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Quadruple Qualifying times at Manchester. - UPDATE

There were a plethora of personal bests for Sussex athletes at the BMC Grand Prix at Manchester’s Sports City on Saturday.

A trio of Brighton Phoenix athletes were seeking qualifying times for the forthcoming European U20 championships and the World Youths Games and all were able to return home happy with their efforts.

Spencer Thomas needed to crack 1:49 for the 800m and with a splendid run in third place the Under 20 athlete clocked 1:48.84s and can now only await the decision of the selectors.

Crawley riding high

The Crawley team won their home match in Division one of the Southern Athletics League from the strong Tonbridge club and after two matches are settled at the top of the League.

Resting several of their British League athletes in preparation for the second British League match at Bedford next weekend Crawley still dominated the match scoring 227 points.

They finished some fifty points clear of Tonbridge’s 176 points with Colchester on163 and Milton Keynes on 159.

Disappointment for Crawley and third place for Brighton & Hove - UPDATE

The Crawley youngsters were robbed of their Youth Development League Premier Division 2 match at Bracknell on Saturday when it was discovered that the track had not been booked.
Fortunately teams were advised early enough in the morning to enable team to contact most of their athletes and avoid travel though, I understand, the Enfield team did not discover the problem until they arrived.

Anning sets Championship Record - The Weekend

Roedean schoolgirl Amber Anning smashed the championship record in the Sussex Schools Combined Events championship at Crawley on Wednesday.

Competing in the junior pentathlon Anning took the lead in the opening event, the 75m hurdles where she clocked 12.4s and she moved further away from her rivals when putting the shot 9.22m the high jump where she leapt 1.51, and the long jump where she leapt 5.09m and only in the final event, the 800m where Harmony Cooper (Rye College) clocked 2:28.1s was she bettered by anyone.

Gold and Silvers for Sussex at Nationals.

A quartet of top line Sussex athletes missed the weekend’s County Championships, where they were certain of medals, to contest the National Combined Events championships at Bedford and they did it to good effect bringing back to Sussex one gold medal and two silvers. It was Elise Lovell (Hastings) who really did the business notching up a brilliant 5197 points to win the title after a nail biting second day.

Record breaking spree by Pole Vaulters at Sussex Championships

The second day of the Sussex Track and Field championships produced some more fine competition and some championship records but before dealing with those let us re-track to Saturday where further investigation produced some more record breaking performances.

Help needed for County Championships

We are in need of volunteers to support the officials in the field events at the Championships on 13th June. Whether it be pulling a tape measure, raking a pit or returning throwing implements it will help to make the event run smoothly and to time. 
If you are available to help, even if only for a short period of time, maybe while you are waiting for someone to compete, please contact Leanne Buxton at leannebuxton@hotmail.com, with you name and the time slot you will be able to help in. 

Athletes Sparkle at K2

The promised sunshine did not arrive for the Sussex Track and Field championships at Crawley K2 Centre but there was plenty of sparkle from the athletes particularly in the younger age groups.
Conditions were good for competition but I can only find one record amongst the nearly 80 events that were held during the six hour session.

For the youngsters the accent was not only collecting medals but also achieving English Schools Standards or improving on the ones they had already gained this season.

County Championship weekend.

The Sussex Track and Field championships swallows up the weekend with non-stop action taking place the K2 Leisure Centre from 11.00 on both Saturday and Sunday through to 5.00 on both days.

With the World Championships at Beijing plus the World Youth, European Junior and Commonwealth Youth championships all being held this season and the Universities still in full swing many of the leading County athletes will be giving the Championships a miss this year.

Cracking victory for Horsham.

The second of this season’s Upper Age Group matches in the Youth Development League at the weekend produced a flurry of English Schools Standards but paradoxically a competition for teams has produced a myriad of individual results but as yet on one team result is to hand.

That was a superb victory by the Horsham Blue Stars at Erith in “North East Two”.

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