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  1. Eastbourne Rovers Athletes came home with a haul of medals from the Sussex Championships in Brighton.

    Molly Swingler got the day off to a great start as she took gold in the 400m hurdles for U20 women recording a time of 65.8 secs which was good preparation and qualification for the English schools’ championships the following weekend. She also added a gold in the high jump with 1m50. Another gold came from Eleanor Strevens who took the lead in the U17 800m with another impressive time of 2m15.76. Finley Hobbs competed in the 100m for the first time and was thrilled to win his heat and qualifying for the final. Here he surprised everyone with his time of 12.4secs to clinch the gold medal. In the U23 men Liam Hennessey made his comeback to the field events with a 36.55m javelin throw, which although not nearer the 40m line as he had hoped for it still secured the gold medal.

    Sprinters Shania Martlew and Daisy Barrow were also in fine form. Shania soared across the line in the 100m in second place in 12.82 then kept with the leaders in the 200m to take the bronze in 26.81. Daisy reversed these positions with a 3rd in the 100m (13.09) and 2nd in the 200m (27.27), a new personal best. Cara Maker (V40) had the chance to concentrate on the long jump and it paid off as she leapt a fantastic 5m12 for a new personal best and the silver medal.

    Isabelle Chappell ran a new personal best in the U15 800m in 2m26.71 and brought home the bronze medal. Bryan Brett (V35) is continuing his good from in the 1500m running 4m07.85 for another bronze for Eastbourne.

    U15 Caitlyn spencer put all her energy into her heats winning in personal best times of 44.8secs in the 300m and 27.9 in the 200m and so qualifying for both finals. She was then unlucky to miss out on the medals. 

    Eastbourne athletes did well in the 1500m races. Ellie Mclean(U17) ran a superb personal best of 4m56.52 and was unlucky to miss out on the medals in 4th place. Kaleb Berhane ran a well-paced race keeping with the pack and sprinting for home in the final 200m. He was pleased with his first placing in the ‘B’ race. Ben Brown (U17) had to work hard in a strong field crossing the line in 4th with 4m 35.97. In the U15’s Ilya Korchev clocked 4m44.43 for 6th fastest.

    James Stephen first tackled the 800m where he came 3rd in the ‘B’ race with 2m14.25 and then sprinted to a personal best in the 200m with 26.11. Dermot O’Rourke came 5th in the U15 800m in another new personal best of 2m31,92.

    The U13’s are ready for action in their Sussex Championships next week.

  2. Eastbourne rovers Club Awards for the 2020 season.
    As you are aware we could not hold our usual awards presentation evening but decided to still give out some main awards to athletes who had done well during the shortened 2020 season.
    Brian Brett continued his training sessions along the seafront during lockdown and went to the Olympic Park to complete a 10K in 33.32 mins – for Don Starr 10k award
    James Stephen was also busy putting in the miles along the seafront and was rewarded with a personal best in the U17 1500m in Lewes when he ran 4m42.34 to take the ‘Mile Cup’.
    There were not many Cross country races before COVID struck but Eleanor Strevens kept the rovers vest at the front of the field. Ilya Korchev always works hard in training on his own and with the group and was rewarded with a personal best in the park run. These athletes received the junior cross country awards.
    The ‘Best Performance Junior female’ went to Eleanor Strevens for her U15 run in the 1500m when she ran a superb 4m47.67.
    The ‘Best Performance Junior male’ went to Matt Grindrod who continues to improve his 800m time recording 1m59.37 which put him 19th in the South East forU20.
    Harriet Armstrong competed in the U17 triple jump clearing a massive 10m94 and was awarded the ‘Best Performance Female’.
    Bailey Wright’s second place at the South of England Championships Senior 100m was a terrific run clocking 10.65 and so takes the ‘Best Performance Male Award’.
    As athletes we expect junior members to improve each year as they grow stronger and more experienced so it is even more amazing when a Vet 40 leaps to a personal best in the long jump. Cara Maker did this indoors last winter with a massive 5m06 and has since clocked some very respectable times in the 100m and 200m so collects the ‘Most improved Female’
    The ‘most improved Male ‘ went to U15 Ben Brown who improved his 1500m by 10secs to 4m58.23.
    Anna Chaplin is the friendly face everyone one meets when arriving at the track. She spent time sorting out subscriptions for paying online and attends training evenings even when her daughter is not training so a worthy recipient of the Carol Russell Award
    Stuart Pelling is our SAL team manager and it is due to his enthusiasm and motivation that the team won their division in 2019. Stuart also helps officiate as he is a qualified starter and is continually ‘giving back to the club’ so thoroughly deserves the ‘ LeRoy Trophy’
    The Jim Lindsay Trophy is awarded to a member of the club who has given up a lot of their time to help the club. Mike Thompson as chairman has had a hard first year sorting out a new cage, covid and now losing our facilities so well deserves this.
    JANIS LONG
    Janis joined our club in 1953. She has held more or less every position on the committee from Secretary, treasurer, fixtures and team manager . She loves keeping club records which she has done since 1965.
    She has run our home fixtures since then as well as the Sx U15 league. Eastbourne has always had a good reputation for organising well run meetings due to Janis leading the way ! She now feels it is time to have a well deserved rest!
    She is still our president and will hopefully continue her interest in our club for many more years. BUT we owe her a BIG Thank you.