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Leading Young Sussex Athletes attend Track & Field Squad

On Sunday forty of the county’s top U13 athletes from the 2015 season congregated at Broadbridge Heath Stadium, Horsham, to take part in the first of four Squad sessions.

Dave Ingram and Pat Apantaku led the session indoors in the the Tube, which began with some fun warm-up games to get everyone moving.  After that the group split into two, one going to Pat for sprint work and the other to Dave for shot.  After the break the two groups swapped round so that everyone benefitted from both sessions.  The sessions included various drills which focussed on specific technique for sprinting and shot putting.  Athletes were shown the drills and then worked on them with the help of the assistants, Caroline and Chloe, in order to ensure they were being performed correctly.  Parents and coaches had been invited to watch the sessions and some took advantage of this.

After a break for snacks, the athletes were taken through a core and conditioning session on mats, again focussing on performing the various exercises accurately.

Athletes enjoyed their first session and mingled with members from various clubs – Horsham Blue Stars, Crawley AC, Brighton and Hove AC, Haywards Heath Harriers, East Grinstead, Worthing, Chichester and Brighton Phoenix. 

The next three sessions will cover Hurdles/Discus (24/01), High Jump/Pole Vault (14/02) and Long Jump/Javelin (13/03).

For further information, please contact squad organiser, Fiona Newport on

Bready, Steady, Go!  Lewes AC ready for take off with newly re-surfaced track

Members and guests of Lewes Athletics Club marked the official re-opening of the Lewes Community Track on Tuesday with a mass celebratory run round the recently resurfaced track.  Chairman Peter Masters and Ian Cummings; club member, guest for the evening and finalist in the 2015 Great British Bake Off, cut the ribbon and fired the starting gun.

Nearly 300 members aged between 9 to 75 took in the 400m run and then made a beeline for the club tent for the cutting of the cake which had been specially baked and presented to the club by Ian.

A big thank you from members of Lewes AC was extended to the partners whose financial contributions towards the project enabled it to happen. The £160,000 required to resurface the track was raised by the club and only made possible by the generosity of a number of organisations. These including a £40,500 capital fund investment from England Athletics, East Sussex County Council,  Lewes Town Council, Priory School, Sussex Athletics, Sussex Downs College, Wave Leisure. The club itself contributed over £50,000 towards the resurfacing project.

Microphone in hand, Club Chairman Peter took the opportunity to thank those for their help and contributions and highlighted some of the many and varied achievements and outstanding performances achieved by club members over the last 12 months.

He shared with guests the club’s motto - Success Through Enjoyment - and emphasised this covered both athletic success as well as social and life skills success. The realisation of the motto was evident by the energy and enthusiasm on display throughout the chilly evening’s event which also included full training sessions.

The club has continued to grow in numbers and strength over the last few years and the string of activities and list of achievements certainly convinced visitors that that Lewes AC has something for everyone.  The club offers athletics in every discipline to every age and ability, and with over 46,000 individual uses of the track through the year it is no wonder that the track needed resurfacing.

On the fundraising effort which has taken over a year Chairman Peter Masters commented that “it was truly a cooperative effort by all those concerned. The club, never one to pass around the begging bowl, led the resurfacing project and by the injected its own funds and by showing the contribution the club makes to the local community persuaded others to come on board.”

Councillor Elkin - the Deputy Leader of East Sussex County Council and Project Manager Clare Rowsell congratulated the club in their effort to raise the funds. The re-opening ceremony was joined by Tony Smith and Ian Fines from Priory School, Martin Etchells the President of Sussex County AA, Councillor Susan Murray and Consort Roger Murray from Lewes Town Council, David Fern from the contractor's Charles Lawrence, Wave Leisure Chief Executive Duncan Kerr and Neil Deans & Elspeth Turner from England Athletics. They all wished the club continued success and hours of pleasure on the newly surfaced track. 

by Elspeth Turner

Sussex Endurance Squad

The second Sussex Endurance Squad day 2015-16 is taking place on Sunday 8th November at Tilgate Park, in Crawley. More than 70 of the county's leading young athletes are expected to attend the session.  Coaches are invited to come along and get involved in the training.  For more information contact Alan Swetman by email

Dawn Piechoczek – Memorial Service10th Oct 2015

Dawn's family, friends and former colleagues are invited to a memorial service at: Bartholomew Barn, Kirdford, West Sussex. RH14 0LN on Friday 16th October at 14:00. The dress code is Colourful. There will be drinks and a buffet afterwards. If you are intending to join  please drop an email to or text 07973828001 to help give an idea of numbers. 

Sussex Squads Winter Schedule  


Many of the county's leading young athletes will again be taking part in the Sussex Winter Endurance and Track and Field Squads 2015/16. 

The first session for the Endurance Squad led by Alan Swetman, John Clements and Dave Leach has already taken place. Nearly 70 young athletes began the day at Camber Sands before moving on to Hastings Athletics track for a strength and conditioning session with Paul McCleery, who put them through their paces. Feedback from the exhausted athletes (pictured above) has been very positive.  

