World Champ Best for Richards - Round up.

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World Championship best Alert!

Congratulations to Steyning's Ian Richards who has triumphed once again at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga with an M70 Race Walking 5000m World Championship Best of 25:51.34.

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History was made at the Sussex Combined event championships at Carshalton over the weekend when Barry and Joe Morris from Eastbourne became the first ever father and son to win Sussex championship titles at the same meeting.

Barry took the Masters Pentathlon title comfortably with 2658 points while son Joe with equal ease won the U20 Decathlon crown with 5241 points.

The only record of the weekend came in the Women’s Masters Pentathlon when Julia Machin (Brighton & Hove) pushed the championship best performance to a splendid 4250 points.

The closest battle of the weekend came at the other end of the age scale in the U13 Boys Pentathlon when Brighton & Hove’s Alex Riley just squeezed ahead of Fionn O’Murcha (Chichester) by just 10 points with 1620 points.

The U13 girls title also proved a close battle with Madeleine Way (Horsham) scoring 1881 points to Dulcie Yelling’s (Brighton & Hove) 1858 as did the U17 women’s Heptathlon where Esme Campbell-Marshall (Eastbourne) notched up 3690 points to Eli Middleton’s (Worthing) 3663.

Adam Lindo (Crawley) won the U17 men’s Octathlon with 4462points ahead of Pyers Lockwood (Eastbourne) 4332 and Isabelle Humphreys (Crawley) took the U15 Pentathlon with 2863 with Katie Ridley (Brighton & Hove) 2511.

There were pretty good battles in the younger age group events but senior competitors were sparse.

Steeplechase championships, which have been held in conjunction with this event for several years did not seem to attract many, just U17 competitors for the 1500m races but in each case Lois Dooley (Brighton & Hove) in 5:28.71s and Hugo Hewitt (Crawley) 4:34.27s turned in faster times than the fastest Sussex runners last year.

The introduction of the walking championships to this fixture showed more support for race walking than for several years with U20 performer Oliver Hopkins and Eva Payton-White U17, both from Lewes, clocking the fastest 3,000m times of the day with 14:44.75s and 17:31.34s respectively.

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The previous weekend in the Schools Games at Loughborough competing for the South of England U17 team Lizzie Korczak (Brighton & Hove) finished second in the javelin throw with 44.80m and Sam Illsley (Worthing) threw 53.95m for fifth place in the hammer throw.