Brighton & Hove retain Under 13 team title

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Brighton & Hove held on to the Sussex Under 13 League title at K2 on Sunday after an afternoon long battle with Crawley.

These two teams were stuck together, with just a few points separating them for most of the afternoon, but the seaside team managed to squeeze a small buffer before the relays at the end of the programme to score 393 points to the home club’s 376 points.

Horsham Blue Star and Chichester had their own even closer battle for third place with the Blue Stars totalling 289.5 points just five points more than Chichester while Haywards Heath also topped two hundred points with 202 points in fifth team spot. Ten Sussex clubs contested the final.

Two league records tumbled in the almost perfect conditions both to girls and both of top national performances.

There was a cracking battle in the 600 metres where the home club’s Surrey youngster Lauren Wormley overtook Eastbourne’s Eleanor Strevens as they entered the home straight only for Strevens to fight back for victory in 1:41.63s to maintain her clean sheet in Sussex this season.

This time is the fastest by any British U13 girl this season while Wormley was also inside the record and second ranked in the Country with 1:41.73s.

In the girls javelin Brighton & Hove’s Dulcie Yelling - who had already broken the League record earlier in the season broke it again with a fine throw of 37.64m from club mate Eloise White who won the “B” throw with 25.56m. This throw is the second furthest of any British U13 girl this season and is also a new Sussex County Record.

Yelling however was not finished as she then finished a fine second in the 1000m race in 3:18.53s behind the other Wormley twin from Crawley, Charlotte whose winning time of 3:06.38s would have been a League record had she not had run faster in the West Division match earlier in the season.

In the Boys events Rio Williams from Worthing recorded a fine double clearing 1.40m in the high jump and then clocking 20.44s for victory in the 150m while Brighton & Hove’s Miles Waterworth and Alex Riley both doubled up in the “A” events with Waterworth winning the long jump with 4.39s and clocking 3:12.51s in the 1000m

Riley won the shot putt with 8.99m and the 75m hurdles in 14.08s, though club mate Tom Tilley actually clocked 13.89s when winning the “B” race.

The County 3,000 metres championships were held in conjunction with Eloise Keys (Bodyworks) making history when winning the inaugural U15 title in 10:58.21s from Rebecca Losh (Brighton & Hove) 11:09.26 and Archie Rowles (Brighton & Hove) took the boys title in 10:31.49s although he finished well down on another Horsham/Surrey athlete Matty Smith who clocked 9:54.47s.