There are four more Endurance sessions over the  Winter/ Spring. 

  • Sunday 8th November      - Tilgate park nr Crawley
  • Saturday November 28th  - Stanmer park nr Brighton
  • Sunday March 20th 2016  - Broadbridge Heath Athletics Track, Horsham
  • Sunday 10th April  2016   - Lewes AC Track 

Coaches are invited to attend and get involved in the training sessions. For more information contact Alan Swetman by email

The Track & Field Squad is being led by Fiona Newport and Dave Ingram. Invites for Under 13’s have been forwarded to team managers. There are four dates and the venue for all is indoors at the Tube in Horsham. Under 15’s and Under 17’s will be offered event specific workshops/masterclasses in sprints, hurdles (sprint and long) and jumps and their team managers and coaches are being asked to recommend other coaches from across the region they would like to work with.  

Sunday 29th November

Sunday 24th January

Sunday 14th February

Sunday 13th March

For more information contact Fiona Newport by email

Dawn Piechoczek

Sussex Athletics is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Dawn Piechoczek after her brave fight with cancer. Until struck by illness just under two years ago Dawn served as Administrator for the Sussex Athletics Network and County Association where she brought diligence, efficiency and sense of humour to her role in the administration and organisation of all aspects of athletics, road running and cross country in the county. 

As Club Secretary for Mel’s Milers not only was Dawn a good organiser, a popular and much loved club member but also a keen and talented runner who frequently picked up age group prizes. She and club members regularly took part in races all over Sussex, further afield and on trips abroad which Dawn often organised. 

Dawn will be sadly missed by her friends and club members in Mels Milers and the wider athletics community throughout Sussex. 

Dawn leaves a husband Johnny and three children Kerry, Esme and Guy. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. 

Details of the funeral will be posted on the website shortly. 

Chichester Athlete Is Honoured For Inspiring People to Run

Congratulations to Rob Wiggins of Chichester Runners AC who won the Run England Group Leader of the Year Award at the  2015 England Athletics South East Regional Awards. 

County Championship dates 2016 

Following a survey by UKA,  the Track and Field County Championships in 2016 will be held on the second weekend of May [14th/15th]. There will be no alternative date. 

All Counties were surveyed and of the 75% that responded over 60% opted for the that weekend. The only clash of events will be with the England combined events which cannot be moved for 2016. It is hoped in the future that this clash may be resolved”. 

Update on Proposed Changed to Age Groups Consultation
UKA has announced that the planned changes to the Young Athletes age groupings which will now remain unchanged. “It was clear from the responses received that the majority were not in favour of adopting IAAF Age Groups, and consequently the Rules Advisory Group will not be recommending any change in the current Age Groups to the Board of UK Athletics as part of the proposed amendments to the 2016-18 Rule Book”. 

Upcoming Coaching courses in Sussex and the regions

Are you interested in becoming an athletics or running coach? Courses will be taking place throughout the Autumn and New Year - details below. Contact your local athletics club to find out about funding. To book a place and find out more information CLICK HERE.

Coaching Assistant - Cost £230 but to those working with affiliated clubs £170.  

SC0931 Sat & Sun 03-04/10/15    Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Horsham 
SC0881 Sat & Sun 21-22/11/15    The Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford

Leadership in Running Fitness - Cost £155 but to those working with affiliated clubs £135. 

SC0922 03/10/15                            The Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford

SC0932 17/10/15                            Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Horsham

Coach in Running Fitness - Cost £410 but to those working with affiliated clubs £250.

SC0880a 24-25/10/15   Day 1 & 2    The Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford
SC0880b 28/11/15        Day 3             The Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford
SC0880c 16/04/16        Assessment      The Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford
SC0934a 9-10/01/16     Day 1 & 2    Broadbridge Heath LC, Horsham 
SC0934b 27/02/16         Day 3            Broadbridge Heath LC, Horsham
SC0934c 18/06/16         Assessment    Broadbridge Heath LC, Horsham
Athletics Coach - Cost £410 but to those working with affiliated clubs £250

SC0879a 24-25/10/15  Day 1 & 2     The Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford
SC0879b 28/11/15       Day 3             The Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford
SC0879c 16/04/16       Assessment     The Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford
SC0879a 9-10/01/16   Day 1 & 2     Broadbridge Heath LC, Horsham
SC0879b 27/02/16       Day 3             Broadbridge Heath LC, Horsham
SC0879c 18/06/16       Assessment        Broadbridge Heath LC, Horsham

Lewes and Withdean Tracks to close temporarily

Lewes AC young athletes wave a Usain Bolt goodbye to the old surface of the Lewes running track
Lewes AC Startrack athletes give a Usain Bolt goodbye to the old surface of the  Lewes Running Track. 

Athletes in Brighton & Hove and Lewes will be looking for alternative training venues throughout September when both the Withdean and Lewes athletic tracks close for resurfacing and remarking. 

