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Fast time in Brighton 10k

It was a good day for Sussex athletes in the annual Brighton 10k road race which was held on Sunday after missing last year’s event because of severe weather conditions.

This year the conditions were good and Jonathan Hopkins from Swansea stormed away from a field that by and large lacked the quality that the race usually attracts.

He finished more than one minute ahead of his nearest rival, Crawley’s James Westlake, in a fast time of 29:40s.

Brighton 10k

The Brighton & Hove 10k road race on Sunday dominates this weekend’s racing with many of the top Sussex runners doing battle over this flat fast course.

Last year the race had to be cancelled, on the advice of the police, because of storm conditions and exceptionally high winds that were blowing the cones into the road.

Race organiser Keith Donno is hoping for better conditions this coming Sunday.

Hawkes and Anning set to Sparkle this weekend

On Friday evening Worthing thrower Ben Hawkes will be at the Grand Hotel in Brighton as one of the finalists in the Sussex Sports Awards ‘Young Sports Personality’ of the Year category.  Hawkes had a fantastic season in which he broke county Under 17 records in the Hammer, Discus and Shot. In his speciality – the Hammer – he won the English Schools, the Schools International and Schools Games and ended the year unbeaten as UK number one.

Amber Anning

Record Fields at Bexhill

Nearly six hundred runners contested the second of this season’s Sussex Cross-country League event at Bexhill Down on Saturday which is a record number for the Bexhill course for a League event.

Bodywork’s Daisy Burton, who is the reigning Sussex Schools Year Seven champion, tasted first blood of the afternoon when she won the U13 1.8-mile Girls race in 12:25s over a testing but mainly firm course. She finished eight seconds clear of Eleanor Strevens from Eastbourne with East Grinstead’s Gabrielle Holland in third place a further three seconds behind.

The Battles of Bexhill

The second of this season’s Sussex Cross-county League matches on Saturday produced more big fields and some good battles at Bexhill Down.

Although mainly damp for most of the afternoon underfoot conditions were good for the notoriously muddy course and apart from the wooded stretches the going was firm.

Four of the seven races winners from Goodwood, last month, were again victorious but it was not all plain sailing.

International Honours for Lindo - the Weekend

Crawley AC all-rounder Adam Lindo (Downlands School) will be representing the English Schools team at the British Schools Combined Events International in Glasgow this weekend.

Lindo has had a sparkling season. In July he won the English Schools Junior Boys Long Jump title after an individual and team victory at the South-East Schools Regional Combined Events Championships.

Steyning 10k Walk

The Open Steyning 10k road walk, that was cancelled due to Storm Brian a few weeks ago, was finally held last weekend. However, the change of date affected the number of walkers.

It was local walkers - Ian Richards and Jimmy Ball who battled for the title.

Throws Courses

Former Olympic and Commonwealth Games throwers are coming to Sussex during the winter to hold some “Coaching Throws” workshops for Coaches and Teachers at the Lewes Athletic Centre.

Judy Oakes MBE, who has made more international appearances for Great Britain and England teams than any other athlete, will be leading on the shot putt with Mike Winch taking the Discus throw, former Commonwealth Games Champion Mick Jones the Hammer and Bob Willows the Javelin throw.

Skelton in form at Portsmouth

Ross Skelton from Hastings is currently showing his best form to date and running for Brighton Phoenix he turned in a tremendous run in the Great South Run at Portsmouth last weekend.

Storm Brian was at its most severe on the Saturday and caused the cancellation of the 5k race but Sunday, although still pretty breezy, was much milder and former European 10k silver medallist Chris Thompson from Aldershot managed to retain his title in a nippy 48:32.

Grice off to Australia - - Preview

Charlie Grice can been assured of a warm spring next year as he has been selected to compete in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast next April.

Grice missed out on a place in the World Championships team earlier this year as he was beaten in the Trials by three Scotsmen but in Australia he will be sporting the England vest as he had done in the 2014 Games in Glasgow. In Glasgow Grice reached the final of the 1500m where he finished seventh but will, obviously, be aiming on improving on that placing and maybe getting amongst the medals.

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