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Urgent Call For Volunteers To Become Officials

An Urgent Message From Roland Garrad, President of Sussex AAA: "There are currently 38 clubs affiliated to Sussex AAA. It is disappointing, therefore, that to date so few people have registered for the upcoming officials course on 18th March. Unless we increase our numbers of officials, we will soon be unable to run meetings in the County, either at Club or County level, and this will ultimately result in the gradual demise of athletics in the future. ALL CLUBS must do more to encourage members to take up the challenge if we are to see our sport survive.

Lucky Seven for Sussex at Sheffield

Sussex youngsters scooped a brilliant seven medals, including one gold, at the National Indoor Age Groups championships at Sheffield over the weekend.

Pride of place went to Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning who in her first year in the U20 age group romped away with the 400m title in a new indoor pb of 54.55s which suggests that she looks well in line for another stunning track season.

Weather threatens Schools Cross Country

Officials from Sussex Schools AA organising the Sussex Schools Year 7 & 8 Cross Country Championships on Thursday are monitoring conditions at the venue and the weather forecast. A decision as to whether or not to cancel the event will be made on Wednesday morning (28/02/18) and it will be announced here on this web site as soon as possible on Wednesday. This will enable schools to amend plans for Thursday if necessary.  

Four medals for Sussex at National Championships

Sussex youngsters scooped up four medals, one gold and three bronze, on the first day of a busy weekend’s athletics. Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning took the U20 400m title and club mate Tom Eames the bronze in the U20 1500m with Eastbourne’s Moyo Daramola the bronze in the U17 400m at Sheffield. While Brighton Phoenix’s Almi Nerurkar was a shining light on a rather quiet day for Sussex at Parliament Hill with a splendid bronze in the U17 National Cross-country Championships.

More National Championships this weekend

Following last weekend plethora of Indoor Championships there are even more National Championships this weekend with the ECCA Cross Country championships at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday and the England Athletics ”Age Group” Indoor championships at Sheffield on both Saturday and Sunday.

Parliament Hill is always a tough course and it is not known how many Sussex clubs will be sending teams to the championships though Brighton & Hove are hoping to get a senior team there although several of the leading senior Sussex athletes will not be competing.

A set of medals at weekend's National Championships

Thanks very much to Martin Etchells who had a very busy weekend as Meeting Director for the Sussex Indoor championships and then produced reports while I was sans computer for several days.

There were few medals for Sussex athletes at the weekend’s National Indoor championships at Birmingham and the BUCS Championships at Sheffield.

Just one gold medal and that fell to County 400m hurdles record holder Bethany Close who forsook the hurdles and raced to a clear cut 200m victory in 24.35s.

Indoor Championships Update

On further scrutiny of the results from weekend Indoor Championships, another Championship Best has been identified. It came in the last event of the weekend, the Under 17 men's Triple Jump, where Brighton's Louis Goffin exceeded the old record (12.26) in each of his four valid jumps. The first of these was his best at 12.75 - just 1 cm below his pb. That makes 10 new names from the two days of competition to be added to the list of CBP's.

More CBP's on Day 2 of the Indoor Championships

On this second day of the Sussex Indoor Championships, held with the Surrey event at Sutton, four more Championship Best's were set.

The five recorded yesterday were all by men, but today the women had equal honours with both coming in the under 17 age group. First up was Millie Noyce (Crawley) who shattered the previous shot mark of 11.01 with a put of 12.65. In the hurdles her club-mate Katie Bristowe took 3 tenths off the old record when she crossed the line in 8.99 seconds.

Calling All Clubs

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.

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