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Podium place for Eva at Bedford

Sussex Schools took one of its 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.

World Champ Best for Richards - Round up.

World Championship best Alert!

Congratulations to Steyning's Ian Richards who has triumphed once again at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga with an M70 Race Walking 5000m World Championship Best of 25:51.34.

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History was made at the Sussex Combined event championships at Carshalton over the weekend when Barry and Joe Morris from Eastbourne became the first ever father and son to win Sussex championship titles at the same meeting.

Sussex Championships at Sutton

The final County championships for the 2018 Track season are being held this weekend when the Combined Events, for all age groups including Masters will be decided on both Saturday and Sunday.

The events are being held in conjunction with the Surrey championships at the Sutton Arena.

Also on Saturday the County steeplechase events will be held with races for all age groups from U17 to Masters while on Sunday a full range of 2000 and 3,000m race walking events for Under 13s to Masters will be held starting at 10.25.

Sussex Athletes Shine at the South of England Inter-Counties

Fine performances from Sussex’s leading Under 20 and Under 15 athletes took both teams to fourth place overall at the competitive annual South of England Inter-Counties Championships.

With 16 teams competing at Horspath, including the mighty Essex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and Berkshire the Under 15 girls and U20 men performed brilliantly to top their individual groups. In sunny but windy conditions, Sussex had an abundance of finalists across the two age groups and four event winners.

Brighton & Hove retain Under 13 team title

Brighton & Hove held on to the Sussex Under 13 League title at K2 on Sunday after an afternoon long battle with Crawley.

These two teams were stuck together, with just a few points separating them for most of the afternoon, but the seaside team managed to squeeze a small buffer before the relays at the end of the programme to score 393 points to the home club’s 376 points.

Seventh U15 league victory for Crawley

Crawley Athletic Club won their seventh Sussex U15 League final comfortably from Brighton & Hove at Withdean Stadium on Friday evening.

Leading from early in the programme they never looked like being headed and eventually finished well clear with 486 points to Brighton & Hove’s 406 point who only just managed to turn the tables on last year’s runners up, Chichester, who totalled 402 with the rest of the teams more than one hundred points adrift.

Busy weekend for Sussex U15's and Officials

It is a busy weekend for the leading Sussex U15 athletes who will be embroiled in the final of the Sussex Under 15 League at Withdean on Friday evening.

Crawley, the winners of the West Sussex Division and Brighton & Hove who won the East Sussex Division are expected to battle out are expect to battle for the title though last year Chichester sneaked through to take second team spot ahead of Brighton & Hove with Horsham Blue Star in fourth place. It was Crawley’s sixth victory in this event.

The Field events start at 6.15 and the Track events at 6.45.

Two Silvers and Bronzes for Sussex at Bedford

There were three medals but no golds for Sussex athletes at the England U15 and U17 championships at Bedford with the Sunday competitors enjoying almost continuous rain and wind.

Lizzie Korczak (Brighton & Hove), who has beaten the Sussex U17 javelin record several times this year, suffered what I believe was her first defeat of the season, in this age group, throwing 42.57m to take the silver medal in difficult conditions. Ironically she was beaten in the English championships by Scottish thrower Keira Wadddell, who is a year older, with 46.41m.

Brighton & Hove confirm SALg promotion.

The final positions in this year’s Southern Athletics League have now been published and Brighton & Hove are the only Sussex Club to gain promotion this season.

Eastbourne Rovers, who had gone into the final match two points clear were thwarted. In a tough match they were squeezed into third place and thus allowed Harrow and Medway & Maidstone to draw level and three teams were at the head of Division 2 SE each scoring 17 League points.