Lewes is first out of the blocks, as they are getting a full resurface. The track will be closed from Monday 24th August for eight weeks. Completed in 1999 and having over 46,000 individual uses in a year, the track surface is now showing signs of wear. The Lewes club initially raised the £658,000 to build the community track in the first place and have again led the fundraising to put together a £158,000 package to enable the resurfacing works to go ahead. In addition to a large financial contribution by the club itself there has also been significant financial and professional help from East Sussex County Council, the Lewes Town Council, Priory School, Sussex Downs College, Wave Leisure and Sussex and England Athletics.

Withdean, which is receiving an extra top surface so the line markings can be re-done, will close on 6th September for four weeks only. 

England Athletics Wants Your Views

The England Athletics 2015 Consultation Survey is now live. CLICK HERE to access. 

"Following consultations in 2012, 2013 and 2014 England Athletics is committed to ongoing engagement with clubs and other stakeholders within the sport.

Clubs and member bodies are the sport and the focus of the 2015 events and following online consultation therefore are on the support available from England Athletics to members."
Documents, including the presentation slides and meeting notes, from this year's consultation events are now available to view at:

Sussex Championship Titles up for grabs in September!

A range of Sussex titles will be decided in September.  On Sunday 6th September the County 3000m Championships for U20 and Senior Men will take place at Crawley's K2 during the U13 Sussex League Final. 

The following weekend of the 12th and 13th September the annual Combined Events, Walk and Steeplechase titles will be contested at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton.

The Combined Events competition is for athletes from U13 to veteran and entry forms for this, the steeplechase championships and the 3000m can be found on the Sussex AA website: CLICK HERE.  

The 3K-track race walking championships is entry on the day only.  The events starts at 10.15 on Sunday 13th September and is open to the following age groups U15 boys, U17 men, U20 men and Senior Men, U17 women, U20 women and Senior Women. Please register with Keith May an hour before the race. The cost is £4.00. For more information about the race walking championships contact Ron Penfold, Telephone  01293-520506  or  Email Ron          

The venue address is: David Weir Leisure Centre, Middleton Road, Carshalton, Surrey.  SM5 1SL

Free entry to the Sussex Schools Combined Events Championships 

Calling all would be Jessica Ennis-Hill's and Daley Thompson's - the Sussex Schools Combined Events Championships take place at K2, Crawley on Wednesday 27th May.  For year 7 athletes there is a quadrathlon (Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot and 800m). For Years 8/9 and 10/11,  athletes add the High Jump to complete a pentathlon. This event is during the May half term and parents and athletes can enter themselves. It does not have to come via the school. Any Year 12 & 13 athletes who want to be considered for the Sussex team for the Regional Combined Events Championships (27th-28th June) should contact Steve King directly at:,  Telephone: 07958284587.
Entry is free and the form and details are on the Schools Championships page of the Sussex AA website - CLICK HERE.

Get involved in the debate about proposed changes to the Age Groups to bring the UK in line with the IAAF

The consultation on the 2016 UKA Rules for Competition is now open. Everyone in athletics is encouraged to make the most of this opportunity to submit your views to British Athletics including on the specific subjects raised. The Announcement is as follows and can also be viewed on the British Athletics website by CLICKING HERE

The consultation period for rule change proposals for the 2016 rule book is now open.

The proposed changes would include age groups, with proposals seeing us come in line with IAAF rules. 

Timelines for the consultations can be found below, along with the changes themselves and a number of FAQ's. 

Please submit all proposals on rule changes to by Monday 27th July 2015 using the template below.

SEAA calls on members to attend the England Athletics Consultation Meetings 2015

Following consultations over the past three years,  England Athletics will again be coming to Crawley in May, as part of their 2015 programme for the development of a longer-term strategy for the sport. 

The focus of the 2015 events is the support available from England Athletics to members.The meetings will be an opportunity for volunteers, athletes and others involved in the sport to feedback their views on where England Athletics should be focusing support, what they value and where they would like to see increased or decreased investment. It will also be an opportunity to hear more about England Athletics’ new commercial partnerships and some of the benefits to members that have arisen from these.
The South of England AA (SEAA) is urging all clubs/members to attend the upcoming England Athletics meetings which are taking place over the next couple of months. In an open letter SEAA chairman John Gebbels has spoken about the way in which England Athletics spends the money raised from Athlete registration fees. Some of this is given as 'grant aid' to support individual championships indoors and out. However Gebbels said it is, 'not large enough to cover all the SEAA's costs' or those of Midland Counties and Northern Athletics. The three regions have jointly proposed that England Athletics allocate, 'a fixed amount of the registration fee to the areas' which he said,'would give a direct return of the money you pay to the grass roots'.

If you want to contribute to the debate contact John Gebbels via email by Clicking Here.  For general information about the consultation meetings Click here. 
The Sussex meeting is on 13th May at Crawley Town FC, Winfield Way, Broadfield, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RX. It is open to all interested parties. 

