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Leagues and Sussex Masters this weekend.

The accent is on League battles again this weekend as the second British Athletics League matches of the season are being held.

In BAL Division three Crawley are off to Chelmsford while Brighton & Hove, in Division four have to travel to Stretford for their match and both these matches will be held on Saturday.

The Crawley women, who won their opening Division two UKWL match at Wigan last month, will be aiming for a repeat performance at Stevenage on Sunday.

Masses of PBs but No Records at Withdean

On and almost perfect night for middle distance runners hosts of athletes left the Phoenix Open meeting at Withdean Stadium on Wednesday evening knowing that they had achieved their personal best times.

One thing that was missing however was a Ground Record.

With a talented “A” 800m race that had attracted top line performances Brighton & Hove’s Chris Carter was able to relax knowing that his 1968 time of 1:47.5s remained intact.

Brighton & Hove win YDL match - Anning breaks Sussex Record

Amber Anning improved her Sussex U17 300 metre record when she helped her Brighton & Hove Club to victory in the second of this season’s Youth Development Upper Age Group league matches at Winchester on Sunday.

In the first match, of Division One B, local rivals Portsmouth squeezed the Brighton Club into second place but on Sunday, despite fielding a depleted team the tables were well and truly turned as they romped away to win by more than one hundred points with 513 to Portsmouth’s 408. Southampton scored 381, Winchester 369 and Chichester 352.

Sussex record for Moreno at National Combined Events - - update

There were great results for Sussex from the England Combined events championships at Bedford over the weekend including medals and a Sussex record.

Pride of place must go to the former Hastings and Brighton & Hove athlete Peter Moreno who has moved to Windsor and now competes for the local club but still retains his Sussex qualification. Stringing together a fine list of performances including leading the field in the 100m with 11.02s, the 400m in 48.31s, the high hurdles in 14.2s and clearing 1.96m in the high jump he missed taking the overall title by just eleven points.

Irene Parsley

Sussex AA is saddened to announce the death of official Irene Parsley from cancer.

Irene, 67, became an active member of Haywards Heath Harriers, after her two daughters' joined the club in the early 1990's. She helped coach the junior section and she also qualified as a field official. In this role Irene regularly attended events throughout Sussex, most recently the 2016-17 Sportshall league at Horsham, in spite of her illness.

Southern Athletics League and the Weekend

Last weekend proved a tough weekend for Sussex clubs in the second round of the Southern Athletics League when just the Horsham Blue Star and Hastings teams squeezed into second places, which were the best placings by Sussex teams.

In Division One at Basingstoke Crawley finished third with 169 points behind the home team who scored 245 points and Belgrave on 186.

Brighton & Hove win YDL match. - - Crawley and Horsham UPDATE`

The Brighton & Hove Athletic Club romped to a run-a-way win in the second of this season’s Youth Development  League matches  at Withdean on Saturday.

Competing in the East One division of the Lower Age Group League the home club led the match virtually from the start to score 596 points and record their second win of the season.

After a great battle with the Medway & Maidstone club Lewes took second place with 486 points, just three points clear of the Kent Club while Basildon filled fourth, of the six competing clubs with 438 points.

Anning makes World Schools - Mullett gets World Standard

Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning has been selected to compete in the World Championships. That is in fact the ISF Schools World Championships at Nancy in France from the 24th – 30th June.

England is sending a team of six girls and six boys to the competition. They have been chosen based on performance in 2016/2017 and many of them are English Schools' Champions and/or SIAB medallists. The athletes are mainly multi eventers and Anning will be taking part in the 400m, Triple Jump and the Relay.

Youth Development Leagues and Loughborough International this weekend

On Saturday the second round of the Lower Age Group Youth Development Leagues will be held with both the Brighton & Hove and Hastings clubs hosting matches.

The East One league will see both Brighton & Hove and Lewes in action at Withdean while the Hastings, East Grinstead and Worthing teams will be competing at the William Parker Track at Hastings in Division East Two.

The Crawley and Horsham teams will travel to Aldershot for their West One match and Chichester travel to Bournemouth for their West Two battle.