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Pete Witcomb Honoured at Sussex Sports Awards
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Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

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altCongratulations to Pete Witcomb who has won the BBC Sussex "Unsung Hero" award at the Sussex Sports Awards.

Pete a member of the club since he was 10-years-old has dedicated thousands of hours of his time to Brighton & Hove AC both as an athlete and a coach.

In 2012 he was selected to carry the Olympic Torch for part of its journey through Brighton & Hove.

As a club we are delighted to see him honoured publicly once again.

Thank you for eveything Pete. We Salute You.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2018 07:23
 
Lizzie Korczak's in Athletics Weekly
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Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

img 8514Our own star under 17 javelin thrower Elizabth Korczak was featured in the November 1st edition of Athletics Weekly.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2018 07:44
 
November Newsletter
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Thursday, 22 November 2018 13:26

Sussex Cross Country League, Stanmer Park

The first Sussex cross country league meeting of the season was held with record fields on a mild day with firm conditions underfoot in Stanmer park.Over 50 Brighton youngsters competed and five of our teams finished in the first 3 teams, with our u/15 boys coming out on top. It was an excellent start to the league season and great to see also so many u/13's competing in the first league race.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 November 2018 13:47
 
Sportshall News
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Monday, 05 November 2018 11:34

On Sunday Brighton and Hove athletes travelled to Horsham for the first of this season's Sportshall fixtures. Split across three age groups- under 11's under 13's and under 15's,the teams battled throughout the afternoon.In the boys match we were squeezed into third place behind Crawley and Horsham by a mere half point but managed to reverse the result beating Horsham into third place in the girls fixture.

Full results here

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 November 2018 13:12
 
Brighton & Hove AC Club Records broken in 2018
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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:12

Longstanding Club and County records have tumbled this season. Congratulations to the Brighton & Hove AC athletes who have made their own little piece of history:


Senior Men

Javelin (800g) 63.95 Edan Cole (U20)

Senior Women

100m 11.77 Amber Anning (U20) (County U20 record)

LJ 5.95m Katie Garland

Heptathlon 5487 Katie Garland (County SW record)

Under 17 Girls

Javelin 48.07m Lizzie Korczak (County record)

Under 13 Girls

Javelin 400g 37.64m Dulcie Yelling (County record)

Under 13 Boys

Javelin 400g 39.77m Josh Clarke

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:29
 
Pete Witcomb Shortlisted for "Unsung Hero" award at Sussex Sports Awards
Written by Melanie Anning   
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 16:31

Pete WitcombCongratulations to veteran coach Pete Witcomb who has made the final three of the Sussex Sports Awards in the BBC Sussex 'Unsung Hero' category.

Pete, a Brighton native, has been a member of the club since he was 10 years old.

In 2012 Pete was honoured to be selected to carry the Olympic torch on its journey through Hove.

The winner will be announced on Friday 23 November at The Grand Hotel, Brighton. Good Luck Pete . The club is rooting for you.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 17:20
 
Latest News - October 2018 Newsletter
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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 05:56

Newsletter October 2018

Well the winter is nearly upon us and that is the season for the track and field athletes to work on their strength and endurance, also for endurance runners to get muddy and wet in cross country and younger athletes to get involved in Sportshall.

Call for help

On Saturday 10th November our club is responsible for providing marshals and registration at the Sussex Cross-country league at Stanmer Park. Please spare some time to help out as the more people there are the better time everyone has.

Registration
We need people from 10.30am till 1.00pm and/or 1.00pm till 2.30pm

Marshals

Meet from 11.00am 1st race 12.00am till 1.00pm
and/or from 12.30pm till 3.30pm. The last race is at 2.35pm

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Tom Pink Relays

There were many medals, some fantastic performances and lots of on Sunday 14th October at the annual trip to the North London indoor stadium, to compete against eight other teams, from across the South of England. Once again we had a superb trip up and the team performed admirably.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 08:10
 
Brighton Youngsters Dominate the U13 Champs
Written by Melanie Anning   
Wednesday, 04 July 2018 08:43

The sun shone and so did the performances of the young Brighton athletes who were amongst the 250 competitiors to descend on Withdean Stadium for the Under 13 and Under 11 QuadKids Championships on Saturday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 July 2018 11:24
 
12 B&H athletes selected for the English Schools Champs
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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 11:27

ESAA LOGOCongratulations to the 12 athletes from our club who have been selected to represent Sussex at the English Schools Track & Field Championships, which takes place in Birmingham from the 13th– 14th July.

The athletes have been chosen based on their success at the area school trials, the Sussex Schools’ Championships and their other performances this season. Qualification standards are very high and just achieving these is an accomplishment.

The English Schools’ Championships represents the pinnacle of schools-based competition in England. Organised entirely by volunteer teachers, it brings together the best athletes in each County to compete for the honour of being the best athlete in the country at their event.

None of this would happen without our dedicated coaches. Several of whom also coach athletes from other clubs who will be competing at the championships.

For some of our athletes this is their first English Schools and for others such as Edan Cole competing for a fourth time, having won the Inter Boys title in 2016 and Emily Robinson competing for the fifth time - it will be their last.

Lizzie Korczak won the Junior girls javelin in 2017 and she will be hoping to medal again in the Inter-girls competition as she is presently ranked second in the UK. Amber Anning missed her fourth champs last year as she was competing for England at the Commonwealth Youth Games. She has two titles the Junior Girls 200m from 2015 and the Inter girls 300m a year later. This year she is taking on the 400m.

Well done and good luck to you all.

JB HJ Arthur Haines Peacehaven CS

JB JT Luke Twigger Brighton College

IB 400m Max Brazier Patcham High

IB HJ Harry Reinecker-Found Chailey School

IB TJ Louis Goffin Cardinal Newman

SB 1500m Tom Eames BHASVIC

SB Jav Edan Cole Cardinal Newman

JG 200m Ruby Anning Davison’s

JG Jav Holly Turnbull Brighton College

IG JT Elizabeth Korczak Brighton College

SG 400m Amber Anning BHASVIC

SG Discus Emily Robinson Steyning Grammar

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:13
 
Home Advantage at YDL Upper Age Group, 27th May 2018
Written by Pat Apanteku   
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:55

Match report 27th May YDL U17/20

A beautiful day was upon us at Withdean for the second round of the YDL. With a lot of athletes out due to other comps, injury and holidays, Brighton was still able to come away with the win.

Winning is everything but I want to say a well done to those that got seasons bests:

Josh Hawkins (100m), Josh Firsht (400m), Lenny Weaver (1500m), James Martin (200m), Lili Parker (100m & 200m), Alice Dungworth (400m), Amy Gamblin (1500m), Ruth Noble (HJ), Georgia Coleshill (TJ), Astrid Blackledge (800m), Eli Middleton (80mH & Javelin), Bethany Smith (300mH), Kelsey Sutherland (HJ), Isabel Lay

And those that got Personal bests:

Adam McConnell (Hammer), Ed Jones (100m), Tom Ridley (200m, 400mH & Javelin), Joseph Luker (1500m & 3000m), Torin Seagrove (100mH & HJ), Connor Fairhall (Long Jump, Shot), Sam Williamson (Shot & Hammer), Baxter Fletcher (800m), Connie Petronzio (400m), Natasha Russell (400mH), Amy Gamblin (1500mSC), Georgia Cook (LJ & TJ), Moyo Oloko (Shot), Wiktoria Arasztowska (Discus & Javelin), Kelsey Sutherland (100m), Bethany Smith (300m), Lois Dooley (3K), Gracie Bernard, (1500mSC), Astrid Blackledge (1500mSC), Eli Middleton (Shot), Anna Dornbusch (Hammer), Joe Clayson (1500m)

The focus of this league is to make sure there is an opportunity of athletes to develop and the results from the previous two comps has shown that.

I would like to say a thank you to everyone that competed, helped, officiating, scoring, serving, running, coaching, cheering. They do count towards a smooth comp and points for the team.

As is, Brighton are joint top of the league with Southampton. Both teams are strong (Southampton full events, Brighton win) and so for the last match the Red & Black will need to do both as it is on their turf. Winner gets promoted to Southern 1!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:58
 
Record Breaking Bank Holiday for Katie and Lizzie
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Monday, 28 May 2018 17:10

Competing at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships at Bedford, Under 23 Katie Garland broke the month old Sussex Senior Women's heptathlon record en route to a national bronze medal.

The record had stood for 29 years to Worthing's Debbie Woolgar, until Havant's Elise Lovell broke a month ago. Across the weekend Garland achieved an unbelievable five personal best including a new club record of 14.30s for the 100m Hurdles and a club record of 5.95m/ 6.10m (w/a) in the Long Jump - her best for three years.

Katie's full series was as follows: 14.30s hurdles (PB)/ 1.74m - High Jump/ 10.46m Shot Putt (PB)/ 24.58s - 200m (PB)/ 6.10m Long Jump (PB)/32.61 - Javelin (PB) and 2:24.42 - 800m.

Meanwhile at the Loughborough Javelin Carnival on Monday under 17 athlete Lizzie Korczak broke Samantha Redd's longstanding club and county record with a magnificent throw of 45.99m. Lizzie is last year's English Schools' Junior Girls champion and a first year in the U17 age group.

Congratulations to you both.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 May 2018 17:26
 
A Championship Best and Many great performances at the County Champs
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Brighton & Hove AC athletes ended the Sussex champs weekend (12th & 13th May) with a shed load of medals of all colours and many excellent performances across the age groups.

Amber Anning broke the U20 Women's Championship Best Performance, winning the 200m in a time of 24.08 seconds. Arthur Haines was just 2cm below the U15 boys CBP in the High Jump.

Coach Julia Machin a V45 athlete now won the Senior Women's Shot, Long Jump and High Jump.At the other end of the scale Alexander Riley was silver medallist in the boys Minithon with Noah Mason just behind in bronze medal position and Dulcie Yelling also achieved bronze in the Under 13 girls competition.

The Champs was one of the most successful in recent history and the organisers were two former B&H star athletes Shelley Baker and Kate Matthews. Well done to them and all the athletes who represented the club.

Full B&H results are below:

100 SW

12th/13th May 2018

Sussex T&F Championships

Position

Perf

Athlete

2

14.12

Merel Koemans Callado

100 U20W

1

13.01

Lili Parker

3

13.28

Moyo Oloko

8

15.18

Connie Petronzio

100 U15W h4

4

13.86

Carly York

100 SM

3

11.46

Paabdou Njie

5

11.62

Christopher Hewitt

100 U17M

2

11.59

James Martin

4

11.83

Lucas Mockeridge

6

12.37

Connor Fairhall

100 U15M h1

5

13.41

Toyo Oloko

7

14.06

Alistair Daly

200 U17M

6

24.56

Lucas Mockeridge

-

DNF

James Martin

200 U17M h2

4

25.46

Jamie Arnold

200 U15M

7

25.54

Danny Giustiniani

200 U15M h1

5

27.71

Isaac Kofi Obeng

6

27.85

Toyo Oloko

200 SW

2

27.16

Laura Hitchman

3

30.97

Stefanie Dornbusch

200 U20W

1

24.08

Amber Anning (CBP)

200 U15W

1

25.75

Ruby Anning

5

27.21

Katie Ridley

200 U15W h1

4

27.96

Carly York

300 U15W

4

43.87

Ella Matthews

5

44.45

Katie Ridley

7

45.85

Lacey Fowler

300 U15W h2

7

49.4

Ruby Wilson

300 U15M

5

43.42

Michael Shaw

6

46.28

Jonny Hancock

7

46.85

Ethan West

400 U20M

4

53.2

Joshua Firsht

6

55.1

Brett McKenna

400 U17M

2

50.42

Max Brazier

4

53.49

Jamie Arnold

800 SM

5

02:04.0

Paul Howard

10

02:18.5

Harry Sullivan-Jones

800 U20M

1

01:57.7

Tom Eames

4

02:01.2

Sam Wilkinson

5

02:02.6

Tomer Tarrango

6

02:03.8

Joseph Clayson

9

02:12.0

Sam Kane

800 U17M

2

01:59.9

Max Brazier

5

02:04.2

Adam Firsht

800 U17M h1

1

02:03.4

Adam Firsht

800 U17M h2

1

02:02.9

Max Brazier

800 U15M 1

3

02:21.3

Joshua Pay

5

02:24.4

Archie Rowles

7

02:27.6

Jonny Hancock

800 U15M 2

2

02:08.6

Harvey Grant

6

02:17.1

George Taylor

8

02:23.4

Henry Yelling

800 U20W

5

03:01.0

Amy Gamblin

800 U17W h1

5

02:32.6

Alex Nann

800 U17W h2

5

02:40.7

Astrid Blackledge

800 U15W 1

1

02:36.4

Eadie Yelling

7

02:46.2

Sima Saadatzadeh

800 U15W 2

5

02:34.6

Poppy Palmer-malins

7

02:37.8

Ruby Wilson

800 U15W 3

3

02:25.5

Tatum Walker

4

02:27.2

Ella Matthews

5

02:29.0

Emily Muzio

6

02:32.4

Lacey Fowler

7

02:33.8

Ciara Muzio

1500 U20W

1

04:51.4

Emma Gill

1500 U17W

1

04:50.7

Lois Dooley

1500 U15W 1

10

05:36.0

Bertie Broking

12

05:51.1

Sima Saadatzadeh

1500 U15W 2

2

04:56.7

Rebecca Losh

5

05:09.3

Tatum Walker

6

05:09.9

Ciara Muzio

7

05:10.2

Poppy Palmer-malins

8

05:10.7

Emily Muzio

9

05:15.5

Jess Corbett

10

05:18.8

Eadie Yelling

1500 SM

5

04:51.2

Harry Sullivan-Jones

1500 U20M

3

04:13.0

Tomer Tarragano

4

04:13.5

Joseph Clayson

1500 U17M

6

04:25.7

Patrick Connolly

12

04:41.1

Joseph Luker

1500 U15M

2

04:28.7

Harvey Grant

6

04:46.9

Archie Rowles

9

04:51.0

Henry Yelling

12

04:58.0

Joshua Pay

14

05:00.9

Will Matthews

18

05:45.4

Kit Monto

3000 U20W

2

13:20.9

Amy Gamblin

5000 SM

2

14:57.4

Kevin Moore

6

15:25.5

Thomas Niner

7

15:30.9

Howard Bristow

9

15:38.6

James Turner

12

16:12.6

Graham Godden

14

16:36.0

Matt Bristow

75HU15W U15W

3

12.5

Katie Ridley

8

13.25

Tilly Grover

80HU15M U15M

2

13.74

Ethan West

6

15.02

Michael Shaw

7

15.35

Thomas Wells

8

16.48

Patrick Conneely

400HW U20W

3

78.71

Natasha Russell

4x100 U15M

4

53.27

Brighton

4x100 U15W

2

51.67

Brighton & Hove U15 Team

4

54.14

Brighton & Hove 'B'

HJ SW

1

1.6

Julia Machin

HJ U17W

2

1.55

Louisa Connolly

HJ U15W

4

1.45

Katie Ridley

HJ SM

1

1.8

Matthew Smith

HJ U17M

1

1.9

Harry Rienecker-Found

2

1.8

Tom Ridley

4

1.7

Torin Seagrove

HJ U15M

1

1.77

Arthur Haines

7

1.5

Thomas Wells

LJ SM

3

4.03

Matthew Smith

LJ U20M

1

6.3

Rafe Brooks

LJ U17M

2

5.74

Louis Goffin

LJ SW

1

5.53

Julia Machin

-

5.43

Julia Machin

2

4.81

Laura Hitchman

LJ U20W

1

5

Georgia Coleshill

2

5

Francesca Walmsley

LJ U17W

3

5.01

Kirsty Nelson

LJ U15W

7

4.6

Katie Ridley

-

4.56

Katie Ridley

9

4.27

Lena Dornbusch

18

3.83

Ruby Haines

TJ SW

1

10.78

Annie Close

TJ U20W

1

10.44

Georgia Coleshill

2

10.22

Ruth Noble

TJ U17W

3

10.28

Kirsty Nelson

6

8.95

Louisa Connolly

TJ U17M

1

12.8

Louis Goffin

SP7.26K SM

3

10.42

Neil Grover

SP6K U20M

2

11.95

Noah Rees

SP4K U15M

4

5.03

Patrick Conneely

SP4K SW

1

11.1

Julia Machin

4

10.52

Becky Owen

5

8.93

Sarah Hewitt

SP4K U20W

2

8.86

Moyo Oloko

Minithon - A throw (discus or shot) a run 150m or 800m and a jump Long Jump or High Jump

U13 Girls Minithon
Jump Throw Run Total Pos
Sofia Akilade LJ 3.27 SP 4.45 800 3.00.5
10 5 22 37 31=
Madeleine Badruzaman LJ 3.34 SP 4.35 800 2.51.2
11 5 25 41 25
Maddy Baker LJ 2.92 SP 3.59 150 22.8
3 3 22 28 45=
Nicole Bleasdale HJ 1.11 SP 3.18 800 2.59.54
14 2 22 38 29=
Francesca D'Cruz LJ 3.18 DT 12.40 150 23.9
9 6 19 34 38=
RosIE Gasson HJ 1.11 DT 10.51 800 2.40.6
14 4 28 46 17
Edith Hancock LJ 3.12 DT 8.93 800 2.44.8
8 2 27 37 31=
Mae Hardy LJ 2.98 SP 4.27 150 24.4
7 4 17 28 45=
Lexi Harker LJ 3.33 SP 3.13 800 3.06.69
10 2 20 32 41
Anya Hmaimou LJ 3.20 DT 11.79 800 2.53.89
9 5 24 38 29=
Kathleen Keaney LJ 2.85 SP 8.88 150 24.6
6 33 16 55 6=
Alicia Knight McPherson LJ 2.91 SP 5.04 150 27.2
6 8 9 23 52
Sophie Packham HJ 1.08 DT 12.99 800 2.42.93
13 7 28 48 12=
Esme Palmer-Malins LJ 2.41 SP 3.19 800 3.08.0
3 2 19 24 51
Pearl Pennington LJ 3.57 DT 12.22 800 2.39.3
13 6 29 48 12=
Amber Purcell LJ 4.28 SP 5.20 150 22.3
22 9 24 55 6=
Libby Russell HJ 1.17 DT 14.85 150 24.2
17 10 18 45 18=
Ilse Saunders LJ 2.79 SP 3.19 800 3.08.9
5 2 19 26 49=
Polly Stubbs LJ 3.19 SP 5.20 150 25.1
9 9 15 33 40
Sophie Wilkinson LJ 3.9 DT 10.50 150 21.9
18 4 25 47 15=
Dulcie Yelling HJ 1.11 SP 5.85 800 2.33.10
14 13 31 58 3=
U13 Boys Minithon
Jump Run Throw Total Pos
Jude Clayton LJ 3.55 800 2.40.00 DT 10.26
10 23 4 37 27
Rhys Laverick LJ 3.39 800 2.43.16 SP 5.85
8 22 11 41 18=
Ben Mackay LJ 3.29 150 20.89 SP 6.35
7 26 14 47 11
Noah Mason LJ 4.30 150 20.64 SP 6.27
20 27 13 60 3
Dylan Mckenzie HJ 1.15 150 25.9 SP DNS
12 10 22 45=
Dillon Moss LJ 3.57 150 21.43 DT 11.74
10 24 5 39 20=
William Muzio HJ 1.27 800 2.36.35 DT 7.04
18 24 1 43 15=
Louis Opoku LJ 3.57 150 22.92 DT 14.59
10 19 10 39 20=
Charlie Partridge HJ 1.21 150 21.06 SP 5.45
15 25 8 48 9=
Theo Piercy LJ 3.86 800 2.54.47 DT 15.56
14 18 11 43 15=
Noah Powell LJ 2.89 150 23.77 SP 4.82
5 16 4 25 44
Alexander Riley LJ 3.67 800 2.34.01 SP 8.08
12 25 25 62 2
Samuel Southgate LJ 4.35 800 2.29.36 DT 12.39 53 6
Archie Turner LJ 3.74 800 2.35.39 SP 4.41
13 25 3 41 18=
Miles Waterworth LJ 4.59 800 2.27.93 DT 12.35
Max Willemse HJ 1.36 150 23.15 SP 4.58
23 18 3 44 12=
Last Updated on Monday, 28 May 2018 17:28
 
Katie crowned champ in Essex
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Saturday, 28 April 2018 21:31

Congratulations to Under 15 Katie Ridley who today won the open Essex County Combined Events Championships, with a score of 2459 points.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 April 2018 21:36
 
Winning start from Brighton Youngsters at First YDL
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 23 April 2018 11:26

(Pictured the U15 girls' victorious 4x100m relay team)

On a glorious Saturday, bathed in sunshine, Brighton & Hove AC's younger athletes came out in force for the first of the 2018 Track & Field Youth Development League (YDL) fixtures.

Thirty Under 15 athletes and 28 Under 13's made their way to Lewes and with only a gentle breeze running through the exposed track, the youngsters could not have asked for more perfect conditions. They did not disappoint winning the fixture by 136 points from Medway and Maidstone.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 08:32
 
Bronze for Rojas at Brighton Marathon & Silver for Ulliott
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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:44

Congratulations to Kevin Rojas for his fabulous third place at the 2018 Brighton Marathon. Rojas finished in 2:23.51. There was success also for B&H coach Tom Ulliott in the M60 age group where he took silver in 3:21.50.

Full results can be found HERE

Last Updated on Monday, 16 April 2018 13:52
 
Road Relay Success for B&H Youngsters
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 09 April 2018 00:00

The last winter fixture - the Sussex Road Relays - were held around the paths of Christ’s Hospital school and the Brighton youngsters came home with two more Sussex team titles, two individual silver places and for good measure there were two second and a third fastest leg, to complete an excellent year for the club.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 April 2018 14:18
 
B&H athletes shine at National Indoor Age Group Champs 24/25.02.18
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 26 February 2018 22:45

Brighton and Hove athletes scooped two medals including a gold, at the National Indoor Age Groups championships at Sheffield over the weekend.

Pride of place went to Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning who in her first year in the U20 age group romped away with the 400m title in a new indoor pb of 54.55s which suggests that she looks well in line for another stunning track season. In the same age group club mate Tom Eames was one of six Sussex athletes who came back to Sussex with a bronze medal. In a tactical 1500m Eames, who has been running cross-country as well this season narrowly avoided being taken down by a falling athlete on the final lap, before being outsprinted and squeezed to finish third in 4:04.96s.

Harry Reinecker-Found was seventh in the U17 High Jump and Tom Ridley tenth after clearing 1.81m and 1.77m respectively in a historic competition in which Highgate Harrier Dominic Ogbechie leapt to an Age 15 World record of 2.22m.

Ruby Anning reached the semi-final of the 60m U15 sprint and just failed by 1/100th to make the five athlete final of the 200m with a personal best of 26.02s.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 February 2018 23:01
 
A Great Day Out For Brighton Youngsters at the English National XC Championships 24.02.18
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 26 February 2018 22:29

The biggest annual cross-country event - the English National Championships - was held at Parliament Hill London last Saturday.

It was a cold and sunny afternoon but the 35 Brighton youngsters who made the journey experienced a day to remember. Cross Country is the only event in which you can be rubbing shoulders literally with the best runners in the country. Despite several missing from the original club entries there were numerous excellent individual and team performances.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 February 2018 22:56
 
Stunning Bronze for Amber at British Champs 18.02.18
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:01

17-year-old Amber Anning won a bronze medal in the 200m at her first Senior British Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham on Sunday.

She was the youngest athlete to make the final and ran brilliantly in the two earlier rounds with sub 24 clockings each time. In the semi she ran an indoor PB of 23.83 before medalling behind defending champion Finette Agyapong and hurdler Meghan Beesley who are both Commonwealth Games bound.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:16
 
Wins and Championship Best Performances for Brighton Athletes at the Sussex Indoor Championships 17-18.02.18
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:55

First to enter the record books, to equal an existing mark which has survived for 10 years and to better his lifetime best, was Harry Reinecker-Found jumping 2.00m in the Under 17 High Jump.

The other CBP was in the last event of the weekend, the Under 17 men's Triple Jump, where Louis Goffin exceeded the old record (12.26) in each of his four valid jumps. The first of these was his best at 12.75 - just 1 cm below his pb.

There were plenty of other good performances on the first of two days of the Championships, held as usual jointly with Surrey. This year the fields include almost 50 more athletes than last year and certainly the largest number in the past five years. Best supported of Saturday’s events was the under 15 Girl's 60m, requiring five heats and semi finals to get to the final, where Ruby Anning successfully defended her title winning in 8.09secs.

Other podium results for the club included:

Gold Medallists

Aneira Farrar-Daniel SW 60m

Lili Parker U20W 60m

Georgia Coleshill U20W Triple Jump

Louisa Connolly U17W High Jump

Jamie Lambert U20M 60mH

Rafe Brooks U20M Long Jump

Matt Smith SM High Jump

Silver Medallists

Natasha Russell U20W 60mH

Georgia Coleshill U20W Long Jump

Amber Purcell U13G Long Jump

Chela Ruiz-Cravinho U17W Long Jump

Merel Koemans-Collado, 60mH

Max Willemse U13B Long Jump

Arthur Haines U15B Long Jump

Tom Ridley U17M High Jump

Matt Smith SM Long Jump

Bronze Medallists

Bethany Smith U17W Long Jump

Natasha Russell U20W 60m

Francesca Walmsley U20W Long Jump

Louis Opoku U13B Long Jump

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:20
 
Train as an Official and help the club
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:30

This is an important announcement to inform all Sussex athletics clubs that there will be an Officials Course at the Lewes track on Sunday 18 March 2018.

This will cover all four track and field disciplines of starter/marksman, timekeeper, track judge and field judge commencing at 10.00 am and continuing until about 3.30 pm.

It is of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE that all clubs do all they possibly can to increase the number of qualified officials we have here in Sussex.

Every track club in the county needs to increase the number of qualified officials among its members.

If anyone wants to discuss the requirements they are welcome to call John Gill on 01444 458953. Clubs often pay for you to attend the course. Speak to your club secretary.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:32
 
Many medals as Brighton Youngsters Dominate Final XC League Fixture 11.02.18
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

The final Sussex league meeting held in Stanmer park in the worst possible conditions, where the athletes had to battle against the wind, rain and muddy conditions underfoot, the Brighton teams despite illness and half term on the day won the u/13 and u/15 girls the u/13 and u/15 boys and u/17 men and overall we finished with 3 league titles and 2 runners up spots and 32 team members will be receiving medals which must be a Sussex record.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:35
 
Southern XC Champs 27.01.18
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 00:00

On a cold and damp day the Southern cross country championships were held in Stanmer park and the Brighton youngsters produced their best ever results in this event.

It was great to see so many youngsters who were running in this event for the first time against the best teams in the south and in big fields with up to 260 and many have another year in their age group.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:26
 
Tom Eames stars at National Knole 10km X-country 13.01.18
Written by George Clayson   
Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:00

Competing for BHASVIC college, Brighton and Hove AC's Under 17 Tom Eames won the boys national Knole Cross-Country 10K race over the challenging Knole Park course in Sevenoaks.

With over 250 athletes trampling through the mud, it took a stunning performance from Tom for voctory by over 35 seconds.

The Knole run is one of the most prestigious schools cross-country races, with over 40 teams taking part and it features many of the country's top public schools XC teams.

The race has been run since 1973 and this was the first ever appearance by a BHASVIC and along with Eames fantastic first place the college and our club had three other runners - Tomer Tarragano, Jamie Boucher and Joe Clayson - in the top 12, which was the first time ever in the races history that a team had four athletes placing so high.

Overall the college came 6th in the team event behind winners The Judd School which was an amazing performance for a first appearance in the race.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:39
 
Brilliant running from B&H Youngsters at The Sussex XC Champs, Bexhill 06.01.18
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 08 January 2018 11:11

The Annual Sussex Cross Country Championships were held at a very muddy Bexhill common, however that did not stop a record 51 Brighton youngsters turning out and there many excellent performances and we came away with 3 first team titles and 2 second team places. Individually there were 3 second places and a third place. Apart from our medal winners there was excellent back up in all our teams.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 January 2018 11:17
 
Sound Performances at Southern Inter-Counties XC Champs
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Monday, 18 December 2017 12:30

U17 Men -Bronze Team Medal despite the absence of Tom Eames who has dominated the age group in Sussex this year.

Tomer Tarragano 25th and Joe Clayson 65th.

U15 Girls -Lois Dooley 26th, Rebecca Losh 35th and Tatum Walker 88th.

U13 Girls-Eadie Yelling 26th and Ruby Wilson 53rd.

U13 Boys-Henry Yelling 20th and Will Matthews 54th

Well done to all the B&H athletes selected to represent Sussex.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 December 2017 12:45
 
South of Thames Success for Carder & Bristow
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Monday, 18 December 2017 12:09

On what was a pretty bleak day for Sussex teams the Brighton & Hove Senior Women did very well at Aldershot on Saturday in the South of Thames Senior Team championship. They just missed the podium finishing fourth with 165 points to Kent’s winning total of 114. Seventeen year old Emma Gill led the team home in 13th place with Paula Blackledge placing 21st and Phoebe Connolly 27th.

Normally only four runners score in women’s team races, however here it was six to score over the 7½-mile course. The team was completed by Rosie Neill 30th, Cathy Ulliott, who was the second W50 in 32nd and Judith Carder who won the W60 title in 42nd.

Sussex athletes took the top two places in the M40 group with Howard Bristow in second place in 39:15s.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 December 2017 13:57
 
B&H Athletes lead the way at Lancing
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Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

There was another excellent turnout for the third Sussex league meeting at Lancing where the conditions under foot were dry and weather conditions were good for December. As in the previous two league meetings there many outstanding performances and all our teams improved their league standings.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 December 2017 11:06
 
SIlver for Bristow at Masters South of England XC Champs
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Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

The more senior athletes from Sussex were also in fine form at Horspath on Saturday where Brightin & Hove picked up individual and team medals at the South of England Master’s cross-country championships.

Masters age groups are in five year bandings but team events for this event are in ten year bandings. In the highly competitive M40/50 race Chris Smith (TVH) who runs for Haywards Heath in Sussex League events, had a battle with Sussex M40 champion Howard Bristow, before pulling well clear for victory in 29:22 to 30:09 with James Skinner (Haywards Heath) placing fourth in 30:42 as well as being the first M45 runner to finish.

In the team even Brighton & Hove took third place with 50 points to Thames Hare & Hounds 30 and TVH’s 44 points. Matt Bristow in 19th place and Louis Taub 29th closed in the Brighton team.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 December 2017 12:27
 
Fast Time in Brighton 10K
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:52

It was a good day for Sussex athletes in the annual Brighton 10k road race which was held on Sunday 18th November after missing last year’s event because of severe weather conditions.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 December 2017 11:08
 
BASC Young Sports Personality of the Year
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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

altCongratulations to Amber Anning who was voted 'Young Female Sports Personality of the Year' by the British Athletics Supporters Association (BASC) for her 2017 season.

