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County success as Chi strike gold

Chichester Athletics Club struck gold as the squad returned from the Sussex Track and Field Championships with ten medals.


The club’s most successful medal haul came in the Under 20s where all five Chichester competitors came away with honours.


Leo Stallard had a surprise win in the 1500m by posting a new personal best time of 4.08.92, a full second clear of his nearest rival.


Over the longer 5000m, Ned Potter pushed Brighton’s Tomer Tarragano, one of the top distance runners in the country in his age group, all the way to take silver in a new PB of 15.50.34 – 12th in the UK for his age.


Alfie Spurle was another to pick up a silver, landing 11.32m in the triple jump.


For the Under 20 women, it was Lucie Munday who struck gold in the discus with a new lifetime best of 28.25m, a distance which lifts her inside the UK top 50 for 2019.


The fifth member of the club’s U20 squad, Florence Smith, was just outside her best set a week earlier at Walton but her 9.59m was good enough for another silver medal.


Going into these championships, two of the clubs’ Under 17s’ were the most likely to gain medals and neither of them disappointed, winning their events in convincing fashion.


Liam Dunne summoned his finishing speed in the home straight to strike gold in the 800 metres clocking 2.00.13, a fine time in the conditions.


With barely 24 hours rest, the 16-year old returned on the Sunday to line up in the 1500m.


Anticipating another close race, Liam started at a reasonable pace and just kept on going breaking the tape in 4.04.8, an amazing 15 seconds clear of the rest of the field who were just entering the home straight. The PB lifts him to 15th in the UK rankings.


It was in the field events where the three U17 golds were struck with Ollie Beach throwing a PB 37.68m.


For the girls, Elise Pullen came away with silver in the high jump while Brooklyn Santer-Smith took bronze in the shot.


A number of the side then turned out for Chi in the latest leg of the under-17 and under-20 National League campaign at Walton against some of the strongest opposition in the south


All 18 members of the squad gave a good account of themselves despite the club coming sixth out of six sides competing.

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