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Interesting day at Basingstoke

The Sussex Schools' Junior girls squad excelled themselves in the annual South East Schools Inter-county match at Basingstoke on Saturday despite travel problems.

Road conditions around Chobham on the A3 were so bad in the scorching sun that the Team Coach arrived more than an hour later than planned and some athletes, who came direct, got out of their cars and went straight to the start line while several did not make it in time.

Another Busy Weekend

There is another hectic weekend of athletics this week with National Championships, a Schools Inter-county match and both third rounds of the Southern Athletics League and the Youth Development League.

Several of the Sussex medallists from last weekend’s Southern senior and U20 championships will be descending on Bedford for the England U23 and Under 20 championships on both Saturday and Sunday while the South East Schools Inter-county match will be held at Basingstoke on Saturday.

Medals Galore at the Palace

Sussex athletes scooped a handful of medals in the Southern Counties Track championships at the Crystal Palace over the weekend including three gold medals and a Sussex record in the U20 events.

The record came in the javelin throw where Lewes’s Scot Staples, the talented County champion pulled out a brilliant effort of 59.68m which added just ten centimetres to Worthing’s Simon Kearney’s fifteen year old County record.

The other two titles went to U17 athletes who were competing up an age group.

Gemma Vaults to New Heights

Gemma Tutton

Lewes AC's Gemma Tutton has broken the UK under 13 pole vault record for a third time with a magnificent leap of 3.46m.

Competing at her home track on Monday evening as a guest during the Sussex Masters League, Gemma first upped her record of 3.35m, set just last week, by one centimetre. 

She then requested that the bar be raised by 10 centimetres to 3.46m, which she duly cleared on her second attempt.

Gemma's achievement means the county under 13 pole vault record is now higher than the under 15 one.

Records Broken in Wind at Crawley

A strong blustery wind at Crawley dampened the record breaking, and most track times, at the 84th Sussex Schools Track and Field championships on Saturday.

The strong south westerly, which eddied around the finish area played havoc with not only the sprints and straight hurdles but also the pole vault and high jump which are situated at that end of the track.

Despite the conditions five Championship Best Performances were broken, three in the field events and two on the track..

Sussex Schools clash with Southern Championships

It is from this event that the bulk of the 60 strong Sussex team for the All England Schools championships at Birmingham in July will be selected. Every one of that team will be expected to have achieved a pretty tough standard and competed well on Saturday.

Unfortunately the untimely clash with the South of England U20 championships at the Crystal Palace this weekend will rob the Sussex event of most of the leading contenders in the Senior (U19) group.

Crawley beaten by one point at Stevenage - - National and European records broken at Ewell.

After an afternoon long battle the Crawley Athletic Club’s women’s team were beaten by just one point in their UKWL Division two match at Stevenage on Sunday.

After winning the season’s first match at Wigan last month the Crawley women were faced by a determined Sale team, who were runners up in the first match, and it was the Lancashire club that eventually came out on top scoring 194 points to Crawley’s 193 points with Herts Phoenix back in third place with 165 and Newham fourth with 160 points.

UK Pole vault best for Gemma

Competing in the pole vault at the U15 League match (West) in Horsham on Friday, Lewes AC's Gemma Tutton - an under 13 athlete - smashed her own UK record by 15 centimetres, with a magnificent height of 3.35m.

Gemma had to wait over an hour before entering the competition and when she cleared 2.80m with her first jump, it was obvious a big jump was a possibility. 

It's Tough at the Top in British League

Both the Crawley and Brighton & Hove teams are holding their own in the current British League battles following Saturday’s matches at Yate and Stretford.

In a nail-bitingly close Division two match at Yate where just 25 points covered the first six teams the Crawley squad finished fifth with 280 points just eighteen points behind the winning Newquay and Par team’s 298 points. Kent A.C scored 295, Bournemouth 290, Kingston & Poly 288 with Crawley scoring 280 and Herne Hill 273.