Amber, a member of the club since she was nine, travelled to Coventry on her 17th birthday to receive the award.

This year, representing England, she won two gold medals at the World Schools' Championships. She followed this up with a 400m bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. Her time of 53.68s was a Sussex Senior Women’s record and was the fastest time run by a British 16-year-old girl since 1984. She also took home a silver relay medal from the Caribbean and ended the season with a national title and club record of 23.76s over 200m and the World Lead (U18) time of 37.79s over 300m when, representing England South, she smashed the School Games Championship Best.

Amber ended 2017 topping the UK U17 rankings over 200m, 300m and 400m and ranked second over 100m. Her time over this distance of 11.79s in her one race of the season, equalled the 14-year-old Sussex U17 record, held by Crawley's Carley Wenham.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 December 2017 13:55
 
More Excellent Performances at Bexhill, 11.11.17
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

The Second Sussex league meeting took place at Bexhill where conditions were just right for cross country with only a few muddy stretches. As at Goodwood we had another excellent turn out with many strong performances with three of our six teams winning on the day and two individual winners.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 December 2017 11:09
 
Sussex League Success for Brighton Youngsters in First fixture of the Season
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Saturday, 28 October 2017 10:52

The first Sussex league race was held next to Goodwood racecourse on a pleasant mild afternoon and in all the younger age groups there were record fields. Despite illness and holidays the Brighton youngsters had another successful afternoon with many fine performances.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 October 2017 11:43
 
Gold medal performances at Goodwood 30.09.17
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Thursday, 05 October 2017 11:12

After the glorious weather at the relays at Crystal Palace the week before, it was back to the wet and damp conditions at Goodwood for the annual relays, where we had 47 Brighton youngsters competing.There many excellent performances with two team win and two fastest laps. There were also two team silver medals a 3rd place team medal and one second and two 3rd fastest laps completing a great afternoon for the club.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 December 2017 11:12
 
Brighton's Emma is World Champion
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:32

We have a new World Champion in Sussex.

Brighton & Hove’s Emma Dixon, who was runner up in the Sussex senior cross-country championship in January has won the World Junior (20-24 age group) Sprint Triathlon Championship in Rotterdam.

Dixon is currently studying to become a Vet at Royal Veterinary College in London only started Triathlons last year and has made remarkable progress qualifying for the World Championship in May when she was the first British finisher in the “Qualifying” “Sprint” (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run) event and she has also won the British “Standard” (1.5k swim, 40km Bike and 10km run) age group title in Leeds in the summer where the Brownlee brothers had to qualify for their event.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 20:16
 
Bronze for Rojas at Barnes Green Half
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Friday, 22 September 2017 19:48

Neil Boniface had a cracking run in the Barnes Green Half-marathon on Sunday when he steamed well clear to take the title in 70:15s.

Veteran Boniface finished more than a minute clear of Paul Navesey who clocked 71:50s with Brighton & Hove Kevin Rojas third in 72:44s.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 19:56
 
Brighton Men qualify for the National Road Relay Champs
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Friday, 22 September 2017 19:40

Brighton & Hove Senior Men qualified for the National Road Relay championships at the South of England Championships at the Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The team clocked 95:10 when filling 16th place in 95:10s and are now eligible to compete in the National Road Relay championships at Mansfield in November.

The club's U13 girls team finished 16th,

U15 Boys 10th,

U15 Girls saw Brighton & Hove finish 16th and Brighton & Hove “B” 22nd.

U17 men: 16th Brighton & Hove.

U17 Women 14th Brighton & Hove.

M40: 9th Brighton & Hove.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 19:56
 
Matt rises to the challenge at ESAA Combined Events
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Saturday, 16 September 2017 19:35

Matt Smith was one fo the individual Sussex Schools athletes who travelled to Boston for the finals of the English Schools Combined events championships.

Despite having a slightly lower key season that last year the ever reliable Matt, in his final year at these championships had a good result in the Senior (U19) decathlon by placing tenth with 5470 points.

He did manage to include one PB in his ten events with a run of 18.07s in the 110m hurdles.

His other efforts in rather windy conditions were 12.07s for the 100m, 6.14m long jump, 10.98m shot putt, 1.80m high jump, 55.98s 400m, 35.98m discus, 3.30m pole vault, 43.71m javelin throw and 5:01.57s for the 1500m.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 19:56
 
Brighton Women sweep up Golds at Combined Events
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Sunday, 10 September 2017 19:20

Becky Owen has been out injured for six months but came back to winning form to take the Senior Women's Heptathlon title at the Sussex Championships at Sutton over the weekend -less than one hundred points shy of her PB when scoring 4590 points. Becky was in good company. Brighton women had a clean sweep of masters titles with Judith Carder winning the W60, Catriona Gardner the U50 and Stef Dornbusch - in her first multi events since returning to competitive athletics - the W45 title.

In the younger age groups Oscar Tomlinson (Hastings) snatched a close victory, in the U15 boys Pentathlon with 2143 points to 2129, over Brighton & Hove’s Arthur Haines. In the final discipline Tomlinson produced a sparking 800m after Haines had led from the first event

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 19:56
 
Brilliant Results for B&H athletes at the U15/U20 Inter-Counties
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Saturday, 09 September 2017 19:14

There were five Sussex winners on a rain and windswept day at Horspath, Oxford, in the Southern U15 and U20 Inter-county match over the weekend.

Holiday’s played havoc with most County teams but the Sussex Under 15s excelled themselves with a brilliant second team spot scoring 123.5 points to the winning Kent team’s 124.5 while the decimated Under 20 squad, ably supplemented by some U17 athletes did exceptionally well to finish in sixth team place.

All in all it was a fine performance by the Sussex athletes many of whom had to battle with severe weather.

Ironically three of the winners came in the U20 match and each one was an U17 athlete.

Without doubt the star performer was Brighton's Amber Anning who not only won the U20 100m in her one and only race over this distance this season. Her time into driving rain was a remarkable 11.79s which is an Under 17 county record and equalled the long standing former Sussex senior record by Carley Wenham.The time was also the second fastest by a British Under 17 this season.

Also in the U20 group Amber's clubmate Rafe Brooks, who has certainly ended his season on a high again improved his personal best when winning with a leap of 6.68m a leap that is just two centimetres shy of the best leap by a Sussex senior athlete this season.

Winners however do not always win team events.

The Sussex success in the Under 15 Southern Championship, and this applies to both teams was based on the commitment of the whole team and there were a host of second and third places, including Lizzie Korczak who was squeezed into second in javelin with 38.02m.

Sixth team place would have been considered a good placing for the Under 20s in most years but this year it was outstanding and second for the Under 15 is probably the best ever team placing for Sussex at these championships.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 19:59
 
B&H's Under 13's Triumph at League Final
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Sunday, 03 September 2017 19:08

A neck and neck battle for the Sussex Under 13 League Crown went to the wire on a damp, murky Sunday at Crawley’s K2 stadium before Brighton & Hove got the better of reigning champions, Crawley.

Brighton & Hove, 349.5 points, took an early lead and managed to hold on to a narrow margin and this reversed last year’s result. Crawley scored 345, Horsham Blue Star finished in third with 284 points, well clear of fourth placed Chichester.

The dank weather conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm shown by the athletes, who provided a fine afternoon of competition, but it did impact on the performances during the afternoon.

It was not a good year for record breaking and just one fell on Sunday, the 1000m, which in turn had been the only record to tumble this season.

Rachael Wall (Brighton & Hove) had a good victory in the girls javelin throw reaching 26.89m.

Well done to all the athletes and to team manager Sarah Yelling.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 19:57
 
Under 15 League Final
Written by Reg Hook   
Friday, 01 September 2017 19:04

Crawley collected their sixth team victory in the Sussex U15 League final at Brighton’s Withdean Stadium on Friday evening.

Despite the holidays still making it difficult for teams to field their best teams it proved an excellent evening of good class competition and enthusiasm.

As far as the team results was concerned it was a case of deja vu as the Crawley team led for most of the evening and totalled 439 points to Chichester’s 367 and Brighton & Hove’s 356 with Horsham taking fourth place with 322 points.

Ivo Pitts from Crawley broke the only individual League record when he threw the javelin 48.74m while a strong Eastbourne girl’s quartet set a new mark in the 4 x 300m relay in 2:56.3s.

Crawley all rounders Abigail Packham and Poppy Oliver both completed hat tricks of victories with Packham taking the 75m hurdles in 11.6s, the high jump at 1.58m and a B victory in the 100m in 13.3s. Oliver, who has been showing cracking form of late won the B 75m hurdles in 11.7s and completed and impressive hard fought sprint double where she beat County 100m champion Ruby Anning (Brighton & Hove) 13.0s to 13.1s in the short sprint and 26.3s to 26.6s in the 200m, both cracking races.

There were some good battles in the field events with probably the Boys long jump proving the closest as Horsham’s Tom Gilsenan-Best proving victorious leaping 5.43m, just one centimetre ahead of Sam Dunstall (Lewes) who had beaten him in the 100m 12.0s to 12.2s while Dunstall had also finished second in the 200 metres to Pyers Lockwood (Eastbourne) who clocked 24.5s while Dunstall had to fight off Gilsenan-Best for second place as both were timed at 24.8s.

Lockwood also won the 300m in 37.8s and club mate Molly Swingler won the girls 300m in 42.7s.

Competition was very much the name of the game and all the distance races produced great battles apart from the girls 1500m when League record holder Lois Dooley (Brighton & Hove) broke clear virtually from the start and finished nearly the length of the straight clear in 4:53.7sec.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 19:57
 
Amber glides to gold at the School Games
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Friday, 01 September 2017 19:00

Sussex athletes won two events at the Schools Games at Loughborough over the weekend and we were also rewarded with another county record.

Racing for the last time, as an U17 in the 300 metres, Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning steamed clear of the opposition to win by more than ten metres in 37.79s.

This clocking was not only well inside the Sussex record she had set earlier in the season but was a competition record and also the fourth fastest time ever by a British U17 athlete.

Anning was to collect another gold medal when she anchored the South of England 4 x 300m relay team to a clear victory.

The other individual victory fell to Worthing’s Ben Hawkes who retained his unbeaten record this season. Although he did not scrape over seventy metres again his winning throw of 68.21m was nine metres better than his nearest rival.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 20:01
 
Quadkids Under 11 Championships, 9th July
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:40

In both the boys and girls competitions strong performances in the throws were the game changers. For the boys Louis Opoku launched the Vortex Neuf out to 41.20 metres. This was an outstanding distance and Louis's sound performances in the 75m sprint, standing long jump and 600 metres secured the young athlete the top spot on the podium with 252 points. Alongside were his Brighton clubmates Charlie Benson in silver medal position - just one point behind and Isaac Orchard who scored 245 for bronze.

Brighton also achieved the top two spots in the girls competition. Dulcie Yelling’s Neuf throw of 37.10m was in a class apart and this too propelled her to victory with 237 points ahead of teammate Eloise White who had the second longest throw of 33 metres and scored 226 points. Horsham’s Madeleine Way was the bronze medallist with 223 points, which included an excellent standing long jump of 2.09m.

Dulcie’s result was just one point below the six-year-old Championship Best Performance held by her club-mate Amber Anning.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:43
 
Junior Javelin Record at English Schools
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:38

Despite the loss of three potential medallists at Birmingham over the weekend it was another good year for Sussex Schools in fact they seem to be going through a fairly rich patch.

For the fourth successive year they have won ten medals at these championships, this year it was six golds, which was one more than last year, but overall 2016 just had the edge.

There was also an unusual bonus this year as junior girl javelin thrower Lizzie Korczak set a new Sussex record.

With a personal nest effort of 38.77m before the championships Korczak split the field apart by unleashing a mighty throw of 40.53m which she followed with a Sussex Record throw of 41.11m and then 40.99m. It was her fifth throw that broke the nineteen year old Sussex under 15 record again with 41.26m.

Fellow Brighton & Hove thrower Samantha Redd who had won the title in 1997 and again in 1998 set the record in 1998 at 40.35m. Redd was also to win the Intermediate title in 2000 and still holds the U17 and U20 County records. It should be noted that Redd was throwing a heavier implement.

Twenty seven, twenty nine in 2016, of the 66 competing athletes gained places in the finals or (Top 8) of their events while 22 gained national Standards and 21 entry and team wise Sussex did very well despite competing in the A group which is the top eleven English Counties.

The Junior Boys team placed eighth the inter’s seventh and seniors sixth while the junior girls placed sixth, inter’s ninth and seniors eighth.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:39
 
U15 league records tumble to B&H athletes, 12th July
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:35

In almost perfect conditions at Lewes newly crowned English Schools Junior javelin champion Lizzie Korczak broke the League record again having broken it in June and then lost it a couple of days later to Horsham’s Peanut Meekings.

Although the atmosphere at Lewes was a little different to the Schools meeting at Birmingham Korczak was still up for some fine throwing and she ended up setting a new League record of 37.38m.

The next record came towards the end of the meeting when Lois Dooley, who had also been in action at Birmingham at the weekend, only had club mate Rebecca Losh for opposition set off on her own and had a remarkable run to clock 4:47.8s to remove nearly three seconds from Almi Nerurkar’s (Phoenix) three year old mark.

In the team event Brighton & Hove were comfortable winners with 206 points to Lewes who scored 164 points, Eastbourne who totalled 127 and Brighton Phoenix with 40 points.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:37
 
Bruising BAL
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:31

It was a tough time for Brighton & Hove teams in the British Athletics League matches at Bedford on Saturday when all five matches were held on the same day and at the same venue.

Brighton & Hove, in Division 4, fielded only a skeleton team and finished last and now sit at the bottom of the League table with Reading with one match to go.

They did however notch up a couple of winners with Harry Baker (Horsham) again soaring over 2.00m to win the high jump with Harry Reinecker-Found winning the “B” event by clearing 1.92m

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:33
 
YDL Victory
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:28

It was victory once more for Brighton & Hove, in the Youth Development League match.

Competing in the Lower (U15-U13 age groups) in Division One East at Lewes Brighton & Hove had a much closer battle with Medway before running out winners with 558 points to 549.5.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:30
 
Brilliant Bronze for Amber in the Bahamas, 21st July 2017
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:22

Superb running from Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning won her a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

Representing England Anning fought her way into the final with a composed second place in her 400m heat in 54.42s and she lined up as one of the youngest of the competitors.

Drawn in lane two Anning ran a superb race against two talented Australians and actually entered the home straight alongside Bendere Obaya who powered to the finish overhauling fellow Aussie Ella Connolly, who was well clear as they entered the finishing straight to win in 52.69s to Connolly’s 52.72s.

Sixteen-year-old Anning was well clear of the rest of the field to finish third in 53.68s a new Sussex senior record and the fastest run by British 16 year girl over 400m for 33 years.

Two days later Anning took the second leg in the mixed 4 x 400m relay team that achieved a silver medal behind Australia.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:55
 
BRONZE FOR BECKY AT OXFORD
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:20

Becky Owen struck bronze in the South of England Combined events championships at Oxford in July.

Competing in the senior Heptathlon the Brighton & Hove all-rounder was just one of two club athletes in action but Katie Garland had to withdraw through injury and it was Owen who snatched third place with a total of 4317 points.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:21
 
Rachael rises to the challenge at Inter-Counties , 29th July 2017
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:11

Thrower Rachael Wall threw a personal for second place in the B javelin at the annual Under 12 South-East Inter-counties fixture at Kingston.

Despite cross winds and increasingly wet and dreary weather Rachael launcehed the spear out to 27.29m.

In spite of the conditions there were many personal bests from B&H athletes across both scoring and non-scoring events. There were also several athletes who are eligible to compete again next year.

The South-East is the strongest region in the UK and this was reflected in Sussex’s final position in both competitions. Out of the 13 counties participating the Sussex boys came eighth and the girls’ team was ninth.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:53
 
England and CAU Champs 29-30th July
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:08

At Bedford Under 20 Cameron Fillery fought his way into the final of the 110m hurdles before finishing sixth in 14.35s and there was a Top Ten placing for Katy Garland in the High Jump where she cleared 1.67m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:53
 
Southern Success for B&H Youngsters
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:01

There were two gold medals and a bronze for B&H athletes at the South of England U15/17 track and field championships at Crystal Palace.

Under 17 Rafe Brooks leapt a personal best of 6.43m to win the long jump, while Under 15 Lizzie Korczak, who is having an excellent second half to her season won the javelin title with 39.40m.

Harry Reinecker-Found cleared 1.90m for a bronze in the U17 Men's high jump.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:06
 
National Glory at Bedford
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 09:51

There was more glory and medals for Brighton & Hove athletes at the English National U15/17 Track and Field championships at Bedford over the weekend including a podium full of medals and club and a Sussex record.

The gold medal went to Amber Anning who took the U17 women's 200 metre crown when she trounced the opposition by more than half a second in a personal best of 23.76s.

Although not a record Anning's time is the third fastest time by a Sussex sprinter of All-time and is an excellent effort as she clocked this unpressed and on the day after returning from holiday. Anning now tops the UK rankings for 200m, 300m and 400m and is third over 60m.

Lizzie Korczak broke her own U15 javelin record by three metres after a great battle with Scotland's Kirsty Costello who threw 43.70m to Lizzie's 43.62m.

Meanwhile Tom Eames went one better than the English Schools' to claim a bronze medal in the U17 1500m clocking 3:55.09s after a great battle.

First year under 15 Ruby Anning made the semis of the 100m on Saturday and the final of the 200m on Sunday clocking 26.11 in her heat before 26.48s.

Watch Amber's race here:http://www.runjumpthrow.com/videos/22921

Watch Tom's 1500m final here:http://www.runjumpthrow.com/videos/22877

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:01
 
Emily, Amber and Ian’s Southern Success at the Palace
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:11

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On Saturday Emily Robinson travelled to Crystal Palace for the under 20 South of England Championships. In blustery conditions Emily, who is a first year in the age group, threw 35.81m for the silver medal.

The following day under 17 athlete Amber Anning won 400m gold competing as an under 20 in a time of 55.05s. This is her second fastest race over the distance and another Commonwealth Youth Games qualifying time.

Later in the afternoon Ian Crowe-Wright ran a tactical race over 800m to win silver in the Senior Men’s Championship in a time of 1:54.64. Ian is pictured here with his coach John Clements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:57
 
B&H Athletes medal haul at the Sussex Schools' Champs
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Monday, 12 June 2017 16:40

There were many medals and strong performances for Brighton athletes at the Sussex Schools’ Championships at K2 on Saturday. Podium places are below and you can see the full results on the Sussex website.Any athletes who have achieved an English Schools' standard must register their details on the ESAA website. Please do not register if you do not have a qualifying performance.

Seniors

Gold

Emma Gill in the 1500m
Edan Cole -Javelin

Silver

Moyo Oloko - Shot

Bronze

Moyo Oloko -100m
Georgia Coleshill - Triple Jump and Long Jump

Intermediates

Gold:

Amber Pennington –Javelin
Harry Reinecker –Found - High Jump
Max Brazier – 800m
Tom Eames – 1500m
Sam Wilkinson 1500m S/C

Silver

Anna Dornbusch - 300m
Niamh Halloren 1500m
Fran Walmsley Long Jump
Eli Fitzgerald Hammer
Noah Rees –Shot
Josh Firsht – 400m

Bronze:
Flo Robinson 300m
Olivia Lyon-Monk 800m
Ruth Noble – Triple Jump
Louis Goffin – Triple Jump

Juniors

Gold:
Ada Onyejekwe -100m and silver 4 x 100m Relay
Tatum Walker 800m

Silver


Lois Dooley 1500m
Ruby Anning 200m and 4 x 100m Relay
Lizzie Korczak- Javelin
Emma Carter – Hammer
Adam Firsht – 800m
Luke Twigger - Javelin

Bronze:

Blossom Campbell 100m
Louisa Connolly High Jump
Arthur Haines – Long Jump
Alex Pert - Discus

Last Updated on Monday, 12 June 2017 16:50
 
English Schools' Information
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Monday, 05 June 2017 13:31

The English Schools' Championships takes place on the 7th-8th July 2017 at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

To be considered for the Sussex team athletes have to achieve a qualifying standard.

You can view the 2017 English School standards here: https://www.esaa.net/v2/2017/tf/tf17currentstands.php

If your child is in the top four in the county and has achieved a qualifying standard please ensure he/she is registered on the English Schools' portal under Athlete Registration. https://www.esaa.net/v2/2017/tf/tf17intro.php

Please do not register an athlete if they have not yet reached the standard requested as they will not be considered.

Also note that gaining a standard does not guarantee selection for the county team.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 June 2017 13:37
 
Brighton Athletes Star at the Sussex Champs, 13-14 May 2017
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 05 June 2017 13:22

Several records came crashing down on the first day of the Sussex County Track and field championships at Crawley’s K2 Leisure centre. Apart for a headwind down the home straight conditions were pretty good but even so, most of the records, or more strictly, Championships best performances came in the throwing events rather than on the track.

However, we witnessed what was certainly the finest race of the day when the senior and under 20 400 metres were combined and as the runners entered the final straight, two seniors, Mandy Gault (Portsmouth) and Crawley’s Holly Turner were neck and neck with sixteen year old Amber Anning (Brighton & Hove), who was running up an age group to get the standard for the Commonwealth Youth Games later in the season.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 June 2017 13:41
 
Records for Amber and Tom and PB’s for many
Written by Melanie Anning   
Friday, 02 June 2017 14:41

On Wednesday at the Phoenix BMC meeting, Tom Eames smashed Jon Bigg's 28 –year-old 1500m u17 club record when he ran 3:54.86 in a thrilling race with Brighton Phoenix's U20 athlete Josh Eeles. Tom took seven seconds off his previous PB and his time is also a Commonwealth Youth Games qualifier and places him second in the UK in his age group.

At Sunday’s YDL in Winchester Amber Anning improved her Sussex U17 300 metre record when she helped the club to victory in the second of this season’s Youth Development Upper Age Group league matches.

Amber’s winning time was a record breaking 38.5s, which is a European lead. However, her athletic weekend was not finished there as Monday saw her travel to Newham where she ran an open 200 metres in 24.13s which is a Commonwealth Youth Games qualifying time and lifts her to fourth place on the Sussex All Time senior list. Anning presently tops the U17 rankings over 200m,300m and 400m.

Thrower Ben Hawkes (Worthing), competing for Brighton at the YDL, completed a hat trick of wins and ESAA standards topping the seventy metres mark again in the hammer throw with 71.39m, throwing 49.95m in the discus and putting the shot a pb of 15.55m.

There was also an impressive U17 800m win for the improving Niamh Halloren who chalked up a pb of 2:22.5s.


View Tom's race HERE:

See the YDL results HERE:

View The BMC results HERE:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 June 2017 11:39
 
Fillery Hurdles to Record Time
Written by Reg Hook   
Thursday, 11 May 2017 16:39

One of the oldest Sussex records tumbled last weekend when U20 Cameron Fillery smashed Brighton & Hove club mate Andy Todd’s fifty year old U20 110m Hurdles record of 14.2s.

Competing at the Newham “Open” meeting Cameron became the first Sussex athlete to break the fourteen second barrier and he did it twice. In his first race he recorded 13.84s and then improved to 13.71s but unfortunately the 13.71s mark was wind assisted so the Sussex record will stand at 13.84s. This cracking performance also sees him move to the top of the British Ranking Lists.

Todd, who was one of the most promising British athletes in the 1960 and went to the Mexico Olympics, was a two times English Schools champion and a European Games 400 metre hurdles bronze medallist.

Todd had set his Sussex record in 1966 but the oldest Sussex record still stands to another Brighton & Hove athlete, Suzanne Allday for her shot putt of 15.18 in 1964 while Todd still holds the U20 400m hurdles record of 51.4s in 1967.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 May 2017 16:41
 
B&H Athletes runners up in first YDL of the Season, Portsmouth (UAG) 30.4.17
Written by Melanie Anning   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:58

Biting cold, driving rain, long delays on the track and a headwind in the home straight meant the conditions for the Brighton and Hove team in the first fixture of the season, were not ideal.

Despite this and many gaps, the team was never out of the top two and ultimately lost to Portsmouth, who had home advantage, by just 26 points.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2017 13:04
 
Strong Individual Performances at SAL but not enough Athletes
Written by Melanie Anning   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 10:04

On 15th April a small Brighton & Hove team travelled to Horspath in Oxford for the first of this season’s Southern Athletics League fixtures. Despite many fine performances and possibly more first and second places than the three other teams, the club suffered from not being able to field athletes in all of the events. This lost valuable points and led to a fourth place overall.

Several of the club's under 17 athletes performed well, including Joshua Firsht with a first place and personal best in the 400m of 52.3s, Hannah Williams who threw the senior javelin 28.15m for victory and Amber Anning who won the 200m in a time of 24.6 which earned her Woman Athlete of the Match.

Full results can be viewed HERE.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2017 13:04
 
YDL Success for Brighton Youngsters at Medway, 22.4.17
Written by Sarah Yelling & Richard Carter   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 09:24

On April 22nd the Under 13 and Under 15 team left Brighton in glorious sunshine, headed for Medway for the first YDL match.

We arrived in a downpour however, nothing could dampen the team's spirits. It was a day where it was just as important to fill events and have a go for all-important points, as it was to win (although there was an awful lot of that), and Brighton and Hove AC was triumphant.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2017 12:15
 
Southern Athletics League
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 18:51

The outdoor track and field season for Brighton & Hove League teams kicks off this Saturday with the first of the Southern Athletics league Fixtures.

April 15

Match 1

Oxford

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O

N

B

G

May 21

Match 2

Walton

KT12 1HF

W

B

S

E

June 17

Match 3

Brighton

BN1 5JD

B

X

Y

P

July 8

Match 4

Aldershot

GU11 2JL

A

B

K

H

August 19

Match 5

Abingdon

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L

D

B

A - Aldershot, Farnham & District
B - Brighton & Hove

P - City of Portsmouth

E - Ealing, Southall & Middlesex

H - Herne Hill Harriers

L - Hillingdon AC

K - Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers


N - Newbury

D - North Devon

O - Oxford City AC

R - Radley AC

G - Reading

W - Walton

S - Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow

X - Wycombe Phoenix Harriers

Y - Yeovil Olympiads 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:05
 
More Medals for the Brighton youngsters at the Sussex Road Relays
Written by Peter Witcomb   
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 09:23

On a sunny and windy afternoon a record 39 Brighton youngsters in 13 teams finished the final winter fixture in fine style with team and individual success in the Sussex Road Relays at Christ Hospital School. Relay batons and chip timing was used for the first time. As predicted picking the teams was not easy and so it turned out and with many improving their times (in brackets) from last year by some way, which shows the club is going in the right direction.

In the first relay the U/13 girls of Lacey Fowler 6.41 (6.52) Rebecca Losh 6.27 (6.53) whose time was the 3rd fastest lap and Tatum Walker 6.38 (6.59) were beaten into second place by team Bodyworks who had Inter-Counties Champion Beth Cook in their team. Showing our depth this year in the age group the B team of Eadie Yelling 6.43 (7.10) Ciara Muzio running her first race for the club 6.40 and with Ella Matthews chasing the A team in 6.35 (7.02) claimed the bronze medal. There were 3 other teams in the u/13 where Ciara's twin sister Emily Muzio 6.51 Jess Corbett 6.59 and Ruby Wilson 6.59 placed 7th for the C team. Dulcie Yelling 6.49 Rosie Gasson 7.01 and Olivia Weston 8.02 placed 10th for the E team and the D team of Bertie Brooking 7.07 Sima Saadatzadeh 7.14 and Allanah Clayton 7.41 were placed 13th out of the 20 teams.

In the U/15 girls relay all six girls came home with a medal with the A team of Alex Nann 6.29 Lois Dooley 6.25 and Niamh Halloren 6.22 (6.33) making a welcome return to the team came from second to first to win the race by 16 seconds and Niamh was the third fastest lap of the day. The B team of Amber Wright 6.32 (6.39) Astrid Blackledge 7.01 (7.20) and Gracie Bernard 6.34 (6.46) coming from 4th to 3rd to win the Bronze medals.

In the U/15 boys race the team of Henry Taylor 5.52 Patrick Connolly 6.03 (6.17) and Max Brazier 5.40 (5.57) who stormed home from 5th to 3rd on the last leg to claim the bronze medals. Well done also to Baxter Fletcher 6.02 who ran in an incomplete B team.

In the u/13 boys relay due to a wrong baton change on the last leg the teams were just outside the medals. The A team of Henry Yelling 6.26 (6.51) Will Matthews 6.18 (6.32) and Haiden May 6.26 placed 4th just six seconds behind the 3rd team. Not far behind the B team of Archie Rowles 6.11 (6.53) Kofi Obeng 6.41 and Josh Pay 6.18 the team was 5th. The C team of Rudy Jones 6.25 George Taylor 6.19 (6.55) and Oscar Davies 6.40 (6.49) was in 8th and the D team of William Muzio 6.54 Ethan Booth 6.50 and Kit Monti came 17th out of the 26 teams.

Running in the senior womens team that came 4th Olivia Lyon-Monk was the 2nd fastest u/17 women and her Dad David was in the O/50 team that gained 3rd team.

In the O/60 relay Peter Witcomb Tom Ulliott and John Lowden won the gold medal by nearly two minutes and improved the course record. In doing so John Lowden took Peter's individual course record by just one second, however Peter was pleased to see his O/50 course record which he set 17 years ago is still intact.

Well done again the every one and thanks for your continued support and hope you all enjoy the summer on and off the track.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 09:31
 
David Spencer Masters the 400m
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 19:05

David Spencer, one month short of his 68th birthday, won the British Masters National Track & Field Indoor Championships M65 400 metres title in 64.92 on Saturday March 11th. The following day he came 4th in the 200 in 28.68.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 19:08
 
Sussex Schools' Championship Sussex
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 06 March 2017 16:59

The year 7 & 8 Sussex schools championships were held on a flat course in the school grounds on a sunny day at Christ Hospital and again there were many excellent performances from are Brighton youngsters competing for their schools.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 17:03
 
A Remarkable Feat for John Lowden
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 20 February 2017 06:44

John Lowden honoured

John Lowden was honoured, for an extraordinary record, at the Sussex Road Running Grand Prix awards.

Awards are presented for runners who have completed at least eight road races in Sussex in a year ranging in distance from 5k to 15 miles.

Lowden has won his age group for 15 years in succession from the age of 45-59. He is also the reigning UK Cross country champion in his age group.

Formerly a member of Crowborough Runners, Lowden now runs for Brighton & Hove AC.

So what is the secret of his success? Bowden says he trains as hard as possible every day , rests when he is tired and gets physio when injured.

