Bronze medal for Tarragano at Parliament Hill

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Brilliant running from Brighton & Hove’s Tomer Tarragano, Brighton Phoenix’s Almi Nerurkar and Nicole Taylor (Tonbridge) highlighted the racing at the South of England Cross-country championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday as far as Sussex were concerned.

Tarragano was in fact the only Sussex medal winner finishing a splendid third in the U20 Men’s event though Sussex School’s athlete Olivia McDonald, who runs for Guildford also finished third in the U17 women’s race with Horsham’s Alex Richer 13th. Luke Burgess (Horsham) had a good 18th place in the men’s event and fellow Horsham athlete Jacob Cann finished 23rd and helped to Blue Star team into fourth team spot, which, with the U13 Crawley girls team was the highest placing of the afternoon.

Nerurkar had another excellent run but just missed the medals finishing fourth in the U20 Women’s race while Lizzie Clark from Hastings who lives over the border in Kent placed 11th and Horsham’s Surrey athlete Annabelle Morton placed 18th.

In the senior women’s race County champion Nicole Taylor from Crowborough also just missed a medal in an excellent fourth place with Arena 80’s Maisie Trafford and Caroline Hoyte in 30th and 34th places while in the team event Arena 80 placed 19th, Hastings 22nd and Chichester 34th.

Eleanor Strevens from Eastbourne finished a fine sixth in the Under 13 race and there was another Top Ten placing in this event when Crawley’s Surrey twin Lauren Wormley placed tenth. With club mates Anna Fox in 20th place Charlotte Wormley 22nd and Bea Ingles (Lewes) 26th and Brighton & Hove’s Dulcie Yelling 31st place this was the most successful race for Sussex. Crawley just missed out on team medals placing fourth the highest team placing by a Sussex with Brighton & Hove 20th and Lewes 26th.

Charles Ferris (Horsham) led the Sussex runner’s home in the U13 boy’s event placing 28th and Lewes were the leading Sussex in an excellent seventh place with Brighton & Hove 17th and Crawley 30th.

In the U15 age group Thomas James (Crawley) finished 13th, Matty Smith, another Horsham/Surrey athlete 16th and Carlos Neito-Parr (Hastings) 25th with Crawley taking six team place and Brighton & Hove 18th while the girls race saw Poppy Palmer-Malins 35th and her Brighton & Hove club mate. Eadie Yelling, 39th. Brighton & Hove were eighth in the team event with Crawley 32nd.

Isaac Elam (Hastings) led the Sussex challenge in the U17 men’s race placing 20th and led his team into eighth place with Crawley 10th and Brighton & Hove 18th.

Brighton & Hove, with a much depleted team, were 20th in the Senior men’s race with William Cork finishing 41st, Howard Bristow 71st and James Turner 97th while Arena 80 appear to be the only other Sussex club to complete a scoring six in 49th place.