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Great Battles at Under 15 Final

Crawley collected their sixth team victory in the Sussex U15 League final at Brighton’s Withdean Stadium on Friday evening.

Despite the holidays still making it difficult for teams to field their best teams it proved an excellent evening of good class competition and enthusiasm.

As far as the team results was concerned it was a case of deja vu as the Crawley team led for most of the evening and totalled 439 points to Chichester’s 367 and Brighton & Hove’s 356 with Horsham taking fourth place with 322 points.

Two wins for Sussex at Schools Games

Sussex athletes won two events at the Schools Games at Loughborough over the weekend and we were also rewarded with another Sussex Record.

Racing for the last time, as an U17 in the 300 metres, Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning steamed clear of the  opposition to win by more than ten metres in 37.79s.

This clocking was not only well inside the Sussex record she had set earlier in the season but was a competition record and also the fourth fastest time ever by a British U17 athlete.

Sussex Quartet at Schools Games

Four Sussex youngsters will be heading to Loughborough this weekend for the annual School Games match.

The School Games are a national multi-sport event for the UK's most talented school-age athletes. Around 1,600 athletes from across the UK will compete in 12 sports.

UK Area School teams including Scotland clash for this end of season match and the Sussex Quartet will representing the South of England team which has largely been selected from July’s  English School Championships.

Under 13 and 15 Finals this weekend

As usual the first weekend in September brings the finals of both the Sussex Under 13 and Under 15 Leagues and they will dominate this weekend’s activities.

The Area Leagues were completed back in July with Crawley winning both of the West Division Leagues while Brighton & Hove did likewise in the East Division.

The Under 15 event takes place at Brighton’s Withdean Stadium ln Friday evening with the field events starting at 6.15 and the track events commencing at 6.30.

Sussex Winter Fixture List 2017-18

The Sussex AA Winter Fixture List has been published and can be viewed under TAKE PART or below. Thank you to Phil Baker and everyone who has inputted to make it happen.

View and Download here.

Amber and Ben Strike Gold

There was more glory and medals for Sussex youngsters at the English U15/17 Track and Field championships at Bedford over the weekend including two titles plus three Sussex records.

Again pride of place must go to U17 Worthing thrower Ben Hawkes who retained his unbeaten Hammer record this season with another crushing victory with 71.91m but he also added a silver medal in the discus throw with a personal effort of 52.70m, which is also a new Sussex record. Hawkes very nearly collected another medal in the shot putt placing fourth with 15.24m.

"Child to Champion" – a blueprint for coaching children in athletics clubs.

Child to Champion” – a blueprint for coaching children in athletics clubs.

This is the first in a series of workshops and courses aimed at coaches and parent helpers within athletics clubs. It’s about children doing the right type of activities, in the right way, at the right time in their lives.  

Ask yourself – “are the children joining in an activity OR are they totally engaged and immersed in it?

Southern Athletics League - Review

There were mixed fortunes for Sussex teams in last weekend’s Southern Athletics League matches with only a couple teams winning their matches and a couple finishing fourth and last.

In Division One at Milton Keynes Crawley, who were also involved in the British League on Sunday, finished second after a fine battle with the home team scoring 212 to 225.5 points and this was a pretty good effort as Colchester were a close third with 204.5 points.

Bumper weekend for Sussex youngsters

There were eight titles and several silver and bronze medals for Sussex athletes at the South of England U15/17 track and field championships at the Crystal Palace over the weekend with Worthing’s Ben Hawkes completing a hat trick in the U17 throwing events.

Hawkes has had a remarkable season with many wins to his name in League and County competitions, as well as the English Schools, and he has been unbeaten in his number one event, the Hammer throw.

Crawley third at Lee Valley

Crawley finished their 2017 British League Season with an excellent third place in their final Division two match at Lee Valley on Sunday.

With a Holiday hit team, and the day after contesting a Southern League match the Crawley squad amassed 284 points behind Kingston, 326, and Bournemouth 308 and ahead of Bristol & West who totalled 271 points.

This gave the Crawley team fourth place in the final League placings behind Kingston, Herne Hill and Bournemouth to assure them another season in Division Two.