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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.
Saturday 10th February saw the U11’s Sussex team competing at Surrey Sports Park in the Fun In Athletics Regional Sportshall Final. Selected from the Horsham and Lancing Sportshall League matches, both the teams finished 6th overall. In the girls’ team, Madeleine Way (Horsham) scored fantastic double first positions in the standing triple jump with 6.32m, and the speed bounce 62 in 20 seconds - both PBs.
Brighton & Hove’s Jamie Knapp and Nicholas Hollan-Ellidge (Crawley) confirmed their Sussex League titles at Stanmer Park on Saturday, but neither really needed to run.
Knapp choose to sit it out having won the first three senior races but Hollan-Ellidge lined up with the rest of the U13 runners and duly won his fourth race of the season to score 3 points to Henry Yelling’s (Brighton & Hove) 7 points while Max Dumbrell (Brighton Phoenix) scored 9 points to Knapp’s 3 points.
The final Sussex Cross-country League match was held in almost battle ground conditions at Stanmer Park on Saturday. In the bitter cold, wet and wind, it was the poorest underfoot conditions I have seen, apart from snow, at Stanmer Park since it was first used for cross-country racing in 1954.
The ground had not recovered from the South of England Championships, two weeks back, and it would not be wise to schedule another match so close to such a major event in the future though the Sussex League date was fixed before the area championship.
The provisional Sussex 10k Road Race Championship results have been published revealing Ross Skelton (Brighton Phoenix) and Rebecca Moore (Southampton) as the champions.
Run in conjunction with the Chichester 10k road race at Goodwood, Skelton beat his club mate Max Dumbrell by nearly one minute as he placed fourth overall in 30:51 to Dumbrell’s fifth place in 31:47. Local runner, Harry Leleu, was sixth overall in 32:03 to take the County bronze.
Richard Allen from Aldershot was the overall winner in 29:45 just two seconds clear of Andy Maud (Highgate).
There will not be any parking at Stanmer Park for the final races in the Sussex Cross-country League on Saturday, but parking will be available at the Amex Stadium.
Runners and spectators etc should stay on the A27 and take the Falmer exit to the Amex car park.
There have been record fields in the League matches this year, but the final match of the season usually produces the smallest fields of the season as some athletes have already completed their three races and two are already assured of individual titles.
There were top ten places for a trio of Sussex runners in the South East Schools Inter-counties match at Newbury in damp to wet and muddy conditions on Saturday.
It was Olivia Wiseman (Bishop Luffa) who chalked up the highest placing of the day when she finished an excellent fourth in the Intermediate (U17) race and there a fine runs by Alex Richer (Millias) and Lois Dooley (Shoreham) in the same race placing 18th and 23rd respectively and Milly Dickinson (Kings Hove) 26th.
Mainly due to the lack of facilities for producing results at Stanmer Park, it will not be possible for the results team to produce the results sufficiently fast and accurate to be able to make prompt presentations at the last XC League fixture next Saturday, February 10. As a result no individual or team medals will be presented on the day.
Sussex School's teams will be heading to Newbury on Saturday for the South East Schools Inter-counties but they will minus several of their top athletes.
In this very crowded time of the season, Southern Championships last weekend and finals of the Sussex League next weekend, some of the leading athletes including five of the six Sussex Schools champions, understandably will give the match a miss.
Never-the-less Sussex will field representative teams in all six age group races with probably the largest senior girl’s and boy’s teams for many years.