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County record at Crawley open

The near perfect weather conditions at the Crawley AC open may well have contributed to one of longest ever javelin throws by an under-13 British athlete.

Brighton's Dulcie Yelling first broke the county javelin record in 2018, when she threw 37.64m.

At K2 on Easter Saturday,  she improved this mark by almost two metres launching her spear out to 39.57m.

Only one under-13 British girl has ever thrown further and that was just last year when Hannah Lewington (Swindon) set the All-Time record of 41.66m.

Phoenix and Hastings Triumph in National 10K Team Championships

Phoenix women's team consisting of Beth Kidger, Tara Bage and Cat Bounds are the National 10k Team Champions.

The race was incorporated into the Brighton Marathon 10k, where Kidger ran a personal best of 33:57 for 7th place overall. With fine back up from Bage in 37:25 and Bounds in 39:19 the trio gained the Team title in a time of 1:50.41.

They had to beat off a strong challenge from Hastings AC. An in-form Lizzie Clarke ran an excellent 34:28, and with Rachael Mulvey in 36:18 and Jenna French in 40:29 they had a combined time of 1:51.15 just 34 seconds behind Phoenix.

June Jessop

It is with great regret that we have to record the death of Sussex timekeeper June Jessop.

June unfortunately passed away on Thursday 18th April, aged 77, just over a week after being admitted to the nursing home after spending 2 and half weeks in hospital.  

June was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas but due to complications the surgeons were unable to operate and it advanced very quickly.

 

Dina's surprise turn and strong opening results for Sussex Clubs at S.A.L.

Few Sussex athletes can boast that they have competed against the world's fastest woman at a Southern Athletics League meeting, but Crawley AC's relay women have those bragging rights! 

At last Saturday’s Division 1 fixture at Gillingham, the triple European Champion and 2018 100m/200m world rankings leader - Dina Asher-Smith - put in an appearance for her club, Blackheath and Bromley, in the 4x400m relay, and casually knocked out a 52.6s split.

Best Brighton Marathon for Sussex

Sussex athletes probably had their most successful year in the Brighton Marathon winning a silver and a bronze medal in the men’s race and five athletes placing in the top twenty places.

In good racing conditions despite a north easterly head wind at the finish Peter Le Grice from Bristol won the race in 2:16:23 nearly two minutes clear of Crawley’s Paul Navesey and Ian Leitch (Brighton Phoenix) who both set personal bests and broke into the Sussex All time lists.

Suzanne Allday

It is with great regret we, rather belatedly, have to report the death of one of the Greatest ever Sussex athletes.

In July 2017 we lost the Sussex women’s shot putt record holder Suzanne Allday, nee Farmer and latterly Goddison.

As Suzanne Farmer, a member of the then Brighton Ladies Athletic Club, she won the English Schools intermediate discus title in 1950 and retained the title in 1951 at the start of a most impressive international athletics career.

A busy two days for Sussex athletes

Saturday is the start of a jam-packed weekend for the county's athletes, with the first of the Southern Athletics League fixtures of 2019.

In Division 1 Crawley will be away at Gillingham for their opening match, whilst Eastbourne Rovers and a promoted Brighton & Hove AC are heading to Stevenage and Finsbury Park respectively for their Division 2 East fixtures.

Dina Asher Smith To Present Medals At Sussex AA Half Marathon Champs

The British Airways Run Gatwick Half Marathon will host this year’s Sussex AA Half Marathon Championships on Sunday, May 12th in Crawley.

The flat and scenic course starting and finishing in Southgate park presents runners with an opportunity to run a fast time. Last year’s race was won by Neil Boniface of Crawley in 68.59 with the first female Hayley Manning of Clapham Chasers running 87.33

Phoenix Senior Road Relay Domination

 

Brighton Phoenix displayed road running dominance for the third year in a row with senior victories in both races at the Sussex Road Relay Championships on Saturday.

In the women’s race, like last year, Beth Kidger clocked the fastest lap in a time of 10:33s. Together with team mates Tara Bage and Milly Dickinson, the Brighton Phoenix senior women were clear winners.

Entries Up For Road Relays

More teams than last year will be at the Sussex Road Relay Championships at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, on Saturday.

A total of 244, an increase of 28, have entered the annual event, which this year will see the seniors running a new course.

Like 2018, athletes will run clockwise, and not anti-clockwise as previously, but this year it will be exactly 2 miles long and completely traffic free.

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