Race Walking Competitions at Lewes in April 

Calling all would be race walkers. There will be an open walks competition at the Lewes track on the 11th April. Competition is open to all levels and ages from 9 upwards and entry is only £2.00. The timings are as follows:   

14:00  - 600m and 1K for beginners
14:15  - 2K – 3K-  5k  (combined) 

The track is behind the Leisure centre at Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2XG.

For more information and entry details please contact Pete Selby by e-mail CLICK HERE or phone 07721 747 999. 

Help your club - Train to be an official!

The following officials courses are taking place at Haywards Heath on 1st March 2015. 

Health & Safety – 1.5 hours £10
Level 2 Track - £30 All day
Level 2 Timekeeper - £30 all day
Level 2 Starter/Marksman - £30 All day

Click here for details via the England Athletics website.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who may be interested, the Health & Safety course would be particularly useful for those of you that help out who are not qualified and as a first step to further qualifications. Clubs will often pay for these so speak to your club secretary before booking.  

Entry deadline looms for 2015 Sussex Indoor Championships

The entry deadline for the Sussex AA Indoor Championships is next Thursday 5th February.  The event which takes place across the weekend of the 14th and 15th February is open to all age groups from U13 upwards. Once again it  will be run in conjunction with Surrey AA. The venue is the David Weir Leisure Centre (formerly known as the Sutton Arena), Middleton Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 1SL.

For details and entry form CLICK HERE.

Elite Throws Academy launched

Two of the Britain's greatest ever throwers are behind a new throws academy which launched at Brighton University Sports Centre last Sunday. Shot Putters Judy Oakes O.B.E. and Mike Winch alongside Throws specialists Karl Lasis and Bob Willows aim to "improve the chances of young athletes and their coaches" to fulfil their sporting potential. The Elite Academy (South) will be open to youngsters aged between 13 and 23, who are ranked in the top 50 of their age group. The Sussex Athletics Network is supporting the initiative.

The Academy’s activities will be centred at Lewes AC, Brighton and Hove AC, Crawley AC and at Brighton University Sports Centre.  Indoor training facilities have been made available by Wave Leisure Ltd on inclement days at Lewes, and Brighton University have ensured the very best of strength and conditioning facilities at their sports centre in Falmer.  

For more information contact Judy Oakes on 079444 52059 or by email click here.

2015 Brighton Marathon Mini Mile entries now open
Entries for this year's Mini Mile are now live. The race for athletes aged from 7-17 takes place at Brighton's Preston Park on Saturday 11th April - the day before the main Brighton Marathon.  NEW for 2015 is the opportunity to get a group of friends together perhaps from school or your club for a chance to run as a team and to win prizes!

Early Bird - £8.50 per entry (AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!)
£11.50 thereafter
​£15.00 from 1st March until 13th March
Entries close 13th March

Full details and on-line entry information can be found on the Mini Mile site by Clicking Here

1419672818-000.BoxingDayRace Walking Opportunities 2015

Peter Selby is once more organising a range of race walk coaching opportunities over the next few months. The next session will be on Sunday 22nd February 2015 at the Lewes AC track. The session from 10Am to Noon is for all ages and levels, so novices are welcome. The entry fee at the track is £2. Address: Lewes Leisure Centre, Mountfield Road, Lewes . further details contact Peter Selby on  or 07721747999
Peter will also be promoting an open race meeting on Saturday 11th  April at Lewes - further details to follow. 

Jordan Triumphs

JordanSixteen year old Jordan Okonta from Littlehampton, a member of the Worthing and Littlehampton Special Olympics group held off strong competition to be named as the 2014 Sussex Sports Awards 'Disabled Sports Personality of the Year'.  

An accomplished all rounder and double gold medallist at the Special Olympics GB National Games, full-time student Jordan has recently been selected to represent Team GB at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles in July 2015. However unlike at the Olympic Games,  Special Olympic athletes are expected to pay their own costs and Jordan's family is striving to raise the £2500 which will enable him to make the trip to this event. Friends and Family have raised half the money so the target is within sight. For more information please contact Claire Moyle, who is Jordan's coach at Worthing Special Olympics & Worthing District Harriers, by e-mail - or Jordan's mother Cathy by clicking here.

Club Partnership of the Year - Sussex & Worthing Wheelchair Racing Group

On a wet Tuesday evening at Worthing Leisure Centre over 50 members of Worthing & District Harriers (WDH) gathered to congratulate Club Partnership of the Year being awarded to the Sussex & Worthing Wheelchair Racing Group. 