He does not take vitamins, gels, supplements or sports drinks. He is not a member of a gym. He does eat healthily which, consuming up to ten portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Any vices? Bowden enjoys a glass of red wine.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 06:53
 
Masterful Performances from David & Julia
Written by Becky Owen   
Monday, 20 February 2017 06:23

Julia Machin Gary Mitchell Image

There were some fantastic results from the British Masters Pentathlon Championships and the South of England Championships for the two competing Brighton athletes at Lee Valley on Sunday 12th February.

Julia Machin competed in the W45 age group and achieved a British Championships win with 4357 points for her pentathlon. Julia had a solid day with an 80m hurdles PB of 9.38, a 1.63m high jump, 10.41m shot put, 5.03m long jump and finished off with a 2.42.76 800m to secure her title and yet another British record.

Meanwhile, in the South of England Championships, David Spencer won his 200m in a seasons best time and continued this winning streak to win his 400m in another seasons best.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 06:37
 
Medals and Titles galore for Brighton Youngsters at Hickstead
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:37

The last Sussex cross country league meeting of the season was held on a very cold day and conditions under foot very muddy, however 28 Brighton youngsters, who have been in the scoring 3 over the 4 meetings that started back in October, took home medals and with all are 6 teams finishing in the first 3 teams and with 3 taking overall individual league titles, it was a great day for the club. Apart from the medal winners there were 18 others that have contributed to their teams success over the 4 meetings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:42
 
Top 10 finish for Rebecca at the Southerns
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:10

After a very early start 27 Brighton youngsters made their way to Parliament hill fields to compete against the very best teams and runners from all over the South of England and despite some last minute withdrawals, came away with one of the best overall team results for many years, with all the age groups finishing inside the first 20 teams.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:17
 
Southern XC Champs 2017 report
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 30 January 2017 16:10

A fine run from Rebecca Losh gave her a top 10 placing in the South of England U13 Cross Country Championships race at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday. Bodyworks triathlete Bethany Cook took the title and Losh, who had been runner up to Cook in the County championship crossed the line in a sparkling eighth place.

In the Senior Women's race Emma Dixon, who is now living and working in London and running for the Highgate Harriers filled in 15th place and Jamie Knapp who runs in the Sussex League for Brighton & Hove who filled sixth place. County Master’s champion from last week Howard Bristow (Brighton & Hove) placed 50th with club mates Kevin Moore 60th and James Turner 75th. Meanwhile Olivia Lyon-Monk was 39th in the U17 Women's race.Brighton & Hove placed eighth in the U13 Girls, 12th in the U17 women and 18th in the U15 girls’ team events and 17th in the senior men’s.

View the full results here

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 16:23
 
Schools Success at Waterhall
Written by Melanie Anning   
Friday, 27 January 2017 08:55

The Sussex Schools Cross-Country Championships at Waterhall, Brightion was less well attended than in previous years though this did not impact on the quality at the top end of the fields.

In cold and crisp conditions Brighton & Hove AC athletes took many podium places. Our top 20 finishers gained selection for the Schools Inter-counties team and the leading four athletes were automatically selected for the Sussex English Schools team for the Norwich Championships.

There were strong perfomances int eh Junior Girls race where Lois Dooley came 3rd, just holdingoff her school and clubmate Rebecca Losh in 4th. Lacey Fowler was 10th, Gracie Bernard 12th, Jess Corbett 14th and Alex Nann was 15th.For the Junior boys Tom Roberts was 5th, Archie Rowles came 15th and Josh Pay was 19th.

Olivia Monk was 4th in the Inter girls race, Niamh Halloren was just behind in 5th and Amber Wright came in 11th.

In the Inter boys race Tomer Tarragano was 2nd and Tom Eames who was leading the race when he was directed off course, clawed his way back to finish 3rd. Finn Halloren was 16th, Max Brazier 17th and Henry Taylor 19th

For the Seniors we had two silver medallist in Brodie Denholm and Emma Gill.

Well done to all the athletes who competed. You can view the full results here:http://www.sussexathletics.net/2017

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 09:14
 
Success for B&H athletes at the National Combined Events and South of England indoor Champs
Written by Melanie Anning   
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 14:19

Several Brighton & Hove AC athletes travelled up to Sheffield for the National Indoor Combined Events championships at the weekend.

Loughborough University student Katie Garland had an excellent competition scoring a personal best of 3599 points to finish sixth overall and third in the under 23 group whilst - despite difficulties with her long jump run up -club mate Becky Owen finished 11th with a PB of 3387 points. Becky also retained her Welsh title.

Meanwhile back down south at Lee Valley there were two medals for B&H athletes at the South of England U17/15 Indoor championships. First year u15 Arthur Haines came fifth in the 300m with 44.35s and took silver in the long jump with a fine effort of 5.23m. Under 17 Louis Goffin leapt to 11.66m in the U17 triple jump for a bronze medal.

Click HERE for full results

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 16:30
 
2017 Sussex Cross Country Champs - Reg Hook report
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 09 January 2017 11:38

It was the Hastings and Lewes Athletic Clubs who created the major surprises at the Sussex Cross Country championships at Bexhill Down on Saturday.

Conditions for racing were excellent with little sign of the heavy mud that usually greets the runners when they arrived at the Bexhill course and I cannot remember such a mild course at this time of the year in the sixty years that I have been watching cross-country racing at Bexhill Down.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 11:46
 
B&H Success at 2017 Sussex Cross Country Championships
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 09 January 2017 11:34

The Sussex cross country championships were held in mild and perfect conditions on Bexhill common and the Brighton youngsters produced some outstanding team and individual performances.

In the U13 girls race Rebecca Losh had another excellent run coming away with the silver medal and with Lacey Fowler 6th and Jess Corbet 11th the team beat great rivals Bodyworks by just one point. Again showing our depth in this age group Eadie Yelling who won the year 7 Brighton schools three days earlier, was not far behind in 13th and with the ever consistent Ruby Wilson 16th and Bertie Brooking 18th the B team came 5th just four points behind the bronze medallists. B&H U13 girls made up over a quarter of the field with Sima Saadatzadeh 23rd, Scarlett Osbourne 32nd, Allanah Clayton 33rd, Edie Seth 39th, Clem Brown 42nd and Freya Waterworth 43rd.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 11:52
 
B&H athletes in the mix for medals at the 2017 Sussex XC Championships
Written by Reg Hook   
Friday, 06 January 2017 12:07

We are certain to see new Sussex senior champions at Bexhill Down on Saturday as neither Finn McNally (Brighton Phoenix) or Emma Macready are entered to defend their titles.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 January 2017 12:12
 
Sussex XC Championships 2017 Preview - B&H athletes battling for medals
Written by Reg Hook   
Friday, 06 January 2017 12:02

We are certain to see new Sussex senior champions at Bexhill Down on Saturday as neither Finn McNally (Brighton Phoenix) or Emma Macready are entered to defend their titles.


In the men’s event former champion Jon Pepper (Phoenix), who has not been seen on the Sussex scene this season but has won a Surrey League event, will probably start as favourite as neither Chris Smith (Haywards Heath) nor Jamie Knapp (Brighton & Hove) who have won Sussex League races this season are eligible to compete in Sussex championships events.


The medal places however seems wide open as Crawley’s Paul Navesey, Tom Evans (Lewes) last year’s bronze medallist Max Dumbrell (Phoenix) or Brighton & Hove’s Howard Bristow or James Turner could all challenge.
The absence of Macready from the women’s field throws the senior women championship wide open with League winner Izzy Coomber from Lewes having to hold off a rejuvenated Caroline Hoyte (Arena 80) but both could find Brighton & Hove’s Emma Dixon and Nicole Taylor (Tonbridge) who led the Sussex team home in the Southern Inter-counties last month breathing down their necks.


The battle for Mercury looks like being a much closer affair than is generally experienced for the senior men’s team event. Reigning championships Brighton & Hove, who were surprise winners last year when capturing the trophy from reigning champions Brighton Phoenix, will be without two of their top performers while Phoenix will also be minus reigning champion Finn McNally and Josh Guilmant as well asMcNally but should still have sufficient strength to recapture their title particularly as last year’s bronze medallist Dumbrell has switched allegiance from Brighton & Hove to Phoenix during the year.


Although there have been some unusual team results in the Sussex League this season it is unlikely that any other club will cause an upset though both Lewes or Haywards Heath could battle with Crawley for the bronze medals. The women’s team event is, on paper, wide open, with Area 80 the most likely winners if at full strength but Lewes likely to challenge.


The Young athletes events have produced so many different winners in the League events this season to be too confident of predicting winners in each age group but Bethany Cook (Bodyworks) and Dylan Hanslow (Crawley) look likely contenders in the U13 races Joe Smith (Crawley) in the U15 Boy’s and Almi Nerurkar (Phoenix) U17 women’s events.


The first race starts at 11.10 while the senior men start at 1.30 and senior women at 2.25. Although we have had a comparatively dry autumn the Bexhill Down course will still provide plenty of mud which is a great leveller at these events.
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Not all Sussex athletic activity will be happening at Bexhill Down. A group of pentathletes will be travelling to Sheffield for the National Indoor Combined Events championships and it is the indoor U15 and U17 South of England Championships at Lee Valley.  

Last Updated on Friday, 06 January 2017 12:06
 
Exciting news for Sussex Endurance Runners, a chance to represent your county over a 20 mile road race in March 2017.

Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 22 December 2016 15:50

Sussex AA has accepted an invitation to field teams in the Essex 20 mile road race over a ‘challenging course of 3 laps around quiet country lanes of north east Essex’, starting and finishing at Langham Village Hall, Langham, at 10:00am on Sunday 5th March 2017. This could be an ideal competitive test for those with spring marathon plans?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 14:33
 
Inter County Success for B&H's Howard Bristow
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 16 December 2016 12:36

Brilliant running from Howard Bristow for silver in the O40 Men's race, U13 Bethany Cook and the senior women’s and U13 Girl’s teams highlighted the Sussex performances in the South of England Inter-county Championships at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2016 13:08
 
Wins and top three finishes for B&H at 3rd Sussex XC League - 3.12.16
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Friday, 16 December 2016 12:23

The third Sussex league fixture returned to the lovely setting in Stanmer Park. Despite illness and injuries our six age groups all held their league positions and at the moment we have 21 different names in five of the teams that have now scored in the first three team places and are in team medal positions with one league fixture to go at Hickstead on the 11th February.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2016 13:14
 
Three in a Row for Rojas in the Harvey Curtis Challenge
Written by Reg Hook   
Friday, 02 December 2016 09:36

altAfter high winds on November 20 led to the cancellation of the Brighton 10k, the 2016 Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge (SRRC) was forced to conclude after five races rather than the intended six.

This meant Kevin Rojas (Brighton & Hove AC) was crowned champion for the third year in a row with a total of six points from his three qualifying races, finishing three points ahead of second-placed Paul Navesey (Crawley AC). The ever-improving James Westlake (Crawley AC) finished third on 13 points.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 December 2016 09:41
 
Cross Country Triumphs for Howard & John on International debut
Written by Melanie Anning   
Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:21

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There was a double triumph for Brighton & Hove athletes in the British and Irish Masters International cross country match at Glasgow on Saturday.

On a fine and bright day over an undulating course a trio of Sussex runners gained international vests and returned home with two medals apiece.

For Brighton & Hove Howard Bristow was a double gold medallist in the M40 age group. He raced away with the individual title and led the England team to victory. John Lowden won the M60 race in fine style and was a bronze medallist for England in the team event.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:49
 
B&H Youngsters Show Strength and Depth in 2nd Sussex League XC Fixture
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:18

Despite it being a wet and miserable day 49 Brighton youngsters competed in the second Sussex league meeting at Lancing, where again there were many excellent performances.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:21
 
Rojas leads nation in his International Marathon Debut
Written by Reg Hook   
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 07:45

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Congratulations to Kevin Rojas who made an impressive International debut when he led his English compatriots' home in the Scotiabank Waterfront Toronto Marathon in Canada last weekend.

In pretty rough conditions the thirty seven year old battled through the conditions to finish an excellent ninth in a strong international field in 2:24:53s nearly a minute clear of Kojo Kyerme the next English runner to finish.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 07:50
 
Glory for Rebecca at Goodwood - U13/15/17 report
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 10:27

After a great start in the Sussex Cross Country Relays, the Brighton youngsters returned to Goodwood for the first Sussex XC league match of the season.

On a fine day with dry conditions the Under 13 girls started the day's proceedings. An in form Rebecca Losh stormed to victory and with Lacey Fowler 4th and Ella Matthews 5th, the girls easily won the team race and are looking good to retain last season's league title. The B team backed up well - with Eadie Yelling 13th, Ruby Wilson 18th and Bertie Brooking in 22nd - finishing in 7th place - 20 points behind the 3rd team. Newcomers Allanah Clayton 32nd, Calypso Thomas 36th and Freya Waterworth 39th completed the C team in 10th place.

In the Under 13 boys race there was a great tussle with Josh Pay 8th leading home the team of Haiden May in 9th and Will Matthews in 10th to finish in 2nd place. Like the girls, the B team were well supported with George Taylor 15th, Oscar Davies 19th and Archie Rowles, who was carrying a cast on his broken wrist, in 20th, finishing in 5th place. Henry Yelling was not far behind in 29th with Kit Monti in 46th.

In the Under 15 girls race all of our athletes are in the first year of the age group. Lois Dooley had an excellent run in 7th, followed home by Morgan Thomas 15th, Alex Nann 17th and Astrid Blackledge in 20th. The team did very well to finish in 4th place.

In the Under 15 boys race Finn Halloren had an excellent run in 5th place, Max Brazier recovered after a heavy fall to come 10th and Adam Firsht in his first year in the age group was just behind in 11th. The team finished 2nd. Patrick Connolly also in his first year in the age group was 18th.

In the Under 17 womens race Olivia Monk led the team home in an excellent 3rd place and with Emma Gill 10th, Jemima Edwards 17th and Amy Gamblin 19th the team finished 3rd. To end a great day off for the club Tom Eames had an excellent run to finish in 4th, just 14 seconds behind the winner and with the ever reliable Tomer Tarragano in 8th and Sam Kane having his best run for the club in 14th, the Under 17 Mens team beat a very strong Chichester team by one point.

Well done to everyone and thank you to parents for the great support.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:15
 
UPS AND DOWNS FOR BRIGHTON AT SUTTON PARK
Written by Reg Hook   
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 10:40

There were ups and downs for the Brighton & Hove team, who appear to be the only Sussex Club that made the trip to Sutton Park, Birmingham for the National six-stage road relay championships.

Running the first leg Stephen Ferroni finished back in 73rd place in 19:28s but is making progress to regain his top form but the second leg saw a cracking run from Will Gray who make up some thirty places to finish 43rd in 18:00s.

Howard Bristow made further progress in the third lap moving up to 27th in 18:13s while James Turner slipped a couple of places on the fourth leg in 18:47s.

Ian Crowe-Wright has made considerable steps in the last couple of weeks on his recovery from injury and he took the team up to 24th on the penultimate leg in 18:24s while the final leg saw Andrew Donno, who replaced Dino Evangelidis from the Southern Championship team, slip back to finish in 31st place in 20:27s.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 10:43
 
No Golds but plenty of Glory at Goodwood - U13/15/17 report
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Thursday, 06 October 2016 08:12

The Brighton youngsters started the winter season in grand style in the Sussex Cross Country Relay Championships at Goodwood winning five team medals.

There were many excellent performances. Rebecca Losh not only led the U13 girls team of Ella Matthews and Lacey Fowler to 2nd place she also recorded the 2nd fastest lap. The B team of Jess Corbet and first year in the age group Eadie Yelling and Ruby Wilson came an excellent 4th place and were the 1st B team.

The U13 boys team of Will Matthews, Josh Pay and Haiden May also came an excellent 2nd place with Haiden recording the 4th fastest lap. We also had the first B team consisting of Oscar Davies, Henry Yelling and Archie Rowles who came an excellent 5th. Further showing our club depth the C team of George Taylor, Kofi Obeng and Kit Monti came 9th out of the 22 teams.

The U15 boys also won a silver team medal. The team was led by Henry Taylor, who in his first cross country race came 5th on the first leg, handing over to Max Brazier who ran a storming leg in exactly the same time as Henry to take the team into first place, before Finn Halloren, despite running faster than Max and Henry, was just caught by Hastings. However Finn held off a very strong team from Crawley and he, like Haiden, ran the 4th fastest leg in his age group. The B team of Patrick Connelly, Adam Firsht and Lucas Losh came in 6th place were the 1st B team home.

Lois Dooley, who suffered a heavy fall, led the U15 girls team of Amber Wright and Niamh Halloren. Despite Lois’s setback the girls fought bravely to recover and collect a bronze medal. The B team of Astrid Blackledge, Alex Nann and Zara Smith came 6th.

For the U17 boys Ewan Edmans, Tomer Tarragano and Tom Eames also came third to claim the bronze medal.

Well done to everyone. It was a great team effort all round and thanks too for the support from the parents. The results bode well for the rest of the winter season.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2016 08:59
 
Bronze for Rojas at British Champs
Written by Reg Hook   
Sunday, 02 October 2016 18:02

Rojas Bronze at Brit Champs 2016

Kevin Rojas (Brighton & Hove) had an excellent race to take the bronze medal in the British Half-marathon championship which was incorporated into the Ikano Robin Hood Half-marathon race at Nottingham last weekend.

Rojas, who is off to Canada later this month to compete for Great Britain in the Toronto Marathon, actually placed fourth in the race behind the Kenyan Barnaba Kipkoech, who clocked 65:55s Nicholas Torry (Serpentine) 66:26s and local runner Alistair Watson in a personal best of 66:38s.

Over the testing course Rojas ran his fastest time of the year clocking 68:06s while Crawley’s Paul Navesey finished in tenth spot overall in 71:26 and Arena 80s Gary McKivet placed 27th in 76:12.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 18:04
 
Julia Machin soars into the record books
Written by Melanie Anning   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:51

At the Southern Vets League Final in Ashford, Brighton & Hove AC veteran coach and new club member-Julia Machin-equalled the UK W45 High Jump record of 1.65m.

Machin, who has a 1.92m high jump best from 23 years ago, also won the 200m, triple jump, shot and B 400m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:11
 
Former B&H AC Club President Mike Langmaid Dies
Written by Reg Hook   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:25

Mike LangmaidIt is with great regret we announce the death at 81 of Mike Langmaid who was one of the most influential Offcers/officials of Sussex and Brighton & Hove athletics during the final decades of the 20th century.

Along with being a discus coach and secretary of the Hove Athletic Club he was the foundation Secretary of the Brighton & Hove Athletic Club and served a term as the Club President.

A prominent official in Sussex he was a Field referee and National standard announcer and for many years the Championship Secretary of the Sussex County A.A.A as well as promotion secretary for Brighton & Hove.

This also involved the organisation of the European Veterans track and field championships in 1984and the 1963 AAA Junior and the 1985 National Police championships at Brighton’s Withdean Stadium.

He produced a “Practical Guide to Athletics Officiating” for newcomers which was published by the Sussex County AAA but was also circulated by the South of England AA.

He was also a Director of the South of England AA and was its Treasurer for nine year as well as Treasurer of the Young Athletes League for several years and a Director of the British Athletics League but for the past decade he has been suffering with Parkinson’s disease.

He leaves a wife May who was an active official and officer of both the Brighton & Hove and Sussex organisations and two daughters.

Mike was a Life Member of the Sussex County AA. His funeral is on Friday 30th Sep at 11.15am at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 3NQ

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:34
 
Brighton Sixth in Southerns
Written by Reg Hook   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:19

Brighton & Hove chalked up one of the best Sussex results for many years in the South of England 6-stage Road Relay championships at the Bedford Autodrome on Sunday when they matched their sixth placing of last year.

The event's move from Aldershot to Bedford this year was difficult for more southerly teams a late announcement advising of a forty mile diversion on the M1 would have involved leaving the South Coast before 6.00am.

The senior men did not start until 2.30 so their journey was much more manageable. Brighton team manager Howard Bristow ran a fine opening leg placing 13th in 17:59 but a below par run by Stephen Ferroni,potentially as fast as Bristow dropped three places on the second leg in 18:56.

Will Gray, currently back home from his American University, put things right on the third lap making up seventh places to hand over in tenth in 17:56s to Ian Crowe-Wright who had his first run back from injury held tenth spot in 19:08 while James Turner made up two place on the penultimate leg in 18:53 and Dimos Evangelidis gained further places on the final leg in 18:30s to bring the team home to total 111: 25s just five minutes down on race winners Aldershot but ahead of several major Southern Clubs.

These are, as far as I can see, are the only results that have been published and they are provisional.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:23
 
Amber & Edan medal at School Games
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Sunday, 11 September 2016 14:06

Amber Anning was the only Sussex winner at the "School Games" at Loughborough at the end of the Athletics season.

Competing for the South West team, as all Sussex athletes were, the Brighton & Hove sprinter retained her unbeaten record for this year as she romped away to another impressive victory in the U17 300 metres in 39.50s. Anning reminas unbeaten over the distance for two years.

Still recovering from the ankle injury Edan Cole was below his best in the javelin but his throw of 55.66m still earned him third place

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 September 2016 14:15
 
Combined Events Champs Day 2
Written by Melanie Anning   
Sunday, 11 September 2016 00:00

The sunny weather on the second day of the Sussex Combined Events Championships in Sutton could not have been more of a contrast to the previous day's wind and rain.

In the Senior Women’s Heptathlon Brighton’s Becky Owen and her coach and club mate Julia Machin were the two scoring competitors with former Worthing athlete and county Triple Jump record holder, Kayley Alcorn, guesting. Owen posted PB’s in the 100m Hurdles (14.92s), Long Jump (5.24m) and Javelin (32.60m) to win the competition in a new best of 4665. Machin’s score of 4372 takes her to third in the UK rankings for the W45 age group.

For the Masters Women, taking part in an age graded pentathlon, Brighton’s cross-country specialist, W55 Judith Carder, showed her versatility. She won the title and set PB’s in the High Jump, Shot Put and Hurdles ahead of Haywards Heath Harriers Jenny Denyer and Brighton’s Tracey Brockbank.

In the Under 13 girls competition Freya Waterworth and Sophie Hogton were both taking part in a pentathlon for the first time. They came 11th and 13th. Well done to all competitors.

Full report and results on the Sussex AA website

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:50
 
Combined Events Champs Day 1
Written by Melanie Anning   
Saturday, 10 September 2016 00:00

The rain poured and the wind blew but spirits stayed high and there were some great performances from Sussex athletes on the first day of the Combined Events Championships at Sutton's David Weir Arena.

An exciting 800m finale in the Under 13 boys pentathlon was one of the highlights of their competition. Ten boys were competing across the day including some of the county's top young athletes.Horsham's Seb Wallace took an early lead with personal bests (PB's) in the Long Jump (5.17m), 75m Hurdles and Shot, closely followed by Crawley and Brighton all-rounders Daniel Tewogbade and Arthur Haines.

Wallace had never High Jumped before, so there was the potential for Tewogbade and Haines who are both strong in this event, to regain some points. Wallace had other ideas. He jumped a magnificent 1.54m to take him into the top six in the UK rankings and give him a near 300 points lead going into the final event – the 800m. Meanwhile a mere six points separated Haines and Tewogbade in second and third but as any multi eventer knows, the last race is the 'giant killer', where anything can happen.

There were two athletes who had slowly but surely been plugging away, who could potentially mix things up. Chichester's Oliver Beach – another first timer at High Jump had achieved a fine 1.45m and won the shot with 8.82m and Crawley's Thomas Kimber – with PB's set in every event so far - were the only sub 2:30 athletes in the field. They both rose to the occasion, taking the lead from the start and battling to the end with Beach running close to his PB to win in 2:28.46 from Kimber's 2:31.12.Much further down the field Haines ran 2:46 and Wallace was last over the line in 2:54.

This result changed everything. Despite only scoring 92 points from the 800m, Wallace's lead was large enough to secure the Championship title and take him to the top of the UK rankings with a final score of 1851. Tewogbade, with a solid 2:42.7 800m, moved up to silver with 1651 points and Kimber's 800m time saw him pip Haines to the bronze medal by just 13 points with 1625.

In the Senior Women's Heptathlon Brighton's Becky Owen and her coach and new clubmate W45 Julia Machin would start day two in first and second place. Owen posted solid performances across with a 14.92 100mH, 1.57m High Jump, 10.64m Shot and 26.57s 200m. Machin's highlight was a 1.60m High Jump in blustery conditions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:11
 
U13's Narrowly miss title League Final title
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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 00:00

Tigger and AnningRIt may have been rather overcast and a slight chill in the wind but there was plenty of sunshine coming from the youngsters at the final of the Sussex under 13 League final at K2 last Sunday.

In a neck and neck battle all afternoon Crawley -the winners of the West League- totalled 401 points to hold off Brighton & Hove - the winners of the East League - who scored 395.5 points with Horsham Blue Star and Chichester in joint third place with 344. Worthing took the Plate award with 258 points.

There were a couple of near misses as far as records were concerned. In the javelin throw Brighton & Hove’s Luke Twigger got within half of a metre of the record with a personal best throw of 39.44m.

Ruby Anning (Brighton & Hove) who had set a new 150m record earlier in the season completed a sprint double by taking the 75m in 10.4s and the 150m in, an almost leisurely for her, of 20.7s. In her last U13 competition Ruby was presented with a sepecial medal to commemorate her record.

3000m Championships

James Turner (Brighton & Hove) clocked 8:55.2s for silver in the Senior Men's 3000m.

Full Results are on the Sussex website

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:12
 
High Jump Silver for Harry at National Champs
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Monday, 29 August 2016 21:49

Congratulations to Harry Rienecker-Found who equalled his personal best of 1.80m to claim the silver medal in the U15 Boys High Jump at the National Age Group Track and Field Championships.

Well done to first year Under 15 Elizabeth Korczak threw 34.87m to finish 5th in the javelin competition.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 August 2016 21:54
 
Brighton Athletes shine at the U13 and QuadKids Champs
Written by Melanie Anning   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:54

The weather gods were definitely on the side of our sport when the county’s youngest athletes converged on Brighton’s Withdean Stadium for the Under 13 Track and Field and Under 11 QuadKids Championships.

There were many notable performances from Brighton & Hove athletes. In the sprints Ruby Anning dominated girls races. winning the 75m in 10.27s and the 150m in 20.26s. Anning also took silver in the relay and was second in the discus with a PB of 21.38m.

Arthur Haines was second in the Long Jump in a Personal Best (PB) of 4.78m and the winner in the High Jump. Staying on the field Luke Twigger (B&H) launched the javelin almost three metres further than ever before to win the gold medal with 37.11m

On the track club mates Tatum Walker and Rebecca Losh swapped the lead throughout their 1200m race until Walker too eventually edged it with 150m to go.

QuadKids Under 11 Championships

The Sussex Under 13 stars of the future often have their first taste of competition at the Under 11 QuadKids Championships. This year the separate boys and girls competitions involved 80+ young athletes.

For the girls Worthing’s Amelie Gigg and Brighton’s Amber Purcell were very closely matched across three of the four events but Amelie’s superior vortex throw gave her valuable points which ensured her the gold medal with a final tally of 225 to Amber’s 217.

In the boys competition unattached Henry Benson scored highly across all four events and won the gold from Miles Waterworth. Waterworth ran one of the fastest 600m’s of the day in 1:51.0 s.

For results click HERE

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:06
 
Gold for Katie and Silvers for Becky & Matt at Southern Combined Events
Written by Melanie Anning   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:28

A successful weekend for Sussex athletes at the South of England Combined Events championships at Horspath, Oxford saw a title and a clutch of medals for Brighton & Hove AC athletes

The senior and under 20 women’s competitions were held in conjunction and Sussex dominated filling the first four places. Becky Owen took second place in the senior competition with 4457 points. (15.32s, 1.55m.10.70m,26.99s,30.40m, 2:35.22s), behind Hastings Elise Lovell.

Second overall but winner of the U20 heptathlon title was Katie Garland who scored 4994 points after stringing together (14.79s, 1.67m 10.02m, 26.17s, 5.64m, 31.50m and 2:25.73s).

There was also a second place for Matt Smith in the under 20 men’s decathlon with a total of 5705 points less than a hundred off his Personal Best.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:38
 
International Honours for Amber and Edan
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:12

At the Home Countries Schools International match at Ashford International Stadium Amber Anning continued her 22 month unbeaten run over 300 metres when she again romped away from the field clocking 38.84s. This run saw her a full second ahead of Surrey’s Alex Shaw, who she had beaten for the English Schools title last weekend. Anning who tops athe national rankings over 300m secured a second gold, anchoring the England 4x300m home in front of the Scottish team.

Also in action at Ashford was Edan Cole. Edan who is the UK number one fell heavily when warming up for the javelin final, twisting his foot and although he bravely insisted on throwing he had his poorest result of the season. Edan nevertheless reached 55.48m the same as the bronxze medallist but well short of his usual 59/60m throws and finished in fourth place.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:53
 
Edan & Amber Strike gold and Cameron & Stephen are on the podium too!
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 11 July 2016 11:36

Brighton & Hove AC athletes had 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 became the first champion for 2016.

Conditions early in the day were uncomfortable with wind and a torrential shower soon after the meeting got underway. Cole, who is the top ranked British U17 thrower this season was not going to be upset by a little wind and rain and although he was a little shy of his season’s best a fine throw of 59.81m was a National Standard and a full metre ahead of his nearest rival.

Last year Amber Anning won the Junior Girls 200m title. This year she moved up an age group and a distance to contest the Intermediate girls 300m. Like Cole, she went into the competition as the UK rankings leader, however it is performance on the day that counts and Anning comfortably won her heat on the Friday, holding back for Saturday's final. The next day Anning blasted out of the blocks and within 100 metres had overtaken the athletes in the lanes outside her. She increased the pace down the home straight to beat the second placer Alex Shaw from Surrey by more than five metres in an national standard time of 38.81s.

Both Amber and Edan have been selected to represent England in the Schools International this weekend at Ashford.

There was just one silver medal for the Sussex team and that came from a Brighton & Hove AC athlete too - Cameron Fillery -in the Senior Boys 110m hurdles, where after his usual steady start he powered his way through and was closing rapidly on winner William Aldred (Manchester) at the finish clocking 14.75s into a strong head wind to the winner's 14.53s.

In his final ever English Schools Stephen Ferroni ran a measured race to take the bronze medal in the Senior Boys 3000m running a national standard time of 8:26.84. Stephen has represented the county at the highest level and gained international vests both on the track and in Cross Country.

