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Southern Athletics League

Full results are still not published for last weekend’s Southern Athletics League but there were  three Sussex team wins and several Man/Woman of the match awards.

In Division One Crawley were at home and were convincing winners with Samuel Heawood the Man of the Match for his fine shot putt of 15.94m.

In the current league table, after two matches, Crawley are placed fifth, just one point behind the leaders Norwich, with seven points.

In Division two Eastbourne Rovers had a good home victory and are second in the League on seven points behind Ipswich

The weekend and Wednesday's fixture

It is the turn of the Upper Age Group athletes in the Youth Development League to flex their muscles this weekend.

In the second round matches on Sunday Crawley in “Div 1A” will be at Kingsmeadow, Brighton & Hove and Chichester in “2B” will be at Withdean and Horsham Blue Star and Team Sussex in “2C” at Bexley.

Rollercoaster of Results for Sussex clubs at the 2nd YDL

Once again the weather was glorious as Sussex's leading under 13 and under 15 athletes competed in their second Youth Development League fixtures across the south-east of England.

Brighton & Hove AC was the only team to retain the top spot in the East 1 fixture, which was again hosted by Lewes AC. Brighton dominated the event winning by 156 points from second placed Lewes, with a score of 618.

Under 13 Dulcie Yelling again tipped the javelin over the 30 metre mark with a throw of 30.01m, whilst Mollie Barrett ran a 4:05.5 1200m.

Barns Green To Host Sussex Half Marathon Championships

Entries are now open for the 2018 Sussex AA Half Marathon Championship on Sunday, September 30th. This year's host will be the popular Barns Green Half Marathon. Click http://www.barnsgreen-half.org.uk/ to enter. Runners are advised to enter well in advance. Race Secretary, Sue Parillon, commented: “In the 36th staging of the half marathon our event is flourishing and with the recently added 10k to the programme the number of runners visiting Barns Green is on the increase.

Gemma Reigns in Spain

Forget all about the Costa del Sol, it's now Lewes AC's Gemma Tutton that reigns in Spain.  

Tutton - a first year under 15 athlete - has broken a Sussex County record and put herself second on the UK All Time under 15 pole vault rankings, with a leap of 3.70m.  

Euro Standard for Rodger - - Bronze for Evans

Sebastian Rodger from Eastbourne made a cracking start to his track season at the Loughborough International meeting on Sunday in the 400 metres hurdles.

In recent seasons Rodger has been chasing the standard for major championships until well into the season but with a fluid run in good conditions on Sunday the Eastbourne runner hit the “European Standard” with an impressive 49.80s.

Rodger said “It’s nice to run sub 50 seconds, I know it should be normal, but to achieve the European Standard so early in the season makes me very happy.”

Another Busy Weekend.

Following last weekend’s successful County championships where twelve Championships Best Performances were set and it looks like 39 English Schools Standards were achieved, it is back to League athletics this weekend and the Loughborough International meeting.

The Loughborough match is on Sunday and Sussex have two athletes in the GB Junior team as well as several athletes in invitation events.

Sunshine and More Records on Day Two of The Champs

With the arrival of lovely sunshine on the Sunday of the Sussex Track and Field Championships, came the tumbling of more Championship Best Performances.

The calm and warm conditions on the second day were a huge improvement on the previous afternoon’s rain at the K2 Leisure Centre, in Crawley.

On her home track Crawley AC's Natasha Purchas got the ball rolling in the U20s, breaking Livvy Connor’s two-year record in the Pole Vault with a soaring 3.75m. It is the second year in a row Purchas has broken a record after taking the title in the U17 age category in 2017.

Records Tumble despite the rain on Day one at K2

On a day when the weather switched from dry and pleasant to breezy, wet and cold a quartet of records fell at the Sussex County Track and Field Championships. 

The morning at K2, Crawley started out cloudy but still and just like last year it was the throws rather than the track where the first Championship Best Performances (CBP’s) were recorded.

Entries Up Again for this weekend's Sussex Championships.

Entrants for this weekend’s Sussex Track & Field championships at the K2 Leisure centre at Crawley are up for the sixth successive year.

For, what it is believed is the first time more than 1000 entries have been received from 640 athletes. However the increase is in the young athlete’s age groups as there is still a general trend amongst senior athletes to give the championships a miss.

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