Founding members of the group coach -  Claire Moyle, coach at Worthing Special Olympics & Worthing District Harriers, Julian Stevens -  Active Communities Manager at Adur & Worthing Borough Council and a volunteer coach, along with Gavin Stephens the Chair of WDH received the award from South East Regional Councillor Stuart Condie and England Athletics Club and Coach Support Officer Elspeth Turner.
The Sussex & Worthing Wheelchair Group was deemed an outstanding example of how a club, Worthing District Harriers; the Adur & Worthing Borough Council and the Sussex Athletics Network have worked together. The group has raised funds to purchase wheelchairs and equipment, recruited and trained coaches through courses and enjoyed a Flying Coach visit from Paralympic legend, David Weir’s coach - Jenny Archer. The have also arranged competition by encouraging Network clubs to include wheelchair races in their programme and have set up a training environment  for newcomers to participate in the sport of wheelchair racing across the county of Sussex. Inspired by the 2012 Paralympics the group has great hopes for the future. 

November Coaching Workshops

There are a few places remaining on three coaches workshops taking place at Broadbridge Heath, Horsham on the 29th of this month. The courses are open to any coaches of Level 2/ Coaching Assistant and above or Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) or above for the Nutrition workshop. The Courses are: Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes - led by Andy Neal, Nutrition for Endurance with Sarah Russell and Sprints - Dynamic Warm Ups and Starts with Steve King. 
To book a place contact Elspeth Turner CLICK HERE or ring 07815 072558 . 

Sussex Winter Squads Underway

Many of the county's leading young athletes have been taking part in the Sussex Winter Endurance and Track and Field Squads 2014/15. 

Since October the Endurance Squad led by Alan Swetman, John Clements and Dave Leach, has run three sessions for the 84 athletes who joined the squad this year. Fifty to sixty athletes have attended each session. The programme started with a beach & sand dune session at Camber Sands which included 90 minutes of running reps on the sand before the group adjourned to a sports hall in Hastings where athletes were put through their paces with a 40-minute circuit training session.  Whilst it ended with a lot of tired bodies the general feedback was that this had been a very successful and enjoyable session.  Many thanks to the Hastings Club for organising the day.

October 12th was the first of two days of this year’s programme to be held at St.Mary’s University in Twickenham, now a favoured university for endurance athletes.  A tempo grass running session and an ‘Oregon’ circuit were sandwiched between two lecture sessions where UK internationals Charlie Grice and Johnny Davies gave valuable insights into their own athletics careers to date and tips for up and coming runners.

In a year of mainly good weather we enjoyed the craziest of autumn sunshine at Goodwood in November for the last of the Autumn meets. The Hampshire league XC at the same venue the day before had been a complete washout. After some drill bases the mainstay of the day was hill reps over a variety of distances and we finished with a team relays over a 300m course.  The day finished with what was clearly the highlight of the programme for many athletes when the squad t shirts were handed out!

The Endurance Squad now takes a break in the programme as Cross Country competition will dominate the calendar for the next few months but will be back in March and April for further sessions which will focus on the track season. The energy, enthusiasm and hard work of all the athletes has been really noteworthy this year and everyone looks forward to seeing some inspired performances in the coming months.  With many thanks to everyone involved with the programme this year – see you all in March.

(Alan Swetman) 

The first of the Sussex Network Winter Track and Field Squad days took place at Broadbridge Heath, Horsham on Sunday 2nd November. Around 50 of the top under 13 and under 15 athletes arrived, collected their Squad shirts and went into the session.  They were taken through a warm-up routine by coaches Dave Ingram and Patrick Apantaku and were then tested on short sprints, agility, standing long jump and medicine ball throw. In the meantime, parents attended a talk on Nutrition presented by Adam Lewis.  This was a general introduction, which concluded with questions from the floor and a handout. 

After the tests, the athletes were divided into three groups and  taken through some core/strength exercises without equipment and then with medicine balls.  The session finished at 1pm with handouts listing the core exercises on which to focus.
Feedback was positive and the session was enjoyed by parents and athletes alike.  However, very few coaches attended so it would be good to see a few more in future. The next Track & Field sessions will take place on:-
Sunday 7th December (Horsham) – introduction to drills (led by long jump coach, John Shepherd) plus Q&A session with 2014 Commonwealth, medal-winning discus thrower - Jade Lally.
Saturday 28th February (Horsham) – U15’s (those 14 or over) - Leadership in Athletics Course, younger athletes – multi-events
Sunday 22nd March (Lewes) – event specific coaching.
Any queries about track and field please contact Fiona Newport on For the Endurance squad email Alan Swetman on

Reg Hook and Jon Bigg Honoured

Reg Hook has been named as Volunteer of the Year 2014 at the Brighton & Hove City Sports Awards. Reg, 80 was awarded for his outstanding dedication and support of local athletics for more than 50 years. He dedicates much of his time behind the scenes to ensure others can enjoy a sport they love. Reg compiled the first ever list of Brighton Records starting with senior men and eventually producing records through the age groups, and has been a committee member of Brighton & Hove Athletics Club since 1949. He has also been a member of the Sussex Schools Athletics Committee for more than 50 years. Reg has for many years been, and continues to be, a linchpin for athletics in the city and the county. He is though still trying to retire so any would be reporters please contact him on the address above. To watch Reg's winners video CLICK HERE.