Well done to all the Brighton & Hove AC athletes who competed at the English Schools.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2016 20:32
 
English Schools-Here we Come!
Written by Melanie Anning   
Friday, 01 July 2016 20:26

Eight Brighton & Hove athletes will be donning the yellow vest of Sussex as they travel to the North East of England to compete in the English Schools Track and Field Championships from the 8th-9th July.

The event, which once again will be held at Gateshead's International Stadium, brings together the very best young athletes from across the country to compete for national honours.

For some of our athletes - Moyo Oloko and Max Brazier - it is their first trip to the event, which is known as the Kids Olympics, for others such as Senior boy Stephen Ferroni, a silver medallist over 3000m in 2014, it will be his last.

Intermediate Edan Cole (Javelin) tops the UK rankings as does Amber Anning - last year's Junior Girls 200m champion - over 300m.

Congratulations to all the athletes selected and good luck.

B&H athletes at the English Schools:

Stephen Ferroni, Cameron Fillery, Jamie Lambert, Edan Cole, Moyo Oloko, Max Brazier, Amber Anning and Emily Robinson.

View the full Sussex team on this link:Sussex English Schools T&F Team 2016

You can see all the information about the event here: ESAA T&F Champs

Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 20:57
 
YDL Results so far
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 22:07

With one match left to go Brighton's Youngest athletes In the Lower Age Group top their league table with two wins and one second place to date. They have a fighting chance of moving up a division next season.

Match 1 Results

Match 2 Results

Match 3 Results

The Upper Age Group has found it difficult to field full strength teams with GCSE's and 'A'Levels imapacting on the availability of many athletes. Well done to all of those who have competed throughout exams.

Match 1 Results

Match 2 Results

Match 3 Results

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 22:21
 
Brilliant Beth battles to Bronze at British Champs
Written by Reg Hook   
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 21:51

A tremendous weekend at the British Championships and Olympic Trials at Birmingham saw a county record and bronze medal for Bethany Close.

In what was only her fourth competition over 400mH Beth took take third place in 57.70s which carved another second off her own record. A remarkable performance in difficult conditions. Just a couple of months back she was refused a place in the 400m hurdles at the BUCS championships because she was not listed on the British Ranking List. She had to settle for a run out in the short hurdles where she grabbed a silver medal. In the last few weeks Close has now carved nearly three seconds off the record that had stood for more than forty years.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 21:56
 
Matt sets seven personal bests and wins silver
Written by Reg Hook   
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 21:49

Some fine performances by Matt Smith, in the South East Schools Combined events championships at Lee Valley, saw him gain a place in the National finals in September.

Competing in the Senior (U19) Decathlon Smith started well with a personal best of 11.9s in the 100 metres. He followed this with a useful 6.36m in the long jump and another PB in the shot putt with 10.78m before leaping 1.75m in the high jump. Smith completed the first day with 53.1s for the 400 metres to see him lying in third place overnight.

On the second day Smith started with a brisk 16.6s for the 110m hurdles, threw the discus 32.94m and soared to a Personal Best of 3.30min the pole vault which saw him move into second place, though well adrift of the leading athlete Dylan Carlson-Smith from Surrey.

A PB in the javelin of 42.71m and a final 1500m in 4:49.1s saw Smith close the lead by some two hundred points but he still had to settle for a fine second place with 5780 points to 6107.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 21:58
 
Many Successes at Sussex Schools Championships and CBP's for Edan and Amber
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Sunday, 12 June 2016 13:22

There were some stunning results from Brighton & Hove athletes at the Sussex Schools Championships at K2 On Saturday.

UK number one Edan Cole continued his winning ways in the javelin with a 59.22m javelin throw in the Intermediate boys competition, setting a new Championships Best mark. Under 17’s Amber Anning, Moyo Oloko and Lili Parker took the podium places in the intermediate girls 100m. Amber beat the Championship Best Performance in her heat and bettered it again in the final running a PB, national standard and new club record of 12.09 seconds. Moyo also ran an English Schools standard of 12.48 and Lili set a new PB of 12.78 seconds.

Meanwhie U15 Max Brazier ran the race of his life to win the Junior Boys 800m in an English Schools standard and almost three second PB of 2:04.65.

Leading all the way, Anna Dornbusch, won the Junior Girls 200m in 27.01 seconds. Joshua Firsht was equally dominant in the intermediate Boys 400m winning in a personal best of 52.70. Olivia Lyon-Monk won a silver medal in the Intermediate girls 800m with a PB run of 2:27.07 secs and Flo Robinson also won silver in the Junior girls race with a PB of 2:27.62. Her big sister Emily launched the discus to 36.85m for gold. This is a new PB and national standard. Ellie Fitzgerald won a bronze medal in the intermediate Girls Hammer with a PB of 41.84m. There was a bronze medal too for Sophie Gunn in the intermediate girls triple jump and amother for Noah Rees in the Intermediate Boys shot with a new PB of 11.67m.

Matt Smith was third in the Senior Boys discus and first in the Long Jump and James Porter won silver in the Intermediate Boys discus. Amber Pennington won a silver medal in the Intermediate Girls javelin as did Elizabeth Korczak - throwing a PB and English Schools qualifying standard of 35.48m - in the Junior Girls event.

Stephen Ferroni romped away with the Senior Boys 1500m in 4.08.81 as did Emma Gill with the Intermediate Girls 3000m. Natasha Russell won a bronze medal in the Intermediate Girls 300mH and Jamie Lambert set a PB of 58.54 to win the Inter Boys 400mH.

Junior Boy Harry Rienecker-Found high jumped 1.75m to win the event and in the same age group Alex Dyball won Long Jump bronze with a leap of 5.22m, a position replicated by Georgia Coleshill in the Intermediate Girls event and Chela Ruiz-Cravhino in the Junior Girls competition.

Well done to all athletes who competed for their area teams and to those who achieved English Schools qualifying standards. Full results are on Po10 and Tops in Athletics.

The South East Schools Inter-County championships took place the following weekend. See the results here:SOUTH EAST INTER COUNTIES

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 22:03
 
Not a BAL start!
Written by Iain Barton   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 22:44

When the British Athletics League was founded in 1969, Brighton & Hove AC was one of the original members of the top flight. Unfortunately, in the late 1980s, we were forced to drop out of the league. After nearly 30 years, the club finally made its return to the national league at Derby on the 7th of May 2016.

The team that went was smaller than hoped, due to injury, clashes with other competitions and with some of our best athletes overseas. Nonetheless, a small dedicated team, led ably by Howard Bristow and Matt Hewitt, travelled to Derby determined to do the club proud. Individually and as a team, they did not disappoint.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 May 2016 22:49
 
B&H Youngsters storm to victory at first YDL
Written by Melanie Anning   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 08:37

Brighton & Hove’s younger athletes had a resounding victory in their first YDL match of the season. The weather at the Julie Rose stadium in Ashford varied from bright sunshine to driving rain but this did not prevent some fabulous performances and many personal bests.

The stand out athlete was U15 High Jumper Harry Rienecker–Found who leapt to new heights with a personal best of 1.80m to win the competition by 35cms and move to number two on the UK rankings.

Strong performances across the board brought B&H up from third place behind Chelmsford and Orion half way through the competition into a strong lead. The final result was B&H with 630.5 points to Chelmsford's 547.5.

The team also received an additional 55 points for having a full quota of officials/ helpers. Well done to all the athletes, officials and team managers-Cindi, Peter (U15) and Richard (U13).

1 Brighton & Hove AC -630.5, 2 Chelmsford & C. AC - 547.5, 3 Orion Harriers - 538, 4 Ashford & Thanet - 437.5, 5 Bexley AC - 370, 6 Basildon AC – 351, 7 Newham & Essex Beagles AC - 314.5

Full results are available via Power of 10

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 09:23
 
Ashley and Cathy shine in the Brighton marathon, Ferroni and Coyle make their mark in the 10K and Mini Milers set PB's
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 17:16

Sussex runners were well to the fore in both the Men’s and Women’s races on a sunny but coolish Brighton Marathon on Sunday. Our own Âshley Witcomb set a PB to come home 23rd in 2:49.21. Meanwhile in the women’s race, Cathy Ulliott (W50) placed 15th in 3:12.38, which is the fourth fastest time in the UK this year in her age group.

There was a brilliant run from Martha Coyle in the 10k race that preceded the Marathon. Coyle, who is in the U20 age group finished second to leading British performer Gemma Steel (Charnwood) who had finished well clear for victory in 34:11. Coyle set a PB of 36:18 to take her to fourth in the UK U20 rankings. In the men’s race, another of our U20 athletes - Stephen Ferroni - clocked 32:14 for a fine 6th place. In February Stephen had clocked 31:09 at the Chichester 10k.

In the Mini mile on the Saturday there were many fantastic performances and fast times on the new Preston Park course. The following B&H athletes were top three:

GIRLS 9 & 10 YEARS-2nd: Eadie Yelling-6:03

BOYS 9 & 10 YEARS-1st: Henry Yelling 5:44

BOYS UNDER 18-1st: Tom Eames 4:48,3rd: Max Brazier 5:04

GIRLS 11 & 12 YEARS-1st: Tatum Walker 5:47,3rd: Lacey Fowler 5:58

BOYS 11 & 12 YEARS-3rd: Joshua Pay 5:32

GIRLS 9 & 10 YEARS-3rd: Rosie Gasson 6:15

BOYS 9 & 10 YEARS-3rd: Rudy Jones 5:56

Well done to all B&H athletes who ran in 10k, Marathon and Mini Mile.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 09:08
 
Amber storms to UK Title in Manchester
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 18 April 2016 12:41

altOver the weekend the UK's most talented Sportshall athletes travelled to Manchester’s regional arena - Sportcity to compete at the UK Sportshall Finals.Here the promising young athletes were battling it out to be crowned UK champions.

Last month Amber Anning had won the regional Under 15 girls' All-Rounder competition and on Sunday she was the sole Sussex representative in Manchester.Each of the 75 athletes had to take part in three events and points out of 100 were awarded, based on finishing position. Âmber won the 4-lap sprint time trials, finishing two seconds ahead of the next fastest. She came second in the Vertical Jump with a leap of 67cms and was sixth in the Shot Put with 10.31m.Âs the only athlete to finish top six in all events Amber scored 287 out of a possible 300 points, 11 points more than her closest rival and an emphatic win.

Amber ends her six year Sportshall career with an unprecedented 10 county records across the age groups, two UK Under 13 titles and the last piece of icing on top of the cake- the UK U15 All Rounder title.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 17:16
 
B&H Triumph in Manchester Marathon
Written by Reg Hook   
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:52

There was a brilliant day for the Brighton & Hove runners in the Manchester Marathon on Sunday.

After their absence from the Sussex Road Relay on Saturday where the Brighton & Hove team failed to complete an eligible team they really hit the big time in Manchester winning the team event and a valuable prize.

Kevin Rojas (B&H) produced an impressively competitive performance that very nearly won him the race, as he fought hard in the latter stages to close the gap on eventual winner, Steven Bayton of Hallamshire Harriers who clocked 2:22:34. Kevin was very happy with his silver medal in 2.23.03 after a difficult build up over the last 3 months and is now looking forward to "getting faster" on the track over the summer.

Dimos Evangeledis (B&H) delivered his traditionally strong finish to go from tenth at half way to fourth at the end in the second best time of his career of 2.25.38, while James Turner (B&H) had a good run to make it three Brighton & Hove runners in the top 12 in a new PB of 2.29.34.

Brighton & Hove were clear winners of the team prize for British clubs with all three scoring runners finishing under 2.30. The team results however were not officially announced on the day. Paul Howard was 80th in a PB of 2:47.50 and also under three hours were Adam Tribe in 2.52.18 and Chris Mallinson in 2.57.03.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:02
 
Lois and Rebecca shine at Schools Year 7/8 Inter-Counties
Written by Reg Hook   
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:18

At the South East Schools Inter-counties XC Beth Cook romped away with the Year 7 girls' race at Popham Airport in Hampshire on Saturday, finishing some sixty metres clear of her nearest rival. B&H's Rebecca Losh also had a fine run and was next home for Sussex in 12th place with the team placing fourth. Lacey Fowler was 42nd in this race and Tatum Walker 59th. There was another excellent run in the Year 8 girl’s race for B&H's Lois Dooley,who finished in fourth spot. The team filled fifth place. The Year 8 Boys team came in seventh place with Patrick Connolly 55th in this race. The Year 7 boys were sixth with Joshua Pay in 28th and Hayden May 32nd.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:31
 
Howard & Martha lead the way at CAU Inter-counties
Written by Reg Hook   
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:13

The Sussex senior men’s team equalled their best ever Post War team placing when they finished a brilliant fifth in the CAU Inter-county Cross-country championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday in what was, overall, the most successful Sussex Inter-counties ever.And this was not the best team placing as the Under 15 Boys finished a splendid third while the Under 13 girls also placed fifth, Under 20 men and women both placed eighth and the Under 13 boys eleventh out of the 40 plus Counties who competed in each of the events.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:34
 
Max wins team silver at the English Schools XC Champs
Written by Reg Hook   
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:26

Max_Brazier_ESAA_2016Max Brazier was part of the Sussex Schools junior boy’s team who turned up trumps at the England Schools Cross Country championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham when they finished a splendid second in the team event.

Conditions underfoot were pretty good and, apart from a couple of brief hail showers condition were generally fine.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2016 06:53
 
Gold Rush for B&H Athletes at Sportshall
Written by Melanie Anning   
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:03

Sportshall_2016_Regional

Brighton & Hove athletes excelled at the Regional Sportshall Final helping Sussex to its best ever team results. The Under 15 Girls team won silver, both the Under 13 Boys and Girls teams took home bronze medals and the Under 15 Boys came fourth. Individually there were many outstanding performances and podium places.

In the U15 girls All-Rounder competition 47 athletes had to compete in three events (a run, a jump and a throw/speed bounce).Last year Amber Anning came third. This year she dominated, winning the Vertical Jump with 67cms and the 4-lap sprint and coming second in the Shot with 10.60cms. Amber scored 148 out of a possible 150 points and won another gold medal alongside Ella Sharpe (HBS) in the 8-lap Parlauf where they beat the opposition by some four seconds. Amber has now qualified for the UK Sportshall final in Manchester in April.

Anna Dornbusch was sixth in the 4-lap and 7th in both the Speed Bounce and Standing Long Jump finishing in thirteenth – a great result in her first year in the age group.

For the U15 Boys, Asier Barnett and Sam Wilkinson won bronze medals as part of the 4x2 relay team.Meanwhile, Joshua Firsht took the bronze medal in the 4-lap time trials. He was just ahead of Max Brazier who had won his heat but finished fourth overall. Max and Joshua later teamed up for the 8-lap Parlauf and destroyed the opposition to take gold. It was a great weekend for Max who had been in Nottingham the day before competing at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships in the silver medal, winning, Junior Boys team.

In the U13 girls competition Roxy Jones was 8th in the 6-lap Race and fifth in the Speed Bounce with 82.For the U13 boys Joshua Hartnett won a silver medal in the 4X2 relay and was fourth in the 2-lap sprint and fifth in the Standing Triple Jump with 6.78m.Adam Firsht was bronze medallist in the 6-lap and a gold medallist alongside Worthing's Tom Ridley, in the 8-lap Parlauf.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:25
 
Rojas Medals in Brighton Half and Gold Rush for younger athletes in the Youth Races
Written by Allison Benton & Melanie Anning   
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:07

There was a podium finish for Kevin Rojas in Sunday's Brighton Half Marathon. Rojas, who is preparing for the Manchester marathon in April, finished 3rd in 68.36 behind four times winner Paul Martelletti and Chichester doctor, Chris Zablocki.

B&H's own doctor, Dimos Evangelidis, had a great run to break 70 minutes for the first time with 69.43 in 8th place, while Ash Humphreys produced his second best half marathon performance with 72.25.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:57
 
U11 Regional Sportshall
Written by Melanie Anning   
Monday, 29 February 2016 17:33

Some of the youngest athletes in the club competed for Sussex at the Under 11 regional Sportshall final on Sunday. The annual event at the Triangle in Burgess Hill brings together the best Sportshall teams from across the South East.

The Sussex athletes were up against strong opposition and with weakened teams due to injury and availability, struggled to make an impact. However there were several strong performances from the young team.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:40
 
Volunteering
Written by Mike Ellis-Martin   
Thursday, 25 February 2016 14:28

Thank you to everyone who made Dave Moorcroft’s visit to the track last Tuesday (16th February) such a great experience. We have had very positive feedback about the positive atmosphere at the club.

John Clements is heading a team looking at how we can encourage athletes, parents and friends to volunteer at the club and how to look after them properly when they do. Please do look out for information concerning this, but in the meantime if you would like to put your name forward in any capacity please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Monday, 29 February 2016 17:41
 
Hickstead Update
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 22 February 2016 09:18

The final Sussex cross-country league meeting was held at the new venue of Hickstead in very wet and muddy conditions and again there were several excellent performances.

The team of the day was our u13 girls where we had seven in the first 15 places. Lois led the team home in an excellent 2nd place and with Rebecca 4th and Pia 6th they easily won the team race and overtook Phoenix to win the league title. To show our strength in depth the B team came 3rd with Tatum 9th Lacey 12th Ella Monk 14th and Ella Matthews 15th and the team finished in 4th place overall. To cap a great season Lois finished in equal 2nd place in the individual placings.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2016 09:25
 
Golden Beth at BUCS
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 22 February 2016 09:09

Brighton & Hove's Bethany Close struck gold at the BUCS Indoor Championships on Saturday with a clear cut victory.

Running for Swansea University, Close, who had won bronze in this event twelve month back and had taken silver in the BUCS outdoor championships in the summer, stepped up to an impressive victory in a personal best time of 8.59 over Edinburgh University's Olivia Walker, who clocked 8.71.

Close had run 8.71 when winning her heat and 8.68 in the semi-final.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2016 09:24
 
Indoor Success for B&H Athletes
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

It was a smashing weekend for the Sussex girls at the County Indoor championships at Sutton over the weekend.The girls/women amassed a total of ten Championship Best Performances while Brighton & Hove’s Matt Hewitt was the only male record breaker clocking 8.38 in the senior 60m hurdles while in the senior women’s events there was one CBP with Becky Owen (Brighton & Hove) putting the shot 11.01m for a record and she also won both the 60m hurdles in 9.41 and cleared 1.50m in the high jump.

Pride of place must go to the very much in form Amber Anning who actually set three CBPs in the U17 age group winning the 60m sprint in 7.80m, which was faster than both the senior and U20 winners. She leapt 5.31m to win the long jump and set a National School’s standard of 11.18m for victory in the triple jump. Anning also finished second in the shot putt.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:01
 
Silver for Dooley and team medals
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 15 February 2016 14:13

The final races in this season's Sussex Cross-country League were held in damp and muddy conditions at the Hickstead Showground on Saturday and as always, for the final races of the seasons numbers were well down.Getting the worst of the underfoot conditions the senior men did see the Brighton Phoenix Club, who have struggled to get teams out this season, put up a much improved showing.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2016 14:25
 
National 300m Title plus a Triple Jump silver for Anning
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 15 February 2016 13:01

Congratulations to Amber Anning who, in her first year as an Under 17, won gold at the National Indoor Championships at Sheffield over 300m and next day took the silver medal in the Triple Jump competiton. Anning went into the nationals as a favourite as she is the only U17 to have run under 40 seconds indoors this year and she had won the outdoor U17 title last August - when still a U15. In the third heat she ran 39.97 to go into the final as the fastest qualifier. The final was later that afternoon. After a contained start Amber moved up a gear with 100m to go, to win effortlessly in a time of 39.37, almost a second ahead of the second placed athlete Natasha Harrison from Stockport.

Amber returned to the England Institute of Sport on the Sunday keen for a podium place in the Triple Jump. There she renewed her rivalry with Adelaide Omitowoju from Cambridge, the UK U17 rankings leader, who had had beaten Amber for gold at the Southerns in January. It was the same result with Adelaide jumping a fine personal best of 11.86m for gold and Amber taking silver with 11.55. A great weekend's work.

You can watch Amber's 300m final on this link:U17 Women 300m FINAL

Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2016 14:23
 
Former World Record Holder Dave Moorcroft is coming to B&H on Tuesday
Written by Mike Ellis-Martin   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:42

The club is run entirely by volunteers and we are always in need of extra help.To publicise this John Clements has managed to arrange for Dave Moorcroft,Yes, THE David Moorcroft, former world record holder for 5000m! - to come and talk about how YOU can get involved and what it means for the future of sport in the UK. This is an amazing opportunity to meet a real legend of British Athletics. Please put Tuesday February 16th in your diaries, and more details will follow.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 22:20
 
Coyle and Dooley medal at Schools Inter Counties
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 08 February 2016 14:38

There were some great results for Sussex from the South East Schools Inter-county match at Bexhill on Saturday including a brilliant team victory for the Junior (Under 15) girls team and individual gold for Joe Smith, silver for Martha Coyle and bronze for the Senior (Under 19) girls.

Team victories for Sussex are few and far between at this event and it was a nail biting victory for the Sussex team with just three points separating the first four teams in this race.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 19:44
 
Brighton Boys just miss out on the Sportshall title and Records for Roxy & Amber
Written by Melanie Anning   
Monday, 08 February 2016 13:44

Crawley AC triumphed to win both the girls’ and boys’ Sportshall League team titles at Horsham on Sunday, in the 35th year of the competition. However Brighton and Hove boys fought hard all the way and were the match victors in their competition for the second time in a row. Unfortunately their third places in the first two league matches behind Crawley and Horsham left them two points astray of the leaders. Final scores were Crawley – 18, Brighton - 16, Horsham -14, Haywards Heath - 8 and Chichester with 3 points.

The Crawley girls’ victory was emphatic. They won each of the four league matches gaining a maximum 20 points from Horsham with 15, Brighton -13, Haywards Heath - 7 and Chichester with 5.

There were three county records set on the day. Brighton’s Roxy Jones scored 85 to win the under 13 girls speed bounce. Crawley’s Alicia Borrill equalled Brighton’s Amber Anning’s under 13 Vertical Jump record of 67cms and Anning broke her own under 15 two lap time record with a time of 21.6 seconds.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 22:29
 
Committee News
Written by Mike Ellis-Martin   
Sunday, 07 February 2016 18:15

Dear Members,

I hope you are settling into the new year and have successfully negotiated signing up.

Membership Cards:

Please remember to bring your membership cards with you when you pay on training nights. Remember you will not be able to claim members discount unless you show your card at the gate.

Volunteers:

We are still looking for volunteers, but most particularly someone who could act as a volunteer co-ordinator.

By way of encouragement, on:TUESDAY 16th February, we have a visit for Emily Lewis and Dave Moorcroft from England Athletics.

They will be in and around the clubhouse during the evening to give information about all aspects of volunteering and to take questions.

Please try to come along and consider volunteering in some capacity. The more people we have helping, the better our club will be and the more opportunities there will be for our athletes.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reply to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 14:32
 
International Success for Ferroni
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 15:57

In his second International appearance for England, Brighton & Hove's Stephen Ferroni had an excellent race on Sunday, when he finished third in the Junior cross-country event at Elgoibar in Spain.

Over a fast but hilly course the 18-year old was the second England runner to finish clocking 21:01 to Southampton's Mahamed Mahamed who ran 20:49 in second place behind the French runner Hugo Hay.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 20:09
 
Newton and Bristow romp to victory at Sussex Masters Cross Country Champs
Written by Reg Hook   
Sunday, 24 January 2016 11:46

In a repeat of last year's result Brighton & Hove's Keith Newton notched up his tenth Sussex Cross-country title in the M50 race at the Sussex Master's championships at Lancing on Saturday. Newton won no less than eighth M40 titles and on Saturday notched up his second M50 title when he again got the better Haywards Heath Harrier Paul Cousins who had won the title in 2014. Newton took control of the race from the start and finished thirteen seconds clear in 31:46s.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:01
 
Three golds and a dead heat for B&H athletes at the Sussex Schools'
Written by Reg Hook   
Saturday, 23 January 2016 20:38

More than six hundred runners completed the Sussex Schools Cross Country championships in difficult conditions at Waterhall on Wednesday. Since these championships have been transferred to a mid-week event numbers have increased every year and 334 boy and 297 girl finishers is certainly a record for this century. The recent frosts had made the ground hard but the slight easing of the temperature and a glorious sunny winter's day meant that the surface became quite greasy and cross-country spikes were certainly the order of the day.

There were plenty of close battles but none more so than in the senior boys (U19) race at the end of the afternoon when two of Brighton & Hove AC athletes, Brodie Denholm (Brighton College) and Stephen Ferroni (BACA) staged a dead heat in 27:42s. They had dominated the race from the start and finished well clear of BHASVIC's Jack Leitch who clocked 27:55s.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:00
 
Tom leaps to Gold at the Southerns
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 23 January 2016 20:28

There was a gold medal for former Brighton & Hove athlete Tom French in the South of England Senior and U20 indoor championships at Lee Valley last weekend. For French this was a splendid start to the year as he leapt 7.36m in his first serious competition to comfortably win the title in what was easily his best opening jump todate. French already ranks as the second best Sussex long jumper of all time and could this be the year that Roy Cruttenden's (Brighton & Hove) sixty year old record tumbles. Meanwhile Mary Adeniji was fifth in the triple jump, equalling her personal best with a leap of 11.08m.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 11:07
 
LATEST NEWS
Written by Mike Ellis-Martin   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 21:55

News from B&HAC

Hello everyone, and welcome to what we hope will be the start of an era of better communication within the club. The committee of the club are aware that in the past we have struggled to communicate as effectively as we would have liked, and we are trying to improve in this area. To that end, if there is anyone reading this who has expertise in this area we would welcome help to improve. If you can assist in any way please contact us on: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:42
 
Roger Wardale Funeral Arrangements
Written by Melanie Anning   
Friday, 15 January 2016 18:55

altRoger Wardale's funeral will take place on Tuesday, 26th January at 13:00. He requested to be laid to rest alongside his parents at at Bognor Regis Old Cemetery. The address is: Town Cross Avenue, BOGNOR REGIS, PO21 2DN. There is not a car park but you can park in the streets surrounding the cemetery.

If you would like to send flowers these can be arranged via Reynolds Funeral Hall, Reynolds Limited 27-31 High Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1RR. Telephone: 01243 864745. If you prefer to make a donation to charity in memory of Roger, he supported the Macmillan Cancer. You will be able to use the Reynolds website to order flowers or make a donation.

http://www.reynoldsfuneralservices.co.uk/floral-tribute

A wake has been arranged at the 'Waverley' on Bognor Regis Sea Front. The address is: 18 Marine Drive West Aldwick Bognor Regis West Sussex PO21 2QA.

http://www.pub-explorer.com/wsussex/pub/waverley.htm

Bognor Regis has a variety of parking designated areas next to or very close to the beach and sea. This time of year there should not be any car parking fees.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 19:28
 
Athletics Weekly interviews Amber Anning
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 11:40

Amber Anning is featured in this week's Athletics Weekly magazine, in the 'Young Athlete' profile. Well done Amber.AW AMBER

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 11:57
 
Amber sparkles at the Indoor Southern Championships
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:05

AMBERANNINGSEAA2016In the South of England U17/U15 indoor championships at Lee Valley at the weekend Amber Anning laid down an impressive early season marker. In her first season in the U17 age group, Anning romped to a clear victory in the 200m in 24.93s which is pretty swift around the tight bends at one of the slower indoor tracks. Anning also picked up a silver medal in the Triple jump bounding to 11.59m, both efforts just short of her outdoor personal bests.

Tom Eames, in fourth place just missed the podium in the Under 17 800m in 2:02.32s, a race that was won by Colchester's Jake Young, the grandson of former Brighton & Hove star sprinter Derek. Alex Dyball was fourth in the U15 boys Long Jump. with 5.15m.

Full results are on the Power of 10 and Tops in athletics websites.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 13:30
 
Golds For Stephen Ferroni and the Senior Men’s and Women’s teams at the Cross Country Championships
Written by Melanie Anning   
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 11:59

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In cool and muddy conditions at Bexhill, Under 20 athlete Stephen Ferroni ran to an emphatic victory in the Sussex Cross Country Champiosnhips. Ferroni beat second placed Billy White (Phoenix) by two minutes and twenty seven seconds clocking 29:20 to 31:47. In the women's U20 race Martha Coyle was third in 26:22, as was Max Dumbrell in the Senior Men's competition.

For the Under 17 Men Brodie Denholm came away with silver behind Eastbourne's Dan Stidder who clocked 18:21 to Denholm's 18:43. For the Under 15's Tomer Tarragano clocked 15:49 for the bronze medal.

Olivia Monk had possibly her best race of the season with a fine fourth place in the U15 girls' race.

The team results at Saturday's County championships produced some tight battles; two were decided of the placing of the fourth scoring runner and there were victories for Brighton & Hove in both senior team events.

Both Brighton Phoenix, who were strong favourites, and Brighton & Hove were well below full strength but better packing by the Brighton & Hove club of Max Dumbrell – 3rd, Kevin Rojas – 9th, James Turner – 11th, Alex Begley-17th, Ashley Witcomb – 23rd and Adam Tribe – 29th, saw them total 92 points to the title holders 94 points with Lewes taking third team spot with 115 points.

The senior women's race completed the afternoon's racing and again it was the Brighton & Hove team of Martha Coyle – 4th, Rachel Titheradge - 19th, Phoebe Connolly – 21st and Gill Bickle – 26th who snatched the team title in an even closer results as both Brighton & Hove and Hailsham scored 70 points but the Brighton team won as their fourth scoring running finished 26th against 29th for Hailsham with Lewes again third in 78 points. For the team event under 20s and seniors combine.

The U15 Girls team consisting of Olivia Monk – 4th, Amber Wright – 11th and Jemima Edwards – 17th and the U13 Girls team of Lois Dooley – 7th, Pia Lewis – 11th and Rebecca Losh -14th both took home bronze medals. The Under 15 boys replicated that position with Tomer Tarragano – 3rd, Max Brazier – 11th and Finn Halloren in 17th.

Full results are on the Sussex AA site.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016 10:55
 
Veteran B&H Coach Roger Wardale Dies
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 04 January 2016 11:52

ROGER WARDALE DEATHIt is with great regret that we have to report the death of longstanding Brighton & Hove AC coach Roger Wardale at the age of 78. Until the past few years Roger had been one of the Counties leading sprints coaches and was one of the longest serving Coaches, official and administrators in Sussex. He started out his active days at Bognor where he was a good standard county sprinter, before moving into coaching. After qualifying at King Alfred's College, Winchester, he became a Primary School teacher returning to Bognor to work, latterly at Nyewood junior School, and in time he took over the running of the Bognor Regis Athletic Club and led it to become a considerable force in Sussex in Track and Field athletics.

