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Bronze for Beth at Sheffield

Hurdler Bethany Close was the only Sussex medallist in the British Universities Indoor Championships at Sheffield over the weekend.

Racing in the 60m hurdles the Brighton & Hove hurdler, who was running for Bath University, struck bronze when clocking 8.66s after beating the eventual champion Karla Drew (Southampton) in the semi-final in 8.61s.

Running in the men’s 3.000m Sam Bennett (Lewes/Birmingham) took sixth place in 8:28.41s while Crawley high jumper Robyn Pettit, who is at Portsmouthl, cleared 1.69m to place seventh in her event.

Emanuel and Grice set Pbs at Birmingham

Lee Emanuel (Sheffield/Hasting) and Charlie Grice (Phoenix) set the fastest indoor 1500 metre times by British runners this season at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix at Birmingham on Saturday but again it was Emanuel who got the better of the head to head clash for the Sussex athletes.

In a strong international clash the British runners were never in the mix for medals as the pace was fast from the start with Kenyan and America runners battling it out at the front.

Great running by Sussex Runners in the mud at Parliment Hill Fields

Five Sussex runners gained Top Ten places in the National Cross-country Championships over the usual muddy Parliament Hill course at Hampstead Heath on Saturday but individual medals escaped the grip of the Sussex runners.

In the Senior Men’s race Ben Tickner led his Brighton Phoenix team into ninth team spot, one of the highest ever team placing by a Sussex Club.

Sussex Indoor Championships

There was a large dip in the number of senior athletes supporting these championships this year, but in total only seven fewer entrants than last year, as support from younger athletes continues to grow. Consequently most senior events and many of the U20 events were between no more than three or four contestants.

James Baker has done it again!

James Baker has done it again

No other Sussex runner has contested more Sussex League races than Chichester’s James Baker nor won as many League titles and he did it again at Lancing on Saturday. 

No he did not repeat his victory at Plumpton before in November, in fact his third place was his lowest placing of the season but together with his run at Plumpton and his second place over the Lancing course he took his umpteenth League title with 6 points. 

A busy weekend

A busy weekend lies ahead for athletics enthusiasts as well as athletes this weekend with the last of this season’s Brooks Sussex Cross-country League races commanding most interest among Sussex athletes. 

The County are also holding their County Indoor championships this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday at the Sutton Arena while some two hundred miles away in Sheffield the National Indoor championships, which incorporate the Trials for the European Indoor championships at being held at Sheffield, also on Saturday and Sunday.