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Best Results In Years For Sussex At English Schools

Sussex Youngsters battled the strong winds and heavy rain to come away with some brilliant results at the English Schools Cross-country Championships at Newsam Park in Leeds on Saturday.

Some of the highlights included four top twenty finishers, an overall bronze for all the boys’ teams, a senior boys team silver and the inter girls getting silver for the Best 8 Runners category.

Olympians at Sussex 10km Race Walking Championships

In what one walker described as brisk conditions, i.e. strong to gale force winds with showers, 16 took part in the Annual Slater/Bryce Memorial 10K Races.

Dave Annetts M50, of North Herts Road Runners who has not been race walking for very long, took the lead in the Men’s race from the start and looking strong with a good style throughout went on to record an impressive time of 48 - 29.3 in those conditions.

Big Weekend For Sussex School Youngsters

This weekend will see our Sussex youngsters travel to Leeds for the English Schools Cross-country Championships.

School teams from 46 counties in England will gather at the Temple Newsam event, which is one of the biggest in the cross country calendar.

The six Sussex teams are made up of athletes selected from their performances in the county over the last few months.

Four Sussex Team Top Tens And A Silver For Cook

It was a blustery day for the Sussex teams at the Inter-counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough, on Saturday.

In what were completely different conditions to last year’s mud bath, four of our teams placed in the top 10 and there were some impressive individual performances.

Anning takes European Silver medal

 Zoey Clark,  Laviai Nielson, Eilidh Doyle and Amber Anning

Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning returned home from the European Indoor Championships at Glasgow on Sunday with a splendid silver medal.

Racing in her 400m heat on Friday Anning was squeezed into third place in 53.26s and just missed a place in the semi-final but ran a pretty impressive senior international debut.

Record Fields at Sussex Schools Y 7/8

A record number of more than six-hundred youngsters competed in the Sussex Schools Year seven and eight cross-country championships at Christ’s Hospital last Thursday. The top twenty runners in each of the four race will be invited to represent Sussex Schools in the South East Inter-counties match, also at Christ’s Hospital, in a few weeks-time.

Fine runs at Leeds and 3 titles at Sheffield for Sussex

Three Sussex athletes gained top twenty placings in the National Cross-country championships at Leeds and three annexed titles at the National Young Athletes championship at Sheffield over the weekend.

Few Sussex athletes seem to have made the trip to Leeds and I have been unable to plough through all the results so would be interested to hear of any high placing, “Top 30”, runners at Leeds.

Three Sussex athletes for Glasgow

Sussex have three athletes in the Great Britain team for the European Indoor Championships at Glasgow next month.

Brighton Phoenix’s Charlie De’Vall Grice, who placed ninth in the 1500 metres at the Muller Invitation Games on Saturday, will race in the 3,000m while club mate Robbie Fitzgerald will be making his debut in a major Games will line up in the 1500m.     

Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning, who is still in the U20 age group will race in the 400 metres and has also been included in the 4 x 400 metre relay squad.


Indoors this Weekend - Steyning 15km

Indoor athletics dominates the athletics picture for Sussex athletes this weekend with the Sussex Indoor championships being held at the Sutton Arena in conjunction with the Surrey County Championships.

Track events will be held on Saturday and the field events on Sunday.

They will however be missing a couple of the leading Sussex athletes who have been invited to compete at the Muller International Invitation Games at Birmingham.