Wardale coached a wide range of athletes including several English Schools medallists, such as sprinter Andy Parker, long jumper Marion Wolsey and discus thrower Carol Mitchell. Although he mainly coached girls and women Andy Parker was probably Wardale's most successful athlete and Parker still remains the Sussex 100m record holder at 10.3 having set that mark in 1983.

Wardale was also to become the Sussex Schools General Secretary and Team manager, a position he held for more than a decade. He eventually moved to the Brighton & Hove club coaching many athletes there and spent many years as Women's track team manager while he was also to team manage Sussex County teams as well as being a top international grade track judge officiating at many meetings across the Southern Counties including many County championships and International events.

Apart from his athletics Roger was also an expert on Arthur Ransome the writer of Swallows and Amazons and was a founder member of the Arthur Ransome Society and co-editor of its Journal.

He wrote several books on Arthur Ransome including the well received biography "Nancy Blacket". He was a man of high standards and sometimes a little rigid but he made a remarkable contribution to athletics in Sussex and particularly Sussex Schools athletics.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 13:13
 
Ferroni's fourth Win is fastest Boxing Day finish for 10 years,
Written by Reg Hook   
Sunday, 27 December 2015 17:40

altBrighton & Hove AC's eighteen year old Stephen Ferroni won his fourth title at the Boxing Day races in Preston Park. Ferroni, who became the youngest ever winner in 2012, chalked up the largest ever margin of victory as he romped away from Saturday's field right from the start chopping more than one minute off his previous best time as he became the first runner to break the 29 minute barrier for more than a decade. Indeed his winning time of 28:28 was the fastest time since the then Southern steeplechase champion Patrick Davoren (PHX) won in 28:08 in 2003. Ferroni finished more than three minutes ahead of Tobias Bremer (PHX) who clocked 32:48 eleven seconds clear of club mate James Miles in third place. Lizzie Durman (PHX) was the first woman to finish clocking 37:43 ahead of Cathy Ulliott (W50) from Brighton & Hove who clocked 38:04 with fellow Brighton runner Jeanette Kenneally, who recorded 40:43, in third place.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 December 2015 17:49
 
B&H BOXING DAY RACES
Written by Reg Hook   
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 09:47

After more than eighty years the Boxing Day races, the longest running road race in Sussex, will go ahead as usual this coming Saturday starting at 10.20am.

In the early 1930s it was started by Jack Davis, the then Athletics reporter of the then Sussex Daily News as well as the Evening Argus and it was just a six-mile race walk.

Sponsored by and started from the Labour Club in London Road, with few cars to worry about, the races cut through Baker Street and Union Road and thence north up the Lewes Road where they would turn in the middle of road near Stanmer Park and return to finish in Baker Street.

The running event was added in the early fifties and from then on nearly two hundred runners and walkers have turned up each Boxing Day sometimes attracting competitors from Surrey and Kent plus the odd competitor from far flung reaches of England when they have been in the area at Christmas.

It was some forty years ago that the event eventually succumbed to the increasing traffic and was transferred to Preston Park.

Despite the increase in road races locally the eighty year old race will go ahead as usual on Saturday with the Walking event starting at 10.30 and the Run at 10.50.

The races cater for all ages and abilities as competitors have the option of running or walking one, two, three or all four laps of the Park and so allows athletes to adjust the treatment according to the amount of over indulgence on the previous day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 09:55
 
Ferroni Flies at South of Thames XC
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 21 December 2015 12:14

Ferroni-South-Thames-2015A brilliant run from Stephen Ferroni saw him join an elite band of Sussex runners who have won a medal in the South of Thames Senior Cross-country championship at Tonbridge on Saturday.

The eighteen year old Brighton & Hove runner is certainly the youngest Sussex runner to get amongst the medals in this classy 7.5-mile race and he took several valuable scalps as he closed on the 25 year old winner John Gilbert (Kent), who has strung together some most impressive runs over the past twelve months.

Ferroni finished just ten seconds adrift in 42.39 and 19 seconds clear of his u20 rival Max Nichols (Tonbridge) who finished third.

The Brighton & Hove team, who had hoped to challenge for team medals collapsed at the last minute with three of their top scorers, including team manager Howard Bristow crying off with niggles.

They did however finish a creditable fifth in the team event with Andrew Donno having a fine run to finish 17th, James Turner 33rd, Martin Brooks 48th, Louis Taub 49th and Graham Godden 59th completing the scoring six.

The Brighton & Hove "B" team finished 11th in the team event and in the 12 aside team competition they did picked up bronze medals.

In the women's event Brighton & Hove just missed team medals finishing in fourth spot with Cathy Ulliott W50 leading them home in 22nd place and Jeanette Kenneally 34th, Judith Carder 40th, Helen Fitzgerald 45, Camilla Moyle 48th and Manjuna Moon 49th completing the scoring six.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015 12:19
 
Silver for Bristow at Inter Counties Cross Country Championships
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 14 December 2015 15:53

There were medals for Sussex runners and Clubs in the "South of England Masters" cross-country championships which were held in conjunction with the Inter-counties at Biggleswade on Saturday.

Two individual medals and three team bronzes meant it was a pretty good afternoon's racing for Sussex at Shuttleworth Old Warden Park.

Competing in the M40 race Brighton & Hove's Howard Bristow was in great form running into second place, behind Chris Greenwood from Invicta, and he led his team into third place in the M40-49 age group team event with Graham Gooden, who finished sixth in the M45 group and Adam Tribe who placed 12th in the same event.

In the W50-59 Brighton & Hove's Gail Nerurkar was 11th, while Jenny Hughes, third in the W55 race and Fiona Jamie 17th in the same event completed the scoring three.

Under 20 Martha Coyle ran a fine race to come 11th and and received a team silver medal. The Under 13 girls' Sussex team just missed the medals filling fourth team spot with Lois Dooley the fourth scorer in 16th place. There was a fifth team spot for the Under 13 boys and Adam Firsht in 41st completed the scoring four. Patrick Connolly placed 52nd in the same race. Olivia Monk was 46th in the U15 girls' race.

There were further fifth team places for both the Boy's and Girl's Under 15 teams with Tomer Tarragano 27th the second Sussex Athlete home. Brodie Denhom was 40th in the U17 Men's race.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 December 2015 16:14
 
Sussex XC League - Lancing Saturday 5th December 2015
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 17:16

Stephen Ferroni was a first time winner at Lancing taking the Men's race after a battle with club mate Howard Bristow. It was not until they were into the second half of the event that 18 year old Ferroni squeezed the pace and moved clear of the field and stretched his lead all the way to the finish in 28:42, nearly half of one minute clear of Bristow's 29:10.

There was an excellent turnout in the younger age groups with a total of 30 Brighton and Hove AC under 13 and under 15 athletes completing - possibly a club record. There were again many excellent performances. With one league fixture to go, all are four teams are in medal positions. The final league race is at a new venue at Hickstead on the 13th February 2016 where, with a few of the leading athletes missing there will be a great chance for others to get in the scoring three.

In the under 13 girls race we had 11 athletes 10 of whom finished in the first 25. Pia led the team home with an excellent run in 5th place with Rebecca 9th and Tatum completing the A team in 11th. They were closely followed home by Astrid 12th, Lois 13th, Lacey 18th, Roxy 19th, Morgan 20th, Zara 21st, Ella 25th and Ella Monk 37th. On the day the team came second and are 11 points behind Phoenix in second place. The B team were 4th and are 4th in the league showing the depth we have.

In the under 13 boys, the team came second three points behind Lewes and beating league leaders Hastings. They are now well placed in 3rd. Again it was Adam who led home the team in 6th, with Patrick 8th and Haiden 11th close behind. Again showing our depth we had six more finishers with Tom 15th, Josh 17th, Guy 20th, Oscar 26th, Archie 31st and George 33rd.

In the under 15 girls the team were led home by Olivia who had an excellent run in 5th place and just like the first two fixtures Amber came 13th and Jemima 16th to bring the team home in 3rd place and still maintain 2nd place in the league.

In the under 15 boys race the team came 1st beating the Chichester team and are still second in the league. Again like the girls they had the same scores with Tomer having another great run in 3rd place with Finn 9th and Joe 10th competing the team. Max led the B team home in 11th with the Sam K in 24th and Sam W in 25th.

In the under 17 men Tommy came in 8th and in the under 17 girls in her first race for the club Emma came 12th.

Lastly good luck to under 13's Lois, Pia, Adam and Patrick. under 15's Olivia and Tomer and under 17 Brodie who will be competing for Sussex in the South East Inter Counties at Bigglewade on Saturday.

The next race will be the Sussex Championships in the New Year on 9th January where the first three teams and individuals will win medals on the day.

Full results on the Sussex AA website

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2015 17:34
 
Honours for Amber and Jamie at Sussex Sports Awards
Written by Melanie Anning   
Monday, 30 November 2015 09:11

altAfter recent damning headlines it was wonderful to see athletics celebrated at the annual Sussex Sports Awards, which took place at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on Friday. The evening, hosted by Olympian and 2010 Commonwealth Games Heptathlon Champion Louise Hazel was a celebration of sporting achievement throughout the county across the year.

Two of our younger athletes were recognised with awards. Amber Anning won the Chichester University "Young Sports Personality of the Year 2015" for a season which she ended as the Youth world lead over 300m after setting a European and UK Under 15 record of 38.73 seconds when winning the National Under 17 title at Bedford. Anning, is also the UK Age 14 record holder in Triple Jump and ended the season top of the National rankings over 200m, 300m and Triple Jump as well as ranking fourth and fifth in Long Jump and Pentathlon respectively.

Meanwhile hurdler Jamie Lambert, received a "Special Recognition" award. Jamie raised over £3000 for disabled athletes involved in the Parallel Youth Games 2015 by taking part in an expedition to Southern Greenland. The talented athlete was inspired after suffering a hip injury last year which left him unable to train for six months.

Congratulations Amber and Jamie.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 10:51
 
Rojas is the undisputed champion of the 2015 Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Relays Challenge
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 29 November 2015 21:54

It was a clear-cut affair at the top of the men's category in this year's Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge (HC-SRRC). Brighton & Hove AC's Kevin Rojas reclaimed the men's title with a race in hand after he won Race four, the Bexhill 5K. He was the top Sussex finisher in two of his three scoring races, notching up just four points in total. It has been quite a year for Rojas, who ran a magnificent marathon PB of 2:18:44 in Berlin in September.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 09:32
 
International Honours and Top 10 places for Witcomb and Ferroni
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:12

There were some fine performances by B&H runners on the International stage earlier in November. Making his England debut 17-year old, Stephen Ferroni, did well to finish eighth in a junior cross-country event at Atupuerea in Spain. At one stage he was up with the leaders and forcing the pace but he paid for his enthusiasm and towards the finish he dropped away. Never the less his placing was a very good effort for a first international.

At the other end of the age range Peter Witcomb was involved in the England versus Ireland cross-country match at the Santry course at Dublin. Witcomb finished sixth in the M65 race in 24:53. He was the second English runner to finish and contributed to the English team victory.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:19
 
Bexhill Cross Country Report, 21-11-15
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 14:52

Well done to everyone who competed at Bexhill and braved the very cold winds. There were many excellent performances despite the bitter weather. In the U13 girls Lois had the confidence to go with the leaders and was rewarded with a brilliant second place and Rebecca in her first year in the age group had an excellent run in sixth place. After the first 10, the rest of the field went off course and Pia led them home in 11th closely followed by Tatum who led the B team in 13th place, followed by Lacey 20th, Morgan 25th with Astrid 27th and Zara 28th not far behind out of a large field of 51. In the team race despite Phoenix having their new recruit and all their scoring three taking the correct course, our girls' team came first and we are now top of the league just one point ahead of Phoenix. It shows that every race is different and anything can happen. The B team are in fourth.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:06
 
International Honours for Stephen Ferroni and Pete Witcomb
Written by Reg Hook   
Sunday, 08 November 2015 22:01

Seventeen year old Stephen Ferroni has been selected to run for the England Junior cross-country team next weekend. The Brighton & Hove youngster will be competing at Atupuerea in Spain on Sunday and at, seventeen he is at the bottom end of the age group. Last month, at Goodwood, he just failed to become the youngest ever winner of the senior race at the Sussex Cross-country League. He was beaten into second place by Chris Zablocki a visiting American athlete. Last season Stephen seemed assured of second place in the Intermediate (U17) race at the English Schools championships when he collided with an iron post in the finishing straight and failed to complete the course.

A second Brighton & Hove athlete will also be on International duty next weekend when Peter Witcomb dons the England vest in the annual Master's cross-country match in Dublin. Witcomb is now better known as a coach and the Brighton & Hove U13 team manager, but he is a holder of a gold medal for the National Junior Cross-country team championship and a frequent Sussex team member. Witcomb is one of the leading O65 runners.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:09
 
AAA Tom Pink Relays, Lee Valley, Sunday October 31st 2015
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:52

TOM-PINK-2015

On Saturday the club's youngest athletes travelled to Lee Valley for the invitation only Tom Pink Relays and Field Events. It is an annual fixture on the U11 & U13 competition list and is an intriguing mixture of standard indoor Sportshall events such as shot put and standing long jump alongside obstacle relays and the challenge to beat the race times of Dame Kelly Holmes, Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe. Alongside weight for distance and height events, where a medicine ball is thrown as far or high as possible. It is always a great day out at the superb North London indoor facility. Unfortunately the clash with Halloween and half term meant that the team was smaller than usual but there were, nevertheless, some fantastic performances.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2015 14:58
 
Sportshall Athletes needed URGENTLY
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 10:54

The annual Sportshall League begins this Sunday and the U13 and U15 team managers are struggling to find enough athletes willing to compete for the club. Last year the Girls' team won the league for the first time, so come out and support Sportshall so that we can try and defend our title!

Sportshall is indoor track and field and a great way to keep the competitive edge of young athletes during the cold and dark winter months. If you are a sprinter or jumper, a thrower or middle distance runner sportshall has an event for you. It is an exciting and fun competition which has been taking place in Sussex for 34 years.

If you are in School Years 9 or 10 now you are an Under 15 Sportshall athlete. If you are in Years 7 or 8 you are a U13 athlete.

Please contact the Team Manager for your age group if you want to compete on Sunday. Athletes also have the chance to take part in non-scoring events.

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The league matches take place at Tanbridge House School in Horsham ( Address: Farthings Hill, Guildford Rd, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1SR) Time 13:00 – 13:30 arrival, finish approx 16:00.

The dates are as follows:

Sunday 8th November 2015

Sunday 13th December 2015

Sunday 17th January 2016

Sunday 7th February 2016

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:57
 
Learn to Hurdle at Withdean Stadium
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 12:03

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Learn to hurdle at Withdean Stadium with leading Sussex coach Paul McKweon

WHAT: A new hurdles development group

WHEN: Thursdays 17:45 – 18:45 From Thursday 22nd October 2015

WHO: Training is open to competitive U13 & U15 athletes

COMMITMENT: Athletes are expected to train regularly and if selected compete for B&H

COST: Gate fee as normal

For more information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 12:28
 
International Honours for Pete Witcomb
Written by Melanie Anning   
Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:16

PeteWVeteran athlete, coach and team manager Pete Witcomb has been selected to represent England in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International, which takes place in Dublin on 14th November. Pete will be a member of the over 65 team in what will be a very competitive race. Witcomb has been running for Brighton & Hove AC since he was 10 years old and is one of the UK's leading middle distance athletes in his age group.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:45
 
Promising results for U13's at Glorious Goodwood
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 05 October 2015 11:11

There was an excellent turnout at Goodwood for the Sussex Cross Country relays. We had 18 athletes making up 6 teams and everyone did really well. A special mention to Pia Lewis who, on the first lap, recorded the second fastest time of the day and who alongside Lois Dooley and Astrid Blackledge were the third team home. The boys team Josh Pay, Adam Firsht and Patrick Connolly did one better and won the team silver medal behind Hastings. To show our strength and depth both our B teams came sixth and were the first B teams home.

The league season is again going to be close and both teams will be challenging for the team title that is decided over four meetings.

The next fixture is at Goodwood on the 17th October.

Full results on the Sussex website.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 11:20
 
Rojas rocks in Berlin Marathon
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 05 October 2015 11:06

rojas-croppedKevin Rojas made it three PBs in his last three marathons with a terrific 2.18.44 in the Berlin Marathon. This performance takes him into the UK top 10 for 2015 and is the fourth fastest marathon of all time by a Sussex athlete (behind Derek Stevens in 1984, Ian Beauchamp in 1978 and Dan Rathbone in 1997). But the result wasn't a foregone conclusion after Rojas moved slightly too far ahead of target pace for the second 5km of the race (16.04) and had to dig deep into his mental and physical reserves in the latter stages to bring home the performance he deserved. Kevin, who became a father for the first time six months ago, now sets his sights on Manchester next spring, where he aims to edge closer to Rathbone's Brighton & Hove club record of 2.16.23.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 11:11
 
Highest placing ever for B&H at the National Road Relays
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 05 October 2015 11:04

The Brighton & Hove senior team set what is believed to be the the highest placing ever by a Sussex team in the National 6-stage road relay championships at Sutton, Birmingham on Saturday. Despite the absence of two of their top performers they finished a brilliant 12th in 1:50:15, less than three minutes behind title winners Tonbridge and had they been at full strength they would have been challenging for medals. Team manager Howard Bristow started proceedings, leading them out on the first leg and did well to bring them back in 15th position in a time of 17:55 on what is usually the most competitive leg of the day. The young and ever improving Stephen Ferroni then ran an excellent second leg taking them into 6th position with the team's fastest leg of the day and 13th fastest overall, 17:31. Max Dumbrell ran a steady leg to keep the team in contention in 12th in 18:38 and handed over to Ian Crowe-Wright who had a great run, posting their second fastest leg in 17:42, the fastest on the fourth leg, and taking the team to 4th, their highest position of the day. James Turner, 18:53, and Graham Godden, 19:36, completed with day, slipping back to 9th and 12th respectively. This was however a great team effort and they repeated their efforts of a couple of weeks back as the sixth South of England team to finish.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 11:21
 
Latest News - September 2018 Newsletter
Written by Adminstrator   
Monday, 28 September 2015 00:00

Newsletter September 2018


The 35th Brighton 10K - Sunday 18th November

The Brighton 10K is an annual fundraising event for the club. Money from the event has been used to provide transport for some of the Brighton and Hove teams competing all over the country, as well as for providing help for individual or small groups of athletes depending on need. Also, the roof of the clubhouse was recently completely replaced at a cost of over £10,000 which was provided by the proceeds.

This year the event is being run on the seafront and we need a number of volunteers to help look after the runners and marshall the route. Please try to come along and help, it is your club and this is a way you can make a real difference. Your coaches and officials put in hours of unpaid volunteering work and it would be great to help repay them a little with a contribution of your time.

The event starts at 9.30 and ends at 12.30 (although volunteers (depending on tasks may be needed a little outside these hours.

Emma Bristow is co-ordinating volunteers from the club so please e-mail her with your availability. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thank you in advance, this makes a real difference.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 08:13
 
Sussex U13 League Final
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 21 September 2015 10:01

After three years as overall Champions on Sunday 6th September with a very young team, eleven of whom will be in this age group next year, we were beaten into second place by our great rivals Crawley. There were many excellent performances and personal bests.

Special mention to Alex Pert who won both of his events the Discus and Javelin. Joshua Hartnett, a new member, competing for the first time for the club, came second in the shot before storming to victory in the 150m in 19.1, which was just outside of the league record. Club record holder at 800m Adam Firsht, led from start to finish to win the 600m in 1.42 in impressive style.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2015 10:15
 
Glory for Garland as she takes Heptathlon Silver at the English Schools'
Written by Melanie Anning   
Monday, 21 September 2015 09:15

Katie Garland

Katie Garland ended a glorious season with a silver medal at the English Schools Combined Events Championships in Bedford. Competing in the Senior Girls Heptathlon Katie who is ranked third in the UK U20W,went into the competition as a medal hopeful. On the Saturday she started well clocking 15.10s for the opening event, the 100m hurdles. Next she high jumped 1.62m and a had a shot PB of 9.35m. In the final event of Day One - the 200m - Katie ran a swift 25.28 to move into second place overnight with 2935 points, just a few points clear of her training partner - Crawley's Beth Crocker, and one hundred points behind Warwickshire's Annabelle Pask.

Garland came out on Sunday morning with a fine long jump of 5.61m and closed the gap on the leader but a 32 metre plus javelin throw in the penultimate discipline by Pask to Garland's 26.65m, assured her of victory. Katie closed the gap a little in the 800m run clocking 2:27.67s but her total points score of 4802 to the winner's 4918 points meant she came home, from her final Schools competition, with a splendid silver medal just nine points short of her personal best. Crocker took the bronze medal with 4778 points.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2015 10:32
 
South of England Road Relay championships
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 21 September 2015 09:13

A fine seventh place from the Brighton & Hove U13 Boys team was the highest placing by a Sussex team on the first day of the South of England Road Relay championships at Aldershot.

Adam Firsht finished ninth on the opening leg in 11:02 while Haiden May and Joshua Pay held that placing in 11.31s and 11.15s respectively while over the final leg Pat Connolly lifted the team into seventh place with a lap time of 10:54s to record the 12th fastest lap of the day.

The Brighton & Hove U13 Girls finished 17th in their race with Lois Dooley the fastest of the team in 11.56s. and the U15 girls team placed 22nd with Niamh Halloren clocking 11:52.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2015 10:21
 
Amber Breaks Dina Asher-Smith's UK record and wins gold at the National Champs
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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:27

Amber Anning U17 300m

U15 Amber Anning broke Britain's fastest woman's junior record as she roared to victory in the England Athletics Championships 300m.

Dina Asher-Smith – who in July became the first British woman to run a sub 11 seconds 100m – saw her 2009 UK best fall to Anning. On day one of the championships at Bedford International Stadium, Amber clocked 39.04 seconds in her heat of the under-17 300m, shaving .12 of a second off the previous record for her age group - under 15. Returning to Bedford on day two to contend the final, Amber who is 14, was competing an age group up at the championships, and in the extremely wet conditions was a contender for the gold.

Going out hard from the gun the English Schools 200m Junior Girls champion quickly went into the lead - passing most of the field and finding herself clear into the home straight. Welsh U17 Champion Amelia Reynolds pulled back some of her younger competitor's lead, resulting in a late push for the line.

Amber held on to claim the under-17 title and lower the under-15 British record for the second time in the same weekend with a time of 38.73 seconds. It is also a European Age 14 record and is presently the World Youth lead.

Always proudly wearing the red and black hooped B&H vest Amber thanked her parents, her coach - Steve King - and her club for all their support.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2015 09:51
 
Jason Bristow Funeral
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:48

We are sad to announce that the father of club stalwarts, John, Andrew and Paul Bristow, Jason, died recently.  His funeral will be held at 1.30pm on Friday, 4th September at Woodvale Crematorium, Brighton.  Any club members are welcome to attend.

Jason was a long time supporter of the club travelling all over the country supporting his family and the club. His wife Hazel was the club secretary for many years and both travelled to Tokyo in 1991 supporting their son Andrew in the World Championship 10,000m. He was also a timekeeper for the club. The club send their condolences to Hazel and the family.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:51
 
George Vaults to Victory
Written by Melanie Anning   
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 17:10

Well done to pole vaulter George Turner who was one of only two Sussex athletes to win at the U15/U20 inter counties fixture on Sunday.

A busy season and the move to a late August date impacted heavily on the Sussex Under 20 team for the annual competition match at Hendon and unfortunately in many events there was no Sussex representation at all. Wind and rain also made it hard going for the athletes who had to contend with qualifying heats for all events up to and including 800m. Despite this U20 George Turner took top honours with a height of 4.20m.

For the Under 15's Amber Anning came second in both the Long Jump (5.15m) and 200m (25.28s), There was a third place for Nancy Tier in the shot with 11.17m and Hannah Brockbank finished fifth in the discus throw with 31.69m as well as seventh in the hammer throw with 36.11m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 17:13
 
Moreno is National Champion
Written by Reg Hook   
Monday, 17 August 2015 11:22

Brighton's Peter Moreno won the Nigerian National Decathlon title despite a near catastrophe with the pole vault. Competing in the championships at Warri, Moreno, won the title by some three hundred points. Moreno already holds the Nigerian pole vault record at 4.60m, which he cleared earlier in the season but due to a lack of longer poles at the event, he struggled after clearing 3.00m and could not go any higher.

Moreno clocked 11.02s in the 100m, 7.34m long jump, 11.65m shot, 1.90m high jump and 48.21s for the 400m and this saw him right on schedule to deprive Sebastian Rodger of his County record.

Moreno started well on Day two clocking 14.88s for the hurdles, throwing the discus 30.58m but the pole vault threw him well off course. He pulled out a 46.56m javelin throw and clocked 5:03.27s for the 1500 to total 6712 points, some two hundred points shy of his personal best.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2015 14:09
 
Pete Witcomb 9th in the World!
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 17 August 2015 10:22

altCongratulations to veteran athletes Pete Witcomb and Peter Crowhurst who have recently returned from the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Lyons, France. Both were competing in the V65 5000m. Pete Witcomb placed 9th in a time of 20:09.37 and Pete Crowhurst came in 14th in 23:47.56. The athletes had a tough time as temperatures soared up to 40 °C. Sarah Hewitt also made the journey and competed in the discus in the V40 age group throwing 32.92 in the qualifying round.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2015 14:09
 
Ambers’ bring home the medals from the South of England Championships 15th-16th August 2015
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 17 August 2015 10:00

Amber Anning August-2015There were two gold medals for Amber Anning and a bronze for Amber Pennington when they competed at the U15/U17 Southern Championships at Ashford over the weekend. Anning, who is the English Schools' Junior Girls 200m champion, continued her successful season winning titles in both the U15 girls Triple Jump and the 200m. In the triple jump she broke her own championship best performance, and leapt to number two on the UK All Time U15 rankings, with a third round effort of 11.65m. She later took the 200m title in fine 24.88 seconds.

Meanwhile U15 thrower Amber Pennington launched her javelin to 35.92m to win bronze. It has been a good week for Pennington, who at the B&H open increased her personal best by nearly four metres with a throw of 37.35m. Another thrower to add metres to her PB was Ellie Fitzgerald. She just missed out on a medal coming fourth in the U15 hammer after a massive fifth round effort of 37.77m, nearly three metres up on her previous best.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:43
 
B&H Open 2015 Meeting Results
Written by Bob Willows   
Monday, 17 August 2015 08:39

The results from the B&H open are below. Thank you to all the officials and helpers without whom the meeting would not have taken place.

B&H Open Meeting August 13th 2015 Field Results

B&H Open Meeting August 13th 2015 Track Results updated

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:05
 
Success for Short and French
Written by Melanie Anning   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 17:57

Brighton & Hove AC sprinter, Anna Short, was one of three Sussex athletes to be included in the South of England Under 20 team to contest the "Welsh U20 International" at Cardiff on 29th July. The match saw Under 20 teams from the Midlands, North and South face a Welsh U20 squad. Anna, the reigning Southern U20 100m champion, struck gold with another sparkling run over the distance, sweeping to victory in 12.10 seconds.

Last weekend at the CAU Inter-County Championships (inc. England Athletics Senior Championships), Tom French leapt a seasons best of 7.28m in the final round of the long jump to snatch a well-earned bronze medal!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 18:05
 
Firsht Number One Over 800m whilst Witcomb takes Podium Spot at Masters
Written by Melanie Anning   
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 08:13

Running 2.5 seconds faster than ever before U13 Adam Firsht has broken a 33 year old Brighton & Hove AC club record after a scintillating race at Kingston on Sunday. Competing in the non-scoring 800m at the U13 inter-counties Adam ran 2:17.05 to take nearly 1.5 seconds off the 1982 mark of M. Pattenden. Adam was the fastest U13 boy over 800m on the day and his time would have won the A race by almost three seconds!

Meanwhile in Birmingham - on the same day - Adam's coach, Pete Witcomb, came second in the 5000m (V65) at the British Masters Championships running a cracking time of 19:19.43. Pete will soon be off to the World Masters Championships in Lyon alongside clubmates Peter Crowhurst and Sarah Hewitt. We wish them all the best of luck.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 08:46
 
Amber wins Southern Combined Events title, 18th July 2015
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:50

A week after winning the English Schools' Junior Girls 200m title, Amber Anning was back in action at Bedford in the South of England Combined Events Championships. Anning leapt 5.16m in the long jump, clocked 12.34s in the hurdles and put a Personal Best of 10.95m in the shot. She took control after the High Jump where 1.54m put her into the lead. Amber consolidated this with a fine 2:27.84s run in the 800m to give her a comfortable victory with 3,218 points.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 08:53
 
B&H Youngsters excel at final YDL fixture, 18th July 2015
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:35

At the final Youth Development League meeting held in fine conditions at Chelmsford, no fewer than 25 Brighton youngsters achieved personal bests and in some cases in more than one event! In a very strong league there were many excellent performances, which pushed our youngsters to excel.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:42
 
Amber glides to Gold and Tom, Anna and Katie all medal at the English Schools' Championships at Gateshead, 10th-11th July 2015
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 13 July 2015 10:11

In what was a fantastic two days for the whole Sussex team, Brighton & Hove Athletes triumphed at the 2015 English Schools' in Gateshead, bringing back four medals, many top eight finishes and a shedload of experience and best performances.

U15 Amber Anning ran a sizzling personal best of 24.75s to win her heat on Saturday morning. Six hours later she streaked to victory in the junior girls 200 metres clocking an amazing 25.04s into a 3.6 headwind. Amber now tops the UK rankings over the distance. After a fantastic run from Anna Short it looked as if she had notched up another victory in the senior girls 100m but the photo finish gave her the silver medal position, a mere 1/100th of a second behind the winner in 12.00s, again into a strong headwind. Meanwhile a strategically brilliant run by Tom Eames saw him sprint to silver in the junior boys 1500m, taking a massive six seconds off his pre Gateshead PB with a time of 4:10.76m - just one metre down on the winner and just 6/100th's off a certain Steve Ovett's 45 year old U15 club record! With that run Tom is now second in the UK rankings. Senior girl Katie Garland, in her last English Schools' track and field championships, leapt 5.65m for bronze in the long jump replicating her medal from 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:40
 
A Golden Weekend for Katie and Club and County Records for Amber at the ESAA Regional Combined Events
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Friday, 03 July 2015 10:44

Brighton & Hove's Katie Garland , Amber Anning and Matt Smith have all qualified for the English Schools' Combined Events Finals in September, after strong performances at the South East Regional Championships in Reading last weekend.

Competing in the Senior girls (U19) heptathlon Garland clocked 15.1s for the 100 hurdles, leapt 1.66m in the high jump, putt the shot 8.94m and clocked 25.5s for the 200 metres on the opening day to lead the way into Sunday's competition. Garland continued to stretch her lead with a 5.70m long jump, 27.72m javelin throw and a 2:26.7s 800 to bring her total up to 4811 points, a personal best, a club record and fourth place on the Sussex All Time bests list.

