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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.

League Winners on Minimum Points

Five athletes scored minimum points to win this season’s Sussex Cross-country League titles plus two masters who were the only ones to complete all three races in their age groups.

Youngsters Bethany Cook (Bodyworks) U15 girls and Miles Waterworth (Crawley) U13 boys both dominated strong opposition to stamp their authority on their age groups as did Alex Richer (Horsham) in the U17 women though her races were held in conjunction with the senior race.

Windy Conditions at Bexhill

Saturday produced an extra obstacle for the runners in the final Sussex Cross-country League races of the season at Bexhill Down when they were confronted with a persistent 24 mph south west wind. Course manager Terry Skelton described the conditions as “the strongest wind I can remember since I have been marking the course”.

Apart from the wind conditions were good, dry with firm going.

Racing as always was strong with several new faces winning their events.

British record and five medals at National Indoors

Sussex athletes scooped up three silver and two bronze medals and a British U20 400 m indoor record, at the British Indoor Championships and European trials at Birmingham over the weekend.

Final Sussex League at Bexhill Down - British Indoor champs

The foreshortened Sussex Cross-country League for the 2018/19 season reaches its climax at Bexhill Down on Saturday.

The Sussex League originally started as a three race competition last century with a commitment to contest all three runs to be eligible for League medals. However for more than a couple of decades now we have held four fixtures with individuals only needing to contest three races although the team positions are decided over all four runs.