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.

Six Golds for Sussex at English Schools

A brilliant second day at Birmingham saw the Sussex Schools team record one of their best ever English Schools results beating last year’s tally of five gold medals but overall equalled the 2016 total of ten medals.

Despite the loss of three potential medallists this was an excellent result for Sussex on a weekend when there were not any real disappointments and a couple of bonus medals.

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.


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