Meanwhile on the Sunday Amber Anning secured a silver medal, stringing together a fine series of performances in the Junior (U15) Pentathlon including personal best's in the High Jump 1.57m, Long Jump 5.57m and 800m 2:27.3. Both the Long Jump and Pentathlon score are club records and Anning also improved the 15 year old county pentathlon record with a final tally of 3252 points.

Matt Smith held on to his seventh place in the Intermediate (U17) Octathlon with a personal best total of 4378. Smith leapt 6.11m in the long jump, threw the discus 28.56m, launched the javelin to 38.40 and clocked 54.1s for the 400m. He followed this up on Sunday with a 15.3s hurdles, 1.69m high jump, 10.68m Shot putt and 4:54.4s 1500 metres.

The three talented all-rounders will all be competing at the English Schools' Championships in Gateshead next Friday and Saturday in individual events along with 12 other athletes from Brighton & Hove AC.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 10:50
 
Fifteen Brighton Athletes Selected for the English Schools'
Written by Melanie Anning   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 09:51

Brighton & Hove club athletes make up a quarter of the 60 strong Sussex team selected for the English Schools' Championships at Gateshead next month.

For several athletes it will be their first ever English Schools' and for some of the Seniors it will be their last, after many years of selection and success. U20 Katie Garland will be looking to improve on her fine third place in last year's Senior Girls' Long Jump and U20 Nathan Parker – an Intermediate silver medallist in the hurdles two years ago will be hoping for a podium place as he returns to form after injury. Under 20 Southern Champion, Anna Short, is also a contender for a medal in the Senior Girls 100m.

The English Schools' National Championships is the fourth largest athletics event in the World and is staged each year. It is organised entirely by volunteer teachers, who bring together the best athletes in each county in England to compete for the honour of being the best athlete in the Country. To be considered for the team athletes have to achieve a qualifying standard. Most of the GB 2012 Olympic Team took part in the Championships during their early sporting careers!

Good Luck to all the selected athletes.

Junior Girls:Hannah Brockbank, Amber Anning, Elinor Fitzgerald, Amber Pennington

Inter Girls:Emily Robinson

Senior Girls:Anna Short, Katie Garland

Junior Boys:Tom Eames

Inter Boys:Brodie Denholm, Cameron Fillery, Matt Smith, Aidan Silsby, Edan Cole

Senior Boys:Nathan Parker, George Turner

The timetable can be viewed HERE.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 16:35
 
Help needed for the Schools County Championships
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 08 June 2015 21:57

Volunteers are urgently needed to support the officials in the field events at the Sussex Schools' Championships at K2 this Saturday 13th June. Whether it be pulling a tape measure, raking a pit or returning throwing implements it will help to make the event run smoothly and to time.

If you are available to help, even if only for a short period of time, maybe while you are waiting for someone to compete, please contact Leanne Buxton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with your name and the time slot you will be able to help in.

If you could help for as little as a one or two hour time slot, between 10am and 5pm, please get in touch.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 22:01
 
B&H Track and Field County Champions 2015
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Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:28

There were many fine performances at the County Championships, despite the changeable weather throughout the weekend. Fourteen of our athletes became county champions with Under 15's Tom Eames and Hannah Brockbank and Under 17 Matt Smith taking two titles each!. Arguably the race of the weekend was the dead heat between Kevin Rojas and Stephen Ferroni in the 5000m. They were inseparable on the line, were given the same time and both came away with gold medals in their respective age groups.Well done to all athletes who took part as there were many others who made the podium or achieved personal bests. Full results are on the Sussex website.

100m: 12.1 Anna Short U20

400m:54.0 Matt Smith U17

800m: 2.05.8 Tom Eames U15

1500m: 4.25.2 Tom Eames U15

3000m: 9.52.3 Helena Tobin SW

5000m: 15.04.0 Kevin Rojas

15.04.0 Stephen Ferroni U20

100H: 13.7 Cameron Fillery U17

Pole Vault: 4.20 George Turner U20

Triple Jump:12.58 Matt Smith U17

Shot Put: 10.95 Nancy Tier U15

Discus:36.21 Aiden Silsby U17

30.50 Emily Robinson U17

28.45 Hannah Brockbank U15

35.11 Sarah Hewitt SW

Hammer: 36.45 Hannah Brockbank U15

Javelin: 32.79 Amber Pennington U15

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 15:11
 
National and County Combined Events Success for B&H Athletes
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Monday, 01 June 2015 22:15

Peter Moreno and Katie Garland contested the National Combined Events at Bedford and both came away with glorious silver medals. In the Decathlon Moreno who had led the competition for much of the two days set a personal best of 6920 points. Sadly his lead was overhauled in the final event, the 1500m and he lost the title by just 12 points to Jack Andrews (Sale). Moreno's score was just two points short of the County record. His marks were as follows: 11.08 – 6.77 – 11.53 – 2.00 – 49.15 – 14.66 – 28.46 – 4.60 – 44.22 – 5:17.55.

Meanwhile in the U20 Heptathlon Katie Garland recorded a massive personal best of 4,739 points to take silver, just 29 points behind the winner Emma Canning (Whitemoss). Taking a break – if a heptathlon can be called a break – from her 'A' Level studies, the Loughborugh University bound athlete sparkled, whilst setting many personal bests en route to her medal - (100m hurdles 14.97s., High Jump 1.64m., Shot 9.22m., 200m 25.96s., Long jump 5.56m., Javelin 27.22m., 800m 2:30.34s). This score takes Katie to 5th on the All Time Sussex list.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 22:40
 
Youngsters Sweep to Victory at first U13 League Match, Lewes - 6th May 2015
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Friday, 15 May 2015 13:38

The Under 13 boys and girls - who are the reigning county champions - had a convincing win in their first Sussex League (East) fixture of 2015. Some eighteen athletes were competing for the first time in this competition. There were many excellent performances on the field and on the track, despite the very windy conditions which dampened times. It was also great to see some athletes competing outside of their comfort zone - in field events - to gain valuable points for the team.

Well done also to our non scorers who filled in where we were short. Thanks to all the parents for your support and to the officials without whom these meetings could not be held.

The next U13 competition is the YDL home match on Saturday 30th May and the next dates for the U13 Sussex League are as follows:

Wednesday 17th June at Lewes

Wednesday 22nd July at Eastbourne

Sunday 6th September at Crawley the Sussex Under 13 Final where we will meet the clubs from the west league.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 13:53
 
A Promising Start for Brighton Youngsters at the first YDL
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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 11:25

On Saturday the club's U13 and U15 athletes travelled to the Julie Rose stadium in Ashford for the first of their four YDL matches. The Bank Holiday weekend fixture meant several team members were absent and this led to gaps in some events. However despite this the young team did well to come in fourth out of seven. There were some excellent performances which bode well for the remaining league matches.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 09:42
 
Enter the Brooks 10k Now!
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Sunday, 19 April 2015 09:09

Entries are now open for the 2015 Brooks 10k.

The event takes place on Sunday 15th November 2015.
Not only is this a brilliant and popular road race year after year, but is also a major fundraiser for the club!

So support the club, get fit and have fun. Spread the word and help make this year's race the biggest yet!

Click here to enter online: https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=15580752

 
B&H Under 15 boys win Team gold at the Sussex Road Races, Christ's Hospital - 4th April 2015
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 20:45

On a cold and dull day 25 Brighton youngsters finished the winter season in fine style at the Sussex Road Relays at Christ Hospital. There were many excellent performances.

With three in a team the under 13 girls were 2nd, 3rd and 4th behind Hastings, showing our strength and depth. On the first leg Lois Dooley ran 6 mins 50 seconds, 47 seconds faster than last year. This was two seconds slower than Niamh Halloren who was 3rd fastest overall. Flo Robinson in 7 mins 4 seconds competed the team which gained the silver medal. Not far behind, the B team of Pia Lewes 7 mins 1 second, Roxy Jones 7 mins 2 seconds and Amber Wright 7 mins 18 seconds - in her first race for the club - were 3rd team home. Just outside of the medals our C team of Jessica Courtney 7 mins 3 seconds who had her best run of the season, Lacey Fowler 7 mins 28 seconds and Astrid Blackledge 7 mins 12 seconds showed how close the times were.

The under 13 boys team also gained the team silver medal. On the first leg Adam Firsht 6 mins 21 seconds came in in third place and Jamie Arnold 6 mins 37 seconds gained one place to move the team into second, which was held by Finn Halloren 6 mins 9 seconds - a time which was second equal fastest, just six seconds behind the leading runner. The B team of Patrick Connolly 6 mins 38 seconds, Lucas Losh 6 mins 46 seconds and Ben Neale 7 mins 13 seconds finished in 10th ahead of our C team. Josh Pay 6 mins 42 seconds, Sam Duncan 6 mins 51 seconds - who are both only 10 years old and Jonah Roeg 7 mins 16 seconds in 12th place. A special mention to Joe Noble who came up as a reserve and ran 7 mins 28 seconds on his own in the D team.

Our under 15 boys team with Tommy Blanden 6 mins 3rd on the first leg, Joshua Firsht 6 mins 8 seconds on the second leg gained one place into the second and with the third fastest leg of the day being Tom Eames 5 mins 42 seconds, they stormed home to an easy team victory.

The B team of Sam Wilkinson 6 mins 11 seconds - his best race of the season followed by Tom Wright 6 mins 27 seconds and Cameron Fleming 6 mins 44 seconds came home in 7th place.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:05
 
Sussex Schools Compbined Events Championships entry now open
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Saturday, 04 April 2015 16:44

The next event on the Schools Athletics Calendar is on Wednesday 27th May when the Combined Events Championships will be taking place at K2, Crawley. For year 7 athletes there is a quadrathlon (Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot and 800m) . For Year 8/9 and 10/11 athletes will complete the five event pentathlon by adding the High Jump to their list of events.

This event is during the May half term and parents and athletes can enter themselves. It does not have to come via the school.

Click here to download details

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 18:19
 
SEAA Track & Field Championships Info 2015
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Friday, 27 March 2015 17:03

Please find the link below to the SEAA Track & Field Championship Prospectus and Entry Forms for 2015.

SEAA Track & Field Prospectus 2015

This year there will also be club RELAY Championships on Sunday 19th July.

Online entry will be available on the SEAA site shortly.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 17:15
 
Lois races to Silver in the Years' 7 & 8 Sussex Schools' Cross Country Championships
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Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:47

In firm and dry conditions more than five hundred runners contested the Sussex Schools Year 7 and Year 8 Cross-country championships at Christ's Hospital in Horsham.

Racing was good in all four races and there were some great results for Brighton & Hove athletes - the highlight being a silver medal for Lois Dooley in the Year 7 girls' race.

The leading 20 athletes in each age group have been selected to take part in the Year 7/8 inter-counties at Tonbridge this Saturday. Good Luck to all of you.

Year 7 girls: 2nd - Lois Dooley, 5th - Pia Lewis, 10th - Morgan Thomas, 13th - Roxy Jones, 20th - Astrid Blackledge.

Year 7 boys: 5th - Tom Roberts, 7th - Baxter Fletcher.

Year 8 girls: 4th - Niamh Halloren, 6th - Flo Robinson, 16th - Amber Wright, 17th - Scarlett Miller, 28th - Beth Smith.Steyning also won the schools title with Niamh, Flo, Amber and Beth.

Year 8 boys: 5th - Finn Halloren, 7th - Max Brazier, 17th - Lucas Losh.Patcham won the schools title with Max and Lucas

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 17:16
 
Tobin's PB tumbles as she tops 10K field at Eastleigh
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:06

Brighton & Hove's Helena Tobin smashed her personal best in the Eastleigh 10km Road Race on Sunday, which she won in an impressive manner. Helena clocked 34:34 taking a full minute off her previous best as she finished more than fifty metres clear of Kent A.C's Amy Clement who recorded 34:34.

There were also personal bests for the first two Sussex and Brighton and Hove runners to finish in the men's event. Howard Bristow had a fine run to finish fourth in 30:56 and club mate Max Dumbrell iwas 12th in 31:45.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:11
 
Tomer's Team Bronze at the English Schools Cross Country Championships, Blackburn 14th March 2015
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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:28

Brighton & Hove AC U15-Tomer Tarragano- was part of the Sussex junior boys team who brought home bronze from the the English Schools Cross-country championships at Blackburn on Saturday. Phoebe Connolly was a scoring member of the senior girls' team who came seventh. These two team results were the best for Sussex this year.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:46
 
B&H Masters leading the way at BMAF Championships, Sidcup March 8th
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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:59

At the Sidcup 10 mile race (incorporating BMAF 10 mile championships) on Sun March 8th Brighton and Hove's Cathy Ulliott was 2nd BMAF FV50 (68:46) and the Brighton and Hove ladies were 2nd BMAF V45-54 team. They were Cathy Ulliott, Camilla Moyle and Judith Carder,who also won the FV55 BMAF Silver for her run on the day.

For the men Brighton and Hove's Graham Godden was 6th overall and 1st BMAF MV45 with a PB of 55:54. Brighton and Hove men's V45-54 team were second BMAF team - Graham Godden, Mark Halls (61:04) and Tom Ulliott (67:29).

Great performances and well done to you all.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:03
 
ENGLISH SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 Witton Country Park, Blackburn, Lancashire
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:40

The following Brighton & Hove club athletes will be representing Sussex this Saturday at the English Schools' Championships in Blackburn.

Junior Girls: Niamh Halloren, Olivia Monk, Junior Boys: Tomer Tarragano, Intermediate Girls: Nancy Jones, Intermediate Boys: Brodie Denholm, Senior Girls: Phoebe Connolly, Senior Boys:Stephen Ferroni.

The ESAA National Cross Country Championship is the most eagerly anticipated event of the winter for young athletes. Organised entirely by volunteer teachers, it brings together the best athletes in each of the 45 Counties in England to compete for the honour of being the best in the Country.

Congratulations on your selection and we wish you all good luck.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:50
 
Ferroni flies at the Inter-Counties
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:21

Stephen FerroniA fantasic run from U17 Stephen Ferroni saw him return to form with a Top Ten place at the Inter-Counties last Saturday. Well done Stephen and all the Brighton and Hove athletes who competed at Cofton Park in Birmingham. For full results CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:34
 
A Busy Weekend in Birmingham
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Friday, 06 March 2015 14:22

Good Luck to all the B&H athletes who will be travelling to Cofton Park in Birmingham to represent Sussex at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships this Saturday.

There have been some drop outs due to injury, but the initial athletes selected included the following:

Under 13 Girls:Niamh Halloren, Flo Robinson,Reserves-Pia Lewis, Lois Dooley

Under 15 Girls:Olivia Monk

Under 17 Women:Nancy Jones

U20 Women:Phoebe Connolly

Senior Women:Rachel Titheradge, Camilla Bishop,Reserves-Emma Dixon

Under 13 Boys:Finn Halloren

Under 15 Boys: Tomer Tarragano

U17 Men:Stephen Ferroni, Brodie Denholm

Seniors:Howard Bristow, Reserves -Andrew Donno.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 14:48
 
U15 Amber wins Silver at Sheffield in the National Age Group Championships
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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:44

On Sunday - after two personal bests in the 200m including a 25.18 run in the semi Amber Anning lined up for the national indoor final as the fastest qualifier. Her main competition was Joyce Ogunleye from Colchester, who had taken the 60m crown on Saturday, but whom Amber had beaten to win the Southern 200m indoor title in January. It was a fantastic final line up with the Welsh Champion, the Scottish Champion, the Northern runner up, The Southern Champion – Amber – and Joy.

Amber in the preferred fifth lane had Joy on her outside and for 150m was in the lead until the final bend when the Colchester athlete surged and Amber could not respond. The B&H youngster came in second in another fine time of 25.27 to the winners 25.12.

Meanwhile in the U20 Pole Vault George Turner came seventh with a height of 4.30m and Katie Garland leapt 5.49m, also for seventh place, in the U20 Women's Long Jump. Anna Short made it to the semis of the U20 60m where she ran a PB of 7.83 seconds.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 13:28
 
Brighton Half Marathon Youth Races, Sunday 22nd February 2015
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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:05

Several of our youngsters took to the road to compete over a mile along the Brighton sea front at the City's Half Marathon Youth Races. On a glorious day - perfect for running we finished with four winners. In the youngest age group the 7 to 10 year old boys Josh Pay was a clear winner in 6.03 mins, with Oscar Davies in 3rd place in 6.22.

In the 11 to 12 girls race Brighton had a clean sweep with the first three places. Lois Dooley had an excellent run in 6.02 followed by Pia Lewis 6.27 and Astrid Blackledge third in 6.43.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:07
 
Beth brings back bronze from BUCS
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Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:43

Beth Close

Brighton and Hove hurdler Bethany Close was the only Sussex athlete to medal at last weekends British Universities Indoor Championships at Sheffield. Racing in the 60m hurdles Beth, a student at Bath University, struck bronze clocking 8.66 seconds. In her semi-final Beth had beaten the eventual champion in a time of 8.61 seconds.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:02
 
Sportshall Success for Jedida, Amber, Georgia, Finn and Alex
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 21:38

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Brighton & Hove Athletes came away with bronze team medals from the South East Regional Sportshall Finals at Burgess Hill last Sunday. Both the U15 Girls and the U13 Boys Sussex teams placed third, the latter missing silver by just one point. It was the best performance by the county for several years in this annual competition which brings together the best young Sportshall athletes from seven counties across the region.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:18
 
Team medals across the board at Brooks League X-Country Match, Lancing 14th February 2015
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 21:30

Well done to everyone who competed in the last Brooks Sussex League fixture at Lancing and to all those who ran in previous meetings. We had 41 u/13 and u/15 that competed in at least one league meeting and in total we had 15 different scores in the two age groups.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 06:40
 
B&H Girls Team Victorious in Sportshall Final
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Monday, 09 February 2015 12:06


Sportshall Victory January 2015

The Brighton & Hove AC Girls team were crowned Sussex Sportshall Champions in a nailbiting finish which saw them beat Crawley by 2.5 points. At the start of the day there had been a three way tie with Horsham and Crawley and the competition could have gone any way. The B&H Girls team consisting of U11's, U13's and U15's had been superb throughout the four match competition but knew that they had to pull out all the stops to win the league title. Despite some high profile absences the girls' stepped up and everyone contributed to a great win.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:17
 
Good form for B&H youngsters at the South of England X-Country Championships, Saturday 24th January 2015
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Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:31

Well done to everyone who competed on Saturday on what was a beautiful day at Stanmer Park. There were some excellent performances and a special mention to Finn Halloren 36th in the U13B race and sister Niamh 63rd in the U13 Girls' race who both led home their teams. Ten of our U13's will still be in the same age group next year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 06:44
 
Sussex Masters Cross Country Championships Sunday 17th January at Lancing
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:24

After a great week for the Brighton youngsters in the Sussex Schools Cross Country it was the turn of the older members of the club who competed in very tough conditions at Lancing in the Sussex Masters Championships.

In the first race for the O/50 and O/60 Keith Newton stormed home in 1st place and with John Lowden in 5th and Tom Ulliot,the Womens team manager, in 18th. The three won the team title, by just one point from Horsham Joggers. In the pensioners O/60 race Peter Witcomb led home the team in 5th place , some 50 seconds faster than he ran last year. He was the 1st O/65.

The O/40 race was again very exciting with three teams in contention going into the last lap. With four to score David Benton had a great run to finish in 3rd place and with Graham Godden 7th, Adam Tribe 9th and, competing in his first Championship,Robin Sutherland in 15th place. This secured the team title by two points from our great rivals Phoenix.

Well done to everyone else who competed. It was a great afternoon for the club.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:32
 
Stephen and Nancy Sussex Schools' Cross Country Champions
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Friday, 16 January 2015 21:33

Well done to Stephen Ferroni and Nancy Jones who won their age groups at the Sussex Schools' Cross Country Championships at Waterhall on Wednesday. Nancy had one of the narrowest margins of the day as she sprinted to the finish line to take the Intermediate Girls' title in fine style by four seconds. Stephen won the Senior Boys' race with a minute between him and the second placer. Congratulations also to Brodie Denholm and Tomer Tarragano who came third in the Inter and Junior Boys' Races respectively.

These four athletes are automatically selected for the Sussex team for the English Schools' in Blackburn in March. Great runs too from Niamh Halloren for 6th in the Junior Girls race and by Phoebe Connolly for 6th in the Senior Girls' competition. All top 20 finishers have been invited to represent the county at the forthcoming Schools inter-counties fixture.

Full results are on the Sussex site CLICK HERE and on Power of 10 CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 12:35
 
Entry deadline looms for Sussex Indoor Championships
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Thursday, 15 January 2015 14:22

The deadline to enter the Sussex AA Indoor Championships is 5th February. The Championships, run in conjunction with Surrey AA, take place across the weekend of the 14th and 15th February. The venue is the David Weir Leisure Centre (formerly known as the Sutton Arena), Middleton Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 1SL.

The championships are open to all age groups from U13. Entries close 5th February. For details and entry form CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:24
 
Train to be an official and support the club
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Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:55

The following course are taking place at Haywards Heath on Sunday 1st March 2015:

Health & Safety – 1.5 hours £10

Level 2 Track - £30 All day

Level 2 Timekeeper - £30 all day

Level 2 Starter/Marksman - £30 All day

Click here for details via England Athletics website.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who may be interested, the Health & Safety course would be particularly useful for those people that help out who are not qualified and as a first step to further qualifications.

The club will pay for the above courses. Contact Mike Ellis Martin to let him know when you have booked onto the course This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:25
 
2015 Brighton Mini Mile entries now open
Written by Melanie Anning   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:50

Entries for this year's Mini Mile are now live. The race for athletes aged from 7-17 takes place at Brighton's Preston Park on Saturday 11th April - the day before the main Brighton Marathon. NEW for 2015 is the opportunity to get a group of friends together perhaps from school or your club for a chance to run as a team and to win prizes!

MiniMile

ENTRY PRICES

Early Bird - £8.50 per entry (AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!)

£11.50 thereafter

£15.00 from 1st March until 13th March

Entries close 13th March

Full details and on-line entry information can be found on the Mini Mile site Click Here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:03
 
Launch of Elite Throws Academy
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Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:46

Two of Britain's greatest ever throwers and our own Bob Willows, are behind a new throws academy which will be launched at Brighton University Sports Centre on 25th January 2015.

Shot Putters Judy Oakes O.B.E. and Mike Winch, alongside Throws specialists Karl Lasis and Bob aim to, "improve the chances of young athletes and their coaches" to fulfil their sporting potential.

The Elite Academy (South) will be open to youngsters aged between 13 and 23, who are ranked in the top 50 of their age group.

The Academy's activities will be centred at Lewes ACl, Brighton and Hove AC, Crawley AC and Brighton University Sports Centre. Indoor training facilities have been made available by Wave Leisure Ltd. on inclement days at Lewes, and Brighton University have ensured the very best of strength and conditioning facilities at their sports centre in Falmer.

The launch is at 10AM on Sunday 25th January 2015 at Brighton University Sports Centre, Falmer. For more information speak with Bob Willows or contact Judy Oakes on 079444 52059.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:35
 
Gray battles through tough conditions at Holyrood
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:33

Will Gray competed for Great Britain Seniors at the at the Great Edinburgh X Country at Holyrood Park on Saturday. On a tough 8K course through mud and hailstones Will came in 26th with the USA taking the team title.

 
Tom and Amber strike gold at the South of England Indoor Championships and Alex bags a bronze!
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:36

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Last weekend U15's Amber Anning and Tom Eames were amongst several B&H athletes who travelled to Lee Valley for the Southern Indoor U17/U15 Championships. Amber struck gold twice. Firstly in the 300m where she ran a Championship Best Performance in the heat before smashing this and also setting a UK U15W All time indoor best of 40.32 seconds.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:52
 
New Renewal Forms
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Tuesday, 06 January 2015 21:52

Just to let everyone know, the new 2015 member renewal form is now on the membership page of the website. This is only to be used by current existing members. New members please follow the instructions on the membership page.

This is a slightly longer form this year so that we can gather a little more information that will help us comply with Health & Safety rules.

In case you can't find the page, below is a direct link to the membership form in PDF format.

Click here to download the Membership Renewal Form (opens in a new window)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:01
 
Ferroni flies and many other great results for B&H youngsters at the Sussex Cross Country Championships at Bexhill, Saturday 3rd January 2015
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Monday, 05 January 2015 09:05

Forty One Brighton AC youngsters competed in the Sussex Cross Country Championships held at Bexhill. The conditions under foot were the muddiest they have been for many years and there were many excellent performances.

In the first non-championship under 11 race Sam Duncan was narrowly beaten into 2nd and Rebecca Losh was the first girl home in 3rd place. This was followed by the U13 girls where Niamh Halloren in 4th place,Florence Robinson 6th and Lois Dooley in 12th collected the silver team medal.

In the U13 boys race it was Niamh's brother Finn who led the team home in 6th and with Tom Roberts 10th followed by Max Brazier in 11th, they earned the bronze team medal.

In the U15 girls race Olivia Monk was 10th and in the U15 boys Tomer Tarragano was 5th, just three seconds behind 3rd place. Both athletes have another year in the age group.

In the U17 we had the highest positions with Martha Coyle in 2nd and Nancy Jones in 5th. Stephen Ferroni was in a league of his own winning by 39 seconds in the U17 Men's.

The first five in each race have been selected to run for Sussex in Birmingham in March so well done to Niamh, Tomer, Martha, Nancy and Stephen. With another three athletes per team to be added, Finn and Florence could well be joining them.

Well done to every one, and to those I have not mentioned who competed so well. Thanks also to all the parents for your support.

Full results are on the Sussex AA website CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 11:41
 
Three is a row for Ferroni - One and Two for B&H!
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Saturday, 27 December 2014 19:17

In the Boxing Day races at Brighton's Preston Park 17 year old Stephen Stephen Ferroni recorded a hat-trick of wins, leading from start to finish. Ferroni claimed a comfortable victory over club mate Matthew Bristow in 30:18 to 31:03.

In the Women's race Cathy Ulliott secured second place in a time of 37:19.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014 19:22
 
More Honours for Will Gray
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Saturday, 27 December 2014 19:14

Will Gray has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Great Edinburgh Cross-country International at Holyrood on the 10th January.

Gray, who will compete in the U23 race, failed to finish at the recent European Championships in Bulgaria after twisting his ankle, on the frosted 3,000 course. Despite this setback he has confirmed his place in the GB team. Good Luck Will.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014 19:23
 
Sussex Honours for B&H's youngest athletes
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Saturday, 27 December 2014 19:10

Eight of the club's Under 11 athletes have been selected to represent Sussex at the Sportshall "Fun in Athletics Regional Final" on January 11th. Congratulations to all of you. They are:

GIRLS: Ruby Anning, Dalia Stavar, Lacey Fowler and Blossom Campbell.

BOYS: Kofi Obeng, Jamie Douglass, Seb Logsdon and Joshua Pay.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014 19:13
 
Christmas comes Early for Katie and Amber at the SEAA Combined Events Championships, Lee Valley Sunday 21st December 2014
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Monday, 22 December 2014 13:34

Brighton & Hove athletes Katie Garland (U20) and Amber Anning (U15) both triumphed at the South of England indoors Combined Events Championships on Sunday.

Competing in the pentathlon Katie ran 9.35 secs 60m Hurdles, High Jumped 1.62m and, in the Long Jump, leapt to 5.45m. These three events were her strongest and she topped the table in each. Katie then consolidated her lead with an 8.18m shot before finishing off with a 2:34 800m to pip her friend, training partner and main rival Beth Crocker (Crawley) for gold by some 100 points in a Personal Best of 3329 points.

Anning, competing in her second U15 pentathlon of the year, got off to a flying start with a 60mH PB of 9.59 secs, followed by two more PB's in the Long Jump (5.02m) and the High Jump (1.49m), before a shot putt of 8.50m. She went into the 800m in first place and secured this position - leading from start to finish with a final PB of 2:30.34. Amber broke the 3000 point barrier for the first time with a score of 3087 - which takes her to sixth in the UK rankings this year.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014 19:25
 
International Honours for Will Gray
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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 17:45

Will GrayCongratulations to Will Gray who has been selected to represent Team GB & NI at the European Cross Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria on Sunday 14th December.

Will's selection comes after his fantastic run last Saturday at the trials at Sefton Park. The Birmingham University Student was the sixth U23 runner to finish and confirm his place in the team.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:02
 
Mud at Plumpton
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:27

There was another great turnout on Saturday when 28 of our youngsters competed in the second Sussex league fixture at a very muddy Plumpton. There were many outstanding performances and team results. There are too many names to mention, however the run of the day was from U15 Tomer Tarragano who made light of the conditions to finish an excellent third and is a reserve for the Sussex Inter Counties team.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:47
 
Tom Pink Relays, Sunday 26th October 2014
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Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:37

Tom Pink Relays 2014

There were medals galore, some fantastic performances and lots of fun as scores of B&H youngsters experienced the Tom Pink Relays at Lee Valley last Sunday. Two coaches, full of athletes and parents, left Withdean Stadium in the early hours for what has become an annual sojourn to the North London indoor stadium, to compete against eight other teams, from across the South of England. Congratulations to U13's Mollie and Danny and U11's Madeline, Calum, Seb and Sam who all won their individual events.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 09:28
 
Reg Hook wins volunteer of the year!
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Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:32

Congratulations to Reg Hook who has been named as Volunteer of the Year at the Brighton & Hove City Sports Awards. Reg, 80 was awarded for his outstanding dedication and support of local athletics for more than 50 years.

Reg dedicates much of his time behind the scenes to ensure others can enjoy a sport they love. Reg compiled the first ever list of Brighton Records starting with senior men and eventually producing records through the age groups, and has been a committee member of Brighton & Hove Athletics Club since 1949. He has also been a member of the Sussex Schools Athletics Committee for more than 50 years and is the outgoing ediotor of the sussex County Website. Reg has for many years been, and continues to be, a linchpin for athletics in the city and the county.

Thank you for everything Reg. To watch his winners video go to the following link Reg Hook film

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:43
 
Sussex U13 League Final, Sunday 7th September 2014
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Friday, 12 September 2014 11:18

 

On another beautiful afternoon at Withdean stadium the Under 13 team beat great rivals Crawley, for the third consecutive year, by 11 points to win the Sussex League Final. The team this year included seven athletes in the first year of the age group who will be able to compete next year, so the future is looking very bright. It was a great all round team performance with every one scoring valuable points.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 11:29
 
Now that's a Birthday present! U13 & U15 League Finals
Written by Melanie Anning   
Monday, 08 September 2014 08:31

The Under 13 team manager Pete Witcomb had much to celebrate on Sunday as his young squad made it three in a row titles for the club on his 65th birthday! The team comfortably took the overall Under 13 Sussex League Championship title alongside their East division win. There were many excellent performances and a full report will follow later this week.

