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YDL U13/15 Roundup plus Weekend Preview

There were victories for Crawley, Brighton & Hove, and Chichester in last weekend’s Youth Development League matches.

Competing in the Lower (U15-U13 age groups)  Crawley, in Division One South west, had a comfortable victory over Guildford, the home club, scoring 618.5 points to 550.5 with Horsham Blue Star filling third team spot with 476 points.

In Division One East at Lewes Brighton & Hove had a much closer battle with Medway before running out winners with 558 points to 549.5 and Basildon 514.5 with Lewes in fourth place on 446 points.

Tough British League Battles - Ben Hawkes

It was a tough time for both the Crawley and Brighton & Hove teams in the British Athletics League matches at Bedford on Saturday when all five matches were held on the same day and at the same venue.

In Division two the Crawley club were again involved in a nail-biting match where just 68 points covered all eight clubs with Crawley eventually finishing in third place behind Herne Hill, 311.5 points, Kingstone & Poly 294, Crawley 278 and Bristol & West 268.

Currently, with one match to go Crawley are currently lying fourth on the League table.

Promotion for Crawley Women

Crawley women have gained promotion back to Division One of the UKWALg following their close battle with Sale at Leigh on Sunday.

The home club won the encounter with 229 points to Crawley’s 217 who were well clear of third placed Herts Phoenix and the final League placings saw Sale scored 23 points to Crawley’s 22 with both teams gaining promotion.

More Under 15 Records - Euro U23 Champs

The Sussex Under 15 athletes are determined to rewrite the Sussex U15 League records this season and the had another bite last Wednesday.

In June six tumbled in both the East and West match and at Wednesday’s East Division match at Lewes another three fell by the wayside.

In almost perfect conditions newly crowned English Schools Junior javelin champion Lizzie Korczak broke the League record again having broken it in June and then lost it a couple of days later to Horsham’s Peanut Meekings.

Junior Javelin Record

Despite the loss of three potential medallists at Birmingham over the weekend it was another good year for Sussex Schools in fact they seem to be going through a fairly rich patch.

For the fourth successive year they have won ten medals at these championships, this year it was six golds, which was one more than last year, but overall 2016 just had the edge.

There was also an unusual bonus this year as junior girl javelin thrower Lizzie Korczak set a new Sussex record.

Kyrell tops the tables at the Under 13 Champs

In near perfect weather conditions, there was just one record breaking performance at the Sussex Under 13 Championships, which took place at Brighton's Withdean stadium on Sunday. 

Hastings Kyrell Wilson took the 800m title in 2:16.35, taking almost a second from the previous championship best and winning by a margin of more than 51⁄2 seconds. This takes Kyrell into the UK top 10 in his age group this year.

Six Golds for Sussex at English Schools

A brilliant second day at Birmingham saw the Sussex Schools team record one of their best ever English Schools results beating last year’s tally of five gold medals but overall equalled the 2016 total of ten medals.

Despite the loss of three potential medallists this was an excellent result for Sussex on a weekend when there were not any real disappointments and a couple of bonus medals.