Chichester trio get 2018 campaign off to a sprinting start

Three Chichester Runners & AC sprint hurdlers got their 2018 campaign under way at the South of England Indoor Championships at the Lee Valley Athletic Centre in north London '“ posting personal best performances.

Monday, 15th January 2018, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:11 am
The Chichester trio at Lee Valley / Picture by Lee Hollyer

In the under-15 age group Fleur Hollyer conquered her new 60m hurdles stride pattern with a PB of 10.88sec. In the 60m sprint, despite being drawn in an outside lane, a confident start and with a good drive-and-finish phase saw her set a 60m PB of 8.51sec – taking nearly half a second off her previous mark but missing the final by just 0.02sec.

Sophie Dudman, competing as an under-15 for the first time, looked very strong in the 60m hurdles, stopping the clock at 10.31sec. Later in the 60m sprint – also drawn in an outside lane – she ran technically her best sprint race of her career to date, recording an encouraging PB of 8.71sec.

In the under-17 age group, making her indoor athletics debut, Phoebe Pontet displayed her usual good hurdling technique with a fine 60m hurdles clocking of 10.47sec.

They return to the same venue later this month for the annual London Indoor Games.

DAVID CHURCHER