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Major Clash

There is a major clash for Sussex senior athletes this weekend when the Relay championship clash with the Barnes Green Half-marathon, which incorporates the Sussex Championships on Sunday.

It is only the senior age groups that will be affected and then probably only the major teams but it is a clash that will cause problems for the leading Sussex distance runners.

The South of England Championships will be held at the Crystal Palace and will cater for all age groups with many Sussex clubs expected to be competing while the Barnes Green races will start at 10.00am.

 

Mixed fortunes for Sussex Schools Combined Eventers

There were mixed fortunes for the three individual Sussex School athletes who travelled to Boston for the finals of the English Schools Combined events championships.

Despite having a slightly lower key season that last year the ever reliable Matt Smith (BHASVIC), in his final year at these championships had a good result in the Senior (U19) decathlon by placing tenth with 5470 points.

He did manage to include one Pb in his ten events with a run of 18.07s in the 110m hurdles.

Team Triumph for Sussex Schools Junior Boys - - UPDATE

The Sussex Junior (U15) boys’ team won the England Schools team championship at Boston on Saturday with Adam Lindo (Downlands) just missing winning an individual medal but was selected for the International match.

After a tremendous battle with Essex the Sussex quartet took the title with a total of 8276 points to 8224 with Somerset in third place with 7752.

Although Sussex had won several team titles at these championships in recent years this if the first time they have won the Junior Boys title.

Sussex Schools Squad at Boston

A group of Sussex School athletes complete the 2017 Sussex track season when they travel to Boston for the English Schools Combined events championships.

All seven of the athletes qualified from the Area Championships, back in June, when the junior boy’s team had well beaten the Hampshire squad to win the Junior (U15) boys team title.

Adam Lindo (Downlands) had won the individual title from Spike Gleave (Eastbourne) while Seb Wallace (Forest) and Tom Ridley (Worthing) made up the team.

Slaughter sets record at Sutton

While the youngsters provided the numbers of competitors it was 60 year Brian Slaughter who provided the records at the Sussex Combined Events championships at Sutton over the weekend.

Slaughter from Eastbourne Rovers has been a fixture of the Sussex athletics scene for the past forty years and he has always been a force in whatever age group he is in.

Slaughter, who had won the National M60 Decathlon title at Sheffield the previous weekend with 7,075 points, where he also beat American opponent in the Biannual UK/USA match.

Brilliant results for Sussex at Inter-counties

There were five Sussex winners on a rain and windswept day at Horspath, Oxford, in the Southern U15 and U20 Inter-county match over the weekend.

Holiday’s played havoc with most County teams but the Sussex Under 15s excelled themselves with a brilliant second team spot scoring 123.5 points to the winning Kent team’s 124.5 while the decimated Under 20 squad, ably supplemented by some U17 athletes did exceptionally well to finish in sixth team place.

All in all it was a fine performance by the Sussex athletes many of whom had to battle with severe weather.

The weekend

There is still plenty of athletics activity this weekend with the Sussex Combined events and the Southern U20 and U15 Inter-county championships at Horspath, Oxford.

The Sussex Combined events championships, which are being held in conjunction with the Surrey Championships at Sutton, will be held on both Saturday and Sunday.

Entries look quite good in the U13 and U15 age groups but this end of the season date almost ensures the older age groups attract only a handful of entries, though the senior women’s entries appear to be up on recent years.

Brighton & Hove win Nail-biter

A neck and neck battle for the Sussex Under 13 League Crown went to the wire on a damp, murky Sunday at Crawley’s K2 stadium before Brighton & Hove got the better of reigning champions, Crawley.

Brighton & Hove, 349.5 points, took an early lead and managed to hold on to a narrow margin and this reversed last year’s result. Crawley scored 345,  Horsham Blue Star finished in third with 284 points, well clear of fourth placed Chichester.

Great Battles at Under 15 Final

Crawley collected their sixth team victory in the Sussex U15 League final at Brighton’s Withdean Stadium on Friday evening.

Despite the holidays still making it difficult for teams to field their best teams it proved an excellent evening of good class competition and enthusiasm.

As far as the team results was concerned it was a case of deja vu as the Crawley team led for most of the evening and totalled 439 points to Chichester’s 367 and Brighton & Hove’s 356 with Horsham taking fourth place with 322 points.

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