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Wins for Sussex Clubs and many promising performances as YDL 2018 kicks off

Bathed in glorious sunshine, the county's youngest athletes travelled across the South East for the opening round of this season’s Youth Development League (U13/U15). In the near perfect weather conditions both Brighton & Hove AC and Horsham Blue Stars were in winning form.

With a local match hosted by Lewes AC, Brighton led from start to finish and ended 135 points clear of second placed Medway & Maidstone, scoring 595 points to 459.5. Lewes came fourth with 426.5.

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Unfortunately Reg Hook has been indisposed for a couple weeks and unable to keep up with the News pages.

Hopefully these will resume in the next few days.

Fine fourth place for Charlie at Commonwealth

Charlie Devall Grice was just a few metres away for a medal in the Commonwealth Games 1500 metre final on the Gold Coast on Saturday in one of the best runs of his career.

Charlie Da’Vall Grice (Brighton Phoenix) placed an agonising fourth in a highly competitive 1500m final won by Kenya’s Elijah Manangoi in 3:34.78.

The 24-year-old Brighton man took up the perfect position on the first couple of laps, sitting in with a pack that allowed Kenyan duo Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot dictate the pace.

Round-up and weekend

The change of direction of the course for last Saturday’s Sussex Road Relay championships at Christ’s Hospital seems not to have affected the runners and although no course records were broken (six succumbed last year) a couple were approached.

The races were thought to be one of the best of these championships though a strong wind, more than the change of direction, were considered to have greater effect on the times.

Relay Double for Brighton Phoenix

Brighton Phoenix repeated their senior double victory at a highly successful Sussex Road Relay championship at Christ’s Hospital on Saturday but it was not as convincing as last year’s run-a-way victories.

In the men’s championships that completed the afternoon’s racing Brighton & Hove’s Will Gray led through the first of the six legs comfortably clear of Phoenix’s Finn McNally while Tom Niner extended the lead by a couple of seconds over the second leg.

Reverse running at Christ's Hospital

There will be a new look to the Sussex Road Relay championships at Christ’s Hospital on Saturday as the race will be run clockwise, rather than the normal anti clockwise.

Athletes will be expected to keep to the right side of the course so they will actually run exactly the same distance so existing course records will probably stand. The changes have been implemented for Health and Safety reason as a short part of the course is run on the public highway.

The first race, the U13 Girls, will start off the racing at 11.00.

Cook second in the Schools International

Bethany Cook helped the English Schools to victory in the Junior Girls race at the Schools International Cross-country event at Nottingham last weekend.

Cook, who has certainly been the outstanding Sussex cross-country runner this season winning every one of her races until she reached the English Schools championships.

Again Bea Wood from Wiltshire, who appears to have come rather late to what has been a hard and muddy season, got the better of the encounter.

English Schools Cross Country VLOG

Three of the athletes selected for the Sussex Senior Boys team for the English Schools Cross Country, Tom Eames, Joe Clayson and Tomer Tarragano have been producing vlogs through the season. Although Tom was injured and unable to compete, his colleagues have produced a final video of their personal experiences over the weekend at the ESAA Championships. It gives a real flavour of what the English Schools XC is all about for the athletes.

Sussex Record Breakers in Madrid - Brian Slaughter

Between 19-24th March, Madrid Staged the 12th Edition of the European Masters Indoor Championships where a record 4000 athletes from 40 countries took part demonstrating Masters Athletics is strong.

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