Sussex Schools Athletics Association News

Podium place for Eva at Bedford

Sussex Schools took one of their smallest teams in recent years to Bedford for the finals of the English Schools Combined Events and Race Walking Championships.

The best Sussex performance of the weekend was by race walker Eva Payton-White who won the battle for the bronze medal in the senior girls 5000m, in a personal best of 30:22.81. Unfortunately, in the senior boys race, Oli Hopkins (Sussex Downs), while chasing Hampshire’s Chris Snook, pushed a little too much and was disqualified.

Record breaking International Win for Korczak

Her international debut resulted in another county record for Brighton's Lizzie Korczak, who has made something of a habit of improving her own previous best marks in recent weeks.

This fixture at Grangemouth was a result of Korkzac's javelin win at the English Schools Championships a week ago. Both she and ESAA shot silver medallist - Crawley's Millie Noyce - were selected to represent England Schools at the home countries u17 International in Scotland. 

English Schools Round-up

The tremendous achievements by the Sussex Schools team at Birmingham is almost certainly the second best ever at these championships.

A total of 15 medals has, I believe, only been bettered once and that was way back in 1958 when 17, including eight gold medals were won.

One of the gold medals then was won by Peter Standen, who also set the championship record in the Intermediate 800m, and Standen is still active today as a Marksmen at most of the leading Sussex meetings and is a well-respected middle distance coach.

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.

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