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Good Weekend for Sussex Athletes at Bedford.

There were gold medals for Charlie Grice and Ryan Driscoll and several minor medals for other Sussex athletes in the wind and rain swept English U20/23 Championships at Bedford over the weekend, which also doubled as the “Trials” for various Major Games.

Y.D.L Lower Age Group matches

There were mixed fortunes in the third round of the Lower Age Groups in the Youth Development Southern Area League on Sunday.

In Premier Two Crawley, who lost their previous match because the home club failed to book the track, had a nail-biting match and actually finished up in sixth team place having won the season’s opening match back in April.

Crawley however had some fine results in the U13 age group with Abigail Packham recording a fine hurdles/high jump double with 11.93s and 1.40m having only tried high jumping at training the previous week.

Fine Sprint doubles - UPDATE

Despite the strength of opposition, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire, there were several impressive performances from the Sussex youngsters in the Inter-County Schools match at Erith on Saturday.
There was a particularly impressive sprint double from Alyssa White in the junior age group with winning performances of 12.41 and 25.78s while in the same age group Natasha Purchas was again over 3.05m to win the pole vault.

Gold Rush for Sussex Athletes at the Southern Championships

In one of the county’s best performances in recent years, Sussex athletes stormed to victory after victory, and many podium places, at last weekend’s South of England Championships at a windy Lee Valley. Worthing’s Emma Macready raced to honours in the 3000m steeplechase, moving into the lead with 1000m to go and never relinquishing it. Macready ran a personal best (PB) and smashed the previous Championship record by almost five seconds with a time of 10:26.78. Perhaps the most emphatic victory of the day was that of Phoenix’s Billy White in the U20 steeplechase.

High Standards and Records at Crawley

Probably the best supported Sussex Schools Track and Field championships for at least a decade, produced several championships records and more than thirty English Schools standards to add to the 61 that had been recorded before the Championships.

Many of these were duplicates but the selectors will have a serious problem, not only whittling down the standards to the team limit of just 60, but even more explaining to disappointed parents and athletes who have not made the squad.

The wind was a little blustery but generally not helpful to the competitors.

Sussex Schools Clash with South of England Championsips

Many of the leading Senior (U19) athletes will be missing from Saturday’s Sussex Schools Championships as they will be contesting the South of England U20 championships, which are being held in conjunction with the Senior Championships at Lee Valley.

Traditionally the County Schools championships are held on the second Saturday of June and, as last year, it comes rather late in the month where a clash should not really be unavoidable.

Third spots for Crawley teams in National Leagues

The Crawley men’s and women’s team both filled third places in their Division two matches of the British and UK Women’s League matches at Watford and Bedford on Saturday.

The men’s result match was an extraordinary close battle with less than fifty points covering the first six teams with Harrow totalling 333 points, Thames Valley Harriers 320, the Crawley team 310, Kingston Poly 302.5 and Notts 285 with Nene Valley and Gateshead well adrift.

There were many season’s and personal bests for the Crawley men but few individual winners.

Quadruple Qualifying times at Manchester. - UPDATE

There were a plethora of personal bests for Sussex athletes at the BMC Grand Prix at Manchester’s Sports City on Saturday.

A trio of Brighton Phoenix athletes were seeking qualifying times for the forthcoming European U20 championships and the World Youths Games and all were able to return home happy with their efforts.

Spencer Thomas needed to crack 1:49 for the 800m and with a splendid run in third place the Under 20 athlete clocked 1:48.84s and can now only await the decision of the selectors.

Crawley riding high

The Crawley team won their home match in Division one of the Southern Athletics League from the strong Tonbridge club and after two matches are settled at the top of the League.

Resting several of their British League athletes in preparation for the second British League match at Bedford next weekend Crawley still dominated the match scoring 227 points.

They finished some fifty points clear of Tonbridge’s 176 points with Colchester on163 and Milton Keynes on 159.

Disappointment for Crawley and third place for Brighton & Hove - UPDATE

The Crawley youngsters were robbed of their Youth Development League Premier Division 2 match at Bracknell on Saturday when it was discovered that the track had not been booked.
Fortunately teams were advised early enough in the morning to enable team to contact most of their athletes and avoid travel though, I understand, the Enfield team did not discover the problem until they arrived.