Sussex Schools Athletics Association News

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.

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.

Fourth for Bethany and third for Year 8 Girls

Bethany Cook turned in another cracking run at the weekend when she donned the English schools vest for the International Schools Cross-country event at Margam Park, Port Talbot, Cardigan.

Probably the youngest runner in the junior (U15) girls race Cook was faced with her longest ever race at 4.2km and over the fast, tough course that included several sharp hills was not really suited to this light, long striding Moira House runner.

Final Cross-country event.

The accent is still with the Schools athletes this weekend when the final Cross-country fixture of the season takes place at the Priory Grounds, Reigate.

Further away however Sussex will be represented at the SIAB International at Port Talbot when Bethany Cook (Moira House), who finished second in the English Schools Junior race last weekend, is included in the England Schools team. England usually dominates at this event so it is possible for the Eastbourne youngster to get another medal.

Schools Inter Counties Cross Country - Saturday at Reigate Priory

The traditional exciting close of the Schools Cross Country season takes place this Saturday, 25th March, with the Inter County match for years 7 & 8. The SE England Inter-County Cross Country Championships will bring together the most talented U13/U14 athletes and promises to be a day to remember. We would remind all parents/athletes to allow plenty of time for parking and to report to the Sussex team managers at least one hour before their race for registration and warm up. Further details and the timetable can be found here.

Tremendous Results and Medals at English Schools

There were some tremendous results from the Sussex Schools teams at the English Schools championships at Norwich with Bethany Cook striking silver in the Junior Girls race and they gained silver and bronze team medals.

Cook from Moira House was one of the youngest runners in the Junior (U15) race and is still young enough to run in the same age group next year.

Will Junior Girls be best at Norwich?

Can the Sussex Schools teams match the performances of last weekend’s Sussex County teams when they line up for the English Schools' cross-country championships at Norwich on Saturday?

Last week at Loughborough the County teams did rather better, overall, than expected but they are not the same teams as the age groups are one year different.

The Weekend

Cross-country racing dominates the weekend’s activities with the South East Schools Inter-county championships at Brands Hatch taking pride of place and it is expected that there will be Sussex representation at the BUCS championships.