Seaford College is a relatively small school, but always manages to punch well above its weight in athletics, and this year we managed to match last year’s record haul at the County Athletics Finals, with 3 golds, 5 silvers and 3 bronzes, with some fine performances. Continue reading
This year, Seaford’s athlete’s are picking up where they left off, enjoying some great success in two meetings this term. Continue reading
Seaford’s athletes have worked hard during pre-season and opened up the summer with a regional fixture against West Sussex West, with the Inter Boys and Senior Boys winning the relay. “We started the season really well on Friday and all our athletes are excited about the summer ahead,” said Jon Thompson, the Head of Athletics at Seaford College.
Seaford’s athletes have two main training sessions a week and many also train with clubs in the local area. “We are lucky here at Seaford that we have excellent staff that can coach our athletes,” Jon explained after a training session last week. “My background is in sprinting so I tend to focus on track work with our sprinters and distance runners. We have a number of staff that can rotate and coach our athletes in different disciplines which is hugely beneficial for the students and their progress in the sport”.
Having represented Wales and competed at International level, Jon is passionate about the sport and says there is a large pool of talent at Seaford College. “It is my sport and we have some very talented athletes here at Seaford College”, he explained. “I enjoy seeing our athletes training, working hard and reaching their potential. We won over 20 medals last year at the County Finals and that shows how strong athletics is at Seaford College and we are looking forward to an exciting summer on the track.”
Olivia McDonald, a Year 10 student, is Seaford’s most successful long distance runner. Last year, in her first year at Seaford College, she won the Sussex Schools Junior Cross Country title and also competed in the Butser Hill Cross Country Challenge, running 3km, and came third overall, the first female to cross the finish line. The first few weeks this year have been busy for Olivia. Continue reading
The Goodwood run was hosted by the Chichester Athletics Club and the Chichester Rotary club. It began at Lavant Village Hall, and from there the course went up and onto the Goodwood Motor racing circuit for a lap of the track.
There were almost perfect conditions, although the wind proved a bit of the issue on the exposed track at times.
Following his form from last year, Year 11 pupil Elliot Lewis was first of the students across the line, and Year 11 Anabelle Jeffries was the first girl home for Seaford.
Teacher Matthew Pitteway, who competed in the run, said: “It was an excellent run at Goodwood. We really appreciated the BBQ afterwards, which made the whole event worthwhile.”
At the end of term three staff members and one student took part in the Steyning Roundhill Romp, a 6 mile race going up from Steyning on to the South Downs way, before returning on a fast downhill track back into to Steyning and the finish line. This was one of the toughest runs of the season, and the Seaford team did well to finish in reasonably good time, considering the record-breaking hot temperatures.
On a stunning evening about 350 competitors ran the 5 miles along the seafront over a mixture of sand, shingle, grass and road.
The boys in the House did themselves proud. By far and away the youngest competitors, they finished well up the field. The fastest student home was Finn Stovold (Year 10) in a little under 40 minutes.
Well done to all who took part (Hugo Wilson, Ryan Gregory, Connor Eales, Henry Lunt and Finn Stovold) – Walled Garden West are now looking forward to their next event of the year, the Goodwood Midsummer run in June.