Well done also to Jon Bigg of Phoenix Athletics who won Coach of the Year for his ability to support young athletes to aspire to and achieve the highest possible levels in their sport. Coaching national champions at a variety of age groups, Jon has been instrumental in the development of local athlete Charlie Grice, supporting him to become a national champion at Senior level and compete at this year’s Commonwealth Games, Jon's coaching is truly raising the profile of athletics in Sussex. To view Jon's video CLICK HERE.

Wheelchair Racing Group & Horsham Coach win Regional Awards

Congratulations to the Sussex and Worthing Wheelchair Racing Group which has been honoured at the England Athletics Regional Awards. The Worthing based group won 'Club Partnership of the Year' 2014.  It was formed last year and is a collaboration between the Sussex Athletics Network and Worthing & District Harriers. Disability coach Claire Moyle and Julian Stevens are the driving forces behind the success of the group, which caters for all ages and levels - including complete beginners. If you would like to try this exciting sport please click here to see the wheelchair racing flier and contact Claire Moyle if interested - Tel: 07762 013949email or Julian Stevens on 01273 263104email

There were further Sussex celebrations for Horsham's Andy Neal, who was crowned 'Coach of the Year.'  He established the Target 69 Throws Squad. The philosophy behind it is a stretching target (69m Discus - 69 feet Shot Putt) for 'dedicated, hard working, clean athletes'. Neal is coach to Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 Discus Bronze medallist - Jade Lally. Jade, originally from Crawley, is now based at Broadbridge Heath. 

Officials Education and Training Courses – November 2014

UKA will be running Level 3 Officials Courses and Competition Management Award Courses on the 1st weekend in November. For more information cut and paste the following link:

Late Season Open Meetings 

It is never too late for a seasons best. Horsham Blue Star Harriers are hosting their annual summer open on Sunday 31st August, at Broadbridge Heath. For entry details CLICK HERE. Meanwhile Freedom Leisure have their inaugural evening open at Withdean Stadium, Brighton on Wednesday 27th August. This will feature electronic timing and photo finish. For entry CLICK HERE.

Calling all Wheelchair Racers

A 100m sprint wheelchair race will be taking place on Wednesday 13th August at Withdean Stadium in Brighton. It will be the first competitive wheelchair race on the recently refurbished track and is part of Brighton & Hove AC's track and field evening open. The race will start at 18:25. All enquiries to Richard Carter on 07711243393 or e-mail    

1K & 2K Development Walking Races - Come and Have a Go!

Peter Selby of Surrey Walking Club (in conjunction with B&H AC) has organised timed 1K & 2K race walks at Withdean Stadium in Brighton on Friday 25th July. The races, which begin at 7PM, are open to anyone aged 9+, whether a novice or a seasoned walker, and the cost is £1. For more information contact Peter Selby at or 07721 747999.

Sussex IT and Social Media Project - Expressions of interest invited

The Sussex Athletics Network has initiated a project to take a hard and fundamental look at whether and in what way IT and the Social Media might be better used for the benefit of athletics and athletes in Sussex. As a first step we are calling for expressions of interest from those individuals and/or firms that would like to be considered to undertake the project. This expression of interest should be no longer than the equivalent of two pages of A4.

It should set down who would undertake the project and their qualifications and their experience that would make them suitable for appointment by the Sussex Network. It should highlight projects of a similar nature that have been undertaken with evidence of their success. The expression of interest should also highlight the ability to proceed to undertake stage one of the project as detailed in the brief.

Other information considered relevant to the expression of interest and to the successful completion of the project may be included. These expressions of interest will be evaluated by the Sussex Athletics Network. Following this evaluation a decision will be taken over whom to invite to proceed to undertake stage one of the brief

These expressions of interest should be e-mailed to Peter Masters by the Monday 28th July 2014 to with a copy to Melanie Anning at

To view brief CLICK HERE

Project Leader role to develop an U17/U20 squad

The Sussex Athletics Network is investigating the possibility of developing an Under 17 / Under 20 squad in the county and region. If you are interested in this role please CLICK HERE for the brief and contact Peter Masters of SAN directly for more information:

Race Walking Bonanza

Peter Selby of Surrey Walking Club is offering further coaching sessions in race walking for novices and beginners. The next date for you diary is Friday 25th July at Withdean Stadium in Brighton. The training will begin at 6.30 pm and finish between 7.30 and 8.00 pm. All adults and children from age 9 are welcome and the sessions are FREE. This opportunity is open to everyone whether you are a club athlete or a couch potato. You do not need to be a club member to join in. Come along and give it a go. It won't cost you a penny and Peter promises it will be FUN! 

EDM training put into practise at Sussex T&F championshipsEDM5

Sussex field officials have given a unanimous "thumbs up" to the EDM unit, which many of them used for the first time at the Sussex Track and Field Championships in May. "It really speeded everything up," said Guy Milnthorpe. He was one of nineteen officials who had attended the Sussex Athletics Network organised EDM training, just five days before the Championships. The fast paced, hands on session was led by Surrey's Peter Crawshaw. The Electronic Measuring Device is used by field officials to measure throws and jumps and was used at the Championships for discus, javelin and hammer.  The network has use of the unit for the rest of the T&F season.  

