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Medals for the Masters

The more senior athletes from Sussex were also in fine form at Horspath on Saturday when they picked up several individual and team medals at the South of England Master’s cross-country championships.

Masters age groups are in five year bandings but team events for this event are in ten year bandings and in the 40-49 Women’s group there was a double victory for Arena 80 with Julie Briggs winning the overall race, despite being in the W45 group, by a handsome margin clocking 21:43 to Epsom & Ewell’s Diana Norman’s, who is in the W40 group, 22:05.

Sussex teams head to the Inter-counties

The leading Sussex cross-country athletes face their first major test of the season when they travel to Horspath, Oxford for the South of England Inter-county championships on Saturday.

All age groups will be involved except the Under 20 and Senior men but the South of England Masters Championships will also be held at Horspath and it is expected several Sussex Athletes will  be competing in those events.

Youngsters battle at Lancing Manor

It was a case of all change for the winners, in the Young Athletes races, at the third of this season's Sussex Cross-Country League matches at Lancing Manor on Saturday.

That is in all but the U13 Boy’s race where Crawley’s Nicholas Hollan-Ellidge notched up an impressive third successive win to make sure that he will be crowned League champion in February.

Great racing at Lancing

The slightly less cold temperatures for the Sussex Cross-country League races and the firm underfoot conditions made it almost perfect for an afternoon of Cross-country running at Lancing Manor on Saturday.

Total numbers were a little down on the Goodwood and Bexhill events particularly in the Young Athletes races but some may well be saving themselves for next weekend’s Inter-county races.

Sussex League at Lancing

With a little luck it will be dry and crisp at Lancing Manor on Saturday for the third of this season’s Sussex Cross-country League fixtures.

Parking is difficult at all Sussex venues, apart from Goodwood but Maureen Stephens has made provision at the Lancing venue and she has issued the following notice.

NO PARKING FOR  X/COUNTRY AT IMPULSE LEISURE CENTRE, LANCING MANOR.

Parking is available at North Lancing School, Mill Rd BN15 0PT 

(approx. 400m from The Manor ground)

New Opportunity for Under 15 Girls

Another door has opened for Under 15 girls with the introduction of a 300 metres race for this age group at the English Schools championships at Birmingham from next July.

This automatically triggers its introduction into the Sussex Schools championships which will be held at the K2 Stadium, Crawley next year on the 9th June.

Fast time in Brighton 10k

It was a good day for Sussex athletes in the annual Brighton 10k road race which was held on Sunday after missing last year’s event because of severe weather conditions.

This year the conditions were good and Jonathan Hopkins from Swansea stormed away from a field that by and large lacked the quality that the race usually attracts.

He finished more than one minute ahead of his nearest rival, Crawley’s James Westlake, in a fast time of 29:40s.

Brighton 10k

The Brighton & Hove 10k road race on Sunday dominates this weekend’s racing with many of the top Sussex runners doing battle over this flat fast course.

Last year the race had to be cancelled, on the advice of the police, because of storm conditions and exceptionally high winds that were blowing the cones into the road.

Race organiser Keith Donno is hoping for better conditions this coming Sunday.

Hawkes and Anning set to Sparkle this weekend

On Friday evening Worthing thrower Ben Hawkes will be at the Grand Hotel in Brighton as one of the finalists in the Sussex Sports Awards ‘Young Sports Personality’ of the Year category.  Hawkes had a fantastic season in which he broke county Under 17 records in the Hammer, Discus and Shot. In his speciality – the Hammer – he won the English Schools, the Schools International and Schools Games and ended the year unbeaten as UK number one.

Amber Anning

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