Last Friday the Under 15's had their Sussex league final. Crawley as expected won – however Brighton & Hove did very well to come in 2nd in front of Chichester and Horsham Blue Stars. Stand out performances were Eden Cole's Championship Best Performance of 48.58m in the javelin, Amber Anning's thrilling opening 300m CBP of 41.2 shared with Crawley's Orla Brothers, and a wonderful end of season personal best and English Schools' standard from Hannah Brockbank who threw the discus 28 metres dead.

Well done to all the athletes who took part, many of them tired after a long summer of athletics and a few days back at school. A BIG thanks must go to the team managers Helen Fitzgerald and Nigel Robinson - who took on the U15 squad this year and have done a great job and of course to Pete Witcomb, who is like a fine wine and gets better every year!

 

Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:56
 
South of England title for Amber and Bronze for George, Crystal Palace - 16th/17th August 2014
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Monday, 25 August 2014 15:06

 

Amber Anning and George Turner both brought home medals from the South of England U15/U17 Championships at Crystal Palace. Amber, in her first triple jump competition leapt to a Championship Best Performance of 11.25m in the U15 Girls' event, despite not once hitting the board! This parachutes her to the number one spot in the UK rankings. Meanwhile in the U17 Pole vault George jumped below his season's best of 4.07m, but his 3.80m was enough to take the bronze on countback. Well done to both athletes.     

 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 15:28
 
Withdean Open 27th Aug
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:52

 
Anna selected for England
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Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:49

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Anna Short was selected to run as part of the England U20 4x100m relay squad on July 15th at Cardiff and took the anchor leg to secure 5th place, this resulted in her claiming her first England vest. Anna has had a spectacular season - her first as an U20. She was a very close second in the Southern Championships 100m at Crystal Palace, literally a vest width separated her from the gold and she was given the same time as the winner, 11.94 secs - wind assisted. This resulted in an invitation to the British Championships at Birmingham competing against the best of senior 100m sprinters in the UK - a very steep learning curve. 

July's English Schools was a disappointment for Anna after she failed to qualify for the final of the 100m, but she was part of the Senior girls' relay team alongside Holly Turner, Katie Garland and Bethany Close, who set a Sussex Senior/U20 and club record of 47.98 secs in their heat.    

Anna is a member of the 'Jumps Group' and she is the first to give credit to her training partners - Tom French, James Hollins and Ben Radcliffe - for pacing her during those cold winter nights on the track. No Sprinter can reach good times without the help of their group.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 20:58
 
Good Luck at the English Schools'
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 13:13

Esaa imageMore than a fifth of the team selected to represent Sussex at the English Schools' this weekend are from B&HAC. Last year's Senior Girls' 400m gold medallist, Holly Turner, hopes to defend her title, despite recent injury and 2013 Inter Boys' 100mH Silver medallist, Nathan Parker is moving up a gear to tackle the 110mH in the Senior Boys age group. Good luck to all the B&H AC athletes - whether seasoned veterans or 'Junior' first timers. We are very proud of you all. 

Junior Boys: Jamie Lambert Intermediate Boys': Stephen Ferroni & Theo Hines Senior Boys': Nathan Parker Junior Girls': Amber Anning & Emily Robinson Intermediate Girls': Lea Kiekenbeck & Lotte Hoare Senior Girls': Anna Short, Holly Turner, Bethany Close & Katie Garland. 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:03
 
Happy 80th Birthday Reg, 18th June 2014
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

Reg Hook - a stalwart of athletics in Sussex, who has Brighton & Hove AC blood running through his veins, is 80 today.

Reg enjoy your day and best wishes from everyone at the club.

To read about Reg, in his own words, CLICK HERE (republished from January 2014 club newsletter). 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:27
 
Matt Smith soars to new heights!
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 16 June 2014 20:40

Congratulations to B&H AC Under 17 athlete Matthew Smith who won the Brighton Argus - Youth in Action "Sports Person of the Year" award.

We are all very proud of you Matt. For full details CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 20:46
 
Winter Awards Presentation Night 2013-14
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 16 June 2014 12:04

In a packed clubhouse, Brighton & Hove celebrated its winter successes across Cross Country, Road Running and Sportshall. 

It had been a fantastic season for the club and thanks and well done to every athlete who competed in the iconic red and black hooped vest. 

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 20:37
 
Five Fly to Flanders!
Written by Trevor Simcox   
Monday, 02 June 2014 22:23

 

Flanders-2014Five athletes represented B&HAC at the International Flanders Athletics meeting (IFAM) in Oodegem, Belgium. This meeting first started in 2009 as an opportunity for athletes to gain qualifying times for the year's major events - this year it's the European Seniors, Commonwealth Games and World Juniors. Over the last few years this has also grown to allow other athletes a chance to compete at an event on a mondo track with top level competition.

 

As a coach I see this event as a key part of an athlete's development. It allows the athletes a chance to experience a full international event, competing against athletes from all over Europe and as far away as South Africa. The environment it throws them into is a long way from equivalent events in the UK such as the Bedford International Games. Although travel to the event is relatively easy, the round trip being less in terms of miles than competing at Sheffield or Manchester, it does help the athletes become familiar with travelling abroad to seriously compete instead of just for a holiday. This includes factoring in small things like ensuring they have the food they like and need - Belgium being famous for beer, chips and chocolate is fine for coaches but not necessarily for athletes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 19:52
 
Sussex School Combined Events Championships UPDATE
Written by Melanie Anning   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:36

The deadline for the Sussex Schools Combined Events Championships has been extended. The competition, at Withdean Stadium on Wednesday 28th May, is open to all young athletes from Years 7 to 11. The youngest athletes do a quadrathlon (Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put and 800m). The Juniors' (Years 8 & 9) add High Jump for a standard pentathlon and the Intermediate athletes (Years 10 & 11) do a pentathlon with javelin rather than shot. The top performers will be selected to represent Sussex in the English Schools South East Combined Events Championships at the end of June.

Senior athletes (Years 12 & 13) who would like to be considered for the Sussex team for the heptathlon and decathlon should contact meeting manager Steve King directly on 07958 284587 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Entry is free to students at any School affiliated to Sussex AA. Teachers,' parents, carers or guardians can complete the entry form.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:37
 
South of England Track and Field Championships & Open Events 2014
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 12 May 2014 09:33

Details of the SEAA T&F Championships 2014 for all age groups and entry forms are available. There are new Relay Championships, All Ages Open Events and U13 Open Events -  CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 09:42
 
B&H Team Gold at British Masters 10K Championships
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 10:53

 

Vets/10K/Champs/2014The Brighton & Hove V45 team of David Benton, Graham Godden and Adam Tribe took team Gold at the British Masters 10K Championships in King's Lynn on Sunday. The event, run in conjunction with the Grand East Anglian took place on a flat but twisty, city centre circuit. In a team performance that dominated the category, David and Graham won individual Silver and Bronze medals behind top British Vet Andy Morgan-Lee, in impressive times of 33.02 and 33.20 respectively. Meanwhile Adam's 35.51 was almost a minute faster than he ran at Eastleigh just six weeks ago. Well done to all three on a fantastic result that has put Brighton Vets back on the map!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 11:16
 
Solid Early Season Results in the YDL Opener, Southampton 27th April 2014
Written by Steve Jones   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 11:56

The first match of the Youth Development League U17/U20 took place on Sunday and although the weather could have been better, the athletes certainly didn’t let it dampen their enthusiasm. At 7.55AM on Sunday morning all team members were on the coach just waiting for their team manager to join them! An early arrival meant we all managed to get seats under the very small covered stand.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 17:36
 
World Record Holder shares racing tips at well attended Race Walking Masterclass - More Sessions Coming Soon
Written by Judith Carder   
Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:07

There was a strong turn-out for the race walking training led by coach Peter Selby at Withdean stadium last Friday. The session was aimed particularly at novices and the seventeen attendees covered a wide age range. Peter was especially pleased to see some children within the group, all-willing to try a new athletic discipline. It was also encouraging to see some non-club members.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:26
 
Sussex AA Masters Championships, 1st June. ON-LINE ENTRY OPEN NOW
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:16

If you are 35 or older and you Run, Jump or Throw now is the time to enter the Sussex County Masters Championships. It's happening on the 1st June at Ewell Court, Poole Road, Epsom, Surrey KT19 9RY.

On-Line entry via the following link:

https://www.jctsportssolutions.com/event-booking/event.php?id=16

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:34
 
Sussex Road Relays, Christs Hospital, Saturday 12th April 2014
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:57

 

The Brighton youngsters finished the winter season in great style at the Sussex Road Relays at a very pleasant Christs Hospital. The U13 girls team of Flo Robinson, Jessica Courtney and Elie Fitzgerald finished in bronze position as did the U15 girls team. Ella Witt, Lizzie Doran and on the last leg Nancy Jones who took the team into 3rd place and recorded the fastest leg time of the day. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:06
 
England Athletics Club Conferences
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:37

 

Dear Club Members

England Athletics are holding a series of Club Conferences over the next few weeks. These events are open to all club members – everyone is welcome.  See the flyer for details. 

EA club conference

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:55
 
Rojas Rocks It at London Marathon
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:16

 

Kevin-RojasKevin Rojas delivered a superb performance at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, finishing 9th British runner and 22nd overall in 2.22.56 - a PB by over 25 minutes. Kev's time is reportedly the second fastest in Sussex this century (behind Jon Pepper) and equates to an average of 16.56 per 5k - equivalent to his own parkrun PB as recently as February 2011! Kevin handled the pressure better than many of the other top British runners on the day and delivered a result that truly reflected his times in races and training during the build up. Many congratulations to Kevin, who is now looking forward to another big step forward at the Berlin Marathon in September.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:23
 
Personal Bests for B&H Athletes at the Brighton Marathon & 10K Sunday 6th April 2014
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:55

There were a host of personal bests and strong performances from B+H athletes at the Brighton Marathon and inaugural 10k, as the forecast bad weather failed to materialise in the presence of World record holder, Paula Radcliffe.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:16
 
Strong team performance for B&H Men at National 12- Stage Road Relays, Saturday 5th April 2014
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:02

National 12 Stage

The Brighton & Hove men's team continued their excellent progress of recent years with a strong 25th place finish at the prestigious National 12 stage Road Relays in Birmingham on Saturday. The team featured a blend of youth and experience, made up of two under 20's, six 20-somethings, three 30-somethings, and one V45, dealing seamlessly with the unavoidable absence of one or two of the club's faster runners. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:21
 
Marvellous Mini Milers, Saturday 5th April 2014
Written by Melanie Anning   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 15:18
There were fantastic wins for Tom Wright, Jamie Arnold and Sam Duncan in the fifth Brighton Marathon Mini Mile races. The change of day and venue to Preston Park brought a relaxed, carnival atmosphere and scores of memorable performances. 
 
As well as our winners B&H had many top 10 places across the 15 races.  This was a wonderful achievement, especially in the U11 age group where there were fields of more than 150 runners. Coach Pete Witcomb said, “It was a brilliant day and  great to be able to see the athletes for the majority of the course.” 
 
Well done to everyone from B&H who competed. 
 
Full results on the following link:
 
 

Podium Performers

U11 Girls

2nd Lacey Fowler 06:35

2nd Zara Smith 06:41    

U13 Girls

 3rd  Jemima Edwards 6:18  
 U18 Girls

2nd  Phoebe Connolly 06:03 

U11 Boys

1st   Sam Duncan 05:57 

3rd Joshua Pay     06:06        

U13 Boys

1st  Jamie Arnold 05:36 

1st  Tom Wright   05:43       

3rd  Finn Halloren 05:47

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 15:48
 
Howard and Helena lead the way at the Eastleigh 10K
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 21:25

Howard Bristow ran an excellent 31.07 personal best for 6th place at the Eastleigh 10k on Sunday, while Helena Tobin also delivered a PB to finish 4th woman in 36.11. Howard was joined by Phil Caine, Ashley Humphreys and David Benton to scoop the third team prize, with Phil in particular taking over a minute off his previous best to register an impressive 32.31. Zared Hale also ran a new best time to finish in 34.35, just behind Louis Taub (34.26) and ahead of Niall Robinson and Adam Tribe. A great day's racing from the B+H road-runners.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 21:52
 
International Vest for Stephen Ferroni amid solid B&H performances at the English Schools', Castle Donington, Leicestershire - 15th March 2014
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:02

B&H athletes posted some great results at the English Schools' Cross Country Championships last Saturday. Conditions were a little muddy and it was windy but overall the runners did well over the undulating course. 
Many congratulations to Stephen Ferroni whose 6th place in the intermediate boys race, earned him selection to run for England at the Schools' Cross country International in Bolton this weekend.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 22:45
 
Top 10 finish for B&H Men at Southern 12-Stage Relays, 16th March 2014
Written by Allison Benton   
Monday, 17 March 2014 22:00

The Brighton & Hove men's team outperformed expectations with an excellent 9th place at the Southern 12-stage Road Relays in Milton Keynes on Sunday. Notably, B&H were the only Sussex team to field a team this year, thanks in no small part to the influencing skills of team manager, Howard Bristow. It is also testament to the club's growing strength in depth that the team was able to achieve a top ten finish despite the absence of a number of key runners. Indeed this was a true team performance, with strong runs from everyone across the board.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:07
 
Sport relief
Written by Mike Ellis-Martin   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 22:20

 

Sport relief headbands and sweatbands are in club colours, so it would be a great way to support the club and a fantastic charity

http://shop.sportrelief.com/default.aspx

 
Final Brooks Sussex League race, Bexhill, 1st March 2014 (U13 Boys and Girls, U15 Girls)
Written by Peter Witcomb   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:56

Wins for Nancy and Thomas, League Titles and Medals Galore

The final cross country league meeting was held at a very muddy Bexhill and our youngsters finished in style with two individual winners and two league titles. Twenty athletes won medals - a great performance - and it showed the depth of the teams with 33 athletes competing in at least one fixture. 

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 21:58
 
C.A.U. Inter-county Cross–Country Championships, Cofton Park, Saturday 8th March 2014
Written by Melanie Anning   
Friday, 07 March 2014 22:37

Good luck to all the B&H athletes representing Sussex at the Inter-county championships tomorrow.  

Under 15 girls: Nancy Jones, Ella Witt. 


Under 17 women: Martha Coyle, Esther Lutz-Davies.


U20 Women:  Emma Dixon.


Senior Women: Rachel Titheradge, Laura Douse. 


U13 Boys: Tom Eames, Tomer Tarragano, Joshua Firsht. 


U15 Boys: Brodie Denholm. 


U17 Men: Stephen Ferroni.


U20 Men: Ian Crowe-Wright, Charlie Noakes, Harvey Noakes. 


Senior Men: Will Gray, Dimosthenis Evangelidis, Howard Bristow. 

Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 23:41
 
Sussex Schools' Championship - Years 7/8, 27th February 2014
Written by Peter Witcomb   
Monday, 03 March 2014 11:36

A total of 16 club athletes have been selected to compete for Sussex Schools in the year 7 and 8 South East Inter Counties at Chelmsford at the end of March.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:54
 
English Cross Country Nationals, 22nd February 2014 - U17 and Senior Men's Race report
Written by Allison Benton   
Monday, 03 March 2014 11:13

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Stephen Ferroni - 5th U17 Men

There were some fantastic performances from B&H athletes at one of the most historic events in the British athletics calendar: the English National Cross-Country Championships. This year's racing took place in the attractive setting of Wollaton Park in Nottingham, with blue skies overhead and, for the most part, firm conditions underfoot; the contrast with Sunderland 2013 could not have been greater.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:29
 
Sportshall Roundup as records tumble
Written by Peter Witcomb   
Friday, 14 February 2014 16:48

 

A total of 55 athletes competed in the various U11, U13 and U15 events over the four Sportshall fixtures. There were many outstanding performances with Amber Anning producing no fewer than five U13G County records.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:56
 
Learn to Race Walk
Written by Melanie Anning   
Monday, 03 February 2014 10:50
A race walking coaching session for Sussex walkers (novices, beginners, juniors and seniors) will be held on Sunday 23rd February 2014 from 10am - 11.30am at Lewes Track. 
 
The course is free. Further details from Peter Selby This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 07721747999. Other sessions are planned.
 
Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 11:04
 
Sussex Indoor Athletics Championships 15th & 16th February at SUTTON ARENA, Middleton Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 1S
Written by Melanie Anning   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:04

Sprinters, Hurdlers, Jumpers, Pole Vaulters and Shot Putters - The Sussex Indoor Athletics Championships is in two weeks time. Enter now or miss the chance of county glory! The closing date is entries postmarked 8th February.

Cost - £4.00 per event. Entry form:  http://www.sussexathletics.org.uk/uploadforms/1389101886-SxAAAIndoorentry2014.doc

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:27
 
Kevin Rojas leads the senior men’s team home in Southern Cross Country Championships
Written by Howard Bristow   
Monday, 27 January 2014 21:16

 

Fourteen athletes from the senior men’s team turned up to brave the conditions at Parliament Hill for the Southern Cross Country Championships, the traditional home of cross country.  The nine mile course had been duly prepared by the recent deluge of rain and nicely churned up by the preceding races, ensuring that norm of energy zapping mud was very much the order of the day.  

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 21:24
 
Officials courses
Written by Mike Ellis-Martin   
Saturday, 25 January 2014 14:40

 

To all athletes, parents, coaches and friends, anyone over 14. Please consider becoming a licensed official to help out at meetings.  
It can be a lot of fun and helps to make sure that events can continue to happen.  Details of courses coming up in the near future are below.  The club will pay your fees for this course.
 
OFFICIALS COURSES   the following Officials Courses will take place in Sussex and Kent
 
Level 2 Field,  Level 2 Starter / Marksman,  Level 2 Track, Level 2 Timekeeper March 2nd 2014
Haywards Heath Town Hall, 40 Boltro Rd, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1BA
 
Level 2 Field, Level 2 Starter / Marksman Level 2 Track,  Health & Safety March 22nd 2014
The Julie Rose Stadium, Willesborough Road, TN24 9QX
 
Level 2 Endurance – to be announced shortly
 
For further details and / or to book a place on one of these courses visit Officials Courses or talk to Mike Ellis-Martin (Closing date is 21st February)

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:42
 
Sussex Masters Cross Country Championships, Saturday 18th January 2014, Lancing
Written by Melanie Anning   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 22:22
There were some great performances and many medal winners at Lancing on Saturday.  A team gold for the O45 Women led home by individual bronze medal winner Gail Nerurkar. A five minute margin between O55 victor Judith Carder and the silver medallist in her age group and a team bronze for the O35 Women’s team.  
        For the men O40 Dave Benton also brought home two medals, an individual silver and the team bronze. John Lowden was 3rd in the O50 Men’s race and last year’s O60 winner Pete Witcomb was delighted with his bronze. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:28
 
National Indoor Championships and Sportshall Honours
Written by Mike Ellis-Martin   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:56

Well done to Toby Tattershall, Isaac Hardy-Awesu, Adam Firsht and Ruby Anning who represented Sussex at the annual U11 Regional Sportshall Fun in Athletics festival last Sunday. Two hundred of the best young athletes from counties throughout southern England competed for team honours.

Good Luck to Holly Turner, the reigning English Schools' 400m SW champion, who will  be competing at the National Indoor Championships at Sheffield on 8th and 9th February. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 22:32
 
Sussex Cross Country Championships 2014, January 5th, Bexhill
Written by Melanie Anning   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:15
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Medals Galore for B&H athletes
On a glorious day the swamp like conditions at Bexhill might have slowed down the times, but they didn't take the edge off the performances. Congratulations to all the athletes who braved the conditions and to the many who returned with medals. For our Senior Men's team victory was sweet as they regained the Silver Statue of Mercury for the 46th time in 80 years.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:32
 
B&H Athletes Shine on Day 1 of the South of England AA Indoor Championships, Lee Valley, 12th January 2014
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 13 January 2014 22:41

Flying Start to the Indoor Season

In her first final over 300m, on her first day competing as an Under 15 - Amber Anning yesterday became SEAA U15G 300m Champion. Watched by coach Pat Apantaku, Amber ran a confident heat in 43.99 to qualify fastest. Nearly two hours later, drawn in lane 5 against strong competition, the youngster managed to hold onto an early lead to cross the line nearly half a second clear of her rivals taking gold in a time of 43.59 seconds.

Steff Paraskevas - a stalwart of the B&H XC team - decided to try racing indoors this season. Arriving at the superb indoor 200m facility was a trip down memory for Steff who had last competed at Lee Valley as an Under 11 in the Tom Pink Relays.  Now 16 she was one of the youngest competitors in the  U20W 800 meters. Drawn in lane 4 she kept clear of trouble when the athletes broke from their lanes -  settling into 2nd place.  On the final lap with the leader well clear, Steff tucked into 3rd place and a medal looked certain. The only question was what colour? On the final bend Steff moved up onto the shoulder of the athlete in second place and sprinted to the finish line to take the silver medal in a time of 2:23.97. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 22:33
 
Sussex Cross Country Championships, Sunday 5th January 2014, Bexhill - Women's Team report
Written by Tom Ulliott   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 22:14

 

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U17 Women 
 
This was a really exciting race in which both Esther Lutz-Davies and Martha Coyle were in the leading pack from early on, backed up very well by Phoebe Connolly.  As the race progressed the lead pack thinned and gaps began to appear with Martha looking good for silver and Esther now just outside the medals.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 23:09
 
Inter-Counties Honours
Written by Pete Witcomb   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:58

Five of our younger athletes will be representing Sussex in the Southern inter-Counties XC at Biggleswade on Saturday. Good luck to U15's Nancy Jones and Ella Witt and U13's Thomas Eames, Amber Anning and Jemima Edwards. Well done too to Elie Fitzgerald, Joshua Firsht, Sam Wilkinson and Tomer Tarragano who are reserves.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 16:21
 
Sussex Champion already! Ian Crowe-Wright does the double
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:38

 

Congratulations to Ian Crowe-Wright who has retained his Sussex U20 Cross-Country title with one fixture still outstanding. Competing at Lancing last weekend Ian ended the race with an unbeatable three points. He will though have to wait until the new year to be crowned champion and for the minor places to be decided.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:48
 
Sussex X Country League, Lancing, Saturday 7th December 2013 - U17, U20, Senior & Veteran Women
Written by Tom Ulliott   
Monday, 09 December 2013 12:00
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There was excellent running from all the Women’s teams on Saturday, where due to the strength and depth of our turnout we have dragged ourselves back into medal contention in most of the team categories from U17 through to Vet ladies.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 23:21
 
Sussex XC League Summary - Senior Men - The Story so far...
Written by Howard Bristow   
Monday, 09 December 2013 11:01
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The senior men’s team have had an excellent start to the cross-country season, with the A and B Teams currently residing top of division 1 and division 2 respectively.  The Vets team are  in fourth position in their league, a mere eight points adrift of second place.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 23:19
 
Sussex XC League – Match 2 – Plumpton, 23rd November 2013
Written by Richard Carter   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:41

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B&H youngsters out in force

The U11 endurance group did very well on Saturday at a muddy Plumpton College in the 2nd Sussex XC League. The U11 race has been a recent addition to the League programme as training groups like ours have started to show a willingness to turn up and compete. The first few races last year only had a handful of runners whilst the two races so far this year have been much better attended. A few of the group stepped up to the U13 race as they have recently had their 11th birthday and are now eligible to compete against the older runners.  

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 December 2013 15:18
 
Sussex Sportshall League 17/11/2013
Written by Melanie Anning   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 23:29

 Sussex Sportshall League -  Horsham - Match 1, Sunday 17th November

Brighton and Hove’s younger athletes were out in force last Sunday at the first Sportshall league match  of the 2013-14 season. Some strong performances, particularly from our U13 girls, could not prevent Crawley taking the girls match by just 5½ points. The boys finished in 3rd place in their separate competition behind winners Horsham and second placed Crawley.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:00
 
AAA Tom Pink Relays, Lee Valley Sunday October 27th 2013
Written by Melanie Anning   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 06:48

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On the last Sunday of October two coaches full of athletes made their way to Lee Valley for the invitation only Tom Pink Relays and Field Events. It is an annual fixture on the U11 & U13 competition list and is an intriguing mixture of standard indoor Sportshall events such as shot put, and standing long jump alongside obstacle relays and the challenge to beat the race times of Dame Kelly Holmes, Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe alongside weight for distance and height events, where a medicine ball is thrown as far or high as possible.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:38
 
Please use Gate E5
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 12:46

Just a quick corretion to my previous note. It should have said that we have been asked by Freedom Leisure if people could use the lower car park and enter the stadium through gate E5.

This can be found in the corner of the lower car park nearest Withdean Road, you'll see the gates open on training nights. Please see map below.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 12:49
 
Young Sports Personality of the Year
Written by Mike Ellis-Martin   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 14:52

Well done to Amber Anning, who won the 

Young Sports Personality of the Year at the Brighton & Hove City Sport and Physical Activities Award, which took place at The Royal Pavilion.

www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/leisure-and-libraries/sports-and-activity/young-sports-personality-year

 

It is a well deserved achievement as Amber has worked really hard to be the best she can, we are all very proud she is a member of Brighton and Hove AC

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 14:57
 
Back To Withdean
Written by Mike Ellis-Martin   
Friday, 25 October 2013 13:21

At last!


That day has finally come when we can return to Withdean and a fantastic new track surface.  We must thank the council for spending this money when many other towns are struggling with facilities.  We have been told we can start training on it from Tuesday 29th October.

Under 15 athletes

There is a change to the way training for athletes under the age of 15 will be structured.  The first point of contact for any athlete between 9  and 15 years old will be to apply to come along on Friday nights between 5.30 and 6.30.  If they show commitment and a willingness to compete for the club, they may be invited to join one of the groups on team nights (Tuesday and/or Thursday).  Only athletes who are named on one of the coaches' registers will be allowed to train on team nights.  Athletes who are on one of these registers will be informed by the relevant coach.  New athletes will not be able to turn up on team nights but must start with the Friday sessions.

 

Athletes over 15

Sessions for all other athletes should be as before the closure. 

 
Return to Withdean Saturday 26th October
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 03 October 2013 20:48

It looks like we not only have a date for our return home to Withdean Stadium, but also a grand reopening event organised by Freedom Leisure. 

Read more for the plan for the day:

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 21:00
 
Brighton AC at the 30th Rejkavik Marathon
Written by Howard Bristow   
Thursday, 03 October 2013 20:21

 

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A group from the club recently went to Iceland recently as part of Mark Halls 50th Birthday celebrations to take part inthe 30th Rejkavik marathon weekend. The events we entered were the half marathon and the 10K.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 11:09
 
ESAA
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 28 July 2013 09:36

Download the 2013 English Schools Championship review by coach Trevor Simcox

Download here - opens as a .pdf file

Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 21:21
 
English Schools Team Selection 2013
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 30 June 2013 11:13

B&H Athletes make up nearly a third of the Sussex Team for the English Schools' Track and Field Championships, which take place at Birmingham on 5th and 6th of July.

Congratulations to the 17 selected for what is the most important athletics competition in the schools' calendar when the country's top young talent compete for national honours.

Name

School

Event

Ian Crowe-Wright

BHASVIC

2000 s/c

Stephen Ferroni

Brighton Aldridge Ac

3000m

Nathan Parker

Brighton College

100H

George Turner

Cardinal Newman

Pole Vault

Jack Witt

Brighton College

Steeplechase

Tom Owen

Brighton College

Discus

Theo Hines

Steyning Grammar

Discus

Aiden Silsby

Varndean

Discus

Holly Turner

Cardinal Newman

400m

Emma Dixon

BHASVIC

1500m

Bethany Close

BHASVIC

100H

Grace Hailstone

BHASVIC

Javelin

Anna Short

Sir Robert Woodward Ac

100m

Steffi Paraskevas

Cardinal Newman

800m

Lotte Hoare

Hove Park

Hammer

Aneira Farrar-Daniel

Dorothy Stringer

200m

Lara Charman

Brighton College

Javelin

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 June 2013 11:59
 
English Schools’ Selection
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 15 March 2013 11:45

Ten Brighton & Hove athletes will be representing Sussex at the English Schools Cross Country Championships on 16 March 2013 at Catton Park, Derby.

Congratulations to you all.

SENIOR BOYS

Ian Crowe-Wright

INTERMEDIATE BOYS

Josh Woods
Stephen Ferroni
Jack Witt

SENIOR GIRLS

Emma Dixon

INTERMEDIATE GIRLS

Esther Lutz-Davies
Martha Coyle
Steff Paraskevas

JUNIOR GIRLS

Nancy Jones
Ella Witt

Last Updated on Monday, 18 March 2013 20:17
 
County honours for B&H Sportshall athletes
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 25 January 2013 10:12

Congratulations to the following athletes who'll be wearing the orange vests of Sussex at the annual South East Regional Aviva Sportshall Final.
The match against 6 other county teams, is at Olympos Burgess Hill on 9th February.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 25 January 2013 10:15
 
U13 Summer Track and Field Awards 2012
Written by Melanie Anning   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 00:00

Thirty seven young athletes were honoured on Tuesday night at a celebration in the new B&H clubhouse at Withdean stadium. The victorious team, who in September became Sussex U13 League Champions, following their earlier success in the U13 East division, were awarded certificates and gold medals.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 10:00
 
Important News - We are full!
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 22 September 2012 16:01

Due to overwhelming popularity, we are currently unable to accept new members and guests on our Tuesday & Thursday training nights.
Instead, we would request you to attend our Friday night sessions where new athletes will be allowed to train until space becomes available and you will be invited to move up.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.

 
Brighton & Hove win Sussex U13 League Title
Written by Melanie Anning   
Sunday, 02 September 2012 00:00

On a cool but bright afternoon Brighton & Hove’s U13 team performed superbly to win the Sussex League U13 final at K2.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 09:01
 
Evening Open Athletic Meeting 2012
Written by Adam Lewis   
Monday, 06 August 2012 09:17

Results are now available from the 2012 Brighton & Hove City Athletic Club Evening Open Athletic Meeting.

Track Results. Please click here to view all the TRACK event results from the evening (Male and Female).

Field Results. Please click here to view all the FIELD event results from the evening (Male and Female).

