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Grice underlines British superiority.

A sparkling run at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday saw Charlie Grice (Brighton Phoenix) underline his current position as the top British 1500 metre/One mile runner.

Racing in a strong International field in the “Emsley Carr Mile” Grice, the reigning British Champion was, like British rivals Ross Murray and Chris O’Hare always in the main bunch and they were all in the frame as they entered the final 200 metres.

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Sussex had a tough time at the South of England U17 Inter-counties match at High Wycombe last weekend when they finished eighth in the men’s match and seventh in the women’s match.
Lillie Franks appears to have been the only winner clearing 1.72m in the high jump.

Grice gets standard - Buxton and Anning take Southern Titles.

Charlie Grice (Brighton Phoenix) made sure of a trip to the World championships at Beijing next month when he cracked the Qualifying standard in a hard fought race at Heusden-Zolder in Belgium at the weekend.

Grice was squeezed into second place in in 3:35.29s, nearly one second inside the standard required, and as the reigning British champion he now gets automatic selection in the U.K team that will be announced after this weekend Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium.

Buxton and Anning win the Southerns

International round up.

There was a disappointing run from Grace Baker from Hastings in the final of the 5,000 metres at the European Junior Championships in Sweden on Sunday.

Although her best time would have seen her challenging for a medal she was a minute outside her best as she finished back in 16th place in 17:25.92s, the third Brit to finish.

Over in Colombia there was another fast time for Toby Harries (Phoenix) in the final of the 200 metres at the World Youth Games.

International Weekend.

Competing in the first, and by far the faster semi-final, of the 1,500metre yesterday Fitzgibbon finished sixth in 3:45.54 when just over one second covered the first six finishers in this race and will race in the final of European Junior championships at Eskiltuna in Sweden on Saturday.

Club mate Spencer Thomas will line up for his heat of the 800 metres today while a few thousand miles away at Cali in Colombia another Phoenix athlete Tony Harries will competing in the 200m in the World Youth Games.

Crawley fifth at Derby

Following their fifth place in Saturday’s British League Division two match at Derby the Crawley men will have to put aside hopes of promotion till next season.

Missing more than half-a-dozen of their normal British League athletes they were squeezed into fifth team place after two successive third places.

They are now fourth in the League, with one match to go, behind a rejuvenated Thames Valley Harriers who have 22 league points and take over from near neighbours Harrow who had won to two previous matches.

Victory for the Men and Second overall for Sussex in Inter-counties.

Not to be outdone by the results of the Sussex team at English Schools, the Sussex men at the Southern Inter Counties meeting on July 12th lifted the trophy for the first time in the history of the match. The women's team battled into third place in their match to give the combined team a second place.

It was a wet, windy and cold Crawley not conducive to stand out performances but the team spirit engendered by Sussex Team Manager Craig Cox saw some epic battles by the team.

Best for half a Century for Sussex at English Schools

A triumphant Sussex Schools team returned from Gateshead on Saturday night with four gold medals and probably their best haul of medals for half a century.

It was extremely lucky thirteen for Sussex medal winners this year and 32 athletes achieved a “Top Eight” placing which is more than half the team of sixty athletes that made the journey north.
Livvy Connor (BHASVIC) soared over a new personal best and a Sussex Under 20 record of 3.85m to take the senior pole vault title.

Inter-counties at Crawley

After the leading Sussex Youngsters have taken on the might of English Schools at Gateshead on Friday and Saturday it is the turn of the Senior athletes of Sussex to get involved with Inter-county competition at the K.2 track at Crawley on Sunday when it is the turn of Sussex to host the annual South East Inter-county match.

Silver for Purchas on a fine First Day for Sussex Schools.

Natalie Purchas drew first blood for Sussex at the English Schools Track and field Championships at Gateshead on Friday.

Equalling her best ever vault of 3.15m, a National standard height, this Burgess Hill Girls Schoolgirl matched the height of Matilda Waters (Manchester) in the Junior (U15) pole vault but took the silver medal on count back behind the British number one, Jade Spencer-Smith (Middlesex) who cleared 3.35m.

Just missing a medal was Harrison Leach (Warden Park) who contested the junior discus throw and reached a national standard distance of 39.48m