Sussex Schools Athletics Association News

Schools Inter Counties Cross Country - Saturday at Reigate Priory

The traditional exciting close of the Schools Cross Country season takes place this Saturday, 25th March, with the Inter County match for years 7 & 8. The SE England Inter-County Cross Country Championships will bring together the most talented U13/U14 athletes and promises to be a day to remember. We would remind all parents/athletes to allow plenty of time for parking and to report to the Sussex team managers at least one hour before their race for registration and warm up. Further details and the timetable can be found here.

Tremendous Results and Medals at English Schools

There were some tremendous results from the Sussex Schools teams at the English Schools championships at Norwich with Bethany Cook striking silver in the Junior Girls race and they gained silver and bronze team medals.

Cook from Moira House was one of the youngest runners in the Junior (U15) race and is still young enough to run in the same age group next year.

Will Junior Girls be best at Norwich?

Can the Sussex Schools teams match the performances of last weekend’s Sussex County teams when they line up for the English Schools' cross-country championships at Norwich on Saturday?

Last week at Loughborough the County teams did rather better, overall, than expected but they are not the same teams as the age groups are one year different.

The Weekend

Cross-country racing dominates the weekend’s activities with the South East Schools Inter-county championships at Brands Hatch taking pride of place and it is expected that there will be Sussex representation at the BUCS championships.

Fine Racing for Sussex Schools

It was another bumper year for Sussex School's cross-country running when the Championships were held at the Waterhall course in Brighton on Wednesday.

Although it was probably the coldest day so far this year the non-stop sunshine was almost perfect for the runners though underfoot the hard ground became a little slippery as the afternoon progressed.

The sunshine however did not produce much heat and it was a bitterly cold afternoon for the officials.

International selection for Lovell – Preview

Following her splendid second place in the National Indoor pentathlon championship at Sheffield last weekend Elise Lovell from Hastings has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Indoor Pentathlon event at Prague at the end of the month.

Lovell set two personal bests during the competition clocking 8.65s in the 60m hurdles, the opening event, and her total of 3778 was also her best while her long jump of 5.96m was close to her indoor best. Lovell will join Jessica Taylor-Jemmett from Manchester, last weekend’s winner, who is the 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist.

Sussex Schools Cross Country on 18 January at Waterhall

Whilst the weather is currently inclement, it is intended that the Sussex Schools Cross Country will still go ahead unless the organisers deem the course unsafe on the morning of 18th January; if we have to postpone this event the cancellation notice will appear here by 10am on Wednesday 18th January.

Livvy makes it two golds for Sussex - - Mullett sixth in Europe

There was another victory for Sussex Schools at Gateshead on Friday, after I had packed up for the day.

Livvy Connor from BHASVIC, who was the team captain, retained her Senior Pole Vault title so Sussex topped and tailed the first day of the Championships winning gold, through Edan Cole, in the first event of the day and Livvy Connor at the end of the day.

So late was Connor’s victory that the result was still not published until Saturday morning.


Edan Gold

Sussex Schools made a tremendous start to the English Schools track and field championships at Gateshead on Friday morning when Edan Cole won, not only the first Sussex Gold medal of the championships but as the Inter (U17) Boy’s javelin was the first event on the programme he was also the first champion for 2016.

Conditions early in the day were uncomfortable with wind and a torrential shower soon after the meeting got underway.