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Ella hits record heights as the U13 League comes to a climax

The sun shone down at K2 as the county’s top under 13 club athletes battled for glory in the Sussex league final.

There were some stunning performances and many personal bests in what was, for most of the youngsters, the last major event of the season. 

Horsham’s Ella Hannyngton soared to new heights as she broke both the league and county records in high jump with a wonderful leap of 1.58m.

Davis just misses a Medal in Samoa

Archie Davis (Brighton Phoenix) was squeezed out of the medals in the 1500m after a brilliant run at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa early this morning. 

In a straight final the two World leaders and strong favourites from Kenya were clear gold and silver winners with Kumari Taki and Lawi Kosegi clocked 3:39.80s and 3:40.77s respectively more than half the straight clear. 

Crawley take fourth Under 15 League title - - - Joshua Firsht

On a cool Friday evening at Withdean stadium there was another exhilarating clash between the East and West divisions of the Sussex County Under 15 League.

There were many exciting races and four league records before the west division winners Crawley finally triumphed overall, to record their fourth successive win with 406 points.

Chichester were second with 388 points and Brighton & Hove scored 342 for third. 

More action for the Youngsters this weekend

The Sussex under 15 League will be held at Withdean on Friday evening starting at 6.15 with the Crawley Club odds on favourites to retain the title they won last year. 

Comfortable champions from the West Division League they should carry too many guns for East Division winners Lewes in fact both the Chichester and Horsham teams who were second and third in the West Division could challenge Lewes for the runner position. 

On Saturday Archie Davis (Phoenix) will be in action in the Commonwealth Youth Games at Samoa when he will be lined up for the 1,500m. 

We Need Officials. Details of Officials course on 1st November at K2

All clubs in the county need more officials and this course at K2, Crawley has been arranged locally by Sussex AA because of the level of interest expressed by many individuals.

The course commences with a generic introductory presentation, moves onto a health and safety section and finally breaks up into the four separate disciplines of: track judge, field judge, starter/marksman and timekeeping.

An individual can attend only one of these disciplines on one day, although others can be done on a separate occasion. The timings will be 09:30 to approximately 16:00. 

A golden day for Joe Fuggle and Amber Anning

Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning and Joe Fuggle from Wadhurst struck gold and broke records at the England 17/15 championships at Bedford over the weekend. 

Both set personal bests, Anning twice, when winning their titles and Anning also set the fastest ever 300 metres by a British U15 athlete in both heat and final while Fuggle again improved the Sussex record.

Charlie Grice Top European - Amber Anning a British Best Performance

On a final medal winning day, two 4 x 400m relay bronzes, in the World Championships in Beijing Charlie Grice (Brighton Phoenix), who was the only European athlete to make the final, ran a fine race in the final of the 1500 metres. 

No he did not win a medal but he had done extraordinary well to reach the final and once there he showed he had not come along for the ride. 

Grice through to final in Beijing

A brilliant run from Charlie Grice took him through to tomorrow’s 1500m final at the world Championships in Beijing. 
The twenty one year old Phoenix athlete ran a very mature race and was always in contention. 

Luckily it was a good run race with many of his competitors faster than the former Cardinal Newman runner but he ran a very mature race to finish fourth in 3:35.45s. 

Unfortunately British team mate Chris O’Hare (Edinburgh), in a very slow run race, was run out of contention in the final twenty metres and did not make it through to the final. 

Another busy weekend for the Under 15s

The accent shines on the youngsters again this weekend and it has been a particularly tough few weeks for the Under 15s who two weeks back contested the South of England championships. Last weekend they were involved in the Inter-county match and this weekend they will be off to Bedford for the England U15 and U17 championships. 

At the recent South of England championships, also for these twin age groups Sussex, won six gold medals so we can look for more glitter, but not all gold, this weekend. 

Grice through to semi-final

On a great day for British athletes in the World Championships at Beijing when most British athletes survived their opening or qualifying rounds Charlie Grice (Phoenix) survived his heat of the 1500m despite nearly taking a tumble. 

In a slow run race when there was frequently bunching Grice managed to fight his way through to fourth place in 3:43.21s.