A Clutch of Medals for Sussex at Bedford

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Sussex athletes collected a clutch of medals at the South of England championships at Bedford over the weekend including a quartet of golds in the U20 age group.

Pride of place went to Worthing’s Ben Hawkes, who already holds the U17 Sussex Hammer record. Hawkes smashed Mick Jones thirty eight year old U20 record by some four metres with a magnificent throw of 71.55m his Gold.

Crawley’s Natasha Purchas equalled the Sussex U20 record when winning the pole vault with a splendid 3.90m while another Pole vault title came to Sussex when Jack Harris took the U20 men’s crown with a clearance of 4.60m.

In the U20 400m hurdles Orla Brothers from Crawley was a convincing winner in 60.63s while

there was a silver medal for Joe Fuggle from Wadhurst in the men’s U20 400m hurdles in 53.91s with Crawley’s Jamie Lambert not far behind to take the bronze medal in 54.59s.

Scott Staples (Crawley), who has been having his best season to date took the silver medal in the U20 Javelin throw with 62.23m while another Crawley athlete Lillie Franks again topped 1.70m to take the bronze medal in the U20 High jump.

In the Senior events there were medals for Crawley’s Turner siblings.

For big sister Holly there was a silver medal and a Pb in the 400m where she clocked 54.57s which also lifted her to second place on the Sussex all-time list.

Brother George was also rewarded with a Pb as he took the bronze medal in the Pole vault with 4.80m while fellow Crawley athlete Paul Navesey took fourth place in the 5,000m event in 14:41.53s.

In the U20 long jump Mary Adeniji, from Eastbourne also just missed out on a medal placing fourth with a Pb of 5.41m.