Sussex youngsters scooped up four medals, one gold and three bronze, on the first day of a busy weekend’s athletics. Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning took the U20 400m title and club mate Tom Eames the bronze in the U20 1500m with Eastbourne’s Moyo Daramola the bronze in the U17 400m at Sheffield. While Brighton Phoenix’s Almi Nerurkar was a shining light on a rather quiet day for Sussex at Parliament Hill with a splendid bronze in the U17 National Cross-country Championships.
Full details are not in from the Indoor championships at Sheffield yet but I hope I have managed to pick out the highlights of the National Cross-country Championships where Sussex support was patchy. Sickness and some athletes holding themselves back for next weekend’s Inter-County Championships could well explain some absences.
If I have missed some of the top one hundred performances when ploughing through thousands of names and clubs I am sure you will let me know.
For Nerurkar, who is balancing her cross-country running with triathlons, this must be her finest run to date and she again had to battle with former Lewes runner Grace Brock from Cornwall who had beaten her for the Southern title last month at Stanmer Park.
Liverpudlian Ella NcNiven got the better of both of them to take the U17 title in 18:27 with Brock again bettering the Phoenix athlete clocking 18:37 to Nerurkar’s splendid run in 18:50.
In the same race Lizzie Clark from Hastings was the only other Sussex runner to place inside the Top Twenty in any of the races with a fine 17th place.
In the men’s U17 event Will Broom (Chichester) also had a fine run to finish in 21st place with Brighton & Hove’s Tomer Tarragano placing 24th while Chichester’s Leo Stallard and Ned Potter finished 74th and 75th to help the Chichester team into 12th team spot ahead of Brighton & Hove’s 18th place.
Brighton & Hove appears to be the only team to complete a team in the senior men’s race with Kevin Moore and Will Cork placing 81st and 127th respectively led them home into 69thteam spot.
In the senior women’s event County champion Nicole Taylor finished 25th and an excellent run from Beth Garland (Chichester) saw her finish 33rd.
Martha Coyle (Brighton & Hove) finished 48th in the U20 race but I could not find a Sussex runner in the men’s U20 race.
Best supported age group as far as teams were concerned was the U13 Boys where Brighton & Hove, who were led home by Henry Yelling in 53rd place, filled a fine tenth place, the highest team placing for Sussex this year. Chichester was 37th, Lewes 40th and Crawley 49th.
Eva Buckler from Chichester led the Sussex runners home in the U13 race placing 58th with Dulcie Yelling, Brighton & Hove placing 62nd while Eva's twin sister Isobel placed 87th and Brighton & Hove's Ruby Wilson placed 89th while Brighton & Hove were 22nd in the team event with Crawley in 44th position.
In the U15 age group the Crawley Club notchd up their best placing of the afternoon finishing a splendid 12th in the team even being led home by Calum Stone in a fine 37th and Nathan Buckeridge in 80th place while Brighton & Hove were 36th in the team event.
Brighton & Hove, who took a coach load of athletes to the championships led the Sussex team home in the girls race with Rebecca Losh and Poppy Palmer-Malins in 58th and 68th place leading the them into a fine 13th team spot.
More details from Sheffield will follow tomorrow.