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Double Gold for Baptiste at Manchester

Crawley’s Kim Baptiste achieved a double gold medal in the English Championships, which incorporated the Inter-county Championships, at a wet and windy Manchester over the weekend.

The Crawley sprinter is certainly enjoying a purple patch at the moment and were it not for excessive winds she would have again improved the Sussex 100m record.

Baptiste eased through her 100 and 200 metres heats before cruising to impressive wins clocking a windy 11.35s for the 100 metres title and 23.40s for the 200 metre crown.

A Solid Performance For Sussex Under 13s At Inter Counties

Storms cleared and the sun shone, along with a very gusty wind, on the young Sussex athletes competing in the South of England Derek Crookes Under 13 Inter-Counties fixture. Leading competitors from 13 counties took part in the annual event, held at the Kingsmeadow stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

European Games and the Weekend.

Sussex athletes Sebastian Rodger and Charlie Da’Vall Grice have both been included in the in the United Kingdom team for the European Games in Berlin next month.

Rodger, from Eastbourne, takes the third place in the 400m hurdles while Grice (Brighton Phoenix) also takes the third spot in the 1500m.

At their best both could find themselves of the final.

Sussex domiciled Jade Lally from Broadbridge Heath leads the British Women’s discus line up.

THIS WEEKEND

Record breaking International Win for Korczak

Her international debut resulted in another county record for Brighton's Lizzie Korczak, who has made something of a habit of improving her own previous best marks in recent weeks.

This fixture at Grangemouth was a result of Korkzac's javelin win at the English Schools Championships a week ago. Both she and ESAA shot silver medallist - Crawley's Millie Noyce - were selected to represent England Schools at the home countries u17 International in Scotland. 

Winter Fixture Meeting

There will be a winter fixtures meeting on Monday 30th July at 7.00 pm at the training room at the Withdean Stadium, Brighton. Refreshments will be served from 6.30 pm. Clubs are invited to send representatives to this meeting. Please contact Phil Baker if you would like to attend: philbaker5@btinternet.com

English Schools Round-up

The tremendous achievements by the Sussex Schools team at Birmingham is almost certainly the second best ever at these championships.

A total of 15 medals has, I believe, only been bettered once and that was way back in 1958 when 17, including eight gold medals were won.

One of the gold medals then was won by Peter Standen, who also set the championship record in the Intermediate 800m, and Standen is still active today as a Marksmen at most of the leading Sussex meetings and is a well-respected middle distance coach.

Two more golds and Junior Girls win the Championship Shield at the English Schools - Day 2 report

It was a ‘Super Saturday’ for Sussex with two more gold medals and seven additional bronzes at the English Schools’ Championships in Birmingham.

It brought Sussex’s total podium places to a magnificent 15 with a final tally of four gold, two silver and nine bronze medals. In addition the Junior Girls team won the Championship Shield as the highest points scorers for top eight finishes and the Junior Boys were second in their category.  Overall this was Sussex’s best English Schools Championships result in recent history.

Double Record for Baptiste in Top League battles

The Crawley men’s team did extremely well to finish third in their British League Division 2 match at Bedford on Saturday and this takes them to second place on the League table.

With two clubs to gain promotion after the fourth and final match in August it was be a great battle with Kent A.C as both teams are on 15 points behind Bournemouth’s 23 points with the Sussex club just having the edge at the moment with 836 overall points to Kent’s 816.

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