Teen triathlete Leo Stallard is making his mark on the national scene as he continues to surge up the UK rankings.
In a recent British Milers Club meeting in Eltham, Kent, the 16-year-old smashed his previous best in the 5,000 metres by over half a minute to record 15 minutes 43 seconds and climb to 18th in the UK rankings.
With improvements in the swim and on the bike, too, the Bishop Luffa student will look to keep on improving as the season moves on.
Stallard is one of a number of youngsters at Chichester Runners and Athletics Club to be making big improvements this year.
The group of under-20s and under-17s are set to join their senior colleagues for the next round of Southern Athletics League competition on Saturday, July 14, at Salisbury.
Among those looking for improvements will be Ben Collins, who made a breakthrough in the 800 metres at the Kent meeting to cross the line in 1 minute 58 seconds.
He will be joined by Ben Morton, who registered a new best of 9.06 in the 3,000 metres at the last track meet in Brighton, a 15 seconds improvement on his 2017 mark.
For the women’s under-20s, Alice Cox-Rusbridge transformed her excellent cross country form to the track, completing the 1,500 metres in just over five minutes before dominating the steeplechase in 5.36.4 to stand 21st in the UK rankings in her first attempt at the event.
The top performances at Brighton in the men’s under-17 match were from Max Lambkin, who set three personal bests. A speedy 62 seconds in the 400 metres hurdles was followed by 11.8 for the 100 metres and 23.6 in the 200 metres.
Liam Dunne also showed a good turn of speed with a 53.6 in the 400 metres while Niall Mears and Alfie Spurle formed a new partnership in the 800 metres with both athletes just outside 2 minutes 20 seconds.
In the women’s events, Worthing-based Eloise Longhurst made her first appearance in a Chichester vest and notched up a good mark of 10.34 in the triple jump.
Emily Russell scored good points for the club while Phoebe Pontet continued her fine season’s form in the 80 metres hurdles. Finally, thrower Lucie Munday gained two runners-up spots in discus and hammer.