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Third and sixth for Crawley National League teams

There was a fine third place for the Crawley men in their Division two British Athletics League match at Rugby on Saturday.

Bournemouth were clear winners of the team event with 348 points but the Sussex club just lost out to Kent A.C for second place scoring 280.5 point to Kent’s 284.5 points.

This performance has lifted them one place to fifth on the League table after two matches.

The Weekend

Following their sixth place in the Opening British League Division one at Yeovil last month the Crawley Athletic Club are hoping to improve the placing in their Division two match at Rugby on Saturday.

It is hoped that many of the athletes, who missed the first match because of the clash with the BUCS championships will be back in action.

Sussex Records for Garland and Korczak?

Sussex records tumbled at the National Combined Events championships at Bedford over the weekend when Brighton & Hove’s Katie Garland finished fifth in the Heptathlon championship with a total of 5487 points.

This bettered Elise Lovell’s (Havant) record of 5400 set earlier in the season but windy conditions could rob her of the record.

Southern Athletics League

Full results are still not published for last weekend’s Southern Athletics League but there were  three Sussex team wins and several Man/Woman of the match awards.

In Division One Crawley were at home and were convincing winners with Samuel Heawood the Man of the Match for his fine shot putt of 15.94m.

In the current league table, after two matches, Crawley are placed fifth, just one point behind the leaders Norwich, with seven points.

In Division two Eastbourne Rovers had a good home victory and are second in the League on seven points behind Ipswich

The weekend and Wednesday's fixture

It is the turn of the Upper Age Group athletes in the Youth Development League to flex their muscles this weekend.

In the second round matches on Sunday Crawley in “Div 1A” will be at Kingsmeadow, Brighton & Hove and Chichester in “2B” will be at Withdean and Horsham Blue Star and Team Sussex in “2C” at Bexley.

Rollercoaster of Results for Sussex clubs at the 2nd YDL

Once again the weather was glorious as Sussex's leading under 13 and under 15 athletes competed in their second Youth Development League fixtures across the south-east of England.

Brighton & Hove AC was the only team to retain the top spot in the East 1 fixture, which was again hosted by Lewes AC. Brighton dominated the event winning by 156 points from second placed Lewes, with a score of 618.

Under 13 Dulcie Yelling again tipped the javelin over the 30 metre mark with a throw of 30.01m, whilst Mollie Barrett ran a 4:05.5 1200m.

Barns Green To Host Sussex Half Marathon Championships

Entries are now open for the 2018 Sussex AA Half Marathon Championship on Sunday, September 30th. This year's host will be the popular Barns Green Half Marathon. Click http://www.barnsgreen-half.org.uk/ to enter. Runners are advised to enter well in advance. Race Secretary, Sue Parillon, commented: “In the 36th staging of the half marathon our event is flourishing and with the recently added 10k to the programme the number of runners visiting Barns Green is on the increase.

Gemma Reigns in Spain

Forget all about the Costa del Sol, it's now Lewes AC's Gemma Tutton that reigns in Spain.  

Tutton - a first year under 15 athlete - has broken a Sussex County record and put herself second on the UK All Time under 15 pole vault rankings, with a leap of 3.70m.  

Euro Standard for Rodger - - Bronze for Evans

Sebastian Rodger from Eastbourne made a cracking start to his track season at the Loughborough International meeting on Sunday in the 400 metres hurdles.

In recent seasons Rodger has been chasing the standard for major championships until well into the season but with a fluid run in good conditions on Sunday the Eastbourne runner hit the “European Standard” with an impressive 49.80s.

Rodger said “It’s nice to run sub 50 seconds, I know it should be normal, but to achieve the European Standard so early in the season makes me very happy.”

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