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National and County Championships plus trials

The British Championships at Birmingham this weekend is again being used as the Trials for the European championships in August but before then there is the team for the World Athletics Cup, in July, to be decided.

Sussex athletes are hoping to catch the selector’ s eyes and Charlie Da’Vall Grice will have been buoyed up by his recent fine 1500m victory over one of his main rivals Jake Wightman in Marseille last week.

Fourth for Sussex at Chelmsford

Sussex did well, by placing fourth, with their depleted senior team at the South East Inter-counties match at Chelmsford on Sunday.

Bolstered by a string of Under 20 athletes Sussex scored 671 points behind winners Essex who scored 782 points, Kent who scored 707 points and Middlesex 686 points. All teams, apart from the Hosts, struggled to field represented teams with Hampshire only sending women to the match and Surrey not managing to get a team at all.

The results look more like an area League match and there were plenty of empty lanes.

Two Golds for Walkers at Regional Competition

Sussex School’s race walkers captured two South East Regional titles when the events were held in conjunction with the Combined Events competition at Ashford over the weekend.

Competing in the Over 15 age group 3,000m races Eva Payton-White took the Girls title in 17:49.7s while Ollie Hopkins won the Boys race in 15:18.9s.

It was not a vintage year for the Combined Events even though there were two third places in the team events and an individual bronze medal in the Junior (U15) boys Pentathlon.

A busy weekend for Sussex athletes

Following last weekend Schools Inter-county match there is more Inter-county competition this week with the Regional Schools Combined Events final at Ashford on Saturday and Sunday and the Senior Inter counties at Chelmsford on Sunday.

Sussex Schools will be taking teams in both the Junior (U15) Pentathlon events with Cleo Tomlinson, Isabelle Humphreys, Ruby Jerges and Katie Ridley lining up for the Girls and Seb Wallace, Regan Law and Cameron Wells for the Boys where Sussex won the English Schools title last year.

Seven medals for Sussex at Bedford

Cameron Fillery stormed to a brilliant victory in the England U23 championships at Bedford at the weekend.

Fillery, who is the reigning English Schools High hurdles champion and the Sussex U20 record holder is now at Loughborough University and continuing to make great progress. At Bedford he swept to an impressive victory in the 110m hurdles in 14.12s to become one of seven medal winners for Sussex over the weekend.

Sparkling third place for Sussex Schools at Crawley

It was a great afternoon for Sussex Schools in the Inter-counties Schools match on Saturday.

In dull and blustery conditions that was a hindrance to most athletes at K2 the Sussex team finished a splendid third in a tight match that saw Kent lead all the way and win with 612 points with Surrey taking second place with 548 points after Sussex had held second place for much of the match.

Sussex had to settle for third place with 515 points to hold off Hampshire who scored 504 points.

A busy weekend for Sussex Young Athletes

The accent is again on Schools athletics this weekend and Crawley’s K2 Leisure where the South East Schools Inter-county match is being held on Saturday.

It will be very much a case of David against three Goliaths as Sussex will be facing the power of the Kent, Hampshire and Surrey teams.

The match, which only includes the U15 (Junior) and U17 (Intermediate) age groups, will be watched by the Sussex Schools selectors as they need to finalise the team that will be representing Sussex at the English Schools championships at Birmingham next month.

A Clutch of Medals for Sussex at Bedford

Sussex athletes collected a clutch of medals at the South of England championships at Bedford over the weekend including a quartet of golds in the U20 age group.

Pride of place went to Worthing’s Ben Hawkes, who already holds the U17 Sussex Hammer record. Hawkes smashed Mick Jones thirty eight year old U20 record by some four metres with a magnificent throw of 71.55m his Gold.

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