third place, Emily Deville's 13.33 meant second place but Amanda Lord's 13.55 won the event.

However the javelin was nowhere near as close with Sarah Rusling's 17.90 giving her a win by over three metres from Emily Deville's 14.66.

This Saturday sees the senior men's last match of the season. With two first places, one second place and one fourth place in the previous four matches the team is currently fourth in the league. The last match is at the William Parker school track in Hastings.

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