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Double Record for Baptiste in Top League battles

The Crawley men’s team did extremely well to finish third in their British League Division 2 match at Bedford on Saturday and this takes them to second place on the League table.

With two clubs to gain promotion after the fourth and final match in August it was be a great battle with Kent A.C as both teams are on 15 points behind Bournemouth’s 23 points with the Sussex club just having the edge at the moment with 836 overall points to Kent’s 816.

Triumph for Sussex Under 17s at Lee Valley

There was a tremendous victory for the Sussex U17 team at the South East Inter-county match at Lee Valley on Sunday.

Although there were several absentees on the day the team got behind team manager Lee Fulham and filled in most place with the Men coming out on top in their group and the Women placing fourth but overall Sussex scored 673 points, thirty points clear of Kent with Hampshire on 600 points with Essex on 576.5 points and Herts, Surrey, Bucks and Middlesex trailed away.

I cannot recall Sussex ever winning this match before.

Another record for Korczak - Crawley National Leagues

For the third time this season Lizzie Korczak (Brighton & Hove) has broken the Sussex U17 javelin record.

Competing for Brighton College in the English Schools Cup, where the College finished an excellent fourth in the Intermediate age group, Korczak, who is the reigning English Schools Junior champion, topped the forty six metre mark for the first time adding 4cm to the current record with a fine throw of 46.03m.

Another busy weekend.

The third BAL and second UKWAL matches are being held this weekend with the Crawley men travelling to Bedford for their Division two match on Saturday.

After finishing a fine third in their last match at Rugby last month Tim Kimber is hoping for at least a repeat of that placing, in this season’s penultimate match.

Also on Saturday there will be 1k and 5k Walking races and training for Sussex Race walkers at the Lewes track at noon.

CBP’s toppled on a glorious day in Brighton at the Under 13 Champs

The sun shone and so did the performances of the 250 young athletes who descended on Withdean Stadium in Brighton for the Under 13 and Under 11 QuadKids Championships on Saturday.

It was the perfect weather for athletics and the youngsters did not disappoint. There were two Championship Best Performances and an additional six new CBP’s by virtue of the 100m, 200m and 1500m being contested for the first time.

The stand out performers of the day were Eastbourne’s Eleanor Strevens over 800m and Worthing’s Rio Williams in the High Jump.

Rodger fastest in 400m hurdles heats.

Seb Rodger from Eastbourne will go in to the final of the 400m hurdles at the UK championships a Trials at Birmingham as the fastest qualifier.

Both his main rivals for the title also won their heats in fast times with Jack Green (Kent) clocking 50.68s and Dai Green (Swansea) 51.14s compared to Rodger’s 50.56s. All three will be hoping to crack the 50sec barrier in what could be a very close battle for the title and a place in the UK team for the European Championships in August.

National and County Championships plus trials

The British Championships at Birmingham this weekend is again being used as the Trials for the European championships in August but before then there is the team for the World Athletics Cup, in July, to be decided.

Sussex athletes are hoping to catch the selector’ s eyes and Charlie Da’Vall Grice will have been buoyed up by his recent fine 1500m victory over one of his main rivals Jake Wightman in Marseille last week.

Fourth for Sussex at Chelmsford

Sussex did well, by placing fourth, with their depleted senior team at the South East Inter-counties match at Chelmsford on Sunday.

Bolstered by a string of Under 20 athletes Sussex scored 671 points behind winners Essex who scored 782 points, Kent who scored 707 points and Middlesex 686 points. All teams, apart from the Hosts, struggled to field represented teams with Hampshire only sending women to the match and Surrey not managing to get a team at all.

The results look more like an area League match and there were plenty of empty lanes.

Two Golds for Walkers at Regional Competition

Sussex School’s race walkers captured two South East Regional titles when the events were held in conjunction with the Combined Events competition at Ashford over the weekend.

Competing in the Over 15 age group 3,000m races Eva Payton-White took the Girls title in 17:49.7s while Ollie Hopkins won the Boys race in 15:18.9s.

It was not a vintage year for the Combined Events even though there were two third places in the team events and an individual bronze medal in the Junior (U15) boys Pentathlon.

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