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Gold and Silver for Sussex at BUCS- Birmingham 10k.

Sussex athletes struck gold and silver in the BUCS championships at Bedford over the weekend.

County 400m hurdles record hold Bethany Close forsook the hurdles to race on the flat and was a convincing winner of the 200m in 24.38s for her Bath University.

In his first year at these championships Joe Fuggle from Wadhurst, running for Loughborough, could not manage to contain Declan Gaul from Edinburgh but finished an excellent second in the 400m hurdles in a personal best of 52.56s.

Five victories for Crawley at Yeovil

Despite losing many of their top athletes to the BUCS on Saturday the Crawley team did well to avoid the relegation area in the first of this season’s British Athletics League matches at Yeovil.

In what was a very tight Division two match just 70 points separated the top seven teams with Bournemouth winning with 322 points from Havering’s 303 with Crawley finishing just ten points adrift of Kent’s fifth place on 272 points and Crawley placing sixth ahead of Glasgow and Rugby.

Victory for Crawley at Woking in YDL

What a difference a week makes. In stark contrast to the Lower Age Group, the county's U17 and u20's were competing in cold and breezy conditions for their first 2018 fixture.

In Division 1A, Crawley travelled to Woking where they achieved a 45 point victory, scoring 667.5 to host team Camberley AC and Woking's 622.5.

Travel to Sale and Bedford for leading Sussex Athletes.

This weekend’s activities are centred on Bedford and Sale for the leading Sussex athletes.

The Crawley senior men’s team have to travel to Lancashire for the opening fixture in Division three of the British Athletics League on Saturday while at Bedford the annual BUCS championships are being held over three days and many leading Sussex U20 and senior athletes usually contest this event.

*URGENT* HELP NEEDED AT COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

We urgently need volunteers to support the officials in the track & field events at the County Track & Field Championships on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May.

Whether it is pulling a tape measure, raking a pit, returning throwing implements or noting the order athletes finish in a track race,  your support will help the event run smoothly and to time. 

Southern Athletics League

Sorry about the delay in getting the first round of the Southern League matches to you but although most the matches were held on 14th April the Hastings match in Div 3 SE was not held at Carshalton until this weekend and results are not yet available.

There were mixed fortunes for the Sussex teams on the 14th with only one Sussex victory in a series of matches.

Wins for Sussex Clubs and many promising performances as YDL 2018 kicks off

Bathed in glorious sunshine, the county's youngest athletes travelled across the South East for the opening round of this season’s Youth Development League (U13/U15). In the near perfect weather conditions both Brighton & Hove AC and Horsham Blue Stars were in winning form.

With a local match hosted by Lewes AC, Brighton led from start to finish and ended 135 points clear of second placed Medway & Maidstone, scoring 595 points to 459.5. Lewes came fourth with 426.5.

News Pages

Unfortunately Reg Hook has been indisposed for a couple weeks and unable to keep up with the News pages.

Hopefully these will resume in the next few days.

Fine fourth place for Charlie at Commonwealth

Charlie Devall Grice was just a few metres away for a medal in the Commonwealth Games 1500 metre final on the Gold Coast on Saturday in one of the best runs of his career.

Charlie Da’Vall Grice (Brighton Phoenix) placed an agonising fourth in a highly competitive 1500m final won by Kenya’s Elijah Manangoi in 3:34.78.

The 24-year-old Brighton man took up the perfect position on the first couple of laps, sitting in with a pack that allowed Kenyan duo Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot dictate the pace.

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