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England Schools at Birmingham and weekend activities

The Sussex Schools teams have lost the services of three potential medallists from this weekend’s English Schools Championships at Birmingham.

Amber Anning, who was eager to defend her Inter 300m title but was told that she should withdraw following her selection for the Commonwealth Youth Games later this month and Toby Harries who will be racing in the European Junior event later this month and has also withdrawn.

Archie Davis is the third athlete to withdraw.

Sussex fight at Kingsmeadow

Despite the difficulties in finding team managers for the Annual South East Senior Inter-County match Noel Butler and Elise Lovell did manage to get a few athletes to Kingsmeadow on Sunday to fly the Sussex Flag.

It was very much a skeleton team that struggled into sixth place of the eight competing Counties but there were some outstanding performances by Sussex athletes.

Record Breaking in Under 15 League matches.

There was a Sussex Under 15 record breaking spree last week when the second of this season Under 15 League matches were held.

In the East division at Lewes, on Wednesday the home club’s Sam Dunstall improved the boys long jump mark with a fine leap of 5.77, and Brighton & Hove’s Elizabeth Korczak upped the girls javelin throwing mark to 36.55m.

In the girls 800 metres the first two runners bettered the existing record with Rose Chaplin (Eastbourne), the County Champion managing to hold off Alex Nann (Brighton & Hove) in 2:22.3s to 2:23.0.

Mullett takes British Steeplechase title.

Lewes’s Rob Mullett made another step on the road to run for Great Britain at the World Championships in London next month when he dominated the 3000m steeplechase in the British Championships at Birmingham on Saturday.

Running well within himself he controlled the race striding clear to a convincing victory over Bracknell’s Zac Seddon in 8:41.43 some ten seconds outside his best time this season.

Anning makes the Commonwealth - The Weekend

Amber Anning has been selected to represent England in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas later next month, but not in for the 400 metres.

Anning, who had to withdraw from the final of the National U20 400 metres because of a twinge two weeks back, lost her number one spot and almost assured place in the team to Liverpool’s Emma Alderson but has been selected for the 200 metres and the 4 x 400 metres relay.

Junior Boys Win at Kingsmeadow

The Sussex Schools junior Boy’s team were brilliant in the South East Schools Combined Events championships at Kingsmeadow over the weekend.

With a series of fine performances Adam Lindo and Spike Gleave filled the first two places in the Pentathlon and with Seb Wallace and Tom Ridley placing eighth and ninth the Sussex team trounced Hampshire by nearly three hundred points for victory.

Sussex Record for Anning, Mullet fourth, YDLg

Competing for the England Schools team in the 15th Jean Humbert Memorial ISF World Schools Athletics Championships at Nancy, France Amber Anning (Brighton & Hove) romped to a convincing victory in the U17 400 metres.

Run as a straight final Anning smashed the Sussex U17 and U20 records with a brilliant 54.23s beating the thirteen year old records set by fellow Brighton & Hove athlete Gaby Howell of 54.7s.

Anning, is believed to be the first ever Sussex winner at these championships, will now turn her attention to the triple jump tomorrow.

Varied Weekend -- UPDATE

Sussex athletes are out and about this weekend with Rob Mullett (Lewes) and Amber Anning (Brighton & Hove) both on International Duty and the South East Schools Combined Events championships at Kings Meadow.

Mullett will be steeplechasing for Britain in the Euro Athletics match at Lille while Anning will be competing for the England Schools team in the 15th Jean Humbert Memorial ISF World Schools Athletics Championships at Nancy, France. Anning will compete in the 400m on Monday and the triple jump on Tuesday.

Schools Inter-Counties -UPDATE

Despite all the travails that hit the Sussex Schools team at Basingstoke on Saturday there were many fine performances by Sussex athletes and several managed to achieve the standards that they had been chasing.

In the Intermediate (U17) boys age group Bailey Wright, who has been carrying all before him in the sprints in Sussex this season was an impressive winner with a personal best of 10.84s while the ever determined Joe Smith battled his way to an impressive victory in the 1500 metres in 4:02.23s with Will Broom not far away in fourth place in 4:07.16s.