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A tremendous second day at Gateshead for Sussex Schools athletes saw them turning in one of their most successful years ever as far as medals were concerned.
They were never expected to match last year’s “Best for fifty years” results but they came closer than expected with ten medals and five of these were gold, which was one better than last year.
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.
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.
The pressure is really on this weekend with, hopefully, Sussex athletes in the final of the European Championships at Amsterdam, the Sussex Schools team in action at Gateshead on Friday and Saturday and the Senior Sussex athletes in action in the South East Inter-county match at Basingstoke on Sunday. In addition the fourth rounds of the Southern Athletics League are being held on either Saturday or Sunday with four teams involved in home matches.
Best wishes to the team of 60 athletes representing Sussex who are today travelling to Gateshead in preparation for competing at the ESAA National Championships These are the "4th largest athletics event in the World". The timetable and further details of the event are available here, and the events will be shown live on the internet here,
Following the succesful Sussex Schools Championships last Saturday, there is more information available today for athletes selected for the Inter Counties event and a reminder for those who have achieved the Entry Standard for the English Schools Championships or who may do so in the next few days.
A big thank you to the several people have responded to the request for assistance at Saturdays Sussex Schools Championships at K2, Crawley, although more would be welcome.
No qualifications are required (as fully qualified officials will be resposible at each event) so if you are available to help, even for a short period of time, maybe while you are waiting for someone to compete, please EMAIL with your name and the time slot when you will be able to help.
The entries are now closed for the Sussex Schools Track and Field Championships to be held at K2, Crawley, next Saturday 11th June. The complete programme of events and all the entries are available on the Schools Championships page - competitors and team managers are asked to check that athletes have been entered in the correct event, and to note the timetable, although events may run late if more helpers do not become available.
Calling all would be Jessica Ennis-Hill's or Ashton Eaton’s - the Sussex Schools Combined Events Championships take place at K2, Crawley on Wednesday 1st June during the half term holiday.
For year 7 athletes there is a quadrathlon (Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot and 800m). For Years 8/9 and 10/11, athletes add the High Jump to complete a pentathlon. All competitors have to participate in all events. Parents or athletes can enter themselves - it does not have to come via the school.