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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Under 15 League Final
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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.

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