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Clash of Major Events

This weekend is one of the most important of the season for the main body of senior school athletes as the County Schools championships clash with the Senior and U20 Area championships.

Most Sussex eyes are likely to be focussed on the K2 Leisure Centre at Crawley and the 85th Sussex Schools Championships.

Many young athletes will already have survived their Area championships and the cream of these will be aiming for one of the sixty athletes who will gain a place in the Sussex Schools team to compete in the English Schools championships at Birmingham next month.

Senior Team In Jeopardy For Inter Counties

Sussex AA are at risk of not sending a senior team to the Inter Counties fixture on Sunday, June 24th at Chelmsford. If no one steps up before this Thursday, June 7, a team will NOT be sent to the match, where some of the best athletes compete. It will be the first time this has ever happened. Anyone who volunteers will receive support with the preparation admin, so all it would entail is selecting the team, then declaring the team on the day, handing out numbers and being a point of contact etc. Sussex AA is willing to pay expenses.

Westlake sets Worthing 10km record

A highly successful Worthing 10k took place on Sunday in beautiful, if hot, conditions with a record number of 2365 runners taking part.

An in-form James Westlake of Crawley AC claimed victory in a time of 30.31 breaking the course record. Andy Greenleaf of Serpentine Running Club was second in 30.58 and Jonathan Cornish of Hercules Wimbledon was the bronze medallist in 31.14.

Third and sixth for Crawley National League teams

There was a fine third place for the Crawley men in their Division two British Athletics League match at Rugby on Saturday.

Bournemouth were clear winners of the team event with 348 points but the Sussex club just lost out to Kent A.C for second place scoring 280.5 point to Kent’s 284.5 points.

This performance has lifted them one place to fifth on the League table after two matches.

The Weekend

Following their sixth place in the Opening British League Division one at Yeovil last month the Crawley Athletic Club are hoping to improve the placing in their Division two match at Rugby on Saturday.

It is hoped that many of the athletes, who missed the first match because of the clash with the BUCS championships will be back in action.

Sussex Records for Garland and Korczak?

Sussex records tumbled at the National Combined Events championships at Bedford over the weekend when Brighton & Hove’s Katie Garland finished fifth in the Heptathlon championship with a total of 5487 points.

This bettered Elise Lovell’s (Havant) record of 5400 set earlier in the season but windy conditions could rob her of the record.

Southern Athletics League

Full results are still not published for last weekend’s Southern Athletics League but there were  three Sussex team wins and several Man/Woman of the match awards.

In Division One Crawley were at home and were convincing winners with Samuel Heawood the Man of the Match for his fine shot putt of 15.94m.

In the current league table, after two matches, Crawley are placed fifth, just one point behind the leaders Norwich, with seven points.

In Division two Eastbourne Rovers had a good home victory and are second in the League on seven points behind Ipswich

The weekend and Wednesday's fixture

It is the turn of the Upper Age Group athletes in the Youth Development League to flex their muscles this weekend.

In the second round matches on Sunday Crawley in “Div 1A” will be at Kingsmeadow, Brighton & Hove and Chichester in “2B” will be at Withdean and Horsham Blue Star and Team Sussex in “2C” at Bexley.

Rollercoaster of Results for Sussex clubs at the 2nd YDL

Once again the weather was glorious as Sussex's leading under 13 and under 15 athletes competed in their second Youth Development League fixtures across the south-east of England.

Brighton & Hove AC was the only team to retain the top spot in the East 1 fixture, which was again hosted by Lewes AC. Brighton dominated the event winning by 156 points from second placed Lewes, with a score of 618.

Under 13 Dulcie Yelling again tipped the javelin over the 30 metre mark with a throw of 30.01m, whilst Mollie Barrett ran a 4:05.5 1200m.

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