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The weekend

It is off to Bedford this weekend for many of the top Sussex U15/17s for the English championships.

Just two weeks ago Sussex athletes, at Lee Valley, some twenty athletes won medals at the South of England Championships, for being gold, and while we cannot expect a repeat of this we could hope at least ten of these could gain places in the finals or top eight positions.

These championships are being held on Saturday and Sunday while Sunday will also see the “Tom Lintern” medal meeting at the K2 Leisure Centre which incorporates the Sussex 10,000 metres track championship.

Eastbourne and Brighton & Hove head for promotion.

A few results from last Saturday’s Southern Athletics League matches reveal interesting results that may well effect promotion chances but these are not likely to be confirmed until the end of the week.

In Division one at Harrow The Crawley club were convincing winners of their match with 224 points to 195 for Norwich, 194 for Belgrave and 165 for the home club but as Crawley were lying down in 11th place they are still likely to finish just above mid-table.

The Crawley success was bolstered by non-Sussex all-rounders Jo Rowlands and Richard Reeks.

Southern Athletics League

Sussex teams Eastbourne Rovers and Brighton & Hove will be seeking promotion after the final matches in the Southern Athletics League this weekend.

Results from these matches usually take several days to clear but we hope this weekend we will be able to cover at least the team results after the weekend. Team managers could help by forwarding the results to me when they are received.

Medals a plenty for Sussex youngsters

Sussex youngsters scooped up a plethora of medals at the South of England U15 and U17 championships at Lee Valley over the weekend, with some twenty youngsters on the podium and four of them achieving gold.

Conditions were fairly mild for Saturday’s events but Sunday produced a strong head wind for most of the track races.

A near miss for Grice in Berlin

Charlie De’Vall Grice (Phoenix) just missed a medal in an exciting 1500m final at the European Games in Berlin last night.

Having qualified comfortably behind Edinburgh’s Chris O’Hare on the Wednesday, Grice ran a sensible race and was always in contention.

Amazingly the talented 17-year-old Norwegian, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the youngest of the three siblings who had all made the final, led by the half way point and instead of his elder brothers pulling through to win, he kept his nose in front to take the title in 3:38.10s.

SoE championships - BMAF 10k champs.

Many Sussex youngsters are expected to travel to the Lee Valley Stadium this weekend for the U17 and U15 South of England Track and Field championships.

Following their superb performances at last month’s England Schools' Championships when the Sussex Schools U15 Girls won the team title and the Boys team finished second, there are high hopes for some of the athletes. That is if this most important event, does not clash with family holidays.

Crawley fourth at Manchester

A depleted Crawley Women’s team put up a good fight in the final UKWALg match at Leigh, Manchester on Sunday to finish fourth.

Kim Baptiste and team manager Jo Rowland emerged as the only winners on the day with Baptiste, after being squeezed into third place in the 100m in 12.13s steamed to a fine 200m win in 24.12s.

Rowland, who not only manages the team but also competes in several events at each match finished fourth in the long jump with 5.59m, and third in the high jump clearing 1.60m came out on top in the shot putt with a fine effort of 13.46.

Crawley just miss Promotion to Division One

The Crawley senior men’s team fought hard at Bournemouth but failed to get that final promotion place in Division two of the British Athletics League on Saturday.

A full strength Kent A.C team stormed to team victory ahead of League leaders and hosts, Bournemouth, scoring 323 points to 319 with Crawley in third tem spot with 292 points.

The final League placing were Bournemouth with 30 League points, Kent second with 23 (1137 match points) and these two gain promotion with Crawley third with 21 (1127) to cap an excellent season for the Sussex Club.

Highs and Lows for Sussex u13/15 teams as the YDL season ends

There was a mixed bag of results for Sussex teams at the last YDL Lower League fixtures of the season. Unfortunately Chichester Runners will be relegated and Brighton & Hove have a tense wait to see whether they will be promoted following their division win.

The final results are still being scrutinised so some information stated below is subject to change.

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