Sussex Schools Athletics Association News

Two more golds and Junior Girls win the Championship Shield at the English Schools - Day 2 report

It was a ‘Super Saturday’ for Sussex with two more gold medals and seven additional bronzes at the English Schools’ Championships in Birmingham.

It brought Sussex’s total podium places to a magnificent 15 with a final tally of four gold, two silver and nine bronze medals. In addition the Junior Girls team won the Championship Shield as the highest points scorers for top eight finishes and the Junior Boys were second in their category.  Overall this was Sussex’s best English Schools Championships result in recent history.

Two Golds for Walkers at Regional Competition

Sussex School’s race walkers captured two South East Regional titles when the events were held in conjunction with the Combined Events competition at Ashford over the weekend.

Competing in the Over 15 age group 3,000m races Eva Payton-White took the Girls title in 17:49.7s while Ollie Hopkins won the Boys race in 15:18.9s.

It was not a vintage year for the Combined Events even though there were two third places in the team events and an individual bronze medal in the Junior (U15) boys Pentathlon.

A busy weekend for Sussex athletes

Following last weekend Schools Inter-county match there is more Inter-county competition this week with the Regional Schools Combined Events final at Ashford on Saturday and Sunday and the Senior Inter counties at Chelmsford on Sunday.

Sussex Schools will be taking teams in both the Junior (U15) Pentathlon events with Cleo Tomlinson, Isabelle Humphreys, Ruby Jerges and Katie Ridley lining up for the Girls and Seb Wallace, Regan Law and Cameron Wells for the Boys where Sussex won the English Schools title last year.

Sparkling third place for Sussex Schools at Crawley

It was a great afternoon for Sussex Schools in the Inter-counties Schools match on Saturday.

In dull and blustery conditions that was a hindrance to most athletes at K2 the Sussex team finished a splendid third in a tight match that saw Kent lead all the way and win with 612 points with Surrey taking second place with 548 points after Sussex had held second place for much of the match.

Sussex had to settle for third place with 515 points to hold off Hampshire who scored 504 points.

Clash of Major Events

This weekend is one of the most important of the season for the main body of senior school athletes as the County Schools championships clash with the Senior and U20 Area championships.

Most Sussex eyes are likely to be focussed on the K2 Leisure Centre at Crawley and the 85th Sussex Schools Championships.

Many young athletes will already have survived their Area championships and the cream of these will be aiming for one of the sixty athletes who will gain a place in the Sussex Schools team to compete in the English Schools championships at Birmingham next month.

Cook second in the Schools International

Bethany Cook helped the English Schools to victory in the Junior Girls race at the Schools International Cross-country event at Nottingham last weekend.

Cook, who has certainly been the outstanding Sussex cross-country runner this season winning every one of her races until she reached the English Schools championships.

Again Bea Wood from Wiltshire, who appears to have come rather late to what has been a hard and muddy season, got the better of the encounter.

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