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A busy weekend's athletics

After a break of a couple of weeks it is back to normal with domestic athletics with Championship and Southern League matches on Saturday and British League matches on Sunday.

School and family Holidays are likely to affect the support of all the events but none-more-so than the South of England U15/17 championships which are being held at the Crystal Palace on both Saturday and Sunday. There are several leading Sussex athletes who could challenge for medals if they are not on holiday.

Gold and Silver in Denmark - - UPDATE - Mullett

Crawley’s David Beattie did a “Mo Farah” to strike gold in the European Master’s Track and Field Championships at Aarhus in Denmark.

The former winner of the London to Brighton Road Race in 1990 and oft times Sussex Masters Cross-country champion, who has been a leading Sussex runner in his age group since he attended Lewes Priory School, has really made his reputation as a Road Runner.

In Denmark however he tackled the M70 10,000m race and was quite happy to keep with the early gentle pace.

Sprinters sparkle and Javelins soar at the South-East Inter-Counties

Worthing’s Bailey Smith and Burgess Hill/Lewes athlete Adam Lawson were two of the stars of Sussex’s under 13 team at the annual South-East Inter-counties fixture at Kingston.

Despite cross winds and increasingly wet and dreary weather Bailey won his individual ‘A’ 100m race in 12.7s and was second fastest overall in the event before running a swift 25.58s for another second place in the ‘A’ 200m. This was a personal best and takes him to ninth in the UK rankings. Adam won the ‘B’ string 200m in 26.35s, a PB and also set a best in the 100m.

Golden Girl Kimbeley

A brilliant gold medal for Kimbeley Baptiste was the one of just two medallists for Sussex at the combined English and CAU championships at Bedford over the weekend.

The Crawley sprinter has certainly struck a purple patch and after a fine fifth place in the 100 metres on Saturday in 11.70s she tackled the 200m, where she seems to be in her element. There Baptiste eased to an impressive victory in her heat on Sunday in a nippy 23.88s.

The Weekend plus catch up

The accent is very much on Inter-county competition this weekend with the C.A.U championships at Bedford and the South East Under 13 Match at Kingsmeadow.

The Under 13 match has been switched from its usual Sunday date to Saturday to avoid the London/Surrey cycling race which caused so much travel problems last year.

The Counties Athletic Union championships are being incorporated with the English Championships and as such athletes no longer need to be selected to represent the County.

Bronze for Becky at Oxford -Update U15 League

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

Competing in the senior Heptathlon the Brighton & Hove all-rounder was just one of four Sussex athletes in action but both Elise Lovell (Hastings) and Katie Garland (Brighton & Hove) had to withdraw through injuries and it was Owen who snatched third place with a total of 4317 points.

Beth Crocker from Crawley filled sixth place with 3572 points.

More Records at U15 League

Records continued to tumble in the Sussex Under 15 League match at Broadbridge Heath on Friday when the final West Division match of the season was held.

For the third time this season the girls 800m League record came crashing down but this time it was a determined, run-a-way victory, rather than a real battle that did the damage.

Gold for Harries in European U20s - Near miss for Davis

Sussex record holder Toby Harries (Brighton Phoenix) triumphed in the European U20 Championships at Grosseto, Italy.

It was only a couple of months back that the Brighton College sprinter returned from more than a year side lined through injury and there was doubt whether he could stand up to three rounds of competition. He proved unbeatable winning his heat of the 200 metres in 21.20s, which was the second fastest qualifying time.

YDL U13/15 Roundup plus Weekend Preview

There were victories for Crawley, Brighton & Hove, and Chichester in last weekend’s Youth Development League matches.

Competing in the Lower (U15-U13 age groups)  Crawley, in Division One South west, had a comfortable victory over Guildford, the home club, scoring 618.5 points to 550.5 with Horsham Blue Star filling third team spot with 476 points.

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 and Basildon 514.5 with Lewes in fourth place on 446 points.

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