More Race Walking 

Following on from the success of earlier sessions and a strong turnout for the 1K open at K2 in May 2014, Peter Selby will be running another race walk training night at Withdean Stadium, Brighton on Friday 23rd May. 

Peter will again give instruction to novices and improvers on technique and rules. Complete beginners are welcome. The session is free and available to all would be walkers aged 9 to veteran, including non-club members and members of other clubs. Try something new and bring a friend.

Time 18:30 - 19:30/20:00. Further details from Peter Selby or 07721747999.

First steps in coaching

If you want to get involved in coaching athletes the next two-day coaching assistant course takes place in Eastbourne on June 26th/ 27th. For more information CLICK HERE. Contact Rebecca Turford -

South of England Track and Field Championships & Open Events

Details of the SEAA T&F Championships 2014 for all age groups and entry forms are available on the Sussex Athletics site. There are new Relay Championships, All Ages Open Events and U13 Open Events.  CLICK HERE

Free EDM Training for Sussex Officials

The Sussex Athletics Network has organised a ‘hands on’ EDM training session for officials on Monday 19th May. The Electronic Measuring Device is used by field officials to measure throws and jumps. It speeds up the process considerably. The network has just agreed the loan of an EDM unit, which will be in place for some of the major events across the county this summer.

The session will be led by Peter Crawshaw, from Surrey. The aim is to show Sussex officials how to set up and operate the equipment and give them the opportunity to practise away from the pressure of competition.

Depending on numbers there may be two time slots, with one beginning at 18:00 and the second at 19:30. The address is:  Whitemans Green, Cuckfield, just west of Haywards Heath, on Monday 19th May, with a fall back date of Wednesday 21st May, if the weather forecast is poor.

Please contact John Gill for more details and to book your place:

World Record Holder shares tips with novice Race Walkers - More Sessions Coming Soon

There was a strong turnout for the race walking training led by coach Peter Selby at Withdean stadium in Brighton. The session was aimed particularly at novices and the seventeen attendees covered a wide age range. Peter was especially pleased to see some children within the group, all-willing to try a new athletic discipline. It was also encouraging to see some non-club members.

All enjoyed the various drills and explanations of rules and technique. The training was enhanced by the presence of O65 3K World Record Holder, Ian Richards, who race-walked in the 1980 Olympics, and Julie Drake, a former international and British record holder. They offered advice and demonstrated the style and speed of top level race walking. The evening finished with a 1000m time trial which left everyone breathing hard.

Peter will be offering further sessions in the coming months with new faces very welcome. Watch this space for dates.

There is also the chance to compete at K2 this Thursday - 1st May 2014- at an open meeting. The 1000m race walk starts 8.30 pm. Age groups are from U13 to Vet and the race is free to encourage novices. See 

Further details from Peter Selby or 07721747999.

On-Line Entry for Sussex Masters Championships 2014

The Sussex County AA Masters Championships, incorporating VAC is taking place on 1st June 2014 at Ewell Court in Epsom, alongside the Surrey Masters Competition. Athletes who are 35 or older can enter on-line this year. Full details and entry form are on the Sussex County AA site: 

Run_England_image           Running Leaders Wanted - It Could be You!

Would you like to help others enjoy running and improve their fitness? Could you lead a group of beginner runners? Then get involved with Run Sussex and become a Run Leader!

Sussex Athletics Network with Run England in Sussex is offering discounted places on the Leadership in Running Fitness course – the first step in getting started.

Want to know more? Then please get in touch with Marion Hemsworth, Sussex Running Activator.


H: 01444 414475

M: 07759 543522

England Athletics Club Conferences

England Athletics are holding a series of Club Conferences over the next few weeks. These events are open to all club members - everyone is welcome. 

Topics under discussion will include Affiliation and Membership and England Athletics’ spending priorities, alongside sessions on issues relevant to this region. There will also be a demonstration of the England Athletics online portal for membership secretaries, athletes and volunteers and the opportunity to ask questions about how it works and how to make the most of its functions. 

Tony Shiret, Chair of the National Council, said: “The best ideas come from the clubs and their volunteers. The conferences and the consultation later in the year will put us in a stronger position because we can show that we have the backing of the sport. That is why a good turnout matters to the clubs.”

To register, email and state your name, club and your role within the club.

There are two South East conferences, with one of them at Crawley Town FC on Wednesday 30th April from 19:00 - 21:30. 

New Sussex Wheelchair Racing Opportunities

Are you inspired by Hannah Cockroft or David Weir? Sussex Athletics Network in partnership with Worthing District Harriers Inclusive Athletics are pleased to announce a second regular training day for would-be Wheelchair Racers. This new session, led by disability coach Claire Moyle and Julian Stevens, caters for all ages and levels - including complete beginners - who would like to try this exciting sport.  

