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A busy weekend for Sussex Young Athletes

The accent is again on Schools athletics this weekend and Crawley’s K2 Leisure where the South East Schools Inter-county match is being held on Saturday.

It will be very much a case of David against three Goliaths as Sussex will be facing the power of the Kent, Hampshire and Surrey teams.

The match, which only includes the U15 (Junior) and U17 (Intermediate) age groups, will be watched by the Sussex Schools selectors as they need to finalise the team that will be representing Sussex at the English Schools championships at Birmingham next month.

A Clutch of Medals for Sussex at Bedford

Sussex athletes collected a clutch of medals at the South of England championships at Bedford over the weekend including a quartet of golds in the U20 age group.

Pride of place went to Worthing’s Ben Hawkes, who already holds the U17 Sussex Hammer record. Hawkes smashed Mick Jones thirty eight year old U20 record by some four metres with a magnificent throw of 71.55m his Gold.

Clash of Major Events

This weekend is one of the most important of the season for the main body of senior school athletes as the County Schools championships clash with the Senior and U20 Area championships.

Most Sussex eyes are likely to be focussed on the K2 Leisure Centre at Crawley and the 85th Sussex Schools Championships.

Many young athletes will already have survived their Area championships and the cream of these will be aiming for one of the sixty athletes who will gain a place in the Sussex Schools team to compete in the English Schools championships at Birmingham next month.

Senior Team In Jeopardy For Inter Counties

Sussex AA are at risk of not sending a senior team to the Inter Counties fixture on Sunday, June 24th at Chelmsford. If no one steps up before this Thursday, June 7, a team will NOT be sent to the match, where some of the best athletes compete. It will be the first time this has ever happened. Anyone who volunteers will receive support with the preparation admin, so all it would entail is selecting the team, then declaring the team on the day, handing out numbers and being a point of contact etc. Sussex AA is willing to pay expenses.

Westlake sets Worthing 10km record

A highly successful Worthing 10k took place on Sunday in beautiful, if hot, conditions with a record number of 2365 runners taking part.

An in-form James Westlake of Crawley AC claimed victory in a time of 30.31 breaking the course record. Andy Greenleaf of Serpentine Running Club was second in 30.58 and Jonathan Cornish of Hercules Wimbledon was the bronze medallist in 31.14.

Third and sixth for Crawley National League teams

There was a fine third place for the Crawley men in their Division two British Athletics League match at Rugby on Saturday.

Bournemouth were clear winners of the team event with 348 points but the Sussex club just lost out to Kent A.C for second place scoring 280.5 point to Kent’s 284.5 points.

This performance has lifted them one place to fifth on the League table after two matches.