Chichester Athletics under 15s rounded off a fine campaign by sealing third spot in the Sussex Grand Athletics Final.
In a battling display over 26 events, Chichester were able to assert themselves for the fifth year in succession as one of the top three Sussex Clubs in the under 15 age group.
The winners were once again Crawley AC who were too strong for hosts Brighton & Hove but Chichester in third place had nearly 100 points to spare over fourth placed Horsham Blue Star with the remaining six clubs trailing in their wake.
With just a single A string first place of the entire boys match, Chi’s success was down to the teamwork of the whole squad to support their leading athletes.
Ben Rose in the 300 metres and Hugo Martell in the hammer set the ball rolling with two fine second places.
The pair continued to score well for the club later in the match with Rose notching up another second place in the 200m plus anchoring both relays while Martell was second in the discus as well as having the club’s sole A string win with a 10.58m best in the shot putt.
Elsewhere, Cameron Wilson set a new PB in the long jump with Luke Cobden winning the B string.
Toby Greatorex finished the tally of individual events with a strong javelin throw while the 4 x 300m quartet of Noah and Micah Campbell, Arthur Dearlove and Ben Rose saved the best till last with a stirring win in just over three minutes to hold off the fast finishing Brighton athlete over the last 20m.
Unlike the boys, the girls had a full quartet of middle-distance runners with Cerys Dickinson and Gemma Appleton battling over 800m while Amelie McGurk and Tamsin Anelay joined forces over 1500m.
In the sprints Cassie Bailey and Dickinson scored well in the 100 metres with the latter joining Jaimie Gibb in the high jump with Jamie Gibbs and Gemma Appleton joining up for the long jump.
McGurk and Anelay formed a new partnership in the javelin for more unexpected points.
All eight girls played their part either in the relays at the end of the match to ensure that Chi came home delighted with retaining their hard-won trophy of the previous year.