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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

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.

Harries for G.B - Smith for Schools Final - YDL

Brighton College’s Toby Harries has been included in the Great Britain team for the World Youth Games later this month.

Harries (Brighton Phoenix), who had already been selected to compete in the Commonwealth Games Championships on September has been selected to race over 200m at Cali in Colombia between the 15-19th of July.

Combined Events

Following last weekend’s South East Schools Combined Events championships at Reading Matt Smith (Blatchington Mill) has been confirmed of a place in the final of the Intermediate Boys Octathlon in September.

Waltz time at Reading

There were one gold and two silvers for the Sussex Schools athletes at the South East Schools Combined Events championships at Reading on Sunday.

In the senior (U19) girls Heptathlon both Katie Garland (Bexhill) and Beth Crocker (Hurst) carried their overnight firsst and secfond placings forward and even stretched their leads over their rivals.
Garland added a 5.70m long jump and 27.72m javelin throw and a 2:26.7s 800 metres to yesterday’s effort to bring her total up to 4811 points, a personal best and fourth place on the Sussex All Time bests list.

Ella, Adam and Luke light up Brighton at the Under 13 Championships

The sun shone over Withdean Stadium on Saturday as the county’s future athletics stars came out in force, producing many personal bests and scintillating battles in front of a packed stand. Two Championship records were blown away. UK Under 13 rankings leader, Ella Hannyngton (HBS) glided away from the opposition in the 70m Hurdles to smash the previous best in a time of 11.35 seconds.

Davis and Harries make England team.

Two Sussex athletes have joined Grace Baker on the “Major Games” scene but they have to wait until September for their England vests.

Brighton Phoenix athletes Archie Davis and Toby Harries have been selected to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games at Samoa between the 5th and 11th of September.

Patcham High School athlete Davis has been selected for the 1,500m while Brighton College’s Toby Harries has been chosen for the 200 metres and may well appear in the relay.