Amber glides to gold at the School Games
Written by Reg Hook   
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.

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.

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:

Watch Tom's 1500m final here:

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.

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.

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.

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