This session is in addition to the Tuesday evening group at Worthing Leisure Centre (5:00-6:00pm), which has been running since January. Training begins on Saturday 26th April 2014 from 10:30am-11:30.
Please click here to see the wheelchair racing flier and contact Claire Moyle if interested - 
Tel:  07762 013949email or Julian Stevens on 01273 263104, email

Successful Sussex Squad Days 2013-14

On a beautiful Spring morning in March, 44 athletes, their coaches and parents arrived at Lewes AC for the last Sussex County Track & Field Squad Day.  In the first session at Horsham in November, athletes had been tested for explosive speed, strength and general fitness. Four months later they were retested to see how much they had improved over the winter period.   

The three previous session had covered strength and conditioning led by former GB international pole vaulter, Nick Buckfield, skills and drills run by Steve King and John Shepherd – a former GB long jumper - and a ‘Mix it Up’ session where the young athletes were encouraged to try out events in which they do not normally compete.

Sussex Athletics Network Squad Coordinator Fiona Newport said, "This winter we wanted to introduce the athletes to a wide range of activities other than their individual specialist event coaching sessions and over the four sessions we were able to do this. The athletes also enjoyed the Q&A sessions with top Sussex heptathlete, Jo Rowland, and parents had their own session at the start of the winter in which they could raise any issues about how to support their talented offspring."

'How to support your child through their athletic journey' led by Steve King. View presentation slides by clicking here  or by clicking here you can download the 'Long Term Athlete Development' leaflet by Mark Dayson.

Any questions regarding the Track & Field Squad Days should be directed to Fiona Newport at

Ninety-one athletes in total attended the eight county Endurance Squad Days, organised by Sussex Network Squad Coordinator Alan Swetman. These included sessions on planning and goal setting, sports psychology and injury prevention. Alan said, "We usually had groups of around 70 athletes.  There was a mix of sessions and venues with five at St Mary's University. They covered plyometrics, strength and conditioning with various sessions on the track. The classroom sessions looked at diet and the psychological aspects of performing at a high level.  A Q&A with Olympic 1500m semi finalist Ross Murray was especially popular."  Away from St Mary's there were hill sessions at Goodwood and Camber Sands and finally a track session at Lewes. Alan said, "The athletes worked hard over the eight sessions and hopefully learned a lot which will improve their performance this year." For more details contact Alan Swetman at


Getting more people involved with Athletics

England Athletics has produced a series of posters, leaflets and resources to help clubs let parents, helpers, potential coaches and officials  know of what courses and opportunities are available - where and when. Full information is available at . Please see the website or contact Elspeth Turner for more information: 
Upcoming courses taking place locally are listed below.

Athletics Coach 10th-11th May 2014:
Aldershot Military Stadium, Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2LJ
Coaching Assistant 26th-27th May 2014: 
University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE
Athletics Coach - Assessment Day 28th June 2014:
Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Wickhurst Lane, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 3YS
Coach in Running Fitness - Assessment Day 28th June 2014:
Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Wickhurst Lane, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 3YS
Leadership in Running Fitness 13th July 2014:
The Triangle Leisure Centre, Triangle Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 8WA  

Park Runs

Park Runs are weekly 5K time trials held throughout the UK. They are open to all ages and abilities, free, safe and easy to take part inThe runs take place in pleasant parkland surroundings. Results are recorded and published each week making these great events for the runner to use to measure their performance improvements over a period of time. Everyone is invited including families and children. The Park Runs take place every Saturday at 9:00 AM. You can register and print your bar code on-line.  

Clair parkrun, Haywards Heathvenue - Clair Park

Brighton & Hove parkrun: venue - Hove Park 
Eastbourne parkrun: venue - Shinewater Park
Crawley parkrun: venue - Tilgate Park, Crawley
Preston parkrun: venue - Preston Park, Brighton

Chip Timing Research 

As chip timing becomes more widely available and more affordable for smaller races, the Network has researched the services and costs of five companies in and around Sussex. Whilst this is not intended as a recommendation, it does offer some guide as to what is on offer and the rough cost involved. Any feedback from Sussex clubs who have used these or other companies would be appreciated. Please click here to see the Chip Timing Document. Email with comments or feedback.

Sports Nutrition Presentation

At the first Sussex Squad Day in December Ed Baker from Performance Hertfordshire gave a fascinating talk on Sports Nutrition for Power Athletes. The notes from this presentation are now available for viewing by clicking here.

SE Regional awards

Sussex Athletics Network was awarded Network of the Year at the South East Regional awards hosted by England Athletics. Network Chairman, Peter Masters, received the award at the presentation evening on 4th December at Guildford. Peter has been the driving force behind the Network since the first bid to obtain Network funding for Sussex through to the present day. The award recognises the efforts of Peter and the whole Network team in helping to develop athletics activities in the County over the past three and a half years.



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