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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

Record Fields at Bexhill

Nearly six hundred runners contested the second of this season’s Sussex Cross-country League event at Bexhill Down on Saturday which is a record number for the Bexhill course for a League event.

Bodywork’s Daisy Burton, who is the reigning Sussex Schools Year Seven champion, tasted first blood of the afternoon when she won the U13 1.8-mile Girls race in 12:25s over a testing but mainly firm course. She finished eight seconds clear of Eleanor Strevens from Eastbourne with East Grinstead’s Gabrielle Holland in third place a further three seconds behind.

The Battles of Bexhill

The second of this season’s Sussex Cross-county League matches on Saturday produced more big fields and some good battles at Bexhill Down.

Although mainly damp for most of the afternoon underfoot conditions were good for the notoriously muddy course and apart from the wooded stretches the going was firm.

Four of the seven races winners from Goodwood, last month, were again victorious but it was not all plain sailing.

International Honours for Lindo - the Weekend

Crawley AC all-rounder Adam Lindo (Downlands School) will be representing the English Schools team at the British Schools Combined Events International in Glasgow this weekend.

Lindo has had a sparkling season. In July he won the English Schools Junior Boys Long Jump title after an individual and team victory at the South-East Schools Regional Combined Events Championships.

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