Minithon Results. Please click here to view all the U13 MINITHON results, overall and event results from the evening (Boys and Girls)

Please click here to view the fixtures page with full details.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 21:02
 
Inter Counties Athletics Squad
Written by Adam Lewis   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:55

Inter-Counties Athletics Squad

Eleven youngsters from B&H have been named in the Sussex squad for the U13 Inter Counties Match at Kingston on 22nd July 2012.
The high level competition between 13 counties will showcase the athletics talent of the South of England. Congratulations and Good Luck to:

Poppy Henderson
Amber Anning
Moyo Oloko
Jessica Tsapparelli
Emily Robinson
Liam Neale
Edan Cole
Piers Hamer
Sam Wilkinson
Harry Neale
Thomas Blanden
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 10:04
 
Girls Cross County Report 2011 – 2012
Written by Ann Titheradge   
Monday, 23 January 2012 14:50

This season is proving very successful for the girls and already they have won 3 individual medals and 3 team medals.  A total of seventeen girls have run for Brighton and Hove.  It has been fantastic to see a mass of red and black vests on the start line for the under 13s with seven or eight runners in each league race and a record number of ten under 13s at the County Championships. 


The girls who have run for the club are Carmen Adjare,, Amber Anning, Kate Blencowe, Ellen Carrick, Georgia Coleshill, Elizabeth Duran, Aneira Farrar-Daniel, Grace Fitzpatrick, Isabel Jones, Nancy Jones, Alice O’Kane, Scarlett Springett, Ella Witt, Martha Coyle, Esther Lutz Davis, Steffi Paraskevas and Emma Dixon. 


The girls have all produced great performances and also impress with their great enthusiasm and team spirit.  Well done to all the girls, great results from everyone.  Our thanks go to John, Peter and Steve for giving up their time to train them.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2012 14:59
 
Six youngsters selected to represent Sussex
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 02 January 2012 19:54
Congratulations to the following young B&H athletes who will be competing for Sussex in the U11 age group at the Aviva inter County Sportshall athletics festival, which takes place on Sunday January 15th at Olympos, Burgess Hill; Joe Barker, Dominic Pay, Amber Anning, Anna Dombusch, Francesca Walmsley and Gertie Cameron.

 

All the athletes have excelled in this seasons sportshall fixtures. A special mention to Amber Anning who broke the U11 girls 2 lap record in the first meeting and equalled her record in the second.  On both occasions she would have won both the U13 & U15 races too.

 

 
Sussex under 13 Championships, Quad kids and 3000m Championships.
Written by Bob Willows   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 07:40

This Sunday saw the under 13 County Championships: at this, in glorious weather our athletes performed brilliantly and we had the following medal winners:

GOLD:
Thomas Law in the boys 75m hurdles.
Harry Golton in the boys high jump.
Hawk Norton in the boys javelin.
Theo Hines in the boys discus and shot putt.
Anniera Farrah-Daniel in the girls long jump.

SILVER:
Aiden Silsby in the boys discus.
Lara Charman in the girls discus and javelin.
Nancy Jones in the girls 1200m.
Theo Hines in the boys long jump.

BRONZE:
Emma Gutierrez-Waldron in the girls high jump.
Anniera Farrah-Daniel in the girls shot putt and 150m
Aiden Silsby in the boys shot putt.
Nancy Harman in the girls javelin.
The boys and girls 4x100m relays.

The outstanding performance of the day was by Theo Hines, who broke the Championship record in all 6 throws in the discus. In the shot putt he went one better by not only smashing the Championship record by over 2m, a huge margin in the shot, but he also broke the County record that had stood since 1998! The 12.32 m that he threw puts him 1.2m ahead of any other athlete in the Country. A superb display and he also gained a silver in the long jump.

These are just the medallists, there were many other fine performances resulting in P.B’S for many of the kids.
In the under 11’s Quad Kids Championship Amber Anning was a run-away winner in the girls event. This event was run by the County Network organisation and organised by our own Trevor Simcox.  In the Under 15’s 3000m Championships there was a silver for Stephan Ferroni and a bronze for James Oliver: both fine performances.

So as you can see the future of the club is in safe hands and it is up to everyone at the club to ensure we encourage the kids in every way we can.
This weekend the senior women have a home fixture on Saturday so if you are free come down and cheer them on. The junior team, under 20’s, have a match at Portsmouth on Sunday.

My thanks to Kym Reeves and her mums who ran the teas at the under 13’s on Sunday.

 
B & H Under 13’s storm to victory at Lewes
Friday, 03 June 2011 09:29
Sussex Under 13 League – Lewes Wednesday 25th May, by Steve Jones and Pete Witcomb

In a great night for the team B&H’s under 13’s won their first match by 38 points, with some standout performances across the board.
In the boys events Henry Golton was the clear winner in the High Jump with 1.41 and Thomas Blanden jumped a PB,  just 1cm under 4m to take 2nd place in the Long Jump. Fraser Walker won the B string Long Jump with a PB of 3.93 and ran 11.3 seconds  in the 75m sprint.

In the girls events the team had a number of high points. Emma Gutierrez-Waldron soared to victory in the High Jump with a PB of 1.42 and Aneira Farrar Daniel posted a PB of 4.18 to win the Long Jump.  The throwing events were dominated by Nancy Harman, Lara Charman and Emma Gutierrez-Watson, all winning the Javelin, Discuss and shot. 

In the track events, Ellen Carrick, Isobel Jones, Aneira Farrar-Daniel, Anna Valeri, Nancy Jones and Ella Witt all won the A and B strings in the 600m, 150m and 1000m races.  The Brighton Team had some great success in the non scoring events too with Amber Anning running 11.1 and Carmen Adjare 12 seconds in the 75m sprint. Grace Fitzpatrick, Carman Adjare and Euan Edmonds taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 600m races.  In her first ever High Jump competition Amber also leapt to 1.33 . She is presently No 1 in the the UK U11 girls rankings this year.

Well done to all the members who competed and earned the club valuable points in the Sussex under 13s league.

Full results at following link:
http://www.sussexathletics.org.uk/uploadforms/1306496561-Sussexu13lgeEastDiv250511results.xls
Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2011 09:30
 
Sandra Luke Memorial 5 Star Competition, Oxford Sunday 29th May 2011
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 02 June 2011 07:53
Congratulations to Amber Anning who won the Sandra Luke Memorial 5* U11 Girls Minithon in Oxford last Sunday. Amber jumped to victory in the High and Long Jump before triumphing in the 800M in a PB of 2:46:73.
 
McCain Young Athletes League Southern Premier W Division Bedford 22 May 11
Written by Steve Jones   
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 08:23
There were some good results for our athletes but highlights of the day were Sam Kamara with an amazing comeback 20m from the line to take 1st place in the 1500M, Ellen Carrick winning the high jump with a PB of 1.20 and Aidan Silsby winning the shot put with a PB of 8.02.

Well done to all the young athletes who competed.

Link to results: 
http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=51767
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 08:24
 
Register @ Power of 10
Written by Melanie Anning   
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 12:42

Sign up to the Power 0f 10 website and you can see your rankings against other athletes across the UK, regionally and within the club. The site compares competition times, distances and heights and gives rankings in all age groups from U11 upwards. You can see recent and historical performance information about yourself and others.

If you want to go to the web sites and sign up or see where you stand log onto:

www.thepowerof10.info

If any of your performances are missing, you/your coach or parent will need to email the details stating:

Name:
Date of Birth:
Male/Female:
Date of Performance:
Venue:
Event:
Result (Time/Distance):
Link to online results:


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 12:43
 
County Vests
Written by Melanie Anning   
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:36
Congratulations to the following U11 B&H athletes who were chosen to represent Sussex at the Aviva Sportshall Athletics regional finals in January:

Georgia Coleshill, Amber Anning, Jacob Osei-Bobie, Moyo Oloko, Joshua Reeves, Thomas Blanden and Tomas De Jesus.

The Sussex girls’ and boys’ teams both came 4th in the competition at Olympos, Burgess Hill.
 
Plumpton League 2
Written by Terry Ferroni   
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 16:27
Another fine performance from the u13's boys team started the day off on a cold afternoon at Plumpton.
Stephen Ferroni again was first boy home with Samura Kamara 2nd and George Turner in 8th to maintain their advantage in the Brooks x/c league.
There was also promising runs from an improving Thomas Law and Aidan Silsby who both will still be in this age group next year.

The u15's found it hard going on a tricky course where some parts were still frozen although James Oliver had a good  race to finish in 7th position,
with Josh Freed and Harry Sullivan further back.

In the u17's Alex Rice had a fantastic run and stamped his authority with a blistering start, he kept up the pace and extended the lead coming home
strongly winning by 36 seconds.
Ian Crowe-Wright (3rd), Liam Hurley (5th), Charlie and Harvey Noakes (12th,16th)  all ran well for a great team result.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 December 2010 16:30
 
NYAL Championes
Written by Nick Wilmot   
Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:00
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This summer the youth team swept all before them to be crowned champions of their Division in the National YAL. From the first meeting away at a very rainy Tonbridge in early May to the last in a heat wave at Croydon in July the team led the way. Although by losing to South London by half a point on the final day they lost their 100% winning run, they still finished with a total of 2386.5 points. 317 in front of second place.

Some of the Victorious Team Returning Home After the Final Meeting

The atmosphere in the squad was fantastic all season with athletes supporting and encouraging their team mates if they were getting pb’s or coming in last. The fact that the squad had a total of 74 athletes competing in the three age groups of under 13’s 15’s and 17’s throughout  the season, showed that the club is healthy with a strong crop of youngsters coming through.

Although there were many pb’s through the season the three grade one’s all came from girls. Come on boys! Alice Potterton jumped 1.45m in the under 13 girl high jump, Martha Coyle ran a time of 4:02.77 for under 13 girls 1200m and Grace Hailstone threw 36.31m under 17 women javelin.

The prize for winning the Division is promotion to Premier League for 2011, a tough test against the best in the South East of England.

As lead manager I would like to thank the other managers, coaches, officials, parents and athletes for a successful enjoyable season, a real club effort, we should all be proud.

Nick Wilmot

NYAL Manager

Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 08:56
 
Brighton Marathon - Running for Moyleman
Written by Matt Bristow   
Thursday, 01 April 2010 07:15

On the 18th April 2010 Cam, Jen, Lou and Julie are running the first ever Brighton Marathon in memory of Chris Moyle, a very special man close to our hearts, to raise money for the Martlet's Hospice in Hove.

For more details and if you would like to sponsor them please click on the link.

http://www.justgiving.com/runningformoyleman

 
Brighton & Hove Men quickest time for 9 years
Written by Matt Bristow   
Sunday, 21 March 2010 22:52

Sunday 21st March - Open University, Milton Keynes

The Brighton and Hove mens team were in action today at the Open University in Milton Keynes for the Southern Road Relay Championships. The relay alternates 6 long legs (7978m) and 6 short legs (5506m)

It was a much improved performance this year as we posted our fastest time and position for 9 years, 4:37:38 and 14th to qualify for the National Road Relays for the 6th year in succession.

It was Chris Thomson who in the spring sunshine set off the team to an excellent start. Chris who has recently posted times of 31:02 and 69:55 for 10k and Half Marathon respectively ran the team into seventh position with 24:46. Richard Airey took over on second leg and held off a number of good runners for 18:26. After finishing just ahead of fellow Sussex runner Ben Warren, Rich was happy that he managed to hold off Ben despite the Harrow runner's time of 17:14.

The remainder of the race was spent in the between 11th and 16th position and with some big gaps appearing later on as the field spread out a few of our runners had lonely runs.

The aim at the start of the day was to qualify for the National Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham on 17 April. There was talk that we were good enough to maybe finish in the top 15. With both of these goals achieved we went home after an excellent day out looking forward to doing it all again in three weeks time.

14   Brighton & Hove City AC 'A'      4:37:38  
1   Chris Thomson 24:46 7 24:46  
2   Richard Airey 18:26 11 0:43:12  
3   Kevin Mason 27:53 16 1:11:05  
4   David Boyce 18:38 14 1:29:43  
5   Martyn Bean 27:19 16 1:57:02  
6   Zarad Hale 19:12 16 2:16:14  
7   Andrew Donno 26:53 14 2:43:07  
8   Craig Walker 18:56 12 3:02:03  
9   Luke Lambourne 27:14 11 3:29:17  
10   Josh Mutch 18:29 11 3:47:46  
11   Matthew Bristow 27:13 11 4:14:59  
12   Dan Titheradge 22:39 14 4:37:38

 

Full Results

Last Updated on Monday, 22 March 2010 11:45
 
Road Closure Takes It's Toll
Written by Nick Wilmot   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 23:52
The junior's team coach had to take a detour through Reigate on the way to the SEAA Championships on Saturday 30th January. The M23 was closed between junctions 8 and 9 and the resulting diversion delayed the coach by over an hour. This meant that the Under 15 boys missed the start of the first race of the day.
The Under 15's have proved dominant at County level all season and were hoping for a good showing at the Southerns. Unfortunately the team were at the top of Hampstead Heath Hill, still on the coach, when the gun went off for the start of the race.

Having managed to get to Parliament Hill in time the Under 13 boys made sure they were on the line ready for the third race of the day. James Oliver continued to build on his good form this year with an excellent 11th place completing the muddy 3K in 11:55. Tom O'Brien shook off his ankle injury worries to come home 118th of the 212 finishers in 13:37, Harry Sullivan-Jones wasn't far behind in 146th, 14:05, with Aiden Silsby completing the team in 209th, 17:07. The team finshed 24th of 34.

The Under 17's had time to get properly warmed up for their 6K race at 12:10. This helped the boys put in a good team performance. Will Gray relished the conditions leading the team home in 21st place of the 189 finishers with a time of 21:54. The next two boys played cat and mouse through the race with Kieran Silsby proving too strong in the final run in, finishing 52nd in 22:34. TW, who the boys were calling 'Liam' all day was given the same time in 53rd, Not bad seeing it was his first run at this distance. Alec Rice was not able to repeat his strong run at the County Champs and came in 76th, 23:12. The team finished 6th of 22.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2010 23:57
 
Brighton Men Retain Silver Statue of Mercury
Written by Matt Bristow   
Saturday, 02 January 2010 18:21

Saturday 02 Jan - Stanmer Park, Brighton

In bright sunshine and on icy ground the Brighton & Hove City AC Senior Men's team retained their team title and the Silver statue of Mercury at the Brooks Sussex Cross Country Championships in Stanmer Park on Saturday.

In this the highest quality Cross Country race of the season in Sussex the competition was fierce by the main protaganists at the front of the race and friendly by the members of the Brighton team to see who would make up the scoring six. Unfortunately one or two of the guys missed out on a medal but should be pleased that they helped the B team into fifth position.

First Brighton runner home was Matt Bristow in seventh place with 44.38. Matt having run the majority of the course measured at almost 8 miles on his own was chased down by Pat Davoren who had woken up on the final lap. Despite a frantic sprint for the line Matt just missed out on sixth. In eigth place showing he is adapting to the demands of Cross Country was Chris Thomson with 45.27. David Benton was 12th with 46.28 but hasn't lived in the County long enough so was a non-scorer. Just four seconds seperated Luke Lambourne and Richard Airey in 15th and 16th position with 46.50 and 46.54. Finishing off the team were Zared Hale in 19th with 47.05 and Keith Newton in 21st with 47.25. It was Louis Taub who has improved so much in the last year who was the unlucky member to miss out on a team medal in 23rd place with 47.36.

In the U20s race there was an outstanding performance from James McCarthy. The U20s run with the Senior Men but only run two laps whilst the Seniors run three. James set off at a controlled pace running his own race as usual and worked off the some of the Senior Men to finsh first in 29.02, over a minute clear of Finn McNally who was second.

For a full set of results please select the following link to the Sussex Athletics Website.

Results

 

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2010 20:44
 
Boxing Day Races - Preston Park
Written by Matt Bristow   
Monday, 28 December 2009 13:16

Saturday 26th December - Preston Park, Brighton

The rain held off for the duration of the annual Boxing Day Races in Preston Park. In spite of the inclement weather overnight 140 runners took to the start line.

In the 4 lap men's race once the banter about who had eaten the most Christmas dinner was over the racing started with Finn McNally and Matt Bristow taking the initial pace. With the first two miles covered in a little over 10 minutes it was a case of who could maintain this pace the longest. Matt pushed the hill on the third lap but had no answer when Finn gained a small gap at the beginning of the final lap. Both Matt and Finn were suffering up the final hill and Chris Thomson took advantage by overtaking Matt and closing the gap to Finn. In the final sprint to the finish Finn held on for first in 29:29 with Chris second with 29:33 and Matt third with 29:42.

In the women's race Caroline Hoyte ran 32:39 for seventh place overall to beat Katie Moore who ran 33:23. Julia Downes was third with 35:19.

For the results please select the following links;

4 Lap Race

3 Lap Race

2 Lap Race

1 Lap Race

The races raised £320 for the Help for Heroes Charity.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 December 2009 13:55
 
Brighton Men turn out in force at Goodwood
Written by Matt Bristow   
Sunday, 25 October 2009 14:26

Saturday 24 October, Goodwood.

We turned up to Goodwood on Saturday for the first Sussex League of W09/10 season to be greeted by wind, rain and a dense fog. First up was to find the registration tent and enter as well as catch up with many of the local runners. More chatting ensued in the Brighton tent with some of the younger age groups to find out how they ran and the conditions underfoot. The rain had stopped by the time we had completed our warm and with the fog cleared we were set for a good race.

"After a short delay the gun went and the men's race started. The pace was fast at the front with Ben Warren (Hailsham) and Chris Johnson (Crawley) pushing the pace. Just off the pace I could also see James McCarthy in the mix. Despite feeling like I'd gone off quick there were a lot of runners ahead of me at this point. Into the woods I picked off 3 or 4 as their initial pace slowed. As we began the ascent back to Goodwood down I had a bit of resistance from Ed O'Brien (Worthing Striders) but he slipped back and was swallowed up by fellow Brighton runners Andrew Donno and Chris Thomson. Now I was in seventh place with Finn McNally (Phoenix) in my sights. I managed to pull him in by the end of the first lap for sixth place and began to work on putting a gap between us into the woods. The effort to get rid of Finn had brought James McCarthy and Chris Johnson into sight. They were having a close battle and were pulling in James Baker who was just ahead of them in third. I'm aware now that the gap behind me to Andrew Donno wasn't as big as I would have liked. With the legs hurting as we entered the final lap of the downs I thought the best I could do to get rid of Andy was to concentrate on pulling in James McCarthy and Chris Johnson. As we neared the finish the gaps between the runners from 3rd to 8th closed but positions were maintained with James McCarthy managing to outsprint the Crawley 800m runner Chris Johnson." - Matt Bristow

Run of the day has to go to James McCarthy who in his first ever race against Senior opposition managed to mix it with best and come fourth. It was good to see that a number of the top runners got together to do a friendlier warm down lap of the course and discuss how their races went.

Thanks to the younger age groups and Senior Women for hanging around and giving us a shout, it really helped!

Final Result: 1 Ben Warren (Hailsham), 2 Matt Dumigan (Worthing), 3 James Baker (Chichester), 4 James McCarthy (Brighton), 5 Chris Johnson (Crawley), 6 Matt Bristow (Brighton), 7 Andrew Donno (Brighton), 8 Chris Thomson (Brighton). Other Brighton runners: 15 David Benton, 18 Josh Painter, 21 James Tomlinson, 24 Dave Boyce, 25 Zared Hale. This was enough to clinch us the win for the team. Full result.

Next league race is at Plumpton on 28 November, 2.35pm.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2009 19:44
 
2009 Nike National AAA Men's 6 Stage Road Relays Championships
Written by Matt Bristow   
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 18:33

Sutton Park, Birmingham, Saturday 17th October 2009

It was a changed team that travelled to Birmingham on Saturday for the National Road Relay championships. Four of the team that qualified from the Southern made way to give the Brighton team a young-ish feel with an average age of 24!

Andy Donno

Matt Bristow took on the first leg finishing in a time of 19:06 for the 5.8k, a bit outside his best but a solid run for 64th place. James (Macca) McCarthy on leg two flew round to run the fastest leg by a Brighton runner with 18:41 to move the team to 55th. Andrew Donno was next up and running despite a tight quad still managed 19:50 and only dropped two places. Dan Titheradge may have been rueing his decision to train with the sprinters at Oxford University on Thursday night, a painful leg of 21:34 left us in 68th place. Luke Lambourne ran leg 5 and put in a solid performance given his recent exploits cycling around Europe, the time was 20:10 and the position was 65th.

Mo Farah (fastest leg)

Mo Farah was also on this leg running for Newham his 16:33 was the quickest of the day. On the final leg Howard Bristow probably ran the hardest of all of the Brighton runners, setting off with real intent he didn't slow down and brought the team up to 59th with a 19:41 effort.

All in all a good day out and a good performance given the changes to the team. We were pretty much down to our last six runners so well done to the guys. Next up for the Senior Men and U20s is the Sussex League Cross Country at Goodwood on Saturday (24 October, 2:35pm).

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2009 19:08
 
Men's team qualify for National Relay
Written by Matt Bristow   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 20:36

Sunday 27th September, Rushmore Arena, Aldershot

There was a good performance from the Brighton men at the Southern 6 stage Road Relay Championships which saw them achieve their goal of finishing in the top 25 and qualifying for the National Road Relays next month in Birmingham.

Many of the teams put their best runners on the earlier legs and it was Josh Painter who took up the challenge. It was a well paced leg from Josh (19:58) which saw him come through from back at the start to finish 38th out of the 92 teams which started. James McCarthy on leg two ran out of his skin in what was probably his best performance to date. With a time of 19:43 he gained 9 places to take the team into 29th place. Another good leg from Martyn Bean, who was using the race as a sharpener for the Portland marathon next week, gained the team seven places to 22nd place. Richard Airey and Andrew Donno ran solid legs each dropping just one position each. It was then left to Chris Thomson to finsih the job and with a final leg of 19:38 the Brighton men finished in 22nd place to clinch qualification.

Full Results

 
Fifth place for the Men at Sparrow’s Den.
Written by Matt Bristow   
Saturday, 19 September 2009 18:47

Saturday 19th September, Sparrow’s Den

Imagine turning up to an advertised 6 stage XC relay only to find that the organisers have changed it to 4 and not told anybody! This was the case on Saturday when 6 Brighton runners turned up to contest the annual Will Bolton Memorial Relays hosted by Blackheath and Bromley Harriers.

A quick re-organisation of the teams saw Kev Mason, Andy Donno, Rob Ingham and Matt Bristow compete for the A team with Richard Airey and Dave Boyce joined in the B team by Kev and Andy doubling up with a second leg.

The course consisted of a loop round a sports field, a wooded hilly section before returning to the sports field for a final loop.

With less than a minute covering the fastest and slowest of the Brighton runners the change to the format was always going to cost us so, we were pleased to take 5th place, having mixed it with the like of Tonbridge and Herne Hill Harriers.

Full result to follow when it is available.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2009 23:43
 
Men's 12 and Women's 6-stage Southern Road Relay Championships
Written by Matt Bristow   
Monday, 06 April 2009 12:36

Sunday 5th April, The Open University, Milton Keynes.

In near perfect conditions at The Open University in Milton Keynes the men’s team finished in 22nd position and qualified for the National Road Relays for the 5th year in succession and the Women finished an impressive 10th in their first outing in this competition for many years.

The format in the men’s race was 6 long legs of 7.98k and 6 short legs of 5.5k alternating long followed by short. The fastest long leg from the Brighton team and by any Sussex runner came from Kev Mason with 25:47. Kev proved last weekend that he was in great shape by taking over 30 seconds off his 10k time to record 32:01 at the Eastleigh 10k. The fastest short leg of the day was run by Dave Boyce on leg 2 with 18:17. Although there were impressive runs throughout the team to gain a qualification position, another notable performances came from M50 athlete John Lowden who in the absence of Nigel Gates stepped up to run a long leg in a time of 28:17.

Under the guidance of the new women’s team manager Tom Ulliott, the women were required to run 6 short legs of 5.5k. Jeanette Kenneally had the competitive first leg and ran 21:55 to bring the team back in 24th. Katy Moore on second leg was the fastest Brighton woman of the day with 20:04 lifting the team up to 10th. There was a brief spell outside the top ten as Julia Downes and Laura Lambourne ran 21:49 and 23:54 respectively. It was a last minute call up for Laura who stepped in to replace an injured athlete. Fiona Powell on leg 5 brought the team back inside the top 10 with 20:45 and Grace Geilinger held this position with 22:10.

Results are on the mkac website.

Next race for the Brighton Men and Women’s teams is the Sussex Road Relays on Saturday 11th April. On the 18th April the men will be contesting the National 12 stage Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park Birmingham.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2009 12:45
 
National Cross Country Championships
Written by Matt Bristow   
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:39

Saturday 21 February, Parliament Hill, London

Seven men and five women took on the challenge presented by the 2009 National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill in London on Saturday. The runners enjoyed a fine sunny day but the biggest test was the mud and hilly terrain presented by the spiritual home of cross country running.

In the 12 kilometre men’s race it was two athletes returning from injury that led the Brighton team home. Kev Mason overtook Matt Bristow on the first of the 6k laps and extended his lead to approximately 40 seconds until the final mile where Matt closed to within five seconds. The men’s team finished in 46th place overall. Final positions were, 227 Kev Mason 45:44; 232 Matt Bristow 45:49; 286 Josh Painter 46:51; 636 Shaun Billing 51:45; 858 Mike Bannister 55:07; 868 Dan Titheradge 55:17; 1245 Andy Mitchelson 62:15.

In the 8 kilometre women’s race the leading athlete was Fiona Powell running in her first Cross Country race. Fiona led the women’s team home to a creditable 55th place. Final positions were, 129 Fiona Powell 36:15; 414 Gill Cammack 45:16; 453 Isobel Muir 46:59; 483 Barbara Bassett 48:48; 521 Fiona Rowling 52:51

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2009 23:00
 
Sussex Cross Country Champions
Written by Matt Bristow   
Sunday, 04 January 2009 13:59

Saturday 03 January, Stanmer Park Brighton.

There was a second consecutive victory for the Brighton men's team in the Sussex Cross Country Championships on a cold winter's day at a frozen Stanmer Park. The icy conditions made the going faster than otherwise would have been the case but the toughness of the course including the long drag uphill made the race challenging for everyone.

At first glance it looked like the main opposition to a Brighton victory was going to come from Phoenix, but with only four quality athletes the focus switched to Crawley. There were excellent runs from both Keith Newton and Andy Donno. After the opening lap Keith was never outside the leading five, rising to 3rd on the final hill only to be taken by Tom Naylor on the final descent to the finish. Andy Donno started steadily and got stronger as the race went on managing to just hold off Ed O'Brien for 6th place. There were good runs also for James Tomlinson (13th) and Luke Lambourne in his first County Championships as a Senior (14th). The team was finished off with Chris Thomson (18th) and Josh Painter (21st). This proved to be enough to take the team victory, 76 points to Crawley's 102 and hold on to the Silver Statue of Mercury for another year.

The Brighton and Hove B team were sixth.

For a full set of results please follow this link to the Sussex Athletics website.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 January 2009 19:23
 
National Cross Country Relays - Mansfield
Written by Matt Bristow   
Sunday, 02 November 2008 07:56

Brighton and Hove City AC were the only Sussex club to travel to the National Cross Country relays in Mansfield. It was a cold and windy day but the ground underfoot was firm and the rain held off until after the event had finished. Each team of four runners was required to run 5k (2 laps) of parkland and wooded stretches.

Andrew Donno ran the crowded first leg and was forced to get his elbows out and chop his stride as he battled for room amongst the 151 other runners. With the first lap complete Andy was able to find some space and pushed on to bring Brighton back in 78th position in 16:56.

Chris Thomson took over on second leg, it was a good run from Chris who picked people off all the way around his leg and with 16:53 brought Brighton back in 58th.

Matt Bristow took over from Chris on the third leg and went out in a small group of runners, towards the end of the first lap he was tucking in behind a small group of runners to try and stay out of the wind. A solid second lap led to a total time of 17:36, Brighton were now 60th.

Jason Benniman completed the team with a leg of 19:13. Jason has been suffering with illness since competing in the World Duatlon Championships in Italy and by his own admission had a lot of fitness to gain. Nevertheless Jason ran a hard final leg and brought the team back in 69th position.

It was a good day out in Mansfield despite the cold and the consensus was that it was worth the trip. For a full set of results please see the link from the English Cross Country Association website.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 November 2008 23:37
 
Sussex XC League - Senior Men win at Goodwood
Written by Matt Bristow   
Thursday, 30 October 2008 20:58

It was a successful start to the Cross Country League season for the Brighton and Hove senior men's team at Goodwood on Saturday.

The highest place Brighton runner was Chris Thomson who finished in sixth. There were also impressive runs from Nigel Gates who was the first veteran in 9th place. Finishing off the A team were James Tomlinson in 10th making his first appearance in a Brighton vest, Josh Painter in 16th, John Lowden in 21st making his league debut for Brighton and Tom Ulliott in 39th.

The Brighton B team finished in second place in division 2.

For the full results please see the Sussex Athletics website.

Christ Thomson

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2008 07:54
 
SEAA Road Relay Championships - Aldershot
Written by Matt Bristow   
Sunday, 28 September 2008 16:40

Southern 6 Stage Start

The Brighton and Hove Men's team started their winter by finishing in 36th place at the SEAA 6 Stage Road Relay Championships at Aldershot on Saturday. It was a mixed day for Brighton who were trying to qualify for the National Road Relays in Sutton Park next month. In the end a top 25 finish and qualification was beyond a weakened Brighton team but there was the consolation of being the highest place Sussex team.

Each runner was required to run two undulating laps of Rushmore Arena totalling 6k. Kev Mason took the challenging first leg and gave the Brighton A team a good start finishing in 34th position with 19:43. Dave Boyce coming off a two week break ran a solid leg of 20:40 to finish 43rd. Shaun Billing, a last minute addition to the team ran to form with 21:23, to leave us 47th. Fourth leg was Dan Tetheradge. Dan has been struggling for fitness recently and his leg of 22:08 dropped us to 52nd.

It was now over to Andy Donno and Chris Thomson on legs five and six to try and turn things around. Andy set off and looked to be flying on the first lap of the two lap course. This pace was continued on lap two and Andy's time of 19:35 gained the team 11 places.

Last year on the final leg Chris took the team into a qualification position on the final leg. This year he had too much to do and had to concentrate on maintaining our position as first Sussex team. Chris set off at a controlled pace covering the first lap in 10:00. On the second lap Chris began to push and with a fast last lap of 9:46 finished with 19:46. Another 5 places had been gained and we ended up 36th. Given the hilly nature of this course it is difficult to run a negative split so well done to Chris for keeping his head and maintaining our position as first Sussex team home, albeit only by 15 seconds.

Results

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 September 2008 22:44
 
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Thursday, 03 July 2008 23:13

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Results from the Southern Women's League
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Thursday, 12 June 2008 18:17
Results & Reports from the Southern Women's League

Match 1 - Bracknell
Match 2 - Horsham
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2008 18:23
 
Personal Bests Page
Monday, 09 June 2008 07:01

Jim McCarthy has compiled a great list of club members personal best performances please use the online contacts form for any additions & amendments.

Photo Credit Reg Hook

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 06:35