Kyrell tops the tables at the Under 13 Champs

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In near perfect weather conditions, there was just one record breaking performance at the Sussex Under 13 Championships, which took place at Brighton's Withdean stadium on Sunday. 

Hastings Kyrell Wilson took the 800m title in 2:16.35, taking almost a second from the previous championship best and winning by a margin of more than 51⁄2 seconds. This takes Kyrell into the UK top 10 in his age group this year.

Worthing’s Bailey Smith did the double as he battled Lewes’s Adam Lawson over 75m and 150m, with both boys clocking sub-10-second times of 9.73s and 9.81 in the shorter race and 18.97 and 19.09 for gold and silver in the longer sprint. Adam later won a gold as he anchored his team to a relay win.

With a fine display of front-running in the 1200m, Crawley’s Nicolas Hollan-Ellidge ignored the fact that he was in the slower seeded race. He won by 23 seconds and took the overall title with a time 3:40.56, which is the UK lead this season.

In the Long Jump East Grinstead’s Leo Low Foon leapt out to 4.84m, to improve his PB by nearly half a metre and Brighton’s Oscar Lilly launched his javelin out to 33.10m to win the competition from Crawley’s James Pratt (32.66m).

For the girls Michelle Okorie, a new recruit to Crawley, was a triple gold medallist. She took the 75m title in 10.48, Shot Put with 7.81m and was part of the victorious relay team.

Worthing’s Katie Ridley was also very busy on Sunday. The talented multi-eventer won the 150m in 20.48 from Isabella Lehtinen of Crawley. Katie also took the Long Jump title with 4.30m and in the 800m was the silver medallist behind East Grinstead’s Madeline Sims - the victor in 2:32.17.

The above mentioned Isabella Lehtinen was also the bronze medallist in the 75m and went home with a medal of every colour, for her part in the gold medal winning relay team.

Eastbourne’s Eleanor Strevens front ran the 1200m, stretching her lead on every lap for an eventual winning margin of 12 seconds as she crossed the line in 4:00.10.

Crawley’s Libby Noyce ran 12.19 to take the 70m Hurdles title comfortably and on the day it mattered, her clubmate Emily Hudson improved her discus throw by almost five metres to secure gold with 22.21 metres.

Meanwhile in the javelin the UK’s third ranked athlete, Tonbridge’s Caitlin Milborne had a wonderful series of throws and took the title with 32.45m from Brighton’s Rachael Wall who improved her own PB by almost two metres.

3000m Championships Under 15 boys and Under 17 Men

Competing at the distance in which his older brother Aaron holds the Championship record, Crawley’s Callum Stone was a stand out winner of the under 15 Boys 3000m. His winning time of 9:34.65 was 18 seconds ahead of the silver medallist, Worthing’s Ethan Ward (9:52.11).

Brighton’s Henry Taylor won the under 17 men’s race in 9:59.00.

QuadKids Under 11 Championships

In both the boys and girls competitions strong performances in the throws were the game changers. For the boys Louis Opoku launched the Vortex Neuf out to 41.20 metres. This was an outstanding distance and Louis's sound performances in the 75m sprint, standing long jump and 600 metres secured the young athlete the top spot on the podium with 252 points. Alongside were his Brighton clubmates Charlie Benson - just one point behind and Isaac Orchard who scored 245.

Brighton also achieved the top two spots in the girls competition. Dulcie Yelling’s Neuf throw of 37.10m was in a class apart and this too propelled her to victory with 237 points ahead of teammate Eloise White who had the second longest throw of 33 metres and scored 226 points. Horsham’s Madeleine Way was the bronze medallist with 223 points, which included an excellent standing long jump of 2.09m.

Dulcie’s result was just one point below the six-year-old Championship Best Performance. 

Wheelchair Open

Sussex AA was delighted to welcome three athletes to the open wheel chair races over 100m and 800m. Nathan Freeman, Michelle (Mic) Riddy and Martin Leppard all from Worthing, competed in both races. The finishing order was Nathan 26.99s/3:54.30 , Mic 28.58s/ 4:12.66 and Martin 29.88s/ 4:15.30.

Last year Mic had raced the distances for the first time and on Sunday achieved personal bests in both events.


Melanie Anning