Record breakers

Seaford has had a phenomenal season of athletics this year with long-standing school records being broken.

We have demonstrated our strength as an athletic school, particularly in the inter-boys Year 10 and 11, where we have won all inter-boys age group matches. Our girls too are showing their strength, in particular Year 9 where we have some really good athletes.

This was demonstrated at the Sussex Schools County Finals at the start of June where Seaford did very well as a school, overall winning 10 medals. Jon Thompson, Head of Seaford Athletics summarises the event “It’s a tough competition and we had a good day with some really good performances”.

Rupert Blackwell wins gold and breaks school recordRupert Blackwell won gold in the inter-boys javelin and broke the school record in doing so. He says he was “especially happy as the record was set over 50 years ago”. Rupert threw 50m 30, with the previous record being about 48m 50. He praised his sports coaches at Seaford for the training and support they give him.

Ollie Beach won gold in the Junior Boys Discus, Johnny Murray-Jones (Year 9) took silver in the junior boys triple jump and Joseph Spiby (Year 11) won silver in the discus. Congratulations!

Congratulations too to Olivia McDonald won silver in the 3000m. Jon praises Olivia’s performance “It was great run for her. She’s a tremendous athlete”. Continue reading

Fantastic Medal Haul at County Athletics Finals

Inters Relay Gold winning team of Max Bracewell Rupert Blackwell Dom Easton Josh HarrySeaford 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

Seaford off to a fine start in the Athletics season

Charterhouse Running 840bLast year, Seaford College enjoyed its most successful day in more than a decade at the Sussex Schools Track & Field Championship, winning 17 medals and breaking two school records.

This year, Seaford’s athlete’s are picking up where they left off, enjoying some great success in two meetings this term. Continue reading

Athletics season underway at Seaford College

Athletics Training at Seaford CollegeThe Seaford College Athletics season got underway last Friday and started a busy schedule for our athletes this summer term.

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.

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Getting to know Seaford’s most successful long distance runner

Olivia McDonald, Seaford's most successful long distance runnerOlivia 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

Seaford Sports Day “Bigger and Better Than Ever”

Sports Day at Seaford CollegeOn Saturday, after Speech and Prize Giving, parents, pupils and staff headed to the Oval for the Seaford College Senior School Sports Day.

It was a fantastic afternoon of competitive and enjoyable sporting endeavour, in spite of lurking rain clouds. All those who took part should be commended for giving their absolute best; and congratulations must go to Adair, who were the overall House Winner.

Special mention must also go to those students who were named overall athletes of the day: Continue reading

Medals Galore at County Athletics Finals

Seaford's Harry Marchant who won gold in the 400m Senior Boys' HurdlesSeaford College pupils were astoundingly successful in the West Sussex County Athletics Finals held at the weekend in Crawley.

Particular mention must go to Harry Marchant, who won gold in the Senior Boys’ 400m hurdles, setting a new school record in the process. Ross Hinton also won gold in the Senior Boys’ Long Jump, and many congratulations must go to them both.

Seaford saw success elsewhere with several silver medals. Simon Ward won silver in the Junior Boys’ Javelin, and he has been subsequently selected for the County team for their match next weekend. Both the Senior Boys and Junior Boys won silver in the relay.

Flying the flag for the girls was Charlotte Reading, who won an impressive bronze in the 800m. Jack Glascott won bronze in the Junior Boys’ Discus, as did Hugo Squires in the Inter Boys’ 200m. The Inter Boys picked up another bronze in the relay.Ross Hinton with his gold medal for the Senior Boys' Long Jump

Antony Cook, Seaford College’s Director of Sport, said: “These results show all the hard work that has been put in by all pupils and the coaching team, and I am very proud of all those who competed in the County Athletics Finals. We are now looking forward to our Sports’ Day which promises to be highly competitive.”

A Conversation with Head Boy Harry Leleu

Harry Leleu and the Brownlee Brothers at the Petworth House Triathlon last yearSeaford College Head Boy Harry Leleu has been at Seaford College since Year 7. A talented triathlete, he is balancing an intense training schedule with his A-Levels, and is planning to go to university to read Physics. He aspires to one day compete in the Olympic Games.

What have you enjoyed about being Head Boy at Seaford?
I enjoy responsibility and I like being a leader, like on the Charlton Chase. We won it this year and I loved going out with the boys and pushing ourselves. I like being a role model, sitting at the front of Assembly with the younger kids looking up to me. The Head Girl Sasha and I lead a team of prefects; we coordinate the rota for lunch and break time duties. Sasha and I set up peer-mentoring; last year was a trial and Continue reading

Seaford’s Athletic Success at West Sussex West

Harry Leleu winning the 3000m at West Sussex West Seaford College’s Athletics Team has performed exceptionally well at the West Sussex West Athletics Competition held on Friday at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.

Seaford sent a large team of athletes to the competition and there were many notable successes. In the Senior category, County and Regional athlete and talented triathlete Harry Leleu successfully defended his 3,000m title, whilst Jake McQuade Continue reading

Seaford Head Boy Harry Leleu Talks all Things Triathlon

Harry Leleu running at Seaford's Sports DaySeaford College Head Boy Harry Leleu is a hugely talented triathlete who regularly competes in races across the country. He aspires to compete at the 2020 Olympics, and has recently won one of the Chichester Corporate Challenge races, beating several older and more experienced athletes.

How did you get into triathlon?
My parents are both very sporty; my mum does yoga and my dad did gymnastics, trampolining and swimming. I was enrolled in swimming aged one, and I finished all levels of swimming by the age of 11 or 12. I could then choose to do triathlon or to continue swimming. I had never run before, but I had cycled, so I gave it a go and joined the Arun Triathlon Club in Felpham and really enjoyed it. By the end of Year 7 I was swimming, running and cycling all of the time.

When did you realise that you had a talent for triathlon?
Through the Chichester Triathlon Club I started competing in the South East Regional Series. When I was 14, I entered the South East Regional Academy, which is made up of 20 athletes between the ages of 14 to 18. The Academy runs six to seven training weekends across the summer season, and I was finding it impossible, it was so much harder than anything I’d ever done. But I realised that running was my strongest area, even though I’d been doing it for the shortest time. I was doing better in anything over 1500m; I had a lot of endurance, which is unusual as younger kids tend to be quicker.

What is your training schedule like?
Winter training is less intense, but longer. I’ll do three to four hours road biking, run three to four times a week, bike two to three times a week, and swim seven times a week. With swimming you really have to spend lots of time in the water; if I’m out of the water for two weeks it feels like I’m swimming in oil. I spend a lot of time on my technique, and I have a couple of guys who look after me. One is a lecturer in Sports Science at Portsmouth University, and he keeps an eye on the amount of running I’m doing and sets sessions for me. He sets the right pace for me, and makes sure I don’t over train. He’ll look after my running until I go to university.

What competitions do you have coming up?
This weekend I’m competing in the National Duathlon Championships, which is made up of a run, then cycling, then another run. I’d love to get into the top five, but I should make the top ten. I’ve got a two month gap after that, and then I’m competing in an Aquathon, which is a swim in an open water lake and a run. I train at Westhampnett Lake and I live close to the beach, so I’m used to swimming in open water. I’ve then got three big races, all triathlons at Blenheim Palace, Loughborough and Eton Dorny. These triathlons are organised by British Triathlon, Continue reading