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Sussex Masters Achieving High At World Indoors

There was plenty to celebrate for Sussex at the 10th World Indoor Championships in Poland last week.

Two golds, a silver, bronze and a world record were among the county highlights at an event that is growing each year.

A total of 89 nations were represented in Torun with standards rising. Jamaican James Beckford won the M40 long jump in excess of 7m and Nigerian Francis Obikwelu flew in the M40 60m in a blistering 6.90 secs.

Age No Barrier for Record Breaking Hugh Foord

Hugh Foord, the Brighton and Hove AC veteran and former International athlete celebrated his 90th birthday today by completing the Hove Parkrun and achieving his aim of breaking the M90-94 course record coming home with a time of 49.13.

A running compatriot of Roger Bannister, Foord was a member of the Great Britain running team in the 1950's, competing in the six-mile event. He represented England at the Commonwealth Games and narrowly missed out on an Olympic place.

Another World Best for Richards

Steyning Olympian, Ian Richards, has taken almost 20 seconds off the M70 world 3000m race walk record.

Competing at the World Masters Indoor Championships in Poland his time of 15:19.64 gave Richards a 50-second victory over Italy’s Ettorino Formentin.

This achievement made up for his disqualification in the recent British Championships.



A Golden weekend for Cook and Rojas

Following on from her superb win at the English Schools Cross Country Championships, Team Bodyworks Beth Cook was selected to represent England at the SIAB Schools International in Ireland on Saturday.

On a tough 4k course, Cook was in a three way battle throughout and claimed the bronze medal behind her teammate Bea Wood and Scotland's Anna Hedley.  This was a good day for Cook as she added a gold medal to her tally as England dominated to take the team title. 

Sussex Battle at Christ's Hospital

The Big Guns of Essex, Hants, Kent and Surrey stole the thunder in the South East of England Schools Year Seven and Year Eight Cross Country Championships at Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham on Saturday.

The four top teams won one age group each with Surrey taking the Year 7 girls from Kent and Sussex in third team spot - their best placing of the afternoon and excellent to get the better of two of the big teams.

The Weekend

Sussex Schools host the South East Schools Year Seven and Year Eight Inter-counties cross country championships at Christ Hospital near Horsham.

The times of the four races are as follows.

11.45 Under 13 Girls (Year 7) Maximum distance 2500m

12.05 Under 13 Boys (Year 7) Maximum distance 2500m

12.25 Under 14 Girls (Year 8) Maximum distance 3000m

12.45 Under 14 Boys (Year 8) Maximum distance 3000m

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.