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Sussex Athletes Shine at the South of England Inter-Counties

Fine performances from Sussex’s leading Under 20 and Under 15 athletes took both teams to fourth place overall at the competitive annual South of England Inter-Counties Championships.

With 16 teams competing at Horspath, including the mighty Essex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and Berkshire the Under 15 girls and U20 men performed brilliantly to top their individual groups. In sunny but windy conditions, Sussex had an abundance of finalists across the two age groups and four event winners.

Brighton & Hove retain Under 13 team title

Brighton & Hove held on to the Sussex Under 13 League title at K2 on Sunday after an afternoon long battle with Crawley.

These two teams were stuck together, with just a few points separating them for most of the afternoon, but the seaside team managed to squeeze a small buffer before the relays at the end of the programme to score 393 points to the home club’s 376 points.

Seventh U15 league victory for Crawley

Crawley Athletic Club won their seventh Sussex U15 League final comfortably from Brighton & Hove at Withdean Stadium on Friday evening.

Leading from early in the programme they never looked like being headed and eventually finished well clear with 486 points to Brighton & Hove’s 406 point who only just managed to turn the tables on last year’s runners up, Chichester, who totalled 402 with the rest of the teams more than one hundred points adrift.

Busy weekend for Sussex U15's and Officials

It is a busy weekend for the leading Sussex U15 athletes who will be embroiled in the final of the Sussex Under 15 League at Withdean on Friday evening.

Crawley, the winners of the West Sussex Division and Brighton & Hove who won the East Sussex Division are expected to battle out are expect to battle for the title though last year Chichester sneaked through to take second team spot ahead of Brighton & Hove with Horsham Blue Star in fourth place. It was Crawley’s sixth victory in this event.

The Field events start at 6.15 and the Track events at 6.45.

Two Silvers and Bronzes for Sussex at Bedford

There were three medals but no golds for Sussex athletes at the England U15 and U17 championships at Bedford with the Sunday competitors enjoying almost continuous rain and wind.

Lizzie Korczak (Brighton & Hove), who has beaten the Sussex U17 javelin record several times this year, suffered what I believe was her first defeat of the season, in this age group, throwing 42.57m to take the silver medal in difficult conditions. Ironically she was beaten in the English championships by Scottish thrower Keira Wadddell, who is a year older, with 46.41m.

Brighton & Hove confirm SALg promotion.

The final positions in this year’s Southern Athletics League have now been published and Brighton & Hove are the only Sussex Club to gain promotion this season.

Eastbourne Rovers, who had gone into the final match two points clear were thwarted. In a tough match they were squeezed into third place and thus allowed Harrow and Medway & Maidstone to draw level and three teams were at the head of Division 2 SE each scoring 17 League points.

The weekend

It is off to Bedford this weekend for many of the top Sussex U15/17s for the English championships.

Just two weeks ago Sussex athletes, at Lee Valley, some twenty athletes won medals at the South of England Championships, for being gold, and while we cannot expect a repeat of this we could hope at least ten of these could gain places in the finals or top eight positions.

These championships are being held on Saturday and Sunday while Sunday will also see the “Tom Lintern” medal meeting at the K2 Leisure Centre which incorporates the Sussex 10,000 metres track championship.

Eastbourne and Brighton & Hove head for promotion.

A few results from last Saturday’s Southern Athletics League matches reveal interesting results that may well effect promotion chances but these are not likely to be confirmed until the end of the week.

In Division one at Harrow The Crawley club were convincing winners of their match with 224 points to 195 for Norwich, 194 for Belgrave and 165 for the home club but as Crawley were lying down in 11th place they are still likely to finish just above mid-table.

The Crawley success was bolstered by non-Sussex all-rounders Jo Rowlands and Richard Reeks.

Southern Athletics League

Sussex teams Eastbourne Rovers and Brighton & Hove will be seeking promotion after the final matches in the Southern Athletics League this weekend.

Results from these matches usually take several days to clear but we hope this weekend we will be able to cover at least the team results after the weekend. Team managers could help by forwarding the results to me when they are received.

Medals a plenty for Sussex youngsters

Sussex youngsters scooped up a plethora of medals at the South of England U15 and U17 championships at Lee Valley over the weekend, with some twenty youngsters on the podium and four of them achieving gold.

Conditions were fairly mild for Saturday’s events but Sunday produced a strong head wind for most of the track races.