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Crawley Women gain promotion at Glasgow

After just a one year sojourn in Division two of the UK Women’s the Crawley Women’s League made a quick return to Division One at Scotstoun, Glasgow on Sunday. 

Unfortunately they do not return as Division two champions as after a tense five hour competition they had to give second best to Harrow who has shared the top sport with Crawley at the start of the day’s battle. 

A good fourth for Crawley in British League

A splendid double from James Lasis highlighted the Crawley Club’s performance in the final Division two match of the season in the British Athletics League at Kingsmeadow on Saturday. 

The Crawley team were not really in line for either promotion or relegation and although they fielded a strong team they were squeezed into fourth, of the eight competing Clubs, by the home team, Kingston Poly. 

Moreno wins Nigerian Decathlon title

Sussex has a new National champion in the shape of Brighton & Hove’s Peter Moreno. 

Competing in the Nigerian championships at Warri, Moreno, won the Decathlon title by some three hundred points despite a near disaster in the pole vault. 

Moreno holds the Nigerian record at 4.60m, which he cleared earlier in the season but he struggled after clearing 3.00m and did not go any higher. 

Crawley Girls head for Glasgow and promotion

The Crawley Women head north this weekend to confirm promotion back to Division one of the U.K.Womens Track and Field League.

After a good start to the season, when they won their first match, they placed third at the second match but still remain at the top of the league though they share this spot with Harrow both having 15 points. Fortunately Crawley have fifty more match points than their rivals.

The top two clubs gain promotion and as they are five points clear of Havering, the third placed team, only a disaster could prevent Crawley returning to Division One. 

A Great 4th for Sussex Women at Bedford.

The Sussex women turned in a tremendous performance at the Inter-County championships at Bedford over the weekend by finishing 4th out of 42 counties with a fantastic 49 points. This was a great effort with some awesome individual performances.

Elise Lovell had a great day winning the long jump and is the first Sussex athlete in history to break 6 meters (6.07), albeit wind assisted, she then took second in the 100 hurdles in a new PB and sub 14 second run (13.86) to jump up the Sussex All-time list to second place.

Two golds and a bronze for Sussex girls at Cardiff.

Three Sussex athletes were included in the South of England Under 20 team to contest the “Welsh U20 International” at Cardiff where they collected two golds and one bronze medal.

The match saw Under 20 teams from the Midlands, North and South face a Welsh U20 squad.

It was Brighton & Hove’s Anna Short and Crawley’s Lillie Franks returned with gold medals as both continued with what has been their best seasons to date.

Short turned in another sparkling run over the sport sprint sweeping to victory in the women’s 100m event in 12.10sec.

Lovell and Macready strike Gold at Inter-counties

Elise Lovell from Hastings and Emma Macready from Worthing gave Sussex a tremendous start on the first day of the Inter-counties- A.A.As Championships at Bedford.

Both struck gold and set personal bests with Lovell becoming the first ever Sussex woman to top six-metres for the long jump when she leapt to victory with a wonderful leap of 6.07m.

Unfortunately the jump was wind assisted so the Sussex record still stays with her training companion, Leanne Buxton, at 5.96m set some eight years ago.

Grice in World Championships - Youth Development League.

Charlie Grice (Brighton Phoenix) is the only Sussex athlete to be included in the United Kingdom team for the World Championships at Beijing next month.

Grice, who is the British Champion and got the better of his British Rivals in the “Emsley Carr Mile” at the Olympic Stadium last weekend, is paired with his oft times Edinburgh rival Chris O’Hare.

A.A.As and Inter-counties

Up to the 1960/70s it was a great honour to compete in the “A.A.As Championships” at the White City and latterly the Crystal Palace when it attracted top class athletes from throughout the world.

This was, apart from Major Games probably the top athletic competition of the year with many of the World’s top athletes making an appearance at these championships and frequently depriving the top British athletes of winning their, then National Championships.

Fourth for Sussex Girls at Kingsmeadow.

There was an excellent fourth team placing for the Sussex girls in the South East Under 13 Inter-county match at Kingston in wet and difficult conditions on Sunday.
The Boys also did well placing seventh of the 13 competing counties.

As is usually the case there were few Sussex winners at this event but there was a sparkling double from Horsham Blue Star’s Ella Hannyngton who clocked a windy 11.34s in the 70m hurdles and also recorded a personal best of 1.55m when winning the high jump. This was a tremendous performance in the, to say the least unhelpful conditions.

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