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Inter-counties at Crawley

After the leading Sussex Youngsters have taken on the might of English Schools at Gateshead on Friday and Saturday it is the turn of the Senior athletes of Sussex to get involved with Inter-county competition at the K.2 track at Crawley on Sunday when it is the turn of Sussex to host the annual South East Inter-county match.

Silver for Purchas on a fine First Day for Sussex Schools.

Natalie Purchas drew first blood for Sussex at the English Schools Track and field Championships at Gateshead on Friday.

Equalling her best ever vault of 3.15m, a National standard height, this Burgess Hill Girls Schoolgirl matched the height of Matilda Waters (Manchester) in the Junior (U15) pole vault but took the silver medal on count back behind the British number one, Jade Spencer-Smith (Middlesex) who cleared 3.35m.

Just missing a medal was Harrison Leach (Warden Park) who contested the junior discus throw and reached a national standard distance of 39.48m

English Schools' team loses athletes to Internationals

A strong Sussex Schools team headed north early Thursday morning for the English Schools Championships at Gateshead but they were without the presence of two assured medal winners.
Sprinter Toby Harries (Brighton College) had been selected to compete in the World Youth championships later this month and at virtually the last minute Spencer Thomas (Plumpton College) was added to the British team for the European Junior championships in Sweden next week.

Lovell moves to second on All Time List

Elise Lovell from Hastings had a brilliant series of performances in Division One of the European Cup Super League Combined Events match at Aubagne in France at the weekend.

In extreme heat (high 30s) without any wind whatsoever Elise Lovell became the fifth member of the Sussex sub 14 hurdles club with 13.98 in her heat.

Sixth for Fitzgibbon, Sx Record for Harries.

Robbie Fitzgibbon (Brighton Phoenix) had a brilliant run in a tactical 1500 metre final at the European Junior Championships at Eskilstuna in Sweden.

Like so many Championship finals the accent was very much on medals rather than times. The main body of the field were bunched together throughout the race and a desperate final two hundred metres did little to spread them out.

Just over one second separated the British winner Josh Kerr (Edinburgh) who clocked 3:49.62s and the Phoenix runner who was placed sixth in 3:50.67s.

Crawley, Brighton and Horsham finish second in Southern Athletics League.

The Crawley team were beaten into second place in their Southern Athletics League Division One match at Peterborough on Saturday and now shares top place in the League with their conquerors Nene Valley although they are still on top through total points.

Scoring 232 points the home team certainly took full advantage of their home fixture finishing well clear of the Crawley squad who totalled 193 with Bedford on 164.5 points.

Gaps in County Team for Saturday's Inter-counties.

Sussex team managers Craig Cox and Amy Barclay still have a few gaps to fill in the County team for Saturday's Inter-county match at K.2 and the current team has been posted on the Track and Field News Page.

They are still looking for Women’s 400m and 400m hurdlers and steeplechasers while there is also a vacancy in the Men’s 5000m.

If you are able to help please contact Craig on craigcox400@live.co.uk.

Gold and silver at Birmingham

Rob Mullett from Lewes romped to a brilliant victory in the UK 3,000m steeplechase championships at a hot and windy Alexander Stadium at Birmingham on Saturday while Emma Macready from Worthing took the silver medal in the women’s championship.

British Championships and Southern Athletics League

The British Championships at Birmingham this weekend incorporates the Trials for the World Championships in Bejing so it will be nail biting time for Sussex middle distances runners Lee Emanuel and Charlie Grice in the 1,500 metres.

Emanuel, who comes from Hastings, is the only British runner to have the qualifying standard time of 3:36.20s this season but his time was recorded indoors back in February. Grice (Brighton Phoenix) is the second fastest Brit this year with a 3:37.70s and they will clash again but do not only have each other to worry about.

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