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Another Kenyan Double

It was another Kenyan double in the Brighton Marathon and a triumph for Worthing runners, Chris Thomson and Sarah Kingston who led the Sussex runners home in both men’s and women’s races.

Conditions were generally good though a little breeze took the edge of some times while it was a little warm as the race progressed, and the pace was not quite good enough to set a course record.

A mid-finish result for Brighton & Hove at Birmingham

The Brighton & Hove Athletic Club flew the Sussex flag in the National 12 stage Road Relay championships at Sutton Park on Saturday and managed to finish in the top half of the field of 75 teams.

They had qualified with an excellent eleventh place in the South of England championship a couple of weeks back but the clash with this weekend’s Brighton Marathon and 10km race and a couple of top athletes away on Altitude training team manager Howard Bristow did well to get out a representative squad.

Brighton & Hove only Sussex team in National | Brighton Marathon on Sunday

The Brighton & Hove club will be the only Sussex team in the National 12 stage relay at Sutton Park Birmingham on Saturday. A couple of weeks back they chalked up a fine eleventh place in the South of England Championships to qualify for a place in the National final but the clash with this weekend’s Brighton Marathon/10km events will weaken the team.

Honours well shared at Christ's Hospital

In a splendid afternoon’s racing in the Sussex road Relay championships in the ground of Christ’s Hospital just one record was broken and all the individual lap record remained intact despite a determined effort by Charlie Grice on the last leg of the senior men’s race.

Entries Up for Sussex Road Relay Championships

Entries for this year’s Sussex Road Relay championships, which are being at Christ’s Hospital on Saturday, are nearly twenty higher than last year when the event had to be moved away from Easter Saturday.

A total of 186 teams are likely to facing the starter with the first race for Under 13 Girls and Boys starting at 11.00.

The Under 15 Boys and Girls start at 11.30 with all the Women’s events starting at 12.00 together with the Men’s O50 and O60 master’s races.

The day will be completed by the Senior Men and Master’s O40 races at 1.00.

Gold for Leanne and Helen and two for Ian!

There were gold medals for Sussex Schools teachers Leanne Buxton and Helen Reynolds in the European Master’s Indoor Track and Field championships at Torum in Poland.

Keeping the current British Combined Events success to the fore Buxton, from Brighton added the European W35 Pentathlon title to the World title she won last Autumn and set a new personal best total of 3610 points.

Combined Events Championships

The next event on the Schools Athletics Calendar is on 27th May when the Combined Events Championships will be taking place at K2, Crawley. The quadrathlon (Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot and 800m) will be contested by Year 7 athletes whilst Year 8/9 and 10/11 athletes will complete the five event pentathlon by adding the High Jump to their list of events. 

Further Information and entry forms are now available on the Schools:Championships page.

Brighton & Hove Fly Sussex Flag in Southern Championships

Brighton & Hove City qualified for a place in the National Twelve Stage Road Relay in May when they were the only Sussex team to line up for the Southern Championship at Milton Keynes on Sunday.

This race is split between alternate long and short legs and team managed Howard Bristow got the team off to a fine start when finishing 12th on the opening leg in 24:55 a pretty good effort as all teams always put one of their strongest athletes on this opening stage.

Baker in action in China | Victory for Smith in Tonbridge

In tough conditions at Guyang in China Grace Baker from Hastings was the fourth British runner to finish in the World Cross-country championships.

The course was fairly flat with some artificial hillocks provided to add interest but probably of more significance was that the race was altitude which no doubt had some effect on the Hasting girl who is sometimes prone to breathing problems. In a field of one hundred runners the Sussex girl finished in 82nd place.

Tough competition for Sussex Youngsters at Tonbridge.

Baker in China, Sussex Schools athletes in Kent.

The Cross-country season comes to an end for this weekend when the Sussex School’s Year 7 & 8 teams travel to Tunbridge Wells for the South East Schools Inter-county match on Saturday while a few miles away in China Hastings athlete Grace Baker will be donning the Great Britain vest when she competes in the Junior (U20) race at the Worlds Cross-country Championships.

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