Chichester athletes’ trans-Atlantic triumphs

Izzy Brown in action in Colorado
Izzy Brown in action in Colorado

Two of Chichester’s promising young senior athletes have been in action on either side of the Atlantic.

Izzy Brown is enjoying her first year in the highly-competitive American Collegiate system while Charlie Roe continues to make strides in the UK.

Brown has been taking advantage of the superb indoor facilities available in the States, especially important in the recent harsh American winter, and has already jumped a season’s indoor best of 1.71m in the high jump, just below her all-time best but laying down a good marker for the outdoor season ahead which starts at Fort Collins, Colorado this weekend.

Aiming to make her mark in high jump and heptathlon over the next three months, Brown will relish the opportunities for competition afforded by the college set-up, for long a vital part of the success of US athletics.

Her home club Chichester will be pleased to have her services back in the UK when she returns in June for the second half of the season.

Meanwhile Roe has been travelling to Sheffield from his base at the University of East Anglia for the national indoor multi-events championships and been rewarded with three new personal best marks already.

His highest UK ranking at the moment is in his No1 individual event, the high jump, with a 1.99 clearance for 31st spot, just below his best.

All three of the other new marks also rank Roe in the UK top 100 with a 6.87m long jump, a time of 8.84sec for the 60m hurdles and even his new shot putt best of 11.42m, usually one of his weaker events in the decathlon.

Such good form will spur the club’s senior team with their first match just over three weeks away on April 19.