Sussex Schools Athletics Association News

Best Results In Years For Sussex At English Schools

Sussex Youngsters battled the strong winds and heavy rain to come away with some brilliant results at the English Schools Cross-country Championships at Newsam Park in Leeds on Saturday.

Some of the highlights included four top twenty finishers, an overall bronze for all the boys’ teams, a senior boys team silver and the inter girls getting silver for the Best 8 Runners category.

Big Weekend For Sussex School Youngsters

This weekend will see our Sussex youngsters travel to Leeds for the English Schools Cross-country Championships.

School teams from 46 counties in England will gather at the Temple Newsam event, which is one of the biggest in the cross country calendar.

The six Sussex teams are made up of athletes selected from their performances in the county over the last few months.

SCHOOLS XC CANCELLED

OWING TO THE WEATHER, THE INTER COUNTIES SOUTH EAST SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS, DUE TO TAKE PLACE AT POPHAM AIRFIELD, HANTS, TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 2, HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

Sussex Schools Cross-country (Prov)

The following are provisional results from the Sussex Schools, Brighton Marathon, Cross-country championships which were held at Waterhall, Brighton on Wednesday.

Conditions were uncomfortable and tributes need to be paid to the officials as well as course markers and marshals who cannot dash away to the comfort of the School bus when their stint is complete.

Thanks are due to everyone who was involved in the organisation of the event.

Senior Boys:

Tomer Tarragano – BHASVIC = 1st

BHASVIC Success at Knole - Sussex Schools

Tomer Tarragano warmed up for Wednesday’s Sussex Schools cross-country championships with a great victory at the prestigious Knole Run event at Sevenoaks for BHASVIC on Saturday.

Over 240 runners featuring some of the best x- country schools in the country raced over 5.8 miles of undulating parkland in the beautiful setting of Knole Park in Sevenoaks.

Tarragano led from start to finish to continue his recent excellent form and his winning time of 31:31 was nine seconds clear of the much fancied Edouand Long from Eton College.

Podium place for Eva at Bedford

Sussex Schools took one of its smallest teams in recent years to Bedford for the finals of the English Schools Combined Events and Race Walking Championships.

The best Sussex performance of the weekend was by race walker Eva Payton-White who won the battle for the bronze medal in the senior girls 5000m, in a personal best of 30:22.81. Unfortunately, in the senior boys race, Oli Hopkins (Sussex Downs), while chasing Hampshire’s Chris Snook, pushed a little too much and was disqualified.

Record breaking International Win for Korczak

Her international debut resulted in another county record for Brighton's Lizzie Korczak, who has made something of a habit of improving her own previous best marks in recent weeks.

This fixture at Grangemouth was a result of Korkzac's javelin win at the English Schools Championships a week ago. Both she and ESAA shot silver medallist - Crawley's Millie Noyce - were selected to represent England Schools at the home countries u17 International in Scotland. 

English Schools Round-up

The tremendous achievements by the Sussex Schools team at Birmingham is almost certainly the second best ever at these championships.

A total of 15 medals has, I believe, only been bettered once and that was way back in 1958 when 17, including eight gold medals were won.

One of the gold medals then was won by Peter Standen, who also set the championship record in the Intermediate 800m, and Standen is still active today as a Marksmen at most of the leading Sussex meetings and is a well-respected middle distance coach.

Two more golds and Junior Girls win the Championship Shield at the English Schools - Day 2 report

It was a ‘Super Saturday’ for Sussex with two more gold medals and seven additional bronzes at the English Schools’ Championships in Birmingham.

It brought Sussex’s total podium places to a magnificent 15 with a final tally of four gold, two silver and nine bronze medals. In addition the Junior Girls team won the Championship Shield as the highest points scorers for top eight finishes and the Junior Boys were second in their category.  Overall this was Sussex’s best English Schools Championships result in recent history.

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