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Tough Weekend for Sussex Schools runners

Sussex School’s cross-country runners face a tough time at Leeds this weekend when they compete in the English Schools Cross-country championships in possibly snow at Temple Newsam.

Sussex have lost a couple of their leading runners from Saturday’s race through injuries which makes life even tougher if they are going to get the high team placing that looked possible earlier in the week.

Goodbye to Indoor Sprints at Broadbridge Heath - - - Keith May

HORSHAM BLUE STAR

The Blue Stars held their final Indoor Sprint meeting in The Tube at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre at Horsham, West Sussex on Thursday, February 22nd.

Having held these meetings for 30 years, the closing of the current Leisure Centre, due in October, and its demolition, including the majority of the Indoor Athletics facility means that these popular sprint evenings will no longer take place.

Keith May, Chairman of the Club, and the meeting organiser for all of the thirty years, said, "it was a sad evening and the end of an era".

Tremendous results for Sussex at Loughborough

A tremendous day for Sussex, at the Inter-counties cross country championships at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough, on Saturday saw one gold medal for Bethany Cook and four Top Ten team places.

Both the U17 teams finished a splendid fifth place, the senior men a remarkable seventh and the U15 girls filled ninth place  - all significant team performances.

The course was really tough with mud that Dave Leach, the men’s team manager, described as, “the worst I’ve seen this century”.

Tough battles for Sussex at Loughborough

Sussex will be represented in all ten age groups at the Inter-counties Cross-country Championships, being held at Loughborough on Saturday.

Some teams are looking pretty thin and as we go to press it will be touch and go if we complete a scoring team in either the U20 or senior women’s age groups.

Saturday’s races will be a good test for many of the youngsters who will also be competing for the Sussex School’s teams at the English Schools Inter-counties the following weekend at Leeds.

Sussex Youngsters Enjoy SE Regional Sportshall Final

The Sussex U13 and U15 Sportshall teams competed against 6 other counties at the South East Regional Final on 4th March at Burgess Hill. Both the U13 boys and girls teams finished in third place, the U15 girls in fourth place and the U15 boys just missed the National Final finishing second.

Tom Evans wins Costa Rica Coastal Challenge

Tom Evans a Lewes AC runner travelled to much warmer climes and took on the Costa Rica Coastal Challenge. This is a 230km, six stage race run over six days from the 11th to the 18th of February. 

Taking on the top trail runners from across the globe Tom won the race by 4mins 38 seconds, beating all the top and experienced Trail Runner from the US. He also broke every stage record, resulting in breaking the course record by 45mins.

Year 7/8 Inter-counties cancelled

Because of the difficulties in reorganising selection races to select teams for the Schools South East Year 7/8 Inter Counties match on 24th March it has been decided to cancel this year’s event.

Sussex (Christs Hospital) will probably be the venue for the 2019 race.

Nerurkar Selected for England Schools Team - World Champs - Half-marathon

Almi Nerurkar has been selected to represent England at the ISF World Schools Cross-Country Championships in Paris, France next month.

Following the National Championships last Saturday the English Schools’ Athletic Association has selected a very strong team for this prestigious U18 competition. They hope to build on the incredibly strong performances at last summer's ISF World Schools' Track and Field Championships held in Nancy, France, where BHASVIC's Amber Anning was a member of the victorious girls' team. 

Schools Cross-Country championships cancelled

Owing to the dangerous underfoot conditions and the promise of more snow on Thursday morning the Sussex Schools Year 7/8 has been cancelled for 2018.

Apologies to potential competitors but unfortunately it has not been possible to reschedule for this season.

 

Urgent Call For Volunteers To Become Officials

An Urgent Message From Roland Garrad, President of Sussex AAA: "There are currently 38 clubs affiliated to Sussex AAA. It is disappointing, therefore, that to date so few people have registered for the upcoming officials course on 18th March. Unless we increase our numbers of officials, we will soon be unable to run meetings in the County, either at Club or County level, and this will ultimately result in the gradual demise of athletics in the future. ALL CLUBS must do more to encourage members to take up the challenge if we are to see our sport survive.

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